LUXEBLEND™ CRÉME HAIR COLOUR WITH PEQUI GLOSSING SERUM
“Professional results. Right at home.” – Couture Colour
PRODUCT RATING:★★★★★★★★★★ (8/10)
PRICE DETAILS:$30 (Set includes: 2.5 oz Luminous Colour Crème, 0.3 oz Pequi Glossing Serum , 2.5 oz Luminous Developer Crème, 0.5 oz (1-month supply) Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment, Salon Brush, Gloves, Expert Instructions and Tips)
SHADES REVIEWED: Medium Brown and Dark Brown
QUICK REVIEW: Rich luxurious color that is a great option for those who want to deepen or darken their hair color.
the REVIEW (04/09/2011): After a disastrous encounter with Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam which turned my hair a stinky inky shade of black (not medium ash brown) – I decided to pick up Couture Colur Luxeblend™ Creme Hair Colour in Medium Brown, which is a substantially more expensive box color at Sephora.
Up to this point, I had been coloring my hair with a variety of salon brands, mainly Redken Shades EQ, Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Creme Hair Color and L’Oreal Preference Mega Brown (from Sally Beauty Supply). I have this very stubborn patch of white in the front that often needs recoloring is always a different color than the rest of my hair. The Nice ‘n Easy did a great job at getting my white patch uniform with the rest of my hair…unfortunately, that uniform color was black. Over processed, saturated black. So, being a daredevil with my hair (which I in no way recommend to anyone), I used a bleach wash (bleach powder, developer, shampoo)with 20% developer to remove the over abundance of color. Bummer number two. I should have used a higher level developer – but I only got about 2 levels lifted and only on the parts I applied without the shampoo solution. So now I had dark brown hair (at least it wasn’t black) with red sections. Yikes.
Still, I persisted and mixed and applied the Couture Colour Luxeblend™ Creme Colour in Medium Brown to my poor hair. What sets Couture Colour apart from other box color is the inclusion of Pequi Oil in their solution. Much like the Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color, (which uses grape leaf extract) it comes with a small packet of Pequi Glossing Serum that you mix into the color. What I noticed immediately as I was applying the color to my hair (using the brush it comes with- but you can also choose the traditional bottle method) was how lush and conditioning it felt. There was no fumes or overpowering smell (it was scented like coconuts actually) and there was enough product to fully saturate my longer than shoulder length very thick, coarse hair (I always need two boxes – or two vials of color).
After allowing the color to develop for the recommended 30 minutes, I rinsed it out with cool water. This took a really long time – and ever after rinsing, following with shampoo and conditioner, there was still color in the water during the next day’s shampoo. The results: Rich, shiny dark brown hair with slightly warmer brown tones (where it was lighter to start with). My white hairs are completely covered (although the Nice ‘n Easy didn’t completely wash out, so it may be a combination of both) and while my ends are a little crispy, I can’t blame Couture Colour since I haven’t cut my hair in about a year.
The Pequi Oil Treatment (.05oz) is an appreciated addition to the kit and works well on keeping hair glossy and smooth. I apply this after I wash my hair mixed with a little 100% Pequi Oil (see below). The main downside is it’s hard to get the product out of the glass bottle. A full size of this product is available for $32 (2oz.).
This would be a great introduction to someone who has never colored their hair, but wants a darker or deeper shade. If you already have a darker brown hair color in your hair, you won’t be able to lift it to a lighter color with this. Also, be sure to choose a color a shade or two lighter, since these seem to go a bit darker than what’s shown on the box.
Overall, a great box color that I will surely use again – although I’ll try Light Brown over my pre-lightened hair.
the UPDATE (11/13/2011): I have no idea why I haven’t used this fabulous kit again. Its perfect for coloring hair a shade or two DARKER and definitely made my crispy, dry, dull, flat out yucky hair look super shiny and natural. My previously uneven, brassy color AND patches of white were completely evened out and while my hair is much darker – it isn’t black. Its a deep, rich espresso and has a substantial increase in shine. The Pequi Oil Treatment is a daily life saver – giving hair the same rich shine as the day it was colored. I ♥ Couture Colour!
(L-R): Before (yuck) and After Couture Colour in Dark Brown (Ooh!)
Pequi Oil (Caryocar Brasiliensis) is from a Brazilian edible fruit and has a “unique combination of essential fatty acids and is highly emollient, making it an effective moisturizer for products intended to heal dry and cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. It can also be used in the production of specialty soaps intended to aid skin conditions. When used in hair care formulations, pequi oil helps smooth the hair cuticle to increase smoothness, shine and decrease frizziness.” – OCA Brazil
COUTURE COLOUR LUXEBLEND™ CREME HAIR COLOUR DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “A permanent, ammonia-free cream hair color with natural highlights and lowlights that delivers custom-blended salon results at home. This non-drip formula contains rich nutrients that moisturize, nourish, and protect while delivering glossy, multidimensional medium golden brown color. Pequi Oil is the Couture Colour secret that locks in fresh color and sleek, soft shine. It is excellent for coverage of gray hair.” – Sephora
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COUTURE COLOUR LUXEBLEND CREME COLOUR INGREDIENTS (MEDIUM BROWN):
Luminous Colour Crème: Water (Aqua/Eau), Stearyl Alcohol, Monoethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Alcohol, Oleic Acid,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ceteareth-30, Steareth-40, Ceteareth-3, Ceteareth-20, p-Phenylenediamine, Oleyl Alcohol, Dibutyl Adipate, Steareth-80, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Erythorbate, Polymeric Alkyl/Allyl Quaternary Ammonium Acrylate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Resorcinol, Phenyl Methyl Pyrazolone, m-Aminophenol,N,N-Bis(2-Hydroxyethyl)-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate, 1-Naphthol, p-Aminophenol, 2-Methylresorcinol.
Luminous Developer Créme: Water (Aqua/Eau), Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Stannate Trihydrate, Ethylenediaminetetraacetic, Acid, Tetrasodium Salt Tetrahydrate, Stearyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Lauryl Alcohol, Ceteareth-3, Ceteareth-20, Ceteareth-30, Steareth-40, Steareth-80, Oleic Acid, Dibutyl Adipate.
Pequi Glossing Serum: Methyl Dihydrojasmonate, Gamma-Nonalactone, Hexamethylindanopyran, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, p-Anisyl Acetate, 2-t-Butylcyclohexylobutanol, Coumarin, Neo-Heliopan AV, Pentamethylcyclopent-3-ene-Butanol Gamma-Decalactone, Gamma-Caprolactone, BHT, Methyl Anthranilate, Methyl Octalactone, Sandela, Ethyl Hydroxypyrone, Ethyl Trimethylcyclopentene Butenol, trans-Anethole, Maltol, Linalool, Ethyl Vanillin, Dimethyl Phenethyl Butyrate, Triethyl Citrate, Gamma-Undecalactone, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Butyrate, Phenoxy Ethyl Iso-Butyrate.
Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Jojoba Esters, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids, Octyldodecanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Arachidyl Propionate.