The set contains: Milky Lips L207, Nude Pink: high-pigment lipstick with an incredibly lightweight feel; Glazed Lips L304, Sheer Orange: super high-shine gloss; Hot Lips L401, Bright Red: pigment-rich formula with a non-greasy finish.
All of the Ellis lips products are long-wearing, paraben-free, and packed with pigment. They also have moisturising Candalila Wax and Vitamin E, and of course no animal testing, because these products are “Only Tested On Supermodels”. On sale exclusively at Net-a-Porter.
I have long been a big fan of Ellis Faas Mascara. I love the long wand, which makes it easier for me to reach those smaller lashes. I love the way it lengthens like crazy. I love how while it’s not waterproof, it stays on without smearing all day. In fact, since it isn’t waterproof it is extremely easy to remove. I love how it separates lashes and holds the curl. I also love how it seems to last forever…twice as long as any other tube of mascara.
Now there is even more to love, because I have discovered it comes in two colors that give me the option of drama or no drama: E401 Black and E402 Milk Chocolate ($34).
The Black shade is a glossy black that is fantastic for lengthening and separating. It gives all kinds of drama with just one coat, and it’s easy to amp up the drama with more because it never flakes or clumps.
The Milk Chocolate shade is fabulous for days when I want lashes, I want some definition, but I just don’t need any drama. It’s the perfect ‘daytime’ or weekend mascara. The brush is a little different from the one for the Black shade, it is a little longer and skinnier.
See the difference? Milk Chocolate give me quiet, soft lashes that are still there, while Black gives me living large lashes all the way up to my eyebrows.
These two mascaras suit both sides of my personality – the quiet side and the party side. Which one do think would suit you best? - Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS – Senegalese acacia, natural waxes and filming agents.
Aqua, Synthetic Beeswax, Paraffin, Stearic Acid, Acacia Senegal, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, Cera Carnauba, Glyceryl Stearate, Polybutene, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethycellulose, Methyparaben, Propylparaben, Mica. May Contain [+/-] CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxine Green)
Ellis Faas Cosmetics is the first cosmetic line that seemed to change the paradigm of what was possible in cosmetics. Nothing about the line is the same as the other brands you are used to. Even what looks like a regular liquid liner is anything but typical. There are two eyeliners in the collection, Ellis Faas Eyeliner 501 (black) and Ellis Faas Eyeliner 502 (chocolate brown).
As with all things Ellis Faas, the eyeliners are unique since the shiny color you first apply changes into a matte finish. Ellis Faas’ website tells us that “A fabulous liquid liner that rapidly turns into a vibrant, unprecedented powdery finish while a high percentage of pigments results into an intense line of pure colour. And it stays until taken off with a cleanser.” I’ve started on a quest to find my favorite brown liquid eyeliners and along the way I’ve decided to add in favorite blacks too. When looking through my drawers I was excited to see these 2 eyeliners that Ellis Faas had sent for review.
The Ellis Faas eyeliner tip is very nice and easy to use but there is a caveat. You have to click, click, click to get the color to first come out, after you’ve got it started it’s not a problem. But the color comes out in the middle of the bristles. That means I keep something like my metal cosmetic palette or a small plastic spatula nearby and put the excess color on that. I’ll then pick up the liner from there and put it back onto the brush. If there’s too much of the liquid on the brush it won’t go on as smoothly as I like so that’s the solution I’ve found to work best.
I’d never before used a matte liquid liner so at first it took some getting used to the look. The color goes on very shiny at first and I thought I’d end up with a look that was almost patent leather-like so it was a surprise when it dried down matte. I like the look on my top lashline but I don’t care for it on my bottom lashline since I find it can crack on my old eyes. When I use these now I’ll use Ellis Faas on the top and a gel pencil liner on the bottom.
