Lipstick evokes strong feelings in most makeup wearers. Many — like myself — can't imagine life without a punchy pop of color. This product was my gateway into the world of beauty, and thus, I have sacrificed comfort and possibly ludicrous amounts of money on my constant quest for the greatest formula.
However, there are some people (and perhaps you are one of them!) who honestly despise lipstick. Some are afraid of the risk of smudging bright colors or getting pigment on their teeth, while others hate the feel of it on their pouts. Those people would rather resign themselves to a life of exclusively lip balm.
While I've never personally understood this perspective, I can respect it . . . but admittedly am always trying to convert these people to join me in the world of vibrant lip color. And after trying Dior Addict Lacquer Stick ($35), I'm convinced that I've found the one formula that would make any abstainer ready to join Team Lipstick.
The 20-color range features pigmented hues from everyday neutrals to neons and vampy dark tones, meaning there are shades ideal for women as they move from "wary about lipstick" to "lipstick warrior." It boasts a balmy sheen and intense color payoff that eventually fades away (evenly!) into a dewy stain.
But by far the formula's most celebratory quality is how it feels on the lips. Dior refers to this product as one with "weightless wear," and that isn't a meaningless marketing claim. It's lightweight to the point that I consistently forget I have it on. (I would go to reapply but, surprise! I still had lipstick on.)
Clearly, I was already sold on the Lacquer Stick, but to truly put this revolutionary formula to the test, I asked my colleague Alessia Santoro — who is firmly in the "boo, lipstick" camp — to apply it and review it. Before she put it on, she suggested she slick on some Chapstick first, but I told her it wasn't necessary.
"It feels like a moisturizing lip balm!" she told me, surprised. Even though I have almost never seen her wear lipstick, she was convinced that she would be able to apply this product easily without a mirror and said with conviction that she would definitely wear it again. We both agree that it might not stand up to more aggressive testing, like eating a particularly oily meal or a heavy makeout session, but it's so easy and comfortable to wear, we're happy to overlook that.
Keep reading to see the assortment of Dior Addict Lacquer Stick colors, then pick up your favorite shade. Whether you're staunchly pro-lipstick or prone to lipstick anxiety, I can pretty much guarantee you'll be obsessed with whichever one you grab.