The obly reson I won't buy this foundation again is because my skin broke out after four days. Which is such a shame because I LOVED the product.
The coverage is sheer, just a bit more than tinted moisturizer but less than a fundation. You can apply multiple layers, but I'm not a fan of that method. I'd prefer using a foundation with better coverage and a good camouflage on top. Skin Veil is perfect for everyday use when you want to look "pulled together" but not not "made up". Light texture and I found it very easy to apply with my fingers. The finish is dewy, not glowy. I have combination skin and Skin Veil works perfectly on all areas. It made me look fresh, not shiny. I only use a little loose powder on my nose after applying Skin Veil.
I used 104 and 105 for my tinted Asian colouring and both work.
I bought this product from Mecca Cosmetica in Australia.
As a makeup artist, Iím always looking for new foundations and products for my kit. I have to say that trying and buying foundations is really important for me. Iím still on the lookout for that HG foundation.
The price is expensive. It is more expensive than a Chanel foundation but I have seen other foundations that are far more expensive than this.
The coverage is medium but buildable.
The finish is semi-dewy/satin.
It also has a SPF 15.
This foundation (even though the SA convinced me was for all skin types) is really designed for people with normal to dry skin. On my combination skin, it got oily fairly quickly. And yes, I did powder my skin after applying the Ellis Faas foundation.
Initially, this foundation looked fantastic. Almost flawless with a beautiful glow and it didnít look cakey at all. The reason I would not buy this foundation again is that itís not suited to my skin type. I can see this foundation look amazing on someone with drier skin. It would keep the skin looking glowy. I constantly see women with dry skin wearing very matte foundations and it makes their skin look very Ďflat.í So if you are on the drier side, try this foundation.
I would recommend always asking the SA or makeup artist in store for a sample pot of the foundation once they have colour matched you. You will never know what a foundation is going to do with your skin until you have worn it for at least a good eight hours. The reason I bought it straight away was just in that crazy, 'I need to buy makeup' mood. I know you crazy makeup loving readers on MUA know what I'm talking about :)
I would say that there are a lot of foundations out there that are actually fantastic but itís a matter of matching it to your skin type too.
So in conclusion, this foundation on my skin was quite average. On my friend's skin, it was amazing. The price is on the more expensive side but it COULD be your HG foundation. The packaging is great too.
This really is lovely foundation overall. It has a thicker creamier texture (slightly thinner than Shu Uemura remodelling cream but very similar to Lancome Photogenic Lumessence and other whipped cream foundations) that spreads well and feels light on the skin. Although I feel all of that is an under-exaggeration because it feels and applies like heaven. Feels moisturizing and does not emphasize dryness. Does not cling to flakes at all which every foundation for me does to some extent, but the best part of it is that it dries down to a luminous sheeny skin finish that just looks beautiful.
Yes, the coverage is sheer to medium at most so if you have a lot of acne scarring, this may not be the foundation for you since you'll probably have to layer a lot or conceal afterwards. For me, this foundation is perfect for everyday use because it really enlivens and evens out your complexion. The only cons are the color selection and the pen mechanism. I can't really speak for the pen mechanism here since I've got the bottle, but if it's anything like their other pens, I really don't like it. As for color selection, odds are supposed to be pink-based and evens yellow, but in general the light-medium shades are quite pink/neutral which clashes with my yellow undertones.
Customer service is very good. I contacted Ellis Faas HQ with questions on color matching, and they sent me an international package with samples of foundation colors 101 to 105 free of charge. The samples were generous and more than enough for a couple uses to test color and formula.
I'm NC25 with neutral yellow undertones
102 - definitely a shade lighter (I'd say around NC20 and although this supposedly has yellow undertone, this looks pinker than the 103 on me)
103 - (NC25/30) Looks like the best match when I'm a little bit darker. Melds into the skin when compared to 102 or 104 but has a slight peachy undertone instead of yellow.
104 - definitely too dark, like a shade at least (NC35ish) but with a great yellow tone
EDIT: I've already decided to buy a bottle since I love the formula but still indecisive about the color. I have 102 on one side of the face and 103 on the other. Although it seems that 102 may be a tiny bit too light, it still fits. When comparing side by side, the side with 102 makes my face appear brighter and more wide awake but not too light.
RE-EDIT: I've bought 103 and have been using it more in my foundation rotation. The texture is definitely a thick creamy texture, but it definitely leans a lot more pink than I remember - even pinker than my Guerlain. I counteract this by mixing in a little bit of yellow corrector or a lighter yellow based foundation like Bourjois Healthy Mix 52.
