Ellis Faas Skin Veil is a light, dewy foundation that has just a little more buildable coverage than the average tinted moisturizer. The biggest advantage of Ellis Faas Skin Veil is the consistency and finish: the way it feels and looks on skin. Most tinted moisturizers may be watery but they don't do that much for dry skin. Ellis Faas foundation definitely makes a difference in skin texture. The coverage, though, only goes so far. It evens out the skin, makes it look naturally healthy, but doesn't hide much under it. In fact, as far as I can tell, LMdB Peau Vierge, technically a tinted moisturizer, gives a slightly better coverage.
Still, Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation gives the face one of the most beautiful finishes I've ever come across. It's smooth, soft and incredibly natural while visually minimizing pores. Skin Veil does something even with the harshest light, making the face and skin just a little prettier. While it won't conceal hyper-pigmentation or zits of any size, it is a special foundation that works for me on decent skin days.
S104 is a good fit for me right now. A couple of months ago it looked too yellow, but apparently I haven't been as diligent as I should have been with my sunblock, so now it matches my not-quite NC35 complexion. I've been wearing it several times a week, either paired with Ellis Faas concealer (review coming soon) or bigger guns when needed. This foundation looks especially good with Guerlain Meteroites powder.
I have the sleek pen version of Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation. It is now also available in a normal pump bottle, which is a huge improvement. As portable as the pen can be (and it is), between the all the clicking one needs to do to get the product out, dealing with the cartridges (each pen comes with two), the crappy plastic brush applicator that gunks up like you wouldn't believe it and the fact you still must carry a foundation brush to apply it, the pen's convenience is questionable at best. Also, at $65 for 15ml this is extremely steep, considering you pay for sub-par packaging. The bottle, a 30ml for $90 makes much better sense. Still, from a price point of view, unless you're really opposed to the medium-to-high coverage of Lingerie de Peau I'd recommend you go with Guerlain ($57 for 30 ml and a higher SPF).
Who would like this foundation? People with dry or mature skin, anyone who needs more moisture than actual coverage and those who are extra picky about finish and texture and willing to pay for it.
Bottom Line: Beautiful but too expensive for what it is.
Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation Pen ($65) is available from SpaceNK and ellisfaas.com. The product reviewed here was a press sample sent for consideration by the company.
All photos are mine.