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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  • Hey Emi, I think I tried a sample a long time ago, but the shade wasn’t a match and I kinda forgot all about it. We don’t really have access to the brand anymore (there was a store or two that carried it, but they had too many problems with the packaging so they stopped), so it’s not that easy for me to swatch and try anything from the brand. I’m glad to hear you love these two so much though! The result really is very natural!

    • It’s too bad it isn’t available to you – they really have some lovely products.

    • Poulette

      The brand’s customer service is really wonderful, very responsive + great with sending out replacements if a pen doesn’t function or samples if you are curious – I know because I’ve just received some! I have been using both concealer & foundation for years, but particularly the concealer but I now think I have to go a shade lighter. However like you, no place to swatch so they generously sent some samples for me to try out.

      For me, these products are pricey but absolutely worth every single penny…. they are really THAT good.

  • Bellyhead

    I’m so bummed that I can’t find a match in the foundation!! The concealer is my favorite (hey and the same shade!) and I have repurchased many times at this point.

    • Ooh, that is too bad. Have you tried when you’re tanned & when you’re not-tanned?

  • Hannah Smith

    I’ve been thinking about getting this for ages! Do you think it would be hydrating enough for very dry skin?

    • Hmm, it’s not the most hydrating foundation I’ve tried, but it doesn’t seem to be drying either. It might work if you use the right skincare, but I’m not sure. Sorry I can’t give you a better answer!

  • Wow, these finish of these is beautiful! The packaging is super unique- I can see how it can be frustrating- but glad to hear the quality of the products make the packaging worth it 🙂