My big complaint in my last eyeliner review was finding a great brown shade. Ellis Faas happened to create a great brown. This is a true brown as opposed to the typical black-brown I’ve been finding. There is a touch of redness to it but I only see that on my hand, not on my eye. The eyeliner removes easily with my eye makeup remover as well as with a cleansing cloth. That’s when I see that touch of red again – in removal. If you are looking for a true brown that won’t show any blackness this is one you should consider.
Even though I was looking for brown, there’s nothing to sneeze at with this eyeliner in black. In fact I think I like it better in black. It’s a very dark black which I happen to like.
With the good though comes some things that aren’t perfect:
1) This is not an eyeliner for a newbie. If you aren’t adept at using liquid eyeliner, I wouldn’t start with this. I’d start with something inexpensive since sometimes it takes a little time to get it right.
2) The cost is $36 which is typical for an Ellis Faas product. I find that you either love or hate EF, there’s not much in between. If you love it then the price is fine.
3) The brush can splay BUT if you take care of it then you can avoid that problem. I clean it after every use. I either use a tissue or an Almay eye makeup remover pad and wipe it down. The brush doesn’t harden that way, I’ve reshaped it so it’s in the right shape and the next time I use it it’s ready after about 2 clicks to get the liquid out.
Have you had the experience of Ellis Faas yet? — Marcia
*sent for review
The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!
1. Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)
The Verge Ribbon Wand is like a curling iron and a flat iron got together and had a baby. It makes extravagant, sort of retro curls.
2. Wantable Accessories Subscription Box ($40 for one box)
I adore subscription boxes and none continually delighted me as much in 2013 as my Wantable Accessories Subscription Box. My jewelry wardrobe now has far more depth and interest than ever before.
3. Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10)
Ah, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. These little sponges (they always make me think of Lisa from The Simpsons!) ensure that my every faux tan is perfection.
4. HTY Gold
This wonderful line was new to me in 2013 and I adored everything I tested…the Face and Neck Serum is unquestionably worth its weight in gold.
Lanikai is such a gorgeous bath and body line, and I am always up for some Hawaiian daydreaming. I adore, adore, adore the Loofah Soap, it is amazing.
6. Zuca Artist Backpack ($139)
I use this backpack at least six days a week. I love it. Zuca has tons of amazing travel items and organizational things for makeup artists but this is my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without it.
I use this every single day. It is the best buffing brush for concealer I have ever found.
8. Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99)
If you have bangs…or if your kids have bangs…you need this. I am a total klutz with scissors and I get perfect results every time. It saved me a ton of money in 2013.
9. Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow ($22)
I love the ingenious packaging, and I love the eyebrow gel even more. It makes great looking eyebrows a very easy thing to accomplish.
10. Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35)
Without fail, one of these liquid lip gloss/stains is always in my purse. I dig everything about them – the texture, the shades, the packaging…and especially how great they make my not-so-great lips look.
11. Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcases (from $36)
Not only does this satin pillowcase prevent those awful morning face creases, it also has a secret pocket for my hubby to slip me a love note. It is awesome.
12. Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22)
This is the best mascara I tried in 2013. The super cool helix-shaped brush gives me great big, soft, long lashes with just one coat. It’s a winner!
2013 was a great year for beauty items…what fabulous finds made your list??
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Lisa
You want smoking hot lips? You can get them with Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35), a fantastic liquid lip gloss/stain with excellent lasting power.
Like other Ellis Faas lip products, Hot Lips comes in the iconic silver bullet shaped applicator which has been tweaked so it’s better than ever. Hot Lips has a sponge tip and I am happy to say the packaging is terrific – you still twist the bottom, but the lip gloss comes out evenly and one twist gives the perfect amount of product for lips. I adore how you can see the color on the bottom of the applicator, it makes finding the shade you want super easy.
I will admit, at first I didn’t realize that with this super pigmented opaque liquid lip gloss/stain (sorry that’s clunky…it’s hard to describe because it’s so many things in one!) less is more. You really only need one twist for perfect coverage and a vibrant, matte color. Staying minimal actually helps the lasting power. What I love the most, though is that Hot Lips don’t dry out your pucker. Typically anything matte and long wearing is also very drying, but not these babies.
