DIOR Diorshow Extase – Instant Oversize Volume Mascara UPDATED

DIOR Diorshow Extase MascaraRecommended to me by Mandy (of Mirifique Beauty) I bought this Dior mascara at the airport and so far, I’m quite impressed.

I rarely use more than one coat of mascara, because, without failure, the second coat always clumps, so it’s great that this mascara delivers results in one application. Admittedly, I wouldn’t normally go for an extreme volume mascara because my naturally pale lashes are usually very fine, but I’m happy to say my eyelashes are longer than they’ve ever been as I’m using RapidLash regularly (morning and evening).

A quick note about RapidLash – In her column for the November edition of Irish Tatler, author Marian Keyes talks about her eyelash extensions addiction. Marian didn’t allow for a rest period between extensions and her natural lashes broke and fell out leaving her with bald patches Her beautician gave her a tube of RapidLash, Marian’s – “Eyelash Rehab” and within a couple of months, her ‘pale brown stumps’ grew back.

Quitting her eyelash extensions habit, Marian recommends Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes (Marisa of Marisa Loves Life/Style is our resident Charlotte Tilbury expert) and a couple of cheaper alternatives, Twist-Up-The-Volume by Bourjois and Rimmel’s ScandalEyes Retro Glam as lash plumping alternatives.

Eyelash Plumpers


The sublime blend of a spectacular plumping volume formula and an exclusive Couture brush. The first sweep offers the ecstasy of divinely thickened and reshaped lashes that seem transformed.
A revolutionary formula with spectacular plumping volume that glides over the lashes to coat them one by one. Enriched with Metamorphosis Powder and black pearl pigments, it is specially designed to amplify lash volume and deliver deep intensity to the eyes.
For the first time at Dior, a lash care active ingredient has been added to the formula to make the lashes suppler, shinier and visibly more beautiful.

It’s quite an interesting wand snuggled inside the glamorous packaging. The ‘tiered’ brush means that, on my lashes anyway, it creates a ‘one on, one off’ effect, ie it elongates every other lash, which looks really natural. Plus, and this is an eye-opening tip from the glam Pixiwoo sisters, because the lashes aren’t thick or goopy, you can ‘fan’ (brush) them into different directions; to the left and to the right. I love this mascara!

What I don’t love is that it’s a ‘wet’ mascara – not too thin or thick, just wet, although to be fair, it does dries  fast and there wasn’t any transfer to my lower eyelid. But there is just far too much product on the wand head. I don’t mind using the long side of a cotton wool bud to scrape excess product off a cheap mascara (hello, my former favourite, Maybelline Lash Stiletto), but I do really mind the wastage here of an expensive £24.50 mascara.

When applied to my lashes (the huge brush head even does the inner corners without mishap), with less product, Extase creates a glamorous, long, but natural looking, length and stays put all day with no flaking (yeah, take that! Clarins Be Long). Also, despite its longevity, it’s surprisingly easy to remove (Liz Earle Cleanser) without any tugging.

Not only does it come in a (flattering for older eyes, especially us blondes) rich dark brown shade [791], black too of course, [090] there’s also a gorgeous deep plum shade [871], which obviously I’m going to have to buy now as Christmas is just around the corner. The best way to wear a coloured mascara without looking dated, is to apply it to just the tips of your lashes over your usual black or brown shade.

Talking of coloured mascara, we all wore bright blue mascara in the 80s along with a rainbow of eye make up shades – all at the same time. I loved the 80s, mainly because it was the decade where it was impossible to look bad. For older readers, check out Like, totally 80s website for a trip down bad taste memory lane.


Great volume and instant length with little effort. No smudges and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. Brush is ‘bulky’ but does give fabulous cover, I use a lash comb for flawless results. Tried alternatives and prefer this for colour, length and cover.


I have to say this has to be one of the worst mascaras I have ever used. The formula was way too wet my lashes clumped no matter what I did. I wouldn’t rec this to anyone. I had hoped that it would improve with time and maybe dry out a little but no such luck. Failure from beginning to end.

I bought this because my usual brand was unavailable. I hoped this mascara would fan and plump my already long eyelashes; instead it made them look spidery and the mascara went everywhere as it is such a wet consistency. The brush was not effective at fanning lashes, despite looking like it would.


It is AMAZING. The pigmentation is fantastic, I use black which just adds instant wow factor. I find other black mascaras look a little grey on my lashes but this one is BLACK. Countless people have thought I was wearing false eyelashes.
The formula is wet, so avoid if that’s not your thing. The brush tends to carry too much product (I hear you!) but it’s never caused much of an issue regarding clumping. It’s also stayed put when crying, swimming (don’t ask) and in a surprise rain downpour!

I love so much this mascara because my lashes are short and this fantastic mascara lengthens them so that they look long! Besides, it does not smudge, it lasts all day long, perfect. I highly recommend it!

