I picked up Feria in Espresso. I was not too thrilled with its long term perfomance. First off it did not have enough color to saturate my hair and that left me worried about missing spots. Then once I finished it seemed to leave my hair drier than usual. It did not cover all my grey's despite being a permanent color. On the positive the shimmering effect did leave "multi facets" in my hair. But I will not be buying again. Its one of the most expensive home kits to boot.
The tortoiseshell brown color sounded like a fine idea in theory; practice was another matter. The application process went smoothly, however the end results were slightly disturbing. It says I have brown hair in my profile--calico is more apt (mostly brunette with natural red and blonde highlights). Maybe the multicolored nature of my hair was an issue, though not a problem I've had with other dyes, but this one left me with orangish roots (a result which others warned of) and a ghoulish mossy green tint on my ends. Fun stuff. Can't say I'd recommend.
I say I won't buy this again but I must admit I sometimes get swooped up in al the hype of a "brighter" color shade..... Anyway, with that being said, I'm usually very quickly reminded of why I dislike this product: MY HAIR ENDS UP FEELING LIKE I JUST PUT TAR IN IT!!!! It's so harsh on my hair that every single time I wash it, it feels so rough and nasty until I completely saturate my hair with conditioner. Now you may think it's my shampoo but, believe me, I've switched up my shampoos and conditioners because I want to give this haircolor the benefit of the doubt but the outcome is always the same. I go from salon line products to drugstore products and nothing helps until I color my hair with a different brand of haircolor. Also, for some reason this last time I colored my hair with this haircolor it went from being Bright Blue Black to a coppery dark brown within a couple of weeks. It's as if the color completely faded out. I currently have a 1/2 stripe of dark brown hair with copper highlights in it towards the base of my roots (except for the outgrowth of where my natural dark brown hair is growing through. So needless to say, I'm going to the store to buy another brand of haircolor.
Copper Shimmer #74 is my new go to. After reading tons of advice on at home coloring everything recommends going as light as you feel comfortable with. This color works well for my naturally read hair. I do all over color every 5 to 6 weeks and touch up my roots with Clairol root touch up in light auburn. I add low lights if I get too much sun and hi-lites in the winter to fight off the blahs.
L'oreal has quality items in their packaging too. Real gloves.
another good product, that has gone bad.. Black Leather was my HG color.. it was a fabulous black, that was extremely shiny in the light.. it was gorgeous!!!! i would have people stop me in the street, just to compliment the color..
i stopped dying for a while, went blonde, then brown, and finally i wanted my natural black coloring back.. i bought this thinking i was going to get the fabulous shiny color again.. boy was i wrong.. this killed any previously dyed hair, and my new growth.. i could understand the ends, but the new virgin hair growing in? i have not used this again, nor would i recommend it..
I bought this in Starry Night, which is a black with blue tones. I was dyeing from my natural colour, which is medium brown with some lighter pieces, and I figured (based on my past experiences with other blue-blacks) that my hair would go mostly black, with the light brown/blonde parts turning into blue highlights. What I got was dull, dull matte black all over, no variance in tone at all, no blue in sight aside from the blue that ran out of my hair for weeks afterwards when I showered, regardless of protective products and sulfate-free shampoo. Until now, as it's faded a little... into a disgusting, swampy greenish-black, not blue-black.
To make matters worse, it left my normally healthy, somewhat oily hair totally dry, and I'm afraid to redye my hair -- it's been cracking a lot as it is, and I'll need to bleach to lift the colour. I've been doing vinegar rinses to help counter the brittleness, as well as the lack of shine, but it only helps so much. Will never, ever use a L'Oreal dye again.
I just used this on my hair today and I'm undecided as to what to think. I used a deep warm brown color. It is about the darkest brown before you get into the blacks. My hair naturally is a nasty dishwater, ashy blonde but my eyebrows are pitch black so I always keep my hair very dark colored. It is definitely super shiny and seems to have streaks of goldish colored highlights. The color is NOT flat, matte and life sucking like some I have used. But the color has a weird "brassy" tinge to it that I can't seem to figure out. In certain lighting, the hair has a greenish coppery brass ash tone. Then in other light it looks very rich and brilliant. It is so hard to explain.
The roots did not take up as much color so they are a brighter, lighter brown color. The back of the hair (it is very long) is leaning more toward black. I have NEVER had that happen before. It's not terrible because my hair is curly and when I put the gel and mouse products in it, it all appears the same color for the most part anyway.
The color applicator was great - the long thin tip made application very easy. I normally use L'Oreal Preference Creme and I found this much easier to apply and saturate the hair with than the Preference Creme.
The conditioner is not nearly as nice as the Preference Creme conditioner. This conditioner smells very chemical'ly and harsh. But it did seem to deep condition my hair, so that's good.
Overall I probably wouldn't buy it again. It certainly wasn't a disaster or anything, but it wasn't anything great either. What I love is that the hair is extremely shiny and highlighted looking, but I don't like the lighter colored roots and that weird ashy tone in certain light.
If you are staying within a shade or two of your current color, Feria is exceptionally nice haircolor. It really is "dimensional:. almost "radiolucent" to borrow a term from the medical world. That is to say, it appears solid, but still has some lovely translucent qualities. This allows your natural highlights and lowlights to telegraph through. It doesn't look like you dyed your hair at home with a drugstore kit. It looks professional.
The "radiolucence" that makes it so wonderful for some heads of hair, makes it AWFUL for others. Don't try to make big color changes with this stuff. Don't try to cover your gray. Don't expect deep. solid color that is fade-proof.
If you are going to the mid-level to dark end of the color spectrum, don't do your roots first (potential hot roots).
10 years ago, this was my HG haircolor. I tried it again a month ago, and it found it no longer suited my needs (my hair situation has changed!)
It is a nice kit that can do wonderful color IN THE RIGHT SITUATION. So, if you are gray free and making relatively minor changes, you will very likely love Feria. If you are gray and changing your whole look, you may have better luck with another product.
I used Feria Red and here is what I found:
- The tube provided for the color booster is messy and designed in a way that the liquid can easily spill out and stain whatever is in its path.
- I used the whole tube of shampoo and conditioner to wash my hair after the color job thoroughly and completely until the water ran clear only to find the red stains on my towel when my hair was drying.
- Imagine my surprise waking up and finding red color on my white pillow case!!!
- The color runs off and fades incredibly fast after only 2 washes
- The color is messy to apply. Lots of liquid and mixing. They should come up with a better solution like the cream dyes out there.
- This is the only brand I've used for red that has washed out so fast. I can't believe it and feel that I wasted my money.
- It is over-priced.
So ladies, the next time, I will try Clairol, Nutrience or give another brand a chance and it will be a red color.
I've had the exact same problem with this haircoloring kit... My hair is also two-toned right now and it looks awful. I found that even though I covered all of my hair it still came out as if it didn't dye certain spots.... I wouldn't buy this product again, it was terrible.