I am going to get right to the point. The new Ellis Faas Glow Up highlighters ($31.50) are FANTASTIC. I can’t quit playing with them…they are buttery soft, blendable highlighters that don’t just sit on top of the skin. They really make you ‘glow from within’, like the way skin looks in candlelight. I am head over heels for these gorgeous, silky powders that Ellis Faas sent us to test. Glow Up is so flattering I end up wearing at least one of the colors every single day.
First, let’s talk packaging. These come as pans that you can put it in a palette. Or, if you want to get fancy, go for the fab silver case. The Ellis Case ($12.50) is the portable version of the Ellis Holder ($35) for pressed powder. The Ellis Case is beautiful, a slick silver color and screw-on top. It has enough heft to feel substantial, but isn’t so heavy it’s annoying. The mirror on the top of the case is fabulous, and you always need a good mirror for applying powder.
The powder pan goes right into the case, and is held steady with a light magnet. It’s easy to pull out the pan when it’s time to replace your powder with a new one. It also comes with a sponge applicator that fits perfectly on top of the pressed powder highlighter, and I actually like the way Glow Up applies with the sponge. It creates a more concentrated but still subtle illumination. A large fluffy brush creates a wonderful soft focus effect.
I think that what makes Glow Up so amazing is that every shade makes the skin look luminous without any dryness or powdery build up, no matter how much I put on. Ellis Faas recommends putting the powder on the areas of the face where light falls first, like the cheekbones, nose, above the top lip, and the collarbone. Each of the shades work well as eyeshadow, too. This is not shimmer, folks…this is velvety, radiant glow. Swoon.
Glow Up comes in three different shades. They are all so flattering…I think each shade will work on pretty much any skin color.
S501 is Porcelain Glow. This is a soft champagne that is pure magic for getting some ‘blurred lines’.
S502 is Satin Glow. This is a warmer golden glow.
S503 is Deep Glow, the darkest of the shades. It has more red and brown than the other shades, and on fair skins this is a great contour shade.
I love Glow Up more than any other powder highlighter I have ever tried…and I think I own about fifty different kinds. Glow Up is pretty special. And it tickles me that I can Glow Up to look younger. I love a good pun! – Lisa
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