As I’ve gotten older, I’ve let go of a few bad beauty habits that I had as a teen. I take my makeup off before I go to bed. I make sure that my jaw line is blended. I do not use glitter as a daily accessory. And I’ve finally accepted the fact that they will not bring back Cherry Cola Kissing Coolers.
But there is one holdover from my younger years that I just can’t shake, and I don’t know that I want to…lots and lots of mascara. And when I say lots, I mean lots. When I bat my eyes at a stranger, I want to knock him over with the gust. I want my glasses to constantly slip down my nose as my lashes knock them over when I blink. I want thick, fluttery drag queen lashes without the hassle of glue and horsehair. Okay, I exaggerate a little. But I do likes ‘em big.
So when I received the Ellis Faas Mascara, I was little skeptical. It’s just called Mascara? Where are the promises of volumizing, curling and lengthening?? And it only comes in two colors, black and brown? Where are my fancy brushes and vibrating wands?? How can I get giant lashes with THIS?
The answer? I don’t. But I totally get something better.
The wand for Ellis Faas Mascara ($34) is standard; straight bristles with slight tapering at the end for shorter lashes. But what the brush holds is one of the best mascara formulas I’ve ever used. It goes on smoothly and achieves what everyone else just claims – no clumps. Ever. This mascara is light and smooth and when it dries, your lashes feel as soft as they do before you applied it. I know, I know, this seems like an infomercial-type claim, but I’m really really not kidding. And I’m really really impressed.
And here’s the best part, you really can’t apply too much. Really, I SO tried, but I just wasn’t able to gunk on the mascara at the stoplight like I usually do. If you apply a light coat, you get lovely, subtly darker and longer lashes. A few more coats will get you lashes that are thicker, longer and even sexier. But at no point did I reach that “Dear Lord, woman, what did you do to your eyes?!” look that I’ve sported for so long.
The only drawback to this is a really long handle(4 inches long); it looks nice but is unwieldy. It’s made this way so it can fit in the ultra-fancy Ellis Faas holder. But if you don’t own that, it’s a bit too much. I would love a shorter handle, especially when navigating those tiny baby lashes.
The formula is long-wearing and did not flake, a BIG bonus. It’s not waterproof, so beware in sad movies. HOWEVER, I forgot to use eye makeup remover one night when washing my face and it resulted in the SEXIEST grungy supermodel raccoon eyes that I’ve ever achieved. I was one step away from Helmut Newton photo shoot…
Ellis Faas Mascara gets 5 stars from me. Its long handled brush and hefty price would normally take off a star for me, but when a mascara does its job and does it SO WELL, it’s worth the full five!
Review Team – Were you once again wowed by Ellis Faas? Readers – have you discovered this gem of a line? Talk Ellis Fass in the comments!
Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and starting a blog. One day. Eventually. Sometime soon. She promises.
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