Over the past three decades, the beauty industry has developed some amazing beauty and skincare products. From lip glosses that adjust to your lip color to mineral makeup to skin creams made from sake and seaweed, the makeup bag and medicine chest have come a long way from the days of Ponds Cold Cream. But despite these breakthroughs, there is one area of the beauty industry that seems to be lagging behind, the mascara manufacturers.
I was extremely devoted to MaxFactor 2000 Calorie mascara. But sadly, the powers that be, took this product off the market years ago. Since then, I’ve found plenty of passable brands and even brands that I like (Tarte), but I’ve never found a product that doesn’t eventually disappoint me and leave me longing for MaxFactored lashes of yore.
Whenever I discuss my mascara malaise, someone always mention DiorShow. “Try it, you’ll love it. You’ll never go back,” they say. So last week, I bought the Best in Show Mascara Set, which contains a DiorShow mascara and a DiorShow Blackout mascara in mini-sizes (Sephora, $18). And boy, did they fail to live up to expectations.
After applying the third coat of mascara, I stared into the mirror unable to see any of the promised lengthening or thickening. Since it was a Saturday, I decided to remove the product and try the DiorShow Blackout instead. Again, the promised benefits did not emerge. Sure, the lashes were the perfect jet black color and a bit thicker, but they were not the lush, full lashes that I had been promised. My reaction could best be described as, meh.
There is nothing worse than being disappointed by a beauty product that held so much promise. It’s like going to bed with a gorgeous man only to leave his bed dissatisfied, wishing you’d stayed home with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s.
Luckily, my friend Alex suggested that I try CoverGirl LashBlast, and I figured at $6 a tube, what did I have to lose. Is it as wonderful as my MaxFactor? No. But it does a better than average job, and my lashes look fuller and longer with the LashBlast than they did with the DiorShow. So, I’m happy, for now. Next month, they’ll be some new miracle mascara that I have to try. Hopefully, I won’t be disappointed all over again.