Does L’Oreal Colorista Hair Spray Work on Dark Hair?

Does L’Oreal Colorista Hair Spray Work on Dark Hair?

L’Oreal Colorista is a new-ish temporary hair colour range that includes a set of spray-on “1-day” hair colours. The pastel shades are designed for blondes, but the brights are advertised to work “on brunettes” as well. Like every other dark-haired Asian, my first thought was “Will they work on me?”

I’ve always wanted pastel hair, but as a black-haired Asian with undyed hair (well, poorly dyed reddish brown hair that’s pretty much black) I’m going to need a bucketload of bleach and Olaplex to get there – if I even get there at all without my hair all breaking off. The hair chalk craze was a sad adventure in disappointment because nothing showed up in my dark hair (I still have a drawer full of chalk and broken dreams). Could L’Oreal Colorista be the answer?

Does L’Oreal Colorista Hair Spray Work on Dark Hair?

I picked up two shades at the Priceline press event: hot pink (“#HotPinkHair”) which I was told would definitely work on dark hair, and pastel blue (“#PastelBlueHair”) that I was told “could give a subtle effect” if I went into the sun. This didn’t sound super promising, but I still lived in hope…

L’Oreal Colorista Spray in Hot Pink

I tried the Hot Pink Colorista shade first on the ends of my hair. After covering my clothes with a towel I sprayed it on the ends, then combed it to distribute the colour and sealed it with a ton of hair spray. Here’s what I noticed:

  • MESSY. This isn’t too surprising, but during application I think it’s made slightly worse by the special skinny Colorista nozzle that sprays the colour in a very concentrated jet, rather than the usual misting spray. It makes it easier to target bits of hair for a mermaidy look, but it also shoots through the hair quite a bit. Afterwards, the colour shed onto my clothes and neck quite a bit even with the hair spray.

Does L’Oreal Colorista Hair Spray Work on Dark Hair?

Does L’Oreal Colorista Hair Spray Work on Dark Hair?

  • It made my hair turn into a puffball. Colorista sprays don’t contain chalk, but they certainly feel like chalk, and they volumise amazingly well… though it isn’t really something you necessarily want. I had to fight to comb through it, and it left my hair stiff and tangle-prone. I tried dousing it in a silicone-based spray-on hair serum, but it just faded the colour.
  • It took a lot of product to get it to show up on my dark hair. I couldn’t really work out how much of the spray I went through but it felt excessive (L’Oreal Colorista comes in 75 mL sprays and I feel like I went through about 1/3 of it).
  • It didn’t wash out very easily. Even after a thorough shampoo and condition, I still had pink coming off onto my hands, and the bottom of my hair was still rough and poofy. My pillowcase went a little pink, and so did my snot.

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L’Oréal & La Roche-Posay’s My UV Patch Review

L’Oréal & La Roche-Posay's My UV Patch Review

I was really excited to hear about L’Oréal/La Roche-Posay’s My UV Patch, a recently launched electronic wearable that can measure your UV exposure. La Roche-Posay have some of the best sunscreens on the market, so you know they’re serious about sun protection. My UV Patch is a blue heart-shaped patch that’s about the size of a large coin and half the thickness of an average strand of hair. It can be worn on your skin (the back of your hand is recommended) for up to 5 days, lasting through showers and swimming. You apply your sunscreen over the patch, so you can see how much UV protection you’re getting with your regular sunscreen.

L’Oréal & La Roche-Posay's My UV Patch Review L’Oréal & La Roche-Posay's My UV Patch Review
Here’s how it works:

  1. Stick the patch on your hand
  2. Enter your details into the app
  3. Scan the patch with the app when it tells you to (around every hour)
  4. The app tells you whether or not you’re being sun-safe, and whether it’s time to reapply sunscreen
  5. The app gives you a chart of your UV exposure throughout the day, and tells you when you’ve had too much sun (how much of your “sun stock” you’ve used)

L’Oréal & La Roche-Posay's My UV Patch Review L’Oréal & La Roche-Posay's My UV Patch Review

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L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude eyeshadow palettes are two sets of 10 neutral shadows that come in Rose and Beige, and I’ve totally fallen in love with them. These drugstore palettes have the same the universally useful neutral colour scheme of Urban Decay’s Naked line, but present them at a more budget-friendly price point. They also lean towards away from the heavy shimmer that made some of the Naked shadows a bit too much for everyday wear. These palettes were released last year in the US, but they’ve updated some shades and changed the packaging.

Here are the shades – these swatches are with primer.

L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude in Beige

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude in Rose

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Project 100 Pan: Empties 71-80

More empties! I’ve been powering through samples while I’ve been in Europe, but unfortunately I’ve been buying a lot too. How can I not – so many new products to try! But I do feel proud of the fact I’m actually using products up these days, instead of using 2/3 of a bottle then leaving it to rot away in …

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Disney Princesses Challenge, aka I (only kind of) Hate Disney (this week) Part 3: Mulan

Hurray! This week on Michelle’s Disney cheese and whine hour, we have Mulan (1998). Since I’m the slanty-eyed gook in the banner at the top of this blog, you’d be right to guess that this is a Disney film with which I have a particularly strong relationship. I watched this as an impressionable tween when it first came out, and …

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