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I am a big advocate of this shampoo and the conditioner. I do colour my hair and it is wavy and long. This shampoo makes my hair feel lovely and to me it feels more controlled with a nice shine to it. I have been using it for the past year and will continue to do so. I do use other shampoos but for some reason I always come back to this one. It makes my hair easy to blow dry and the texture is much better. You don't need a lot so it lasts for a long time. I would recommend trying it if you like to get that shine when you blow dry. I generally feel my hair needs volume but using this product I don't seem to have that issue. I think finding a hair shampoo that makes you feel better about your hair is hard as expectations are always so high, but for me this one is a shampoo that takesaway the hair flop and makes for more brilliant hair days!! I am happy using this product and it is a big thumbs up (I had it on my xmas list last year and got a big stock pile, a lovely treat).
Whilst on holiday this year my hair became really out of condition and in an effort to improve the dull look I decided to try the Brilliant Shine shampoo from Charles Worthington.
This particular range claims to boost hairs natural shine and leave it dazzling.
I bought this in a takeaway travel size which cost just over a £1, full size is 250ml and costs around £5. I bought mine from Boots but it is widely available and you will find Charles Worthington in most supermarkets.
Charles Worthington is a famous hairdresser and has developed an extensive range of hair products . My particular favourite was the heavenly range which smelled amazing and used to make my hair super shiny, but they don't appear to make this any more so I hoped that this particular shampoo was the replacement.
I have short hair so I apply a 50p size blob in my palms and massage into my hair. This shampoo lathers up well and my hair felt squeaky clean after one application, so I did not feel it necessary to repeat. I always make sure I rinse well to remove all traces of shampoo.
I have psoriasis and my scalp often feels sore, but this shampoo did not sting or irritate and felt quite gentle.
It smells lovely like most Charles Worthington shampoos, which I always feel makes a difference to my hair washing experience.
The shampoo is white and a creamy texture, dispenses easily and left my hair feeling soft.
My hair was in really bad condition and although I did see some improvement in the overall condition, I did not have the promised dazzling shine, but my hair did feel softer and looked healthier.
I have used this since returning from holiday when my hair was back to a good condition and although my hair looks good after using this, I still did not have the promised dazzling shine, so it does disappoint on the shine front.
That being said it is a nice shampoo and cleans well plus leaves hair manageable.
My hair is fine , colour treated , prone to frizziness and if I was choosing a hair type I would go normal or dry , so I think it is suitable for most hair types. However I have never had a greasy hair day in my life so I am not sure whether this would suit.
Would I Recommend
The blurb says that this shampoo boosts natural shine by 80% but I would not recommend this if you want something that will give a dazzling shine. It might be because my hair is wavy and blond and it is quite difficult to get a natural shineI would guess this would work better on darker hair.
However it is a nice shampoo that smells nice plus you don't need to use loads to get clean hair. So it is an effective shampoo that is gentle and leaves hair well conditioned.
I probably won't buy this again as I need to use a shampoo for colour treated hair, but I will finish the bottle.
I would like to give it 3 and a half stars but on the basis that it did not deliver shiny hair for me so I will round down to 3 stars. If Charles Worthington take off the super shiny hair claim, I would probably award this 4 stars as it is a nice shampoo.
I generally don't like to pay as much as £5 for a shampoo but had been wanting to try out some hair care products from the Charles Worthington range for a while (just to see why they were that bit dearer than the regular brands I use) so when I saw an offer in Boots for "Buy 2, get 1 free" I thought I'd try out a few of their products.
One of these was the Brilliant Shine Shampoo which claims to be a "Salon Results Shampoo" which gives "strikingly shiny hair". This is a review on the 250ml size.
This Brilliant Shine Shampoo claims to be an ultra-glossing shampoo containing crystal extract which will clean the impurities that leave one's hair dull. It's also supposed to book one's hair's natural shine by 80%.
