“ Brand: L'Oréal / Type: Hair Mask / Subcategory: Gloss / Hair Treatment / What it does: Nourishes, „
I am not a brand loyal type of person and will generally use whatever hair products are on offer on my hair, but every three or four weeks I like to pamper my hair by giving it a deep conditioning treatment.
I am currently working my way through a tub of L'Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Intensive Shine Masque. I have had the 300ml tub for about eight months and I would estimate that I have had ten conditioning treatments out of it, there is just enough left for another treatment and then I will have to find another treat for my hair.
I brought my tub from Superdrug, they currently cost £5.19. The price seems quite high, but when you consider that I have had eleven conditioning treatments from this one tub it breaks down to 47p for each.
The Intensive Shine Masque is supplied in a very girly pink tub, covered in all the essential details, directions for use and marketing information. The one problem I have with the tub is that the lid is difficult to screw back on when my hands are wet and slippy from applying the conditioner, but I do like that the opening on the tub is large enough for my hand to easily fit in and scoop some product out.
The I.S Masque is simple enough to use, first of all shampoo your hair in the usual way, then squeeze out excess moisture, Take a scoop (about 30ml) of product and work it through your hair, concentrating on the length of your hair and the ends, then leave the Masque to get to work on your hair for up to two minutes, I have occasionally applied the Masque to my hair and then wrapped my hair in a towel and left it for five minutes to give it a bit of extra time to get to work.
The I.S Masque is easy to rinse from my hair, it does not cling or feel sticky at all. It usually takes a couple of minutes to rinse from my hair, my hair is mid length and quite thick.
After rinsing my hair feels very sleek and soft, the perfume of the I.S Masque is quite strong and floral, but luckily this fades after a couple of hours. When I leave my hair to dry naturally it feels soft and is not weighed down by product residue, when I blow dry my hair it is again very soft and light and has a high shine and is virtually frizz free.
The results of the I.S Masque last seven to ten washes, after this my hair is getting ready for a treatment.
When compared to other intensive conditioning treatments this I.S Masque from L'Oreal fares quite well, although the cost of one tub seems quite high the fact that I can get eleven conditioning treatments from it makes it good value compared to buying single conditioning sachets (99p) the results of the I.S Masque are very good and my hair definitely feels softer and looks shinier.
I do recommend this product form L'Oreal as it works well on my hair, (I would class my hair as normal) but everyone's hair reacts differently to products.
Thank you for reading.
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L'Oreal is a very popular french brand which has been running for many years and has been growing in popularity ever since its launch. It specialises in make up and hair care products and the Elvive Nutre-gloss range is one of my particular favourites. For the quality of these products, the price is more than reasonable but as with any hair care product, I highly recommend regular use of this shampoo and conditioner combination, as it works wonders for your hair from the very start, which is maintained only by regular use. The pasckaging is bright and girly, and the scent is nice, but not too overpowering. This mask is not, however, for regular use and it is intended to be used alongside the shampoo in this range as more of an intense treatment perhaps twice or once a week. It leaves hair healthy, deeply moisturized and incredibly shiny and feels like a reall luxury product.
I'm having a break from dying my hair over the next few months. My midwife assures me that using my normal semi permanent hair dye is fine however my sister-in-law who is my wonderful hairdresser has simply refused to dye my hair. Not because it is a risk to me but because it is a risk to her mental wellbeing as she couldn't take the stress of my hair colour turning out a strange colour, which sometimes occurs with pregnant women's hair. I'm really fussy when it comes to my hair and therefore have been searching frantically for a product which I can use on my hair to revive it as I am really missing the glossy multi tone brown hair effect that I get with newly dyed hair.
My sister-in-law suggested that I try L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Intense Masque. As it's a deep conditioning treatment specifically aimed at medium to long hair, it all started good.
The Intensive Shine Masque comes in a bright pink pot. The pot is plastic a 200ml in size. The pot has a screw off lid. I particularly like the design of the packaging as with wet hands it is very easy to open and rather than have to squeeze out an amount of product you just scoop out the quantity of product needed.
You do have to be careful when the pot is open if you are a bit clumsy, as if you knock the pot over with no lid on the product inside could tip out.
The L'Oreal branding is on the front of the tub. On the back are a list of ingredients and directions to use the product.
