Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter review and comparisons.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

As you may already know, I am a big fan of highlighters/illuminators.  The luminous effect these beauties impart on the face is irreplaceable.  Once deemed only evening appropriate, these wonderful creations have now become essential, anytime of the day, in creating more youthful, glowing and fresh-faced looks. Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter ($44 USD/11.5 g) has successful given me a much-needed dose of vitality–or its makeup equivalent 🙂  I hope you enjoy!

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

swatch of Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter

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Heavy and blended swatch of Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

The Pros to Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter:

  1. Gorgeous pink/peach base color with the finest silver pearl throughout.
  2. Gelatinous texture is cooling and smooth to the touch.
  3. Formula does not harden during cooler months.
  4. Cream-to-powder formula has amazing longevity–this stuff does not budge.
  5. Applies seamlessly with fingers or a stippling brush.
  6. Can be applied lightly on cooler skins and heavier on medium to darker skins.
  7. Multi-purpose use: eyeshadow, inner corner highlight and facial highlighter.
  8. Unbelievably generous amount offered (11.5g).
  9. Lightweight plastic container contains an airtight seal, which makes it ideal for travel.
  10. “The advance formula contains 75% Microwater, a unique 100% natural botanical seaweed polymer, pure pigment, along with Vitamin E and Silica.”
  11. Can be used as a base for powder highlighters for extra longevity and dimension.
  12. Formula is fragrance-free.
  13. Comes in three shades:  Mermaid Muse (pink/peach pearl), Aura Passion (golden sand), and Lucky Light (golden apricot).
  14. Available for purchase (usually on sale) from numerous online retailers.
  15. Made in Japan.

The Cons to Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter:

  1. Very few in-person retail locations…the brand is mostly sold online.
  2. Ingredients on my box (purchased from another authorized VL retailer) differs from that on vincentlongo.com.  My pot is formulated with mineral oil, BHT, and Methylparaben.  Ingredients on Vincentlongo.com:

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Talc, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Agar, Silica, Phytosteryl/behenyl/octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopherol. –

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter worn on the lids as an eyeshadow, as an inner corner highlighter and on the tops of the cheeks.

For the above photo, Mermaid Muse was used on the mobile lid, for an inner corner highlighter and above the cheeks bones.  The formula blended beautifully in all areas and the color lasted for 12 hours without any fading.

Comparison Swatches to Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse:

Cream Highlighter Comparison Swatches:

Cream Highlighter Comparison Swatches:
MAC Hush Cream Colored Base, Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse, It Cosmetics Hello Light Cream Illuminator, and Edward Bess Sunlight.

  • MAC Hush Cream Colored Base warm peach coloring closely resembles Mermaid Muse, but the longevity is nowhere near as amazing.
  • Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse is the perfect balance of pink and peach.  The ultra fine silver pearl gives the warm base color the added edge that makes this color work on both warm and cool skins alike.
  • It Cosmetics Hello Light Cream Illuminator is a white base cream highlighter with pink undertones. Personally, this color is too striking against my olive complexion; however, this offering is the ideal color for light, cool-skinned complexions.
  • Edward Bess Sunlight is a light golden color that is wonderful for brightening up any complexion, I only wish it was more reasonably priced.
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter used as a base.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter used as a base.

 Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer over Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

The above photo shows how beautifully Mermaid Muse pairs with various powder highlighters.  Personally, my favorite combo is Mermaid Muse topped with Cle De Peau 13 Sand Beige.  Even though Mermaid Muse has impressive lasting power on its own, the addition of the power highlighter gave this combo unbelievable resilience.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter ingredient list.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter ingredient list.

**Vincent Longo Cosmetics can be found at beauty.com, amazon.com, nordstrom.com, and vincentlongo.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter is a truly beautiful product. The color, the cooling sensation, the texture, the longevity and the versatility are what makes this product a definite winner in my book.  If you have difficulty maintaining your highlight color (due to oily skin, constant face touching, etc.), then this product is for you.  As for myself, I can foresee utilizing this beauty (despite the paraben factor) for the remainder of the winter.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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About Maria Pia

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Comments

  1. Gorgeous highlighter! I am just wondering, is this the same as the cooling creme-powders of the past? Because those were great at first but then shrinkage occurred and dried up the product. If this is different and the formula is better, then this product has major potential in my book.

    • Hello Olivia,

      Thank you dear friend. This product is cooling and the cream-to-powder consistency sound about the same to what you are describing. I so hope this does not shrivel-up. As we all know, shrinkage is just not acceptable is any situation 🙂

      -Maria

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