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 😛
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 😛
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
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I think if I were to put one in my bag, I’ll really mistake it for a pen.
Haha I already mistake my Dior Serum de Rouge for pens in my bag 😛
I remember coming across the brand whilst I was visiting London in Space NK at Knightsbridge about a year ago. I stopped by their counter for a bit to look at eye shadows but nothing really caught my eye as the cream shadows just didn’t do it for me and I just moved straight to my intended target, Eve Lom. 😉 But after reading Rae’s review and looking at the swatch, I WANT IT!! 😀 I can imagine it looking really nice all over the lid, just well-blended and smoked out a bit with a bit of liquid liner for going out at night. I truly can’t wait for your full review just so I can make my mind on, to purchase or not to purchase, that is the question… 😉
Haha we are all so suggestible aren’t we? 😉 I’d never seen them in real life before this so it was a big surprise getting it in the mail hehe… I’ll have the reviews come up soon and you’re right. Its so easy to wear just 1 colour – I wore mine in the day! 😉
Jamilla Camel says
Ellis Faas is also sold at Liberty in London. I have yet to try the brand – thank you for the review!
Thanks Jamilla! Its good for those in the UK to know this! 😀
Ellis is an amazing and a very successful MUA, she worked pretty much with all the top companies of the beauty and fashion world (yes, such as Chanel and LV and many, many more). I read several articles about her and was really amazed.
And her line is brilliant, I absolutely love all the products that I have.
And your reviews helped me a lot too when I was looking for colours to buy! I did pass on the cheek colours though. They looked hard to wear but I love how a successful MUA can come up with such an innovative brand concept (with pretty good products to boot!)
I am happy to hear that they did! 🙂
Hey Paris, I recently purchased 3 items from this brand after reading about them in blogs 🙂 I got a blush, milky lips and creamy eyes. I find it cheapest to pay in USD as the exchange rate is the longest amongst the 3 accepted currencies. But I have to admit I haven’t even try any of the 3 items cos I still have a lot of new make up to try 😛
Ooh you got the blush! I was a bit iffy about the blush but I am liking the creamy eyes. It lasts and lasts!
Can’t wait for your review! I’ve been curious about this brand for quite a while!
Me too! Darn blog reads eh? 😉
I read about this brand in a Netherland beauty blog. Waiting for you to do a look using some of these items u showed here. thanks
I hope to soon! Thanks!
rainy days & lattes says
Interesting packaging! I don’t know of any Dutch makeup brands either, but it looks very sleek and sophisticated 🙂
Its most certainly unique! 😀
Okay – must try! Wanna see Ellis Red!
Yani, it is YOU! 😀
Ooh, I almost got myself an Ellis Red as well! But since I’ve got more lipsticks than I can handle, I’ll buy only if there is a killer sale (or a nice discount). I’m waiting eagerly for the swatches! 😉
There’s a 10% off code for a limited time (I believe) but nothing very life altering. Will be sure to tweet/FB if there is a good code! 😀