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I purchased this recently when my usual L'oreal shampoo & conditioner for coloured hair was out of stock. It was also on offer so I thought it would be a good buy. My hair was in good condition before I used it.On first use the conditioner looked good quality and quite thick and I didnt really notice much. After a few uses, however, I had trouble combing my hair through. It left it very tangled and like I hadnt used a conditioner at all. I persevered and used it for a couple more weeks and ultimately had to buy an expensive conditioning treatment (NOT L'OREAL!) because this product had left my hair with consistency like straw.Dont bother buying this, it doesnt even condition in the slightest.
After numerous trips to the hairdressers to have my mid coloured brunette hair highlighted I suddenly realised my hair was no longer considered "brunette". The colouring technique over the last few months; a mixture of light and dark blonde highlights all through my hair had left me with what would be considered dark blonde. I have not had blonde hair for over 4 years previously and as a result most of my hair products are tailored towards brunette or red hair. So in the search for new hair products I was looking for shampoos and conditioners aimed at colour treated blonde hair. Not wanting to break the bank I decided to look at high street brands and came across L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner.
***L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner***
The conditioner is part of the Nourish and Shimmer Hair care range. Specifically this conditioner is outlined to be "enriched with Royal Jelly and Brighteners that provides specific, targeted care for highlighted hair. Damaged highlights are treated and conditioned and left shiny and illuminated."
The conditioner is designed to prevent highlights fading and keeping them looking their best. L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner claims to leave hair soft and shiny whilst repairing damaged hair.
As with most L'Oreal Paris products the conditioner formula has been "specially designed". This focuses on 2 areas.
1- Offering supreme care. This is using a formula of Royal Jelly which has a concentration of proteins and amino acids. The honey scented formula is designed to target dried out hair in order to transform the highlights from having a dry texture to a soft smooth texture.
2- Long lasting brightness. The conditioner is enriched with brighteners which cover the hair shaft to protect it and enhance the brightness of highlights.
The L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner comes in a 400ml bottle which is available from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's. A bottle of this conditioner is usually priced at £3.89 which is considerably cheaper than "salon branded" conditioners which are nearer £6 per bottle but it is not the cheapest conditioner on the market. However this conditioner is regularly part of money off or multi-buy deals. When I purchased this conditioner at Asda this was on a multi-buy offer and I got this conditioner and matching shampoo for £4 which is excellent value for money.
The conditioner comes in a shimmery golden yellow bottle which actually stands on the lid as its base. Although a block colour bottle you can see through the bottle slightly so you can judge how much of this conditioner you have left. The bottle stands on its flip top lid which I always think is an advantage as the conditioner comes out very easily and you can get the last few drops of product out of the bottle. There is a small hole to dispense the product out of the bottle and when you squeeze the bottle the conditioner comes out of the bottle very easily; a little too easily in my opinion therefore you only need to squeeze lightly to prevent wastage. When dispensed out of the bottle the conditioner has a creamy gold colour which has a definite shimmer to it. The consistency of the conditioner is reasonably thick but not as thick as I was expecting considering this is a "royal jelly" type product which are usually very thick and jelly like. The scent of the conditioner is gorgeous. It has a very sweet creamy honey type scent very much like Royal Jelly but with a sweet hint of lemon mixed in.
As you rub through your hair the scent is even more apparent and despite being thick in consistency the conditioner rubs into the ends of hair very easily. My hair is thick and long (mid way down my back) and I use about a 50p piece sized blob of conditioner. When rubbed into my hair my wet hair did feel very slimy a soft and quite greasy feel to it. When rinsing out of my hair I did feel that I probably had to rinse my hair for a minute or so longer to get rid of all traces of conditioner from my hair. Once rinsed my hair still felt soft, but no longer had a slimy greasy feel to it although it did feel very smooth when wet.
I have used the L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner alongside the same shampoo from the range and with other shampoos and I feel the results are still as good although the shampoo does help to emphasise the sweet honey type scent on your hair.
As I was drying my hair with my hair dryer although my hair felt a lot wetter it did not take any longer to dry my hair, which often occurs after using products which give hair "extra moisture". As I was drying my hair the sweet honey and lemon scent is definitely apparent and is probably stronger than the scent of most conditioners.
Once my hair was dry I could notice my hair immediately felt a lot smoother, particularly at the ends of my hair. Although I love my highlights my greatest criticism of my hair since I've gone from brunette to highlighted blonde is that my hair has a rough feel and has lost its softness. My hair felt considerably softer and silkier and the appearance of my hair was also a lot smoother so my damaged ends were a lot let apparent.
