This is the Ellis Holder that was specially designed to hold the Ellis Faas pens. Last week, this cool canister earned Ellis Faas an Astir Award for 2009.
Every year, The Association of Beauty Journalists in The Netherlands holds an Astir Awards ceremony to honour the best beauty products of the year. The winners are chosen by a panel consisting of 47 Dutch beauty journalists. The awards are divided into two categories, the Luxury Segment and the Mass Market Segment but for the first time this year, there was an Astir Award for the best cosmetics launch in a specially created category: the Niche Segment, for exclusive products that are available only at the most selective stores. It was this Astir Award in the Niche Segment that the Ellis Holder (right, image owned by Ellis Faas) won. Congratulations!
Anyway, I mentioned at the end of my review of the Milky Eyes that I might show some eye looks created with the Ellis Faas pens that I have. I have only three of the eyeshadow pens:
• Creamy Eyes E103 (black)
• Creamy Eyes E104 (dark brown)
• Milky Eyes E207 (rust/terracotta orange)
It’s not many to play around with but there are enough combination possibilities. Remember, quick fingerwork for blending is necessary.
Combination No. 1: Creamy Eyes E104 + Milky Eyes E207
This is a slightly smokey look with the rust-coloured E207 all over the lid and the dark brown E104 blended in on the outer corner for depth. I used the half-dried shadow of E104 to line the eyes (the lining of the lower lash line is more noticeable in the photos).
Combination No. 2: Creamy Eyes E103 + Milky Eyes E207
Here, the E207 gives the lid an all-over rust orange colour and the black E103 is used as an eyeliner. I have two looks here with some subtle differences. I couldn’t decide which one to show, so here are both.
(a) The rust-coloured E207 has been layered on on the outer corner. With a clean finger, I quickly ‘pulled’ a little bit of colour over to the inner corner. The end effect is a tinge of colouring on the inner corner and the colour gradually intensifying towards the outer corner.
The eyelining for this look is perhaps different from the norm. The black of E103 here is bold and thick. It begins at the inner 2/3 section of the lid and gradually thickens towards the outer corner. The end is stumpy but it ends precisely where my eyelid fold ends on the outer corner. This gives the eye a different kind of depth. Since I haven’t got deep-set eyes, this ‘weird’ eyelining is hardly noticeable when my eyes are fully open. You will only see it as the eyelid starts to close.
(b) This second variation is similar but I’ve used a lighter hand with the rust colouring. The eyelining is more even, less bold and is wing-ed ever so slightly.
Combination No. 3: Creamy Eyes E103 + Creamy Eyes E104 + Milky Eyes E207
This is an amalgamation of Combinations No. 1 and No. 2.
The brown of E104 on the outer corner, followed by the rust-coloured E207 for the rest of the eyelid. The black of E103 is again used to line the eyes. The end is wing-ed for this one.
I used my fingers to apply the lid colours and for blending. The other products used for these looks were:
• an angled eyeliner brush
• an eyelash curler
• Maybelline Volum' Express Turbo Boost (waterproof) mascara.
That's it for now. If I come up with any other inspirations with these colours, I’ll be sure to share them with you again.