I was sent the Ellis Faas Eyeliner in E501 (black) and Eye Lights in E303 to try out. I am a huge fan of Ellis Faas cosmetics, but I haven’t tried their eyeliner or Eyelights before, so I was really excited to see what these products could do. Both are housed in the standard Ellis Faas ‘click pen’ packaging:
The tip of the eyeliner is just the right size for me: not so small that I make a wobbly line, but not so big that I don’t have enough precision with the product:
The Eye Lights E303 liquid eyeshadow has the usual Ellis Faas brush on the end:
Ellis Faas Eye Eyeliner E501 and Eye Lights E303 swatched:
As usual, the quality of these Ellis Faas products is outstanding. The Eye Lights E303 is a colour that is so easy to fall in love with: it’s an irridescent golden-bronze colour which doesn’t lean too yellow on my skin. The black eyeliner is seriously, seriously black. It dries quickly and still shows the same depth of colour after it has dried on the lid.
On the eye, the Eye Lights E303 looks just as impressive:
To apply, I dab the liquid eyeshadow onto the lid with the applicator, then blend out the crease further with a MAC 224. I also run the colour under the lower lash line with the applicator. This liquid eye shadow feels more ‘wet’ on the eye than the Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes eye shadow, but that sensation disappears within around five seconds. I find I can also apply other powder and liquid shadows over the top of the Eye Lights E303 very smoothly and without disrupting the colour underneath. It makes a very good base indeed.
What I really enjoy about this – and all – Ellis Faas shadows, is that they absolutely to not move during the day. This is a huge victory for me, because my eye makeup has such a habit of travelling downward during the day that touching up with cotton buds has become a way of life. Even after the use of an eye primer and CoverGirl Lash Blast (waterproof), I can see eye products start to move by early afternoon. The fact that this eyeshadow stays put all day (albeit with Too Faced Shadow Insurance underneath) is fantastic.
The Eyeliner in E501, as you can see in the photos below, is very black when applied to the eye. I find it very easy to get both a thin and a thick line from the brush, and the eyeliner – like the eyeshadow – does not move all day:
My manner of using this liner is the same as using any other liner, except the product comes from within the brush.
To apply, I click the pen and dab off product onto the back of my hand, making sure the brush is evenly saturated with liner. I then jam the product right down into my lashline without being too precise. It’s after this that I perfect the line and the flick. There’s a certain satisfaction in applying eyeliner that is so black, precise, and waterproof, and I enjoy the way it looks with the Eye Lights E303 here. It’s a really impressive product, and I love that I can get right down into the lashline with the brush, and doing a flick with this pen is incredibly easy. I love using it for retro looks because the liquid liner is so rich, matte, and black.
However, the notorious Ellis Faas packaging has to be mentioned. The click pens are currently being redesigned, but in the mean time I will say if you use the pens every day, I don’t find that dispensing the product is such a problem, but if you leave the pens for a few days then try to use them, you will have to work a bit to get the product going.
I quite like the Eyelights E303 and Eyeliner E501 for a more casual look…
…but I also enjoy wearing this eye look as a modern twist on a retro look…
…I even like this eye look with an orange-red lip in stead of a more ‘traditional’ red…
Ellis Faas Eyeliner E501 (USD $38) and Eye Lights in E303 (USD $42) are both available from the Ellis Faas website. Eye Lights E303 can also be purchased from Mecca Cosmetics in Australia for AUD $52.