I was very impressed that the conditioner of my hair looked improved and looked a lot less dry and damaged. Instead my hair looked very smooth and had a very apparent shine to it; something it lacks since it has been highlighted.
In terms of colour I definitely think that my highlights looked a lot brighter and feel this wasn't because they looked lighter but more because of the shine. Because my hair had a shine to it the light reflected on my highlights and the different colours within my hair became more apparent. With continued use for a week I felt there was a massive difference to the condition of my hair and it felt a lot more healthy and a lot less dry but also my highlights appeared brighter and a number of friends commented and asked if I had visited the hairdressers and had it coloured.
What I particularly like about this conditioner (aside from its low price) is that although it moisturises hair and adds moisture it does not make my hair overly greasy. I usually find that the compromise of a conditioner that gives hair this amount of shine and smoothness is that they often make my hair greasy quicker and I need to wash my hair daily. This defeats the purpose of giving shine to damaged hair as my hairdresser recommends me to wash my hair every other day in order to prevent drying my highlighted hair out but with the L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner it allows me to wash my hair every other day.
I have only one minor criticism of this conditioner and it is only minor. It makes my hair very soft and if I wash my hair before styling my hair I feel styles drop out of my hair because my hair is so soft. This is the case when I try and curl my hair with my GHD's, I find the curls turn to waves a lot easier and I need to use a lot more styling product in order to hold these styles in my hair.
I was very impressed with the results of the L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner and for someone that very rarely purchases the same conditioner twice I can confirm I have purchased another bottle of this conditioner.
The appearance of my blonde highlighted hair was massively improved after only a weeks' worth of daily use of this conditioner. My blonde highlights appeared more visible and there was greater definition of colour between the lighter and darker highlights. I feel the appearance of the highlights looking brighter was due to the added shine and shimmer that my hair was given and there was a very smooth look to my hair as previously it had looked quite dry and rough because of the harsh colour treatment.
The feel of my hair was also improved. My hair felt very soft and silky and had a lovely smooth appearance to it. My only criticism of the conditioner was that because my hair felt a lot softer when I created curls and waves these styles dropped out a little easier but this was a worthwhile compromise as there was such a noticeable difference to the condition and feel of my hair.
And what is also very impressive is your get such good results from a conditioner that costs under £4 a bottle!
==L'Oreal Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner==
Who can resist a buy one get one free offer? Especially when it is for a product that you know is a good one. Well this L'Oreal Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner was on that very offer not so long ago in Boots and I do believe it is back on now! More often than not I don't need to buy as much conditioner as I do shampoo and I still have some of this very condition left from my last purchase although the shampoo ran out a little while ago. I think I may well be taking a trip to Boots to get two of the shampoos.
However this conditioner does work really well and aids the brightness of highlighted hair so for the price is well worth buying. The 400 ml bottle of conditioner is priced at a very reasonable £3.79 pence which is the same price as the matching shampoo. Bought together for less than £2 a bottle it makes it a true bargain and one to stock up on especially as it does work very well.
L'Oreal claim that this conditioner has a unique formula (don't they all) that help maintain the brightness of highlighted hair as well as making it brighter and more vibrant. The product contains Royal Jelly which is known for is protein and care properties and this helps the product give that extra bit of care and attention to the more damaged of highlighted or dried out hair.
The conditioner bottle is a far better design to that of the shampoo as this bottle stands on its lid and this means that it is easy to get the product out all the time and when it comes to using up the final few dregs I was easily able to squeeze out all of the product.
So on using the product I found it to be very thick, creamy and with a very appealing aroma. The same honey and hint of lemon fragrance seemed to be evident in this product as it did with the shampoo from the same line. The colour of the conditioner is a dark gold and when comparing it to the slightly more runny shampoo this conditioner also seemed to have less of a shimmer factor. The thick product was easy to get from the bottle and really as with most conditioners it is not a good idea to use too much otherwise the hair will become a little greasy. A 10 pence piece size is all I use and I will more often than not just use the product on the ends of my hair because as I said before I don't have overly dry or damaged hair.
The conditioner felt smooth and soft when applying it to me wet hair and as I worked it through the ends I found the aroma was warming and appealing as was the feel of my hair on application. As with all products like this the results can only be really appreciated once the hair has been towel dried and you are beginning to comb through your damp hair. I found that combing was no trouble at all after using this L'Oreal conditioner and my hair was tangle free and super soft. The fragrance that was there on washing I found almost completely gone once my hair had been dried but this is no bad thing.
