2 reviews for 2 different colors!!
*Excellence Creme-5 Medium Brown*
This has been my go to color for years!!!
This matches my natural hair color prefectly (my natural color is a light to med brown)
I'm sad to say that I have to leave this color and go lighter. My greys are coming in bad wich literally started happening early this year and now its to the point that I have to recolor every 2 weeks=(
So with that said if you have no greys or little greys to deal with this hair color is awesome!!!!!! The pre treatment for the ends is great and the after color condition is awesome too.
The hair color itself is amazing(goes on great and no dripping)! The color is rich and non fading..wish I could still use it but my greys just come right thru....this color gets 5 lippies!!
Next color review...*7 Dark Blonde*
So since I have to go lighter I figured I give this a shot.
I used Color Oops to remove all the brown dye (wich worked awesome!) and put this in. Well I knew that the color could pull dark(and expected it to) but this went darker then I would have liked and with going thru the reviews on here and elsewhere that this color does go darker so I know its not just me.
So I still gave this a good go and while it did lighten a little..it went to a very flat dull looking light brown =( My husband and other ppl have told me that it looks nice but idk to me I look washed out and my hair looks dingy and flat..and my greys are showing!!!!!!! Grrrrr. So after a week... tonight this color will be history thanks to Color Oops and moving on to a Ion color wich will be reviewed as well.
7 Dark Blonde gets 1 lippie...I wish the color was better and a little brighter.
Also too this brand of hair dye hasn't been very drying on my hair wish is a plus.
Overall my rating of this brand in a whole is a 3..mainly due to it not really holding up well with grey coverage as my greys come thru fierce lol and I'm only 38! re dyeing every 2 weeks is a no for me and sometimes only after 7days of dyeing they start showing =(
I used this last night to cover my very faded Nice n Easy from 6 weeks ago. I had used N&E shade 118e which was initially lovely but it faded exponentially in week 4. I saw the reviews on this and decided to give L'Oreal a go. Hair prior to dyeing was medium brown with remnants of "professional" highlights. I also have 10% grey.
I purchased shade Natural Light Brown. Product is easy to mix and I love the pre-colour serum. Texture of dye is like a thick gel and easy to distribute through the hair. I have shoulder length hair; for those with more, buy 2 boxes.
Colour came out darker than on box, which is probably due to whatever colour hair is. I should maybe have picked a darker colour. However, love the effect, colour is super even and it has turned the highlighted parts a light copper. Husband and friends love it. Hair in excellent condition. Highly recommended
I usually use Preference in Soft Black, but they were out of it this last time I needed to color my hair. I've passed up this product in the past because I thought it was only for older, i.e. 60+ year old women. I purchased this in Natural Black and this is my new hair color. It wasn't messy to apply, didn't smell too horrible and rinsed out easily. I did the root touch up which took 40 minutes, which is a long time IMO, but worth it.
The thing that impressed me the most about this product is that I got a truly soft black color. With every other Black I've used I've needed to give it a week or so for the color to not look so flat and stark. It's been a week now and no hot roots or fading over my grays. L'Oreal definitely needs to revamp their advertising and packaging for this product because I never would have used it if the Preference hadn't sold out.
I first started dyeing my hair, I used Nice 'n' Easy foam...never again. Slopy, messy, horrible color, not the ease portrayed in the commercial. Alas, Nice 'n' Easy it is not. I picked up Loreal Creme based on the positive reviews and may never go back.
The application is so simple. The instructions are written so easily, an 8-year-old could do it. Best part? Applying the dye was mess free, actually a little fun. There was a chemical-ish smell. I don't really mind, especially after the scented nightmare that was Nice 'n' Easy.
I washed the color out, let it air dry and was amazed at the bright vibrant color I saw. I picked Medium Reddish Brown and my hair looked stunning. Brown with red undertones, and thanks to the included conditioner, so, so very soft!
It did fade after about a month, but it wasn't a dramatic fading. Just didn't have the vibrant color it did in the beginning. A root touch up helped a lot.
All in all, this is my favorite hair dye to apply, it's so simple and the color is so cute. Saves me money and a trip to the salon. Gotta love that.
I have been doing my own hair, cut and color, for the past ten years now- this is the first time I have tried L'Oreal Excellence (Medium Maple Brown 5AR) and will NEVER, EVER, EVER use this product again. I type this review as I sit with it processing: No matter the outcome, I literally could not STAND the extreme stench. I had to go for a deep breath in the living room after I ran out of breath each time. Like I said, I'm no stranger to color, especially at-home color. I hope it turns out well in the end, at least; if not, I will be an extra-sour consumer.
