Let me begin by saying I typically hate liquid foundations because they always feel heavy and masklike. Ellis', though, feels lighweight. The product is dispensed in a pen through an attached brush head. This is similar to Dior or By Terry's brush dispensers. Amazingly, you don't need much of Skin Veil to cover your face-- I pump once and a small blob comes out of the brush which is enough to cover the redness around my nose, eyes and chin. I finish by applying Ellis' powder and then I spray a little Avene water on top to set the entire thing. Really nice stuff-- very polished and natural looking. Feels lightweight and "healthy" on the skin-- like a fine moisturizer. Sinks in fast and looks like skin. I'm S103 now (no tan) and S104 with a little color. The concealor matches exactly by the way to the skin veil.
This is a good concealer in that it meshes with my skin well and shade 104 is a good match for me (neutral overtones, not much darkness or redness to cover). I find I need to touch up in the inner corner of the eye socket/nose as my eyes are deep set and I get shadowy in that area. Sometimes i need to touch up that area with a corrector or a heavier concealer. The pen brush is great- I like it, but my particular one doesn't seem to dispense product very well- I need to click the pen 3-4 times and I've used this for over 2 weeks now. Perhaps mine is faulty? I hope I'm not running out- at this price, I can't afford her concealers every 2-3 weeks!!!!
Mascara comes in the same size "pen" format as other products, but operates like a normal mascara (twist top off, pull out applicator and apply). The formula applies "thin-ly" which allows for great separation. My lashes do not feel or look clumpy, however, they also don't seem superlong, have a "false lash" effect or appear overly volumized, like with current mascaras on the market. I guess minds may vary with this one. Personally, I like her mascara and find it to be high quality (albeit with a high price tag as well). Not a must have, but if you're in the market anyway for a new mascara and want to try EF's, go for it.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Quadra Eye Shadow - 18 Kaska Beige
Cornellian 12/31/2009 4:20:00 PM
I've been waiting for this quad for about 6 weeks-- since I first saw a preview of it on Temptalia or The Non Blonde blog... lovely. My only gripe is that I wish the lightest shade were lighter-- it is fleshier-- not as much a highlighter as a lowlighter. The two purple shades are wonderful. The bronze shade looks great with the eyeliner.
Eyeliner -Chanel - Eyeliner Duo La Ligne de Chanel Celadon Lamé
Cornellian 11/22/2009 5:36:00 PM
I have all 3 of the La Ligne shades but this one is my favorite. Its possible to use this wet or dry-- a quality lacking in the prior 2 brown and black versions. Another excellent quality (which Jojoba mentions on her website) is that its possible to use this eyeliner wet OR dry, despite what some bloggers have written about it. The lame shade shows up a bit sparkly if you use it dry. Wet, the lame is a vibrant green. The shade on the left is darker-- more like a greenish black (sim to the green black in the Folies quad) when used dry and a deep and wonderful blackish green used wet. That darker shade is very similar to the former Bobbi Brown green eyeliner gel-- which was discontinued this past fall. I'm a fair-med toned brunette with green eyes, and these shades (wet or dry) work well for me. I have a friend who is dark skinned-- I think it will work beautifully for her as well (I told her she had to run and get it b/f its sold out-- it IS limited edition).
This color reminds me of Laura Mercier's black violet khol pencil, but not as smudgy or messy. I love the LM color, but dislike the fact it smears so quickly. I have green eyes and this shade really brings the color out for me. I knocked off a lippie for overall rating because I dislike the waxy formula, which doesn't smudge as nicely as LM, but is acceptable as far as longievity is concerned... This looks great paired with all the shades in the Noirs/Folie eyeshadow palette. It is a limited edition for fall 2009.
Foundations -SKII - Air Touch Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
Cornellian 1/16/2007 7:27:00 PM
Normally, I hate liquid foundation. It feels icky, mask-like and fake. This stuff, however, is fabulous. I am amazed at how natural the finish appears-- I have been using mineral makeup (Alima) for about 8 months and loved it. The Airbrush, though, beats Alima hands down. I mean, it is really no comparison. You are supposed to apply your eye-makeup (not mascara) and blush before using the Air Touch. I was amazed that by doing so, the airbrush stuff "sealed" it in and my blushe lasted all day. No way that would've happened otherwise. There are a couple of negatives to this product-- no SPF (like the MMU) and it is very expensive. Beyond that, though, it is a must buy. BTW-- I'm a FFF to MMM in the winter (green eyes, dark brown hair, about a 30 to 35 in Mac products-- very neutral). I purchased the B-2 from an Ebay seller (Cyber-Emporium-- who has all the Asian market colors), but when I replenish it, I'd probably be an O-3 in the US market.