After I had dried my hair it kept that same soft and nourished feeling and I must say that I am very pleased at how the shampoo and the conditioner from this range work so well together. I do think that the extra shimmer and lightening of the highlights is mainly done by the shampoo because like I said I don't use the conditioner all over my hair but just on the roots. I don't think that used with another shampoo without lighting abilities this conditioner would actually have any affect on the brightness or vibrancy of the hair but it does indeed leave the hair feeling soft, tangle free and really well looked after.
I think for the fact that a large bottle can be picked up so cheaply and it does indeed do exactly what it says on the bottle that I can only award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and give it the thumbs up with a high recommendation. I will most certainly be buying this product again!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I have used L'Oreal shampoo and conditioners for many years (L'Oreal Elvive colour protect) as I had bright red hair. When I ditched the red hair and changed to highlights, I did the same with the conditioner. Decided to buy L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner and thought nothing much of it. That is until I have tried it. It smells lovely and it is quite creamy, so very easy to apply. Unfortunately that is it as far as it goes on the good side as I could not comb my hair through at all. I do have long and quite thick hair but having used L'Oreal Elvive colour protect for so long, I could not understand the vast difference between the two in the quality. I do buy the conditioner for conditioning my hair, but unless I can comb it through, it is not good for me. I am now on L'Oreal Elvive full restore and is great.
I have had my hair highlighted for some years now in the belief that it helps to conceal the fact that my hair is becoming, ever increasing grey.
Constant colouring and blow drying / straightening means that the hair is being regularly stripped of its natural oils and without a conditioner would look and feel very dry.
Blow drying the hair with the airflow following the growth of the hair from root to tip helps flatten the scales of the hairs and give a smoother look but extra help in the form of a good conditioner is essential for me. I am always scanning the supermarket shelves for something a little different and when I saw Elvive Nourish and Shimmer with "Royal Jelly and Brighteners" I popped it into my trolley to give it a try.
I have to admit to being somewhat cynical when it comes to many beauty products but will give most things a go if my interest is aroused and if Royal Jelly is good enough for a queen bee then I reckon its good enough for me. The golden colour of the bottle is a not so subtle reference to blonde highlights and Royal Jelly but looks expensive and impressive enough to make me think the 400ml size worth the £3.63 price tag.
The bottle stands up on its flip top in common with many hair products but I found that this is perhaps not the best design for this particular one because when I opened it the contents poured out onto my hands without my having to squeeze the bottle. Closing the flip top quickly I ended up losing most of the product through my fingers and all over the flip top. Not a good start. The contents were far more fluid than I expected and I found this awkward to deal with. When the bottle has been standing the conditioner does tend to seep into the flip top making opening it a messy operation.
However, on applying the conditioner I found that it quickly spread through my hair and had a very pleasant fragrance. It seems to coat the hair well and it was soon tangle free. I find that conditioner on the scalp makes my hair feel greasy too soon after washing and the downside of a very liquid product is that it is slightly more difficult to apply it selectively to the hair ends.
After drying I found that my hair felt smooth, looked healthy and the fragrance was discreetly pleasant. I can't honestly say that my hair had a shimmer as promised by the blurb on the back of the bottle but I did try leaving some to dry on the back of my hand and there did indeed seem to be some very fine particles shining faintly. I can only assume that the blow drying process gets rid of these particles and rules out that particular benefit or renders it too subtle to notice. Perhaps I just didn't use enough, but I think too much makes the hair look and feel lank.
Shame, it would be quite nice to have shimmering hair.
All in all, a nice product.
Would I buy it again? Probably, unless of course something else caught my eye.....
I have recently reviewed L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Shampoo and this is the conditioner from the same range.
I bought the conditioner from Tesco and it cost me £2.59 for 250mls of the conditioner, this was the normal price, no special offers/promotions were involved. This conditioner is available to buy in most supermarkets and chemists.
Like the shampoo the conditioner comes in a gold coloured plastic bottle, the front label of the bottle has the product name and the back label has instructions on how to use the conditioner. The conditioner bottle like the shampoo bottle can be recycled after use.
The format of the conditioner bottle differs from the shampoo bottle in the fact that the lid is at the bottom of the bottle so that the product sits on and above the lid. This is a good way of dispensing the product and works really well, when the bottle is nearly empty you can squeeze the bottle to ensure you get the last drop out.
