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I recieved a gift set of Brunette Shine Shock products which included this serum. Though it wasn't something I was used to using frequently, I was really pleased that I now had a luxurious treat for my hair! It's available individually for around £6.
The Shine Shock serum tube is a sleek mix of browns and golds and matches the rest of the Shine Shock collection beautifully. The tube feels well made and of good quality. The lid of the serum is at the base of the tube making it easy to get out virtually all of the product.
The serum is of a smooth, creamy gel-like consistency and is sparkling clear. It easily pushes out of the tube and you need just a pea sized amount to coat tips. I would advise not covering the entire head of hair with the serum as it is very rich and very moisturising. As I have very long hair I covered round three inches of my hair with the serum.
You can apply the serum on both damp/ wet hair after a shower or on dry hair. The effect of the serum is only truly noticeable once the hair is dry. My hair looked shiny, silky and glossy and felt soft to touch - everything I hoped it would.
As I have very thick hair I could be less careful with the amount of serum I used on my hair. My Mum however, with short fine hair, had to be very cautious as it was easy for her hair to turn from silky to greasy very quickly.
* Thick hair
* Long hair
* Making hair/tips look shiny and glossy
* Making hair feel soft and silky
I was actually sent this product along with some others from John Frieda after contacting them regarding a problem I'd had with a different product I'd bought. Although it was a lovely gesture, I was a bit unsure about this product. I have been purchasing the Brilliant Brunette hairspray for years, so am familiar with the Brilliant Brunette range and had seen this product many times, but always disregarded it. The main reason I didn't really want to try this before, is that I'm always a little bit wary of products promising to add shine as I find that there is a fine line between shine and grease.
The Shine Shock perfecting glosser comes packaged in a silver box. Having looked at both the tube and the box, I cannot see any information on the box that is not on the tube, therefore I'd say the box is a complete waste. The tube inside is silver (it used to be brown but they've updated it) and has an easy to use flip-top lid.
The glosser itself is a clear gel and I have only recently noticed that it contains a very fine shimmer. The gel is quite thick in consistency and has a pleasant fruity aroma, which is light and not overpowering.
The product can be used on either soaking wet hair or dry hair. I have most often used this on wet hair. The instructions advise to rub a small amount of the glosser between the hands and rub over the hair. It says to adjust the amount depending on the length and thickness of the hair. You do not need to rinse the product out
When I first used this, I was quite cautious and only used a smallish amount - probably grape sized - despite my hair being very long (bra strap length) and thick. I rubbed it through my hair, concentrating on the ends. I found that I needed to use a comb to evenly distribute it, as it seemed to go on more thickly in some places and using my fingers didn't seem to be helping it go on evenly.
The results I got were fairly disappointing. I found that there was absolutely no change in terms of shine to my hair whatsoever, although I did notice that it felt softer. Thankfully I did not notice it looked greasy as feared and in fact, I could not feel the product in my hair at all - it wasn't weighed down or sticky.
The next time I used it, I applied a bit more of the product, but there was no difference in results. I carried on like this, applying more and more of the product each time I used it, but it does not seem to matter how much I apply, my hair does not appear any shinier.
I have only tried this product on dry hair twice. For dry hair the product must be smoothed over the hair in the same way and should give a high gloss finish. I actually find the product easier to distribute through dry hair than wet, which is unusual as I would have expected it to have been the other way around. I have also found that the scent of the product lasts longer in dry hair than it does in wet. Unfortunately, again, I have not found this to make my hair any glossier. It simply melts into the hair and disappears as far as I can tell.
A 75ml tube of this product retails at £5 and is available from Boots and ASDA as well as a few other places on the high street.
Overall, whilst I was pleased to have the opportunity to use this product without parting with any cash, I have not been thrilled with the results - of which there weren't any really! If you are looking for something to make your hair shiny I'd recommend the TIGI headrush shine spray, it can be picked up online for a similar price and it actually works!
