Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in R3 Light Intense Auburn

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Red, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I have tried Revlon's and Loreal's (Feria and Preference) drugstore dyes to TRY to achieve the light auburn hair I have always wanted (without paying the super high costs of a hair dresser) and the payoff was so dissapointing I was not expecting much when I finally bought this product. My hair always ended up almost black and the reddish tint was just gone by the second time I washed it.
NOT with this product! While applying I noticed my very dark roots lighten up to a soft red! All my hair reminds me of red wine! Or like reviews below said, of red velvet cakes! It's a gorgeous, burgundy reddish color that's subtle in normal lighting and fiery under the sunlight!
It runs when washing every time, but c'mon, you'd expect that with every red dye! The molecules of red color are so big they do not penetrate the porous surface of the hair very well, making it the most difficult color to maintain. Ask a hair dresser! Even so, this dye has lasted me pretty well and it looks brighter after every wash. Still wine, still red and beautiful! I recommend it!
****** UPDATE ******* 09/11/13
I dyed my hair with this product at the end of June, its September and have not dyed it again due to lack of time and non existent roots. I wash my hair three times a week, and guess what?.... Its still RED! Not as vibrantly red as a couple of months ago obviously, but it still looks red, even brighter than before. This has surprised me because no red dye ever had attached to my thick black hair so well. Amazing. Will use this forever! Foreveeeer! Hope it doesn't get discontinued.
****** UPDATE ******* 09/30/13
I used it again all over my hair three weeks ago. This second time, it grabbed on to my hair a lot better than the first time, which means it will last a lot longer. I really love this hair dye.

UPDATE: 12/11/2015
Used it again to refresh my red hair and it is as amazing as ever,

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on 10/11/2015 1:09:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I really love this color. I dyed my hair red for the third time in my life last week using this color and I am incredibly pleased with the results! I had gone from bleach blonde, to medium brown, to this shade all in under 1 month, and this color looks the best! On my medium brown hair it looks very vibrant but more of an auburn shade rather than a bright red. I think it blends well with the brown I had before, but if you had blonde or lighter hair it might be too intense (just depends on what shade of auburn you are looking for). In the sunlight is when it is REALLY noticeable and dazzling. The formula itself doesn't smell too bad and I didn't find it to be super harsh on my hair, there was really little to no damage afterwards (but I did both a protein treatment and mask treatment two days after dying because my hair had already been through so much). Only downside is that the smell of hair dye stays in your hair for a bit and every time you shower the color washes out more and more and gets all over the tub. I am expecting it to fade/wash out pretty quickly as most reds do, but we shall see! So far it has been a little less than a week and it is still vibrant and intense. Overall, YES I would recommend this to someone who is looking for a change that goes beyond the typical blonde, brown, and in between shades. This will really liven up your look and be a change!

on 4/9/2015 2:36:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I LOVE this color! I have tried many other brands and shades of red trying to find the one for me, everything else was either too orange or just would not take right to my dark hair. But as soon as I tried this one I knew my search was over! I have naturally medium-dark brown hair and this color turned out gorgeous! It is the most beautiful shade of vibrant red and is absolutely stunning in direct sunlight! It looks very natural and I get so many compliments on it!

It's very easy to apply. My hair is long, about halfway between my shoulders and the middle of my back, and 1 bottle is all it takes. I apply it and let it sit for 45 minutes, then jump in the shower and rinse with cool water until the water runs light pink (the water won't run perfectly clear until after the first week or so of washings), I then apply the included conditioner and let that sit for a few minutes and then rinse again with cool water. The first time I used it I thought for sure it would stain my skin and tub but it rinsed off very easily.

I've been using this for about the past 5 months and I just dyed my hair for the third time. I haven't noticed any damage to my hair. I've used other dyes that turned my hair into a dry and brittle mess but this leaves my hair feeling very healthy. And the color seems to get better with each use! I was pleasantly surprised how long the color lasts. It doesn't fade nearly as much as some other brands I've used. I go about 6-7 weeks between dying it and it still looks very red, not as vibrant as at first but still red. I wash my hair 2 to 3 times per week with a color protecting shampoo & conditioner, rinse with cool water and I try to keep the heat I use on my hair to a minimum.

