I got this product last year as part of the Ultimate Beauty Gift from Liberty’s. I was very happy to have an opportunity to try an Ellis Faas – she is an international, influential make up artist that does amazing work, BUT, when I saw the colour, on the bottom of the packaging I was worried. Really worried. I thought that it was going to be an orangey colour that does not suit me… like Laura Mercier’s Brick Lip Gloss (great formulation but the colour looks TERRIBLE on me)
I even considered going back to Liberty’s to see if I could swap it… but I didn’t and I am soo glad because this colour is LOVELY. It is red. not coral, not orangey red. Red. Which is great, because red, I can wear.
OK, I will talk about the colour later. Let me tell you about the packaging. Oh my goodness – the packaging for this range is very striking and really chic. There is no other packaging like it. This is the one make up item that when I retouch in the office men and women alike are curious – they want to know what it is. Men think that it is really cool pen, until they see me putting it to my mouth. One woman that I worked with previously told me that she thought it was a sanitary product holder (can you imagine!) – again until she saw me putting it to my mouth. It does not look like a traditional lip product.
The extended silver bullet packaging is robust. It can live at the bottom of your bag without leaking. the lid is secure, but I like to keep it in my make up bag when I am wearing this colour. It is primed by turning the end of the bullet.
The bristles of the brush are quite stiff which is great for application. I actually prefer a hoof applicator rather than a brush, but this brush is sufficiently packed to not have bristles going their own separate way after use or after replacing the lid on the product.
The formulation of this lip glaze is excellent, it does not have any shimmer and it is not super sticky, it should be noted that as well as the anti-oxidant, omega oils and vitamin E, it does contain a mineral oil derivative (cera microcristallina). This lip glaze is highly pigmented but it is not opaque like a lipstick. On the lips it is a definite red and the colour is buildable.
This is a great colour to wear for Valentines day as it is easy to touch up. As it is a glaze rather than being opaque the person that you are planning to kiss won’t have to worry about you depositing huge amounts of pigment onto their face/mouth, and gloss is always easier to remove then lippie!