If you’ve never heard of ELLIS FAAS…where have you been? Just kidding. I haven’t heard of her either. Being the curious cat that I am, I was sorting out my HUGE stack of magazines: Lucky (my new best friend), Allure (my old best friend who I still do lunch with), Cosmopolitan (which I don’t like, but its free), Vogue (free), Marie Claire, W, INC, Money, Smart Money and the occasional Women’s Day (what? They had a cute article about cupcakes!) and Star Magazine (which is how I heard about Beauty Fix, which redeems me from such a frivolous read).
Anyway, I had a April 2010 Vogue Magazine that I didn’t open yet, so I briefly scanned their beauty section. Its a good magazine, but a little out of my concentration zone. There was an interesting page that had 4 makeup brands from around the world. This one in particular stood out – it also has a reasonable shipping to the US ($5.50 ) and reasonable prices (a holder plus 6 products is about $280.50).
Unfortunately, my review can only encompass how incredibly cool and organized I find the packaging. I may consider purchasing a few products – but I don’t have a need for something so compact. However, I absolutely LOVE the super sleek holder and the almost space capsule like look. Its basically a cylinder that houses a number of makeup “pens” and a cap that holds a mirror and a powder. Cool. Super cool.
Here are my thoughts (although marred by my bias as a graphic designer): I wish the website had better color descriptions – although I love that each color is pictured ON a person vs. as a swatch. The Ellis Looks section is also a poor representation of the line since it tries harder to be “cool” than pretty. Seriously, the model looks like a variation of dead bodies. BUT if you click the link to see the looks in detail – there are much better representations. They should seriously consider an overhaul and create an image that better represents their, in my opinion, revolutionary concept. See the looks HERE.
Back to the products: Ellis Faas’ color collection while limited, spans across colors that would compliment most skin tones. Considering that her palette is based on “the human body’s owns colours” – which again adds a little creepiness. I’m especially impressed with her Ellis Red lip collection because it is very hard to find that perfect red. She also shows each formula on a variety of skin tones. Very thoughtful. Yes, its based on the color of human blood. At least its not a line based on a cheesy vampire flick. There are also some very neat glitter eye products called Lights.
Overall, Ellis Faas is a cool line that appeals to both my artistic and compulsive organizing tendencies. If you need something compact, this is a unique way to pack it up and I’m sure really fun to take out and use.
SOME SUPER COOL PRODUCTS FROM ELLIS FAAS: