A Red Lip #2: Ellis Faas Milky Lips L201

I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time last weekend. An acquaintance was in the shadow cast -- a thing I didn't know was a thing -- and a friend and I went along. 

Thoughts I had during the night:

  • Should I get the props pack? Nah, I want popcorn.
  • We're going to regret sitting in the front row, aren't we.
  • They only have packaged popcorn. Ice cream it is.
  • Oh my god this ice cream is amazing. Worth the lactose intolerant aftermath.
  • Why is this guy wearing an Elvis costume?
  • It's really cold in here.
  • Boobs! So much boob! And butts.
  • Do high schools really put the play on? Holy crap.
  • Nice legs. 
  • Free condoms!
  • That is some intense contouring.
  • What is happening. WHAT IS HAPPENING.

It was completely unhinged, but really cool to see a bunch of people with so much enthusiasm and just not giving a shit. Also, worth it alone just to see our friend Colin (who played The Criminologist) in a corset. 

If we're friends on Instagram you may have seen a shot of the makeup I wore. Here's another shot: 

Thanks, hair swoop, for covering up my giant post-acne mark which refuses to go away. On the face: YSL Teint Touche Eclat foundation, L'Oreal Butterfly Voluminous mascara, YSL L'Eyeliner Noir, Ellis Faas Milky Lips L201.

Thanks, hair swoop, for covering up my giant post-acne mark which refuses to go away. On the face: YSL Teint Touche Eclat foundation, L'Oreal Butterfly Voluminous mascara, YSL L'Eyeliner Noir, Ellis Faas Milky Lips L201.

I think I first fell in product design love when I went to Mecca Cosmetica a few years ago for a browse, had the Ellis Faas foundation and concealer put on me... and then choked at the pricing. Luckily, the Ellis Faas site ships worldwide, and the prices are much more reasonable (relatively). Plus they have free shipping if you spend over $50 USD/35 Euro/30 GBP (which is basically taken care of if you order two products, or one VERY EXPENSIVE FOUNDATION).

One of the tenets behind the Ellis Faas concept is that of using "human colours". L201, for example, is based on the colour of blood -- pretty true to life, don't you think?

Ellis Faas L201 lip swatch in natural light

Ellis Faas L201 lip swatch in natural light

I really don't want to think about where some of their puce-ier colours come from.

The Milky Lips formula is not a long-wearing one at all, unfortunately, and doesn't even leave a stain behind on me; it was completely gone after I mauled my ice cream. Definitely one to wear over a layer of lip liner. 

Swatches in comparison to some other red (or nominally red) lip colours: Lipstick Queen Lip Liner Red // YSL Glossy Stain #10 // Dior Addict Fluid Stick #869 Vie d'Enfer // Ellis Faas Milky Lips L201 // Maybelline Color Whisper Who Wore It Redder // OCC Lip Tar Stalker // Clinique Chubby Stick #11 Two Ton Tomato // YSL Rouge Pur Couture #01 Le Rouge // MAC Mattene Eden Rouge // MAC Lipglass Restless

Swatches in comparison to some other red (or nominally red) lip colours: Lipstick Queen Lip Liner Red // YSL Glossy Stain #10 // Dior Addict Fluid Stick #869 Vie d'Enfer // Ellis Faas Milky Lips L201 // Maybelline Color Whisper Who Wore It Redder // OCC Lip Tar Stalker // Clinique Chubby Stick #11 Two Ton Tomato // YSL Rouge Pur Couture #01 Le Rouge // MAC Mattene Eden Rouge // MAC Lipglass Restless

I've seen a lot of criticism about the applicators online, which is fair enough -- the click-pen design is notorious for being finicky. The metallic casing also gets dinged up pretty easily if you have it rolling around in a makeup bag a lot. I've been lucky enough to not have had many issues with the products I've tried, apart from one of the eyeshadows which completely hardened inside the applicator and the whole bullet just broke apart. Bizarre, but their customer service was quick to respond and send a replacement. Also, by most accounts they've improved the click pen design, so fingers crossed.

Ellis Faas bullet

In an ideal world I would have a perfectly edited Ellis Faas Holder full of products, which I've posted about in the past when this blog was only on tumblr. Their concealer remains one of my favourites, ever, but at 22GBP for 2.5mls it's not exactly a bargain. Still, it's going to be the first thing I repurchase when I am gainfully employed and no longer a student!