I recently paid £4.20 in Boots for a 200ml tub of the L'Oreal Intensive Shine Masque. I later have seen this in Superdrug and also in Asda for £3.20. Moral of the story is shop around as there are often special offers on the L'Oreal products.
I think that this is a very good value for money deep conditioning product even at the higher price of £4.20 that I paid. I have very long thick hair and I use a reasonable amount of product. The amount of product needed is not a vast quantity therefore from a 200ml tub I will get 10 uses per tub. For someone with shorter hair they will get more uses. In comparison to other deep conditioning treatments this is a lot more reasonable.
The L'Oreal Intensive Shine Masque should be used after the hair has been washed and rinsed and applied to damp hair. About a 50p size piece of product should be applied to the roots then brushed through they hair with a wide tooth comb. My advice would be not to brush this right to the roots of the hair as on the first occasion I done this and ended up with really greasy roots. About an inch away from the roots is fine. Then leave in the Shine Masque for about 5 minutes and then rinse fully.
The product is a light white colour with a pink hint to it. The conditioner is very thick but not as thick as some of the deep conditioning treatments that I have used. This makes applying the product very easy and a little spreads a long way. The conditioner does feel quite greasy so when applied to the hair, your hair becomes very soft.
You do need to rinse the hair very thoroughly because if you do not get all of the product out of the hair, you will find that your hair is quite greasy and lank. With the conditioner being quite greasy this also makes rinsing quite difficult. Once all of the product is out of your hair, you will notice an immediate difference to the feel and texture of the hair. Wet hair is tangle free and feels very soft. As my hair is dark I noticed almost a shimmer to my wet hair, those with lighter hair may not be able to notice this.
The scent of the Intensive Masque is quite strong. This is a fruity yet floral scent which I find very pleasant. When applied to the hair it is very strong which some may find overpowering if they do not like the scent. When hair is rinsed the scent is still apparent but not as strong.
When drying my hair I immediately noticed my hair felt a lot softer then after I had used my usual products. After I had finished drying my hair immediately felt very soft and very silky but did not feel flat it still had volume.
The scent of the product was also still noticeable. I found this lasted for most of the day and Mr Lools even commented that my hair had "a lovely fruity scent to it". I personally like products that have a lasting scent as it reminds me of when I have just stepped out of a hair salon.
My hair did look noticeably shinier and glossier. There was almost a mirror like sheen to my hair which I find I rarely get with products at home. The sheen to my hair gave my hair more depth and you could actually notice the natural highlights to my hair. I was actually quite surprised by this as I always believed that my natural hair colour was one flat mid brown colour.
The adverts for this product range actually show a woman with very long hair that has an amazing sheen to it . Until I tried this product I never believed the product claims. The results are not as glossy as in the adverts but my hair did look a lot more shiny than it did previously and had achieved that newly dyed glossy effect that I had been longing for but with my own natural hair colour.
Even at the end of the day my hair still looked and felt fantastic. The only negatives to point out are that you really need to ensure you rinse all of the product out of your hair. I have once been in a rush and I didn't rinse this out of my hair and ended up with lank, greasy, sticky hair.
The other point to make is that if you suffer from greasy roots (I sometimes do) make sure that when you comb this through your hair when wet you avoid the roots. Otherwise the results are that after a few hours you will end up with your roots getting overly greasy quite quickly.
This is a fantastic product which I will continue to use although it will never beat the feeling of newly cut, newly dyed hair. It is a brilliant pick me up for your own natural hair colour or in between visits to the hairdresser. The result is shiny glossy hair and is definitely best used once a week for maximum results. Just remember to rinse hair fully and for those of you that have greasy roots, do not use this product near your roots. Otherwise it will be less glossy and gorgeous and more greasy and gruesome. A bargain deep conditioning treatment.
~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~
I purchased the L'oreal Nutri-Gloss Shampoo & Conditioner a while back and loved them, but I didn't get the chance to use the masque. I came across it by chance at my local pharmacy, and as I loved the shampoo and conditioner so much, I decided to give it a try.
First of all, like the shampoo and conditioner, it smells amazing! Almost cherry-like. The scent is quite strong, but not overpowering or unpleasant. I straighten my hair right after I wash it, and usually the smell of the product I used beforehand disappears. Not with this. I actually can't stop smelling my hair.
The packaging is great, the container is a cute shade of pink.
