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Review: Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow Trio – Luna Beach {Swatches}

Disclosure: Affiliate links. Product provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow Luna Beach
Vincent Longo Cosmetics is a brand that I’ve heard a lot of great things about thanks to my fellow makeup artists and beauty bloggers.  Ever since reading reviews on Vincent Longo Cosmetics, I’ve wanted to try at least one product from this brand, and luckily for me, waiting in my The Makeup Show Blogger Preview gift bag was a Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow Trio  in shade Luna Beach.

Description: This unique, out-of-this-world formula opens new vistas in eye makeup. Pearl X eyeshadows spread cool to warm tones throughout a sophisticated multi-textured product, to create shades of matte and shine that effortlessly blend and shift as you apply. The galactic multi-textures of matte and pearl encourage a personalized, creative application style (source).

The Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow Trio is unlike any eyeshadow I’ve tried.  It’s a “trio” of three  eyeshadows of varying textures that can be used singularly or together, which means the looks you can create with it are endless.

What I like about the Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow is the versatility of it; I was able to create soft looks, bold looks, and use it as a liner.  Vincent Longo Cosmetics recommends using their #18 brush (I forgot to snap a pic of) to apply the eyeshadow to achieve a soft application. I also like that I was able to mix the colors, which allowed me to get a different look each time.

The Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow are extremely soft; they’re like butter.  I experienced little to no fallout, too. Can you say, AMAZING! It applied well (at least to my liking) when a using a dense, flat shadow brush.

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow Luna Beach Swatches
The flecks of metallic copper in the Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow in Luna Beach, as you can tell from my photos, was my favorite.  The green and purple were a hit, too.

Just in case you were wondering, the Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow wears well throughout the day, especially with a primer.  This is even on a hot, humid New York City Day.

Overall, I am happy with my first Vincent Longo Cosmetics experience, and can’t wait to explore more items from the brand.


Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow Luna Beach Eyes

The Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadows come in a shiny, sleek black compact with a mirror (a plus) that is embossed with an almost Tiffany blue Vincent Longo logo.   The Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadows can be purchased for $25 on the Vincent Longo website or, and are available in four additional shades:Code 6 Pink, Novalei, Destiny Rose, and Etherea.

Have you tried Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadows or anything from the Vincent Longo line? What are your thoughts?

Disclosure: Affiliate links. Product provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.

Bronzers for Brown Skinned Women

Bronzers for brown Skinned women
Bronzers are perfect for a minimalist makeup look, especially when the weather heats up because who wants to wear foundation in the sweltering heat?

First, I want to point out what a bronzer is and its purpose.

Bronzer’s are either powder, gel, liquid or cream products that are used to give the impression of a bronzed/golden color of a suntan.   Powder bronzers are most effective for individuals with oily skin, whereas, liquids and creams are best for people with dry skin.  Bronzer is usually applied to the face on the chin, cheeks, center of the nose, cheek bones, and if you’re wearing a low-cut shirt add bronzer to your décolletage to enhance it.

There are very few companies that have bronzers specifically for women of color who have darker skintones.  Iman Cosmetics, Milani,  Black Opal, and now Shea Moisture are brands for women of color that carry bronzers for women like us.  Some high-end brands like Bobbi Brown and Guerlain have bronzers for brown skinned women, too!

Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powders:

“Capture the brilliant glow of the sun with naturally shimmering sheer powders that bring a touched by the tropics to every complexion.”

Available in three color selections: Afterglow, clay (medium-dark complexion) & sand (medium-light complexion).


Black Opal Color Fusion Mosaic:

“Highlight the natural beauty of your skin with this multi-toned mosaic bronzing powder. Formulated with Vitamins that work to condition and protect your skin as well as oil blotters to help control shine, this ultra-fine, jet milled powder also ensures smooth application and long lasting streak-free color. For all skin types.”

Available in five different shades: 1. Bronzer, 2. Shimmer Bronzer, 3. Pressed Powder, 4. Raspberry Bronzer Blush, 5. Golden Bronzer



Covergirl Queen Natural Hue Bronzer


Affordable drugstore brand bronzer that was made especially for us brown girls.  Makeup Artist Sam Fine recommends this bronzer.

Available in three shades:  Light Bronze, Brown Bronze, Ebony Bronze

Guerlain Terracota Bronzer 


This is a splurge, at $52.  If you like Covergirl Queen’s Natural Hue Bronzer in Ebony, you will probably like this one, and it has less shimmer, and is more wearable for people suffering with oily skin.  Shades 05 and 07 work best for my skin tone; however, darker complexions can get away with 08. I’ll post swatches of this soon.

Available in seven shades:  00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07,08

NYX Matte Bronzer

(see my swatches and review here)

Deep Tan would be perfect for darker complexions, and at $9.00 it is a great price.

