This completes the series based on my recent Ellis Faas order. I saved the best for last. Today's post is about Ellis Faas Milky Lips L201 ($35), shown in the center photo below. (See also Creamy Lips L101 and Glazed Lips L301.)
|Image from Ellis Faas|
Milky Lips have the brush-end applicator, which I find less problematic than the showerhead, felt-tipped applicators.
Like all the other Ellis Faas products (except for the powder and the new foundation, which is available in a bottle), you have to prime the pen the first time you use it. I own several pens, and I find the initial priming always requires many clicks, sometimes a hundred or more, but the same is true for other click systems, like Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat. So consider priming at a time when you are not in a hurry. That said, I usually go a little click crazy with a new pen, and if too much makeup comes out, I do my best to use it up that day or the next. But if you end up wiping some of it off on a tissue, you're not really wasting that much. I say don't worry about it; just get the product out and things will be easier the next time.
The following image looks less like makeup than a barbeque sauce brush.
An Ellis Faas bonus: No lip pencil is required. The brush is tapered at the edge so it lets me follow the shape of my lips and then bring the color inward. I also like that I can wear this deep red quite naturally, which makes my lips look very flushed, or I can apply it quite strongly for more drama.
Here's Milky Lips L201 blended out to a stain. No lip pencil, no special prep work. And, yes, I used the brush end to achieve this look, but I "finished" the surface with my fingertip:
And here's what the Ellis Red looks like on my lips applied full strength:
If you go for the more dramatic look, make sure your lips are in good condition (flake free), and it might be helpful to tone down the skin around your mouth, because you don't want any facial redness competing with the red of this gorgeous lipstick. You can also clean up your application after with a concealer brush dipped in the barest amount of concealer, so the edges are quite crisp. I did not do any special prep work for the image above, not even lip pencil.
A single application lasts 4-6 hours with minimal fading. The finish is kiss proof, but it will transfer to a coffee cup if I apply gloss or balm on top.
Bottom line: A red you can wear in full summer sun.
As of this writing, Ellis Faas Milky Lips ($35) are exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman and Space NK (€25.00). I purchased mine from the ellisfaas.com web site.
All photos mine except where noted.