L'Oreal • Casting Creme Gloss • Hair Color
|Would buy this product again.||63%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I have been using the color 500 for the past 2 years now, coloring my hair every 6 weeks as my roots show very easily. This is also why I go for a semi-permanent, as there will be no line in where the roots show, and it doesn't damage the hairas much. I have naturally super straight hair and it absorbs color very easily. This review will be from start to finish of the process, on the color 500.
Choosing color: I think choosing color can be quite difficult, as the color names in Scandinavia for some reason are not the same as the ones in English. For instance, the 500 shade is called medium brown in English, but in Norwegian it says light brown: two completely different colors. Also, the darker colors are quite dark and one should look to other images for color codes, meaning that number 500 = 5 in other shades: look at the boxes at say the excellence, and you get the correct color. 415 = 4.15. Get it? ;) On a sidenote, in scandinavia this is an expensive hair dye compared to other high street/drug store dyes.
Allergy test: ALWAYS do a skin allergy test and wait 48 hours. I take a cotton bud and apply a tiny amount behind my ear, even though I have used the same color before.
Coloring the hair: First you mix the color and the developer by shaking the tube. It does take a while for it do properly mix, and I would leave it on the counter for a little while before starting to color the hair so it has time to develop. I usually wet my hair in the meantime. However easy the mixing is, I hate the packaging on this. The squishy tube is not practical and the nozzle lets out too much dye. The little oval hole in the cardboard box to hold it in place while you section your hair is useless, as the container is too heavy for it to stay in place. The gloves that comes with are waaay to big for me.
I like to start by doing my roots at my hairline first, then moving on to my other roots. Then I apply to the lenghts of my hair by sectioning a small piece of hair and massaging the color into the strands from root to tip. This goes pretty well I think, and even though I have very long hair (almost waistlength) there is always a lot of dye left in the bottle. I apply this to the hair and just keep massaging the color into the hairstrands. Then I let it sit for 10 minutes, not 20 as instructed. I prefer the color I get with this amount on time, as 20 turns my color a dark dark brown. However, DO NOT do this with the lighter colors as it can result in a very unhealthy greenish color (a friend of mine tried this...)
Wash out. Apply conditioner. I let this sit for...a while. I apply it, put my hair in a bun and watch tv/do something else. Rinse out.
Result: Even shade all over. but not flat-looking, as the dye absorbs differently depending on already existing highlight. So if your hair has sunbleached highlights, the color in these will be lighter. This gives a natural looking, very smooth and glossy finish. I do think it looks a bit fake-glossy immediately after, but after 3 washes the excess color is out and you're left with the actual result and it looks natural and pretty.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Right. So at the beginning of this journey I wanted red hair. I have stopped wanting red hair.
I have medium blonde hair that is color treated.
Bought L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss at boots for around 7 quid. Bought the color "amber" as it looked like a nice neutralish auburn shade. Read reviews before using it and decided to do a strand test. Came out cloudy greyish purple. Threw out the box promptly and decided to get the color "Butterscotch" which had better reviews.
Got Butterscotch. Did strand test. No color was deposited. Tried another strand - still no color. Gave up on that too.
Thats when I called L'oreal. I'd be more than willing to use their permanent dyes - I have before and liked them. So I expected to get some sort of discount or voucher after two of their products not working at all.
Nope. Called them up, described what happened. Woman was arrogant and said first "well, your hair is probably too dark to use it" (my hair is at least two shades lighter than the lightest shade on the box). Then, she said "well you cant dye after using a permanent dye". Excuse me? You cant use a semi permanent over a permanent? are you kidding me? Finally, after that she said "well, its a popular line, so most people dont find a problem with it". Um... has she been on the internet? Im not the only one who doesnt like this product.
Anyways, I hung up on her. Ive been dying my hair at home for ten years now and know how hair dye works. My hair was ready to dye and nothing should have stopped it.
