Wednesday, 6 March 2013

L'Oreal Feria Pastel Hair Dye


As you know if you follow my twitter or instagram, I've been super excited for the new range of L'Oreal Feria pastel hair dyes. I finally got my paws on some last week. I love it when you've been trying to get a specific thing for ages, then you do. I don't usually do beauty reviews, mostly because I don't really wear make up and I'm not very interested in trying the latest face creams etc. so I don't really know what I'm talking about. The two things I am interested in are painting my nail and dying my hair. So here's my first proper beauty review.


I'm less than impressed with the range of colours, only three shades, pale pink, lilac and peach. (Also the names are stupid. Pink panther? Lilac Lavender?) I haven't used the peach one but the pictures just make it look like a warm blonde colour rather than a pastel shade, so I don't think I'll be bothering with that one.

The dyes don't seem to be widely available, which I was surprised at from such a big brand. I went to my nearest big boots and despite having posters up advertising the pastel dyes, they don't actually stock them. Boots actually did order them in especially for me and it only took a couple of data for them to arrive. They were still included on the 2 L'Oreal dyes for £9 offer and I have a lot of hair so I bought two boxes.

The dyes are described as toning conditioners rather than dye and the box says they will last 3-5 washes. I will probably try and prolong the colour with some batiste.

When I opened them I was surprised that there was only one bottle, but then I thought about it and stargazer is just one bottle too. My first thoughts were what a large bottle of dye. It says it's 100 mls. It says on the bottle 'multiple use' and I started to think I might get more than one go out of the bottle.



What I did

Before I used the L'Oreal Feria Pastel, I bleached my roots since they needed doing. I used Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL Absolute platinum, which I often use and I do recommend, for it's ease of use. I gave the bleach a little comb through on the rest of my hair because coloured dye sticks better to bleached hair. When I washed the bleach out I used some fairy liquid to wash my hair, since I've read that it helps to use a clarifying shampoo before dying and I've used fairy a few times instead. It can't leave build up because it doesn't have anything to leave. And if you don't like your temporary colour, it can speed up fading.


I then straight away put on the dye as a conditioner. It smelt really nice, which is unusual for hair dye. It has a thick creamy consistency but was difficult to get the pigmentation even. Some parts went on really pink, others were more white. I was worried it was going to look really uneven.

The instructions say to leave it on for 15mins if your hair was bleached more than two weeks ago and 5mins if it was done in the last 2 weeks. My hair always needs longer with the dye on it, even at the hairdressers, so I decided to disregard this and leave the dye on for 30 minutes. I then accidentally left it on for 45.



How it turned out

The colour stuck better at the roots and places where the bleach had been most concentrated and faded out to a pale pink at the tips. The colour at the roots is a lot more vibrant than shown on the box, the tips are a more similar colour. My hair is super soft, even more so when you consider that it's recently been bleached and washed with washing up liquid. I guess that's the effects of leaving a conditioner on for 45 mins.

I'm pretty pleased with the look and I would probably use the dyes again. They make a nice change from my usual bright colours and are going to look great in summer. I imagine they'd look great with a tan. I've had quite a few compliments from strangers so it's not just me who thinks it looks alright.

I will post an update on how well it washes as well as how the smart beauty pastel dyes compare.

16 comments:

Rebecca said...

I think this colour really suits you - even if it came out a bit more vibrant than you expect it to! I do always wonder how they wash, as I just can't imagine the colour lasting for very long, for some reason

Nadia said...

Bright coloured dye holds quite well on my hair mostly, this one has washed out to a pale pink in one wash, but i suppose it's supposed to be subtle, not something i'm used to...

cocotheferret said...

love it!

amber said...

it would be good with a before picture. im about to use it and have a strand test on atm. im going to dip dye my ends though because i cant be botherd dping my roots :)

aliza roi said...

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Anonymous said...

I have used this colour twice. Bought two tubs applied first lot to wet hair and it fid the same pinker in some parts and peachier in others, so put another tube on dry hair and it all turned out even and a lovely pink darker than the box but when it fades gorgeous!

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Anonymous said...

I had the same with the Lilac in the fact it was quite patchy & not a very even colour at all but very good conditioner. I have very short hair & it took a whole tube very pretty colour tho

Bella Kitten Blog said...

I'm about to try out the lilac one this afternoon and this really helped, thanks!

hannah thomas said...

it looks great! I've just bleached my hair from dark and it a white/yellow colour atm haha I'm scared it will go green or something dreadful will happen! x

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hannah thomas said...

but i might give it a go anyway!x

Nadia said...

I say go for it, i've never had anything too terrible happen to my hair. and this is barely a hair dye, more of a conditioning toner so it's a good place to start. The first time I dyed my hair pink, I just had the tips done so I could cut it out if it went wrong.

Anonymous said...

Hey looks great but how does it wash out, Im not suppose to dye mine mad colours anymore for work but have a just over a week off and was going to do it as long as it washes out by the time I get back (mines going from the yellowy bleached to platinum atm)

Nadia said...

It washed out disappointingly fast on my hair, but I have very bleached porous hair. I'd say on my hair it's be gone in a week.

Amy Edwards said...

Did you do a comparison with the Smart Beauty Pastel Toner? I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts :)

Nadia said...

Hi Amy, I did use smart beauty's pastel toner, and you couldn't tell that I had. Wish I hadn't bothered. If you're looking for pastel toner, I really can't recommend bleach london enough.

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