Tuesday, 17 November 2009

ELLIS FAAS: ELLIS EYES Creamy Eyes Review


I found myself standing outside Skins Cosmetics the other day. I said to my husband, “I’ll just pop in here to have a quick look at the ELLIS FAAS products.”

“Pop in”. “Quick look”. That was a terribly bad choice of words. I ended up spending almost an hour in there and emerging with two ELLIS FAAS products and a NARS eyeshadow. Aiyaiyai!!

Well, what’s done is done. So, here are my thoughts on ELLIS FAAS’ Creamy Eyes from the recently launched ELLIS EYES range.

Product
Name: ELLIS FAAS – ELLIS EYES Creamy Eyes No. E104
Description: Liquid eyeshadow
Colour choice: The Creamy Eyes range is available in a total of seven colours
Volume and Price: 2.5ml / 0.085 US fl oz for €26.00

According to ELLIS FAAS (excerpts)
With its quick-drying properties and special blend of flower and coffee extracts, Creamy Eyes provides coverage without heaviness. Turn to Creamy Eyes for shaping and contour. Use it like a thick pencil around the eye or in the eyelid crease, or cover the entire eyelid using the built-in ELLIS FAAS Creamy Eyes brush, then fade the edges with the fingertips. For extra drama, experiment with layering multiple colours of Creamy Eyes.

Packaging
Comes delivered in a box
Length of the ELLIS FAAS pen: 16 cm / almost 6.5 in
Description: Silver casing with the bold ELLIS FAAS logo. Since most of the ELLIS FAAS products are housed in similar pens, each product can be identified by checking the base of the pen. There, protected by see-through materal are the colour and item number.

It has a pull-out pen cover and the turn-click mechanism is at the bottom of the pen. The Creamy Eyes range has a flat-ish brush applicator. The brush applicator portion rather resembles that of YSL’s Touche Éclat.

Contents
Description: Fluid eyeshadow with a thick consistency. Colour E104 is a dark brown shade with the slightest hint of khaki green.

Swatch in daylight
My thoughts
Packaging
As mentioned in my previous ELLIS FAAS post, the ELLIS FAAS pens look extremely sleek and luxurious. The pen feels light in the hand. The pen cover sits very tightly, so you do need to pull quite hard. The turn-click mechanism is sturdy. When using the pen for the first time, you might need to turn it many times before the fluid eyeshadow shows through the bristles of the brush applicator. Be careful not to get over-enthusiastic with turning though or you might end up with too much eyeshadow on the applicator! For subsequent uses, only one or two turn-clicks would be sufficient.

Application
There are two ways to apply this eyeshadow, in my humble opinion:

1. Use the brush applicator to apply the fluid eyeshadow directly onto the eyelids.
2. Dab the brush applicator on the back of your hand (thereby transferring the liquid eyeshadow onto the hand) and then apply the eyeshadow using the brush applicator or another brush. This method gives better control over the amount of eyeshadow on the brush.

Method 1 involves direct application, so there is less wastage of eyeshadow.

Method 2 is good if you want more control during application. However, you will end up with some wasted eyeshadow on your hand.

Ellis Faas also recommends using the finger tips to feather out the edges. I find this step to be essential with this fluid eyeshadow as it does tend to create hard edges. Be warned that you will end up with coloured fingertips as well, so wipe off with a piece of tissue before it dries!

Pigmentation
Amazing! This is definitely a wysiwyg eyeshadow. The colour is intense and doesn’t fade easily.

Texture
The eyeshadow comes out liquid but it dries like powder. Despite its apparent thick and heavy consistency in liquid form, it feels light and velvety smooth once dried.

Durability
From my experience, once the fluid comes out of the pen, you’d have about two minutes to play around with it. By that, I mean apply, adjust, smudge and feather. Longer than that, it dries and settles on your skin (or as Ms Faas would put it: ‘melt into the skin’). At this point, the remaining bits of half-dried eyeshadow on the brush applicator may still be used for some final touch-ups or for less intense colouring. I like to use those last bits to line my lower lash line.

Compared to a gel liner, the Creamy Eyes does seem easier to work with as it’s got a slightly longer drying time.