When using Brilliant Shine Shampoo your hair should be left soft and silky smooth, infused with brilliant shine.
Well I've been washing my own hair since I was a young girl, right through my teens, 20s, 30s and now my 40s. I think I know how to use shampoo on my own hair by now. There's no magic way to apply shampoo to one's hair that I know of and I've had my hair done enough times over the years to know that yes, I do know how to shampoo my own hair. It's not rocket science.
So why is it that I noticed absolutely NOT one iota of difference after using Charles Worthington's Brilliant Shine Shampoo with crystal extract? I'm fairly sure it's not because I don't know how to use shampoo properly and even if I didn't they're even been kind enough to print some instructions on the back of the package! I'm not going to insult anyone's intelligence here by telling YOU how to use shampoo either.
To be perfectly honest, I don't understand how this product is able to sell at its normal £5 price. Since buying and using it, I've seen it on special offer in Sainsbury's at half price and wasn't tempted to buy it. Charles Worthington even has an "insider tip" on the back of the packaging about using his All Over Glass Spray for a perfect finishing touch! Not likely! I didn't even get a hint of a gloss from using this and the conditioner I purchased did nothing for me either (but that's another story).
If I have to say anything positive about this shampoo aside from the fact that it works fine as a shampoo, (it gets your hair clean at any rate), it would be that the packaging is practical. I hate shampoo/conditioner packaging designed in a way that prevents you from getting to the end of the product without tipping it upside, trying to balance and waiting for ages for the last bit of shampoo to trickle down the bottle before you can access the last of the product. With Charles Worthington's shampoo packaging at least it's very easy to stand the bottle (if it can be called that) upside down and easily get to the very last bit of shampoo due to the easily opened and practical dispensing bit.
*What's In It Then?*
For those of you anxiously waiting for the "science bit", i.e. to know what's in it, here are the ingredients just for you:
Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Laureth-4, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Citrci Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol.
With all the ingredients listed above, you might be fooled into thinking that the shampoo has some sort of lemony scent but you'd be wrong. It just smells of shampoo (which is not a bad thing). I didn't notice any particular scent or fragrance about this shampoo other than a "shampoo" smell. Even with the strikingly lemon coloured packaging, I couldn't conjure up any inkling of a lemon scent.
I sincerely doubt I'll be purchasing this again, no matter how good an offer it might be available for. There was no evidence of my hair having any shine, let alone a "brilliant" one, so it was a disappointment all round for me! A generous 2 out of 5 from me, 1 star for the fact it works as a shampoo and the other one for the practical packaging which doesn't allow for any waste of the shampoo when you reach the end of the "bottle"!
I find that with Charles Worthington shampoos, they just doesn't agree with my hair and they always end up leaving it looking oily and greasy. My mam finds that the shampoo and conditioner gives her an itchy scalp, so obviously Charles' products are for a particular kind of hair, which isn't mentioned on his products, as this is so far the only brand that my mam has found this happen to her. Anyways, I was going on holiday with my boyfriend and realised (at last minute) that I had no shampoo in my case, I got this item as a gift for Christmas (from my mam....ironically) and thought it was the perfect size to take away. I felt that this shampoo didn't really give me a shiny head, and confirmed my suspicions that it leaves my hair looking lank and with no volume. We weren't going away to a humid or freezing climate so I cannot blame the change in weather as the reason for my hair appearing as it did. Charles Worthington may be the perfect shampoo for somebody else, but it definitely isn't for me!
I bought this when I bought the matching Conditioner. At the time I wasn't needing a Shampoo but I like to use matching products on my Hair (although I don't stick to it religiously). I just bought the small bottle of this as well as I didn't know if I would find this alright for my hair. This Shampoo is suitable for all Hair types.
I got this from my local Asda. The 75ml bottle costs just under £2, and the 250ml bottle is around £4, so it is definitely cheaper buying the larger bottle - as it usually works out but I didn't see the point in buying the larger bottle just in case I didn't like this.