The conditioner is a very creamy white colour with a very light hint of orange. It smells quite like the shampoo, of honey and almond. The conditioner offers the following results:
The brightness from your highlights can fade. To keep them looking their best, you need a specific, targeted care, for touchably soft hair and bright, illuminated shine. Containing Royal Jelly and Brighteners, L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Conditioner is the 1st L'Oreal Paris haircare service specifically designed for highlighted hair thanks to the double action of the highlight targeting system.
The L'Oreal Laboratories have developed a new formula enriched with conditioning ingredients and Royal Jelly, a rare and precious natural ingredient with an exceptional concentration of proteins, amino acids and other elements. The honey scented formula instantly delivers targeted care to damaged or dried out areas. It nourishes highlights to transform their surface for a rich and smooth feel.
Intense and long-lasting brighness:
Enriched with brighteners, the formula envelops the hair fibre, to protect it against external aggressions, and to enhance the brightness of your highlights.
Instantly detangled, your hair is more supple and easy to comb
Targeted care for shimmering highlights.
I wash my hair with my usual shampoo brand and then I apply a blob of the conditioner about the size of a ten pence piece, to the ends of my hair. I then work it through my hair and leave it on for a couple of minutes. The conditioner is very easy to work with, it is quite thick and has a nice texture, it is very soft to touch and it smells good. It is not at all slippery and stays put on my hair until I rinse it off. To be honest it takes quite a bit of rinsing to get all the conditioner out of my hair - this surprises me as the shampoo rinsed away really easily.
After drying my hair and styling my hair with straighteners I assess the outcome. My hair feels good, it is soft and smooth and completely frizz free and not greasy or dry. It is shiny and healthy looking and the coloured parts of my hair - highlights - look bright and a even a little shimmering!!
All in all a good result. This conditioner proved to be good value for the price I paid, it's not fantastic but really in my opinion for the price it is worth buying and effective to a point!
This is the matching Conditioner to the Shampoo that I have just reviewed. As I have stated before I have Highlighted Hair but never actually bothered about using a Colour protect product. I was sure they wouldn't make all that difference, but after trying a few samples of another loreal Shampoo and being impressed by the results then I wanted to try this one.
This comes in a 200ml bottle and it wasn't on offer when I bought it, which makes a change as I usually always stock up on things when they are on a good price.
This is in a light orange coloured bottle and the bottle stands on it's end. It looks alright, but I always find with the loreal products there seems to be a lot going on on the label. There seems to be so many things that catch your eye, so it's not all that simple. Most Conditioners seem to stand on their end which is ok as you will get all the drips out of it, just wonder why Shampoos don't do that. The flip top lid is easy enough to open and not stiff like a lot of the other ones that i've used.
When you squirt some of this out it is a thick enough conditioner but not as thick as Herbal Essences. To look at this it looks Creamy, but there is a kind of pearl shine to it.
So I applied a blob of this all down my long thick Hair, left for 5 minutes and then rinsed off. Even when I was rubbing my hands through my Hair to get this out it felt soft and smooth.
After my hair was all dry it felt soft, shiny and seemed nice and strong. When i pulled on the hair it gave a good strong tug and felt nice and glossy to touch as well.
My Hair has been getting washed with non colour protect products since it has been coloured so I cannot comment on if this does help with Colour, but i've just recently got my Highlights put back in again so I will see if this works how it is meant to work. I would assume that it did otherwise they surely couldn't claim it did when it doesn't.
A nice Shampoo that makes your Hair look nice and Shiny, and I will be buying this again.
I have just reviewed this shampoo so I thought I'd best do one for the conditioner as well. As a recent convert to highlighted hair (naturally brunette) this was the first blonding product I have used so far and to tell the truth it will probably be the last as I find it 'does what it says on the tin' (or bottle).It comes in a golden colour bottle with a picture of honeycomb on the front. It has a flip lid so is easy to open and close in the shower - no lids to drop etc. The conditioner itself smells as lovely as the shampoo - like warm honey, rather a comforting smell I found. It is white in colour with kind of golden sparkly bits in it which I guess is the bit that makes your hair shimmer, texture wise it is not too runny or gloopy.
I applied it after shampoo as is recommended and left it for a few minutes then rinsed thoroughly, as I was rinsing my hair felt very sleek and when I ran my fingers through it there were no tangles or knots. The product rinses out easily. After blow drying my hair felt beautifully soft and sleek and very much lighter - My colleagues and friends have actually asked if I have had my hair lightened again the day after using these products together.
I believe this sells at around £3.50 which is very reasonable and on a couple of occasions I have found it on offer in Tesco and Boots as a but one get one free.
