So, the news about ELLIS FAAS’ Winter Glow gift set for the holiday season 2010 has already been plastered all over the internet. Well, starting today, it's available for pre-order at a discount.
With the Winter Glow set, ELLIS FAAS suggests two ways of using its Light E305 and its Mascara E401: a dramatic party look and a subtle every day look.
For the party look, Ellis says (excerpts):
• Use the Light in holographic Bordeaux-green as an overall eye shadow. Apply liberally onto the eyelids and also underneath the eye in a bold shape. Soften the edges with your finger for a dramatic smokey eye.
• Apply the mascara in several coatings. Because the mascara stays flexible you can easily layer it and even curl the lashes afterwards - do wait a few minutes between layers.
Here’s my take on this. I added one more step: waterlining and tightlining my eyes with GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner in Black Ink. I applied four coats of the E401 Mascara in black.
For some reason, I couldn’t get E305 to look as burgundy-brown as it is in the photo on the Winter Glow gift set box (please see final photo at the bottom of this post). However, it is quite entertaining to see the holographic/duochrome effect of the E305, no?
A piece of advice: I know Ellis says to apply “liberally” but don’t go overboard and apply too many layers of the Light E305. After it has dried, it can flake off a bit due to the movement of the eyelids. Apply just enough and it would be fine.
For the subtle look, Ellis says (excerpts):
• Use the Light as a highlighter – either over your usual eye shadow or on its own. Apply a dot in the middle of your eyelid and in the corner of your eye. Dab lightly.
• Use one coating of mascara for a natural look.
For this every day look, I aimed to (for want of a better word!) ‘extract’ more of the burgundy-brown. In order to have less of the metallic turquoise green, I first put the liquid shadow on the back of my hand and spread it around a tiny bit. I then lifted some colour with an eyeshadow brush (or finger), applied it on my eyelids and dabbed with finger to spread the colour. I find it easier to get to the burgundy-brown this way. On areas where you want the turquoise green, skip the back-of-the-hand step and just pack your brush/finger with E305 and apply.
As I have sad lashes, I applied three coats of the E401 Mascara. I lightly tightlined my upper lid with GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner in Black Ink.
For the benefit of those who haven’t read about ELLIS FAAS’ Winter Glow gift set, here it is. It consists of their three bestselling products:
Image courtesy of ELLIS FAAS
Creamy Lips L101 (that’s the ooh-la-la Ellis Red)
Ellis Eyes Light E305 (holographic Bordeaux)
Ellis Mascara E401 (black)
This gift set is priced at €65 / £55/ USD90. Over here in Europe, that’s a savings of €15 compared to what you would pay for the individual items.
The Winter Glow gift set is now available for pre-order through the ELLIS FAAS online shop. I just found out this morning that the first 100 customers who pre-order this set will also be given a 7.5% discount over the whole order. The coupon codes: GlowNow or GlowFace.