Available in five shades: Light, Deep, Medium, Dark Tan, Deep Tan

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder :


This soft matte, silky-smooth bronzer instantly gives skin the look of a natural tan.

Available in six shades: Golden Light, Medium, Natural, Rich Cocoa, Dark, Deep


NARS Casino Bronzer:

This has become a favorite of mine.  It is the darkest shade of bronzer offered by NARS, and is the top selling bronzer, next to the famed Laguna Bronzer.  It has shimmer.  It is great to use as a blush or as a shadow.

Personally, I use the following:

1. MAC Format blush

2. MAC Raizin Blush

3. MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush

4. MAC Weekend Bronzer

5. NARS Casino Bronzer

6. MAC Minieralize Skinfinish Deep Dark

7.  NYX Matte Bronzer



1. Oily skin should avoid bronzers with loads of shimmer.

2.  Apply a little powder before the bronzer to prevent streaking.

3. Choose a bronzer two shades deeper than your complexion (too light and it’ll appear ashy; too dark and it’ll look muddy).

4. Mix Liquid bronzers like Inglot’s Liquid Illuminators with body oil/baby oil to create a bronzing oil for your body.

5.  Mix your liquid bronzer with a tinted moisturizer to get an all-over face golden glow.

Do you currently use a bronzer? If so, which?

If not, why?

Tutorial: Quick Purple Smoky Eye using MAC Push the Edge Pigment

Purple Smoky Eye shadow Tutorial


Purple is one of my favorite colors. I especially love to use makeup that are shades of purple. I wear a shade of purple on my lips at least three times a week. Since I love purple so much I created this really easy purple smoky eye using MAC Push the Edge Pigment and Silver Ring eyeshadow.

Tools needed to create a purple smoky eye

Real Techniques Shader Brush

MAC #231 Small Shader Brush

Sigma Blending Brush or MAC 224 Blending Brush

Crown Brush Blending Brush

Crown Brush Detail Liner


NYX Eyeshadow Base ‘White’

MAC  Pigment ‘Push the Edge’

MAC  Eyeshadow ‘Silver Ring’

MAC Fluidline ‘Blacktrack’

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ‘Black Bean’

tarte emphasEYES inner rim eyeliner ‘Black’

tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara ‘Black’

LIT Cosmetics Glitter Base


– MAC Brow Pencil ‘Spiked’

– Model in a bottle Brow Sealer


Purple Smoky Eye Combo



– Stila Natural Finish Foundation Shade ‘i’

– LA Girl Pro Concealer ‘Toffee’

– Ben Nye Banana Powder

– Model in a Bottle Setting Spray

– Sleek Makeup Contour Kit


MAC Ombre Blush ‘Vintage Grape’


MAC Lip Pencil ‘Currant’

MAC Lipstick ‘Rebel’


What do you think of the Purple Smoky Eye I’ve created? Would you try?

Makeover Monday: Sparkling Slate for City Nights – OCC Glitter ‘Slate’

Everything looks better with a little sparkle and glitter, just as long as you don’t overdo it.  This makeover Monday post features a smoky eye with a hint of sparkling slate glitter with the help of the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Glitter Slate’.  Slate is described as a “True grey, not silver glitter.”  To me, it reminds me of New York City streets at night, hence the title of this post “Sparkling Slate for City Nights.”

This smoky eye is not your traditional smoky eye, thanks to the OCC Glitter ‘Slate’.  The glitter adds just enough sparkle to make the look fun, flirty and sexy.  The look is pulled together with a nude lip using the OCC Lip Tar ‘Sebatstian’ paired with MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil ‘Cork’.  I opted to go without lashes because we don’t want the look to go from glam to drag queen-ish.  Overall, I think the look came out perfectly, and the client loved it!




NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ‘Black’

MAC Pigment ‘Later’ (Alice & Olivia Collection)

MAC Eyeshadow ‘Saddle’ (Blend)

OCC  Glitter ‘Slate’

tarte lights camera flashes mascara

tarte emphasEYES Inner Rim Eyeliner

MAC Gel Eyeliner ‘Blacktrack’


LA Girl Pro Concealer – Chestnut + Fawn

Ben Nye Classic Translucent Powder ‘Topaz’ (T-zone, under eye)

Ben Nye Mojave Luxury Powder ‘Dark Cocoa’ (Contour)


NARS Blush ‘Sin’

Inglot Face & Body Illuminator #63 (highlight)


MAC Brow Pencil ‘Spiked’

MAC Brow Gel ‘Show Off’


MAC Lip Pencil ‘Cork’

OCC Makeup Lip Tar ‘Sebastian’


What do you think of this look using the OCC Glitter ‘Slate’?