Once Creamy Eyes dries, this baby will not budge. I’ve tried rubbing a swatch with my dry fingers and it stayed put. Water has no or very little effect on it. I would bravely walk out in the rain with this eyeshadow. Long-lasting it definitely is.

I was also most impressed to find the eyeshadow intact after more than seven hours. No weird creasing! That’s quite a feat considering the kind of eyelids I have.

Photos taken almost eight hours apart

To wash off, you may use normal eye makeup remover but it might take much more time and effort. So, I recommend using oil-based eye makeup removers.

Possible Uses
I’ve been experimenting with this eyeshadow using the suggestions by ELLIS FAAS. Here’s how versatile Creamy Eyes is:

1. Create a smokey eye look with a sweep of the Creamy Eyes all over the lid but with less intensity on the inner corner.

2. Create depth by applying and smudging the eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eyes.


3. Line the eyes using the brush applicator or another eyeliner brush or a combination of both.

Note: The eye images above are a deliberate mixture of images taken in various light conditions, including flash photography. This will hopefully give a better impression of the nature of the Creamy Eyes eyeshadow and its shade. No other eye products were used besides some light neutral-coloured eyeshadows for Look No. 2 and a touch of mascara for all three looks.

Conclusion
Whoa! I don’t know what you’ve cooked up in your kitchen, Ms Faas, but I’m really loving Creamy Eyes! The fluid consistency, the pen plus brush applicator and the messy fingers do take some getting used to but hey, practice makes perfect. This eyeshadow does live up to the claims made by ELLIS FAAS. Creamy Eyes seems to tick all the right boxes:

· great pigmentation
· drying time is just right to allow for toggling with the eyeshadow
· long-lasting
· no creasing
· multi-purpose (especially the darker colours)

I would have liked to purchase another ELLIS EYES eyeshadow in another shade if my budget had allowed it. I kind of wish now that I had also purchased the Creamy Eyes No. E103, the darkest shade of the seven colours (a black/very dark grey shade). Unfortunately, it came down to a choice between another ELLIS EYES product and an ELLIS LIPS product. I went for ELLIS LIPS for variety’s sake. Review to follow later. If you’re curious to find out more, please visit the ELLIS FAAS website.

“I thought you were only going in to take a look,” said my husband not too happily when we stepped out of Skins Cosmetics.

I smiled sheepishly and said, “Let’s go to La Place and have a piece of yummy Brussels chocolate cake and a nice cup of coffee. You look like you need it.”

31 comments:

Dina (XYYan) said...

awww, you make me want to have this eyeshadow too... great review!

Danielle said...

"pop in" and "quick look" are words that usually result in my husband looking woefully around trying to work out where he is going to take cover for a while!! LOL! I loved this post, thank you for the great review xx

witoxicity said...

@Dina
Thanks! You might want to give the Creamy Eyes a try if you can get your hands on it. :)

@Danielle
You're most welcome!

Ha ha! I think many of us beauty bloggers have one thing in common - silent-suffering husbands/boyfriends trying to find ways to keep themselves amused while we oggle at makeup. :D

I'm very happy that you enjoyed the post. Thanks for having the patience to read right to the end! 'Twas a long review, I know! ;)

Shop N' Chomp said...

Hi! Thank you for following my blog! :) You have a cute blog here.

Lipglossiping said...

What an absolutely fantastic review. I was drooling over the Ellis Faas website only last night.. the lip products in particular so I'm ever so excited to read your next review! xx

Lyn said...

thanks for visiting my blog! hope to see you around blogger world!

btw, great review! very detailed!

witoxicity said...

@Shop N' Chomp
Thanks for stopping by! :)

@Lipglossiping
I'm pleased that you liked the review. It's good to know that I'm not the only one drooling over ELLIS FAAS products. Ha ha!

My review on the ELLIS LIPS product will be posted in a week or two.

@Lyn
Thank you for your kind words. It's lovely of you to come by. You will indeed be seeing more of me in the blogging realm! :)

Becks said...

wow that's very interesting, a clever way that they packaged the eyeshadow, and it looks versatile tooo

Mz. More said...

This e/s looks really cool and convenient. Love that shade on you!

Imo said...

