Wednesday, 2 December 2009

ELLIS FAAS: ELLIS LIPS Creamy Lips Review


This Creamy Lips was purchased on the same fateful day that I welcomed the Creamy Eyes E104 into my life.

For the benefit of those who aren’t too familiar with ELLIS FAAS, the lip product range of this brand is called ELLIS LIPS. There are three textures available: Creamy Lips, Milky Lips and Glazed Lips. Creamy Lips provides the most coverage, Milky Lips is translucent and Glazed Lips gives a wet look and is rather transparent. Each texture offers a choice of nine lip shades.

I was overwhelmed. There I was, standing before all those silver ELLIS FAAS pens held upright and pointing downwards by the display holder, trying to decide on (a) the texture, and (b) the shade. I made a quick random choice and went for Creamy Lips (husband hovering in the background, you see). The sales lady offered to apply some of the shades on my lips and got out four disposable lip applicators. I was too chicken to first try out ELLIS RED, which is the brand’s signature red, the only shade that is available in all three textures. ELLIS RED is a true red-red, ie blood red. ELLIS FAAS calls it the most ‘human’ of all colours and is therefore the most versatile.

I chose the sixth shade that was L106. When the lady was done applying it on my lips, I looked up in the mirror and saw the most gorgeous lip shade ever! I usually give a controlled and subdued “Hmmm, nice,” remark in situations like these, but with this one, I went, “Wow!” complete with the corresponding facial contortions. I don’t know if it was due to the flattering lighting and/or the huge mirror but this shade was made for my warm complexion! Anyway, because I was so bowled over by it, I was reluctant to wipe it off. I told the sales lady that I was taking this L106. I know it was a wasted opportunity not to have also tried some other shades but this was luuurve at first sight!

Well, here’s my assessment on the other aspects of this product.

Product
Name: ELLIS FAAS – ELLIS LIPS Creamy Lips No. L106
Description: Colour for Lips
Colour choice: The Creamy Lips range is available in nine colours
Volume and Price: 2.8ml / 0.095 US fl oz for €25.00

According to ELLIS FAAS (excerpts)
ELLIS LIPS products are lightweight, long-lasting and easy to apply. Paraben-free and loaded with Vitamin E, they also blend into the lips without leaving a sticky residue, leaving the lips soft and conditioned.

For classic lipstick definition and longwearing coverage, use soft and velvety Creamy Lips. Apply Creamy Lips with the spongy applicator first by painting the lips with just a small amount of lipstick, then fully load the applicator to fill inside of the lips. Versatile Creamy Lips is also great for a more stained effect – just load a tiny bit of the lipstick onto the applicator, apply and blot for a matte stain.


Packaging
As most of the ELLIS FAAS products are packaged in the same sleek silver pen format, all the details of the packaging for this product are therefore exactly as described before in my review of the ELLIS FAAS Creamy Eyes E104, with the exception of one feature. Creamy Lips has a slanted sponge-like applicator which ELLIS FAAS calls a showerhead.

Contents
Description: Fluid lip colour. Colour L106 is a coral red shade.

My thoughts
Packaging Just think of it as a very luxurious lip colour pen. Be prepared for some curious looks if you’re using this pen on your lips in public!

The spongy applicator is stiff and sturdy with a soft suede-like surface. You would need to click-turn the base many times for the colour to show through the spongy applicator for the first time. For subsequent use, anywhere from one to three clicks would do.

Gravity plays a role in the rate of flow of the fluid. The fluid emerges sooner if the pen has been left standing and pointing downwards. Otherwise, there can be a four- to five-second delay before all the colour emerges for that corresponding click-turn. If you’re done with applying Creamy Lips very quickly, there is a chance that you will discover a tiny blob of 'delayed' Creamy Lips on the applicator the next time you remove the pen cover. Fortunately, the pen cover is air-tight which means that the blob doesn't dry up and harden. So, it can still be used for the next lip application. I would hate to see this potion go to waste!

