Since launching The Heart’s Delight almost 4 years ago, I’ve tried more beauty and makeup products than I can count. Some of have been good, some have been, well, not so good.
While I’m not a beauty professional by any means, trying out all of these products has forced me to learn some of the ins-and-outs of the beauty world, figure out what actually works and most importantly learn how to use it correctly! Luckily, I’ve met some very bright and talented people along the way who can help me navigate this process.
A few weeks ago, my gal-pal and resident beauty advisor, Kelly — owner of THE POWDER ROOM, reached out to me and asked if I wanted to come in to her shop for a special event featuring luxury beauty brand, ELLIS FAAS. I would get treated to drinks, snacks, and a 1-on-1 makeup application/tutorial with a talented national makeup artist
Now, how could I say no to that?!
So, off I went.
Within minutes or arriving, I was whisked into a makeup chair and introduced to Claudia — the New York City based makeup artist I would be working with. Claudia spent a good deal of time explaining what was so special about ELLIS FAAS… because truthfully, nothing is ordinary about this brand.
Created by world renown makeup artist, Ellis Faas, the brand is solely dedicated to human colors.
What does that mean, exactly!?
Well, Ellis will never create a color not naturally found in or on the human body. In other words, these are colors that look good on anyone, of any coloring, of any age. There is nothing trendy about the colors in this collection — they are universal and compliment all skin tones.
Well, that completely changes the beauty game, now… doesn’t it!?
Don’t be fooled though — this is no bare bones brand. All ELLIS FAAS products are made with top-quality ingredients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C as well as natural extracts and minerals suitable for all skin types. There are no added artificial scents and none of the products are tested on animals. Oh, and the packaging?! It’s UN-REAL.
When Ellis was a professional makeup artist, she learned the importance of keeping her makeup kit meticulously organized — which is more than I can say for my own makeup bag which tends to be a jumble of products. She designed a unique “signature pen” to hold most of her products. It’s like a paint pen. You twist the bottom until product saturates the brush or sponge. It’s like a brush and makeup product in one. Use the attached brush tip or your fingers for the best, most even coverage.
It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
To keep all of your “pens” together, I recommend the ELLIS HOLDER. It’s a customizable metal cylinder that you fill with your ELLIS FAAS favorite products. Not only does it keep your makeup neat and contained, but it makes it ideal for travel.
Ok, now on to the actual makeup.
The Product Lineup:
After a brief consult, Claudia and I agreed on a natural, every-day, makeup look — it was only 10 am, after all and I still had a long day ahead of me!
The first product Claudia applied to my skin was the SKIN VEIL (S102/FAIR) — Ellis’ version of foundation. Initially using the tip of the applicator brush to dot the product on my t-zone, Claudia then used her fingers to gently smooth and blend the product outwards so that it ultimately disappeared around the perimeter of my face. While other foundations have a tendency to sit on top of my skin, SKIN VEIL melts into my skin completely disappearing and leaving behind a flawless, natural finish. Claudia mentioned that the SKIN VEIL was self adjusting and would look just as fabulous when I have a bit more summer color, as it would when I’m at my winter palest.
Next up is the concealer. Again, I’ve had issues with concealer caking, drying out and emphasizing fine lines, especially around my eyes. The ELLIS FAAS CONCEALER (S202/FAIR) was hydrating and smoothing. It successfully covered up any dark circles and redness and lasted 12+ hours without budging. Most importantly, it felt as though I wasn’t wearing anything at all.
Claudia set this makeup with a quick dusting of NATURAL FINISH POWDER (S401/FAIR). The texture of the powder is really silky — almost creamy, but it grips the skin with a natural-looking, mattifying effect. Seaweed extract in the powder gives your skin the moisture it needs to keep from flaking or looking overly dry. Lastly, in an ingenious move, this powder can be inserted into the twist off cap of your ELLIS HOLDER for easy and convenient access.
Blush was the next product to be introduced. Claudia used BLUSH (S301) — a warm, dusty pink on the apples of my cheeks and blended with her fingertips. The blush gave my skin a natural, dewy finish and an overall fresh look — like the flush you get after a walk outside in the brisk air.
I think out of all of the products that I tried, I was definitely most impressed by the CREAMY EYES. In the past, I’ve had issues with any sort of creamy eye product creasing and melting away after application. While I love the look of a cream eyeshadow, I could never get them to last long enough to confidently wear the product out for the night. CREAMY EYES completely blew me away. There was no creasing, no fading and I literally did not touch my eyes until 12 hours later when I washed the makeup off.
Guys, this is HUGE.
Claudia first applied a base of E109/CREAMY WHITE — for a clean, wash of color. She then applied E107/TAUPE from the lash line to the crease, using her fingers to blend the product. She finished off my eyes with a few sweeps of black MASCARA. Does it get any easier than that!?
Finally, it was time for lips. Ellis Faas lip products are broken down into 3 categories: CREAMY (a highly pigmented, long-wear, creamy finish), MILKY (a rich, liquid pigment with glossy finish) and GLAZED (an ultra-wet, semi-sheer wash of intense color). Claudia selected a CREAMY product for my look (L106/RUSTY PINK), which would give my lips definition and a natural-looking flush.
So, there you have it.
There is nothing complicated or overly technical about it. Since bringing these products home, I’ve been using my ELLIS FAAS lineup daily and continue to fall more and more in love. I’ve been stopped twice in the last week and asked about my skin care. Yes, skin care… because you know a makeup line is good when people compliment you on your complexion and NOT on your makeup.
If you’re in the NE Ohio region, THE POWDER ROOM is the only exclusive retailer carrying this luxury brand. Definitely make an appointment to see Kelly and have her create a customized makeup palette for you!
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