You may think you already know the answer to this. Bigger is always better, and all that. It’s practically the American way. But I needed to find out for myself…

Is Dior’s Diorshow Blackout Mascara really worth $27.50?


Oomph and drama. Those sound desirable when it comes to equipping my eyeball fibers to bat and flutter.

Is it great mascara? Yes. It separates, has a great color pay-off, did not clump until it was well past dried out, and made me feel like a cross between Betty Boop and a Manga character.

Is it worth $27.50? In my world, that’s a lot of money. That’s like, two movie tickets with popcorn. That’s approximately a full tank of gas in my Chevy Maliboo-boo. That’s easily dinner at Chipotle.

I am hear to tell you friends: save your money. Stash the extra $20 towards that new fancy foundation you’ve been eyeing or a staple eyeshadow palette you’re coveting, because your beauty blogger is here to say: THE RUMORS ARE TRUE.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara is indeed a dupe that exceeds Diorshow.

L'Orea Voluminous Mascara

Were I independently wealthy where money was no consideration, I would still go with the L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara. The brush fans out my lashes and really brushes them which not only gives them definition, but is like a built in clump fighter. Even when the formula becomes drier over time, clumps are not an issue. Which, for someone who is in an eternal game of chicken with the snooze button, is a godsend in the morning as I’m swiping my lashes with one foot out the door.

The Voluminous Mascara also builds nicely. I can coat the lashes once, let it dry, and then go back for another coat if I’m trying for a real va-va-voom look. It doesn’t tarantula itself and it doesn’t appear cake-y, it just looks awesome.

The final nail in Diorshow’s coffin is that L’Oreal’s color offerings take into consideration the truth of variation in human hues. There’s a blackest black, plain ole’ black, and a brownish black. Since my skin tone tends to vary with the Earth’s rotation, I appreciate how sometimes on a pale pale face blackest black is a little too stark for day wear.

That’s where brownish black comes into play.

Ah, brownish black. All the advantages of a great mascara formulation minus the “LOOK I PUT ON MAKEUP” announcement.

What do you think? Have any of you tried either? Is there a different mascara I should be setting my sights on? Let me know in the comments below!