This Shampoo is a Gel and quite a thick Gel as well. You only need a little blob of this and it will work up into a good lather. I rubbed this into my Wet hair and the Lather was a good amount of Foam. This rinsed off easy enough and my Hair felt smooth even when wet and before I used the Conditioner.
The scent of this is alright. It is a fresh scent. I would say this has a Citrus scent to it, so it is a light airy kind of scent. You can smell this after your Hair has been dried too.
I found that my Hair felt soft and sleek after using this. I did notice a bit of a Shine but nothing all that much and for a Shampoo with a name such as Brilliant Shine then I would expect lots of Shine.
This is a good enough Shampoo and I would use this again but there is other Shampoo's that I feel work better than this one as they do all what this one does, but perhaps they give a bit more Sheen to my Hair.
In a mad rush before jetting off on holiday for a week, I realised I had forgotten to buy two of my essentials - shampoo and conditioner. After having packed all of my clothes and toiletries into my 'cosy' suitcase, I was doing a checklist in my head when it dawned on me that I had forgotten the most vital things. Luckily, my local Boots stays open until 8 pm some evenings, so I got myself down there straight away, now doubting myself about everything else that I had potentially forgotten too!
With just over 12 hours until my flight was due to depart, to say I was in a bit of a rush really is an understatement. I took myself over to the miniatures section with all the smaller sized holiday products and I literally picked up the first shampoo and conditioner that caught my eye. I did notice that it was priced at £1.99 for a bottle containing 75ml of product so I thought that was relatively well priced for a brand like Charles Worthington. I have since found out that a full size version of the shampoo would set you back around £5.10 in a Boots store, so for me it isn't a product I would usually be willing to spend that much money on unless it was on a promotional offer of some sort as I tend to go for brands that are a little less pricey but deliver similar results.
The bottle of the shampoo is nice and bright in a summery yellow colour with a deeper yellow tone to the lid. The brand and product name along with the details are displayed in black on the front of the bottle in quite a bold font so its easy to establish this product from others in the range if you are looking for it specifically on a shelf. It has a flick type lid as appose to one that screws on and off making it much more convenient when you use it, especially in the shower when the water can make things a bit slippery and turn you into butter fingers! You will be greeted with a pleasant fruity smell that isn't overpowering but it doesn't linger on the hair for very long either.
When I first came to use the product, I flicked up the lid and pressed the bottle together using my fingers so I could dispense the shampoo. I put a 10 pence pea size amount into the palm of my hand and began to work it through my hair. The first thing I noticed was that it didn't seem to lather up particularly well and I didn't feel like I had much shampoo on my hair at all so I had to get some more out of the bottle in order for it to be substantial enough to become bubbly and feel like it was actually doing something. The shampoo itself was fairly thick in terms of consistency and it had a clear appearance but possibly a little cloudy. It washed out of my hair fairly easy but I could immediately feel some nots through my hair. While my hair is very long and thick, I don't usually notice matted nots through it like when I used this, however I thought by using the conditioner it may rectify itself.
After getting out of the shower and going to comb my hair I was surprised at the amount of nots that had developed in my hair while using that shampoo. It was almost impossible to brush and became painful after a while even when using a wide tooth comb. I had never experienced my hair to be so notty but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to use it the following day in hope that I would see something a bit different. However, it was exactly the same. It was a chore to brush all the nots out despite shampooing and conditioning my hair twice to try and avoid the problem. I thought that it may have all been worth it when I dried it as the shampoo does claim to give 'brilliant shine' but this is something I don't struggle with normally, being a brunette with relatively healthy hair. After drying and styling my hair, it looked nothing but dull and lifeless. It was unusually flat and lacked all the bounce it usually has and even with some assistance for volumising products it still didn't look great. There was no 'shine' present and infact my hair felt far from healthy, it looked dry and neglected.
