I’ve been a fan of Ellis Faas for years – when I was a more active makeup artist my comrades were huge fans of established artists like Gucci Westman and Pat McGrath, I was super interested in tracking the career of a (then) relatively unknown artist from the Netherlands called Ellis Faas. Fass created beautiful, painterly makeup looks that used living skin as a canvas, with a very modern aesthetic that was simultaneously powerful and ethereal.
I’ve always been inspired by makeup artists who acknowledge and honour the texture and luminosity of skin, and I particularly appreciate Faas’ ongoing inspiration of ‘human colours’ – that the human body is capable of creating an incredible variety of colours, and by honouring the human palette it’s possible to create products that are flattering and universal while still being fashion forward and directional.
But! That’s quite enough words about why I like Ellis Faas’ aesthetic. Let’s turn our attention to some new items to her eponymous cosmetic line. Ellis Faas Hot Lips are the latest addition to the Ellis Faas lip line alongside the Creamy Lips, Milky Lips and Glazed Lips formulas. Hot Lips is a range of highly pigmented lip cremes that only need a little dab of colour to go a long, long way. The best comparison I can think of is a cross between OCC Lip Tars and Ellis Faas Creamy Lips – it has the extreme pigmentation of a Lip Tar with the comfort of a Creamy Lip. I’m not much of a lipstick gal but I really, really, really liked wearing these. They’re featherlight and unbelievably comfortable to wear, even after a few hours on otherwise bare lips.
Hot Lips are packaged in the line’s signature long silver bullet tubes, with a fuzzy sponge applicator. I’d recommend applying Hot Lips with a lip brush to adequately control the amount of product you use, as the applicator tip isn’t the best at creating a crisp defined line. Something worth mentioning is that the dispenser has been improved since I last bought an Ellis Faas lip product (Glazed Lips in L306). The new click dispenser is much tidier and much less prone to leaking, so I’d be comfortable leaving these in my makeup kit with full confidence that I won’t experience a lipstick explosion down the track.
Hot Lips L406 Rose Violet is a classic rose in a fully opaque creme finish. It’s a surprisingly complex colour, vibrant enough to be eye-catching yet still not particularly bright, a classic violet-tinted rose that’s neither stuffily old-fashioned or out there next-gen bold.
Hot Lips L401 Bright Red is a classic red, a rich and inspired red creme that’s evocative of fresh blood. As Ellis Faas points out, the colour of blood is universal: after all, we all bleed the same shade of red. L401 is a true blood red shade, with a slight touch of translucency that can cause slight colour differences if the product isn’t applied uniformly. Using a lip brush makes that a non-issue, however.
I’m quite taken with L406 Rose Violet, especially now that the autumn weather is finally settling in and the days are getting cooler. I’m also, however, enamoured with some other colours in the line, particularly L405 Bright Coral. It’s not like I need a neon coral creme in my collection, buuuutttttt….
Makeup artist to makeup artist: if you can stretch your budget a little, I’d absolutely recommend investing in the two paler opaque pink Hot Lips shades (L408 Baby Pink and L409 Pink Nude), especially if you do a lot of wedding work. They’re both elegant soft pinks that photograph beautifully and require very little finessing or maintenance.
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