A few months ago I reviewed L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Shampoo, which is the best product that I have found to date for maintaining my highlighted hair. When I bought my first bottle of shampoo, I decided not to buy the conditioner as well. I have very dry, naturally curly hair which needs an industrial strength conditioner to tame the frizz. I was not convinced that Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner would be up to the job. However, when I was replacing the shampoo and found that it came with a free bottle of conditioner, I had no excuse not to try it.
Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights conditioner contains Royal Jelly and "Brighteners" which L'Oreal claim helps prevent highlighted hair from fading. The conditioner is also said to "deliver targeted care to damaged or dried out areas". Both shampoo and conditioner come in gold coloured plastic bottles. Boots are currently selling the conditioner at £2.55 for 250ml or £3.59 for 400ml. However, look out for regular promotions that all the large stores seem to run on L'Oreal hair care products.
The conditioner is white, but if you look closely at it you can see extremely fine golden sparkles. I assume that these are the "brighteners". The conditioner is quite creamy, but it is easy to spread through wet hair, and to rinse out afterwards. There is an undeniable honey fragrance to this product, which I find much more obvious than in the shampoo. However, I would not describe the fragrance as particularly strong, and I haven't noticed it once my hair has been rinsed and dried.
"For extra care and brightness" L'Oreal suggest that you use both the Elvive Nourish and Shimmer shampoo and conditioner together. The cynic in me would suggest that this is a great marketing ploy. I have now used the shampoo on its own, and the shampoo and conditioner combined. I really cannot say that using the complete Elvive Nourish and Shimmer range has resulted in any noticeable extra care or brightness for my hair. Personally I do not feel that there is a need to used both the shampoo and conditioner together, unless you particularly like both products.
My initial concern about this product was that it would not provide sufficient moisture to my extra dry hair. I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised, that this conditioner does leave my hair feeling soft and in pretty good condition. That's a pretty good result for a conditioner of this price.
I have already been won over by the Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Shampoo, which I think is a fantastic product for helping maintain the colour of highlighted hair. However, I won't be buying the conditioner again. I am not convinced that using both the shampoo and conditioner together has provided any additional benefits to the colour and condition of my hair. Whilst the conditioner is quite good for dry hair, it does not come close to the results that I get from my usual Aussie conditioner.
Everyone wants hair that looks nourished and shimmering, unless of course you favour that oily greasy look! I don't, but trying to find a shampoo that delivers on volume, gloss, lustre, colour care and nourishment is tricky business. Loreal is a tried and tested brand of course and I have found a lot of their shampoos to be very good. Along the way, I have stumbled on some less impressive offerings. Step forward Nourish And Shimmer.
Designed for coloured or highlighted hair, this conditioner is to be used alongside the shampoo in the same range. The shampoo follows much the same suit in what it aims to deliver. After a shampoo, with the same make, I got rid of excess water then squeezed a dollop of this into my hand. It comes out golden, which is confusing, because you might thnik that it is going to turn the hair brassy.
It lathers up quite well and feels slightly lightweight when it moves through the hair. I liked the soft feeling, but at the his stage, the hair was also beginning to feel a trifle limp. Undeterred, I rinsed with warm water then towel dried off. At the damp stage, it felt clean, but I could already tell that the hair seemed lifeless. My blowdry confirmed my fears. The hair was left feeling pretty flat and all the oomph had gone from it.
In terms of colour protection and nourishment, the royal jelly goes some way to assisting in hair repair, but the conditioner just zapped the hair of bounce. As a result, this is not one I will be rushing to try again. John Frieda and Aussie performed better for me in the colour stakes and there are other Loreal shampoos that look after highlights and nourish without stripping the hair of volume. A bottle of this will cost about three pounds from all leading supermarkets.
***NOURISH AND SHIMMER RANGE***
The Nourish and Shimmer range is made by L'Oreal Elvive. The range contains Shampoo, Conditioner, Serum and a Masque. The range is specifically designed for high-lighted hair and is enriched with Royal Jelly and Brighteners. The range can be found in local supermarkets, Superdrug and Boots store. Prices may vary in different stores but occasionally the L'Oreal range is on offer in Boots stores on 3 for 2. This range can normally be found altogether in the hair-care aisle and can be easily spotted by the colour of the packaging which I notice L'Oreal do well as they have different coloured packaging for their different ranges so they can be found easily.
***WHAT IS ROYAL JELLY?***
Royal Jelly is not a vitamin or a drug, but is a unique and precious food substance from a beehive. It's not honey or pollen, but is the food of the queen bee. Royal Jelly's ability to regenerate living cells helps to keep your hair healthy and strong. Royal Jelly also is also used in other products and when used, has a wide range of health benefits.