This looks so cool! I would pair this colour with Nars galapogos as it is nearly a perfect match. Great post x

Serg Riva said...

this is a great post. loved it.

Manju said...

i love smudgy dark eye looks! pretty and badass at the same time xD
have a lovely weekend darling!

witoxicity said...

@Becks
Yeah, the design and packaging for ELLIS FAAS eyeshadows are indeed very different and innovative. And it's a bonus that you can use the eyeshadow in many different ways! :)

@Mz. More
Thank you! This is a very easy shade to work with. You're right about it being convenient and you don't have to worry about eyeshadow fallout either! :D

@Imo
Thanks for stopping by! NARS Galapagos, eh? I'll keep that in mind. :)

@Serg Riva
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed the review. :)

@Manju
Ha ha! I love dark smokey eyes too. It gives my eyes a much-needed depth.

Enjoy your weekend!

potionprincess said...

All us girl's know there's no such thing as Ill just pop in here for a minute-somewhere in the back of your mind you know your going to come back out with an armfull of makeup-fab review-I really want it now love the colour,packaging everything about it-going for a little peak at the website now.

witoxicity said...

@potionprincess
Yes, that's too true with us ladies! Ha ha! We just can't turn our eyes away from makeup, can we?

It's great that you liked my review. There are six other colours in the Creamy Eyes range and seven more in the Milky Eyes range.....you'll be spoilt for choice! :)

twinsouls888 said...

Wow a very nice EOTD, your eyes look sooo pretty girl. ^_^. And the liquid eyeshadow that you use look so pigmented, I like it ^_^

witoxicity said...

@twinsouls888
Gosh, thank you. You're too kind! I'v never thought of this as an EOTD though.....just me showing my take on the different uses of this eyeshadow! :D

Yes, the colour is exactly what it is claimed to be. I like it that the fluid eyeshadow doesn't look diluted when applied.

Linda Phuong Tran said...

Great review.
I like the photos and the way the eyeshadow comes on, very pigmented. I want to try this! xD.

witoxicity said...

@Linda
Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment. Oh yes, you should give it a try. I mean, who can resist an eyeshadow that's not just great but also packaged in a cool format?! :)

Shifa said...

wow this looks great hun! do u know if this would be available in the uk?

witoxicity said...

@Shifa
Yes, it looks awesome, doesn't it?

If I'm not mistaken, they will be available at Liberty from Feb 1, 2010!! In the meantime, you can buy them online through the ELLIS FAAS website. They ship internationally. :)

Monica said...

I have to have creamy eyes (although I wouldn't know where to buy in Canada). It looks fantastic! Looks like it wouldn't crease. Just came across your blog:)

witoxicity said...

@Monica
Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

I believe ELLIS FAAS is not yet available in Canada but don't worry. You can order the products online from its website. :)

The Beautifier said...

What a great review hun! I haven't purchased any cream shadows for quite a while now, the reason being the crease issue, but this baby seems to me as a perfect cream eyeshadow for crinkling eyes! xoxo

witoxicity said...

@The Beautifier
Thank you! I'm pleased that you found the review useful.

I was amazed myself when I discovered that the Creamy Eyes didn't crease on me. I've always had that problem too! Well, you should give ELLIS FAAS a try then! :)

Grace London said...

Fabulous review! I love this colour, I really can't wait for the counter to launch in Liberty.

witoxicity said...

@Grace London
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the review.

This brown shade is lovely to work with and being neutral, it can easily be combined with other colours.

Counting down to Feb 1st, eh? Time will fly! :)

Natalie Nguyen said...

Wonderful review! Haha, I use those same phrases with my bf too.. he's learned by now XD.

p.s. you have GORGEOUS eyes!! =)

witoxicity said...

@Natalie
Thanks, my dear. You're very kind! :) Honestly, good lighting does wonders! Ha ha!

Naoko said...

This shade is gorgeous! I love the look! I feel like trying that out! and also the lippies, they seem to be really nice. The one you bought fits you perfect!

witoxicity said...

@Naoko
This is indeed a very wearable shade for the eyes. I love it! As for the lipcolour, it was just a random choice and I'm so glad it worked for me! You should give these a try too. :)