Mascara Showdown: Diorshow Black Out v. Lancome Hypnose

Monica Bellucci for Dior's Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Monica Bellucci for Dior's Diorshow Iconic Mascara

There was a time when I didn’t think a US$24.00 mascara is any different from a US$7.00 mascara, but ever since Hypnose, I am a changed woman! And once you have used a great mascara like Hypnose (by Lancome), you can never go back to cheap drug store brands again!

When I ran out of Hypnose, I was curious to try another popular mascara that has generated so much buzz (if not more than Hypnose). Diorshow has a variety of mascaras that are all the rage these days, reaching a monstrous cult status quickly after their launch. So naturally I just have to try at least one!

Diorshow Black Out Mascara, US$24.00
Diorshow Black Out Mascara, US$24.00

I picked the Diorshow Blackout mascara, since it promises intense pigment, volume and length. By the way, both Hypnose and Diorshow Blackout mascaras cost US$24.00 each so it made me all the more curious as to which one does better.

I will rate in terms of ingredients, color, durability (long wearing), curling power, volume and length:

Diorshow Black Out does not use artificial dyes whereas Lancome Hypnose contains Ferric Ferrocyanide. Personally this made me like Diorshow a little better.

Just when you think you narrow down a few mascaras to try, here comes Virtuose, with Lancome's new face Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, daughter of former Lancome spokesmodel Isabella Rossellini.
Just when you think you narrow down a few mascaras to try, here comes Virtuose, worn here by Lancome's new face Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, daughter of former Lancome spokesmodel Isabella Rossellini.

Diorshow Black Out is really really black. I didn’t know there could be such an intense black until I tried Diorshow Black Out! Hypnose still holds up well in this category though, being quite intense as well.

Long Wearing:
I don’t have oily eyelids or skin so makeup does not tend to smear or slide off my eyes or face. However, I noticed a little bit of smudging under my lower lashes after a full day of Diorshow Black Out, where as Hypnose stayed all day without smudging. Neither flaked or smeared though. I have to say that Black Out does feel a little more moisturizing on my lashes, which could be why it smudged off a little towards the end of the day.

Lancome Hypnose Custom-Volume Mascara, US$24.00
Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara, US$24.00

Curling Power:
It’s a draw. Both mascaras are superb in this category. My lashes stayed curled up sky high with both mascaras until I remove them.

This is a tough one. With Diorshow Black Out, I have to apply 2 coats to achieve the chubby false lash effect, which is really wonderful by the way, but with Hypnose, I felt that one coat was already giving me the false lash effect. Because Diorshow is ultra black, it does give the illusion that the lashes are really thick when you apply 2 coats though. Hypnose is also very volumizing.

Ines Sastre for Lancome
Ines Sastre for Lancome

Personally, I find Hypnose lengthens more than the Diorshow Black Out, even though both are incredibly lengthening mascaras.

Both are the best of the best when it comes to mascaras. If you ask me to pick one, I think I will still choose Hypnose; however, I haven’t tried the rest of the Diorshow mascaras yet (next time I will probably try the original Diorshow mascara) so I can’t comment on the entire line versus Lancome’s mascaras. Diorshow Black Out mascara has better ingredients, but Hypnose volumizes and lengthens better, and it stays put all day.

Diorshow’s line of mascaras are designed to be complementary by the way. They can be layered on top of each other. Lancome’s Hypnose is a superb stand-alone product, so cost-wise, Hypnose is really all you need if you want incredibly high curling, volumizing and lengthening effects in one mascara.

Although the price is the same, Hypnose is 6.5ml while Black Out is 10ml.


9 comments on Mascara Showdown: Diorshow Black Out v. Lancome Hypnose

  1. Xevia
    June 2, 2009 at 8:43 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you for this in-depth review! I was wondering about those two highly recommended mascaras… I will try hypnose 🙂

  2. Christina
    June 2, 2009 at 11:28 am (8 years ago)

    i was wondering…
    is dior hypnose in asia (korea) known as dior iconic? or are they 2 different products?
    i think i confused myself by looking at too many ads in both german and korean magazines

  3. Joseibi
    June 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks, Xevia!
    I find that with Lancome’s Hypnose, my lashes weren’t rigid as with Diorshow.

    Christina – there are several mascaras under Diorshow – one of which is Iconic (as pictured on top). If you go to the website and look under Dior’s mascaras you will see all the versions available, I am assuming that they will be available in Asia as well. 🙂

  4. Ji
    June 27, 2009 at 12:55 am (8 years ago)

    I’m using Hypnose along with Lancome’s latest lash primer. I love them. Thank you for your review. 😉

  5. Joseibi
    June 30, 2009 at 8:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you Ji! Hypnose is still the best! 🙂

  6. JYP
    April 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm (7 years ago)

    I love Lee Young Ae is beautiful

  7. Apple
    June 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Hihi, I’m wondering whether u’ve tried the Benefit Bad Gal one and how does it compare to Lancome’s Hypnose?

  8. Joseibi
    July 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Apple,

    I tried Bad Gal before…I much prefer Lancome’s Hypnose. Bad Gal clumped on me for some reason whereas Hypnose defines, curls and volumizes very well. I find that Hypnose (not the Hypnose Drama) suits me better. The bigger brushes (e.g. Diorshow) don’t work on my lashes that well. they tend to overpower and overwhelm me and give me tarantula lashes!

  9. Mario
    April 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve tried all of those! I worked at Sephora and was a msaraca whore. Actually, the BEST msaraca I have EVER tried is Clinique High Impact. Best paret? It’s only $14. It only lasts me about 2 months (which I guess is fine since you’re supposed to dispose after 3) but I am particular about consistency. At first signs of drying out (which I find Dior and Chanel to do really fast), I buy a new one.I’ve been using Clinqiue’s for over a year now. That has never happened with msaraca and I. I am thoroughly surprised, and pleased.I actually WOULD like Diorshow best, but it makes the lashes so dry! But they do look long, and black and GORGEOUS. (Oh and the msaraca itself dries up in like a month with daily use, grrr)!!


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