Remember the sparkling grey smokey eye I did with the new Dior Smoky Design 5 Couleurs Designer? Let’s complete the look with some more pieces from this collection, including the new *Dior Diorshow Mascara, *Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof, and *Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel!
Dior Diorshow Mascara (RRP in Belgium: 35,26 euros. Available in Pro Black, Pro Purple, Pro Blue, and Pro Brown) isn’t exactly new. The new version boasts microfibers as well as the patented “AIR-LOCK” wiper system.
Basically, the Air-Lock wiper located around the neck of the mascara tube prevents the mascara from clogging. As a result, less air gets in, and the formula stays fresh for longer. While I have to get back to you about the longevity of Dior Diorshow Mascara, the wiper is great for getting rid of all the excess. I usually have to give non-waterproof mascara a week or two to dry out a little and become optimal. With Dior Diorshow, that wasn’t the case. The formula isn’t too wet to begin with, and there isn’t too much product on the wand to weigh the lashes down. Unlike other Dior mascaras I have tried, this one has a raspberry/fruity scent. If you are sensitive to fragrance, make sure you take a whiff or get a sample first.
The wand of Dior Diorshow Mascara is definitely on the bigger side. I have to maneuver a little more carefully around my naturally very short lashes, but it did get easier once I got the hang of it.
The formula of the new Dior Diorshow promises buildable volume and lash extension effect. In my experience, it is definitely more of a lengthening and separating mascara than a volumizing one. The great thing is since it doesn’t make the lashes stick together, you can apply more coats until you reach the desired effect. However, that takes a little time and patience.
Here you see two coats of Dior Diorshow on its own:
Here you see two coats of Dior Diorshow over Dior Diorshow Lash Maximizer:
For my naturally pretty non-existent lashes, primer is a necessity in this case. This mascara lengthens well, but it doesn’t make my lash as big and fat as I’d like them. If you want a primarily lengthening and separating mascara, Dior Diorshow is worth looking into. If your lashes need more help like mine, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl is a better bet!
Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof (RRP in Belgium: 28,27 euros. Available in Pro Black, Pro Brown, Pro Blue, Pro Grey, Pro Khaki, and Pro Purple) is one of those “gel liner in pen form” type of eyeliner with a “beveled tip.” The idea is that you can use it horizontally for a thin line, and vertically for a thick one that functions as the base for a smokey eye.
Let’s go through the good things first: Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof does wear very well. On top of a primer, I wore it for 12+ hours without it smudging or fading on my lash lines. On my waterline, it doesn’t wear better or worse than most other liners (which means it doesn’t last on my lower waterline, but it does hold up for several hours on my upper one). The formula is indeed waterproof, so you will need something stronger than a micellar water at the end of the day (or just a lot of patience).
a) While the texture isn’t exactly hard, I wouldn’t say it glides on.
b) I could be on the clumsier side of the spectrum, but it seems prone to breakage. This happened once when I twisted a bit too much out, and the other time when I was trying to push it back because it had become detached from the base. I am not sure if the liner I received is a dud, but it keeps coming loose.
c) As you can see in the swatch, even the horizontal application that is supposed to produce a thin line does not result in that thin of a line. I tend to wear way more eyeliner than a regular person, but already I find it hard not to make the line too thick or uneven. In other words, if you want a sharp-ish wing, this is probably not what you are looking for. You can extend the line outwards a little, but it is not so easy to get anything more precise than that.
Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in 092 Pro Black swatch. One pass horizontal/one pass vertical:
Here you see the best line I can get out of it. Like I said before, you can extend the end of the line a little, but it wouldn’t be as crisp as what you can achieve with a gel or liquid liner:
All in all, I like how well Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof wears, but not so much how it applies.
Last but not least, we have the transparent Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel!
I must say that in general, my experience with clear brow gels is a success. What sets Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel (RRP in Belgium: 30,46 euros. Available in Transparent, Blonde, and Brown) apart is the packaging!
I might be a bit of a neat freak, but I can’t be the only one who finds regular brow gels a little, for lack of a better word, yucky. With my brows, I need to fill them in with a pencil before grooming the hair in place with a gel. In the process, some of the pencil inevitably rubs off and in it goes into the brow gel tube. Most of the time I have to throw my brow gel out not because there is nothing left anymore, but because whatever is left has become too gunky.
Enters Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel! The twist-up mechanism plus the rubber applicator means you can wipe everything clean in the blink of an eye. I get enough each time from a light twist. As long as you see a little bit of product starting to come out, you probably already have enough. The consistency is almost like a serum. It does not make the brows sticky, crunchy, or heavy.
Out of these three, my personal favorite is Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel. I wish more companies would follow suit, because this is so much more hygienic!
Let’s talk brow gels! I came to the realization that I will probably never be able to get away with nothing but a tinted brow gel on my very sparse brows, as brow gels are not made to last on bare skin. However, I like the current “fill them in and groom them into place” system that I have. Do you use a brow gel? Is it tinted or transparent? I really need to do a brow product shoot-out soon. As you can see, I most probably do not need more, but why oh why am I eyeing the new Shu Uemura one?!