As a gift I was given this product in a set of miniatures, and before using it felt a bit negative about it, as I thought it would leave my hair feeling greasy and like I would need to wash it soon after! However, I am glad to report that it wasn't like this at all, but in fact left my hair looking really shiny and glossy and smelling good too.
The product --> It has been developed for brown hair only, so comes in a brown coloured bottle. This is 75ml. It is different shades of brown, with white writing over it with directions of how to use. As it isn't very big is is handy to be put in my handbag and a great way to cover up a split end or two! It can be used on dry hair, which is a bonus as it doesn't need to be wet.
It claims to seal in shine and also to banish split ends quickly, and I do think it lives up to that. The shine is great, and it is a lovely pick me up if your hair is feeling a bit dull. It really does add a gleaming shine, and this doesn't need to be just for nights out but can also be just for going down to the pub! It picks up different shades of tones in the hair so illuminates great for each hair strand! Very clever.
The cost --> This costs £5.09 in most places which is expensive for the little sized bottle that you get. However, it is fab if it comes in a miniature set, and also good if you fancy like treating yourself!
I do recommend this product.
I have really thick, coarsed, long dark hair, which is very prone to dry and split ends. It is often unruly, does it's own thing, and to top it off I have a cow's lick in my fringe. What's a girl to do?
I've tried loads of serum's, some good, some terrible. Some are so bad that they make my hair sticky and attract dust and dirt so by the end of the day my barnette makes me look like I've fallen out of a wheely bin.
For Christmas my friend bought me a John Frieda gift set and in it was a small 25ml tube of Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock. I've only just got round to using it as I've been using a serum by Pantene. But I'm never going back to Pantene, its going to be John Frieda from now on, its amazing.
It has a reall lovely scent, a little bit like sweet chocolatey smell, but it does fade once it is distributed through hair. The consistency is just right too, some are far too runny, but this one is excellent. It is thick enough to cling to hair, but still fluid enough to distribute evenly through ends. It has an almost gel like consistency.
What I like about this serum is that it contains absolutely minute particles of what look like an irridescent glitter. It's not over the top, but does give hair a lovely looking lustre.
It's easy to use too. Simply rub a small amount between finger tips and distribute through wet hair to the ends. After hair has been dried and styled I also like to add an extra drop to ends to give definition too. The exact amount needed will depend upon length of hair.
This serum helps to control my unruly fringe after I've given it a blast with the straightners. It also gives my hair a lovely shiny healthy finish. It also helps to disguise my split ends between cuts. Shine shock also makes my hair easier to comb through once I've applied it and keeps the frizzies at bay all day. I've also noticed since using this the condition of my hair seems to be getting better, possibly coincidence, but I think that the serum may actually go some way in protecting my hair agains heat damage from my hair dryer and straighners.
A 75ml tube of Shine Shock retails at around £5.00 and is available from most chemists and supermarkets. Once my small 25ml tube is finished, I'm definitely going to replace with a full sized tube.
Would I recommend this product? Yes, its fabulous for giving shiny, frizz free tresses, with a lovely illuminated glossy appearance. It smells great, and does what it promises to do, what more could you get from a hair glosser.
I have been using John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette shampoo for quite a while now, so i decided to try this hair serum from the same range. 'Shine Shock', promises to give brunette hair a glossy multi-dimensional shine, it is also promises to smooth flyaways and seal split ends.
The product comes in a stylish 75ml tube, i think the design is quite elegant and looks high end. It has a lift off cap and you just squeeze the product out, it is convenient and works well as it does not squeeze to much product out in one go. The tube is quite small so it is it is good for travel or keeping in a handbag in case you need to smooth flyaways on the go.
*Using the product*
I find this product quite easy to apply. The instructions say you can apply it to wet hair or a light layer to dry hair for a high gloss finish. The product itself is a clear see through serum, i don't really know why it is only specifically for brunette hair as it has not colour. It is abit like hair gel but alot more thinner and softer in consistency. It is easy to apply evenly through hair, i just rub a small amount in my palms and pat it through my hair. The only thing is it is quite greasy so i have to wash my hands straight away as it make my hand really slippery and oily. I think this product has a nice smell, the scent smells like the shampoo, like sweet coconut, so its quite nice to use.
