Can Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara Really Replace Your Eyelash Curler?

by beautifulwithbrains
review dior diorshow iconic mascara

I’m a volume girl. The bigger the lashes, the better.

So, why am I trying a high-definition mascara? Sometimes, it’s not always about what you like. It’s also about what you need.

My lashes could do with a bit of curl and lift. That’s what Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara promises. It’s the first lash-lifting mascara from the brand.

Does it live up to the hype? Kinda. I like the results, but I’m still going back to my volumizing mascaras… What can I say? The heart wants what the heart wants:

What’s in Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara?

Like most mascaras, Dior Diorshow Iconic is a mixture of:

  • Pigments: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide and co give the mascara its hue.
  • Waxes: Beeswax and candelilla wax provide the main body of the mascara and make it smudgeproof.

The amount of wax isn’t too high, so it doesn’t give your lashes that much body and volume. But hey, maybe that’s the look you’re going for.


The formula’s light. You can layer as many coats as you want without it clumping.


The mascara’s is a dark black hue. It makes your lashes visible without darkening them too much.

Staying Power

It lasts for the entire day without smudging, flaking or clumping. It’s hard to remove but then that’s the reason behind its incredible staying power. Can’t complain, can you?

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It’s fragrance-free.


The brush has bristles that are closed together and slanted to grab every single lash – even the tiniest inner ones. Just twirl the brush as you apply it – done.

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Performance & Personal Opinion

A couple of coats of Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara give your lashes amazing lenght, definition and separation while still managing to look natural. It’s like your lashes but better. Just be careful not to apply too much or your lashes will look spidery. That’s never a good look.

I dig this look, don’t get me wrong. But what I seek the most from a mascara is volume, volume and more volume. I want to look like I’m wearing false lashes without all the hassle of putting those on (I still can’t get the hang of it).

This mascara fails in the volumising department. Sure, it’ll give you some. It just doesn’t give you the drama. Oh, and it doesn’t curl, either. Use your eyelash curler for that.

Who Is This For?

This is a mascara for people who have naturally long-lashes or want great length with a natural appearance.

Who Is This Not For?

Anyone who wants a dramatic, super voluminous curly look.

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The mascara comes in chic silver tube. It’s the kind of mascara you wouldn’t be ashamed to take out in public for a quick touch-up.

Does Dior Diosrhow Iconic Mascara Live Up To Its Claims?

Lash-lifting mascara.Didn’t really curl or lift anything for me.
Perfectly sculpts, stretches and curls lashes with impeccable hold and exceptional definition.It does provide great definition, but no curl.

Price & Availability

$28.00 at Escentual and Sephora

Do You Need It?

If you have long, luscious lashes or want a very natural mascara to wear at the office, this’ll do.

Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried Dior Diorshow mascara? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


#12966/A #12966/A Aqua (Water), Paraffin, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Polybutene, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Acacia Senegal Gum, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silica, Tocopherol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sericin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate [+/- :CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake) ● CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake) ● CI 77007 (Ultramarines) ● CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride) ● CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens) ● CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green) ● CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides) ● CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide) ● CI 77742 (Manganese Violet) ● CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].

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Jnie February 17, 2009 - 7:43 pm

I’m starting to find that drugstore mascaras are just as good as these expensive ones. Thanks for the review.

beautifulwithbrains February 17, 2009 - 9:13 pm

Me too. I agree with you. The only high-end mascaras I own are either samples or wins. I’d rather spend my money on drugstore mascaras, they’re cheaper and work just as well, if not better sometimes.

jojoba February 17, 2009 - 11:21 pm

wow hard to remove… reminds me of my shiseido lasting lift. but it can be removed by coconut oil. the not curling part scares me as i have down casted straight lashes. hmmm

great review and i think i just decided passing this!

prettybeautiful February 18, 2009 - 1:46 am

thanks for letting us know that it does not really work. i have seen so much ads of it on the mag.. and…uhhhhh..too bad.

Eru February 18, 2009 - 9:22 am

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beautifulwithbrains February 18, 2009 - 2:07 pm

jojoba: I didn’t try removing it with coconut oil yet but I’m sure that will do the trick easily. Oil-based makeup remover are best for removing this kind of mascara and coconut oil is definitely great at removing eye makeup and provides some conditioning too.
I was actually disappointed about it not curling my lashes. I didn’t have great expections about that as usually mascaras only curl lashes a bit, but this didn’t do anything at all!

prettybeautiful: I was expecting something better after hearing all the hype about it too. It’s a great mascara for when you want a natural look but honestly I expect a lot more for that price.

Eru: thank you so much hun! I’m honoured. I’ll go and check it out now.

Jess February 18, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Thanks for this review!
I love reading mascara reviews and testing them. 😉

So, I couldn’t resist this one too, but after several times, I handed it to my sister, since it doesn’t hold the curl of my lashes (have poker straight Asian lashes).

Still love the packaging a lot!


beautifulwithbrains February 19, 2009 - 1:17 pm

Hi Jess, you’re welcome. The packaging is beautiful but it’s too bad that it doesn’t curl. Although no mascara can curl lashes as well as an eyelash curler, I still think it is important for it to have at least a slight curling effect. My lashes are pretty straight and this doesn’t help at all, so I rarely use this. But overall, it is a good mascara and I hope you sister is enjoying it!


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