The pen is back!
When one area of my life is gradually spiraling out of control, I attempt to balance it out by reining in the other ones. For example, I’m still living out of boxes right now because the thought of unpacking makes my head spin. I mean, couldn’t I feasibly leave everything where it is and save myself so much work when I move into an apartment at the end of the summer? That’s how I’m justifying it in my head right now, as I trip over piles of clothes every night and spend hours rooting through clutter trying to locate that one green pen I swear I packed away with my notebooks. Which is all to say, this is why I’m wrapping up the ELLIS FAAS Creamy Eyes reviews today. See? Totally making that mess of a living situation better by updating my blog and waxing eloquent about makeup. It all works out in my head.
If I had to pick a least favorite out of my recently acquired trio of ELLIS FAAS pens, it would probably be this one. As you are about to read though, I still think it’s absolutely smashing. If you’re a new reader, this should at least tip you off about my feelings toward the Creamy Eyes line. I love them. Yes, the price ($36 per tube, let’s just get that out of the way now) borders on ridiculous, but who needs food and clothes, really? And yes, I’ve had my fair share of time yelling at inanimate objects when faced with the infamous click pens. Yet in the end, I still rate these highest when it comes to cream eyeshadows. Think about that for a moment, if you will.
Today’s feature is E124 Teal. It’s a very wearable rendition of the shade, not as bright as you might think but still appropriately colorful. The intensity is about halfway between E118 Light Blue and E113 Navy Blue, but…you know, more teal. I’m utterly unhelpful, aren’t I? You’re welcome.
As I’ve mentioned before, these don’t translate very well to arm swatches. In fact, looking at this, I’d be hard pressed to consider putting it on my eyes. But the texture of these just translates so well to the lids. They’re always just sheer enough so that you can see the texture of skin barely peeking through, like a veil of color sinking into the skin. And yet they’re never patchy and although they’re most definitely a liquid-cream type product, they don’t crease. As in no primer required, even on the most stubborn of eyelids.
A quick crash course in application for those who are new to this product: use your fingers, not the applicator brush. A little goes a long way, so pat on thin layers of color until you get your desired consistency. Go back over the areas you want to darken, and you’ll be amazed at how seamlessly you can create depth and dimension with a single shade. Alternately, you can whip out your favorite liner brush and go to town on your upper or lower lashline.
Like the previously reviewed E129 Peachy Skin, this shade contains the barest hint of shimmer, although it is probably more shimmer than I’ve found in any of my other Creamy Eyes pens. On the eyes, you can just barely make it out as a slight glow in certain areas. The color of the shimmer is noticeably brighter than the cream base, which has a more subdued tone. Gorgeous color, although I’d have to say that my favorite blue from the line remains the pale, grey-toned E118.
What have you been up to this week? What’s your favorite shade cream shadow formula? Which do you hate more, packing or unpacking?
Browse through additional reviews of the Creamy Eyes line below:
- E103 Deep Black
- E106 Lilac Taupe
- E113 Navy Blue
- E118 Light Blue
- E119 Yellow Ochre
- E125 Khaki Green
- E129 Peachy Skin
Full Disclosure: The product featured in this post was submitted by PR for editorial consideration and review. All opinions are my own. For more information, please refer to my disclaimer.