I couldn’t let the spring season pass without mentioning this lovely set from Ellis Faas. To be brief, I love it, but you probably already knew that.* After all, Ellis Faas has never let me down before in terms of product quality before.
The only other set I own from the brand is the Summer ’11 offering, which was not worth the price to me since I didn’t love all three products equally. This set though, this set is perfect. There’s a tube of Creamy Eyes (a life-changing formula if I ever met one), one of Lights (gorgeous, indescribable finishes), and the requisite lip product. The colors remind me strongly of spring, but they can easily be worn year-round. And they complement each other so perfectly, it’s almost as if they were made for each other.
Well, they were in a way. That’s why this is a set.
*You didn’t actually think I was going to brief, did you? When has that ever happened on this blog? More behind the cut, people!
First, Creamy Eyes in E106. No one, and I mean no one, does cream shadows like Ellis Faas. They’re more fluid than your average cream shadow, yet you put them on your lids and they spread and blend like a dream. Then they dry down to this weightless finish, and they stay put all day long, no creasing or smudging to speak of. Primer not required.
swatches left to right: Creamy Eyes E206, Lights E304, Milky Lips L207
And this shade, I’ve been wearing it every single day for two weeks. It’s a taupey, neutral toned brown, and at times I swear I can see faint shimmer here and there, but my body might just be generating glitter in celebration of this set or something. Anyways, workhorse shade. You can wear it as a wash, or (and this is my personal favorite), do one layer all over the lid, then go back and blend a second layer in your crease and outer v. Magic!
Nothing but Creamy Eyes, Lights, and some Photoshopped lashes. Lash stamps via obsidiandawn
Lights E304 is another beauty. The Lights formula is iridescent liquid glitter goodness, and I love it. The shade, all sparkly violet-and-lilac, is a little less intense than the other 3 shades I own, but still quite beautiful onto the eye. Staying power is exceptional. I’ve mentioned this before, but Lights are extremely versatile. Wear them full opacity or sheered out, it’s your choice, and they’re gorgeous either way.
Finally, Milky Lips L207. This formula is mean to be lighter and sheerer than Creamy Lips, which it is. That being said, it still packs a great deal of pigment, and is nothing like a gloss. The shade is a medium, apricot-toned nude. It’s great for toning down my natural lipcolor without washing me out, as most nudes tend to do. It also adds a little warmth to my complexion. Lovely again.
I also found a few Ellis Clips at the bottom of my package (sold separately). For more information about those, see here. They’re a genius storage solution. I wouldn’t go so far as to say these are a necessity, but they’re quite a nifty way to keep your pens organized. Artsy shot that does absolutely nothing as far as showing the product’s function goes, but sometimes I just want to be artsy:
The set retails for a gulp-inducing $85. It’s pricey, but buying the products separately would cost $113 (someone check my math please). I like each of the products enough to recommend them together as a set. However…
The thing with Ellis Faas is, they make some of my favorite products in the world, but the packaging and prices. The pricing wouldn’t bother me as much if they could just repackage the line. I love the sleek look of my EF pens, but they’re just so distressing. Most of the ones I own dispense too much product, and I end up having to store the overflow in contact cases, and then try to use it up before it dries out. It just has to be said, because if the brand could just improve their packaging, they could take over the world. Seriously. They already make some of the most innovative, quality products I’ve come across, and it makes me sad that I have to add in a disclaimer about the packaging. So please, EF, repackage your line and then do your whole world domination thing, ok?
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