The best thing about a brand that does uniform packaging? You can take one good picture, and be done FOREVER.
Ok, maybe not philosophical. But I’m going to talk a lot. Isn’t this the way things usually go on my blog?
Lately, due to my inability to understand that an alarm clock means wake up now, I’ve been surviving on a morning diet of partial granola bars as I run to class. Why partial, you might ask? Because I, as a certified clumsy person, was not designed to run and eat at the same time, and sometimes pieces of that granola bar get unintentionally sacrificed in the race across campus. I’m working on it.
But back to my original point, I’ve been oversleeping. Which means I’ve been getting about 1-2 minutes to do my makeup, tops (I mean, if I want to do my makeup. Sometimes I’d rather just have the extra 120 seconds of sleep, honestly). While high school was an excellent training program for hair finger-combing/toast-eating in the car, college has been a delightful exercise in perfecting the 2 minute makeup routine of winged liner and fluttery lashes.
Which brings me to the subject of today’s review. See? I always get there eventually.
2 minute makeup: winged liner, curled lashes, mascara
I’ve been test driving Ellis Faas’ Mascara in Black for the past couple of weeks. It also comes in a milk chocolate-toned Brown, and although I’m aware it’s not likely to happen, I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll eventually introduce a blue version. The quality of the formula is on par with the rest of their products, which I’ve been obsessed with since I tried that first tube of Creamy Lips three years ago (has it really been that long?). It’s on the wet side, holds a decent curl, is lengthening, a little volumizing and easily buildable. No smudging or flaking to speak of either, although do keep in mind it’s not meant to be waterproof. Best of all, my lashes stay soft and flexible no matter no many coats I pile on.
Oh, but the packaging. Why must you always toy with my head like this, Ellis Faas? I’m happy to put up with the extra maneuvering the long wand requires (I tried to phrase that in the least awkward way possible, believe it or not. Thank god I never had to review a vibrating mascara), but something about the opening just causes massive overflow each time I cap the product. On one particularly rushed morning, I ended up decorating my duvet with a particularly expressive series of mascara swipes trying to clean up the excess. Not good.
To sum up, lovely formula but rather frustrating packaging, however sleek and shiny it may be. It’s one of the better mascaras I’ve tried this year, but I can’t exactly say this is ‘must-have’ at the hefty price tag of $34. If you’re an Ellis fan, chances are you’ll like this, but otherwise I’d go take a look in store (and soon) before you buy.
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