Application
The slanted spongy applicator makes direct application on the lips easy. The shape of the very tip of the applicator allows precise colour application of the cupid’s bow area and the edges of the lips.

If you preferred that the applicator didn’t have any contact with your lips, you may then use a lip brush to extract the fluid from the applicator and then apply. Using your finger is another option, I suppose.

I prefer direct application as it’s the most convenient.

Pigmentation
Highly pigmented! Coverage is buildable with Creamy Lips. A small amount of fluid for light layering gives the lips a hint of colour. Layer it on for heavy coverage and intense colouring.

In natural lighting

With flash

Note: Here, I've applied Creamy Lips directly using only the spongy applicator. I've layered it on to intensify the colour for purposes of photography. In practice, because of its heavy pigmentation, only one good layer of application would be sufficient.

Texture
Creamy Lips has, as the name implies, a creamy consistency. It is non-sticky. When applied, it feels like velvet on the lips. I like to call it moisturising velvet. The texture is smooth and quite matte but I’ve noticed a bit of sheen with more layering.

Yours truly has hopelessly dry lips all year round. Just five minutes with bare lips and the lips would be Saharising, if you know what I mean. Before I discovered lip balms, Vaseline had been my best friend for more years than I can count with my fingers (and toes). There are only a couple of brands of lipsticks that I can wear directly on my lips without needing a protective base layer of, oh say, Vaseline.

Well, I can now include Creamy Lips in this elite list!

Durability
This is a moisturising lip colour, so don’t be surprised if there is some lip colour transfer on your cup and napkin. The good thing is, Creamy Lips also melds with the lips, so even if there is transfer, you are still left with colour on your lips. From my experience, it lasts for a good few hours but maybe not a whole day (unless you really pack on the colour). You may need to touch up after lunch. Without touching up, you may still have an even but faded coat of colour on your lips at the end of the day.

Conclusion
In my books, I draw a clear line between the Saharising lip products and those that nurture my lips. Creamy Lips is certainly a nurturing one. Here’s a recap:

· paraben-free
· easy-to-use applicator
· great pigmentation with buildable intensity
· moisturising velvet
· moderately lasting (and longer lasting with more layering)
· no chapped lips at the end of the day (hurray!)

I can’t quite put my finger on it. Creamy Lips is fluid like a lip glaze, it looks like lipstick on the lips and yet it’s moisturising like a lip balm. Most curious, this.....I give Creamy Lips a thumbs up!

More information can be found on the ELLIS FAAS website. My previous review of the ELLIS FAAS Creamy Eyes E104 also includes a detailed description of the ELLIS FAAS pen.

35 comments:

Lipstick Rules said...

I love it!!! These look amazing!!

I love how thorough your reviews are :-)

Dina (XYYan) said...

very detailed review! the color does look really great on you :)

witoxicity said...

@Lipstick Rules
I'm pleased that you like the review. You should give ELLIS FAAS a try too! :)

@Dina
Thanks! I think this shade would suit any skin tone, actually.

Small Town Gal said...

What a great product, I'm going to have to see if it's available in the UK. I love the pen it comes in as well, it just screams elegance.

Carine said...

Love this colour *.* and the applicator is funny, i would like to try it.

Mz. More said...

Great review and that shade looks lovely on you :)

Grace London said...

Gorgeous! I love this colour on you. I should definitely store mine lid down, I never really thought about this - I think I'm going to buy the holder.

witoxicity said...

@Small Town Gal
The stylish pen is certainly very different from the norm. In UK, it's going to be launched at Liberty in February next year. :)

@Carine
Thanks for commenting. Do check out Liberty in a couple of months when ELLIS FAAS is launched there. If you can't wait, you can purchase it online through its website! :)

@Mz. More
Thanks, I'm pleased you like the review.

@Grace London
Oh, thank you!

Yes, perhaps keeping the pens upright and pointing downwards is the other reason for the holder, besides for storage.

I've also been thinking about purchasing the holder myself! It looks so sophisticated and it would certainly keep the pens neatly stored. :)

Miss K. You said...

