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Makeup Review: Dior DiorShow Black Out Mascara

If you pay attention to the hype, you might think that Dior's DiorShow Mascara can do no wrong. Indeed, the original DiorShow is a pretty amazing mascara. So when the limited-edition Dior DiorShow Black Out Mascara ($23) hit stores, I rushed out to get a tube. The mascara promised to be darker and more dramatic than the original, as well as to curl, lengthen, and add shine and volume to lashes.

Until now, I had never considered the possibility that a mascara could be too dramatic. But honestly, Black Out is too dark for me, so


From the moment I put it on until the moment I took it off, I felt like a hooker. So while I give it kudos for fulfilling all of its claims, this mascara is just over the top.

It's great for a night on the town when you're doing the whole fake lashes or mod look, but for an everyday mascara, you better watch out. If you're wearing a mini and heels, be prepared for some unsolicited attention.
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Hollybaby1988 Hollybaby1988 9 years
I LOVE THE DIORSHOW MASCARA....IT MAKES MY EYE LASHES SO LONG AND FULL...I LOVE THE WHOLE FAKE EYE LASH LOOK...WOOOOO =D...X
Orange-5 Orange-5 9 years
I bought this mascara and it was a monumental letdown! It was clumpy and made me look hooker-esque! NO BETTER than a cheap drug store mascara. I brought it back to Sephora right away and got 'Bad gal lash' from Benefit instead... which was cheaper than the Dior and far superior. I've found a new favorite!
Cherryluv Cherryluv 10 years
This is my Holy Grail mascara. I have dark dark brown/black-is hair, so for me a mascara can never be too black. Until about a week ago, I never used any expensive department store brand of mascara, only drugstore brands like Maybelline. As soon as I put Dior ShowBlack on my lashes, holy cow, it's like my lashes came alive!!! You can SO tell between department store and drugstore brands. So even though $23 may be a lot to spend, do yourself a favor and invest in this or either the regular Diorshow...you'll be glad you did! :)
Betsy-Gilfillan Betsy-Gilfillan 10 years
happy to hear all your comments cause i considered buying it. almay makes a wonderful mascara for an even better price! the mascara in their eye color line for hazels is called "black pearl" and it's by far the best i've ever used. no matter what your eye color, it makes your lashes look beautiful and far from fake and tacky! try it! :)
saryeliz saryeliz 10 years
This is one of the best mascara's around...love it and live it till the end! Cheers!
mascheman mascheman 10 years
I love mascara. It is the one thing I cannot live without being fair skin and a red head. I love Dior products and I am sure this mascara is wonderful as well. I cannot wait to try it.
Miami-Gal Miami-Gal 10 years
Ohhhh, I'm up to replace my Dior Show. I wasn't fond of Benefit's equivalent, can't remember which one. But for night, I'm going to grab a tube of this as well. If I don't like it, I'll just give it to my boyfriend's daughter. She loves my make up castoffs!
jenlee jenlee 10 years
love this stuff!
jeunsol jeunsol 10 years
i'm curious.. but then i get racoon eyed (or panda-eyed :P ?) wearing normal mascaras.. but then it's a fancy dior "black-out".. maybe i'll go and try it at sephora
jettafer99 jettafer99 10 years
I was going to get Black out after I read all of the rav reviews, but after trying it at the Dior counter, I decided not to purchase. I agree -- its just too much for everyday unless you are in Vogue. I ended up going with Chanel Extracils and at the same price as Dior, it was perfect. I get perfectly curled, lengthened black lashes every time and it never streaks or smudges. It can go from day to night easily with another coat. GREAT stuff
aevasavealot aevasavealot 10 years
i bought it and thought it was going to be great, but it wasn't. throughout the day, it left a black smudgy thing under my eyes, making me look like a raccoon. the best mascara i've used it chanel's inimitable with a shu uemra eye lash curler
wowjules wowjules 10 years
I am willing to try any beauty product, so I may have to go out and buy this. But as far as DiorShow original - I wasn't impressed.
lbg1821 lbg1821 10 years
Hautie! No, you're not the only one! I use baby oil to remove my eye makeup too. I love it. It's great. Sometimes I get a little in my eye and it makes things a little blurry for a minute but other than that I LOVE IT. It's so practical and inexpensive and it def. does the job. It doesn't pull or tug my skin or lashes. LOOOOOVE ITT.
clover899 clover899 10 years
I read about all the hype over Diorshow mascara, bought it and found it wasn't what I expected. I prefer Benefit Badgal mascara. Black Out interests me too still though.
Mac-Muffin Mac-Muffin 10 years
Are you honestly giving a product a lower review for delivering as promised? It was just toooo good? For us toe headed honeys with not such thick lashes this is like manna from heaven. Ive had it for a week and I wonder what took me so long. The review should be based on if the product delivers, not what your taste in mascara style is; its called Diorshow Blackout for a reason. ;)
SweetMagicFairy SweetMagicFairy 10 years
Yeah i would like to try it too!
1missy 1missy 10 years
i might have to try this.
Vixen41686 Vixen41686 10 years
i love dior mascara! especially waterproof :-)
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 10 years
I worship ALL Dior makeup.... :notworthy:
lovealways lovealways 10 years
I'd like to give this one a try, but Imji Fiberwig is a keeper for now. Mind you, it's awful at volume, but my short lashes thank the length it gives them. If I want more volume, I apply some BE brushless mascara over it.
pollypo pollypo 10 years
I wasn't impressed with regular DiorShow mascara. It flaked onto my cheeks by the middle of the day. I love Fresh Supernova mascara.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 10 years
the blacker the lashes the better!!!
igottrouble igottrouble 10 years
dior show is the best mascarra ever
stormynite03 stormynite03 10 years
i loved it when i tried it at sephora....lovely lashes, made my eyes pop even though i was wearing my glasses that day!
Bellatrix2 Bellatrix2 10 years
Crystalblue, the Diorshow is not easily to be washed off. Best result I could get when mixing my mascara'd lashes with water when wearing the Diorshow was a certain similarity with panda bears. I honestly still want to try out the Black Out Ltd edition. Although I really should keep my money : I have a pale skin à la Snow White and blue eyes. And I have no intention at all to see big black cars stop in the street and ask "How much?".
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