Dior Diorshow Extase Instant Oversize Volume Mascara 10ml £24.50 (Free P&P) Feel Unique
I bought mine at the airport for £20.00, but the cheapest place online is £20.95 (Free P&P on orders over £15.00) from AllBeauty.com (formally Cheap Smells)

23rd November 2014

UPDATE 14th April 2015

Hmm…I’ve had to abandon this mascara. I’m not sure what happened, I really loved the effect on my lashes. However, the wand started to clump with product, even though I wiped off excess mascara with the stem of an earbud.

That lovely, ‘almost false eyelash’ effect that the unusual shaped wand produced disappeared and it just kept sticking my eyelashes together.

I still love the wand though and I believe the unique shape is the star and really contributes to how the lashes look. Perhaps it was the mascara ‘mixture’ at fault? I’m going try it with a new mascara formula after cleaning the wand using this foolproof method.


Credit and all copyright to: A Thrifty Mrs – A brilliant read and obviously someone who makes good money from her blog.

  • Fill a sink with warm water and sit your mascara wand it the water.
  • After around 10-15 minutes you’ll notice flakes of mascara have come off and the water is looking cloudy.
  • Coat the palm of you hand in shampoo and work the wand into the shampoo, twisting and turning to get as much of the product off the wand as possible.
  • Wrap your hand around the wand and move your palm up and down. It might look like you’re doing something rude to the mascara wand…you’re not, it’s a mascara wand it isn’t capable of those lustful, sinful feelings and actions. HA!
  • Rinse in the sink occasionally and carry on the process until almost nothing comes off the wand.
  • Rinse under a cold tap and allow to air dry. Not rocket science, is it?

I’ve ordered Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara again (1p less this time!) as it’s a failsafe and will test out the Dior wand.

I would have bought Lancôme Définicils Mascara (the wand is a bit similar to Lash Stiletto) but it seems to only come in the black shade – far too harsh for my skin tone, I don’t want to channel my inner Shirley from EastEnders!


  1. November 23, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention and the great review. I find the wetness disappears after about the first couple of weeks of use and it really comes into its own then. I also use Definicils mascara by Lancome as my second coat over Extase. This separates any lashes and lengthens them further.I also had a free sample of the Dior maximizer, eye primer. When i applied this first and then the Extase over,I had the most incredible lashes ever.
    It’s such a personal thing with mascaras. We all have different types of lashes and issues with them. Mine are long and thick naturally; however, i still manage to have problems with clumps and lashes sticking together and also i have to steer clear of heavy mascaras weighing my lashes down too.
    I am so chuffed you gave this mascara a try out. It lasts ages too as it has a healthy 10gm of product while most only have 6/7gm for similar prices . I hope it gets even better for you over the next few uses. xxxx

  2. 41andcounting
    November 25, 2014 / 11:21 am

    Interesting review. I like the look of the brush on this mascara – I’m not keen on the new rubbery brushes – they seem to irritate my eyes. I may have to give this a try.
    I would agree with Marian Keyes about the Charlotte Tilbury Full fat lashes – it really does lengthen and volumise without clumpiness (and in one coat). The only drawback is it does seem to dry out quite quickly in the tube.

    • April 15, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Oh how annoying, £22.00 for a mascara that dries out quickly and only comes in black!
      I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews for it though. I hate to say it but if it came in brown, I’d be tempted.

  3. April 14, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Its such a shame it never worked out for you. I have one on the go at the moment (Extase, that is) for approx 3 months now. A very long time for every day use. Normally i would have thrown others away for drying out or going clumpy; and yet, this one has never clumped on me. It’s still my Holy Grail of all mascaras but we all have different lashes and it obviously reacts on all of us in a different way.
    I don’t really do mascara reviews anymore because i am very blessed with long abundant lashes anyway, so, unless a mascara is truly awful and believe me, some are. YSL Shocking being the worst i have ever used, (shocking indeed considering the price!) Normally they always work for me.
    So Sorry you didn’t have such a good experience hun as i feel i’ve made you spend so much on a product that was a waste of money. Sorry xxx
    I have just bought the Dior lash maximizer and this is fantastic as the first coat under both Definicils and Extase too.

    • April 15, 2015 / 8:49 pm

      “I am very blessed with long abundant lashes…” Yeah OK luv, don’t rub it in! LOL!
      It’s no problem at all Mandy. Maybe it was my fault and I didn’t look after it properly, but I DO know that in the beginning, my lashes were the best they’ve ever been using Extase.
      I agree with you re YSL mascaras – every one I have ever used has flaked!

      • April 15, 2015 / 11:08 pm

        ha!ha! oh sorry again. Yes it’s a shame. Maybe you bought one that might have been old stock, who knows !! I did that once with a Dior eye brightener highlighter pen. It literally lasted a month and was finished. I never bought it again.

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