Ellis Faas • Blush S302 • Blush
|Would buy this product again.||20%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I was hesistant to try this blush after reading the previous reviews. But I went to the store anyway because I was curious whether Ellis Faas' products were as good as her reputation as a makeup artist. And it totally was! First of all, the applicator has changed; it's not a sponge applicator anymore, instead it's a brush applicator. You do have to click 20+ times before first use to get any product out, but after that each click gives you just a tiny bit of the product so it's much easier to control the amount.
The blush is very easy to apply, just put a dab of the product on the back of your hand (or directly onto your cheeks if you are very secure in blush application) and use your fingers to apply it onto your cheeks. No rubbing, just a gentle dabbing to spread the product evenly, so no danger of rubbing away your foundation or concealer.
The finish is dewy, not shiny. Much more sophiscated IMO.
The staying power of the blush is great. I tested by applying it in the morning, then went out to run errrands for a full day, including a dinner out in the evening. No re-application. The blush didn't move or fade at all.
Worthwhile to mention that the makeup artist in the store used this product on top of my powder blush and it blended really well together. I was worried it might leave streaks, bt she went ahead anyway and the result looked great. It provided more coverage, so perhaps something you want try for evenings if you want more colour on your cheeks.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Of all of the Ellis Faas products that I have ordered, this blush is the only item that I am not sold on. The colour is not a problem - its a light peachy shade, that admittedly does not particularly suit my pale yellow NC20 winter skin, but that's not a complaint per-se - but rather the applicator that is the cause of my grief. While it is of a very pretty silver-bullet nature, the sponge-tip - coupled with relatively thick product texture - results in clumpy application that is hard to blend without rubbing off all your foundation. Its also very easy to over-prime the applicator, causing either too much product to be dispensed (which is then wasted as there is obviously no way to return it to the container), or extra product leaking out of the sponge after application and clumping up on the sponge between uses. I have even tried applying some product to my hand and then using a brush to pick it up from here, but this just enhances my feelings about the clumpiness of the product; it does not even apply smoothly to my hand, but rather drags about when I try to pick it up on the brush. I personally am not particularly enamoured by the finish either; its not dewy/glowy, yet not as matte as a powder blush - a fairly natural tint, that lasts a good few hours before wearing away. I personally much prefer a dewier cream blush, so this again is not for me. There are currently four blushes in the range, which are all purported to be based on hues found in the human body; I do think that the benefits to this product lie in the colour range, which everyone should be able to find a suitable pairing with.
Finally, the product is also pretty expensive at £21.00 for 2.5ml at time of writing. I would personally choose either one of the Bobbi Brown creme blushes (highly pigmented, one of my favourites) or even a No.7 cream tint (low payoff, but less than half the price of this and far easier to apply) than take another of these bullet-pen blushes.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I wanted to love this, coz its so convienient to carry! the brush applicator stopped working after i tried to wash it! Also the application of the blush isnt ideal, it clumps on your face in one area. The color is ok, nothing you cant find in other brands..
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
YETanother update (4/7/2012): While I still love the color and formula, the applicator has failed twice for me. The first one ran out fairly quickly (or so I thought)-- but now I think the applicator failed. I swapped for a second pen and that failed almost immediately. Such a shame! If they ever fix the applicator I would certainly buy it again.
My favorite everyday cream blush. A very natural peachy-pink. I don't have any difficulty with the pen. Two clicks and it dispenses color to the sponge applicator. I find the product applies sheerly and gives a discreet glow to my cool, fair-toned skin. You may need more than one layer of color depending on the look you're trying to achieve. Lasting power is good but not amazing. I'm not a huge blush junkie, but I'm glad I have this in my stash.
UPDATE 7/31/11: Upping this to 5 lippies. I keep coming back to this for a natural, subtle flush of color. I find that keeping the sponge applicator clean helps reduce the pen difficulties (which the company knows about and is working to fix, according to an email I got from their customer service a while back).
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Nice texture, it is liquid, is blendable like a cream and the finish is like a healthy flush. But if you have dry skin forget about it, it dries like powder and looks worse than real power! The colour is sort of coral, but not too bright: like a healhy flush after a walk outdoors. I am very pale (NC15) and this adds a nice colour and life to my complexion. It is like a stain but transparent (but may look cakey and powderish). The packaging looks beautiful (a chrome pen), but it is not practical at all (very hard to get the right amount of product).
The price is far too high: 2.5ml for £20.00! It comes in a pen and it is a real pain as it is impossible to control the amount of product that is dispensed. You end up with too much or too little product. Whilst the quality of the blush is OKish, the packaging is so poor that it is not worthwhile consider repurchasing it. AVOID.