Ellis Faas Light E303 | review and swatches

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The product: Ellis Faas Light E303 (bronze)

I’m going to start off this post with a simple fact two simple facts: (1) Ellis products are prohibitively expensive, and (2) I’m starting to hate their packaging.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense that I’m still head over heels about this eyeshadow, despite these two very influential factors. What it boils down to, basically, is that the products themselves are breathtaking. The gorgeous colours, the incredible wear – I’m not kidding when I say that the product is literally so good that even the most abhorrent packaging probably couldn’t put me off the line.

This is the first Ellis Light that I’ve tried, and I’m liking it just as much as the Creamy Eyes I’m so taken by – but for different reasons! The product is more metallic and slightly more sheer than Ellis’ Creamy Eyes, but the shade composition is no less complex and the wear is still amazing. I do get a bit of faint creasing by the end of the day, just a fine line in my fold after about nine hours, but that’s still quite impressive with no primer underneath and no powder overtop.

Like the other Ellis eye shadows I’ve tried, this sets quickly and is easiest to work with if you’re using a fluffy brush (think MAC 217).

E303 is a surprising sort of shade that almost seems to get more intense as you blend it out. The base colour, a true bronze, is darker than the bronze-gold shimmer, and the combination of the two works to create a gorgeous depth. It’s easy to blend out if you’re using a natural-hair blending brush, but a total pain if you’re trying to use your fingers!

The verdict?

Okay, so this is a bit of a strange one. I’m not thrilled with the price (more expensive than both the Creamy Eyes and Milky Eyes lines) or the packaging (rather finicky), but I’m still head over heels for the product itself. This season’s gift set makes E303 more reasonably priced, but the retail is a rather staggering $42.

So, as always when it comes to Ellis, I’d recommend these for two situations: if you have the budget for them, or if you’re desperate for something that’s going to wear without creasing. I like to think of these silver pens as “investment pieces” – they’re pricey, but you know they won’t let you down!

(More photos, swatches, and the ingredients…)

{A quick Ellis Faas teaser}

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Ellis Faas Summer Set 2011. Contains three gorgeous Ellis products: Lights E303 (a gorgeously shimmery bronze-gold), Blush S303 (a warm gel bronzer), and Glazed Lips L309 (a basic, clear gloss). It’s $85US, which is admittedly pricy – but it is three full-sized products, and the combined retail for all three separately would be $109, so… well, you do the math from there ;)

More details later today! Turning in for the night (morning?) but I’ll try my very best to have a Lights review up before sundown. 

(More photos…)

Tips for beauty bloggers: editing product photos

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ugh, I probably shouldn’t film while in a wheat-coma in the future :P Anyhow; enjoy the video, and don’t forget that you can watch fullscreen in HD! (Highly encouraged. Highly.)

Marcelle Vita-Lip Plumping Gloss: Review and Swatches

Monday, June 27, 2011

The product: Marcelle Vita-Lip Plumping Gloss

Marcelle’s Vita-Lip glosses launched – last year? The year before that? I’m not sure; I think it coincided with the Minerals launch or something though. Since then, these have firmly secured a spot in my handbag, and my love for them isn’t waning in the least.

L-R: Angelica, Desire, Rio Rose, Organza, Nude

They run at just over $10 apiece, feature a no-nonsense, chic-but-simple tube with a slant-tip applicator, and go on very sheerly with just the right amount of microshimmer – enough to sort of “illuminate” the lip, but the particle size isn’t large enough to look obvious or sparkly. I’m not usually a fan of shimmer or sheerness, but these are the exception to the rule!

If you’re looking for a “handbag gloss” to give you a sheer, super-smooth, hydrated finish, I’d definitely recommend these. There isn’t too much variation in the shades once they’re applied, but they’re lightweight and scent-free, which is a win in my books!

L-R: Angelica, Desire, Rio Rose, Organza, Nude

The shades

Angelica: super-sheer baby pink with red and pink microshimmer (which is awesome, so don’t miss the full review). The particles in this one are just a touch larger and fewer than those in the rest.

Desire: bright, sheer, fuchsia-pink with similarly pink microshimmer.

Rio Rose: least sheer; a wonderful guava shade. Cool-toned microshimmer makes this wearable on both warm and cool skintones.

(More photos, swatches, and descriptions…)

New 26/06/11

Sunday, June 26, 2011

as;djgh words words words who needs words?

Ugh, I’m sorry. I promise to have an adequate post up tomorrow. And by this, we mean “I promise to stop eating such an obscene amount of wheat that I can no longer function.”

At least, I promise to hold off on the gluten intake until after I write a proper post :P

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