Several readers requested to see swatches comparing variations of Ellis Red-- the blood red color used by Ellis Faas in different formulas. The ones I currently have are L101 (Creamy Lips), L201 (Milky Lips), and the new L401 (Hot Lips). While all three are clearly the same color, Milky Lips is a lighter and sheerer formula (though not as glossy as Glazed Lips, which I don't have right now). Creamy Lips and Hot Lips are somewhat closer, but L401 is completely and utterly opaque, and dries down matte (hard to see with a flash photo, I know).
I love all three and use them a lot. L201 may be easier to wear, since it's a light formula, and is the one I'd recommend for those still struggling with applying red lipsticks. Hot Lips is a brilliant product, though, because you only need a drop, get a full coverage and unbelievable longevity, and your lips end up feeling wonderful. Creamy Lips L101 is a classic creme red lipstick, with a beautiful finish.
Ellis Faas lipsticks ($35 each) are available from Sephora (online), SpaceNK and ellisfaas.com. The first two were purchased by me (repurchases, actually, as I've used up several of them), while L401 is a press sample.
Top photo: Ellis Faas for V Magazine by Guido Mocafico.