Ellis Faas Light E303 | review and swatches

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!

Ellis Faas E303 swatched heavily, then lightly.

E303 in the Ellis Summer Set

Ellis Faas Lights: ingredients

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  • Reply lyn

    The colour is such a gorgeous brown and it looks so lovely on you. Although the packaging is really sleek and interesting, I don't like things that come in clicky pens :-(
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    June 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM
  • Reply Makeup Kismet

    The pen style packaging looks so cool but so finicky when it comes to make up.
    I wish I had a fine point pen shaped like this… I promise I'd write more notes with a pen like this!
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    June 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM
  • Reply Paris B

    I thought I could live with the clicky pen style but it turns out I can't :( I only have 2 Ellis Faas eyeshadows but they'll probably be it until she comes out with a different packaging. This colour looks pretty on you but I just know it'll be too warm for me (whew!)
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    June 30, 2011 at 7:17 PM
  • Reply makeupmorsels

    I absolutely love Lights! I've never thought of wearing them blended out like you're doing here…I usually apply them full intensity, so obviously not an everyday look. And yeah, I find that their eye pens dispense too much product most of the time.
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    June 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    That's it. I can't takes no more. I am ordering. Yes. Definitely. Ordering. :)
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    June 30, 2011 at 7:50 PM
  • Reply vijiis

    Clicky pens are the bane of my existence, unfortunately. Tempting, but I know I'd get angry at it trying to get the right amount of product out and chuck it out the window to bean some unsuspecting bird. And birds don't deserve that.
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    June 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM
  • Reply Soos

    As taupe is for cooler-toned folk, this looks like a go-to color for those of us who are warmer-toned. Now, to find a way for these to fit in the budget…
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    June 30, 2011 at 11:39 PM
  • Reply Jamilla

    Gorgeous! I'm going to have to check these out at Liberty in London. They're sold at "European" prices there.…

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    July 1, 2011 at 1:47 AM
  • Reply Shang J.

    You have such a cute eye. Lol! The colour so suits you.
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    July 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM
  • Reply @jillojello

    That does look fantastic on you. I agree with out about the packaging

    July 3, 2011 at 10:16 AM
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