Monday, February 24, 2014

Product Review: Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara (Shade: Noire Extase 90 / Black Extase)

By Randi Reed

Disclosure: I got this mini product in my first Birchbox as part of a regular subscription I pay for myself. Before the Cosme-Haul blog existed I posted a mini version of this review at under my username LAGlamRGrl.

Ahhh, the lure of a new mascara…Whether it’s new on the market or new to you, very few cosmetics junkies can resist trying yet another one. A favorite lipstick shade may be purchased over and over again, but when it comes to mascara, cosmetics junkies will drop that wand in a heartbeat—even if it’s  a reliable favorite--for the one that comes along with the promise of better performance.

They’re searching for the Holy Grail of mascaras: that perfect alchemy of formula, brush, and tube wiper. A formula that’s neither too thick nor too thin. A brush of just the right size, with just the right bristles to deliver the formula to achieve just the right look. A tube wiper that leaves just the right amount of product on the bristles of said brush. 

As optimists do when they try something new, when a sample of Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara arrived in my first Birchbox, I wanted to love it and hoped it would be my Holy Grail mascara. At $28.50US for a full-sized tube, it should be, right? And as someone with long but lighter-than-I’d-like them-to-be lashes, the promise of “instant oversize volume” sounded just right for achieving big, dark, dramatic, doll-eyed nighttime lashes. The mention of lash conditioners was attractive, too.

Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara in Black Extase 90. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)
Color:  The shade I tried of Diorshow Extase, Noir Extase 90 / Black Extase, is a carbony, matte black. When I applied some to the back of my hand to double-check the color for this review, the product looked like a dry, black charcoal smudge. (Some look more like an oil slick.) Don’t let product descriptions of “spherical black pearl pigments” fool you; it’s extremely matte, with no shimmer. 
Shade: Noire Extase 90 / Black Extase. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Texture and Application: Hate is a strong word, but I absolutely hated Diorshow Extase’s bumpy brush. It coated the lashes unevenly and didn’t deliver the product well at all. The formula of this mascara was extremely thick, clumpy and on the dry side. I’m a fan of thick, volumizing mascara and artfully clumpy spider lashes, but that’s not what happened here: there were uneven clumps of product which required removal with a damp Q-tip, even though I combed through with a dry lash brush. For a $28.50US price point, I expect better performance. 
Fully loaded Diorshow Extase's bumpy brush. See the uneven product? (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)
Eventually I got a decent application by using a disposable mascara wand, but it took a long time getting there. There was also a lot of post-app cleanup to do under my eyes, which isn’t usually the case. This mascara has noticeable fibers, which tend to add to the mess. 
Here you can see uneven product and lots of fibers. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Another problem with the formula of Diorshow Extase mascara was that it was so thick and heavy, it straightened my lashes after curling them with an eyelash curler (and I tend to overcurl). It also left the lashes sticky. Let me repeat this so you won’t make the same mistake I did, because I had no idea: it left my lashes sticky

When I realized the mascara had straightened my lashes, I broke my cardinal rule of never curling after mascara and tried to re-curl them. Do not try this unless you want your eyelid to be one with your eyelash curler. Even though I’d waited for it to dry, unbeknownst to me, apparently this formula stays a bit tacky. My lashes stuck to the curler, and I had a hell of a time getting free without losing the entire center of my lashline. (You may be wondering if false eyelash adhesive got involved in this mishap. Unfortunately it was the mascara; I don’t wear false lashes. Not that I wouldn’t, but…no.)

All this happened when I was getting ready to go out for the evening, by the way. I’ve since banned myself from trying new products before going out in public. 

Fragrance / Taste: I couldn’t detect any fragrance at all, so that’s a happy thing. 

Wear: Diorshow Extase didn’t irritate my contact lenses, which was a major plus. There was noticeable flaking by the end of the evening, because this mascara has fibers that shed. I’d been wearing it for perhaps five hours. Even though the formula didn’t claim to be waterproof, I was pleasantly surprised there was no smudging or smearing. If not for the flaking its wear would have looked fine. 

Would I buy it again? No. While I’ve liked other Dior mascaras in the past, unfortunately this one just didn’t deliver. While I believe the performance of mascara depends on the lashes of the individual—the lash length, diameter, and condition all play a role--there was so much that went wrong here, given the $28.50US price point, I can’t advise finding out for yourself. Score: 4 out of 10.    

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)
Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara in Noire Extase 90 / Black Extase. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

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