Unlike a lot of lip products the Fluid Stick doesn't contain any wax, and instead the formula uses water, making the texture very smooth, slick, completely non sticky and it's so light and pleasant that it feels as if you're not wearing anything at all on your lips - it's quite a strange and refreshing sensation. The Fluid Stick comes with a doe foot applicator which is nice and firm for defining the lip contours but it's also flexible and bendy for a soft and easy one sweep application.
Dior Addict Fluid Stick - 551 Aventure
When you first apply the product it's a very high shine glossy look, and I would actually almost call it a wet look, but that sets after just a few minutes and turns into a much more sophisticated and muted highly pigmented look with a stylish glossy finish. After another few mins the color has set fully and developed into a stain and the formula then starts to feel a little bit thicker on the lips, but still with a nice and hydrating feeling which should be very soothing if you've got dry lips. The Fluid Stick turns into a stain very quickly but it also loses the glossiness, and personally I would have preferred it if the gloss lasted longer. It also transfers quite a lot as soon as you have a drink, which also chips away at the pigmentation so I wouldn't call this a long lasting formula. On me this only lasts with intense pigmentation for about an hr or so, and you can see pictures here on my Instagram of how it wears (photos from straight after application, after 1 hr and after 2 hrs).
I really like the smoothness and of the formula and how lovely and lightweight it feels on the lips - so from a consistency point of view it's even lovelier than the YSL Glossy Stain and I also like the initial strong pigmentation, however for me the wear unfortunately let's it down and the Fluid Stick comes nowhere close to the long wear I get from the YSL Glossy Stain. Maybe I have unrealistic expectations, but from a wear point of view it doesn't quite do it for me, especially not considering the price. I really love the shade 551 Aventure but that's as far as the adventure with Fluid Stick goes for me and I don't think I'll pick up any of the other shades. If you've tried this, please let me know what you think - perhaps it's just this shade that's not working out...?