Everything I learned about Ellis Faas, I learned from the internet :)
Ellis Faas is Dutch – how many Dutch cosmetics brands do you know? Me? None. It is named after the owner and creator of the brand, Ellis Faas, a Dutch makeup artist. Let’s just say that this line is quite a little known (relatively) cult brand with a very unique packaging and concept.
All Ellis Faas products come in a pen form, just as you see here. They can also all be stuck into a round holder so you have everything you need in one holder. To be honest, each pen, from eye colours to lip colours to blush are indistinguishable from the outside which can be quite a bother. Each pen looks like a long silver bullet and feels surprisingly light.
I picked up a few items that you see here from different ranges and formula. The major stars of the range are the lip products of which one of them is touted as the perfect red lip – Ellis Red its called. I’ll just leave you with some photos and a quick introduction to the brand. I’ve only tried one of the items since receiving it, but am quite happy thus far so do watch out for forthcoming reviews.
For some reason, I had the impression that the silver pens were small. Don’t ask me why. These are pricey products so there was no real reason I should think they are small but I did. Instead, you’ll find that each pen is long.
See what I mean? Its long and its actually quite a nice heft and shape. Fat enough for my fingers to get around but not so fat that I can barely grasp it.
The pointed end is actually the cap and the other end is where you turn for the liquid colour to be pushed out. The eye and lip products come with a brush applicator. The cream blush comes with a sponge applicator, but I did not get a blush from this brand. Yes, surprising I know. I’m surprised too :P
The brush applicator is very dense and firm. None of those floppy business you get sometimes with brush type applicators. You have to twist the bottom quite a bit before the colour comes out but you also have to be careful because the colours are very pigmented, so you only really need very little.
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E104
E104 is actually a creamy chocolate brown that dries down to a powdery finish. The colour is very intense and although I thought I might have made a mistake with this one, it looks lovely for a neutral eye. You can smudge it out and fade the edges, so I used this alone for a nice work eye and it was quite possibly one of the quickest looks I’ve done. Lovely creamy colour that lasts all day, does not crease, and is easy to use. I’ll have a proper review soon. The photos I took that I thought to show were terrible due to the poor lighting but you can get an idea of colour from Rae. I credit (blame?) her for my Ellis Faas order. She tweeted a free international shipping code and the rest, as they say, is history :P
As I’ve said, Ellis Faas cosmetics aren’t cheap – cult brands rarely are, but I am liking how unique it is and I plan to take the reknowned lip colours for a spin soon! If you have tried anything from Ellis Faas, I’d love to hear what you have to say. Sure, I don’t expect you to like the packaging (I’m iffy about it myself) but I do like the colours and texture based on the ones I’ve tried.
Ellis Faas Cosmetics is available online at www.ellisfaas.com and they ship worldwide (I believe international shipping is flat US$7.50). It is also available at selected stores (e.g. Liberty’s in London) Eye colours are €26/US$36, Lip Colours €25/US$35, Concealer €28/US$40