I have blonde high-lighted hair and sometimes my hair can look dull. I am forever trying new products to help keep my high-lights looking bright and healthy.
The conditioner is for using after shampooing your hair and works with the Nourish & Shimmer Shampoo which is from the same range. The conditioner comes in a yellow metallic bottle which is available to buy in 250ml or 400ml. The conditioner contains royal jelly and brighteners for intense and long lasting brightness.
This is available to buy from boots, Superdrug and other good supermarkets and local pharmacies. For a 250ml bottle it will cost you approx £2.55 and the larger sized bottle which is 400ml will cost you approx £3.59, but it does last a long time. Some-times L'Oreal products are on offer on 3 for 2, so it's worth shopping around before buying.
***USING THE PRODUCT***
After using the Nourish & Shimmer Shampoo I applied the conditioner to my hair and lade sure it was applied to every length of my hair and I made sure all the hair was covered. The conditioner is a pearlescent white colour and has a sweet smell to it. I noticed on the back of the bottle it says that the product has a honey smell. The smell is quite nice and pleasant. After applying the conditioner I rinsed it out and then styled my hair as normal with the hair-dryer.
My hair felt soft and looked much brighter and shinier. My hair also looked healthy and it looked like I had just walked out of a salon. I did find a few flaws with this product though. I tend to wash my hair every 2 days before it gets greasy but I noticed the day after using this product my hair had already started to feel slightly greasy. I thought maybe I didn't rinse the conditioner out properly or perhaps I used too little or too less of it, but the same thing happened again when using this conditioner on my hair.
When I was sitting at the computer the other day and my sister was stood over me, she said to me I had loads of glitter in my hair and I thought 'That's a bit odd', anyway the following day I washed my hair using the products again and sure enough once my hair was dry and I rubbed my hand amongst my hair I had what looked like very fine speckles of glitter on my hand which I can only assume is from the conditioner.
I definitely know that it's the conditioner with the shimmery glitter bits in it as I put the shampoo to the test this week and I used a different conditioner. Sure enough my hair didn't look sparkly if someone stood over me and my hair didn't feel so greasy after the 2 day's like it was when I used the conditioner. This product definitely brightens your high-light's and it does nourish your hair, how-ever I wasn't impressed that my hair felt greasy the following day after using the product and I wasn't too sure about the glittery particles in my hair either. I don't think they were very noticeable unless someone stood over your or you ran you fingers through your hair.
I also read another review which said that they actually started getting spots around the hair-line and their temples and I have to admit that I also got this as well and I very rarely suffer from spots anywhere, let alone round my hair line. Once I have finished using this shampoo and conditioner I don't think I'll be buying it again!
(review also on ciao)
I have already reviewed the shampoo, so won't go into how I chose this product to start with however needless to say that I do think it is important that the shampoo & conditioner is used together.
When applying the product it says to apply to all of your hair including ends and rinse. I ensure that my hair has been wrung out and most of the water has been taken from it I then apply the conditioner and try to leave it for a minute or so before rinsing out.
The product itself is think and is spread easily through your hair allowing it to detangle and more easily get a comb through it (as some ladies like to when applying a conditioner). My hair feels nicer and less dry when applying the product and it does feel thicker.
When rinsing out the product it all comes out very easily and my hair does not feel too fly away or thin.
I suffer with a bit of frizziness in my hair which I try to keep under control and this product is quite good for it. When I come through ready to dry it there are not a lot of knots and it feels in nice condition like after you have been to your hairdresser.
When drying it my hair has not been too frizzy and the ends seem in quite good condition and my hair looks healthy.
This product is for highlighted hair and supposed to help with the colour. I haven't noticed that as I don't think my colour has lasted any longer than usual or that it seems brighter. But I do find that it helps with the dryness and doesn't make my hair greasy like some nourishing products can at the roots.
I bought this shampoo recently as I am still trying to find THE conditioner for my hair. Shampoos and conditioners always seem to make my hair greasy or dull, occasionally I will find one that makes my hair look lovely, but I'll hate the smell or it makes me have dandruff. Maybe it's just me, but buying shampoo and conditioner is so difficult! Anyway, this was on offer for 2 for £3 in Boots so I figured I'd give it a try as the bottles were the really big 400ml ones, and I could get the shampoo and conditioner for £3. Bargain (if it works!).
