Mascara Monday: Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara

Okay, I’ll be honest…I’ve never been an enormous fan of higher priced mascaras. Or higher priced cosmetics, for that matter. Sure I’ll spend my life savings on skin care products (I jest…kinda), but spending a ton of money on items that need to be thrown away, like mascaras, have never been my style.

Buuuut, I’d be a fool to not review them for y’all. And soooo, for my girls who love the super luxurious mascaras, this review is for you! 

Dior DiorShow Extase mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($28 from Sephora)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: 
DiorShow Extase provides built-in treatment benefits and high-impact lashes in a single stroke! The spherical-shaped Black Pearl Pigments create a 3D volume effect and the exclusive Metamorphosis Powders expand in size by up to 50% after application. Also, SR38 Patented Ceramid brings additional care, reconstructing damaged lashes and promoting stronger and fuller lashes. (source)
The truth: I’m not a diggin’ it. 
What I loved about it: The wand is pretty groovy. I wiped off all of the mascara to display it in all of its essence.

However even with those curvy grooves, it doesn’t enhance the mascara application in any way. It just looks cool. 

What I didn’t like: It was super thick and didn’t give me enough volume..
Overall: Okay, let’s face it…I’m just not a fan of Dior mascaras. I’ve reviewed 3 of them and not one has left me mega impressed. Not even DiorShow. The formula for this kid was just TOO thick. Granted, I know that it is a volume mascara but I found it go on way too thick–even with just one coat. I mean, just look how thick it looks coming straight out of the tube.

Very unpleasant. It is also pretty smudge-y. Meaning if you drop a tear, splash some water near your eyes or sweat a bit, the mascara is coming right off. More so than other non-waterproof mascaras. I’d deal with the all of the flaws if the mascara gave me enough volume. But it doesn’t. Not at all.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 Coat

Lashes with 2 Coats

Lashes with 3 Coats

Mascara from a distance

 While it performs well up close, it looks average from a distance. And for $28, I need more than average, son! And also tends to loose its lifting power after an hour or so. In fact, a friend of mine asked me if I was even wearing mascara on one of the days I wore Extase. Um…..#fail

I don’t know if it was me or the brush but man, I had such a hard time NOT getting it all over my lids.

Would I recommend it?: It isn’t the best for me but I could see this being a rockin’ mascara for ladies who already have thick and lush lashes.
Have y’all tried Dior’s Extase? What did you think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,
  • Carmella

    That's disappointing. I've heard nothing but good things about Diorshow, maybe they should've just stuck with the original formula

  • BeautyMaven

    Oh this is a sad day! I have to agree though– I've tried DiorShow and DiorShow Black Out and they were both just unimpressive. My $5 L'Oreal Voluminous worked better. Ugh. Isn't that interesting though that it's such a cult fave?? I wonder if it's mostly the name? lol! I'm the same with Benefit's Bad Gal Lash~ just didn't do much for me. I just don't understand how the drugstores expect gals to pay almost $30 when my $5 drugstore miracle works so well! Le sigh.

    Thank you so much for reviewing this! I actually just got an email from Sephora mentioning a Dior Mascara value pack.. Glad I got a reminder of how much I *don't* like them, haha!!

  • yummy411

    Brit, I tried this a while back and returned it the next week. Womp, womp. I didn't recommend it to another friend (shana, Tried + Truth Beauty) who likes volume like me, but she tried it and agreed w/ me. No bueno. I used to live and die by DiOr I think because I was a mascara newbie then (still lOve DS's blackness!) The packaging is cute though lol! Maybelline Falsies does it better hahaha.

  • Lauren

    I don't have this particular mascara but, I do have DiorShow. I thought I was the only one who managed to get the mascara on my eyelids. There must be a certain technique for applying DiorShow mascaras. I never have this problem with other mascaras. Thanks for the review!

  • Michelle @Ethnic Cosmetics

    For a 3 out of 5, I don't think so for that price.

    Now if you had said 5 out of 5, I might consider it.

    Guess I'll stick with L'Oreal!

    Thanks for sharing,

  • Annelise

    YUCK! I'm with you on this one, B. Dior mascaras are terrible for me too. I've ordered 2, TWO, tubes of Diorshow and they were both super dry and flaky. I won't even waste my time with this one.

  • Gin

    Yikes, I was scrolling through the photos, and I thought the first 3 were all without mascara. Too bad, I thought this one might be good–many thanks for reviewing this, so I know not to waste my time with this one!

  • Stephanie

    That's interesting. I love the Diorshow mascaras and I was considering trying this next, but now I'm not quite sure!
    Thanks for the review.

  • Anonymous

    what eyeliner did you use on your waterline?

  • B

    Anon—> That's a liner from the Sally Hansen Carmindy Healthy Beauty line. It's SO hard to find. :(