The colour makeup consists of shades "that by nature exist in every human body," which seems to entail a great deal of warmth and brownish tones; I very much appreciate the aesthetic but personally find many of these shades tricky to wear. Hopefully these swatches will help save those of you without access to a counter some of the costly mistakes I made. (Of course, three years after blind-buying all of my Ellis Faas online, I now have about five counters within strolling distance...)
All pictures are taken in natural light without flash, click to enlarge.
Creamy Lips (£22 each) are incredibly pigmented lipstick-stain hybrids. They are unfortunately too drying and unforgivingly matte for my gnarly lips, but they are deeply fabulous flagship-type products, so I'll just envy those of you who can wear them. (And can work the 'showerhead' applicator of doom.)
(Sorry these are all kinds of uneven -- I find the amount dispensed by the sponges hard to control.)
L101 Ellis Red: neutral blood red
L102: cool vampy violet-red
L103: warm coral-red
L104: cool fuchsia
L105: warm chestnut with a hint of peach
L106: warm browned rose
L107: warm yellow-brown
L108: warm peachy beige
L109: warm yellow-beige
Milky Lips (£22 each) are the most like a traditional lipstick, albeit in liquid form -- and thankfully with a more conventional brush applicator (Lipstick Queen 15 minutes, Stila Lip Glazes, etc.) which works perfectly. This formula performs exactly like a very good lipstick on me: pigmented, setting to a satin finish, long-lasting and fading evenly to a soft stain. Don't be scared off by the 'liquid' aspect -- the Milky lips have far less slip and shine than Chanel Laques or Beaute Weightless Lip Cremes.
L201 Ellis Red: bright neutral-warm red (warmer than Chanel Dragon)
L202 slightly muted brick red
L203 warm burgundy with a browned base
L204 bright tangerine
L205 light soft peach
L206 medium warm rosy brown
L207 warm muted coral rose
L208 browned coral
L209 medium yellow-beige
Glazed Lips (£22 each) are my favourite gloss formula: again, pigmented (I very rarely layer lip products, and need things that can work on their own) but with a flattering jelly finish that disguises lip lines, absolutely unsticky light balm texture, a moderate and controllable amount of sheeniness. They last well on my lips (requiring a touch up after a meal) and keep my lips comfortably plumped and moisturised even in winter. And the most wearable shade-range for me paired with easy brush applicators. :D
L301 Ellis Red: bright orange-red
L302: deep cool taupe with the slight hint of plum
L303: clear neutral raspberry rose
L304: bright apricot
L305: rich saffron
L306: bright watermelon
L307: clear coral
L308: warm rose gold
L309 (not swatched) is clear.
Ellis Faas also make four shades of liquid Blush (£21 each), with a return to the showerhead sponge applicators. All four come in light gel/cream-to-powder finishes and are warmed by copious amounts of gold microshimmer (far beyond my personal tolerance level).
angled, in direct sunlight
S302: warm coral pink
S303: rich bronze
S304: muted russet
All of these products are scent/taste-free.
*Empty bullets can be recycled by returning to an Ellis Faas counter or posting to the addresses on their website -- proceeds will ultimately go to benefit the War Child charity.