Dior’s New Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof Pencil Is Angling for Your Liquid Liner Love

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Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Backstage Black #092 ($32)

Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Backstage Black #092 ($32)

I like to think of myself as a somewhat creative person who also happens to put necklaces on her cat, so I totally appreciate it when makeup brands think outside the box and approach everyday products from different angles.

Take Dior’s new Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof eyeliner ($32), for example. It quite literally takes a different angle!


LOL! I made myself laugh…

Dior calls this new eyeliner a “hybrid” because it comes in pencil form but has the glide and color intensity of a liquid liner. Instead of having a regular pointy pencil tip, it has a beveled, angled edge, so that you can draw lines of different widths.

Hold the liner perpendicular to your lids, and you’ll draw a thin line. Place it parallel to your skin, and the line will be thicker.

It comes in six $32 shades — Backstage Black #092, Backstage Brown #582, Backstage Blue #272, Backstage Grey #042, Backstage Khaki #472 and Backstage Purple #182now available in the Dior permanent collection.

I struggled a bit the first few times I tried to use it. The shade was Backstage Black #092. I dunno… Maybe I have a funky tube, but the pencil felt very stiff, and it wasn’t that pigmented. It clearly did not want to glide across my skin, at all.

Then I accidentally broke the tip — twice! — which was probably my bad, because I twisted the pencil tip up too far and, apparently, this liner doesn’t want you to do that.


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Wearing Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Backstage Black #092 on my upper lash lines

Oddly enough, though, after the tip broke the second time, Diorshow Pro Liner got a little easier to use. It applied much more smoothly with richer, more intense color.

I wouldn’t exactly say that it applies as easily as a liquid liner, because when I slide the pencil tip across my skin, I can still feel it dragging along my lash lines, which typically doesn’t happen with a liquid, but still…

As for the formula’s waterproofness, I haven’t run through any sprinklers in my skivvies while wearing it (yet), but the formula does stay put from dawn till dusk without migrating or transferring into my crease.

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Swatches of Dior Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in Backstage Black #092

FYI, you will need to bust a move when you work with Diorshow Pro Liner because it dries in about a minute, so you don’t have a lot of time to smudge or correct any mistakes.


Overall, I like Diorshow Pro Liner. It’s intensely pigmented and long lasting, but it takes a while to get good with the angled tip. That, and the quick dry time doesn’t allow much room for error, so if you plan to smudge or hope to make any corrections, work fast.

Probably best for a very specific kind of eyeliner — lines with soft edges. As for drawing crisp edges? Forget about it. It still might be worth the $32, though…

If you’re looking for a high-end, long-wearing pencil for drawing lines with soft edges, try Diorshow Pro Liner, but if you prefer flicks crisp enough to cut glass, you may want to look elsewhere (like for something in a gel or liquid formula).

PRICE: $32
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the permanent collection at Dior counters and online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chelsea says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this because there’s an olivey shade that looks right up my alley. I actually really like the type of line this created on you.

  2. Morgan says:

    This look is gorgeous! What’s your lip gloss here?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Morgan!

      I’m wearing theBalm’s Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Honest (it’s new for fall) and Urban Decay Lipgloss in Streak. 🙂

      Happy Wednesday!

  3. Rachel R. says:

    Interesting. I’ve seen brow pencils with that shape, but never eyeliners.

  4. Kelly B. says:

    That’s so weird that the tip kept breaking off! I’m sad that they created a liner like this that still drags a bit though, nobody likes an eyeliner that drags on their eyelids!
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  5. Kat says:

    I wonder what the gray would look like. This looks very cool! I am so bad at eyeliner 🙂

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  6. Raina says:

    I also kinda like the line it gave you! What gloss are you wearing?? It’s gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Raina! I’m wearing two things — theBalm’s Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Honest (it’s new for fall) and Urban Decay Lipgloss in Streak.

  7. Vijaya says:

    You did a beautiful job with that liner!
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  8. anusha says:

    Hiii karen, i absolutely love the orangey coral lip colour. .which one is it? Please let me know.. i love reading ur blog everyday. .it’s like a gud cuppa coffee in the morning!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anusha,

      You’re so sweet! I’m glad to start the morning with ya. 🙂

      So, on my lips I’m wearing theBalm’s Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Honest (it’s new for fall) topped with Urban Decay Lipgloss in Streak!

  9. Crystal says:

    We all must know what are you wearing on your lips! So gorgeous!

  10. Tee hee, gotta love a good word pun 😛 Love that flick you got going on here!
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  11. Kay's Ways says:

    I’m digging the design of this pencil but for $32 it’s not pigmented enough for me, plus I like a thinner line. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. Tatiana says:

    What I want is a liner that applies itself in a perfect, non-wonky line, with evenly matched thickness and ends on both eyes. You know something magic, where you just close your eyes, snap your fingers and it’s done. Lol.

  13. Sophie says:

    I really like some of the other colours of this but I’m not sure I’d use them enough for $32

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