L'Oreal • Casting Creme Gloss • Hair Color
|Would buy this product again.||62%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I have naturally incredibly thick, shoulder length ash blonde hair that I originally went to a salon to go to a dark chocolate brown colour, with red tones (a nice $200 exercise, which I do not wish to repeat). When my colour started to fade, I jumped on the home dye bandwagon. After a few trial and errors with various dark brown dyes (I had black hair at one stage), I switched to Solfine Crema Colour, which really isn't as good as it's cracked up to be (in my opinion). So, recently, I have been trying to put a bit of purple in the underneath layers of my hair. My hair may have been too dark (was a reddy brown brassy colour at the time) to take in the purple, and I was getting fed up with having a brassy colour.
And that's when I stumbled upon L'Oreal's Casting Creme Gloss in Plum (316). I purchased it (after debating between Plum and Black Cherry), took it home and decided "screw it, I'm just going to use it all over my hair instead of the underneath layers". The colour turned out quite well - looks a little black in no lighting/low lighting, but in the light is a lovely rich shade of purple, and my previous red colour shines through at the tips slightly, which is pretty much what I wanted! My hair feels incredibly glossy and smooth and smells quite nice! The only thing I didn't really like about this dye was the application - I had to squirt it into a bowl and then use a hair dye colour brush (like they use when hairdressers bleach/colour hair) to apply it. But that's just the way I felt more comfortable doing it. It took me about 30 minutes to put the colour all over (I was running around, doing other stuff), and I left it in for 30 minutes, which is not what the instructions say, so don't go ahead and take my word of advice :P
I love the colour, I really do. Hopefully it will last the promised 28 washes! I just kind of wish they made this in a permanent!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Black
I routinely dye my hair black and have done since I was about thirteen. I never had any problems with shades because well, black is black. The reason this one is so high up on my list of favourites is because of how beautiful it makes my hair. It's unbelievably shiny, soft and generally much healthier looking after using this dye and the effect lasts for quite a while.
I live in hope that they'll finally make a permanent version.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I tried 412 (Iced Cocoa) and I really liked the results. My hair was dyed with a dark brown permanent color half a year ago so I have big roots now (my natural hair is a bit lighter). I left this on like the instructions say and it came out exactly like on the photo. It didn't look black though unlike some people here, I was hoping for a darker shade! The color was really pretty and shiny but It's been 2 months since so it has washed out completely by now. I've bought another box and am going use it again!
p.s.: I tested the color like it says on the box and left it behind my ear for 48 hours before I dyed. There was no reaction so I felt safe to use it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I tried 319 plum visitingIreland last year. I Loved it! Color is perfect everytime. I dye my hair every 4 weeks. 15 minutes on the roots 5 minutes on ends and my hair is past my shoulders and thin.
Unfortunately can't find a dark purple semi permanent in Canada, so my family ships this over to me. Thank god! I took a lippie off because it and the conditioner stink.
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.