“ Brand: Andrew Collinge / Type: Hair Shampoo / What it does: Smoothes, Cleanses, „
Even though this is a review for Andrew Collinge Brunette Shampoo, I'm also going to refer to the conditioner as well, as I haven't actually used the Shampoo on it's own... so I couldn't really give a fair evalution of the shampoo alone!
Ok, so I don't use expensive haircare products religiously- I'm happy enough to use supermarket brands, but this was on special offer (buy one get one free, at £3.90 each) at Tesco, and seeing as I had dyed my hair a nice rich shade of brown, I decided to treat myself. The fact that it's a salon range was also a pull factor.
The stuff itself looks good enough to eat (and boy, was I tempted!). The shampoo looks like maple syrup, and the conditioner looks like butterscotch sauce. They smell just as delightful, too. The scent reminds me of a vanilla candle, and is nothing like most other flower or fruit-based shampoos available. They contain extracts of caramel, amber, coffee and tonka (I'm not quite sure what that is, but I'm sure it's lovely...), which are supposed to enhance your hair's natural or coloured, er, brownish-ness? I wouldn't know much about this, as it's early days yet, but there have definitely been no signs of my colour fading so far.
They also contain UV filters, which I suppose is quite useful if you're worried about your hair being damaged in the sun. This is probably one way that it stops your colour from fading, as unprotected exposure to sunlight can do this to your hair.
The shampoo is like a gel, and not much is required to do the job as it lathers really well. The conditioner is a rich cream which spreads quite easily, and again, not that much is needed for full coverage. You only need to leave it in for 1-2 minutes, compared to around 3 for most other conditioners.
The shampoo promises to "revitalise, refresh, and restore richness and shine," and the conditioner's job is to "rehydrate, revitalise and add intense shine." I must say, I was quite impressed with the results. After blow drying my hair, is was left smooth and manageable, quite hydrated, and it smelt like toffee. I wouldn't go so far as to saying my hair had an intense shine, but my hair has always been a little dull, probably as a result of dying my hair too often.
The packaging was nice- quite professional looking, like some you'd expect to see in a salon (well, it is used in Andrew Collinge salons after all!). The combination of the metallic writing and the pump lid made it look smart.
As for the value of money aspect, I'd say it was a bargain, as you could easily pay £2 for a leading brand shampoo and another £2 for conditioner without producing nearly the same results. However, if it wasn't on special offer, I probably would have hesitated to pay £7.80 for the two bottles.
I'd recommend this product to anyone to takes their haircare seriously!
The shampoo was on special offer buy one get one free. My hair is dark brown and was looking quite dull, my reasons for buying the shampoo. After using the shampoo i was very pleased with the results. My hair was shiny and it definetley enhanched the colour. It is by far the best shampoo i have used!
I enjoy testing a lot of haircare products until I find ones I really love. I tried this particular product, 'Andrew Collinge's Brunette' after having highlights put in my hair. I have naturally dull brown hair and I'm always on the look out for products that promise to enhance it and give it celebrity-style shine.
I was attracted to this product as the 300ml sized bottle looks pretty sassy and salon designed. The bottle is transparent so the ginger, tea-coloured shampoo glows through. The silver writing and dispenser pump are sleek and shiny and give the impression of high technology at work!
The wording on the bottle is very attractive too. The shampoo is described as "salon shampoo" for "mocha to coffee brunettes". I also loved the description of the product which states that the formula contains "silk proteins...dark caramel and amber, coffee and tonka bean...". Now, I've never actually heard of a tonka bean but it sounds like something exotic, a bio-medicinal gem of nature found in distant lands I'll never set foot in! I was further impressed by the Andrew Collinge printed signature on the end of the garb - as if he'd written this as a personal message to each one of us using the shampoo- it did make me feel I could trust the product to do a good job.
The dispenser on the bottle has a simple open/close mechanism - twist one way and the pump locks. I found the pump action to be very stiff and difficult to use. It takes several presses to actually produce enough product for one hair wash. It just doesn't seem to function correctly- as if it can't suck up the shampoo through the tube. Furthermore, the tube which draws up the shampoo does not reach right down to the bottom of the bottle and when you are nearly finished the product about two washes worth of shampoo is stuck at the bottom of the bottle! The dispenser top can't even be twisted off so you can't ever get to this lost shampoo. It's annoying and wasteful.
The shampoo is gelatinous and sticky and has a sharp, highly perfumed smell. The aroma is a little bit like nectar but reminds me of walking past the perfume counters in a beauty department store - so quite clean and girly.
The shampoo froths up in the hair and becomes bubbly and gives a lot of coverage through the hair. It is easy to rinse off. After using this my hair did not feel any softer than usual but when dry there was a high shine finish, which was impressive. My hair was not particularly easy to manage.
