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.
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.
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.
*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.