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Vincent Longo Water Canvas foundation +

Ok, as I was organizing my makeup storage, I totally found my Vincent Longo Water Canvas Foundation 😀

This is the foundation I was wearing throughout the summer. Let’s discuss how awesome this item is!

It’s in a compact, cream to powder form, photo friendly, and the coverage I must say, is the most adjustable foundation I’ve come across. It can be light coverage, yet buildable to almost full without looking cakey or odd. It doesn’t look like powder when applied, either. You and I both know when it’s summertime, matte foundations take a backseat and we all tend to go for foundations that are more on the luminous side, or very natural looking.

The texture: when you touch it, it feels very sponge-y. It’s a little odd when I first felt it, because I’m accustomed to liquid foundations.

Finish: it’s like your skin, it can be light coverage for those super hot days in the summer. This stuff, DOES NOT BUDGE. AT ALL. I wore this on a day that was over 100 degrees with insane humidity and it didn’t move. I was sweating in the scorching sun beating down on my face, walking down the streets of New York City and this stuff, even without primer, didn’t come off.

I wore this at night and layered it and man I looked AMAZING in photos.

Application: I use Sonia Kashuk’s synthetic Flat Top Blusher brush. This foundation can be applied wet (to sheer it out) or dry. For me personally, I prefer to apply it dry to give a bit more coverage.

This foundation is what I had imagined Makeup Forever Face and Body was supposed to be. This foundation, and I hate to say it…didn’t cover anything on my face, and it came off within moments. This foundation, ladies and gentlemen, is at best mediocre.

Pros: great color selection, a friend of mine who is like NC43 got matched, but I forgot her specific shade. It’s water based so if you’re sensitive to a lot of foundations due to random ingredients, give this a try.

Downside: if you don’t keep it sealed in the compact, it is water based, so it can and may evaporate. Price? 57 for the actual foundation, 16.50 for the compact that it comes in.

I know a few MAs that use this foundation for photoshoots and they adore this stuff. I can’t blame them. This is probably one of the most underrated products I’ve come across. 
Here’s a swatch: 

From Left to Right:

Chantecaille Future Skin in Vanilla

Vincent Longo Water Canvas

By Terry Lumiere Veloutee in Beige Naturel

crap, I forgot what shade I am… I’ll edit this post when I go to spaceNK to figure out my shade. I want to say it’s Soft Beige.

Is this HG? Yes, it is. It’s my summer foundation. 🙂 Well, I do have Peau de Vierge when I want to look luminous, but Water Canvas is a brilliant foundation.

Where it’s sold? Vincent Longo online, SpaceNK.



By Terry Lumiere Veloutee

Ok, ok, ok, I swear this will be my last post on By Terry for a while.

This is my review on her foundation Lumiere Veloutee. So I own Le Metier de Beaute Peau de Vierge (my luminous foundation) you know, for everyday wear since it has SPF. I also own Chantecaille Future Skin (which is my skin but better foundation), but yet I don’t own a matte foundation. I’ve tried a couple of matte ones, even Shu Nobara which is still one of my favorite foundations. Since I was taken away with By Terrys Touchee Veloutee concealer, I decided to swatch the foundation in store. Then I tried it on my face a couple of weeks later…well as you can see, I now own it 🙂

Finish: It’s definitely matte, but not chalky. I would consider this more of a satin-matte finish because it does give you some inner glow. I’ve been photographed with this foundation and it’s seriously beautiful. It looks like the satin-matte version of my skin. It blurs out any imperfections and diffuses anything wrong on your skin.

Texture: it’s a liquid foundation, but when applied, up close it almost looks like it sets to a powder like finish. It doesn’t look like powder either, but it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a liquid foundation either. What makes me happy is that you can apply this foundation with just fingers and it blends so easily. 😀 Another aspect is that you need to shake the foundation before applying. It covers my large pores on my forehead without primer, which is awesome

Coverage: It’s medium.

How it compares to other matte foundations:

Shu Nobara: is creamier in consistency, and it’s very slightly more luminous in photos. The main reason why I’ve never purchased Shu Nobara is because of the stick foundation form (which means you have to use a brush), and it’s no longer sold in the states. I hate ordering items online because I’m never home to pick up my packages.
MUFE Mat Velvet: this foundation is runnier, messier in terms of consistency. I tried it out once and it accentuated certain spots on my face and it dried out my skin. I don’t understand how that happened. Plus you can tell I was wearing foundation, and that’s a no-no.
YSL teint-resist: It’s a nice foundation, definitely long lasting, but I couldn’t get matched because my undertone is a bit odd. It photographed okay, but I wasn’t impressed overall.

And here’s a swatch:

From Left to Right:

I photographed this with heavy flash with no lights in my room turned on.

Le Metier Peau de Vierge layered on so you can see the luminousity.

Chantecaille Future Skin: this is in vanilla, yes it’s too light on me now. I’m now nude, but I’ll buy it eventually. I mix it with LMdB sometimes to tone down the luminous effect.

By Terry Lumiere Veloutee in #3 (Beige Naturel).

last but not least !!

Duration: I wore it yesterday without primer, no touchup, no setting powder. It lasts at least 8 hours with no fading. I went to sleep since I wasn’t feeling well so I can’t tell you if it was able to withstand more than the 8.

