I’m always on the lookout for effective waterproof mascara (WPM) which does what it says on the tube without smudging onto make-up, flaking or clogging my lashes. Good ones are few and far between. My all-time favourite is Lancome Definicils Waterproof (sadly not available in the UK) and the runner up a cheapy from Maybelline in a lurid yellow tube (Colossal Volum’ Express WPM).
Now I’ve added a third to the list – Diorshow Waterproof. It’s an 11.5ml offering in a big tube with the most enormous mascara brush I have ever seen! It goes on finely, so you may need extra coats, but even first time out the brush wasn’t overloaded with product.
I found it easy to apply, it curled my lashes and stayed put all evening. For reasons of research (honest), I removed the rest of my make-up but left it on overnight. Next morning there was a bit of smudge under each eye but no hard bits or flaking on my pillow. It came off easily with my ‘patent’ WPM remover – Johnson’s baby oil on a cotton wool pad. I know make-up gurus frown upon this but I have had painful experiences with dedicated removers, which have stung my eyes and skin. So it’s baby oil always.
Only drawback of Diorshow is that it comes at a premium price – up to £25 in the UK. I tried it because it was on offer at £17 from Secret Sales (subscriber company which offers designer gear at greatly reduced prices).
- The nails are Alessandro Striplac ‘Blue Lagoon’
UPDATE June 2018
Grr, Dior has discontinued this waterproof version of Diorshow, saying the other version is ‘smudgeproof’ and that’s all that’s needed. Rubbish! Persuaded to buy but it wasn’t smudgeproof on me. They were good enough to exchange for Iconic waterproof. It has a very different brush (brushes are interchangeable) but is an effective alternative.
Whether you go to a salon or colour your hair at home (guess which I do??), there are the awful inbetween times when your roots show through. Here are my thoughts on touch-up products.
Roux ‘Tween Time
I liked this US product, which I found at a reasonable price on Amazon (around £7). It is a chunky, waxy coloured stick, presented much like a lipstick, which you stroke from root outward. The instructions say to wet the tip and start from the scalp. Reading the reviews on Amazon, I found a better method is to apply on wet hair, immediately post shampoo. The prescribed method leaves the hair sticky but applying on wet hair doesn’t. Available in lots of shades.
Verdict A stayer
Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer
This is an aerosol with five shades to choose from. I found it less precise to apply than ‘Tween Time because you are supposed to hold the can 20cm (8 inches) from your head. It dried to a dull, waxy finish which I didn’t like at all. The roots felt flat and it was very difficult to get a brush through my hair afterwards – like a yukky cobweb! Exclusive to Boots, £9.99.
JOSH WOOD Blending wand
Now this really is the business. Recommended by beauty pundit Sali Hughes, the JOSH WOOD Blending wand, £12.95, is exclusive to Marks and Spencer and is the best of these products that I’ve tried. I had store staff help in choosing a shade for my mid brown/chestnut crop and was even allowed to try the colour – light brown – on my emerging roots. The colour may look scary at first as it is much darker wet than when dry. I found this the easiest of the three to apply as it blended well onto my roots. You press a button to release the colour onto the integral brush then smooth onto the hair. It can be applied on wet or dry hair and dries in seconds with a hair dryer. There is no waxy, matted or greasy feel afterwards so this is the hands down winner from the three I’ve tried. Five shades.
Verdict My favourite – worth every penny
I wish someone had thought to do a You Tube vidoe on how to get into Maybelline Colossal Volume waterproof mascara. I can’t see how it can be opened without tweezers, scissors and teeth! Dynamite?
It’s a great product recommended to me by a lovely girl in Superdrug after I gave up on finding Lancome Definicils waterproof in the UK. It strokes on every lash, gives great volume with two light coats and doesn’t clog – once you manage to remove the tough plastic wrapping. I know cosmetics have to be sealed for hygiene reasons but this is someone’s idea of torture. I bought a new tube today and struggled to remove the tough plastic. First I prodded underneath with tweezers, expecting it to peel off easily.
I was in danger of doing myself an injury with the strength needed to penetrate the wrapping and then only a tiny bit was freed. I tugged, went at it again with the metal then set to with my teeth! That got it down so that I was able to unscrew the brush and I trimmed the remains off with scissors. The bottom section is still wrapped. Anyone have any Semtex?