I decided against using the shampoo again as I really couldn't bare to use it because of how horrible it made my hair look. The only good thing about it was the smell, but even last didn't last long enough. I now have a very negative opinion of this product as I was really disappointed with the results and I really wish I had chosen a different product (although perhaps if I had been more organised in the first place I would've had more time to decide what shampoo to buy properly instead of being in a mad rush?!). From start to finish it really wasn't good and I would expect far more from Charles Worthington normally as they are after all a professional salon brand. I definitely would not recommend this product because apart from everything else, giving your hair shine is something it really doesn't appear to do.
I bought this as I was in a hurry and needed a small shampoo before I went away for the weekend.
The bottle is short and chunky looking. It's a dark yellow/orange colour with the Charles Worthington name on the front in large writing. It looks good - simple and stylish. I was using the mini travel size which is just a smaller version of the normal bottle, they look exactly the same.
The shampoo itself I found to be quite thin. It's a clear orangey liquid and I had to be careful that it didn't just slide off my hand when I squeezed some into my palm. I brought this on a trip to Spain with me, and the water in that area was very soft, so the shampoo lathered up quickly. I have used this product at home before, and the water where I live is hard, so it doesn't lather up as well in those situations.
While the smell was lovely, as I was shampooing, I did feel like my hair wasn't getting a really deep clean, and I had to shampoo it again. It rinsed out very well but afterwards my hair didn't feel 'squeaky clean' in the way that some shampoos leave it. On the plus side, my hair didn't feel too tatty after rinsing, and I only needed a tiny bit of conditioner in order to comb it through.
After drying and straightening my hair, it wasn't flyaway or static which is a big plus point for someone with naturally curly hair. However, I didn't see any change in terms of shininess. I am blonde, and blonde hair is never going to appear as shiny as darker hair can, but there was really no difference at all in the shine. So the bottom line is - this shampoo just does not do what it claims to, so what's the point spending the extra money on a hairdresser's brand?
This is an average shampoo that fails to deliver what it promises. I feel that you are paying for the name rather than the performance. I didn't mind too much as I had only bought the travel size, but I would have been very disappointed if I had splashed out on the proper bottle. For shiny hair, you'd probably be better relying on serums rather than an overpriced shampoo.
This costs around £5.10 for 250ml.
Thanks for reading.
Charles Worthington Brilliant Shine Shampoo
The first time I picked up this shampoo was entirely based on the unusual square shaped bottle that caught my attention. I have since then became a regular purchaser of this shampoo and others in the Charles Worthington range. The Brilliant Shine shampoo is affordable, but still delivers that little bit extra that makes it worth the slightly higher price tags.
I own the full sized version of this and not the handy small takeaway size that is pictured in Dooyoo above. It is the same square ish style bottle with a lid that is very easy to open and close by pressing one side down. Personally, I really like the shape of the bottle it is both functional and just a little different. I also find that these bottles are easier to store and you can easily turn them upside down without trying to balance and support them in order to get the last of the contents out.
This shampoo has a sort of clear but ever so slightly cloudy appearance to it and you don't really need to be overly heavy handed when using this to get a nice lather. The shampoo lathers up very easily and it has the loveliest scent, it is quite a floral fragranced scent that really isn't overly strong but smells fantastic. I also find that although it does tend to leave my hair fragranced after drying it only leaves behind a slight lingering fragrance and nothing that noticeable, which is a shame considering how nice the fragrance is.
This shampoo promises to deliver salon results for strikingly shiny hair. I have always been pretty luck with my hair and it is usually always healthy and naturally shiny, but I do think that this shampoo gives it a bit of extra shine. However, in the past I have tried shampoos that promise to deliver shine but only ended up making my hair look and feel a little bit greasy, thankfully I have never found that with this shampoo. I don't know whether I would quite classify this shampoo as begin as good as some other salon brands that I have tried in the past, but it does deliver a fantastic shampoo for the price.