Most hair masques require you to leave it in for about 20-30 minutes before you rinse it out, whereas this requires only one minute of waiting. So yay to that.
As for the results, they were absolutely fantastic. My hair is noticeably softer and shinier - and strangely, my split ends are less noticeable too!
It didn't exactly give me 'mirror-shine, cashmere-touch', but not far off it!
I'm getting quite a few compliments on my hair, which is always a bonus - and if other people notice it, then it has to be doing something right.
Now, I have pretty long hair so I will probably only get another two uses out of it.
This is probably the only disadvantage I have found with it. But if you have shorter hair, you'll probably get about four or five uses.
As for the price, I think it's pretty reasonable.
Overall, I think it's a brilliant product.
I would buy again and fully recommend.
I have used this in the past as I was using the shampoo & conditioner and like to use the same range. It smelt gorgeous and felt luxurious to apply. Well as luxurious as a gloopy masque can do! It did leave my hair feeling beautifully soft but also rather fluffy! I have very long, straight hair and have always dyed it. It is actually in quite good condition despite what I put it through but I do like to treat it once in a while!
I wouldn't say this was anything special! Made it softer than normal but also a little flyaway with it. Didn't notice any difference with the shine to be honest and although I used the product up it did feel like a chore applying it in the end as I knew I was not going to see any visable results! There are better products for intense conditioning at a reasonable cost ie. Aussie products and even try applying your normal conditioner to your hair, wrap in a warm towel and sleep in it! Wash out in the morning with your shampoo and your hair will feel renewed at no extra cost. You can also get spray, leave in conditioning treatments which don't weigh down your hair but make it more manageable to get comb/brush through etc so resulting in less damage also.
I have fine, long, coloured hair ( a regular semi-permanent to hide those horrid grey hairs!) and find that my hair can be a bit dull and dry at the ends. My normal haircare regime is Tigi shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair, followed by a serum on the ends before drying.
I'd been thinking about getting some intensive conditioner to supplement this, and noticed the Elvive masque in Tesco. I've tried a number of these in the past (Fudge Dynamite, Kerastase Nutritive etc) and never really seen much of a difference in my hair - in fact, sometimes it's dryer than after using my normal conditioner. This was only £2.50 so I thought i'd give it a try.
The pot is the same girly pink colour as the rest of the Nutri Gloss range, doesn't look especially high end, but then it isn't really! The screw top tub does make it easy to get at the product and scoop out the exact amount you want. The Masque itself is very thick, and quite scented; the whole L'oreal range has a very similar smell so you'll recognise it if you've used any of their stuff before.
I actually used this as a supplement to my normal conditioner, because I have greasier roots and didn't want to put the rich masque on near my scalp. So i put a little of my normal conditioner on first and combed through, and then massaged a small handful of the masque through from the mid lengths to the ends of my hair, and felt that it went on very nicely - it was a good texture and i felt as though it was smoothing my hair.
The best bit - according to the packaging, this only has to go on for ONE MINUTE! brilliant - I really hate things which require me to hang around for five minutes or more, with cooling water starting to drip down my neck. After the time was up, I massaged it through one more time with a little warm water, and then rinsed. The masque rinsed out nice and easily, leaving my hair feeling very soft indeed at the drying stage.
~ The results! ~
OK, it's not earth shattering. I'm not sure any conditioner on it's own is going to give you that advert-perfect high gloss hair - that's use of a ton of other products, straighteners, and probably a bit of Photoshop too. However, my hair was noticeably easier to comb through before drying, and once dry was definitely softer. It also had more shine, not in the dryest parts of the ends, but through the mid lengths at least.
Overall, for a couple of quid, this made enough difference to be worthwhile - and certainly as much as some much more expensive deep conditioners i've used in the past.
Having tried the shampoo in this range, I was quite tempted to try a deep replenishing masque, as my hair can get quite dry and frizzy, especially in the winter months.
What is it:
This is a deep conditioning masque, designed to add shine and gloss and leave your hair softer and in better condition.
It comes in a small pink tub with a detachable lid, you can screw it on quite easily, provided it doesn't get too wet! The artwork is minimal and alluring.
After shampooing then rinsing, I lightly towel dried my hair then applied a small blob of this to the hair. I worked it through from root to tip, taking care to spread it over the over whole head. I then let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing it off.
