I have to say that until I started reading blogs I’d never heard of Ellis Faas cosmetics. And indeed, I still don’t hear about them very often. Being down here in Devon, the more exclusive brands are never heard of at all! So I gathered that it was a high end brand, that produced lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations, concealers (and I now know blushers and concealers) nearly all of which come in a pen format which looked very swanky but had mixed reviews. The signature product is Ellis Red. A red lipstick, the colour of blood, from the Human Colours collection which is supposed to flatter all women, as it is neither too orange, nor too blue. When I surfed the net for images of Ellis Red, it was so blood like it actually made me feel faint (being a blood phobic). Anyway, more on that later.
Lets first talk about the packaging. It really does look spectacular. Like an elongated bullet, or a pen, irs shiny silver metal that feels heavy and expensive in your hands and handily, inlaid in the end of each lipstick is a swatch of the colour contained within so you can easily see which one you’ve picked up. Handy!
The lipsticks are available in 27 colours and three finishes, with Ellis Red being available in all three finishes. I was sent one of each finish in three different colours so lets have a closer look.
L-R: Creamy Lips L106, Milky Lips L201 and Glazed Lips L308
Now then, I won’t lie, I tried all of these a couple of days ago and I couldn’t make any of them work on me, they were streaky, or they bled or just looked awful. However I sat down to have another go today and used a lipliner and a lot more care and I’m really pleased with the results. So lets have a look at them all individually starting with Creamy Lips L106.
The Creamy Lips formula is a classic lipstick finish which you can build up in degrees from a stain effect to full coverage. L106 is a gorgeous orangey brown colour, the finish is beautiful too and although I haven’t actually worn this kind of shade for years (1990 Boots No17 Toffee Apple) I can see me getting a lot of wear out of this one.
Next is Milky Lips L201, aka Ellis Red. I really struggled to apply this without streaks previously but actually, this is a brush not a sponge and I just had far too much product. The Milky Lips formula is less opaque than the creamy and I have just read in the catalogue some suggestions for wear which I plan to try next time, namely a feather light layer all over your lips or applied to the centre of your lips and blended out with fingertips. I just went for blanket coverage in these pics. Turns out that although this is incredibly like blood, I’m not squeamish about it at all. It’s lovely, but very full on here. Oh and excuse the blurry pic, sadly it was the best of a bad bunch.
Lastly is Glazed Lips L308. Ultra glossy and I found it not sticky and pretty long wearing, these can also be blotted for a stain effect. L308 is a great nude for me, not too pink or too pale. I don’t think the lip swatch does it a huge amount of justice because it really is gorgeous on.
So there we have it, my first foray into Ellis Faas cosmetics and it’s overwhelmingly positive. These all retail at £21 so they have to be good and they really are, beautiful finishes, stunning packaging and unfortunately for my purse I now want the holder, skin veil, powder and a whole host of the eye products.
Gorgeous, covetable stuff!
*Disclosure – PR Sample *