When I have this shampoo in the bathroom I tend to use it on a regular daily basis and although I do change my shampoos quite often I do find that this one is gentle enough to use continuously, but still good enough to clean my hair well. Personally, I also find that this leaves my hair clean all day and although I do wash my hair once a day it still looks fine in the morning.
This shampoo is widely available and I have seen it to buy in most supermarkets, even thou the majority of time I stock up on toiletries from Boots. If you are interested in trying this (as of around the date of the review) Boots are currently running a three for two offer on Charles Worthington products. Typically this brilliant shine shampoo will cost around £5.10 to buy on its own, although a bit pricier than some shampoos I still think this is a good purchase and worth my money. This is a shampoo that I buy time and time again and one that I really like.
Personally, I think that this shampoo deserves a well earned four out of five stars, it is one that I will certainly be buying again in the near future. I would happily recommend this shampoo to anyone, especially if your hair is already in pretty good condition and all you want is a little bit of extra shine and something that cleans your hair with a nice scent.
Charles Worthington offers a wide range of shampoo and conditioners. This review is about the brilliant shine product from the results range which is actually my second favourite out of all of them...
You can get the shampoo in two sizes, either the standard 250ml which retails around £4.50 or you can buy the 75ml takeaway size (as pictured) which retails around £1.95. The takeaway size states that there is enough to last you for two weeks, however if you wash your hair everyday and give it two washes, than there isn't enough if you have long hair... I can't comment on short hair though!
The products comes in six different types such as moisture seal, balancing act and full volume. They also have shampoo in this range for brunette and blonds too...
The product comes in a plastic yellow container which is square shaped when you look at it front on and when you look at it from the top its in a sort of oval shape. To open the shampoo you just click it on the top and it pops open which is handy when you're trying to get shampoo out of the bottle with dripping wet hair. There is no issues with having to unscrew a bottle and than losing the bottle top!
The shampoo itself lathers up well. I tend to wash it twice before applying the conditioner and I do find that the second wash has definitely more lather than the first. It also washes out really easily too (as I have found that some shampoos don't always wash out that well.
It's a clearish liquid and not too thick so it runs out of the bottle well....however when you get towards the end of the bottle than I suggest you stand it upside down so you can get it out better. This is an advantage with the shape of the container as it stands upside down without falling over like some packaging....
Does it provide brilliant shine.... erm... wellll... its not great.... but I have since found out since buying this that blond hair doesn't shine as well as brunette so whilst I'm expecting super shiny hair from this shampoo... the chances are that without other products to help me its just not going to happen.... but my hair does feel nice!
As a student, I usually use cheaper shampoo but when my family send me a parcel I get little treats, like Charles Worthington Brilliant Shine Shampoo.
Mr Worthington is a top British hairdresser who owns salons and his own range of hair products; from shampoo to wax. The products are salon quality and used by the professionals which is always nicer than using Sainsbury's Basics shampoo. (I'm a student and I was desperate- poor hair).
***What is it?***
Well, it's a shampoo. But what's so special about it is the question that I should be asking! It is expertly created and enriched with moisturising rice protein and antioxidant white tea. Brilliant Shine Shampoo helps to:
-- wash away daily impurities to gently cleanse and uncover brilliant shine
--dramatically boost har shine by up to 80%
--smooth and soften hair to enhance manageability and bounce
--smooth the hair's cuticle with a low pH formula, giving a sleek finish
It comes in a yellow square bottle with a lid that you press down! It contains 250ml of shampoo
***How to use it***
Massage into wet hair, lather and rinse thoroughly to reveal your natural shine. Avoid contact with eyes. For salon shine, use regularly with Brilliant Shine Conditioner. For all hair that loves to shine.
I love this shampoo, always leaves my hair nice and shiny. I only have short-mid length hair so I'm not sure how it would work for long hair (frizz factor etc).
