Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L108 review and swatches

The product: Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L108

The formula: Creamy Lips is described on the Ellis Faas site as a soft, velvety, hydrating lip product that imparts “classic lipstick definition and longwearing coverage.” I think that velvety hits the nail right on the head – it definitely has that plush, lightweight velvet feel to it – but I’m not sure I agree with the hydrating part.

The Creamy Lips finish is a gorgeous modern matte (or a soft matte, take your pick), and while it’s more hydrating than a classic matte, my dry lips feel a bit parched after an hour or two of wear. If you have dry lips, I would definitely make sure to layer this with a good lip balm, and be sure to exfoliate first – as you can see in the swatches, L108 does tend to catch on my dry bits.

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L108 swatch (heavily applied; indirect sunlight, no flash)

The shade: On my complexion, L108 is what I’d call a “nothing” lipstick. The sheer, slightly peachy my-lips-but-better colour that it imparts is perfect for when you want to balance out a heavy eye without calling attention to the lip, but there’s still enough pigment to keep you from looking washed out. L108 has medium to sheer coverage (my other Creamy Lips, L106, seems to have more pigment), which – surprisingly – really works for the shade. I thought it would be too warm for me, but it’s just right!

I’d recommend this shade as a natural lip for fair to medium skintones, or as a nude lip for medium to dark skintones – it’s a lovely mix of warm and cool undertones, and I think it would wear well on a lot of different colourings.

L108 swatched in indirect lighting, no flash

L108 swatched in indirect lighting, no flash

{Want a full-face swatch? Catch L108 in this gold-and-black makeup look!}

The applicator: The Creamy Lips line feature a “showerhead” applicator, and I’m really on the fence about it. I’m not a fan of the click-pen style of the packaging, and I find that the sponge-type applicators can get rough if you use the product infrequently and don’t have time to wash it after every use.  It’s great for spreading out the product, though, and works well with the texture of the formula!

Hydrogenated polydecene, isododecane, hydrogenated styrene/isoprene copolymer, polyethylene, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, octyldodecanol, dicalcium phosphate, candelilla cera, prunus domestica seed extract, ethylhexyl palmitate, tribehenin, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, sorbitan isostearate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, palmitoyl oligopeptide.

+/- may contain: mica, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491/77492/77499 (iron oxides), ci 75470 (carmine), red 7, ci 15850 (red 6/red 7 lake), ci 73360 (red 30 lake), ci 45410 (red 28 lake), ci 45380 (red 22 lake), ci 42090 (blue 1 lake), ci 19140 (yellow 5 lake), ci 15985 (yellow 6 lake)

The verdict?

Despite the fact that I love the colour of L108, I wouldn’t fork over $35 for it. I don’t feel that the Creamy Lips formula wears as well on my dry lips as the Milky Lips one, and that’s a lot to pay for a lipstick that settles into the dry bits of your lips! If you don’t usually have problems with satin matte formulas, then give this one a go. If you do, though, try L208 – the same gorgeous shade, but in the Milky Lips formula.

P.S. As an added bonus, these are silicone- and paraben-free, virtually scent-free (I catch a whiff of fig when I apply it, but it’s super faint – to the point that my mum and sister can’t smell it at all), and not tested on animals! :)

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  • It's so sad that it costs a bit high. It looks awesome on your skintone especially in that "not-quite-Chanel" post. I'd like to check that out though if I get the chance to visit your country (and I hope soon).
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    • Ellis doesn't actually sell in-store in Canada, but you could always order online! (They ship worldwide, and it's always fast & really reasonably priced :))

  • Jamilla Camel

    Very pretty! Thanks for the review, because I tend to avoid matte lipsticks – too harsh and drying for me.

  • Danielle

    I love the packaging, the color and the applicator…but I too would be hesitant to fork over $35 for it. It does look so nice on you!

    • Thanks! It's definitely worth trying in the 200/Milky Lips formula if you're interested in the shade, imo :)

  • the packaging! the colour!

    can i have it? =)
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    • Lol! I'm convinced my sister's going to love this one – it's probably going to make its way into her hands this afternoon :P That is, if I'm willing to let it go! It *does* make an awesome shade to use for FOTD shots, after all.

  • I hate twist-up packaging, but if it has to be twist-up, the showerheads are way better than the pens, in my opinion. At least you can kind of see when the color starts to seep into the showerhead tip, versus the brush…ugh.

    It's such a beautiful color in the swatch, but I'm not sure I can tell the difference on your lips! I think this means…your lips are too pretty :D
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    • Haha, so not true! Will update in two shakes with comparison swatches :)

      • Augh, okay, nevermind – not enough light on this side of the house yet. Here's a bare lip swatch for comparison, though! (Left hand side in the photo.)

  • AdorableOnYourVanity

    I love the swatch, but on your lips its barely there :/
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  • It's so sheer on your lips! It does make them look fuller and a bit juicier but I kind of expected more pigmentation.

  • makeupmorsels

    It's a very pretty peach on you :)It's a very pretty peach on you :)

    I must say that I prefer Creamy Lips over Milky Lips though. The Creamy Lips formula is easier for me to work with (mostly b/c of the applicator). I didn't find this drying, but that's probably because I always wear balm under any type of lip product.
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  • Gorgeous post! I awarded you a little something back on my blog!

  • I have the creamy lips in Ellis Red 101 and I haven't had any issues with it being dry but I guess I do tend to prime my lips more wearing red. I'm a bit on the fence about the packaging too- it's so luxe and cool looking but does get abit crusty with infrequent use.

    Love the colour on you!

  • Very pretty colour. I was expecting it to look rosier on your lips than the swatch showed, but it's gorgeous on you nonetheless. I agree it would be perfect with a heavy eye <3
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  • Gorgeous colour! Would love to see you in a FOTD with it.
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  • janice

    thanks for the review and swatches. it looks great on you! :)

  • A good lip exfoliator followed by some vitamin E lip stick is always a good idea.