I found this is good to use to smooth out hair before straightening, but i wouldn't recommend applying this before curling hair because when i tried this it didn't work very well, it think it is because the product made my hair too heavy. But i have used it after curling before to smooth out flyaways and it works quite well.
To be honest, this product does not give my hair "dazzling shine" like it promises. I do think it makes my hair look a bit glossier but it does not create multi-dimensional as advertised. But, overall i do like this product, i think it is a good serum and gives my hair a nice finish.
It is really good to smooth out flyaways, so i mainly use it for that. But i do have to be careful because if i apply too much it makes my hair look really greasy. This is really annoying especially when i wash my hair, apply it, and then it looks as if i haven't washed my hair at all. So, i always have to make sure i only use tiny a bit on the top of my hair.
I find that this product really helps smooth out the ends of my hair, so if i don't have time to straighten my hair it will calm it down so it doesn't look too frizzy. This is good for me as i like my hair to look sleek and straight but it might not be good for someone who prefers a more voluminous and bouncy look as it does flatten hair and smooth it down.
The product promises to smooth out split ends, i do think it does this. When i'm in need of a trim it does seem to seal them and make them less noticeable.
Overall, i am quite happy with this product. It helps smooth out and control my hair and gives a nice finishing touch. One tube has lasted me a really long time, about 5 months as you only need to use a very small amount, it cost me about £5 from Boots so i think it is good value. But, i give it 4 stars overall as it does not create perfect shine as promised and can easily make my hair look greasy.
The blurb on the back of the tube explains that this product can be used on either wet or dry hair (slightly different application methods).
I disagree with the company's assertions that it is a 'super-light formula'. I found it to feel a bit like Frizz-Ease but thicker on my hands.
I use the 'dry' method for this product, using only a tiny pea sized amount for my just past shoulder length hair, I smooth through the ends. I certainly wouldn't use this anywhere near my roots, I can see it easily looking quite greasy.
But anyway, back to my ends, this product leaves my hair feeling soft and looking shiny, there was definitely an improvement in how the ends of my hair looked, they seemed to lay flatter after styling and thus look healthier.
I purchased this product about two months ago and I use it 2-3 times per week. I use this in combination with Aussie moisture shampoo and conditioner. Once weekly I'll use a treatment on my hair too. I have dry 'poreous' looking wavy hair and I struggle to get it to shine. I use hair straighteners regularly.
The product comes in a squeezy tube with a flip top lid (not ideal for travelling, too much popping open potential!). The tube comes packaged in a somewhat unnecessary outer cardboard box. Lid unscrews so you can get to the last bit of product easily.
This product retails at £4.79 (price correct on date review was written) and I think it is well worth the cash, it is often on offer on 3 for 2 or 1/3rd off so thats worth checking out.
Also reviewed on BeautyJudge.
For those of you that have read a number of my reviews you will probably have guessed I like to try new products in particular on my hair. One of the latest I am going to review is John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock Gloss.
The product comes in a small 75ml plastic tube. This is a rich chocolate brown colour with Brilliant Brunette written in large white font. There is quite a lot of font on the packaging describing exactly what the product does.
The tube has a flip top cap at the bottom of the tube which you have to close in order to stand the tube up.
The hole in the tube when open is quite small therefore when you squeeze out the product only a small amount of product is released. This is good as a very small amount of prodct goes a long way.
A 75ml tube of this product costs £5.99 in Boots. This is a larger bottle than other "salon brands" versions of hair serum however is priced at a similar price so appears to be good value. However as the product does not create good results then this is a waste of money in my opinion.
The product can be applied in two ways as described on the packaging.
To seal in shine and banish split ends - "Rub a small amount of product between palms and smooth evenly through soaking wet hair concentrating on ends. Do not rinse out and style as desired"
For a high gloss finish "rub in a small amount between palms and smooth over surface of dried hair.
