My mascara finally died last week. I hate it when that happens because it always leaves me with a dilemma: do I simply go out and buy another tube of my favourite, fail safe mascara – the one I know always looks good, and which never lets me down? Or do I strike out and take a chance on something new and different?

Generally I go for the first option. Buying both just isn't an option when you're on a permanent budget, like I am, so I tend to play it safe and go for the mascara I know works. But I'm always left with the nagging thought: what if there's something even BETTER out there? Sure, I love my regular mascara (I refuse to believe there's anyone reading this who doesn't know what it is, but just in case, it's Lancome's L'Extreme Waterproof) but what if all this time I've been using it, I've been missing out on something I'd like even more?

Such are the dilemmas of a beauty junkie, folks, and this time? Well, this time I decided to throw caution to the wind and buy something new. That "something new" was Diorshow Blackout – read what I thought of it under the jump…

First of all, Diorshow isn't actually a huge departure for me because I've tried it once before, and actually wasn't particularly impressed with it. That was a few years ago, though, and now it's not just plain old "Diorshow", it's "Diorshow Blackout". More importantly for me, it's also available in a waterproof version, and ever since I had my "waterproof mascara is the only type that holds the curl in my lashes and doesn't make them droopy" epiphany, I reckoned it deserved a second chance.

So, what can I tell you about Diorshow Blackout?

I liked it. Despite having a larger wand than I like, it's easy to use, and doesn't smudge all over my eyelids. It's lengthening, although not so to the same degree as something like L'Extreme or Fiberwig. I don't find it particularly thickening, I have to say, but it does keep my eyelashes curly, which is an important point, as you'll have gathered!

As for the waterproof part, it does pretty well there, too. It didn't budge when I splashed water on my face, and only came off with eye makeup remover, so I figure it can be trusted for most people's watery activities – whether it'll survive a swim in the ocean, though, I can't tell you.

Overall, as I say, I liked this, but I didn't love it. That's through no fault of the mascara itself, though, to be fair: it's purely a reflection of the fact that it's up against some stiff competition, and my lasting impression of it is that everything Diorshow does, L'Extreme does better.

Conclusion? I won't be throwing it out, but I'll probably be returning to my trusty old favourite next time around.

Buy: Diorshow Backout Waterproof Mascara

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