Im not going to be buying from L'oreal anymore. I should have stopped at animal testing, and the general suckiness of their cosmetics, but this straw broke the camels back. Customer support should have offered me something after spending around £14 to get no results.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
I havent dyed my hair permanently in two years because everytime I do I hate it and buying this dye has made me wish that I didn;t change my mind and damage my hair for results that I hate. My hair was naturally a medium brown with a goldish orange tine in the sun and I bought this hair dye in "aubrn" thinking my hair would slightly darken and be notieceably redder but let me tell you now the results are weird. In natural lighting (the sun) my hair apears a darkish brown with noticeable redand purple undertones which I dont mind, but as soon as I am inside or in other specific lighting my hair is just extremely dark brown and it looks absolutely terrible. You can't even see the red unless I am outside in the sun. Buying this product has made me make the final decision of NEVER dying my hair permanent again. The only good thing about this product is that it is semi permanent so I'm hoping in a couple of months my hair will be back to it's complete natural colour. I think though in all honesty if it was faded about 2 or 3 shades (say in about a month) that I will be a lot more happy with it. So, like everyone else that has written a review about this hair dye, if you are planning to dye your hair darker, make sure you are aware that the box photo lies. Also, I only left my hair dye on after i had finished dynig it for about 10 minutes and my hair is now more damaged than before and dryer. :\
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I used shade 323 - Dark Chocolate - on my shoulder-length mid-dark brown hair. After reading some of the reviews here I was a little worried about the result, but everything went as planned and I ended up with nice glossy dark brown hair and all my grey (white) hairs covered nicely. I followed the instructions precisely and, left the colour on just under 20 minutes. My hair isn't 'black' which seems to be a major complaint of people using the darker shades - it's the colour promised on the box. I think it helps that my hair is in generally good condition and I wasn't trying to drastically alter the colour , just boost what was there and add richness and depth to it more than anything. I always think that trying to alter your colour more than a couple of shades up or down with a box dye is inviting disaster, especially if it's over already very stripped, coloured or treated hair. Anyway, I'm very happy with the result and will definitely buy this brand again. Maybe I'll experiment with another of the darker brown shades but I would happily use Dark Chocolate again.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I have a love/hate relationship with Casting Creme Gloss. I've been every hair colour under the sun in the last 20 years, from ash blonde, through every stage of red to black (and purple when I was 17!). And occasionally through the last few years I turn to Casting and the Creme Gloss to give 'oomph' to my hair/colour without doing a full permanent dye job on top of already dyed hair. So here are my thoughts...
Blonde - I had very light ash blonde hair until last week when I got it dyed dark brown again. I wouldn't bother with Casting Creme Gloss if you're an ash shade of blonde. For some reason (and as other reviewers have said) the colour turns much darker than indicated on the box, no matter how short a time you leave it on your hair. The blonde shades simply turned my ash blonde hair either an odd shade of khaki or gave it a lovely yellow/orange tinge. If you have cold coloured blonde - avoid. I lived and learnt (and rushed out to a 24 hour supermarket to repair the dodgy colour before work the next morning!)
Red - I really liked the red shades of Casting. These shades seemed to be colour-true to the box, they didn't last 28 washes (but then what demi-permanent red dyes do?!), but I really liked using them on my red hair for a nice bit of 'sprucing up'! If you already have dyed-red hair or natural red hair and fancy giving a bit of depth with these, then go for it. I recommend.
Brown - I'm now dark brown. I got my hair professionally coloured from my ash blonde to a golden brown at my salon. But it wasn't dark enough for my liking (I was looking for a more warm chocolate brown) so I bought the colour in 'Praline' to take it another 2-3 shades darker. Please note - if you're using the brown dyes, only leave these shades on for 5-10 minutes!!! If you wait 20 minutes as stated on the box you WILL have black hair, no matter what shade you chose. I took note of previous reviews and kept it on for just under 10 minutes. The colour result was a lovely deep dark golden brown, even a minute longer and I would've had almost black hair. So I recommend the darker shades as long as you look at the colour you want, immediately put it back on the shelf, and pick something 3 shades lighter :-)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I've tried and tried with this product but it almost always disappoints.
I have medium/dark blonde and would like to go ginger. Not bright red, a nice orangey ginger auburn shade. So far I have tried Amber, (which left my hair a muddy light brown with slightly pink tinges) Vanilla Caramel (light brown) and butterscotch (pinky-brown). All three of these, on the packet, look ginger. I did exactly what it says on the packet.
I find I have to use the entire bottle of conditioner and my hair still turns out dry. Shiny, fair enough to L'Oreal, but it feels rough.
