Create the perfect light canvas with Longo’s cult classic
It’s July. It’s 100 degrees. You can’t stand the thought of a full face of makeup but the crazy temperatures have made your skin go berserk. The answer for this sort of predicament is what I like to call “The Beach Face.” A swipe of a nice waterproof cream eye shadow in a nude tone to brighten around the eyes. A thin, tight line of liner if you’re so inclined. Waterproof mascara. A dusting of bronzer. And most importantly: Tinted Moisturizer. One bonus? During the other three seasons of the year, you can translate your “Beach Face” look into your “Too Vain to go to the Gym with out Makeup Face” or “Movie on the Couch Date and you don’t want to look like your trying too hard” Face! (Or wait, maybe that’s just me…)
Enter the Vincent Longo Light Canvas Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ~ or as it’s known among Longo enthusiasts, the Original ($38). We were super excited to receive this coveted cult classic from the world-renowned, celebrity makeup artist for our wht review team. While Vincent Longo Cosmetics has made a name for itself for trendsetting colors and formulas; it’s this classic we were dying to put to the test.
Ingenious feat #1: The upside down bottle comes with a pump on it so you don’t have to squeeze out or cut the top off the tube. And it won’t explode all over your makeup bag in your checked luggage as another one of my products so recently did.
Ingenious feat #2: King of Complexion products Vincent Longo achieves this amazing “whipped foundation” light, mousse-y feel. Its wonderfully smooth feeling to the touch, which makes it really easy to spread on your face (and I’m the queen of finger application – foundation brushes are such a pain to clean!)
One caveat is that this product is not really one of those that you can layer to achieve a fuller coverage. Not really a bad thing, especially if you want just a light “beach face” but may be a drawback if you want to take it from day to night or bring the product into your autumn makeup rotation.
Ingenious feat #3: most shades have a little bit of mica mixed in to give you a little bit of “summer glow” minus harmful UV rays of the sun or even a tanning bed (the horror!)
I tried out Shade #6, which was slightly too dark for my face since I always cover it up with a hat and shades even if I am laying out in the sun for the rest of my body. And I am one who is ivory and fair in the winter but olive and tans easily in the summer. However, the product can be blended well, and you can’t beat the extra oomph of SPF since it’s a 20 factor (and it seems like most tinted moisturizer products are generally an SPF 15).
Happily, there is no weird metallic scent like some of the bronze-y products on the market and it smells nice and clean, perhaps with a hint of the sunscreen odor, but nothing overpowering. The product is oil-free so it definitely can be used by all skin types, though those with year-round dry skin will definitely not want to skip their regular moisturizer underneath.
For me though, I think I prefer a little bit more coverage, thus I remain an avid devotee of Vincent Longo’s Dew Finish Foundation. Overall, the Light Canvas tinted moisturizer is a solid product and great summer standby. And I’m sure a number of my fellow testers will find this light to medium coverage perfect for the beach, the office and everywhere in between.
Readers – are you a devotee of Vincent Longo foundations? Share your favorites in the comments!
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