The conditioner is always the one that I'm interested in, because as long as the shampoo cleans my hair, it's the conditioner that's going to give me the shine, smoothness, etc. After the first time I used this conditioner, my hair did feel noticeably softer, it was more tangle free than usual after washing and I had a slight shine to my hair. The smell of the conditioner is really nice but it's difficult to place your finger on what the smell actually is, possibly honey. The consistency is quite gloopy and looks very creamy.
I found that you don't actually need too much of this conditioner either, so it lasts a lot longer than the shampoo does. I found on a few occasions that I used a little too much of the conditioner and my hair was slightly greasy after I used it, so be careful of this. About the size of a fifty pence piece is all that's needed for medium to long length hair.
The target care formula with added royal jelly, proteins, amino acids and brighteners is what's supposed to give your highlights that extra shine, but to be honest I didn't think they picked up my highlights that much. Yes, my hair seemed shinier, but not necessarily my highlights.
The one problem for me with this shampoo and conditioner set was one I didn't even realise until about 5 weeks after I had first started using. I started getting quite aggressive spots down my temples, at the back of my hair line and on my chest where my hair was rubbing. Looking back, this was obviously down to this range but it wasn't until I told my sister about it, and straight away she said 'it's your hair care range'. Oh yeah! I don't know what I thought it was, but I never even considered that! I stopped using this range about three weeks and I haven't had one single spot since. I may be allergic to one of the ingredients in the range, but because of this, I couldn't actually recommend this range to anyone in case the same thing happened (although it's probably just my freaky hair!).
A fair product had it not been for the nasty reaction.
I use numerous different shampoos and conditioners. I basically buy whatever is on offer whether it is buy one get one free or a two for one deal as I have to use them every day in order to keep my hair clean and healthy. I spotted this conditioner whilst in Boots
L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner contains a new targeted care formula for highlighted hair with royal jelly and brighteners for intense long lasting brightness.
*About the Product (according to L'Oreal)*
The brightness from your highlights can fade. To keep them looking their best, you need a specific targeted care, for touchably soft hair and bright, illuminated shine. Containing Royal Jelly and Brighteners, L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner is the first L'Oreal Paris hair care service specifically designed for highlighted hair thanks to the double action highlight targeting system.
The L'Oreal Laboratories have developed a new formula enriched with conditioning ingredients and Royal Jelly, a rare and precious natural ingredient with an exceptional concentration of proteins, amino acids and other elements. The honey scented formula instantly delivers targeted care to damaged or dried out areas. It nourishes highlights to transform their surface for a rich and smooth feel.
Intense and long-lasting brightness: Enriched with brighteners, the formula envelops the hair fibre, to protect against external aggressions, and to enhance the brightness of your highlights.
The results: Instantly detangled, your hair is more supple and easy to comb and targeted care for shimmering highlights.
Work the conditioner through the length of your hair, right down to the tips. I tend to leave this in my hair for at least two or three minutes before rinsing it thoroughly as I want to ensure that the magic ingredients are doing their job. Personally, I only use conditioner on the ends of my hair as it tends to make my hair greasy if used towards my scalp but this will differ depending on your hair type. I also find that I can never get any volume when blow-drying my hair if I have used too much conditioner so be careful when dispensing it. Only a very small amount is required.
If the conditioner makes contact with your eyes, make sure that you rinse them with cold water immediately.
*Price and Availability*
L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner retails at £3.35 for a 400ml bottle or £2.25 for 250ml but shampoo and conditioner are items that are regularly part of offers so I would recommend waiting until you can buy it as part of a deal rather than pay the full price but perhaps this is me being a bit tight with my money.
You can buy this conditioner from a number of different shops including Boots, Superdrug and Savers as well as most major supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda. You can also buy it online at www.boots.com if you would like to purchase it from the internet.
The packaging: L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner comes in a energetic yellow coloured 250ml plastic bottle. The bottle is quite tall and unlike the shampoo, narrows as it goes up rather than at the base. And unlike the shampoo, the lid of the conditioner is at the bottom of this bottle, the base. The lid flips open and you can gently squeeze it in order to dispense the conditioner. I like the golden colour of this bottle and its cool design. I think that it is an eye-catching design on the shop shelf.
Colour, texture and smell: This conditioner is white in colour although there is a slight hint of yellow. The conditioner feels luxurious to the touch, very creamy texture. When I apply this conditioner to my roots it doesn't lather like shampoos so don't expect it to. It simply absorbs into your hair until rinsed away.
The smell of this shampoo is fresh, sweet and smells predominantly of honey. It isn't an overwhelming smell, but it does linger on your hair for a good few hours. I'm happy about this as I really like the scent.
