The Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation has been raved about by a number of vloggers, and has received glowing reviews on makeupalley. So naturally, it made my wishlist, as I cannot afford (nor can bare to part with) $110 for 30ml worth of foundation. I was spoilt this year by my parents, as they got me a bottle of Skin Veil foundation for my birthday after checking out my wishlist.
Packaged in a sturdy frosted glass bottle with a pump and a plastic cap, it definitely screams luxury (well, maybe not the plastic cap). The only con I can think of besides accidentally dropping it and breaking the bottle is that it's not all that travel friendly, as it's on the heavy side.
One pump of Skin Veil
One pump of Skin Veil provides adequate product for a light-medium coverage. The foundation has a thick consistency, which you may be able to tell in the photo above. This foundation felt a bit too heavy and uncomfortable on my skin as the day passes, and about 4-5 hours after application, I'm DESPERATE for a blot. Whilst some foundations do make me feel uncomfortable in the same way as this foundation does, I don't remember other foundation feeling quite as bad. About 7 hours after application, I felt desperate to remove it all.
I did manage to soldier on one day and after 10 hours of wear, I was quite impressed and surprised at how long wearing Skin Veil is. My makeup looked as good as when I applied it earlier that day (besides the shine and lack of oil control). Although setting it with a pressed powder may have helped with this.
L-R: No Foundation; Foundation on left side only; Foundation on whole face
Despite the thick consistency, it is an absolute dream to spread/blend (I use my fingers). It has a satin finish, which I absolutely love. It also doesn't have a strong scent, unlike many high end/luxury foundations, which may be suitable for those with sensitive skin.
As mentioned earlier, the coverage of Skin Veil is light to medium. It may be buildable but I haven't (and don't plan on trying) due to the thick consistency and lack of oil control. Instead, I've used concealer to cover up pigmentation/acne scars that are still visible underneath the foundation.
So the question remains - Is this worth the hype and extravagant price tag of $110? Honestly, no. At least not for those with oily skin. There are better (and cheaper) foundations on the market that have all the pros of Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation - long wearing, easy to blend/apply, luxurious packaging, and more (e.g. YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and for drugstore, L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation). I think this foundation is best suited to those with normal or even dry skin. I would definitely suggest getting a sample before splurging to see if this works for you.
For reference, the shade S103L is a perfect match for my skintone (MAC NC20-25, YSL BD30, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B20).