The Cult Collection: DiorShow Mascara

When one thinks of mascara, a number of products come to mind.  One at the forefront?  Christian Dior’s iconic mascara, DiorShow.  Story has it that former Christian Dior creative director John Galliano (before his anti-semitic tirade that got him fired from the house) wanted his models to walk the runway with chunky eyelashes.  His solution?  Taking a toothbrush and dipping it in black liquid.  It seemed to work because he got his team to replicate the idea in a mascara.  And thus, a legend was born.

I picked up this mascara a few months ago with the DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Primer, both of which are sample sizes.  When I was mascara shopping it was between this one and YSL’s Faux Cils, I decided to go with Faux Cils and get a mini of this, and although it’s a good mascara, I prefer YSL’s better.

The brush of the product is huge, it reminded me greatly of Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash, a mascara I used to use religiously before I got eyelash extensions.  By having a big brush, the product really settles on the lashes and also makes curling lashes much easier.

No mascara

I tested this product out with one eye having curled lashes and the other just normal.  I ended up applying three coats of the mascara.

One coat. Eyelashes on the left were curled using an eyelash curler.

Two Coats. Eyelashes on the left were curled using an eyelash curler.

Three coats. Eyelashes on the left were curled using an eyelash curler.

As you can see, this mascara works wonders even without an eyelash curler.  The product left my lashes wonderfully curled, very black, and thick looking.  I can see why there is so much hype behind the product.

Is it cult worthy?  Maybe at the time it launched. It does do a great job at lengthening and curling, but there are so many fabulous mascaras out there nowadays that this just seems like the standard.  Since releasing the original DiorShow (the one I tried), Dior has released many other takes on their best-selling beauty product including Blackout, Iconic, and the newest mascara under the DiorShow umbrella, New Look.  I know for a fact that New Look has a completely different brush which I think defeats the purpose of the product.  It’s the brush that gives you that “DiorShow” look.  I think the brand is just capitalizing on the name of the product and the religious following it has.  Am I glad that I went with YSL over Dior?  Yes, although, Dior still makes a nice mascara, I just preferred YSL’s better.

Have you tried Dior’s DiorShow mascara? What are your thoughts?  Cult classic or overhyped?  Leave me a comment below!

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