I love Ellis Faas products which I think is quite well documented on this little blog so it’s pretty exciting to me that there are seven new colours (not that I have all the existing shades yet!), so its great to add a few more to my rather large collection.
The seven new shades are Navy Blue E113, Bordeaux Red E11, Purple E115, Lilac E116, Mint Green E117, Light Blue E118 and Yellow Ochre E119.
I have three of them and I’m super impressed with the shades I must say so here’s a quick look at them in action. If you enlarge this picture you should be able to see each shade has a very subtle iridescence, its far from shimmer, its a soft multi coloured hint of glow.
Navy Blue E113 – my fave! Perfect for a smudgy rocky eye and a perfect change from black.
Lilac E116 – it is lilac but has more than a hint of taupe to it.
Mint Green E117 – a lovely glowy green, slightly more vivid than my picture shows with the most obvious shimmer of the three (but still very subtle).
I don’t have a bad word to say about any of these. The shades are gorgeous and the formula a perfect as ever.
I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas doing whatever it is that you’ve been up to! As I’m scheduling this post in advance I can’t report on it yet but I’m optimistic that I will have had a great time!
I’m doing a quick post to tell you all about the Ellis Faas Winter Gift Set.
As with all the seasonal gift sets from Ellis Faas, you get three co-ordinating products to give you a complete look.
This set contains three best sellers, the Ellis Red Milky Lips L201 for blood red lips, Creamy Eyes E103 which is a pitch black that blends like a dream or can be used as a liner and then finally a pale Milky Eyes in E209 which is gorgeous.
All three of these come with the brush style applicator rather than the sponge type and I really like the brush, however, the black is so incredibly pigmented I’ve not dared to put it directly onto my eyes for fear of making a mistake so I’ve been using my hand as a palette and picking up product from there using a brush. The black blends like a dream, well as does the Milky Eyes and it’s really easy to put together a good look using these products, I’ve found applying the black first into and above the crease then dabbing the pale shade over the lid gives a fantastic stylish look. As for Ellis Red, what is there that I can say that hasn’t been said before. it’s blood red and it’s bright. Really really bright. You can see it on me here.
I’ve really liked the colour combinations of all the sets I’ve been sent over the last year but I’d say this one is the most versatile. The black can be blended out for a smoky eye, or applied as a superb base, or just in a line for your winged liner (if I’d ever managed to do it without cocking the whole thing up at least) because with the formula of these, once they set and dry they just don’t budge. Great stuff.
I’ll try to bring photos of the whole look on, I’ve already done it but forgot to take photographs! The set is £55 and available from http://www.ellisfaas.com/
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
Now this little thing here is an Ellis Clip. It’s completely ingenious! Do you have more than one Ellis Faas pen? I do.
These little plastic clips join together like this:
And then your pens just slide in like so:
It just looks so cool and you can just slide out the pens that you want and slot them back in when you’re done without having to undo the clips.
The whole point being that you can keep them all together easily and the above just rolls up for easy portability. It’s so simple it’s brilliant!
You can just easily keep your pens together and sling them in your bag or whatnot, I’m so impressed with such a simple idea. I’ve wanted one of the Ellis Holder’s for ages, but I prefer the clips!
The clips are £2 each and available from www.ellisfaas.com.
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Each season Ellis Faas selects three bestsellers from her range to create a set perfect for the season. Summer’s offering was beautiful and Autumn’s is stunning too, although definitely more daring!
So included in this little set is the petrol coloured Milky Eyes E204, Black Mascara E401 and cherry Creamy Lips L102.
Ok so swatches of the eye colour and the lipstick.
Nice no? A little look at the applicators?
The applicators are much discussed for a variety of reasons my main gripe is simply that the product dries and clogs the applicators meaning you either have to wash when you’ve finished, wash before you use or poke holes in 😉 I find the applicators a doddle to use though.
Milky Eyes E204 is a stunning colour, and is very easy to build up. This is relatively sheered out. The swatches above give you a good example of how deep you can make the colour.
And the lips first in natural light and secondly with flash. A gorgeous colour. Equally gorgeous blotted out to a berry stain (not shown – but what I did so I didn’t look like mutton on the school run).
And finally, all the products together? I am sorry about the picture. It’s not a great one :S
The kit is £50 and available now from http://www.ellisfaas.com/. If you buy the set you’re saving yourself £15 (if you bought the items individually). As always, these sets are brilliant bargains!
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Love these seasonal sets Ellis Faas produce for us and this Summer’s is brilliant for creating a bronzed look.