Thanks for following & joining my giveaway! I look forward to more of your posts :)

LeeAnn said...

Hmmm...this is the first I have heard of this brand. I would love to try this!

lavender said...

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witoxicity said...

@Miss K. You
Thanks for dropping by. You will no doubt be hearing more from me. :)

@LeeAnn
Yes, do give ELLIS FAAS a try! :)

@lavender
It's lovely of you to come by. I will certainly be visiting your blog.

The_Perfectionist said...

thank u for your kind words, its really mades me happyy :) just dropping by and showing love

tris1978ton said...

I have never heard of this brand before. Must be European. The color is pretty. I like the applicator. Looks like it would go on easily.

witoxicity said...

@The_Perfectionist
You're welcome and it's sweet of you to stop by.

@tris1978ton
ELLIS FAAS is a Dutch brand. It's a fairly new makeup brand with innovative products. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this brand when it's launched in the US in January next year! :)

Dina (XYYan) said...

Yes, JS packaging is too die for :D i love them too!

Shop N' Chomp said...

Wow, that color is just gorgeous!

Gail said...

oh I NEED one of those elegant pens in my life!! I collect pretty pens and pretty makeup so tis is a no-brainer! What pretty lips you have!Off to check where this is sold in UK...?! Need a treat I think... xx
(although my laptop died so must buy a new computer ughhh will be so broke)

witoxicity said...

@Shop N' Chomp
Yeah, I'm sure this colour would complement any complexion. :)

@Gail
Hmmm, stylish lip colour pen vs new laptop.....that's a tough one! ;) If you can wait, ELLIS FAAS will be launched in Liberty in February. If you can't wait, you can purchase it directly from their website. Do keep me posted! :)

The Beautifier said...

Wow!I love to read your detailed reviews!awesome colour! it does look great on you, hun! I so wanna try out this brand perticularly the red lippy! xoxo

witoxicity said...

@The Beautifier
Thanks! Oh yes, I'd recommend that you try the ELLIS RED. I know it would look fabulous especially on you. :)

Emilie Delance said...

Hi sweetie! Love your reviews <3 And this Ellis Lips looks yummy! I haven't seen it in Denmark, do you now where I can buy this online, and if they send to dk?

xoxo

witoxicity said...

@Emilie
Hi, thanks for coming by! There is an online shop on the ELLIS FAAS website (http://www.ellisfaas.com). I know that they do international shipping, so I'm quite sure they would ship to Denmark too. :)

patukiii said...

The spongy applicator it's really cool!! and the colour is gorgeous!
:)

witoxicity said...

@patukiii
The spongy applicator not only looks cool, it actually works great for precise application, in my experience. :)

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witoxicity said...

@Clearly Beautiful Blog
Thank you for dropping by and for your kind comment. I'm pleased you liked this post. :)

Natalie Nguyen said...

Wow! I don't think I've ever seen a lip product that looks more in the form of a pen than this one! Very nice detailed review!!

witoxicity said...

@Natalie
Thanks. It's no wonder that they say that the ELLIS FAAS brand is revolutionary in both its concept and its packaging. :)

Emilie Delance said...

Thank u so much for your answer <3 I'll tjeck it out :D

witoxicity said...

@Emilie
You're most welcome! :)

Shifa said...

Love the sound and look of this gurl :D
Totally loving the shade you selected too!

witoxicity said...

@Shifa
Yeah, it's fortunate that my random choice turned out well! :)

Lipglossiping said...

Oh my, these really do sound as amazing as I have hoped! We get them in the UK in Feb I think, and I'm *itching* to go pick up a lipstick. My lips sound as dry as yours and I can't even wear a MAC Cremesheen without a bit of balm underneath so it's really interesting to hear how moisturising you find these!

Can't wait to try some shades out!!

Thanks for a great review x

witoxicity said...

@Lipglossiping
My pleasure! I'm glad you found this review useful. I've always had problems with drying lipsticks (even though they promise to be moisturising!), so I'm always wary about such claims. This Creamy Lips, on the other hand, is heaven-sent! :)