So this is the miracle that I’ve been dreaming of,
So this is…Ellis Red.
I know that red lipstick isn’t the easiest thing to pull off. It’s high-maintenance. It’s bold. It can overpower your face. But it can also look really good, if done right.
Normally, when people ask me what the easiest way to wear red lipstick is, I recommend that they start by wearing one with berry tones. But you know what? I’ve changed my mind. If you want a wearable red that is a true red, then grab yourself a tube of Ellis Red, and you’ll be set for life.
Ellis Red is the signature color of Ellis Faas, so it comes in all three formulas (Creamy Lips, Milky Lips, and Glazed Lips). It’s supposed to be a true blood-red that will look good on all skintones, and yes, it does look a lot like blood coming out of the tube. Just don’t let that faze you, because once you wear it for the first time, you’ll probably wonder why you never realized blood could look so dang good.
I mean…blood-colored lipstick. Heh.
Here it is in the Creamy Lips formulation:
Here is as close to a full-face shot as I will get (which is a good thing because while my lips look good from this angle, zoom out a bit and I look like a gaping fish):
I’ve talked about the Creamy Lips formula and packaging already here, so read that if you want the scoop. In a few words, it’s extremely comfortable and long-wearing. And the packaging is just the coolest thing ever, plus it’s super convenient to lug around and use.
Here is Ellis Red Milky Lips:
As you can probably tell, the color is slightly different in this formulation. It’s brighter, and wears more like a gloss/stain than a liquid lipstick (although I have to say, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a gloss or a stain with this type of formula and pigmentation).
Milky Lips has a brush applicator instead of a showerhead (basically a wide doe-foot applicator cut at a shallow angle). I’ve heard some people complain about the showerhead, but I actually prefer it over a brush, since I find that it gives me much more control, and allows me to apply product much quicker. Still, I get more even coverage with the brush, so I’m not going to complain. Both are the means to a glorious end, so as long as I get there, I’m as happy as a clam with a saucy red pout, if you know what I mean.
What I love about Ellis Red is that it’s insanely flattering, which I hope you can tell from my swatch pictures. I’ve seen people with warm undertones pull it off just as well as those with cool undertones. It’s just one of those colors that everyone can wear, which honestly, I never thought I’d say about a red lipstick. But it works. It’s bold, but somehow I can pull it off without looking washed out or ridiculous. Of course, you can easily sheer it out to a stain if you’d like, but I prefer to wear it full-out (that’s one coat in the swatches above, by the way).
Both Creamy Lips and Milky Lips retail at $35 for a tube. That’s a very high price for a lip product, but as I’ve said before, these products are worth every penny. If you only buy one red lipstick your entire life, make it this one because I’m convinced you’ll never find anything better.
My rating: A+
Are you a red-lipstick lover, or do you tend to shy away from the color? Do you think you’ll give this one a try?
Full Disclosure: The products in this post were provided by PR for consideration and review. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my Disclaimer.