Mascara Experimentation: Diorshow Iconic Overcurl

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This post was supposed to go up last week, but I accidentally got a tube of the Diorshow Iconic, so you can expect a post on that mascara at some point. I typically don't get along with Dior mascaras, but my number one priority with my eyelashes is retaining a curl, and not a lot of mascaras specialize in the curling department. Plus, I've heard a lot of good things about this, so I had to at least give it a try.

If you're new here, I have stick-straight, long but wispy lashes, so my kind of mascara will absolutely hold a lash-curler curl, define my lashes while providing some drama and lushness, and be just about smudge-proof. (I say "just about" because every mascara--even the waterproof ones--smudge on my oily skin).

Let's begin with the usual tired eyes and freshly curled lashes, courtesy of the Shu Uemura lash curler (as always).

A coat of the Diorshow Overcurl, and...

The second I finished applying, I looked in the mirror and made a sound along the lines of, "meh-euegh." In my before-coffee mind, that meant that this mascara straddles the line between alright and bad. The curl didn't completely fall out, but it definitely dropped a little, which is irritating because that's this product's number one claim--they should at least be able to come through on that. Apart from that, my lashes just don't look good. They're sort of tangled together, and look sparse and lightly made-up, as though this mascara is trying to make the least of my eyelashes instead of the most.

Still, I know better than to judge a mascara right off the bat, so here are two shots of my lashes at the end of the day.

I know my camera didn't really pick it up (better technology coming soon!), but the curl has fallen considerably more. My lashes are quite a ways from where they started, and the drop in curl means my eyes don't have the lift they so desperately need--the outer corner lashes are a good frame of reference. I also continued to hate how sparse and wispy they looked as the day went on, but on the plus side, I had almost no smudging with this.

I didn't really have any problems with the curved wand (though I don't believe it actually helped in the curling department), but the formula just isn't quite right for this mascara's claims. Curling typically defies gravity for eyelashes, meaning that the mascara formula has to be fairly lightweight in order to not weigh the curl down. Diorshow Overcurl is just too wet to do its job properly, and while I could wait a week or two for the tube to dry out a little, at $28.50 I shouldn't have to wait to get this product to work. 

The final verdict? I almost can't believe the positive reviews I've heard, considering this "curling" mascara does less for my curl than a lot of mascaras with no curling claims. It's not that Diorshow Overcurl is a particularly wet mascara, it's just not dry enough to really deliver on its promises. Even if it did maintain a fabulous curl, I'm still not sure if I would continue to use it, as it doesn't give me very flattering lashes. I know I always mention this, but it's important to remember that my eyelashes are a particular kind of finicky, which is why I deliberately write out their problems. This might give you good curl if you had thick, substantial lashes that can take more product on them. But I don't know if you would like the sparse and natural effect, as I definitely don't.

Sorry if this post seemed a little off, but it's 3:30 a.m. here and I'm exhausted. Can't wait to join this little buddy in bed.

Thursday's post will be my May Favorites, and next week's blogging schedule is still up in the air. It may include (yet) another Mascara Experimentation, though, as I just picked up Maybelline's new double-ended Big Eyes.

Of course, if you're sick of all the mascara, feel free to leave a comment saying so!

Have a good week!


  1. ahhh your pup is so cute! what kind of dog is it?

    your lashes ARE long. so jealous!

    1. He's actually not my puppy =( he's my cousin's!

      I'm completely in love with him, though, so I've named him my "god-dog." He's a Spinone Italiano--not a very common breed, but extremely sweet (and cute, obviously!)

    2. according to wiki, theyre "an ancient breed that can be traced back to approximately 500 BC." neat!
      i love how you and your family/cousins seem to be so close! unfortunately all my relatives all live in taiwan and my siblings and i are the only ones in the states :-/

    3. Yes, I got very lucky with my family! Particularly with my cousins, since we sort of grew up together and I think of them as siblings.

      Sorry to hear your extended family is so far away, but at least you have your siblings, and WhatsApp and email can make the distance a little easier. Hopefully you'll be able to see them soon, Tiffany!