It does bleed for the first few washings but that's to be expected. And make sure your hair is DRY before laying your head on anything right after you dye it. I went to sleep with my hair still damp the first night and I woke up with red stains on my pillowcase. Oops! The only big negative for me is the smell. It has the strongest, most intense ammonia smell of any dye I've ever used. But that still isn't a deal breaker for me, everything else about this color is too perfect so I'm willing to put up with the horrible smell. :)

I will repurchase this forever. <3

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

It works, but fades fast, I like the olia light intense auburn, better but this has ammonia in it, I wouldn't try this over brown hair of any shade, only over londe or bleach or it won't take. I use this over my reds. I baught this and Olia, (oil empower3d) b/c I like their shampoo and conditioner fall fight and others and the cremes systems. Packaging great. Gloves could o fbeen better, Guys make sure yiu geta new box, I sih I know the expiration-dates! Once I did a loreal preference deep burgundy over orange faded hair,a nd it turned my hair jet-black a fauty yeae rold box. So I'm carefull and lerry about hownew boxes are. Garnier thankyou, you make great stuff, thanks to you the shampoos worked well along with the conditioners and sprays systems. Well the red colour bleeds for days one end, it took me 4-6 showeres to get the water to run clear. When it ran orange when I first did it, I knew I was ok,. Fingers crossed. good luck guys, nice product for a change up. Also the colour did not come up like the model on the box, it came out 2 shades darker. It does everyone different I see by reading comments, everyone is entitled to their own facts and opinions......................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on 9/26/2014 2:28:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I've dyed my naturally medium-blond hair for years, doing everything from red to brown to purple to blue. Red is one of my go to colours because it looks great on my skin tone and my hair tends to hold onto red and purple dyes the best.

I really enjoy this colour. I get an even colouring that doesn't look flat, which is always appreciated. I don't have trouble with it fading quickly, and I find myself re-dying, not because the colour needs it, but because my roots go in and are painfully obvious because of the colour difference.

The smell of this is much less harsh than other permanent colours, which I appreciate, especially because I have long hair (bum length) and usually need to spend about 30 minutes putting the dye in, so the less fumes, the better. I also find I get a good amount of product in each package. With other brands I've used, I've needed to use 3 full boxes to get complete coverage, and with this, I can get away with 2 and still have a little left over.

The only complaint I have about this colour is that it runs for a long time after dying. Showering every other day, it took about 2 weeks of washings (7-8) before the water in my shower stoped running pink (not pale pink either. Very noticeable.) For the first 3-4 washings, it would also stain my towel, so I'd advise either using old towels you don't mind ruining, or dark ones that won't show the staining. The first couple nights, it also left a slight red tinge on my pillow case. I keep one I use for freshly dyed hair, so this isn't a problem for me, but just beware.

Overall, the results I get are, to me, worth the hassle of the first few days after dying, but it's something to consider, as I've not had these issues with reds in other brands, but the results haven't been as good either.

on 3/29/2014 2:01:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Green

Used this for several months and while I constantly used treatments and masks on my hair, it still damaged my hair a lot. Also, the color was never intense enough. The color stains EVERYTHING and I have never had that issue before with any other color and I've been in the red spectrum since I was 12. Fades very fast, even with minimal washing and styling. Cannot say I recommend.

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on 3/17/2014 2:19:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This was my first choice when I decided to go redhead and is my go-to red haircolor if I can't make it to Sally's and get my usual ion color. I've been coloring my hair for over 10 years and Garnier Nutrisse has always given me great results without frying my hair even a little bit. My hair is naturally a dark ash brown and I was really excited to find a vibrant red made specifically for dark hair. However, I wouldn't suggest using this if you have previously dyed your hair black, even this stuff isn't strong enough to penetrate that (though it could have been because I'd colored my hair black for 11 years and the pigment was so built up in my hair). The color itself is great, so vibrant and gorgeous! Auburn enough to get away with it in a professional setting, but red enough to give you a good edge. I do have a bit of a problem with brighter color on the top half of my head with this stuff, but since it's stronger than normal hair dye, I can't say I'm surprised. I don't think it would work out well on light hair though. The developer/lightener/I'm not a hairstylist so I'm not really sure might fry it since it doesn't need as much oomph to get good results as this stuff gives. It conditions my hair every time I use it, which I like, and my hair always feels great after. I do have a streak of hair that was formerly bleached and this turned it an obnoxious orange color, which didn't go well with the nice color all over the rest of my hair. While my ends are a bit darker than the rest (probably some remnants of my old black color), so I use a different red on that section of hair (ion color brilliance in medium intense red works nicely). I usually leave it on a few minutes longer than the box says so the color can really grab. The color is mostly a blue-red hue, but there's just enough copper in it to make it look "spicy," which I really like. I look better with blue-reds, but this color looks great on me (pale with cool/neutral undertones.)
I wash my hair 2-3x a week in cold water and with a color-protecting shampoo, usually AG or Pureology, with very little fade. Usually around the 2 week mark, I use a color-depositing conditioner (quantum riveting reds from Sally's) to give it a little boost if it's looking dull, but that's not always the case. I usually have color-bleed in the shower for about 3 weeks and then it dissipates-don't use a nice towel for your hair during this time. I re-color around 4 weeks because of my regrowth, but the color itself still looks great! It's not crazy expensive, but I still stock up when I see it on sale because sometimes I like to use it over my professional dye, just to add a little bit more copper tones back into my red when it starts to look too purple from the other color I use. So happy that us darker-haired girls can still get vibrant red now! I recommend!

