I was delighted to discover an Ellis Faas Summer Set in my mail a few weeks ago. The winter here has been long and bitterly cold so I was so glad to see a little glint of summer, even if it came in the form of makeup (who am I kidding- especially when it comes in the form of makeup!)
The Summer 2011 Gift set is a selection of products that aims to ‘create a bronzed summer look’
- Light E303
– Blush S303
– Glazed Lips L309
availability: MECCA Cosmetica (Australia), Bergdorf Goodman (US) www.ellisfaas.com (international)
note: last time I checked, shipping to Australia from the Ellis Faas website was $7.50.
E303 is a gorgeous bronze-gold with a highly metallic finish.
Although I have lots of bronze-gold eye products already, E303 is worlds apart from the products in my collection due to the intensity of the colour as well as it’s incredible wear time and resistance to both fading and creasing with no need for primer!
In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen anything perform on the eye quite like it.
The packaging is my only issue with this product. I find it a little awkward to use, especially if you are trying to blend the product on your eye with the applicator- the more you blend, the more product oozes out and you just end up with way too much. I think the best way to get around this problem is to apply the product with the brush applicator and then use a separate brush to blend.
note: the photo of E303 on my lids really does not do this product justice. The eyeshadow is 100x more intense in real life.
Although this product is often described as ‘clear’ lipgloss, but to my eyes it’s more a translucent white. When applied, it seems to make the lips fresher looking and a little dreamy . It’s difficult to describe, but you’ll just have to take my word that it’s so much more than just a ‘clear’ gloss.
Like the other Glazed Lips I’ve tried, this feels like a balm and feels so good on the lips. If you hate stickiness but still want shine, definitely check out the Ellis Faas Glazed Lips.
This product is a deep golden brown gel bronzer type product. As you can see in the swatch further down, it is very very pigmented and quite dark.
To be completely honest, I haven’t quite figured out how to use this product on my fair-medium olive complexion. It’s way too dark to use straight from the applicator and if I dilute it with foundation my face just looks dirty.
It might be a product developed for darker complexions than mine, I’m not entirely sure. If you know how I can make this work, please let me know!
The Light E303 and the Glazed Lips L309 are the standout products in this set, and products that I think are unique additions to my makeup collection. I would be more inclined to buy those two products outside of the Summer Set, just because I don’t feel that the Bronzer really works on my skintone at this point.
note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration.