Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine

Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine


155 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$


Deionized Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Castor Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Oleyl Alcohol, Polybutene, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Cetyl Acetate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Sage Extract, Rosemary Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Benzophenone-4, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Polymethoxy Bicyclic Oxazolidine, Fragrance, FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Red 40

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on 7/25/2017 12:01:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

The best hair potion ever! air dried perfection for hair. I use a pea size amount on wet hair when I'm done combing it. I can't afford this but I love it so Ill budget for it haha. I have bsl wavy fine hair and this is the perfect texture for reducing frizz & adds some softness. Has a light herbal smell

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on 4/14/2016 3:46:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have 2C canopy with 2A/B underlayer, coarse texture, low-normal porosity, low-normal elasticity and low density hair.

After growing out my short bob a bit for 9-months, I decided it was too long (collarbone length) and got a chop 2 weeks ago, back to a short bob. I envisioned my hair to be a bit tousled and volumized (think French girls' relaxed tousled hair), but I have low density hair and the routine I had before, while constantly gave me sleek, neat, shiny waves, don't give me the lift and tousled look I want.

So I overhauled my routine.

I decided to stop co-washing and back to using shampoo for root lift. I also got lighter conditioner (Paul Mitchell The Conditioner) and volumizing styler (Paul Mitchell Thicken Up), along with hairdryer and diffuser (I had been airdrying for about 4 years, my hair barely touched any heat other than the sun). But freshly washed hair, albeit nicely defined, still looks a bit too fluffy and doesn't look "slept-in".

I bought this together with Shu Uemura Cotton Uzu Flexible Defining Cream which I ended up loving than this. Brilliantine gives gorgeous shine and sweet softness, but doesn't contribute much, if at all, into making my hair looks "piecey" and weighs it down too much, negating any effort I made to make it looking volumized. I also tried this on damp hair and it didn't texturize and/or define my waves either. Just nothing. I once kept adding this slowly into my hair thinking I used too little, but I ended up looking like a wet rat. Not the look I was hoping for.

I love the little bronze tube, but the twist cap is cumbersome. It's also on the pricey side for 50ml, but it's so convenient to transport. I figured for those this product favors, this would last loooong time. I could use this as a shine serum, but I don't need one and it's too pricey for that purpose only. Good thing my SO is growing some beard so I told him to use this to groom it. ;)

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on 6/22/2015 3:04:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Over the past few years, I've bought this over and over again, because it's my favorite Bumble & Bumble product. It's a smoothing finishing polish for people with dry hair. It adds shine but does not look greasy or dirty, is not tacky on the fingers, and has a little bit of hold. I use it for "detailing" little strands around my face or smoothing the ends of my hair.

It can be used to create a tousled look that is shiny rather than the matte finish of Surf Spray. But if you use a lot of it, the tube doesn't last long, as you can imagine, and you have to keep buying it. The instructions are to "use sparingly."

I've learned to save money by supplementing it with some of B&B's other styling products that cost less per ounce and I just use a tiny bit of Brilliantine to add sheen and complete the look. Best when applied on hair that is slightly damp or almost dry. It will give you separation or "piecey-ness" if you have a layered hairstyle.

For years I would use a dollop of Grooming Creme and work that through most of my hair and then when it was almost dry, I would add a little Brilliantine here and there, on certain strands around the face, or on split ends. Then when Texture came out, I liked that it had a little more hold than Grooming Creme, so I switched to that for awhile. One summer I got hooked on Surf Spray for convenience. And then if my hair started to look dull from too much sea salt, I'd add Brilliantine. Using it sparingly, I can make the tube last longer. My latest crush is Don't Blow It (H)Air Styler for people who don't want to blow dry their hair but want a little volume and UV protection, and want to look "artfully mussed," as the website states. But since Don't Blow It isn't super shiny, I'm still reaching for a little dab of Brilliantine when my hair is almost dry for a glossier finish.


Adds shine

Provides subtle hold, like a light pomade

Not heavy or greasy (use as directed)

Not sticky at all

Tames dry ends, making them smooth and controlled

Does not have a strong fragrance

2 ounce tube makes it easy for travel


$24 for 2 ounces is insane. Please stop raising the price on this, Bumble & Bumble. I remember when it was $18 and I thought that was too much.

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on 1/5/2015 10:52:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Green

Not a bad styling creme. Smells nice, not too overwhelming. My husband loves it :)

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

First time I purchased this, it was left forgotten behind my bathroom mirror and eventually tossed out during spring cleaning. I remember reading about in a forum or magazine and it piqued my interest. My hair is in much better condition now compared to a year ago, but it can look a little 'boring" when worn long and straight everyday. I'm not much of product junkie, but wanted to go back to something that could give my a hair a little texture without weighing it down. I remembered Brilliantine and decided I'd give it another shot. I find this works best on unwashed, slept in hair. It smells faintly of cucumbers and a pea sized amount is all I need because any more, and my hair immediately feels weighed down. All I do is work it gently over my hair, teasing it here and there, and the result is a lovely sort of definition or texture that really lifts my hair from being straight and boring. Price is a bit steep, and I've yet to find a dupe but I use it sparingly so this tube should last a while. Will buy again.

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on 5/27/2014 8:02:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have pretty fine hair, and this stuff doesn't weigh it down too much! Applying it to wet hair gives it more body, more life! Applying it to dry hair (I primarily only use it after blow drying) makes my hair smoother and shinier!
Since I barely use more than a dime's worth each use, it has lasted me months and months so far. The only reason I wouldn't but again is because I'd rather try some other product that has more to offer me, i.e. heat protection.

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on 3/24/2014 4:51:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

When attempting tousled, bed head or "beachy" styles, this cream is simply the best. I've tried many waxes, texture creams, salt sprays, "puttys", etc., in search of the ideal product for creating texture and separation. I've found that waxes and puttys are hard to spread evenly through hair without destroying the curls or waves and it's very hard to get the amount of product right. I usually get too much or too little. Texture creams and salt sprays usually either don't give me much texture or make my sticky and gunky. This cream is the best solution I've found so far. It gives nice separation without making my hair feel like it has a ton of product. It makes my hair shiny but not greasy. The consistency is very thin for a cream, which makes it easy to evenly distribute through dry hair. The consistency is also very light, I haven't had any issues with this weighing my hair down. As of 2014, the packaging is a pretty bronze tube with a screw top lid. I wish the lid was a flip top instead, because the screw top is inconvenient to close. This was an issue because I'd squirt a blob of product on my hand, then try to screw the lid back on the tube and the product would slide off my hand onto the floor. Now I just don't put the lid back on the tube until I have applied the product to my hair, but I would still prefer a flip top. I also wish Bumble & Bumble would give us a little more than 2 oz for $23. It's true that a little goes a long way with this product, but I've still used up my tube pretty fast. This product is still well worth it to me though; it is a unique product that really does what it says. I've heard that L'oreal Everstyle Tousle Creme is a dupe for Brilliantine. Since that is only $6 or $7 for a 5 oz I will try that when my tube is gone. If I end up not liking that I will definetly repurchase Brilliantine. Aside from the price, if you're interested in trying this product, I highly recommend.

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on 10/15/2013 10:04:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I have very healthy hair, but it always looks like it is missing something. With this, I feel like it was styled by a top professional. I am not sure what it does, exactly. It is definitely as the package describes--ineffable. It gives it great shine and texture. I don't go to an important event without this. And the best part is you use so little! I used to use Frederick Fekkai glossing cream. And although that took care of my frizz, it did not give my hair any style. Brilliantine takes care of frizz, style, and it adds something extra I can't put my finger on.

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on 8/15/2013 12:24:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I love Brilliantine, I've used it forever. It's expensive, but I've never found anything else like it and I've repurchased it many times .... until now. L'Oreal Everstyle Tousle Creme performs exactly the same as Brilliantine for me, except I don't have to be as judicious about the amount. The Everstyle is a little thinner and easier to work with. HTH someone, it was a nice surprise for me and my wallet. I have collarbone length Botticelli/3a curls, when I use this I put it in very wet hair and I use no other product with it.

ETA: Try Purology Curl Taming Butter too. This is the best dupe of Bril yet.

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on 7/2/2013 7:57:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is the perfect finish to any hair style! Instead of adding more oils to my ends, this gets rid of fly aways and split ends, as well and adding shine, softness, and texture! I'm obsessed!

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