I received my very first influenster voxbox a few weeks ago, for John Frieda’s #MyJohnFrieda campaign. In the box were three products from the Brilliant Brunette line, more specifically, the Visibly Brighter Shampoo, Conditioner and In-Shower Lightening Treatment.
Here’s some information on the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo:
Give your brunette hair a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo cleanses and gradually infuses golden tones to illuminate the spectrum of your brunette colour
Here’s some info on the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner:
Hydrate your hair with a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Conditioner moisturizes your hair and illuminates the spectrum of brunette tones.
Both are free of ammonia and peroxide, and safe for natural and colour-treated hair, including high-lighted / low-lighted hair.
Now, onto the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-shower Lightening Treatment:
Cast a light on colour. In just 5 minutes, Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Lightening Treatment illuminates to reveal a lighter shade of brunette in 1 wash. Lightens only your natural brunette spectrum, so hair won’t appear bleached or orange.
Here’s the usage instructions:
Slip off clear outer cap and discard. Break off tab to expose both holes and apply entire contents of treatment to wet hair, concentrating on the root regrowth or all over. Rinse hands. Leave treatment on for 5 minutes, then rinse completely. Follow with Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and/or Conditioner, if desired. Use 1-2 times in between colourings.Safe for natural, highlighted and coloured hair.
First off, here’s a little background on my hair. I’m naturally a dark brunette shade, with a few “light streaks” starting. My hair is colour-treated, and I’ve recently changed from a dark brunette to a warmer toned medium brunette shade that has auburn / mahogany tones.
I decided to approach this review in the same way that I would for a skincare review and use the products exclusively for approximately 3.5 weeks, starting with freshly coloured hair, and take a photo each week for comparison purposes. Hair is air-dried, no styling products added, taken outdoors in full sun. *Warning, my hair is crazy without styling products to tame it. *
Freshly dyed hair before using Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo & Conditioner
After using Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo & Conditioner for 1 week.
The shampoo and conditioner work well on my thick, wavy, frizz-prone hair. The scent is pleasant, and not at all overpowering. My hair feels clean and conditioned after use. I did notice after a few uses that my hair colour was not fading out as quickly as it normally would, and that the colour was more dimensional, with high and low tones.
Hair after using Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo & Conditioner for two weeks.
Hair after using In-Shower Treatment, plus 3 weeks of using Visibly Brighter Sublle Lightening Shampoo & Condioner
I used the In-Shower Treatment two weeks after colouring my hair. It has a faint “hair-dye” scent, likely due to the peroxide and ammonia content, but it isn’t overpowering, and the scent washes away when you rinse the treatment out. I didn’t find that my hair was a full shade lighter, but it did help even out my hair colour – the ends are darker than my roots due to changing from a dark to a more medium brunette colour (and I need to get the ends trimmed). My hair was a little dry after using the In-Shower Treatment, so if you have dry or damaged hair, be prepared for this possibility. But it was nothing that a hair mask couldn’t help.
Disclosure: These products were provided by Influenster and John Frieda in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own regardless of this fact.