“If a gloss had a baby with a long-lasting lip stain, it would be this”

rouge dior forever liquid lacquer review
This lipstick-gloss hybrid is a game-changergetty - Hearst Owned

As the famous American professor Serena van der Woodsen once said, and I quote, “Lipstick lasts longer, but gloss is more fun”. But what would you say if I told you there was a lip product that did both? No, I’m not delulu, nor have I vividly dreamt up this game-changing beauty product, Dior has made the impossible, possible.

I typically find beauty lines born from fashion houses are a bit style over substance, but Dior has always been my exception. Their mascaras are top-of-the-line when it comes to luxury formulas (I’ve also bought their Diorshow Maximizer 3D Primer more times than I can count) and I’ve never met a foundation of theirs I didn’t like (Dior, if you’re reading this, please bring back your Nude BB Creme, I beg), so I always make sure to try any of their offerings.

When the Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Lacquers landed on my desk, I was confused. For starters, you need to shake them like a martini to get them warmed up, otherwise, the shade looks… questionable (read: murky). Secondly, the texture appeared watery – I was sceptical, to say the least. How was this runny formula going to give me the “ultra-pigmented finish” that was promised? I was worried it was going to look like I’d dribbled. Well, at least it’s Dior dribble.

They're described as an: "ultra-fine and light texture [that] has a barely-there feel on the lips and provides 12 hours of comfort, hydration and plumping effect". So, did they live up to the hype?

These lacquers are essentially if a gloss had a baby with a high-endurance lip stain. Not only are they long-wearing, but they also leave lips with a glass-like shine, without any stickiness. Even Harry Potter wouldn’t be able to magic this up.

rouge dior forever liquid lacquer review
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Once shaken (not stirred) I applied the lipstick-gloss hybrid to my lips and gasped. The finish looks like I’ve coated my lips in PVC – seriously, I’m not kidding. Doughnut glaze, eat your heart out.

If the high-shine finish wasn’t enough, I was then in awe when I walked to the train station and a breeze blew my hair into disarray and not one hair stuck to my lips. What was going on?

There are many beauty bugbears; mascara that smudges under your brow, a dry shampoo that flakes off to resemble dandruff, but the biggest of them all – according to a study (hi, it’s me, I’m the study) – is hair sticking to your lipgloss. However, my pout wasn’t disturbed.

I rigorously put it through its paces and was impressed to find it stayed put throughout a greasy three-course lunch, too. This stuff seemed indestructible.

Many hours, coffees and snacks later, the gloss’s shine had faded slightly, but the colour still remained pretty evenly. It might have been just shy of the 12-hour-wear claim, but usually, my lip gloss doesn’t even last my morning commute and this lacquer only needed topping up before heading for a post-workday pint.

It’s truly unlike any lip formula I’ve ever tried, and as a self-proclaimed lipstick hoarder, that says something. I’m placing my bets that these will go viral any day now, so I’d grab one whilst you can.

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