We’ve had a look at a few samples of Ellis Faas Lips and now it’s time to have a little look at the Ellis Faas Eyes range. Exactly the same packaging as the lip products.Heavy, stylish, quality, even the same applicators. One is a sponge tip, as shown in the above picture and the other is a small brush. In addition they both have the colours inset into the base for easy reference. And it is really handy I have to admit. I forgot to take pictures of that for my lips post so you can see them now. No complaints with the packaging at all. I love it!
So the eyeshadows are liquid but they dry to a matte powder.They promise not to crease and to leave a smooth finish. Whilst the lip products come in three finishes, Glaze, Creamy and Milky, the eye shadows come in two finishes, Creamy and Milky, and are available in 14 colours. I was sent Creamy Eyes E105 which is is taupey mauve shade filled with very subtle lilac shimmer. It’s absolutely stunning and although there is shimmer there the dimension it adds to the colour is very subtle. Here’s how it looks on with a blurry shot which demonstrates the shimmer to good effect (but you will need to enlarge it really):
I was also sent Milky Eyes E208. The Milky eyes have a more translucent considently and are generally speaking more vivid. E208 is a pinky peachy tan shade and although I have used it on my eye I don’t yet have photo’s of it in use, so I will do a Face of the Day post using it soon. I do however have a picture of both colours swatched and I blended the E208 a bit to demonstrate it’s finish.
I find these products easy to use BUT you do need to practice as it takes some times to get used to the product as it comes out of the applicator, as with the Lips, it is easy to overdo, but once you’ve got the feel for it it’s easier. I like to apply to my eyelid using the applicator and in the pictures above I simply used my fingers to blend the colour out. These last ALL day, I’ve had no problems with creasing at all and I have to say I’m very impressed.
I haven’t even mentioned the recently added (to the range) Lights… it goes without saying that pretty much all of these are on my list:
So thats it. A little look at Ellis Faas eyes. I love them.
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I have to say that until I started reading blogs I’d never heard of Ellis Faas cosmetics. And indeed, I still don’t hear about them very often. Being down here in Devon, the more exclusive brands are never heard of at all! So I gathered that it was a high end brand, that produced lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations, concealers (and I now know blushers and concealers) nearly all of which come in a pen format which looked very swanky but had mixed reviews. The signature product is Ellis Red. A red lipstick, the colour of blood, from the Human Colours collection which is supposed to flatter all women, as it is neither too orange, nor too blue. When I surfed the net for images of Ellis Red, it was so blood like it actually made me feel faint (being a blood phobic). Anyway, more on that later.
Lets first talk about the packaging. It really does look spectacular. Like an elongated bullet, or a pen, irs shiny silver metal that feels heavy and expensive in your hands and handily, inlaid in the end of each lipstick is a swatch of the colour contained within so you can easily see which one you’ve picked up. Handy!
The lipsticks are available in 27 colours and three finishes, with Ellis Red being available in all three finishes. I was sent one of each finish in three different colours so lets have a closer look.
L-R: Creamy Lips L106, Milky Lips L201 and Glazed Lips L308
Now then, I won’t lie, I tried all of these a couple of days ago and I couldn’t make any of them work on me, they were streaky, or they bled or just looked awful. However I sat down to have another go today and used a lipliner and a lot more care and I’m really pleased with the results. So lets have a look at them all individually starting with Creamy Lips L106.
The Creamy Lips formula is a classic lipstick finish which you can build up in degrees from a stain effect to full coverage. L106 is a gorgeous orangey brown colour, the finish is beautiful too and although I haven’t actually worn this kind of shade for years (1990 Boots No17 Toffee Apple) I can see me getting a lot of wear out of this one.
Next is Milky Lips L201, aka Ellis Red. I really struggled to apply this without streaks previously but actually, this is a brush not a sponge and I just had far too much product. The Milky Lips formula is less opaque than the creamy and I have just read in the catalogue some suggestions for wear which I plan to try next time, namely a feather light layer all over your lips or applied to the centre of your lips and blended out with fingertips. I just went for blanket coverage in these pics. Turns out that although this is incredibly like blood, I’m not squeamish about it at all. It’s lovely, but very full on here. Oh and excuse the blurry pic, sadly it was the best of a bad bunch.
Lastly is Glazed Lips L308. Ultra glossy and I found it not sticky and pretty long wearing, these can also be blotted for a stain effect. L308 is a great nude for me, not too pink or too pale. I don’t think the lip swatch does it a huge amount of justice because it really is gorgeous on.
So there we have it, my first foray into Ellis Faas cosmetics and it’s overwhelmingly positive. These all retail at £21 so they have to be good and they really are, beautiful finishes, stunning packaging and unfortunately for my purse I now want the holder, skin veil, powder and a whole host of the eye products.
Gorgeous, covetable stuff!
*Disclosure – PR Sample *