The smell is my favourite part! It smells like a hair salon, really reminds me of getting my hair washed at the hairdressers.
It's not the cheapest shampoo in the world. I wouldn't buy this regularly because you can get great shampoos such as L'Oreal for much cheaper!
At the time of writing, a bottle will set you beck £4.37 in Sainsbury's or 2 for £6 which is a great offer and worth buying the conditioner or trying a different shampoo.
This is a lovely luxury shampoo (well, luxury for students) and leaves your hair with an extra added zing. Smells fab and the bottle looks good too!
Check out the website at www.charlesworthington.com for more info about Charles' products and salons.
I can't believe everyone else loves this shampoo because it doesn't suit my hair at all and leaves it in worse condition than the pound shop shampoo I also use! lol
It's supposed to give your hair a good shine and you can get the matching conditioner. Mine is a full sized bottle and not the takeaways bottle like in the photo Dooyoo have got up, the shape of it makes it easy to squeeze the shampoo out and I think it looks dead classy on the shower shelf.
You get a good lather off this shampoo but you have to make sure your hair is very wet to start with or it takes for ages to get it to bubble up. It smells lovely and has got a creamy and clean smell.
When I'm actually washing my hair it feels like this is going to be a wicked shampoo, my hair feels cleaner as soon as the first bubbles start coming through and my hair also feels nice and smooth when I rinse the shampoo out.
It's after that that I realise the shampoo doesn't do my hair much good because it dries it out big time and left my hair very tangled up. I have only got shoulder length hair so tangles aren't usually a big problem but this shampoo matted my whole hair together. Make sure you brush your hair while it's still wet as well because if them tangles set in you'll end up losing half your hair trying to drag a brush through it!
It did kind of leave my hair shinier but after using it for 3 days running my hair was sooooooo dry that it didn't hardly have a shine at all. I even went out and brought the matching conditioner after the first use of the shampoo to see if that would help and it did a bit but even that wasn't worth the price of it.
I didn't buy this shampoo so am not sure of the price, I think it's about £3.99 a bottle but it come with a load of toiletries my aunt sent over last week. She gets all the best jobs and is wicked at wangling freebies so I wasn't surprised when a load of big name shampoos and shower gels ended up at our house.... wish she hadn't bothered sending this one though!!!
Not recommended.... it's obvious that everyone's hair is different but it didn't suit me at all!!!
Charles Worthington Brilliant Shine Shampoo
Description: Manufacturer: Charles Worthington / Type: Shampoo
I have blonde highlighted hair which I visit my salon around every 10 to 12 weeks to have redone (a costly exercise!) I also straighten my hair (I use GHDs and straightening heat protection spray too) every day so have to take extra care to ensure that it doesn't become dry or damaged. My hair tends to curl and look frizzy when left to dry naturally so unfortunately, my straighteners are an everyday essential.
I have never been lucky enough to be one of those women with gorgeously manageable hair and so often try new products which promise to help me keep it in condition and leave it smooth and silky. After straightening, I always use serum to help keep it looking glossy and frizz free all day and try to select shampoos and conditioners which are designed for my hair type so when I saw this one which promised me brilliant shine, I was keen to try it.
As anyone with blonde hair will tell you, it is much harder to achieve a shiny and glossy finish than other hair colours. I have tried many different products and while some have been pretty good, others have been quite disappointing (my personal favourite if the John Frieda range)
You can buy 250ml bottles of this shampoo for around £4.50 and they also do a "Takeaways" range which is basically small travel sized bottles. These are not only useful for holidays etc but a great way to try the range for the first time before spending more on a full sized bottle. The bottles are a yellow coloured plastic with flip top lids. If you buy these shampoos from Boots, you can also collect Advantage points.
The shampoo is thick, clear and pale yellow and you don't need to use too much to create a decent lather. It has a pleasant fruity fragrance but unfortunately, this doesn't really linger in hair after drying. For best results, use with the matching conditioner (review to follow!) regularly.
