Clairol Shimmer Lights

4.0

346 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance/Parfum, Disodium Phosphate, Glycol Stearate, Ricinoleamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Cocamide Mea, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylizothiazolinone, EXT. Violet 2, Cl 60730, Violet 2, Cl 60725.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I just got my hair bleached out nearly platinum but still had a bit of brassiness at the roots. My hairdresser recommended this stuff, but I honestly cannot get past the smell. I'm not usually bothered by perfumes in products and sometimes like the smell of things that others find too strong. This is stuff smells so bad, so pungent, that even nearly 8 hours after washing, conditioning, and even using additional product on my hair, I can still smell it and it's given me a headache. If you are ever, ever sensitive to smells, this stuff will make you crazy, and even if you're not, oof, be careful!

My hair feels very soft, and the brassy tone is tamed somewhat, but it's not a miracle product or anything. At over $10 per bottle for the shampoo and conditioner, I feel like I have to use this stuff up, but I think I'll be rotating it with something far less smelly or else diluting it with some unscented conditioner or something.



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Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This is a terrible toning shampoo. I used this for about 3 minutes and it turned my blond hair gray!! It also left it a dry, tangled, mangled mess, which I didn't appreciate one bit. It is by far the most drying of all the toning shampoos I've ever used. It also has sulfates so it can actually fade your hair color. I much prefer either Joico Color Endure or Blond Brilliance Lathering Toner in the Cool Tone, both of which are sulfate free and really gentle. Joico works really well in about 5 minutes and doesn't make my hair feel dry. Blond Brilliance also smells divine and isn't drying either. Both of these are better options than Shimmer Lights. I also like Tressa Watercolors shampoo in violet, which is also sulfate free and works really well. Any of these other shampoos are superior to Shimmer Lights. I think Shimmer Lights is absolutely awful and I ended up throwing the rest of the bottle in the trash. There can't possibly be a worse shampoo on the planet!! If you want dried out purple or gray hair, then by all means, use Shimmer Lights. But if you simply want to neutralize overly golden tones in blond hair, Joico, Blond Brilliance or Tressa are superior products and do this in about 5 minutes. They work great and will not leave your hair dry or tangled beyond recognition. Blond Brilliance is available at Sally's, just fyi.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Tbh i love this product. I did an ombre to my hair, like i have dark brown hair dyed it to a lighter brown and then blonde at first the blonde was very brassy and i hated it but i used a few toners first didnt work as good then i decided to try this shampoo. I was skeptic at first because alot of people told me its super concentrated and made it silvery like after words. Turns out i can do that but always depends on how many times you do it and for how long you leave it in. I do it like 1 or 2 times a week keep both shampoo and conditioner in 5 minutes each. Toned out my hair nicelyyyy! And its a perfect ask blonde with a honey ish color. It looks great. Like i saod make sure you time it how long you leave it in and how many times you use it. I by accident one time left it in for too long and it became silver sooo i didnt use it for a week and it went back to normal :). All in all i loveeeeee this product


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

This is not only a must for blondies and grays, but if you want to get the brassy out of your brown or red hair. My hair wants nothing so much as it wants to pull red after I color it (its dark brown and blonde.) and I use this every other day to keep my blond platinum and the darker part at the top an ash brown. I have an ombre and I just use this all over my head.

I like the smell! A lot of people hate it, but I think it smells soapy and clean. Its not the best shampoo for soft hair though, and you really have to condition afterwards. Also, I leave it on for a full ten minutes and I think I get the most bang for my buck that way.

The generic brand of this at Sally's is two dollars cheaper and just as good in my opionon.

Also - its PURPLE which is really fun. :) It wont stain your shower, though.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This stuff ruined my hair. I highlight my hair blonde and was looking for something to tone down the yellowing of my hair. I have hard water where I live. One use and it turned my hair from blonde to an ashy almost brown color. I had to go back and get a toner on it to turn me back blonde. $70 dollars!! Stay away from this unless that is the look you are going for. Matrix So Silver shampoo is waaaaay better than this crap. Save your money and take it from someone who knoes this stuff is awful!


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Edited to add: Jherimack makes a very comparable shampoo called Jherimack Silver Plus Ageless Shampoo for a bit cheaper. I own that one also & I have not been able to decide which one I like more due to the fact it's an exact dupe.

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I put a "yes" for repurchase even though this is not my favorite shampoo on the market. As a girl with light blonde hair, I feel like my haircare staples would be incomplete without this.