When the product is put into hands it is a clear gel. It is quite thick in consistency and extremely greasy. For my long thick hair when I applied this to my wet hair I only used an amount of product about the size of a 5p piece and this applied very well to my hair. What I noticed immediately is that my hair felt extremely greasy and sticky and I was extremely concerned that I needed to wash this product out of my hair despite the packaging saying otherwise.
The product has a very strong coconut scent which even after washing my hands I could still smell therefore I expected the product to retain a strong scent in my hair too.
When I was drying my hair when it was wet my hair felt extremely sticky and greasy and took around 10 minutes longer to dry than usual. Once my hair was eventually dry it did not look particularly shiny it looked quite flat although it did have a slight shine to it. Even when my hair was dry it felt quite sticky and greasy so I tried to avoid touching my hair.
By lunch time (I washed my hair in the morning) my hair looked extremely lank flat and overly greasy. I purposely kept the product away from my roots but even so the ends/ mid section of my hair looked really greasy and it looked like I had not washed my hair for a number of days. My hair did look smooth but it also felt extremely sticky and greasy. The strong coconut scent was also still apparent and I found this quite sickly after a while.
I also used this product as a serum and used a tiny amount probably the an amount the size of my smallest fingernail. I applied this very lightly to the top layer of my hair and my hair did not look shiny it looked wet and that in had something wet stuck in my hair. When I ran my hands through my hair to sort the problem my hair felt really sticky and greasy. Luckily I washed my hair and applied this product with plenty of time before going out. The effects were so bad and my hair looked so greasy lank and wet (my friend who was also getting ready at my house thought that I had something stuck in my hair) that I had to wash my hair again and restyle it. The only way I can describe my hair when I used this product is an oil slick and that I had let my hair get overly greasy and it needed a good wash!
This is a very disappointing product especially as the other products in the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range are good in general. I would describe my hair as normal however using this on wet hair creates greasy lank hair and as a serum on dry hair, what only can be described as an oil slick.
The product did not live up to the claims on the packaging and there was o sign of a "high shine multidimensional" look. For me this was £5.99 completely wasted however for someone who has extremely dry hair, they may find this product more effective, providing they follow the directions and use this on wet hair. Because the product is so greasy you only need to use a very very small amount of product therefore although the tube is only very small it will last a long time.
Using this as a serum on dry hair for a "high gloss" shine is not advisable in my opinion and even on hair that is quite dry and coarse it is likely to create a greasy oil slick effect. Not one of the better products from the John Frieda range and certainly not for me.
~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~
Naturally my hair is a strange mousey colour with bits of grey in it. It is quite long and naturally wavy, which also makes it quite corse. Over the last 10 years, up until six months ago, I always had blonde highlights and straightened my hair, but after getting bored of the endless trips to the hairdressers to have my roots done, I decided to go brunette instead.
Since then my hair has been coloured a mid-brown by my hairdresser and more recently had a semi-permanent dark brown colour applied (which is about halfway washed out). Now you're probably wondering why i'm telling you all this when you just want to hear about the product, but I think it may have had a bearing on the product as I found it fairly useless, as opposed to the preceding two reviewers.
I applied the product as per the instructions - a small amount to wet hair, combing through and then blowdrying as normal. As mentioned above, I have long hair, but only used two amounts the size of my little finger nail. It seemed to make my hair really sticky and difficult to dry. Once I had managed to dry it, there was absolutely no additional shine at all. The instructions do say that it can be used as a glosser on dry hair and should be applied in the same way as you might apply wax; to the palms of your hands and gliding down the hair. Again I used a very small amount (1 little finger nail sized blob), rubbed between the palms of my hands, and stroked my hands over the top section of my hair. All this did was make my hair really heavy, and the next day look lank and as if it needed washing (although not particularly greasy).
I tend to think that this might be just my hair type. It is not the shiniest hair in the world but there again, if it was I wouldn't be buying the product in the first place. The second thing is that my hair isn't a deep brunette, and maybe it would be more successful on darker hair.
