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When I received a couple of lip products for review from the brand, Ellis Faas, my first thought was Who/What the heck is Ellis Faas? The answer to my question made me very excited to open the boxes. She is a European makeup artist that Vogue Paris hailed as one of the most influential make-up artists of her time. Originally from Amsterdam, Faas trained in Paris and received her big break working with famed fashion photographer Mario Testino. Since being discovered back in 1999, Faas has gone on to work for Karl Lagerfeld, heading the makeup for Fendi and Chanel fashion shows and is in high demand working on international fashion magazines. Ten years after she began making a name for herself in the business, she debuted her own makeup line in early 2009. While Ellis Faas is not a household name in the States yet, judging by her previous successes, it’s just a matter of time.
Ellis Faas dubbed her new collection Human Colours and looked to the human body for her inspiration. Every shade is inspired by colors that exist in the human body. From the tawny peach of a freckle to the vivid red that pulses through our veins. The idea is that because these shades naturally occur within, they are flattering to every skin tone (which they clearly illustrate on the site by showing each lip color on white, dark and Asian skin tones, as shown above from the left. Brilliant~wht) If the concept on color wasn’t innovative enough, all Ellis Faas products, save for the powder, are packaged in somewhat lethal-looking, bullet-shaped click pens that can be kept in the Ellis Faas Holder, a canister that keeps all Ellis Faas products neatly organized in your purse.
We were fortunate to receive an assortment of Ellis Faas lip products to review. Paraben-free and chock full of vitamin E, they are available in three textures: creamy, milky, and glazed. Creamy Lips offers a classic lipstick look in a long-wearing creamy texture. Milky Lips is more of a liquid lip color with semi-opaque, buildable coverage. Glazed Lips is an ultra-wet, glossy look in sheer, long-lasting vibrant colors that can be blotted for a more stained look. With 27 gorgeous shades, you will definitely be coveting these lip colors!
I got to test Creamy Lips in L101 (top row), also known as Ellis Red (their signature color) and the only shade that is available in all three textures. The color is a gorgeous deep, true red that would flatter everyone. It has a sponge tipped applicator and you only need the smallest amount for a perfect application. You can apply it heavily for a creamy feel or apply lightly for a deep, matte stain that lasts all day. Seriously, it really does last ALL day. I put it on at 9 a.m. and I still had a trace of pink on my lips when it was time for bed. I think everyone may NEED this shade. It’s like a Goldilocks shade of red–it’s not too blue, not too orange, but just right.
I also received Milky Lips in L208 (middle row), a cantaloupe nude. This product is like a creamy, thinner lipstick that applies translucently with a brush tip applicator. I think I’ll have to try this in a different shade because nudes really don’t work with my pale coloring and this one was no different (it turns an orangey nude on me). I will say that the product had fairly good longevity for this texture (though not as staining as the Creamy Lips), so if you find the right shade for you, this is a nice mix of gloss and liquid lipstick.
Sadly, I did not get to test Glazed Lips in L304 (bottom row), but based on the gorgeous pop of sheer coral orange in the photos, I think the members of the review panel that did will be singing their praise for this. I can’t wait to hear more about the Glazed Lips texture or this gorgeous shade!
For now, you’ll need to purchase these from their website (where it sells for 25 Euros, which is about $34. Not cheap, but we think they’re worth it!), or in-store at Bergdorf Goodman (who, as you know, carries only the most luxurious lines).
Review team: Do you heart Ellis Faas as much as I’m starting to?
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