I have used Excellence before,many times. I've used their regular creme hair color,their To-Go formula,and now their Triple Protection color. I got this on sale at Target. It was originally $7.99,and I got it for $6.00.
I had faded,semi-perm pink/red hair that I wanted to cover up for Christmas,and decided to go with this line. The color I chose was 6RB, Light Reddish Brown. The color came out pretty near identical to the box,and covered up the faded pink dye job.
My hair is so soft,and the color deposited evenly all over. The pre-treatment that I applied to my ends(provided in the kit),smelled great,and must have really done a great job of filling in my ends,so the colorant would deposit properly. I had JUST enough dye to really soak in my hair,and almost needed another box,but that is because I have a lot of hair.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the conditioner that came with this. One of the best conditioners that comes with dye,out there. I actually had enough for my hair to be fully saturated. My hair is layered to my shoulders,so it's not long,and fine in texture,but I have a lot OF it,like I said earlier.
I will definetely use this brand,and this shade,again. L'OREAL Excellence Creme once again,did NOT disappoint. <3 continued >>
UPDATE: I used Age Beautiful Light Strawberry Blonde over gray roots and faded Red Penny, and I would highly recommend the Age Beautiful-more natural-looking.
I had been using Revlon Colorsilk Light Reddish Brown, sometimes changing to medium or dark reddish brown in the winter. I wanted something a little bit more red, so a MUAer suggested L'Oreal Excellence Red Penny.
I love the color, not fake-looking. It's a natural-looking red, just a touch too bright at my roots, which I had not colored in a long time and were blondish-gray. I think if I color it again with the Red Penny the roots won't be so bright.
People at work asked if I changed my hair color, but in a way that showed they noticed a difference but weren't sure.
I have used a lot of reds, but the looked odd. This one is a good one. be sure to leave it on the entire time to let the color develop completely-all the mix of colors develop at different speeds, so you may end up with an odd color of you rinse out before the suggested time.
Do NOT try to rinse it out a little early thinking you'll get a light er version of the same color.
I got this at drugstore.com for about $3.
I have been using L'Oreal Excellence Creme Pro-Keratine in Medium Brown (F) for about 5 years now and I'm completely happy with it. I would guess my hair is at least 50% grey or more and it's very porous. The scent is not offensive and the product does NOT sting on my scalp like some other brands I've tried. I do find that the colour fades a little in between colourings but I'm okay with that as my natural shade is light brown-medium brown. I will mention that it's important to be aware of any colour that's gotten onto unwanted areas like your face, neck, etc. Wipe it off promptly. Love this product overall!
As an Asian with black hair, I guess this product isn't for me because despite using this hair dye for about 1.5 years, it isn't very obvious. Even using the lightest shade of red available (I can't remember which but it was the lightest I could find), my hair still seemed dark in indoor lightings. Only traces of the color could be seen under bright lights/sunlight.
BUT, if you have very light hair, this product will be good for you as they don't leave your hair too dry. The box sold in my country (SG) also provides a protective moisturizer so your hair will not be too damaged from the dye.
This color (Excellence 8 1/2 Champagne Blonde) did EXACTLY what I expected, which was to remove my brassy orange ends, even out the color, cool the color overall, and darken the color slightly.
I started with dark blonde roots (1.5"), dark reddish brown dyed length (short hair), and henna on the ends.
I bleached 1x with Manic Panic 30 volume. That got me yellow hair with orange tips.
I bleached again with a pack of bleach and 40 volume. That budged it a little. I tried Wella T18 for about 15 minutes, and it didn't help at all.
I bleached just the ends again with 40 volume. I then used Manic Panic "Virgin Snow" toner for an hour.
That left me with nice pale blonde hair at the roots, and pale orangey at the ends. I got compliments, but it wasn't quite right. I didn't think the light went with my skin (even as a kid, I was always a golden blonde...never a tow head).
I got Excellence Creme in 8 1/2 A, "Champagne Blonde". I didn't want to turn anything green, so I figured the champagne would be perfect for balancing my odd mix of slight yellow and pastel orange.
I put it in without the end protector, since I was hoping to lighten/cover the ends more than the rest! I left it on for maybe a few minutes past 30 minutes.
The color is now evened out, slightly darkened, and the orange is now just a darker beigish blonde!! My roots look exactly like the box. I imagine that if i wanted to light my natural color I'd need a stronger developer, but for this coloring session, it was perfect!
It cost me almost $10 at Target. It's cheaper at my local Wal-mart. This does smell awfully, though. I'd buy this again. This is exactly the color I am looking for!