I (like every other brunette in the country probably) was over the moon when John Frieda, creator of the very popular 'Sheer Blonde' range remembered there were some people out there who didn't have blonde hair but still wanted lovely products!
Why it took so long after the invention of Sheer Blonde to bring out Brilliant brunette I don't know but I'll forgive him as I LOVE the range!
I have used the shampoos and conditioners, the hairsprays and lots of other styling products (most I only buy when on offer as they aren't cheap!) but this one I buy whether on offer or not as I can't live without it.
'Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock- High shine perfecting glosser'
"Illuminates multi-dimensional brunette tones......be polished, seal in shine, banish split ends, add extreme gleam for true dazzling results....be brunette"
Promises, promises, will it live up to them?
The gloss is in a little tube, it stands on its flip lid. The tube is 75ml and I've had mine over a year and it's still a 1/3 full.
It looks like a luxury product, the tube is all different shades of brown and the writing is in simple white or dark brown. I'm proud to have this in my big open fronted bathroom cabinet for the world to see!
Using the gloss
There are 2 options on the back, both give different results. You can use it wet or dry, if used on wet hair it seals in shine and makes your split ends disappear OR if you use it on dry hair it works to give your do a glossy finish.
Which ever way you use it, you don't need a lot. It is a clear gloopy liquid, similar in consistency to a good thick serum. When my hair was long I used about 2 pea sized blobs, now it's cut to my chin I use one and that's plenty.
I usually use this on my hair when it's wet as it feels quite greasy and my hairs only fine. If you use it on dry hair don't put it near your roots or they'll instantly look greased up, if you have very dry hair this will probably help but I don't!
On wet hair its perfect for me, it isn't the easiest thing to spread evenly as it is very sticky and even as your hands warm up it doesn't melt. It's worth persevering though as it is the only product I've found that really minimises the look of my split ends, as my hair is nearly black now my split ends really stand out even though I've only got a few so this is a godsend!
Once you've spread it through your hair you hands will be very sticky, they'll definitely need a good wash!
One thing I absolutely love about this product like many other Brilliant brunette stuff, is the gorgeous smell. I can't really describe but it smells posh and sort of sweet, the smell stays in your hair forever too.
So overall I recommend using this on wet or dry hair if your hair is dry or coarse but if your hair is 'normal' or fine use it only on wet hair as it's quite a heavy product and can weigh your hair down.
This product costs £4.69 from Boots, it may sound expensive at first but you use such a small amount it lasts forever!
I am a great lover of the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range and I love using Shine Shock High-Shine Perfecting Glosser.
I began using this over a year ago, as it was part of a Brilliant Brunette gift set I was given as a present, and was so impressed I began using it everytime I wash my hair.
It comes in a tube and is a clear gel. After washing my hair, while it is still wet I squeeze a small amount onto my palms and run it through my hair. I only use two pea-sized amounts as it goes a long way, and if you use more then your hair can feel sticky.
I then dry my hair as normal (you do not rinse it out) and am left with a soft sheen which builds each time you use it and really picks out and illuminates the multi- tones of brunette hair, which regular users of Brilliant Brunette products will know. It also seals in split ends. People have commented on my hair asking if I have just had it coloured, when I haven't and also commented on the shine.
It is suitable for natural, colour-treated or highlighted brunettes.
I have used other gel-type glossers before and usually end up with my hair feeling lank or greasy looking and sometimes sticky, even though ive only used a small amount! But this is different to any other product I have tried and cannot rate it highly enough!
It does say you can use this on dry hair also by rubbing a small amount between your palms and smooth over your hair, but to be honest I have never done this as I'm always perfectly happy with the result after using it on my wet hair before drying.
This costs between £4 - £5 but is sometimes on 3 for 2 offers on John Frieda products in supermarkets and in Boots & Superdrug.
I have also noticed the small 25ml travel sizes on sale on Ebay , these are not available in shops, but are usually found in John Frieda gift sets, so you could buy a small one to try it first.
If you use other Brilliant Brunette products then you'll be sure to love this, and if you haven't, give it a try, I'm sure you won't be disppointed!