Bottom line: A great foundation for those who want great luminous skin but don't require full coverage. It has the texture that I've been looking for although the color selection is not at all suited for me. It would be perfect if you have neutral/pink undertones. The price tag is quite frankly ridiculous but I'm the type of person willing to shell out this money for a truly great foundation. This is one foundation that has really changed my foundation standards - it's really raised the bar and made me expect more from my foundation. I really do like it but it's not HG for me because of the color range. I don't think a foundation this expensive should require mixing which is why I won't repurchase. A shame but ultimately good for my wallet.
I feel like there are varying opinions on how much coverage this foundation offers. Some say none at all, others say almost full. As someone with redness and hyperpigmentation, I would say this foundation gives sheer to medium coverage. I couldn't see this giving full coverage, but it can get close if you layer enough.
This foundation is definitely buildable (to an extent) and it looks very natural. Of course, if you build too much, it's going to look less natural, but it is hard to look cakey. The consistency is a bit thick, but you don't feel like you're wearing make-up. It is not drying at all, though I can't say whether or not it would be good for dry skin.
The way it looks natural and dewy reminds me a lot of Korean bb creams like Missha Perfect Cover and Skin79's Hot Pink. The consistency is very similar, as is the finish and also the coverage somewhat, though the coloring of Ellis Faas is very much like a traditional foundation (no grey here).
I was matched to 102, which is Fair. 101 is too light and 103 is too dark. Unfortunately, I found 102 to be very peach/beige, and therefore not very suitable for my NC20-25 very yellow skin.
This product has SPF 15 but I didn't notice any white cast.
Lasting power was good. It lasted pretty well on my oily skin (though it is dehydrated at the moment). In terms of oil-control, I didn't see that much help. I think if you are oily, it would help to powder and use a good primer, but it's not like it slides off within a couple hours.
I never used the pen so I can't comment on it, but I know it comes with two cartridges and that the total amount of product you receive is 0.47 oz/14 ml for $65. The bottle comes with 1 oz/30 ml and is $90. I was disappointed by how simple it is, especially considering how unique the pen is, but it is still a rather nice bottle, frosted glass and very sturdy (even the cap).
Looking past the price, which I know is a problem for many, I didn't find this foundation to be that amazing. The finish is not as beautiful as some other foundations leave, and building for coverage was a bit tiresome. But even taking into account that these are rather personal issues, I still kept thinking I thought this foundation was pretty average.
I would not repurchase or recommend, but if you want a dewy, very natural-looking foundation, perhaps you'll want to try this one.
For reference, I bought Light in Skin Veil. I am an NW15 in MAC, a BR12 in Chanel Vitalumiere (previously BR10) and Mont Blanc in Nars Sheer Glow. I am very fair with a pink undertone and I have dry, sensitive skin. I bought the pump pack, not the pen.
This is my new HG foundation, hands down.
* I have dry skin and this does not make my skin flaky, emphasise any dryness, or settle into pores or fine lines. As much as I love Sheer Glow and Vitalumiere Aqua, they can still settle or look dry in parts depending on how my skin is at the time. I have no worry about this happening with Skin Veil.
* The Light shade doesn't make me look too pale and seems to blend into my skin very well and cover any major redness.
* Feels lovely on the skin - I apply this with a foundation brush (I tried with fingers and it just doesn't work as well). It's now 3pm and I applied Skin Veil at 8am. The foundation is still there and still feels good on my skin, no tightness.
* Perfect level of dewiness for me - If I feel like I'm a bit too shiny, I put a tiny bit of translucent powder on (MAC Prep and Prime). If I want to bump up the coverage when I'm going out, I use a tiny bit of MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural.
* Packaging is simple and functional.
* Cost. TBH, I bought mine from Strawberrynet so I got it at a discounted rate. However, it was still expensive in comparison to other foundations.
* Availability - Strawberry doesn't seem to stock it any more.
Unfortunately, I'm hooked. I wish I had discovered this when it was first released!
Ellis Faas has got to be out of her bleeding mind. How does she sleep at night? $65 for .23 ounces of foundation?!? Yes, that's less than a quarter of an ounce! There are no special ingredients in this whatsoever. None. Zip. Zilch. The formula has no truly unique properties at all. There is not one aspect of this product that warrants the price. It covers about the same as Nars Sheer Glow/Matte, Bobbi Brown Skin, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light, or Armani Maestro foundations. All of which provide more than 4 times the amount at a similar or lower cost!
And do NOT get me started on that pen thing. By the time I was finished with this bald faced rip off of a product I didn't want to just return it; I wanted to tie it to a brick to it and throw it through the window of the corporate office!
