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Ellis Faas Foundation & Concealer Review, Swatches, Photos

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ellis faas foundation concealer 102 202

Today I have a review of Ellis Faas’s foundation & concealer, which I purchased at The Makeup Show a few weeks ago. First, let me note that these are way, way more expensive than almost anything I’ve written about on this blog.  The concealer is $40 for 2.4ml and the foundation is either $65 for 14ml (in pen form; this is what I have – it comes with two 7ml cartridges) or $90 for 30ml (in a pump top bottle). I bought these at a discount, but if I manage to finish them, I’d repurchase at full price.

First, let’s talk about the packaging. It’s lovely, but known for being difficult to use. This is my second concealer pen (I lost the first), and both have functioned just fine – the brush on the first was a bit wonky (see it here), the brush on this one is fine.  I don’t love click pens for concealer, but I don’t mind them.

ellis faas concealer brush

Concealer brush / applicator

The brush on the foundation bothers me more. The foundation comes out just fine, but I feel like too much product is lost in the brush, and I don’t like this style of brush for application – I prefer fingers, a beautyblender-type sponge, or a flat-topped brush. I’m probably going to either cut off the brush or just decant the cartridges into a squeeze tube.

ellis faas foundation brush

Foundation brush / applicator

The products themselves, however are truly excellent. The texture is perfect; they just melt into the skin.  Aside from the coverage, I can’t see that I’m wearing foundation.  The foundation is on the sheer side, and the concealer has medium coverage. Note that the ingredients for each product are online at ellisfaas.com.

I have the foundation in shade 102 and the concealer in shade 202; each is the second lightest shade, and each is described as being for “fair/light skin with neutral undertone.” The concealer is just a touch darker than the foundation, which I find works well.

ellis faas 102 202 swatches

Left: foundation in 102, unblended & mostly blended
Right: concealer in 202, unblended & mostly blended

In the following collage, I have no makeup on in the left hand photo. You can see some redness, some unevenness and lots of freckles.  In the center photo, I’m only wearing foundation; my skin looks better – more even, but still natural. The foundation diffuses light really well, and the texture of my skin looks better as well.  In the right hand photo, I’ve added concealer – I do realize it’s hard to see a difference. The concealer really is great though!

no makeup // foundation only // foundation & concealer

no makeup // foundation only // foundation & concealer

Overall, I adore these products.  I plan to use every last drop of each, and it’s likely that I will repurchase both eventually. If you can stomach the price, I’d highly recommend them both.

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Ellis Faas Ellis Red (L101) Creamy Lips Review & Swatches

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Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L101

One of the brands I was excited to check out at The Makeup Show was Ellis Faas; I had heard so much about this brand (and it’s somewhat controversial applicators), but hadn’t tried any of its products.  I’ve already reviewed the concealer I purchased (which I love!).  In that review, I mentioned that I also received another Ellis Faas product to try out, and that’s what I have for you today: Creamy Lips in the brand’s signature shade, Ellis Red.

For general thoughts on the bullet packaging / applicator system, please see my prior post.  Instead of a brush, the Creamy Lips applicator is a sort of hard sponge tip; it’s covered in a soft material, but it’s firm and not dentable.  I find that the applicator works quite well with the texture of this specific product – I can apply the lipstick straight from the applicator if needed.  However, I prefer a crisper line on my upper lip than I can achieve with the applicator, so I’ve been using a lip brush most of the time.

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips Applicator

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips Applicator

The Creamy Lips product feels to me like a lightweight lip cream rather than a traditional lipstick. I keep wanting to repeat the word lightweight – I can barely feel it on my lips once applied. The texture just disappears into my lips, and (aside from the vivid color), it almost looks like I don’t have on any lip product at all; the texture of my lips is just the texture of my lips.

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L101 Ellis Red Swatch

L101 Ellis Red

Part of Ellis Faas’s premise is that all of its products are “human colors”  — colors that naturally exist in the human body.  The shade of Creamy Lips I have is L101, Ellis Red,  and is described as a blood red. On me, it’s a neutral medium red; not too dark, not too bright – very wearable and classic.  I’ve heard that some people find the wear time of Cream Lips to be fantastic, but I found it to be fairly average – if you’ve tried these products, how was it for you?

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L101 Ellis Red Swatch-2

L101 Ellis Red

Overall, this is a really lovely product, but I’m not sure I would pay full price for it.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s a high quality product, I’d just rather choose something else to splurge on.  The applicator works, but I prefer a regular lipstick or a tube-style liquid lipstick.  The color is really lovely – a great neutral red – but not unique.  I do really love the texture, and if it were a bit longer lasting on me, I would be quite tempted to pick up another shade.

Creamy Lips retails for $35 and is available at Ellisfaas.com or Sephora.com; if you’re in Los Angeles, none of the Sephora stores carry the line, but Nigel Beauty (in North Hollywood) sells it in-store.

*I received the featured product for free courtesy of Ellis Faas and The Makeup Show.  This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Ellis Faas Concealer Review, Swatches, Photos

Ellis Faas Concealer S202

One of the items that I purchased at The Makeup Show was this Ellis Faas concealer – my first Ellis Faas product. (I also received another Ellis Faas product courtesy of Ellis Faas and The Makeup Show, and will be reviewing that separately.)  Ellis Faas is a brand I’ve heard a lot about; most of what I’ve heard is that people adore the products, but have very mixed feelings about the applicator system – almost all products come in identical bullet-shaped pens.

The pens are certainly sleek and lovely, but I can understand why they’re controversial.  You can’t see how much product you’re getting, and you can’t see how much you have left.  It takes many, many “clicks” to get the product started, and when it starts coming out of the pen, it comes out very fast and wastes some product.  The design doesn’t seem particularly hygienic, though Ellis Faas does suggest you clean the applicators regularly.  The only distinguishing factor between them is the base of the pen, so they need to be stored upside down if you have several and want to be able to tell them apart.

On the other hand, the pens are extremely portable – great for travel or to throw in to your purse.  Ellis Faas makes gorgeous clips and holders for storage, if you have several of them. Both of the applicators I have function well (though my concealer brush is slightly splayed), and if I don’t want to use them to apply, I can either take a brush directly to the applicator or apply product to the back of my hand and then apply from there.

Ellis Faas Concealer Applicator

Ellis Faas Concealer Applicator

Moving on from the packaging to the product itself – the concealer is thin, fluid, and moisturizing.  I would categorize it as buildable medium to full coverage – which surprised me, given the thin consistency! It did a fantastic job of covering redness around my nose, and the finish was the best part – very natural, just like my skin.

Although I do not have particularly dark undereye circles, I tested this concealer under the eyes as well.  Because it is thin and moisturizing, it worked well under my eyes, and my guess is that it is pigmented enough to cover most dark circles.

Ellis Faas Concealer S202 Swatch

S202: Not blended, partially blended, completely blended

I was matched to the shade S202, which is described as “fair/light skin with neutral undertone.”  It’s a good match for me.  The concealer comes in eight shades, and does have a decent shade range (ranging from what appears to be decently light to decently dark).

Overall, I think this is a fantastic concealer – I can understand the hype!  The packaging isn’t ideal, but it’s workable (and pretty!), and the product is really great – surprisingly pigmented and with a lovely finish.

Ellis Faas concealer retails for $40 and is available to purchase on Ellisfaas.com and Sephora.com (online only).

*As noted in this review, I purchased featured concealer, but received an additional Ellis Faas product courtesy of Ellis Faas/ The Makeup Show.  This post contains an affiliate link. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.