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.
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.
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.
Description: Fluid eyeshadow with a thick consistency. Colour E104 is a dark brown shade with the slightest hint of khaki green.
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.
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!
Amazing! This is definitely a wysiwyg eyeshadow. The colour is intense and doesn’t fade easily.
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.
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
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.
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
· 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.”