At approximately £3.99 a bottle this is too expensive for a shampoo that yields little results. I also have never hated a bottle design as much as I did this one - it was so fiddley and time consuming. This is definately a product I will not be buying in the future.
Recently I always find myself offering to go to the supermarket with my mum one evening a week when she does the main food shop. Now I'd love to say I'm just a good daughter who wants to help her mum with the shopping but secretly I go to take advantage of the fact that my mum always lets me put one or two things extra in the trolley from the health and beauty sections. As supermarkets seem to be desperately trying to entice their customers to spend more there are always offers on their products and who am I to ignore them!
A couple of weeks ago a leading supermarket had a few special offers on different brands of hair care. Now I was just about to opt for one of my usual brands when the Andrew Collinge shelf caught my eye, especially as there were big stickers promoting the products on special offer. They seemed to do a range of shampoos and conditioners, suitable for all your usual types of hair including coloured hair and a range of styling products as well. I opted for a shampoo and conditioner which were on a special price offer of Buy One Get One Free.
The shampoo came in a rather pretentious looking plastic bottle with a reflective silver lid and silver writing on the bottle advertising the brand name. It was advertised as being suitable for brunette hair is most suited to darker shades of brunette (mocha to coffee coloured). The lid is a screw on silver lid although the shampoo was actually dispensed by a push down pump action dispenser. Overall the bottle is quite typical to shampoo; it does look slightly more expensive than brands such as Pantene due to the quite posh looking bottle design.
The shampoo itself looks like very dark honey; it's a deep golden brown that appears to glitter almost in the light. The matching conditioner has a lighter honey colour to it and is opaque whereas the shampoo is slightly more see through if you look through the bottle. It's similar to all other liquid shampoos in consistency and doesn't really have an overly unique smell. When I first smelt it I have to be honest and say that it did remind me of Pantene, it hasn't got an overly "salon" type smell that I tend to associate with the more designer brands of hair care.
To dispense the shampoo you simply need to pump down on the pump dispenser and this is where I started to have problems. If you pump all the way down on the bottle which is only about an inch, it will literally release about two pea sized amounts of shampoo into your hand. Now I have really thick hair that falls below my shoulders and to get enough shampoo to cover my head takes about eight or nine pumps which can be quite time consuming when you're stood in the shower! I find it's easier to actually unscrew the lid and pour it out, rendering the pump useless.
Application of the shampoo is the same as with any shampoo, you simply need to massage it into your hair and scalp making sure you cover all areas. The shampoo seems to lather up okay, not quite as much as I find with other shampoos but enough to keep me satisfied. Washing the shampoo out is the same as it normally is, I have had shampoos in the past that have tended to coat and stick to my hair almost but this one doesn't do anything like that. I always tend to do two washes with any shampoo and then use a conditioner to ensure my hair is really clean.
So after washing it all out and using a conditioner I found that combing my hair through was a little easier than normal, although this was probably due to the condition rather than the shampoo. As for the overall effect after drying well I was pleased, but not overjoyed. My hair didn't seem quite as shiny as it sometimes does when I use other brands but it did feel quite soft. It took about three days to go greasy which is what it tends to do anyway so the Andrew Collinge products were fine on that count. And so onto the science bit and the lasting results...
This shampoo is advertised as enhancing your colour's rich vibrancy and shine. The moisture rich formula is enriched with silk proteins that contain extracts of dark caramel, amber and coffee to cleanse and enhance your colour as well. So after my first wash I didn't really notice any difference to my colour and after using this shampoo for three weeks continuously I didn't really notice any different either. I've not really come across a shampoo that drastically affects the colour of my hair or maintains the brunette tones and this one didn't either.
This shampoo retails in Boots for £3.99 for a 300ml bottle which would normally last me about a month in total. I managed to get the shampoo and conditioner on a BOGOF offer which meant I did save quite a bit of money. I wouldn't exactly go rushing out to buy this shampoo again, however if I saw it on offer again I probably would buy it (or get my mum to!) as it did do a good job overall and did leave my hair feeling very clean.
My main gripe was with the pump style dispenser which was really rubbish, I'd much rather just a flip lid or a screw top which arguably might not look as "salon like" but it would make it much easier for me in the shower! So would I recommend this? Well if you want a shampoo that cleanses your hair and smells fairly nice then look no further, but if you're expecting it to enhance your colour then you'll probably be disappointed.
Thanks for reading.
Designed especially for darker shades of brunette hair to enhance your colour's rich vibrancy and shine / The moisture rich formula is infused with silk proteins, contains extracts of dark caramel and amber, coffee and tonka bean to gently cleanse while enhancing your colour, ensuring hair is left silky smooth and with an incredible shine /