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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara

I purchased this mascara about 2 months ago I think (it may have been longer) and I really liked it when I got it and I even thought it was the BEST mascara ever. Now... well it's good but I think there is better out there. It looks very pretty and fashion-y in it's black tube with silver writing and the brush it comes with is big (like Benefit Bad Gal lash big) and the mascara itself has this kind of fresh perfumy smell kind of like scented talcum powder.

The picture of the mascara wand above shows it to be bent but it actually comes straight and I bent it myself and I'll explain why later on. Let me show you some pictures before I give my likes and dislikes about the mascara. The first pictures is my bare lashes, second is with 1-2 coats of mascara and the third picture is with about 3 coats of mascara (sorry this last picture is a bit out of focus):

Ok so the good points are that I like the way this mascara applies on my lashes when I first start putting it on and I think the size of the brush helps speed up the process as you end up coating a lot more lashes in one go. I think that the brush and the formula doesn't leave you with overly clumpy lashes and the seperation is good for a dramatic mascara. I also quite like the scent and it's not over powering or irritating to my eyes and I have very sensitive eyes. I actually think that the scent is a good idea as I'll know it's definitely time to discard it once the scent is no longer there. The formula isn't too dry so I get very minimal crumbling and fall out from it once it dries and it doesn't leave my lashes feeling stiff.

The bad: While the brush size is a good thing it is also a negative as this sucker takes some practice to get used to and it's pretty easy to get product on your eyelid. This is why I bent my wand as I find it to be a lot easier to use this way and I feel like I have more control. I still find that I have to use a different mascara to reach my inner lashes and to do my bottom lashes as it just keeps getting on my skin. I should also note that even if I manage to get the mascara on to my bottom lashes without the wand touching my skin, the product seems to rub off under my eyes after a while so I just avoid this altogether for that area.

The brush itself is a more traditional wand rather than one made with silicone like a lot of brushes are now so the fibres can clump together. I found this to be the case after a few weeks and I was not getting good results from the mascara so I just took the wand out, doused it in cleansing oil and washed it until it was free of product and then put it back in the tube and now it works like new again. Another not so great point is obviously the price. This is not a cheap mascara and I can't say that it performs so much better than cheaper brands such as Loreal that it's a must have. I think that the Loreal Telescopic macara gives you much nicer lashes and it's a lot cheaper.

I should also note that it's hard to build volume that doesn't look clumpy once this mascara dries so if you like putting on a lot of coats of mascara (guilty) then make sure you do it while the product is still semi-wet or the lashes you end up with will be quite thick and tacky and cheap looking.

All in all I think that this is a good product but not so much if you're low on cash as this is definitely a splurge item. I like it but I don't think I like it enough to repurchase it right now as I think I can find a much better mascara for the price. I have my eye on the YSL Singulier and Faux Cils macara and I'm also determined to try the Shiseido Mascara base and try and track down one of their Majolica Majorca Lash Extender mascaras which is only available in Japan. Although I just realised that my bff is heading that way in the next week so if you're reading this BFF *hint, hint*.

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