Shimmer Lights is a clarifying shampoo for me. So I only use it once a week due to the fact it is a bit drying. Here is a big tip --- leave it on for at least 5 minutes. Shave, wash your body, scrub your feet, drink wine... whatever. Just give it a few minutes to sit on your hair. Why? Because this gives it a chance to work its magic. If you rinse it off right away, like traditional shampoo, it won't deposit as much pigment as you need to tone the brass.

Which brings me to my next point. Color can not lift color. This requires absolutely 0 lightening properties. So if your hair is darker than pale gold - the shampoo is going to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR YOU. Anything darker than pale gold needs either a violet blue based toner, or a blue based toner (counteracts orangey shades).

In all honesty I really do believe this shampoo is only suited for bleach blondes going for that platinum shade. A shampoo can not preform miracles. If this *were* to deposit enough pigment to toner darker shades of blonde, that would be a HUGE issue for us with porous bleached hair. So I can definitely respect Clairol for playing it smart. Many will have to either further lighten their hair to use this, or opt for a real toner. Wella Colorcharm Permanent Liquid Toner is a great option if any of you need help.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

My hairstylist recommended this to me years ago and I love it. The only down size, as so many have said, is that it does dry out your hair. Even using the Shimmer Lights Conditoner, your hair still comes out dry feeling. Be careful after you color your hair, because your hair is more porous at that time, and the shampoo and conditioner can deposit the purple color on your hair if not careful. To avoid this, I always use a comb in the shower when I apply the Conditoner. Would probably be even more helpful to comb after u apply the shampoo. Before I started using the comb, I would definitely have deposits of color in my hair. I buy this at Sally's, and love it, but there is also a brand they carry called One and Only that is so comparable to the Shimmer Lights and cheaper if u r looking to save some money. I actually bought this brand a few weeks ago after I got my color and will probably continue using it. I think the Shimmer Lights is more pigmented and u have to be more careful, but the One and Only does the job I want and have saved a little money in the process. I only gave 4 Lips because of the drying of the hair. I think most all purple shampoos are more drying than your regular shampoo, and what a shame because so many blondes and silver girls use them. Even though I have switched to the One and Only brand at Sally's, I would not hesitate to go back to this one if the One and Only brand is discontinued. And maybe, eventually, the chemists will figure out a way to make purple shampoos less drying on the hair.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This shampoo does help with brassiness and excess pigment even on medium brown hair, and the price is ok, BUT the smell... This shampoo is ridiculously "toxic"- the smell is very strong and extremely unpleasant, and it really long-lasting, a perfume can envy the longevity of this stuff. I tried to mask it with leave in hair products- all in vain. Actually, ended up putting my hair in a ponytail to make it a little more bearing, that didn't help too much. The next day I triple-washed my hair, guess what, the toning effect has faded significantly, but that horrible smell is still lingering in my hair.
Most definitely will not repurchase, because who wants to smell like something that can kill all things alive. Being brassy is much less repulsive than being stinky.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have mixed feelings about this shampoo. It definitely does help get rid of yellow/brassy tones in blonde hair. But omg does it DRY YOUR HAIR OUT. I left it on for about 3 minutes, did a deep conditioning treatment and my hair was literally in knots so bad I had to cut a few out! My hair is not particularly dry either. I tried using the Tangle Teaser, The Wet Brush, oils, leave in conditioner, etc and nothing helped.

So I'm going to need to research it more how to avoid this :( Because the product does work.

The smell is not offensive to me at all. But I'm not very sensitive to smells. It's a very bright pretty purple color. It does not stain your hands or bathtub/shower so don't worry about that.

It did not leave any purple tones in my hair at all (but I don't have platinum hair).

The shampoo itself is easy to work with. Not too think or too thin. Doesn't drip out everywhere.

Just be careful and do your research on how to not get the horrible, tangled mess it can leave you with afterwards is my only suggestion :) Keep a heavy duty masque or deep conditioner on hand to use afterwards.

One thing I did not do, that I probably should have, it not wrap my hair up in a towel after I got out of the shower. Comb your conditioner through your hair with a shower comb and use a t-shirt to gently dry. If you use any leave in or hair oils this would be a good time to use them.

It's pretty inexpensive so definitely worth a try. I got mine at Sally's.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I purchased this based on reviews and price point. It's not too expensive considering it will last me forever since I only use it 1-2 times per week. I use this shampoo when I want an extra bit of brightening in my blonde highlights. I do as the package suggests, and wash once, rinse, then wash again and leave it in my hair for about 5 minutes. I do follow with a conditioning masque just so my hair feels super soft. I love this stuff -- it will always have a place in my shampoo arsenal!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.




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