The product is quite creamy and thick, yet it rinses out fairly easily.
After a towel and blow dry, I ran my hands through the hair. It did not feel that glossy and it had done little to tame the frizz. If anything, my hair seemed more flyaway and static-like. It was not greasy, but did not have enough bounce in it anymore.
I feel this might be useful to use as a treat before you go to bed, I would not use it before going out as it made the hair a little lifeless. The tub should cost you about £4 and can last up to two months, I was not overly impressed though.
I bought this purely on the strength of the television advert. I felt my hair needed a bit of TLC and had been looking for something to try. I have to say that I was very disappointed with L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Intense Masque, especially as I had spent £3.99 on it.
It comes in a lovely pink pot with the name written on it and the claim that it is for 'medium to long length hair' so I thought it would be ideal for my long hair, which was looking a bit dull because I had not been well. There is a badge on the side of the pot which says 'intensive shine masque' which it most definitely did not produce. On the back of the pot it says 'New Elvive Gloss Intensive Shine Masque with Pearl-Protein intensively nourishes leaving your hair to shine with sparkling brilliance'
The masque itself is a soft pink fairly thick cream which looks and smells as though it will do wonders. I bought it as an extra bit of moisturising and conditioning for my hair but it was no better than my usual conditioner and certainly not worth the price charged for it. It did not produce a 'shine of sparkling brilliance' although I followed the instructions to apply it after washing and conditioning and to leave it in for one minute' before rinsing out. Perhaps the dullness was caused by having put too much conditioner on my hair because I was surprised that it had to be applied after conditioner and not instead of.
As I say, I paid £3.99 in Superdrug for a tub which contains 200mls, most of which is still left because I do not intend using it again. I just wish there was a way of obtaining a refund on such products when they fail to live up to their claims
The last intensive conditioning treatment I used was a Trevor Sorbie one, and I was less than impressed with it (see my review!). Even when I don't like a product very much I tend to use it all up anyway, as I hate to throw things out, but this was the exception, and I had to get rid. This left me in need of a replacement, so I headed off to Boots on a mission to find myself a new one. At the time I was trying to stick to a budget (although I've since completely blown it!) and was looking for a cheap product - and preferably one I hadn't tried before, as I like to try everything going!
I noticed the L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Intensive Shine Masque. Although I have used the L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss shampoo and conditioner a couple of times in the past, I had not tried the masque, and at only £3.99 for a 200ml pot it also fulfilled my requirements price-wise.
The masque is basically an intensive conditioner for the hair. It states on the tub that it is for mid to long dull hair, which is what I have unfortunately, but promises that it's pearl protein will intensively nourish to leave your hair shining with sparkling brilliance. Sounds good to me!
The product comes in a round pink tub. The words Nutri-Gloss are written on a sparkling pink background, but otherwise the packaging is relatively plain. It has a screw top lid, which when removed reveals the pale pink product inside - not a dissimilar colour to the container.
The masque has a quite feminine smell - it's quite a floral scent - but at the same time smells quite soapy and fresh.
The directions tell me that I should shampoo and condition my hair as normal. I should then squeeze out excess moisture, and apply this product generously. The masque has a sort of jelly-like consistency, and isn't as thick as you may expect this sort of product to be. Once on the hair, you are only required to leave the product for one minute, a bonus for those of us who don't have much time on our hands.
On rinsing the product out I can feel that my hair is already detangled, and smooth. The smell of the product stays on my hair and is quite noticeable whilst it's wet.
I leave my hair to dry naturally most of the time, as it is already suffering from a huge amount of over-styling. I found that once dried the smell of the conditioner seems to disappear. To the touch, my hair felt amazing - incredibly soft, not too dry and in fact fairly moisturised, which is great as my hair is feeling quite dried out at the moment.
The problem with this, I found, is that despite the fact my hair felt great, it looked horrendous! I suddenly had a halo of frizz around my head, and where was this sparkling brilliance they promised me? My dark brown hair looked dull and lifeless, and certainly wasn't sparkling. Thankfully these problems were ironed out (quite literally) with a bottle of serum and a pair of straightening irons.
So in conclusion, I don't think I'll buy this again. Although I loved how soft my hair felt after using it, I wasn't impressed with the added frizz it seemed to cause, nor the way my hair looked so dull.
Revive dull looking hair / Hair Masque