Makeup: Ellis Faas
Ellis Faas Beauty is fairly new to me. I first used a lip gloss from the line about three months ago. Then, while at the Sephora Meatpacking Store opening party a few months back, I came across an awesome display with all of the Ellis Faas products. Here’s what struck me: every product is in a sleek, silver pen-like tube (save for the foundation called “Skin Veil” that people rave about – although I have yet to try – and compact powder). I remember thinking, this is the coolest, most original line in the entire store – it must be European! And alas, I was correct.
The woman behind the brand, Ellis Faas, is a Dutch celebrity makeup artist who got her big break from the fab fashion photographer, Mario Testino. Ellis started her eponymous product line a few years ago, and based the collection around the colors that exist in the human body. Each product is a fluid (because the human body is made up of mostly water, notes Ellis) and comes housed in a bullet-influenced, silver pen. The applicator brush is attached to each pen so it makes application tres tres easy (and chic). For example, the liquid eye liner has a thin paint brush-like applicator while the eyeshadow and lippies have a slightly thicker bristled applicator or a sponge applicator, depending on the type of formula you have chosen (milky and glazed lips come bristled, creamy lips come sponged).
Besides being the coolest packaged makeup company I have ever encountered, the products work surprisingly well. At one point, I seemed to have overused the gold liquid shadow and, as it dries rather quickly, I simply used my finger to pat down the excess. Between fingers and applicators, I feel like a little girl painting in elementary school!
The site is awesome and worth a glance too. There is an entire section devoted to “How To” videos so you have no excuses for not understanding how to apply the various products. This video is quite interesting with its dynamic use of face color (unwearable yet very artistic) inspired by a Francis Bacon exhibit from the Tate Museum in London. The site also has fabulously dramatic images of women with loads of makeup that somehow seem so beautiful.
Products To Try:
Ellis Glazed Lips L303 – A sheer, glossy red (Ellis is known for her fabulous red hues, this one is a favorite).
Ellis Eyeliner in Black – Liquid, easy to apply, leaves an amazingly precise line. Love.
Ellis Lights in E303 – A goldish/ bronze metallic liquid shadow that dries rather quickly but still manages to maintain a “wet”look.
The classic holder is a must if you want to be hygienic and store your products fashionably.