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The “Gloss” for the Gloss-AverseIt’s not a lipstick, it’s not a lip gloss — it’s a fluid stick. Come again? What in the heck is a fluid stick, you ask? I know, I’m right there with you. I didn’t get the massive hype surrounding these when it first launched and exploded in the beauty blogs globally… until I tried it myself. I’ve mentioned it here in the blog a couple of times so it’s no secret — I’m not a big fan of ultra-glossy lips. My lipgloss stash (if you can call it that) is a sad, sad army of two. But this release single-handedly changed the way I feel about gloss forever. That’s a huge statement I know — but I wouldn’t be throwing it out here if I didn’t believe it. I’m not just adding fuel to the hype, I promise… the HYPE (this time) is real, you guys.
The LowdownA Dior Fluid Stick combines the rich color pay-off of a lipstick with the brilliance of a gloss. Doesn’t sound so life-changing when you put it like that. But wait, how do I explain this? The formula is quite unlike any lip gloss I’ve tried. The pigment is very close to the YSL Glossy Stains in which both are very pigmented and have almost opaque coverage except — the texture of these Fluid Sticks is very different.
TEXTUREI hated (such sentiment, I know but iz true) the YSL Glossy Stains because they felt so tacky on the lips and moved around so much without ever setting. The Fluid Sticks are on a much different league — the texture is milky, almost creamy that it feels like plush gel touching the lips upon application. Within a few seconds, there’s a cooling effect that overcomes the lips (not in a minty type of way) that feels as if you’ve whisked ice cold water on your face during a heat wave. Ahhhh… I wait for this effect every single time I put this thing on. As I said, it isn’t sticky at all — but when it wears down, it develops a delightful kind of tackiness (very light and doesn’t call out to your hair strands wanting to kiss them). I know right! Sounds absurd. What is delightful tackiness? Think of a lip balm that makes your lips feel moisturized and ultra-hydrated but has a slight “stick” when you purse your lips together. Kinda like that. Or maybe how a satin lipstick feels on the lips. Beauty blogger and lover friends, please step in now and explain for me. Anyway, the explanation for this sensation? The replacement of wax with water in the formulation. Hence, the name. *excuse me while I feel nerdy giddy that I just made an AWESOME rhyme right there*
OTHER OBSERVATIONSMy favorite part is the settling down — when the gloss wears off evenly and your lips are left with a medium pigmented stain. But before it wears off into that stain, upon first application and when the cooling effect has transpired (which is in the first 20 seconds), it also kind of sets. It suddenly feels more lightweight than when first layered on — that I even feel like I’ve no gloss on at all. Just a satin lipstick that feels like balm. *I know if I read this review again later, I’ll sound like I’m not making sense.* I’ve come to the conclusion that this product undergoes three stages — Full Gloss mode, Semi-Satin Mode, Full Stain Mode. And it lasts for 5 hours on me (with the stain still pronounced and not faded yet) with water and a snack in between. I’ve eaten full meals with these on and the the stain remains (albeit more faded) thereafter. Also, say hello to moisturized lips, ladies. While it doesn’t feel hydrating throughout the wear time as when first applied, it never leaves the lips parched. Have flaky, dry puckers? These will feign juicy, kissable lips in an instant. Trust me, I’ve perpetually beyond-saving dry lips. If you don’t trust me, trust the photos below.
MINOR ISSUESIn the course of two months (almost daily!) usage, I’ve discovered a minor qualm that I think would be an issue for the slap-and-dash kind of gals (which I am most of the time). So I have two shades — Mirage, a coral-tinged beige nude and Magique, a bright medium pink. I find that Mirage (since it’s lighter and not as bold as Magique) is easier to work with in terms of application. It does so evenly in one layer. And even if I do two, it doesn’t pile on patchily and look overly-glossy because of the build-up. This is because the wand applicator has a tendency to pick up a more-than-necessary amount of product. Which makes for applying the bolder, brighter shades trickier as they apply a bit more patchy than the less pigmented shades. With that, I found that Magique is easy to over-apply if you keep on building it up with more product. And with over-application, the lip lines will come out. I remedy this by applying in very thin layers. Sometimes if I’m not in a rush, I let the first layer dry down a little bit first then apply the second layer. If I accidentally put on too much, I just spread the gloss — either with the back side of the wand (one with no product on) or by lightly dabbing my finger on the heavier patches. Other than this, I’ve encountered no other issues with the product.
Final ThoughtsI call this a game-changer because I never thought I would be addicted (yes, I am there) to a high-shine lip product (or any other lip product for that matter! Except the Dior Addict Lip Glow which I finished two tubes of, which is coincidentally another Dior product). I mean, I haven’t yet worn any lipstick almost daily for two months like I wore these Fluid Sticks. No matter what bag I bring — medium handbag, small sling bag, even my daughter’s diaper bag — and where, I always have Mirage (or both shades) with me at all times. I’m that attached. Again, I’m more of a satin/creamy matte kind of girl when it comes to lips but I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of high-shine through these. Pigmented, feels moisturizing, fades evenly and leaves a wonderful stain, makes lips look very juicy and hydrated (despite actually being dry)… someone please hold me back from running to a Dior counter now.
Have you tried these Fluid Sticks? Do share your thoughts, ladies!
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