Does this conditioner give you intense long lasting brightness? It most certainly does as the highlights that previously looked a bit dull and in need of some love now shine like they did that day I walked out of the hairdressers.
Does this conditioner nourish highlights to transform their surface for a rich and smooth feel? Yes it definitely does. And what's more is that I prefer to use only a little bit of conditioner on my hair as I find that if I was too much it feels overloaded and I can't see that more than what I use would actually have a better effect.
Is your hair instantly detangled and more supple and easy to comb? 100% yes! When I have rinsed the conditioner from my hair, it is completely and utterly detangled and easy to put a brush through and this is great as I can suffer from knots and tangles and I don't have a particularly high pain thresh-hold so it's quite important to me.
Longevity of the product: A 250ml bottle of L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner tends to last me approximately 2 months when used every day. For most people, a bottle will last a fair bit longer as they won't need to wash their hair every day like I have to. I always tend to need to buy two bottles of shampoo to every bottle of conditioner that I buy (therefore 3 for 2's are great for me).
*Would I Recommend This Conditioner?*
After having highlights done a few months ago, I wanted to ensure that they looked as good as when I had them done. Using this conditioner helped me massively in doing so and for this reason I would definitely recommend this conditioner especially when used with L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Shampoo. That is until you dye your hair a different colour like I have just done anyway, in which case, I will have to find a new shampoo and conditioner to use which is good for coloured hair (suggestions welcome in comments box).
L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner is a superb product that will keep your highlights looking great. After applying this conditioner, my hair is super soft to touch and tangle free! Buy this whilst it is on offer and you won't regret it. And your highlights will thank you by gleaming again.
I have highlighted hair which is also coloured, and in recent years I have tried many conditioners. For a while I was fairly loyal to Herbal Essences. Then they revamped the brand and the packaging leaving me devoid of any reasonable explanation for this, as what was sold before was outstanding and the replacement- second rate.
So it was with delight that having used L'Oreal Elvive Nourish & Shimmer Highlights Shampoo, I was so impressed that I bought the matching conditioner to complete my collection.
This conditioner is sold is a stylish golden packaging which looks attractive in any bathroom. Inside there is a rich golden creamy liquid which contains Royal Jelly and optical brighteners to enhance the appearance of highlights. The idea behind the shampoo is that after several weeks highlighted hair can appear dull, and the strands which are highlighted can fade, so that the hair no longer looks radiant and shiny. By coating the strands with this rich liquid L'Oreal promises that the hair will regain any shine and lustre, and that the highlights will be brighter. It also promises a soft feel to the hair, which is really important to me as my hair is very thick and shoulder length, and is prone to dryness due to all the chemical treatments I subject it to.
In this particular collection there is a shampoo, a serum and a masque for special treatments, and none of these carry a heavy price tag, and are often on offer in Superdrug and supermarkets nationally. The RRP is £3.40 for a giant 400ml bottle, and you can also purchase a smaller size, 250mls for £ 2.40.
It is part of a wider range of shampoos and conditioners made by L'Oreal in the Elvive group, which are all extremely good in their own way, each one designed for a particular hair-type or problem. Some of the ranges overlap in many ways, and I have tried several which suit my hair in one way or another, and they are certainly worth looking out for.
So does this product live up to expectations? Absolutely yes it does. I have used this conditioner myself now for many months, and despite ringing the changes once or twice to some of my other favourites, this one wins my vote for the best conditioner I have ever tried for my kind of hair.
The conditioner is easy to apply and feels luxuriously creamy and it has a lovely scent. It is, moreover, easily rinsed away and the comb glides through the hair afterwards with no tangles to tease out at all. After drying my hair and then subjecting it to my GHDs on a daily basis, the hair sits smooth and in control, with minimum time needed with my straightening irons to achieve the sleek look that I want each day. Of all the conditioners I have ever tried this really does cut this time drastically, as the hair is already remarkably smooth even before straightening. It is soft and shiny too- so every aspect of the product is superb.
I really can't find anything negative to say about this conditioner. I don't think it would be suitable if you have very greasy hair as it is just so rich, but if you have normal or dry hair and highlights then this is certainly one to look out for.
The brightness of your highlights can fade / To keep them looking their best, you need a specific, targeted care, for touchably soft hair and bright, illuminated shine / LOreal Paris has created its first nourishing conditioner enriched with Royal Jelly and Brighteners that provides specific, targeted care for highlighted hair / Damaged highlights are treated and conditioned and left shiny and illuminated.