There's been a few sale bargains this Christmas and New Year that I haven't been able to pass up. This Dior Mascara was definitely one of them. Teamed up with the DiorShow Maximiser Base Mascara, this set came to £15, down from £23. I definitely call that a saving!
Normally I'm really loyal to high street mascaras. I completely back the saying that if you're going to buy one makeup product thats high street and will stand its ground against high end it's mascara. Having said that, everyone likes to be treated every once in a while and I definitely call this a treat. It's something a little bit more special for that moment when I need a little pick me up.
I originally had my eye on the DiorShow Iconic Overcurl. However I didn't see that in the sale so I ended up grabbing this duo on recommendation from a friend. The Base Mascara was certainly an added perk as I was actually interested in the main contender - the mascara itself.
I've used base mascaras before. You simply apply them before the black coat to give you a more voluminous and lengthened look. Normally they turn your lashes a subtle white to start with but this one stays clear for the most part. You almost feel like you've not applied any product at all. The trick is to not overindulge in it though. It'll be there even though you can't see it. Applying too much will just leave your lashes clogged when you proceed to apply the colour.
Now we have the mascara itself, and what a beauty it is! Excuse the pun.. Literally though, I swear that high end products always create the best packaging. I don't even know what it is but this screams luxury to me. The beautiful silver, or on closer inspection almost gold looking mascara tube has the name Dior frosted all over it. The simplest details of the black print on the bottle leave it looking clean and fabulous.
I had absolutely no idea what the wand would look like and was actually surprised by its spherical appearance. The 4 round balls which create the applicator definitely create intriguing appeal. I know that there are similar wands on the high street but I've never really indulged in trying them. Therefore I had absolutely no idea how best to use this wand to start with. It took some trial and error but I soon realised that getting to the absolute base of the lashes and wiggling upwards achieved the cleanest look.
Though saying that, even this method could sometimes lead to clumping. I'm not too sure if that was because of the base coat or not but there were a few occasion when my lashes looked quite spidery. Luckily I found a way to create the desired look I wanted but I still feel like the mascara is quite clumpy on its own.
When all is said and done, I'm really happy with the over all end product. It holds a curl well, doesn't flake during the day and has absolute minimal smudging. The black pigmentation is great and really makes my eyes pop. Having said that I'm just not sold on this being the best luxury mascara out there. I feel like there might be an easier option which offers me all the volume, length and separation I desire without the clumping and effort to apply. Would I use this product again? Happily. But would I buy another mascara over this one to test out? Definitely.
What's your favourite high end mascara? Let me know in the comments below.
DiorShow Extase Look Mascara - £23 from Boots
DiorShow Maxmiser - £19.55 from Escentual