So, the name Ellis Faas has been mentioned on more than one occasion in the last week, when I’ve been having a creep around the internet.
Ellis Faas is a Netherland born and bread make up artist, who rose to fame when she was introduced to Karl Largerfeld and subsequently designed the make up looks for shows for Fendi and Chanel. The bio on her website http://www.ellisfaas.com states “Ellis has worked for make-up brands, such as Clinique, Lancôme and MAC Cosmetics – and she was asked by L’Oréal to create a make-up line for their skin care brand, Biotherm. After the contract with L’Oréal ended in 2007, the way was paved for her to create her own brand: ELLIS FAAS”.
The brands she has worked with in the past are a great mix of high street and high end and are all iconic in their own right. I hoped that the Ellis Faas make up line would match up, and after delving a bit deeper, I have no qualms that it wouldn’t. All reviews online, from professionals to bloggers alike are glowing for this sleek looking brand. Just look at this beautiful packaging…
There is a great range of products on offer, so let’s start with my favourite – the lips. There are four different ranges, each containing 9 shades apiece, with each lip bullet retailing for £23.00 ;
Creamy Lips – a pure burst of colour with a shiny finish.
Milky Lips – a fluid texture, with a long wear, high pigmented colour and a glossy finish. Supposedly great for those who prefer the “no lipstick feel”.
Glazed Lips – an ultra wet look product for a splash of colour. Non sticky formula with plant seed for hydration and protection.
Hot Lips – packed with pigmentation and only needed a tiny but of product to cover the whole lip. With it’s latest revolutionary texture, it’s non greasy and non drying.
Next up, that face and base products. There is one slightly pricy product here, and that’s the Skin Veil Foundation. Now the pump bottle retails for £55.00, however there is a slightly cheaper option, and one that’s much more compact and travel friendly, and that it the Skin Veil Foundation Pen at £35.00 – both the same formula that promises to glide and blend into the skin in a thin, buildable layer to give an illuminated appearance without feeling or looking like you’re wearing much of anything. It’s available in 8 different shades.
To concealer blemishes, hide pigmentation spots and cover dark circles there is the Concealer, which comes packaged in the same way as the lip products, and does looks incredibly sleek. It contains Karité and a Rice Wax, as well as Vitamin E and C to help with anti ageing and regenerating skin. It’s also available in 8 shades, to coincide with the foundation, and retails at £22.00 which I think is a pretty good price, compared to some of the other high end brands who produce the same concept concealer.
Another face product, but this time one with a bit of colour, is the Blush. Again packaged in the same bullet design (there is a clever idea behind this that I’ll come to in a bit), it comes in 4 shades and retails for £22.00. It’s a cooling and toning skin aid, with a flush of colour, it has a dewy finish with a long lasting glow.
Moving nicely onto the eyes, and onto a lengthening and separating Mascara which comes in two shades; a Black and Milk Chocolate, it retails at £22.00 and claims to be creamy in texture so that it coats and lengthens each lash. Another product with a fair price point of £21.00 and one that shares the same shade range is the Eyeliner, in liquid form – it turns from liquid into a vibrant powder finish with high pigmentation, and even higher staying power as they recommend you use a cleanser to remove.
Staying with the eyes is the Creamy Eye pen, which is a lifting, firming and protecting (oh my!) formula which applied like velvet. Applying just a thin layer means that you’ll get a long lasting and pigmented colour school will stay until taken off with a cleanser. This formula is available in a whopping 24 shades and retails for £24.00.
And lastly, the Ellis Faas Classic Holder, which retails for £22.00 but will make all you’re travelling dreams come true. The Holder is designed to house 6 of the sleek bullet shape lip, blush and eye products. Then in the middle, room is made for the pen size Skin Veil foundation. To top it off the top mirrored compartment has a spare space for the Ellis Faas compact pressed powder making the whole thing a grab and go dream come true.
With a good solid background in make up Ellis Faas has produced a beautiful, mature looking brand with some brilliant stand out products. The price point is relatively fair in compassion to other brands, with the pump foundation just jumping up into the mid £50 price bracket there. Lip and eye products is really what this brand holds in attraction for me though, if you haven’t already ventured in and looked and the gorgeous colours on offer, then make that your first task.
The brands featured in my ‘Brand Focus’ posts are ones which have come to my attention recently, or have been favourites of mine for some time. The opinions within this posts are mine alone. I have not been paid or sponsored for this post.