I've found that the blonde shades tend to be be true to the packets but the "red" ones sure do not. I'd say do a strand test, but it's a waste of money because these aren't dirt cheap.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I had some lowlights and highlights done that made me look like a Zebra because of the bleached white highlights I got instead of the natural blond color that I ask for! I had a package of this at home in the color (8304) light goldenblond, I used this just over the white highlights to darken them up and it worked but it turned out a bit orangy and I don't know if thats because of the highlights that I had or that the color just turns out this way.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Sorry for my english I'm from Hungary but i will try my best :-).This is the first time I bought this product. I choose 415 shade.When I applied the colour was very nice but its different what it's showed after I washed and dried.It's gave a nice coulour for my cool skin undertone.I really looked more tan.It's not the colour what I waited for but still be nice .My only one problem is that it's shows a little purple reddish undertone and on the top of my head is a little lighter than the rest.I didn't find it very shiny.Maybe I was expecting a lot from a paint...But for this prize I think I had to get much more than I got.I wait after few hairwash how it's will be. I hope it's won't be more reddish.So it's will depance on it that i will buy it again or not.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
This is my favorite hair color product and i use this from 2005 every 2months and recently every 6weeks becouse my roots show too quick.I start using red tones for years,each one i test it-use it and never damaged my hair.Imagine how amazed got my work collegs when i said this is a semi-permanent color and i did home bymyself.They couldnt belive it,i have this very red color,really alive and such a healthy looking hair :-)
From last year i start testing new shades based on brown shades: Chocolate,Mahagoni(this is dark red),light brown,Iced Espresso,Chocolate Chip Cookie,Kastanie,Mousse au Chocolat,Praline.And my favorite is Chocolat535,which is so glossy looking and have some amazing red undertones.Most i love how delicate shows the red tones in full light..like a misterious autumn ..:-)
This is free ammoniac and have level 2 of coloration.
The smell is great,is really easy to use,i do it alone on entire hair,i dont even need someone else to check the back..i got some experience in the last few years:-)
I apply the product on dry hair,not washed from 2-3days(becouse i have thin,dry hair and frizzy),i start from roots and i dont use this entire hair often then 3months.
If my clothes gets spots from this product i just simply wash them at 60degresee(i always wear white t-shirt during coloring process) i never had any trouble by removing the stains completly.Also if i get stains on hair line or anywhere on skin,i just use scrub but ussualy i use nothing(if i dont leave the house that day).My trick is to dont rub the skin like crazy just wait before bed time,then i just do my night routin and use my face toner on the "area with stains"for few times.I always get the stains off with my toner,if not for first time,then next morning for sure the stain will be gone.I dont panic when i get dye stains,i know is not permanent so i just..avoid doing what i did last summer when i used a permanent hair color.Belive me i was in hurry and i used the scrub on neck near ear,soo much,rubb it and scrub it untill..i got bloddy scars ,so dont do like me,just remember,toner,or alcohol,or gently scrub mask..and then wait.I prefere waiting then beeing the freak with scars on forehead or neck.
I like using this product,becouse is really decent price,i get brilliant hair color and also i always get compliments back.
For beginners:dont use the entire tub if the hair is on neck line lenght,dont use this on fresh washed hair,dont use this on really dirty hair,dont mix the product with other products(becouse the shade will not be the same like on package),ONLY COLOUR THE ROOTS next time(not entire hair,in this way u will avoid really dry and damaged hair)always use the gloves to avoid freak nails,dont let the product on hair more then 1hour(u will get really dry,frizzy hair..like i always get when i forget to wash in time),DONT forget to use the tratament from box,is very important,that product will help the color to get fixed better in hair and show a strong color,also is nice like conditioner.Dont use any other mask or conditioner after u finish,dont wash your hair for few days(i dont wash mine for 5days) this is for long lasting color.Dont use any home made mask like banana,avocado,honey,youghurt..like i did,becouse the natural acidity will remove the color from your hair.Of course i use organic olive oil,castor oil,like pre-shampo tratament.
If i respect those rules and dont wash my hair to soon and use the tratament for 3times(i mean the entire tube,i have half back long hair),then i never have any trouble.Of course i use oil for dry ends every time i wash my hair.
This is my favorite ever coloring hair product,my HG!!!!!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond, Relaxed, Medium Eyes: Green
Sooo.... I had some trouble with my hair and bought this in shade 6, just a natural dark blonde.
Super easy to apply, color is really chic and the final outcome is good!
However, my eyes hurt.... Like it is really strong or something and then I read about some girl getting allergic reaction and I got a bit scared.
Everything is fine now but Im not gonna buy this again.
DO THE ALLERGIC TEST FIRST!