This volumizing mascara consistently receives top marks from reviewers. Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara adds volume to lashes with just one coat, and many reviewers say it adds a bit of length as well. One downside: Dior utilizes a chunky brush with dense bristles, which many users say effectively piles on the product for an impressive amount of volume, but can be a bit awkward to control. Users at Amazon.com and MakeupAlley.com say one coat is perfectly adequate and note that the formula layers nicely, building into a more dramatic nighttime look with additional applications. This mascara contains fragrance, which may irritate sensitive eyes. Additionally, although a single application of DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara will stand up to the rigors of a typical day, you'll need a waterproof mascara such as Lancome Definicils Waterproof Mascara (*Est. $25) if you expect to get wet or to cry. DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara is available in chestnut, azure blue and black.
For the most thorough reviews of Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara, we turned to Beautypedia.com (cosmetic critic Paula Begoun's online database of reviews), Splendora.com (an online beauty magazine) and ConsumerReports.org, where several mascaras are thoroughly tested, compared and rated. InStyle magazine also tests the mascara for its annual beauty awards, but doesn't provide as many details about the process. User reviews at MakeupAlley.com, TotalBeauty.com and Amazon.com provide insight into overall consumer satisfaction.
Paula Begoun gives Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara a "very good" rating, even though she says the large brush can be tricky to work with, especially if you have smaller lashes. Begoun notes, however, this mascara produces long, thick lashes with no clumping. She criticizes the inclusion of fragrance, which she says is completely unnecessary.
Review: DiorShow Mascara by Dior, Paula Begoun, Jan. 27, 2009
Editors say the Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara brush is a little too fat to control comfortably and tends to get clumpy because the brush is coated so thickly. Still, it makes the list of top five department store mascaras. Editors say it goes on thicker than other top-rated formulas and recommend it for nighttime use.
Review: Top Five Department Store Mascaras, Editors of Splendora.com
Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara is included in ConsumerReports.org's latest review of 16 washable mascaras. Testers examine the overall performance, ease of application, look on lashes, durability and ease of removal of each mascara.
Review: Mascara, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2009
Editors of InStyle magazine name Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara the best overall in its category year after year because it creates "dramatic lashes that never clump."
Review: Dior DiorShow: Best Overall Mascara, Editors of InStyle magazine, April 2009
Thousands of reviewers rate and review Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara, giving it an above-average rating. Users praise the mascara's lengthening and volumizing abilities, and say just one coat is all that is needed.
Review: Christian Dior DiorShow Mascara, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara gets a high overall rating based on hundreds of reviews at TotalBeauty.com. Users praise the mascara for adding volume to lashes with minimal to no clumping.
Review: Dior Mascara Diorshow, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara is one of the highest-rated mascaras at Amazon.com where it receives high marks for its ability to add volume to lashes with just one coat. Users also say it layers well, building up to a more dramatic, evening look. Their main complaint: This mascara is expensive, but many insist that it's worth the money.
Review: Dior DiorShow Mascara, Contributors to Amazon.com