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on 8/24/2013 2:38:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Colored my hair yesterday with R1, I was using "Roasted Coffee" that I liked a lot but turned too orange and brassy and it was time to recolor, I also didn't want to use 30V developer that comes with the other kit, so I did a lot of research because I wanted to try a red color and picked up this. The color comes out exactly like the girl on the box, that never happens, I'm not used to such bright color, can't imagine how it looks outside! It takes all the yellow/olive cast out of my NC20 skin and makes me look quite healthy and pink. The color upon application is a mess, flies everywhere and stains everything, the smell is the same as other Nutrisse dyes but times a thousand, I actually got a headache all night from the smell, the water in the wash was running pink until I gave up, hair is soft and super shiny, I am a bit concerned that most people say that this color doesn't wash out, I don't know if I can rock this bright color, will come back and update.
UPDATE: seven washes later and the color is almost gone, I have been using special shampoo, co-washing, dry shampoo and still the color washed out, I guess next coloring I have to do a full application.
Sept 18: had to recolor with Nutrisse Sangria, the R1 was pretty faded and going towards the orangy-coppery side of auburn which looks pretty bad on my cool toned ppp skin. R1 made my roots too primary red, will try R2 next.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown


- beautiful color
- not too harsh
- staining easily removed
- lasts


- bleeds for a few days
- smell of dye lingers in hair

Comments: LOVE this color. I agree with the comment down below and this reminds me of red velvet cake. It's gorgeous! And very bright in direct sunlight. My hair is naturally a dark brown.

I apply this using a tint brush for a more precise application and less mess. I was easily able to clean up any mess and it didn't stain my skin (I had a lot on my ears and it easily rinsed off). Didn't even stain my tub, either. Again, easily rinsed off with just water.

It will bleed in the shower even after shampooing. After 5 days it stopped. Hair must be dry before laying down as it will stain (again, I was able to easily wash my white pillows and towels with no stain left). Again, after a few days this was no longer an issue for me. I didn't notice any damage after using - my hair went back to its usual self with no dryness. Waves reverted.

My hair smelled of dye for a few days, which is odd. As for the color, it lasts a good month before I need to dye it again and that's with washing on a daily basis. Ion's Color Defense Sulfate-Free Shampoo works wonders in keeping the color.

Will repurchase.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

YES! A million singing and dancing red velvet cupcakes parading on my hair!

My hubby loves red hair on women, a true red that is not orange/gingery or auburn/brown. However, I've had no luck in the past with finding a dye that would be natural yet vibrant. I tried going to a salon and asking for red, but the stylist completely denied me. Not sure I decided to take matters into my own hands. I've been dyeing my hair since I was 13, so I have no issue with doing it myself. I had just been going to the salon because I had some blonde highlights put in. After my obsession with blonde was over, I had a brown wash over my hair that faded into this blah light brown.

Enter this dye. Now, there is a way to maintain this color without going crazy or broke. I covered everything in the bathroom, slathered two whole bottles onto my head (my hair is to the middle of my back and coarse as hell), and then sat there for an hour smelling like ammonia death. Make sure to do your roots last, but since my roots and bottom layers are almost black, I applied it at the same time. But, the trick is to rinse is out only until the water runs less pink, slather it in the conditioner provided for 20 minutes, and then rinse it again. ALL with cold cold cold arctic ice water. Do NOT think about lukewarm. I use a dark red towel to dry my hair and it won't stain as long as your hair is dry when it touches your pillowcase. I left it in for another 48 hours and then rinsed again, this time with shampoo applied only to the scalp. Every time I shampoo (2x a week, very brief contact with water) I add a little SFX Blood Red to keep it vibrant. I have quit blow drying my hair and dry shampoo every day that I don't wash.

The color hasn't faded. It's so gorgeous with my warm complexion since it isn't a true Ronald McDonald ratchet red unless I go into the sun or stand under direct lighting. It is NOT subtle, but believable. I am an NC30 right now and when I was an NC25 it was absolutely flattering. I will be a redhead for a long time coming...Men stare me down and women attack me to ask for my secret!

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