Ellis Faas Milky Lips is a range of soft liquid lipsticks in a lighter texture than the Creamy Lips (think of the relationship between cream and milk). They're not sheer, as you can see in the photo and can give any effect from a minimal stain to a full coverage.
The formula, like that of the other Ellis Faas lip products I've tried so far, is comfortable to wear and leaves my lips happy. It also excels in longevity when applied right, which brings us to the pen applicator and how to use it. The one big advantage of Ellis Faas pens (other than their slick appearance) is that they keep the product safely away from air and bacteria. The lip colors do not oxidize in the tube and do not dry out. But then there are the applicator tips, in the case of Milky Lips a stiff plastic brush, and they're quite frustrating and annoying until one learns how to deal with them.
The secret is to not use them on the lips. Ever. It takes a few tries to learn just how much (how little, really) product you want to dispense. Once you've got it, pick it with your lip brush (a flat one like Hakuhodo 270 or B523BkSL is ideal) and apply in thin layers to the desired intensity. You can also use your finger for a stain effect if that's your thing, but I'm a brush girl. Once done, clean the pen's applicator and put the cap back on.
Ellis Faas L203 Milky Lips is a rich burgundy. It's a perfectly balanced shade, not too red or too purple, and like all Ellis Faas colors has a certain quality that complements and compliments natural skin tones and doesn't look too harsh. It's a beautiful color with a luscious finish.
Bottom Line: Worth the learning curve and then some.
Ellis Faas L203 Milky Lips ($35) is available at Space NK and from Sephora online and at their NYC Meat Packing District location. Also at ellisfaas.com. The product for this review was sent to me free of charge by the company.