Dior Diorshow Mascaras

February 27, 2011

My makeup is never complete without applying mascara on both the upper and lower lashes; it just instantly opens up my eyes in a way that no other make ups can do. It seems there is a newer, “better” and more innovative mascara that is released every month, as a gullible consumer like me, I always make sure I am kept up to date with the newest mascaras, in case I miss out on the perfect one which I have yet to find.

Today I am just going to talk about Dior mascaras. At the moment I am rotating between these four:

– Diorshow waterproof

– Diorshow Blackout waterproof

– Diorshow Iconic

– Diorshow Extase


Brushes comparisons:


From top to bottom: Diorshow Blackout; Diorshow Regular; Diorshow Extase; Diorshow Iconic

Let’s start from the Diorshow regular, as this is their best selling mascara. Diorshow has always been one of my Holy Grails. No matter how many I own, I always like to keep a Diorshow with me. It has everything that I need from a mascara.

– thickens, buildable without clumps

– lengthens

– holds the curl, which is the most important factor for my stick straight lashes

– waterproof, doesn’t smudge

– brush is big enough to grab all the lashes

There is nothing I don’t like about Diorshow regular, on the other hand it doesn’t really wow me, there is room for improvement.

Diorshow Blackout, is the more intense black version of Diorshow. When it was released, I had high hope on this mascara as this is exactly what the regular diorshow is missing. To my disappointment, it is my least favorite. It doesn’t define but clumps my lashes, and worst of all, it dries into a very stiff and brittle spider leg finish…eww..

Diorshow Iconic, another mediocre mascara. According to dior, it’s supposed to give you a lash curling effect without curling your lashes. It might work on genetically blessed Barbie eyes, but definitely not on asian eyes. It has this similar plastic brush to some Chanel mascaras –  I am not a fan of it, the finish is always too natural for my liking. It just doesn’t provide the thickness and length I am after. I quickly lost interest in this one after a few uses.

Diorshow Extase, this mascara would be perfect if it holds the curl! It does a better job in terms of thickening due to the unique design of the brush than any other Diorshow mascara, and it has an intense black finish on the lashes. On the bad side, it weighs my lashes down no matter what I do. I even used my holy grail Kanebo Kate eyelash primer underneath, then apply Extase over it. It still instantly straightens the lashes. I love using it on my low lashes though it totally makes my lower lashes look fake. I would love to try the waterproof version of this one!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

mulberrytea July 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I had the same kind of experience with regular DiorShow and with DiorShow Iconic and Blackout. I bought a set with all 3, and didn’t like any of them. All of them wouldn’t hold a curl, although I’m surprised that regular DiorShow for you does work.

I was thinking about giving the original another shot, but recently I started on YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils and it’s really nice. Have you tried it?


Reika July 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Only the regular diorshow in waterproof works for me!
What a coincidence, I just bought the YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils recently, haven’t used it yet. I have so much faith on it now 🙂


mulberrytea August 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

That must be the key, since waterproof formulas usually hold a curl better. I’ll give it a shot again sometime!

I’ve been using YSL Faux Cils for about 3 weeks now, and I still love it! Hope you get good results with yours too


Annie October 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I also got dior Extase ,iconic,chanel intimitable etc…..all of them got smudged and turned me into a panda :((((( so far,Sephora Full action extreme effect is the only brand that is smudges proof and gives a full look! Sometimes we just went all around and overlook the best one right under your nose :((((


Reika October 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

It’s a pity we don’t have Sephora in Australia! My current fav mascaras are all drugstore brands as well 🙂


Annie October 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

I can get you to try out (n__n)


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