Unique is the key word for this review. Ellis Faas is the epitome of unique. There is nothing quite like her cosmetics. First there’s the unique packaging. You either love it or hate it. I love it for its space age sleekness and portability. Next there’s her delivery system which is truly a love or hate relationship. If you use the products a lot you’ll love the delivery, if not you can get frustrated trying to restart the products.
No matter what though I love what’s inside the tubes. Unique colors and textures that are unlike any other brand. As a lover of cream products I can’t help but be drawn to the eyeshadows and blushes. My latest acquisition of the eyeshadows makes me wonder why I don’t use Ellis Faas on a more regular basis. I have three Creamy Eyes shadows to share and they are pretty amazing.
Starting a new Ellis Faas product can sometimes be a study in patience. It takes a while to get the tubes primed and ready to use. But then that first drop of color appears and you feel success rewarding you for your patience. Ellis Faas eyeshadows are available in 2 consistencies and 21 colors. The newest ones are more “normal” shades than the original metallics and shades based on tones within the body. Now you can get blue, yellow, green, purple etc. Milky Eyes are translucent, liquid eyeshadow that is ideal for can be used as a colour stain or a subtle wash. Creamy Eyes are opaque, semi matte eyeshadow with a velvety texture, providing coverage without heaviness.
E118 is described as light blue. I found it to be more of a slate blue that paired beautifully with gray blue shadows if I wanted to mix cream and powder. I tried it with both Nars Underworld duo and with a Rouge Bunny Rouge charcoal and got beautiful dramatic looks that never budged. I didn’t need an eyeshadow primer. E118 went on like a breeze with the brush on the pen and blended easily. It dried really fast so I didn’t have a lot of work time. It looks exactly the same 18 hours after application but it feels light as air once on.
E119 is called yellow ochre. This isn’t the easiest shade for me to wear unfortunately. The formula is so wonderful and long lasting but I have a lot of pink in my skin so the shade wasn’t quite right. Not one to give up easily though I used E119 as an eyeshadow base and then used several of the warm brown powder eyeshadows in my collection. This changed the look of several of the colors, adding some variety. I got the long lasting effect of a lightweight shadow and have been able to use a shade that wasn’t quite right.
E113 is a dark navy, a very dark navy. Applying it right from the brush wasn’t possible for me. It just was too dramatic for my taste. I used a trick I learned from my blog partner Lisa and put it on my stainless steel palette, then picked it up with a taklon brush for application. That way I could blend the color down. My favorite way to use it though is as an eyeliner. I twist the applicator until I get a small amount out, put that on the palette and then pick it up with my Paula Dorf eyeliner brush. It makes an incredible eyeliner. I’ve worn it that way with E118 (above) and it lasts the entire day. If you are looking for an alternative to a black smokey eye and don’t want the color to fade or smudge away then E113 is something to consider.
These shadows are all considered semi matte and are as light as air texture wise. They are extremely long lasting. Creamy Eyes shadows were created for shaping and contour but I’ve found they do a wonderful job with eyelining. They dry very quickly and contain a “special brand of flower and coffee extracts”. At $36 each they are expensive but sometimes you have to go that extra mile to get something this unique. If you are a makeup aficionado then you’ve got all the colors over and over again. Taking a chance on a different system will make you pretty unique too. – Marcia
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Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica, C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone,trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Cera Alba, Dicalcium Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Hydrogenated Styrene/isoprene Copolymer, Dimethicone/vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate. May Contain [+/-] Ci77891, Ci77491, Ci77492, Ci77499, Ci77007, Ci75470, Ci77742, Ci77510, Ci77288, Ci77289, Ci19140, Ci42090.