Product Type: Schwarzkopf hair care products
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Intensive Cream Colour...I don't think so!
Schwarzkopf Palette Hair Colour & Gloss
Member Name: fizzle2006
Schwarzkopf Palette Hair Colour & Gloss
Advantages: Made my hair glossy, cheap, easy to apply
Disadvantages: Colour lacked intensity and was rather dull in comparison to the colour shown on the box
Being an avid user of hair dyes, I am always on the lookout for special offers on hair colourants in my local shopping centre. Usually, I colour my hair with L'oreal's feria hair dyes, but at £5 each time these can become rather pricey considering that I frequently need to touch up my hair when regrowth sets in a few weeks later.
Yesterday I happened to notice that the particular hair dye in question - Schwarzkopf's Palette was only around £2.50, as it is on special offer at Wilkinsons at the minute. I was aware of Schwarzkopf as a reputable brand, but I knew that it would probably not be as good as my usual L'oreal colourant. However, at this cheap price I thought I would give it a go, as if things turned it ok, it could become a cheaper alternative to my usual L'oreal dye. I bought this dye in the dark bordeaux shade.
*** To Apply ***
To begin with you must add the colour cream to the applicator bottle containing the developing lotion and then shake up the mixture well, ensuring that the cap is closed to prevent any mess!
Then divide your dry hair into four sections and apply the mixture from the bottle to your hair. Please ensure at this point that you are wearing the gloves provided and leave for around 30 minutes before rinsing out.
Once the water runs clear, then apply the accompanying macadamia oil hair mask provided in the box to the hair. Leave this to work its magic for 2 minutes and then rinse off.
*** The Results ***
I found applying this dye to be no more troublesome than is the case with other dyes. The instruction booklet provided was very easy to follow and covered all the essential points that you would expect. As I have very long hair, ensuring that each strand is adequately covered can be a demanding task and often sore on the old arms after a while. One bottle of this dye was 'just' enough to cover my hair.
When my hair was all covered I noticed that the colour looked very red, dark and similar to the shade that I previously attained using the Feria dyes. Therefore, I had high hopes that the end product once rinsed out wouldn't be far off my usual colour.
However, when I removed my dye coloured plastic gloves that I received with the dye, I was most annoyed to find that the inside of my middle fingers were covered in dye on both hands. I have no idea how the dye managed to absorb through the gloves and onto my skin, but I was not best pleased and it took a lot of scrubbing to remove the red stains. I am unsure as to whether this was down to a fault with the particular set of gloves that I received or whether this is a problem that others have experienced with these hair dyes.
Consequently, I would recommend that you perhaps buy a cheap box of latex gloves from the likes of Savers for only 99p. As these are more superior in quality and will ensure that you do not end up with stained skin.
I did not really experience any problems with staining around my face, as I made sure to apply copious amounts of vaseline to prevent this.
I left the product on my hair for around 25 minutes before washing off, as I was worried that my hair may turn out too dark. When I rinsed off the dye I then applied the macadamia oil hair mask that came with the product. This treatment smelled divine and after I rinsed this out my hair felt very soft, smooth and looked healthier already.
Once I was all finished and my hair was dried I was not very impressed with the results to be honest. My hair does look glossy and very shiny, so I guess the dye lives up to its promise of delivering intense shine as it states on the box. However, I felt that the intensity of the red in my hair looked in no way similar to the model on the box with her vibrant red locks. My hair looked very dull and dark in comparison. In my honest view I think that this product has a bit of a cheek describing itself as an intensive cream colour, as it certainly fails to deliver on this front.
I would say that my hair looks significantly darker than the shade predicted by the box when dying from my original hair colour. I felt somewhat let down in this respect as I had not even left the colourant on for the full time recommended. Nevertheless, I am so glad that I didn't follow the guidelines as I dread to think how much darker it would have turned out had I left it on longer. In future, I think that I will stick to my more expensive L'oreal feria dyes, as this specific range guarantees the colour intensity that I desire and delivers better, more professional looking results.
Overall though, I would recommend this product at £2.50 as it doesn't perform too badly for this cheap price and my hair was left very shiny. Nonetheless, beware that your hair colour will probably turn out to be duller and less vibrant than the shade shown on the box. At full price though, I would suggest that you dodge this particular hair dye and buy another brand to avoid any potential disappointment.
Summary: I don't think that I could palette this again!