What a weird foundation! Don't get me wrong, I like it - love it, actually - but it's so sheer and blendable that it's almost as if the color you pick doesn't even matter. I admit to not knowing my exact MAC shade, but I've got to be at least NC 40 and all three of the medium shades (s104, s105 and s106) pretty much work for me.
Like many, I didn't have an Ellis Faas counter handy at the time - though I've since realized there's a few boutiques that sell it nearby - and so emailed the company asking which shade they thought might work for me. They kindly sent me several samples to test! I matched myself to s104 but also used up the little vial of s105. Then I attended an Ellis Faas event and asked the SA for her advice. She seemed skeptical that s104 was my match but after at least ten minutes of poring over the three foundations on my skin in different light - she even took me outside through a back door once :) - she agreed with me. The reason it was so surprising to both of us is because s104 also worked beautifully for an Italian woman and an East Asian woman and the three of us all had very different skin tones. Then I read that The Non Blonde, who looks downright alabaster in her photos, also wears s104. Weird, right?
Moral of the story: if you have to order online, I wouldn't freak out too much about picking the right shade, the product pretty much works like the most perfect tinted moisturizer on the face of the planet. The even shade numbers represent warm undertones; the odd ones represent cool undertones. While there's no big difference between s104 and s105 color wise, s105 does add a SLIGHTLY pink cast to my olive skin. I mean, we're talking negligible but if you're straight warm or straight cool, the difference might be more noticeable. And s106 would be more appropriate for the summer months when I tan - though, last summer I kept using s104, powdered with bronzer and was fine.
And the coverage! Like I said, it's more of a tinted moisturizer but without the watery feel - and it actually stays put on the face for more than a few hours. In fact, I think it's formulated with primer so yippee for not having to buy an extra product (though, I imagine the wear time would be extended even longer over a separate primer). It adds such a healthy glow to the face while still covering imperfections. True, like other reviewers, I have pretty decent skin to begin with. But, then again, it's far from perfect - I have humongo-sized pores and get PIH after EVERY SINGLE breakout. Skin Veil takes care of the pores and, even if it doesn't completely cover the fresh hyper-pigmentation, the spots are definitely softened. I may not look Kardashian airbrushed perfect but I look healthy. In fact, I always get a kick when my girlfriends with legitimately flawless skin - like, they don't even have to wear concealer, the bitchez :p - tell me MY skin looks good when I'm wearing Skin Veil.
So there you have it. My lengthy love letter to Ellis Faas Skin Veil. If she made it in a cream to powder formulation, which she probably never will, my life would be perfect. But the liquid doesn't make my normal to oily skin break out or anything so I really have nothing to complain about. And, obviously, I hate the price - but you can hold out for the beauty.com or sephora FF sales and get it for less. I'm also not super wild about the bottle since I have a hard time gauging how much product I have left. But other than that, Skin Veil and I are in it for the long haul.
I have been using Skin Veil for a while now. I have mixed feelings about the Ellis Faas pens, I like them for the lipsticks but for the eye shadows and foundation the brushes don't hold up to washing and become splayed and unusable. I have used the foundation pen and it is useful to take on the go for touch ups but I really prefer the bottle.
I have tried many foundations and this is my favourite. It has perfect light coverage but you can apply additional layers to get full coverage when required. It has the perfect amount of dewyness and the coverage is so natural and the colour for me is a perfect match.
I am very pale and have always used the palest shade of foundations but with the Ellis Faas the 102 is my perfect shade.
Being a bit of an experimenter I seldom use the same product twice but I love this foundation so much I am onto my third bottle.
I bought this in the bottle, not the pen. So I don't have any complaints with packaging. I have very pale, dry and sensitive skin. It's fragrance free, gives a dewy finish and pretty light coverage. It feels and looks like skin, which I love. I apply it with my fingers, (no primer, just after a water based moisturizer) and then use a cheap knock off beauty blender to perfect the finish. It wears ALL day long, and dries pretty fast. The only complaint I have is that I wish it had a little more coverage. It does leave skin with dimension, instead of giving my face a "flat" look.
Pros: runs very pale, looks natural, long wearing, dewy, easy to apply.
Cons: very light coverage, close to a tinted moisturizer.
I am pretty pale and this foundation really works for me, it gives me a dewy, flawless finish. Honestly I love the results - its my skin but miles better. However - I don't like the packaging, its fiddly and the brush at the end of the pen isn't any good so I click the product onto the back of my hand and then I use my own foundation brush. I haven't had to put a new cartridge in yet - fingers crossed it goes ok.