Bumble & Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

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2.9

12 reviews

33% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

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on 10/26/2017 10:33:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have been a B&B loyalist for more than 15 years. I have been using this mousse since it was first introduced, so I am very familiar with it. It has been a staple in my Fine Hair Necessities cupboard all that time. No longer. In a year's time I returned 3 cans of the TFFM, and #4 is collecting dust while I turn my back on it. Initially I thought the problem was with a defective top, but the next two cans did not have defective tops, so I thought it was a bad batch or something. I bought those cans from an authorized (name intentionally withheld) retailer, but the last can, that I scowl at every day, came directly from B&B. I recently spoke with my stylist about it and she said she has received the same complaints from other clients: Something in the formula has changed.

This mousse was originally unlike any other - literally in a class of its own. When you squeezed some into your hand it had substance. When you rubbed it in your hands it was thick and creamy, and it felt similar when running it through your hair. It gave serious non-sticky non-stiff hold. For someone like me with fine hair it was a miracle in a can. But the formula has definitely changed. Now when I squeeze some in my hands it begins to liquefy almost immediately and it disperses like air when I rub my hands together. It now offers ZERO hold. For the price and the name it should give the user gorgeous hair but now it acts like a dollar store brand and the results after styling confirm it - it is worthless. And I know of nothing with which to replace it. I am disappointed and feel left behind by the first company to have truly mastered styling for fine hair.

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on 8/11/2015 11:38:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I have fine hair and am always searching for the perfect volumizing product. This is not it. It creates a bulk, yes, but a very sticky one. It is horrible in humidity and you can't even run your fingers through your hair. It also creates a matte finish which is not a good look for fine hair. Shine and bouncy movement would be the goal.

I force myself to try in in combo with other products because I hate when I make an expensive product purchase mistake. Waste of $$. On a positive note, my favorite product of all time is Bb City Swept Finish (on my 4th bottle). Using some over top of the mousse does add back some softness and sheen.

UPDATE: I agree with the previous reviewer who claims this dries out her hair. If you use color or have been in the sun this product is even worse.


on 5/15/2015 8:11:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Other, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

It's a barely OK mousse. I actually like the crispy texture when dried, but the downside is it was drying and made hair very difficult to comb through later, even breaking hair while using the gentlest approach. I didn't care for the scent when dried. Overall, a big "miss" for me. Didn't live up to the Bumble & Bumble hype or price.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I can only compare this to one other mousse I've tried (Fekkai Strong Hold Volume Mousse, which I think is discontinued) and I can say it's not as good. It gave my hair a tiny bit more volume than if I had used nothing, but not the volume I get from the Fekkai. Plus whatever oompf I do get is gone within a few hours - it definitely doesn't hold up all day. I love Bumble and Bumble but this was a miss for me.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

As someone with fine hair I am always looking for the next best thing, to add some thickness/bulk to my fine, color treated, just past the shoulders hair. This is it. I only wish it wasn't so expensive ($29 at Sephora). I know it works because one day I decided not to use it, and noticed a difference. It gives weightless "bulk" to my hair but only lasts about 6-7 hours - but I will take it. I use in conjunction with the B & B dryspun spray. and both products together make a significant difference in my hair. I will re-purchase, unless something cheaper/better comes along. btw: this doesn't contain alcohol and dry out my hair like many similar products.


on 4/18/2014 2:05:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I rated this a 3, but in reality I give it a 3.5. I never seem to have much luck with mousses, they tend to make my hair feel really crunchy and matted. Or they flake. And usually, any volume I initially get from them after blow drying with my head upside down dissipates pretty much instantly. In fact, it it very hard for me to find volumizing products in general that give me any kind of lasting volume, and the few that do always seem to have other issues. This mousse is a bit better than the other mousses I've tried recently(Sexy Hair Concepts Root Pump Plus and Big Altitude. While the former gave me some volume, it was a crunchy flaky mess which I returned. The latter just kind of made my hair stick together in clumps. Not attractive.). This gave me more lift than Big Altitude, although not a lot more. It has a nicer, fluffier, more buoyant texture. And it made my hair less crunchy/icky. Still, any volume it gave me did not last particularly long even with the help of hairspray, dry texture and volume spray, etc. So it's not really worth bothering with for me. Since the volume doesn't last, I'd rather just not apply it at all. At least then I can keep my hair soft and touchable. I will not repurchase, I think there has to be something better out there. And the price is very high for such a small bottle. At least when you buy a bottle of Oribe for $35, it's 8 oz, a decent size. This stuff, at $29 is only 4 oz. And if I loved this mousse, it would get annoying because I would always be running out of product, which I hate regardless of the price.

EDIT: I can only give this a 3 after trying a much better mousse(Oribe Grandiose Plumping Mousse). I'm a product junkie though ;)

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on 7/23/2013 11:14:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I'm very surprised that this did absolutely NOTHING for my hair.
No full, No form, very little to nothing thickening. And... I used a fair amount and have used it three times so far plus a couple times after my hair was dried.

I have a fair amount left. I can return it BUT the place I got only gives store credit and it's
a store I don't often go to... It's Blue Mercury.
So if you want it...

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on 7/2/2013 3:40:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I hate to disrupt the perfect rating. But this stuff dries out my hair. Could be using too much, not sure. In any event, back to Sephora it goes. I have highlighted hair in a shag, so it is relatively healthy. But while this does add volume, it is far too drying for me. Back to Redken.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

In love with this. My stylist used this on my at my last appointment, and I was so impressed. Mad volume that lasts, and is really easy to freshen up the next day by blow drying. My hair is really fine, but I have a lot of it, so it can feel heavy. To use this I just work it into my roots (towel dried), then blow dry, trying to pull the hair up when I'm doing the roots. I highly recommend this, it's really worth the ridiculous price. Only one tiny complaint, if you use too much, which is easy to do, it really feels like there's product in your hair. Too much makes the roots look really matte (hopefully that makes sense), and kind of sticky, similar to a powder volumizer. Again, easily avoidable by not using too much.

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on 4/14/2013 10:09:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This stuff is bloody amazing. I have incredibly thin and fine hair, and a very oily scalp. In other words my hair usually looks like crap, and I had given up on styling products. After being given this I am converted. It keeps my hair full of body and looking so much thicker all day long. There are no stringy, sticky strands and my hair doesn't even look oily at the end of the day (which is a first). No other product has done this. I bought the thickening spray and it works brilliantly in conjunction with this. I wish I had had this a long time ago! I won't be without it.

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