Nine different shades are available, and Ellis sent us three shades to review: L406, L407, and L408.
L406 is a rose violet shade.
This sophisticated shade is wonderfully easy to wear and so perfect for the season. I think it would look amazing on darker skin tones.
L407 is a deep pink shade.
I love this shade. It’s a very grown-up pink, but still quite vibrant.
L408 is a baby pink shade.
This has become my go-to shade for daytime. It’s a lovely shade that really brightens up your look.
Overall, I think the three shades are all very flattering and this is the most comfortable, easy to wear matte stain I have ever tried. No question, Hot Lips is a home run.
In addition to the three shades reviewed there are six more shades: L401 bright red, L402 bright orange, L403 bright fuchsia, L404 fluo pink, L405 bright coral, and L409 pink nude. There is definitely a shade for every preference and every skin tone. I absolutely love Hot Lips and think everyone should have at least one shade in their collection. Which shade do you think is for you? - Lisa
Ellis Faas is one of the most unique cosmetic companies around. Their products are one of a kind – no one does what Ellis Faas does. One of the reasons I’m attracted to the line is that I love cream products and they are all about creams. Today’s review is about 3 of their Creamy Eyes eyeshadows. Creamy Eyes are considered to be opaque, semi matte eyeshadows with a velvety texture, providing coverage without heaviness.
We were sent 3 of the newest shades of Creamy Eyes to share with you and what I’ve noticed is that these have changed for the better since I first bought the brand. First of all, I did NOT have to twist a zillion times to get the product to come out of the tube. I twisted maybe 25 – 30 times but that wasn’t an unusual amount at all. Secondly, I didn’t find that the color gushed out like I sometimes had experienced in the past. A lot can still come out but if you are careful you’ll learn how to control that.
The three colors I have are shown below: E124 (teal), E129 (peach) and E125 (khaki). There are 21 shades of Creamy Eyes and these three are amongst the newest.
E124 is one of their trendiest shades and it’s a perfect fall shade of teal. This summer we were seeing a lot of teal in cosmetics and that continues into fall but now we have it darker and more sultry. E124 isn’t a bright shade of teal, it’s a daker satiny shade.
You can see that you can blend it out to get it light or leave it dark. It makes a beautiful eyeliner that is very long lasting. I apply it from the brush onto my eyeliner brush. Speaking of the brush, it’s up to you whether you apply with the brush or with another tool. Many people use their fingertips to apply. My preference is to put it on a taklon/nylon brush to apply to my lids. That way I don’t get patches of color and I can blend the shadow more easily.
E125 is a khaki eyeshadow that bends my perception of khaki. My swatches show brown, my eyes show the green in this brownish eyeshadow though. Since it’s so opaque I prefer to wear E125 on my lid up to the crease. Then I’ll take a more shimmery shade of khaki and apply it just on my lid, over the Ellis Faas. It makes a terrific deep base and it never creases on me. The powder shadows I use over it don’t fade either. A suggestion for a shade over E125 is Sephora collection’s Snakeskin.
This is another beautiful fall shade that I can’t wait to wear with a gold eyeshadow over it.
The last in this series is a beautiful peach that can be the base for any of these shadows or that looks great alone. E129 seems to be a little creamier than the other two. Besides the pretty color what makes this special is how long this shadow lasts. It’s made to look as beautiful when first applied as when you are ready to remove the day’s cosmetics.
Ellis Faas eyeshadows can be found on the Ellis Faas website as well as at Beauty.com, dermstore.com and other online sites. To make mine last longer I clean off the brush after use (I’ll use a cleansing wipe or an Almay non-oily eye makeup remover pad). That way the color doesn’t harden and it’s ready for my next foray into looking great. If you tried Ellis Faas before but didn’t like their delivery system, it’s time to try again. They’ve improved it all for the better. — Marcia
*samples sent for review