Scent: yes, it does have a scent. I can’t put my finger on the smell in terms of what it is, but it reminds me of baby powder. The scent does linger on your face too, but the smell personally doesn’t bother me.

and one turnoff: The packaging. To lift the cap, you have to lift it straight up. I made the mistake of twisting and lifting it up at the same time and then boom ! the pump twisted off. I don’t know if I just got a bad jar, or if all of them are packaged like that. I’ll investigate this further. It is a bit irritating, but since I don’t travel with foundation, I’ll permanently keep the cap off from now on.

The price: $105. Yikes ! Is it worth it? If you have a photo friendly foundation, then you don’t need it. I already had a photo friendly foundation, but I personally love a matte finish and I finally found it ! 😀


Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge +

Hi All!

I seriously apologize for not blogging in the past few months. I’ve been sent to and from different places due to work, as well as being sick. Anyway, I really had no idea how much work it takes to have and maintain a blog. My work schedule is taking a drastic change too, but it’s to your benefit since I’ll have more time to blog.

OK, so back to the original intent of this post: Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge.

straight from the Bergdorf Goodman website:

Offering sheer, lightweight coverage, Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe provides a sheer wash of flawless, luminous finish. The formula feels like second skin with a gossamer-like texture. Light-diffusing pigments help fade away lines and instantly impart a renewed radiance and healthy appearance to skin. With SPF 20, Peau Vierge helps guard against the damaging effects of the sun.

• Contains anti-aging powerhouse Retinol, known for its ability to smooth and plump wrinkles from deep below the skin’s surface, stimulating collagen cell rejuvenation and bringing elasticity back to skin. 
• Retinol is delivered through a patented and proprietary delivery technology called Syntoc Actif, which encapsulates the Retinol and allows it to safely and effectively penetrate the skin. 
• Traditional over-the-counter products have very poor penetration—less than 2% of active ingredients are actually absorbed. In comparison, with Syntoc Actif, 20 times more Retinoic Acid is absorbed into the deeper skin layers, making it the most effective cosmetic Retinoid treatment on the market. 
• Talc, Fragrance, and Dye-Free.

The Syntoc Actif delivery technology is highly compatible with the skin and easy to metabolize. As a result, it delivers actives more efficiently and effectively, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate deepest layer of the skin where all the action is and deliver Retinol where it is most effective. 

Formula: it’s liquid, it’s definitely a little shimmery, but the liquid in terms of consistency is very moisturizing, oddly enough. when it’s first applied, it’s VERY sparkly on your face. I had tried it a few times at the counter at first and I was turned off by the shimmer factor. Then again, this is coming from someone who thinks anything with shimmer is the enemy. I tried it on, and after 10 minutes, the shimmer wasn’t as shimmery once settled into the skin. It’s definitely a luminous finish, which is something I’m not personally used to.

Another aspect to this tinted moisturizer/treatment is that there are only two shades. Light to Medium (for cool skintones), and Medium to Dark, which is what I have. The medium to dark looks DARK, like MAC NC37 dark. The foundation is self adjusting to your skin. I’m NC25/30 and the color straight from the bottle I told myself “I’ll look dirty”, but when applied, it actually did adjust itself to my skintone.

This is what it looks like against my NC25 part of my skin. See what I mean when I saw this and thought to myself, “this isn’t going to be a good look on me” ha ha. The color is just a smidge darker in person.

Towards the left see how it’s shimmery? Thats the foundation semi blended in in order to see how shimmery it is. Just one more swipe with my finger it would be the exact same shade as the inner part of my arm, which is pretty pale.

The price: It’s $125. Yes it’s expensive, and even I had a hard time justifying the purchase. What made me realize the price isn’t “so high” is By Terry has a foundation that’s $140 and it doesn’t have any skincare benefits.

How it looks:

I was wearing the foundation when I wore Tom Fords Smoke Red. My chin is very red and blotchy normally, but this stuff totally covered it. I normally wear medium coverage foundation because the redness on my face is so hard to cover. 

How to apply: I use 1 to 2 pumps to cover my face and my neck, plus dabbing a little extra on the super red areas on my face. I use my fingers, but I would like to use a synthetic foundation brush because it seems like I wouldn’t use up as much product. 
SPF factor: for all of you out there asking what’s used in terms of SPF, it’s 5% Titanium Dioxide, 5% Zinc Oxide.
In terms of what it claims in terms of improving your skin within 7 days: I did have two small pimples forming when I had first purchased it, and using this stuff, they disappeared. My pores shrank a bit, my skin wasn’t as blotchy. I don’t expect miracles when wearing it, but this stuff did make some difference in my skin. Due to being sick and traveling (and not having it with me) my skin sucks as usual, but I have been wearing it again consistently for the past week and my skin is slowly improving. I’ll have to give you an update after 3 months or so with consistent use as to how my skin looks/feels. 

Worth the purchase: yes. I’ve tried Retin-A and it wrecked my skin and it didn’t improve it at all. I love this stuff because it gives you SPF as well. It’s nice to know that I’m wearing  a foundation actually has great skincare benefits and improving my skin. I would recommend getting a sample before purchasing it, only because of the $.