“ Brand: Dior / Type: Mascara / Suitable for: Eye „
I would never be seen without at least one coat of mascara because I wouldn't like to frighten anyone - I don't have hundreds of eyelashes anymore & what I do have left are so fair you can hardly see them.
So, over the years I must have tried & tested dozens of mascaras each with different price tags & with low/ high price tags & all with varying results.
I'm usually a believer in 'you pay for what you get' but have been surprised at the quality & results achieved when buying cheaper makes yet disappointed with some of the more expensive ones. One that I use when I can afford it is Christain Dior Parfait.
It come in a sleek royal & navy blue tube with the famous gold Dior lettering & it cost me £14 the last time I bought it from John Lewis.
It's around 4" long & when you unscrew the top from bottom the brush is a surprisingly good size & because it tapers at the end it's really easy to use when covering the lashes you may have missed. It's recommended that you use 2 or 3 coats which I'd say was correct even for my lashes lol.
The mascara is enriched with cashmere which, it's claimed, is added 'for comfort & protection' & it's claimed to 'help thicken & nourish the lashes'. Well, I'm not sure whether or not it actually protects the eyelashes but it certainly makes them look & feel thicker.
After applying the Dior mascara I've never had any irritation around the eye area which I've unfortunately experienced with some others & I've found that it doesn't smudge or need reapplying during the day.
I also like the way there are no added fibres on the brush (although it's soft & fairly thick) so there's no danger of getting a stray one in the eyes. Obviously you don't get the luxurious lash look unless you add more coats but if you're looking to just define your lashes this is perfect in my experience.
- not the cheapest mascara around but, in my opinion, it's worth £14.
- easy to apply & lasts for ages.
- no added fibres but a good-sized soft & generous brush.
- easy to remove.
- great for defining every lash without build up.
- non irritating.
- worth a try whatever age you are?
My very first mascara was bought from Woolworths when I was thirteen, and was the “spit and scrub” type. This came in a compact with a solid block of mascara and a tiny flat toothbrush. The block was moistened with a few drops of water (or spit if you were putting your make-up on at the bus-stop) and then scrubbed with the brush to get a nice thick goo. The goo made your lashes clump together, somewhat becomingly I thought at the time, but you had to be very careful not to laugh too much, or cry, or get caught in the rain, or else you ended up with black streaks all around your eyes. With my first Saturday job wages I treated myself to an expensive mascara. This was made by Helena Rubenstein, was navy in colour and had a curved wand with no bristles. A few years later mascara was supplemented by false eyelashes, with a few extra lashes painted on underneath the eye. Mary Quant was the fashionable brand at that time. The mascara I had tended to buy over the last couple of years was Maybelline’s Great Lash. Only £4.49, nice and gloopy, with a great build-up, and hardly any smudging, it was very near perfect. However, the packaging was a hideous bright pink and lime green. Easy to find in your make-up bag, but not at all classy. Time for a change, I thought. Browsing around the internet I came across some make-up chat sites, and looked for recommended mascaras. One that seemed to crop up again and again was Christian Dior’s Mascara Parfait. Off I went to John Lewis to the Dior make-up counter to have a look. The description of Mascara Parfait is “thickening lash care with cashmere”. Now, doesn’t that sound luxurious? The display mascara was in clear tubes, and there were several colours, including violet and bright blue, as well as the more ordinary colours. “What a good idea”, I thought, “I’ll be able to see when the mascara is running out.” I
usually steer clear of black, but the chestnut brown looked too light. The girl behind the counter assured me that the chestnut dried to a dark brown, and so I bought the mascara, gulping at the price. My delight at the several freebies popped into the bag was somewhat diminished when I saw they included: “Time-fighting serum for eyes” and “Ultra time-fighting serum (for skin)”! What was she trying to tell me? The first thing I realised when I actually opened the mascara is that it doesn’t normally come in clear packs, that’s for display purposes only. The packaging is Christian Dior’s signature royal and navy blue, with gold edging. Because the colour of the navy base is different to that of the royal blue top, you don’t find yourself constantly trying to undo the base from the top instead of the other way round. (Their lipsticks have a similar practical packaging.) The tube is only 4 inches long, so it easily fits into any make-up bag. The consistency is soft and thick with no bits in (I do hate those mascaras that are supposed to make your lashes longer by means of added fibres - I end up with bits all over my cheeks!). The especially good feature of this mascara is the brush. It’s very big with a pointed end and this means that you can cover all your lashes without smearing your eyelids. It has an excellent, quick, build-up effect without too much effort. It lasts all day without smudging, and yet is easy to remove. I don’t like scrubbing away at mascara to remove it only to end up in the morning with big dark circles, where the remains have worked away all night to give you a beguiling hungover look. Mascara Parfait is much kinder to your skin than that. Now, for my overall opinion. Do I prefer it to Maybelline’s Great Lash. Yes I do, just. Is it worth the extra money? (Mascara Parfait costs a whopping £14 compared to Maybelline’s £4.49.) Well,
I'm not sure. For me, yes. The mascara itself probably isn’t that much different, but the packaging and the brush make the extra worthwhile. And it’s probably the closest I shall ever get to wearing cashmere!
A rich mascara that thickens and reinforces lashes for a sophisticated, velvety look /