I finally caved and purchased my very first Dior Addict Fluid Stick! The pressure (and rave reviews) of this product from the beauty community was just too much for me not to try at least one! I suppose the reason for my delay is that I didn't think that the Dior's version of liquid lipstick could possibly be that much different than the other liquid lipsticks already on the market. But yes, as you may have guessed, I was wrong. ^_^
The concept of a lipstick/lip gloss/lip stain hybrid is no longer new but what sets Dior Addict Fluid Stick apart is the fact that the formula is water-based, practically lightweight, richly pigmented, and does not wear off easily.
The luxurious casing is transparent at the bottom to display the color of the product inside. What's nice about the design is that the “inner” container is shaped like a lipstick bullet — eerily similar to the Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Color Balm‘s packaging if you ask me — though the packaging of the Dior one is considerably heavier, bulkier, and sturdier.
The cap screws off to reveal a larger-than-normal size doe-foot applicator in which one side is slightly curved for scooping the right amount of product out of the tube. The other side is flat and can be used to even out the color during application.
The color I bought is 389 Kiss Me which appears to be a creamy pale pink in the tube. However, I am beyond happy (and relieved) to find out that the color deepens after application and therefore does not wash out my skin tone. It's actually set to a really really nice muted medium pink that I am absolutely in love with! :) It also has a lovely sweet vanilla scent that disappears as soon as the applicator touches the lips.
What's interesting about the formula is, when you first apply, you will feel this subtle cooling sensation on your lips (due to the water content perhaps?) that lasts for only a few nanoseconds. At this point, it is an absolute dream to smooth out the formula on the lips.
Once the water evaporates, the formula then dries down and sets into a thin, weightless film that hugs the curve of your lips beautifully making them them look lush, plush, and as full as they can be. It doesn't leave a highly reflective sheen like a true lip gloss, just a subtle, sophisticated shine. The small caveat is it also feels tacky, but not to the point that it feels uncomfortable. In fact, if you don't press your lips together, you won't probably feel the lingering tackiness at all.
In terms of coverage, I'd grade this as a medium to full. I find that applying straight from the applicator deposits too much product on the lips so I like to use a separate soft bristle lip brush to lay on the color in thin layers instead. It also helps with precision along the edges of the lips. One pass yields a semi-opaque color, and two passes completely covers the natural color of my lips.
To increase the longevity, I apply 3 thin coats. I let the previous layer set before following with the next without blotting in between. With this method, I find that it considerably increases the wear time to 5-6 hours before fading evenly and leaving a soft stain behind. I am already quite impressed with the wear time of Kiss Me and can only imagine the longevity of the bolder shades — must be a whole day wear! ;D
Similar to most creamy pale pink lip products, Kiss Me can form that weird-looking line between the upper and lower lips if over applied. Applying with a lip brush also helps the creamy formula to glide on more evenly and less likely to fall into lip lines or cling to dry spots. The formula doesn't feel as nourishing on the lips as I had hoped, but at least it doesn't dry out my lips too badly over time.
Kiss Me turns out to be quite a surprise. The pale pink shade transforms into this really beautiful medium pink on me that is so perfect for day and night. The formula also transforms from a creamy, cushiony texture (like that of a good lip balm) to a thin film (like that of a YSL Glossy Stain) with a long-wearing color payoff. It's quite innovative in a way! If you are into liquid lipstick hybrids, you really must give the Dior Addict Fluid Stick a try! :)