The shampoo rinses out well and leaves hair feeling squeaky clean. I find that it is easy to blow dry and straighten my hair after using and it genuinely does seem to help improve the shine, without making my hair feel greasy or heavy.
This isn't the best shine promoting shampoo that I have tried, but it is one of the better ones. My best friend has dark hair and swears by this shampoo so for redheads and brunettes (who tend to have shinier hair anyway) this may be even more successful. Well worth trying!
What is it?
It is a shampoo designed to make your hair shiny.
What Charles Worthington says ?
Brilliant Shine Shampoo
This gloss-boosting cleanser increases hair shine by up to 80%.
For hair so shiny it dazzles. The low pH formula smooths the hair cuticle, giving a luminous sheen and a silky touch-me feel. This miraculous shampoo dramatically boosts gloss for a truly sensational shine.
How do you use it ?
Apply to wet hair and rub in, you can do this more than once if you feel your hair needs it . You do not need to use a lot of the shampoo , just add a bit at a time to your hair.
How does it make your hair feel?
I was quiet surprised that this did actually make my hair feel extremely clean and refreshed. This is not always the case with some shampoos, as my hair can feel like it needs washing again as it is quite thick.
It also made my hair feel soft, I think it did make it a bit shiny because at the moment my colour has faded so I was feeling a little dull.
What does it smell like ?
It just has a normal shampoo smell, not horrible but not fantastic.
The packaging is the same style as the rest of the Charles Worthington range, it is in a yellow container with a flip top lid . The container has a flat top and bottom so you can stack either way. The overall shape is like a squashed cylinder , like an eye shape.
It also has a matching conditioner in a yellow container.
The average price is £4.80 for a 250ml bottle, most places sell these products on a 3 for the price of 2 promotion , roughly working out at £3.20 per item.
When I bought mine it was because a large company had messed up both online and in-store, I actually got 3 items for £2 so working out at 66p per item.
I am glad I tried this shampoo because I really like it and would use it again. Even at full price.
Although I usually use budget hair products I treated myself to this with some Christmas vouchers as it was part of a gift set reduced to half price in Boots! The usual price is £4.55 in Boots; slightly less in Superdrug and supermarkets, but still significantly more than many brands. However Charles Worthington is a well-known brand and I hoped I would see a difference in the results. The claim on the packaging is that this shampoo 'smoothes the hair cuticles, giving a luminous sheen and a silky touch. It dramatically boosts gloss for a truly sensational shine.'
It comes in a characteristic squat, flattish bottle which is made of translucent plastic with a pale yellow cap. My impression from the packaging is that this is a classy and quality product. It has a useful flip top and the top is flat so when it starts to get empty you can stand it upside down to get the last dregs out!
The shampoo itself is a clear yellow liquid, not too runny but not too thick either. It's easy to distribute through the hair and lathers up really quickly and satisfyingly. The fragrance is lovely - not exactly floral but fresh and feminine and makes for a really enjoyable hair-washing experience (anyone who's read my other reviews knows that fragrance is really important to me, especially in the bath and shower!)
It also rinses out really quickly, despite the large amount of foam, and leaves my hair feeling soft but not greasy or 'coated'. It leaves it with just a hint of a 'squeak' so I know it's clean. I followed it with the matching conditioner (but will review that separately!). After drying my hair it felt really soft and was easy to get my comb through (my hair tangles really easily). The nice smell lingered for most of the day whenever I moved my head and my hair felt clean and fresh all day. I still needed to wash it again the next morning but that's standard for my hair and it certainly kept it as clean as any other shampoo I've tried.
This product has convinced me that sometimes you do get what you pay for, and after a couple of weeks using this shampoo I think my hair's thanking me for it! It's much less dry at the ends and oily at the roots - generally more balanced and happy. I think I'll be buying this again!