Product Type: Andrew Barton hair care products
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Adequate, Not Brilliant
Andrew Barton Brunette Conditioner
Member Name: missrarr
Andrew Barton Brunette Conditioner
Advantages: Works well as a day-to-day conditioner
Disadvantages: Not one for looking your ultimate best
Okay, here's the deal. I know that when it comes to cosmetics, I can write...a LOT. And I realise that, for all of you out there who kindly read and rate my reviews, this isn't entirely up your street, so I massively appreciate the time and effort you put it to humouring my interest in all things that, sadly, have yet to transform me overnight into the shorter, cuter version of Angelina Jolie.
This review is for Andrew Barton's "Strictly For Brunettes" Light Reflecting Conditioner - and I'm going to keep it as snappy as I can. Why? Because - and I'm coming out with my final opinion from the outset here - this is a perfectly adequate day-to-day conditioner, but it's nothing spectacular. If I get a bit wordy in my reviews, it's usually inspired by products which have a certain something about them that is worth talking about - be they good or bad. This product? It's okay. It's fine. It's nice enough, it does its job then goes home to it's other half and 2.4 dogs or whatever we're all statistically meant to have and it pays its taxes. It's fine. It's just nothing spectacular. So here's the deal.
This is the latest, and possibly last, product by Andrew Barton that I've reviewed here. I love his intensive SOS Conditioning Treatment, yet I was sorely disappointed by his Gloss Boss Conditioner.
Andrew Barton - the background of whom I illustrated on a previous review, but to condense, is a very good hairdresser, has a very expensive Covent Garden Salon, has done 'telly stuff' and is widely considered to be quite good - produces a range of haircare products that at the moment are exclusive to Asda. This product, along with most of the "daily" stuff (ie not the intensive conditioners or leave-in products) retail at £4, although Asda frequently run "2 for £6" promotions on them, which is how I came to own this when I indulged in a pot of the brilliant SOS treatment.
It comes in a near-black tube with a flip-top lid which is also the base. This is sturdy, snaps shut tightly, and means that you don't miss out on the end of the product because gravity dictates that it will be near the dispenser.
The product, when dispensed, is white and of average consistency - again, nothing stands out as a point worth writing about....bar one thing....the scent. This is just chemical to me. I can pick out a lot of scents and tones in most things but to me, this is just flatly chemical, and I'm afraid to say that this scent does linger on the hair after drying.
It's an okay conditioner! I rotate mine to make sure my hair doesn't want for anything, but I've never been disappointed by this - nor have I had a sudden urge to write on dooyoo raving madly about it.
This product washes out okay. It leaves my hair shiny, it doesn't leave my ends noticeably dry (and to be fair, they need a trim at the moment), and it doesn't notably weigh my hair down after a day (I wash my hair daily). In short, it conditions hair. I can't speak for blondes, as this is a colour-specific product, but as it is white in colour itself I can't see it being a monumental disaster if you suddenly found this was the only conditioner left on earth one day despite having blonde locks. As I said, it does the job. That's it. And whilst that's ok, and it's nice to have a reliable product on your bathroom shelf, I wouldn't use this if I had a butterflies-in-stomach date or a big day at work - I'd indulge in something with that extra zing, little something extra that just makes you feel really good about your hair and yourself.
So whilst reliable is good, I must counter that by deducting a star for the fact that this lightly chemical scent stays on my hair when I use this - I personally hate this. But I don't just hate it for this product, it is a personal bugbear, so I'm not going to rant at how terrible it is - I realise I am overly sensitive to this.
In conclusion, it's fine. Buy it. Use it. You'll probably like it. You might not want to tweet about how phenomenally awesome it is, but you'll probably have adequately cared-for hair. Then, like I expect I will, you'll probably forget it ever existed and buy something else next time you're out, and that will be the end of that fleeting relationship. But that's ok, because it'll be at home with its feet up after the day at work, filling out its tax return or watching Coronation Street. It's a bit like dating someone you know you're not going to end up with - the company is nice, but you know you're going to drift apart. At least this looks after your hair during the interim.
Summary: Affordable and adequate