Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Funny thing, fashion. One summer we'll be wanting nothing more than a sheer veil of tinted lip balm on our lips, the next - i.e. summer 2014 - we're going for a full-on, vampy lip look.

Maybe we're just psyching up for autumn: from everything we've seen, the film star lip - rich, intense colour - is going to be quite the thing. But maybe we're just finding ourselves seduced by beautiful products like this: a hybrid product that's not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss, not quite a lacquer.

We're constantly in awe of formulators;  here, they've managed to create a formula based on water, not waxes - with an accordingly barely-there but lip-quenching, glossy finish.

 Only a couple of the 16 shades are shy and retiring; mostly they're bold and powerful. Which is rather the way we feel, wearing a so-feminine slick of this.

UK readers find Dior Addict Fluid Stick at www.boots.com/£26 - buy here