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Beauty Classics: Dior’s Diorshow Mascara

In 2002, Dior released my favourite mascara ever created – Diorshow 🙂 I diverted away from it on many occasions, just because we can be fickle when we see something new and shiny, but I always returned. The weird thing is, as the years went on by (and holy cow, I cannot believe it has been more than 10 years since 2002..) my eyelashes have become less and less accommodating to new formulas. It’s like they refuse to wear anything else but Diorshow. All the new mascaras I have tried in the last 12-24 months, have smudged, flaked and smeared on me (the only one which only minimally smudged on me and came close to Diorshow, was Chanel’s Le Volume De Chanel). I will also note, that for a long time I only used drugstore mascaras (especially L’Oreal mascaras) so it’s not a makeup product I believe you have to splurge on. However, because Diorshow has lasted the test of time and because I keep returning to it time and time again – I thought it deserved ‘classic‘ status!


The idea for Diorshow, came from legendary makeup artist extraodinaire Pat McGrath, when she used a toothbrush to apply mascara to models lashes at a fashion show. Bingo! A thick fat brush applies a lot of mascara to the lashes, but it also combs them through. The formula is thus volumising and thickening, working perfectly alongside the brush.

Enriched with revolutionary microfibres, the Diorshow formula clings between lashes to naturally thicken lashes without clumping. Its incredibly versatile wax texture coats the lashes with each stroke of the brush for buildable volume. Its lash-care action helps smoothe lashes for even more spectacular shape, coverage and volume.In 2015, Diorshow, the professional Dior Backstage mascara, is being renewed. Its new-generation formula enriched with microfibres optically reproduces the effect of lash extensions used by runway makeup artists. Its patented AIR-LOCK™ wiper prevents the formula from being in contact with the air, keeping the mascara from drying in the tube, for fresh application, day after day.

The formula is not to wet – which means two things. A – it doesn’t smudge all over the place as you apply it and B – it layers wonderfully, because each new coat of mascara can ‘grip’ onto the last. I was super worried when I heard that they had ‘updated’ the formula (we all know how that works out sometimes…) but I haven’t noticed a difference in the formula per se (*phew!)… I imagine it’s more so the packaging, so the mascara doesn’t dry out too quickly. I didn’t find it to dry out especially fast earlier, even for a ‘drier’ mascara – but hey, if the new feature doesn’t interfere with the formula to much, I’m happy! It doesn’t clump on my lashes and I think this is where the type of lashes you have, will effect the way the product works for you. Because I have long lashes to begin with, I feel like I have more control using a big fat mascara brush. The little ‘combs’ and silicone mascara brushes work ‘ok’ on me – but I have far less control when applying mascara this way. If you have short and sparse lashes you may want a smaller brush to effectively get into the roots and ‘pull’ out any lashes that are hiding or clumping together.

*Tip* If you struggle with short and sparse lashes, you may want to try using a lengthening or curling mascara to begin with (with a comb or silicone brush) and then use a volumising mascara over the top (not tooo many coats though – as your lashes are probably prone to ‘straightening’ and may become heavy this way). I’m a big fan of layering mascaras! At the moment, I pair Diorshow with Estee Lauder’s Little Black Primer 🙂


Mascara I do admit, is a very personal makeup product. We all have our preferences and our lashes can be quite different – but if you have quite long but fine eye lashes, you may love Dior’s Diorshow mascara as much as I do! It’s just incredible that at this stage, that it doesn’t flake or budge on me at all! It’s a little bit of a miracle. Weirdly, my mum also struggles with mascara and it will smudge in an instant on her. It can’t be that my eyelids are super oily, because then I’d also have an issue with eyeshadow application and ‘endurance’ (and I don’t).

Oh – two cents on Dior’s Diorshow Waterproof mascara. I’m not the biggest fan of this variation of the original – only because, yep, you guessed it – it smudges on me! The formula is more wet than the original and doesn’t therefore build up quite as nicely. It also has the same recognisable ‘fat brush’, which is a plus for me. I have most certainly learnt that waterproof does not mean smudgeproof. I am considering trying a tubular mascara, which should be 100% smudge and bullet resistant – but you can understand my hesitation, since I have wasted so much money on trying to find other smudge proof and durable mascaras. In the meantime, I will be depending on Diorshow for work and any other special event I may have on! Because it is so dependable, I think it’s worth the extra pennies 🙂 Diorshow retails for $55 in Australian department stores, like Myer.

What is your all time favourite mascara beauties? Have you tried the classic Diorshow mascara before?

Catch ya next time beauties!

Beauty Bee~

P.S. In case someone was wondering – I used to use the Diorshow Blackout version of ‘Diorshow’ (the numerous variations they have of this mascara, get’s a little confusing!) but it also slightly smudged on my bottom lash line throughout the day.

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