Ellis Faas Concealer, Skin Veil Foundation, and Lights Eyeshadow review and swatches

Ellis Faas CosmeticsThe recent easy, breezy days with beautiful blooming lilac bushes have inspired me to do a summer look using Ellis Faas Cosmetics. Using my Ellis Faas stash is always total fun. I have a ball playing with the colors and feeling like a kid and an artist all rolled into one. The iconic bullet shaped pen applicators squeeze out color for mixing, playing, and experimenting. For those who prefer a traditional container, Ellis Faas has exactly what you want with their Foundation.

My look started with a few items that Ellis Faas sent us to test:  S204 Concealer, Skin Veil Foundation in S104L, and E301 Eyeshadow.

Ellis Faas S204 Concealer

Ellis Faas S204 Concealer

The Concealer ($40) is fantastic. You can either paint it on using the brush, or else pump some out onto a steel palette and use your own brush. It gives me terrific coverage that is natural looking and it doesn’t settle into fine lines. It covers my dark under eye circles and stays put all day. Love this. I also love this tip from Ellis Faas:  The secret to seamless concealer coverage lies in its relation to the foundation colour: darker skin demands more contrast between concealer and foundation, while lighter skin requires foundation and concealer that are more similar in colour.

Ellis Faas Foundation in S104L

Ellis Faas Foundation in S104L

Speaking of love….love love love the Skin Veil Foundation ($90)!! I have the bottle version, but the same foundation can be found is available in the Ellis Faas Pen for $65. Oh my goodness is this amazing. The creamy liquid foundation applies like a dream. It offers medium to full coverage and blends so beautifully…it really looks like your skin, only better. I actually like to apply this with my hands. I put two pumps into my palm, rubs my hands together, then smooth onto my face. It gives a truly flawless appearance. I can’t get over how much I love this foundation. My color is S104L, which is actually my summer shade when I am faux-tanning. It is great for medium skin. There are 8 shades available with great options for darker skin.

Ellis Faas E301

Ellis Faas E301

The Lights E301 Eyeshadow is one of the five dazzling ‘Light’ eyeshadows that offer a shimmery metallic effect.  Light E301 is a stunning silver that really opens the eye. I use this on the inner corner of the mobile lid for a great effect that is particularly terrific for deep-set eyes.

Beginning with these three winners from Ellis Faas, I built a perfect summery look. I started with the Skin Veil Foundation using my hands, followed by the Concealer in a scalene triangle shape under my eyes.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S503

Ellis Faas Glow Up S503

Next I added S304 Blush, which is a mulled wine shade that gives a great glow from within look, as well as Glow Up in S503 for a little bronzing.

Ellis Faas E106

Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E106

Ellis Faas Eyeliner

Ellis Faas Eyeliner E502

For my eyes, I used Lights E301 Eyeshadow on the inside half of the mobile lid. Then I used Creamy Eyes E106, a lilac taupe (how perfect!) for the crease and outer corner; and Eyeliner E502 which is a milk chocolate shade.  I wish I had the Ellis Faas Mascara but I’m out…it’s my favorite mascara of all time.

Ellis Faas Hot Lips L408

Ellis Faas Hot Lips L408

I finished with Hot Lips 408, a baby pink, topped with a little Glazed Lips L309, a clear lip gloss – my holy grail clear lip gloss.

Ellis Faas summer eye look

Ellis Faas summer eye look

Lisa's Ellis Faas Summer FOD

Lisa’s Ellis Faas Summer FOD

Then I headed outside and took some pics with my favorite lilac bush. So so happy that summer is almost here!!

If you haven’t tried Ellis Faas Cosmetics yet, I really encourage you to do so. And if you have some Ellis Faas already, break it out and play!  – Lisa

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Meet Ellis Faas in New York at her book signing!

EllisELLIS IN NEW YORK TO SIGN HER BOOK “ON THE EDGE OF BEAUTY”

Ellis Faas herself will be in New York next week and will be making a rare personal appearance at MWS Pro Beauty in order to sign her newly published book “On the Edge of Beauty”.

For those of you lucky people in New York, this is a “closed” event and attendance is limited! In order to attend, you will have to pre-order the book via the MWS Pro Beauty web-page. Here is the event information.  I sure wish I was going to be in the New York area that week!  – Lisa

Saturday, May 25:00-8:00 pm
MWS Pro Beauty
245 W 29th Street – 9th Floor

Why don’t you just Glow Up? Ellis Faas Glow Up review and swatches

Ellis Faas Glow Up promo picI 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.

Left to right:  Glow Up in S503, S501, and S502

Left to right: Glow Up in S503, S501, and S502

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.

Glow Up pan in the Ellis Case

Glow Up pan in the Ellis Case

S503 on the sponge applicator

S503 on the sponge applicator

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.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S501

S501 is Porcelain Glow.  This is a soft champagne that is pure magic for getting some ‘blurred lines’.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S502

S502 is Satin Glow.  This is a warmer golden glow.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S503

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.

Wearing Ellis Faas Glow Up in S503

Wearing Ellis Faas Glow Up in S503

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

*sent for editorial consideration

Ellis Faas exclusive Summer Set of 3 Lip Colors for Net-a-Porter

For this summer, Ellis Faas has created an exclusive set for Net-a-Porter. The set contains three universally loved shades in three different textures. A different product for each moment of a beautiful summer’s day!
  • Ellis Faas Set

    Ellis Faas Set

    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.

    Milky Lips L207 Nude Pink

    Milky Lips L207 Nude Pink

    Glazed Lips L304 Sheer Orange

    Glazed Lips L304 Sheer Orange

    Hot Lips L401 Bright Red

    Hot Lips L401 Bright Red

    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.

Drama or not? Your choice with Ellis Faas Mascara

 

Ellis Faas

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.

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas mascara 2Now 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).

Brown and Black

Milk Chocolate and Black

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.

Ellis Faas eyes

Ellis Faas Black Mascara

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.

Brown

Less drama – Milk Chocolate Mascara

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.

Milk Chocolate on the left, Black on the right

Milk Chocolate on the left, Black on the right

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.

Ingredients:

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)

Continuing the eyeliner quest with Ellis Faas Eyeliners

Ellis Faas Eyeliner

Ellis Faas Eyeliner

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).

EF eyeliner comes in black and brown

EF eyeliner comes in black and 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.

Ellis Faas Eyeliner tip

Ellis Faas Eyeliner tip

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.

Ellis Faas 502 eyeliner on brush

Ellis Faas 502 eyeliner on brush

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.

EF brown swatches

EF brown swatches

from ellisfaas.com

from ellisfaas.com

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.

Ellis Faas Eyeliner 501 (black)

Ellis Faas Eyeliner 501 (black)

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.

black and brown Ellis Faas swatches

black and brown Ellis Faas swatches

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

Lisa’s Top Twelve Picks for 2013

The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!

goodbye-2013-and-hello-2014-32013 was a great year for fantastic finds that I now use almost every day.  Here, in no particular order, are my favorite products that have brought me constant joy.

1.  Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)

Ribbon

The Ribbon Wand

Ribbon

a Ribbon Wand curl…

Ribbon

and then the Ribbon Wand curl combed through with my fingers…swoon!

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)

Ellen

Wantable Ellen Necklace

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)

Bronze Buffer sponges

Bronze Buffer sponges

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

HTY

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.

5.  Lanikai Bath and Body

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai Loofah Soap

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)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

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.

7.  Make Up For Ever 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

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)

Bango

Bango Hair Cutting Kit

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)

the top conceals the brush

Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow – the top conceals the brush

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)

Ellis

Ellis Faas Hot Lips

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)

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcase

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)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

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