Ok, first of all I looove this mascara! But I use it as a basecoat UNDER other formulas. Its very black, and the formula is quite slick and thin compared to other DiorShow mascaras. It has a plastic spiney brush which is great for separation w/o clumps.
I generally don't use it alone even for daytime because its so black. And its a bit expensive for a product that's essentially just a base- so it only gets a 4 rating.
That being said, its amazing what a layer of Iconic will do under my other mascaras when I want full on drama. It thickens, lenghtens, volumizes, darkens and increases the staying power of every single brand I've used it under!
Plus, it keeps my thicker formulas from clumping up because instead of having to do multiple coats, I just do a quick swipe of Iconic and a quick swipe of the thicker stuff (right now its Lancome Hypnose Volume, YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils or Too Faced Size Queen- all of which start to clump when I do multiple coats).
Voila! Quick, clump free DRAMATIC lashes. Will not be without this even though its pricey b/c I can use less of my other brands and it also takes very little of the Iconic to get the job done. So for that reason its a good value for me.
I'm not impressed. It is not a mascara worth $28+tax. It gives "some" volume and length, a very natural look. It straighten my lashes if I don't blow dry the applicator a little bit before applying which is really annoying. However, it keeps the curled lashes in place and the glossy black look for over 14hrs, no smudging, no irritation, it got some credits for that (overall rating 3). There are lots mascara out that can do the same. Every time I use this, I feel like I am paying extra $15 for the brand "Dior" instead of the mascara.
My HG mascara.
I use an eyelash curler beforehand and then apply and it makes my eyelashed CRAZY big!
The mascara also stays put throughout the whole day *and i use the non-waterproof one!*
So disappointed with this by mid morning had big black smudges above and below my eyes and had been nowhere near water! Rubbish!!! Do not waste your money
This mascara is not waterproof. I have a very active lifestyle and it always leaves smears under my eyes as opposed to other waterproof mascaras. It does hold curl somewhat well but doesn't separate my lashes the way that I'd expect it to. It seems to gather a few lashes in clumps giving apre spider look. It's easy to remove from lashes but a real pain to remove from under your eye when the waterproof functionality fails and your out-n-about. It will be a long while until I try Dior mascara again.
Love love love this mascara! I can say that this is the only mascara I end up keeping after trying all other brands. I can't go a day without it! I heard many negative reviews on this mascara, but I don't seem to see anything wrong with it. It lengthens and thickens my mascara and keeps my curls up! When applied it does not clump up!!
I adore the packaging! Personally there is no cons to this mascara! I love it!!!
Really good mascara, I usually wear it when I know I have to be out during a long time and with no time to touch up my eyelashes. It's a stapler!
I normally use Max Factor Lash Extension Effect in Brown/Black so for my upcoming wedding I went to buy the same in waterproof, but found that they only make their waterproof formula in Black. Turns out all the major waterproof mascaras are only in Black. What is up with that? Anyway, I use the Max Factor because it lengthens, separates and curls - very natural, no thickening - and it contains no paraffin or 'petroleum distillates'. Well, after running from counter to counter trying to find a Brown Waterproof mascara I found this one. It claimed to do the same things as the MF and it had no paraffin or 'petroleum distillates' (unlike the one at Chanel) - hurray. And it delivers. It's gorgeous. It is natural and lovely and lasts all day. It's £22, so I'll only be using this when I really need waterproof because that's pretty pricey, but I've got my wedding day mascara - YAY!
At first I really liked this mascara, but after awhile it was just average. I do like the fact that it washes off easily with your regular face wash, however for the price, it just doesn't do justice.
I have been using this mascara for almost a year and its my HG. I was trying out many other brands (Revlon, Maybelline, Lancome etc. and Dior "Diorshow"). However all these mascaras gave me flakes or smudges, sometimes at the end of the day I found mascara dust under my eyes. Until I got this amazing mascara. Iconic Extreme is absolutely fabulous! I love it. I got it in black and have been using for more than half a year. This mascara doesn't give me too much volume (which I dont need) and there are no flakes or smudges ever! It stays on perfectly - even if its not waterproof. I will repurchase it soon.
Update: I have been using this mascara for about 4 years now and it is my favorite. I have tried many others in the mean time - again (Urban Decay, Benefit, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Lancome, etc) but none of them gave me those nice, seperate lashes like Dior's Iconic. Love it!
It lasts for a very long time, does not dry out after 6 months like others.