Monday, January 26, 2009

Vincent Longo Foundation Review

Review time - gave this about a week+ in testing the foundation.

NAME:
Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas Dew Finish SPF 15 (my shade: rich sienna #11)

PROMISE/ADVERTISE CLAIM:
Vincent Longo's Dew Finish Formula is a mixture of colorless organic and mineral sunscreens and pure pigment that is not only SPF 15 but now waterproof as well!
This improved formula increases skin hydration during wear and helps keep the complexion soft, supple, and luminous throughout the day. A technologically advanced foundation that is emollient, provides sheer to medium coverage, blends evenly, and imparts a soft radiance to the skin, for a moist, glowing finish that lasts all day. Enriched with Ceramide III (moisturizes), vitamin E, ester C (potent antioxidants), aloe (soothing), and a protective SPF 15 sunscreen.

PRICE: $12. Price was marked 50% off (original price $48.50)

WHERE I BOUGHT IT: Sephora (in-store)

PACKAGING:
The bottle and the pump came separately within the box, so if you're a no-pump type of person - there's the option. The pump itself has it's own cap for no spillage. There's somewhat control with the pump, it doesn't dispense a lot which is good.

PROS/LIKES:
+ The price! It's the same price as some drugstore foundation so I had to buy it.
+ It can build into medium-coverage. More than anything, it feels like a tinted moisturizer.
+ So far, no breakouts on it =D
+ It feels really light weight on.
+ Not much transfer off the foundation, which is my problem - but I NEVER put a setting powder, so that could be it. But I don't seem to sweat it off during gym, good thing!
+ Natural looking, doesn't give me the cakey look like MAC's foundation tend to do.
+ Somewhat controlled my oily-ness on my nose/forehead - not significantly.
+ It has a pump! That pretty much convinced me to try the foundation because I'm tired of bottles without pumps.

CONS/DISLIKES:
+ Not a lot of different color choices. Prolly around 7 choices. Mines is a bit dark but hardly noticeable.
+ The smell. I'm not a fan of SPF smell - I associate it with greasy (even though I didn't grease up.) The smell of it is pretty strong when put on - but it goes away eventually.
+ It's suppose to give me a dewy look, but I don't see it. If anything - it's more on the matte side. Could be drying for those who have dry skin (I have combo). I expected some form of shimmer from it to give me the dewy look, but there was very little of it. Hardly noticeable.
+ Not enough coverage that I needed (just for my acne scars).

OVERALL:
It's a decent foundation - but I'd say its more of a tinted moisturizer if anything. I wish it gave me a bit of a dewy appearance but I can't complain because I haven't had any major breakouts or allergic reactions to the SPF (I break out bad with SPF on the face). Since the coverage is as far as medium, I still needed to use my concealer - which is fine. I use 2 pumps for my full face but some people would only need 1, that's a good thing. I don't like how there wasn't a lot of colors to choose from. I originally wanted a Matte foundation but the color didn't match on me so I went for Dewy since it was closes to my skin tone. On me, it is slightly darker - but like I said, nothing noticeable to others and my cheeks are the lightest part of my face - so it does nothing but match the rest of my face to the darker tone on my forehead.

BUY AGAIN?
I would buy this again if I don't find something I like better, but it might be difficult to get it at this price since Sephora will no longer carry Vincent Longo products and everything is being marked on sale - I would not pay original price for this! Nope. Not worth the $50, I tell you that. I heard that the Body Shop (I believe) also carries the line and has it at $10-12 dollars though.

YOU'LL LIKE IF...
+ You need sheer-med coverage
+ Short on cash and want to try a higher end product =]
+ You're into pump-foundation.
+ Want a natural look
+ Have combo skin!

YOU'LL DISLIKE LIKE IF...
+ You have dry - I don't think it'll do much in terms of looking dewy (I could be wrong! All skins act differently)
+ Don't like heavy smells like SPF
+ Very limited color selections

RATING: 4/5

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Later,
Chola Brolas ;]

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