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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Goldwell Brilliance Jewel Shimmer Wax Review

Hello everyone! Today I'm reviewing a product from Goldwell's Brilliance line: Jewel Shimmer Brilliance cream wax. I generally like Goldwell products, and I love waxes/putty/pomade/anything that gives hair some texture so I figured I'd give it a shot. The label states: "Jewel Shimmer - for enriched radiance and effective color protection. With Crystal Brilliance Booster & Color Safeguard System. Shimmering cream wax for a defined glossy finish. Alcohol-free." Oh, and on Goldwells' 1-5 hold scale, one being the minimum, and 5 being the maximum, it's a 2.. as you can see in the picture. Right off the bat I didn't particularly care for the scent. It's just a smidge too perfume-y for me. I gave it a fair shot though. Let's see what's so special about Jewel Shimmer.

The main ingredients are Water, Mineral Oil, Sorbitol, Oleth-5, Ceteareth-20, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, etc. Ok so, I'm definitely not impressed by these ingredients. Goldwell is expensive stuff, and the best they can do is mineral oil? Come on, there are PLENTY of other alternatives to mineral oil. Looking at the rest of the ingredients, they could probably take it out. And I love how they say "alcohol-free" when sorbitol is a humectant alcohol. I know when most people see "alcohol" on an ingredient list, they immediately think of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, which is very drying and not good for your hair. They're different though, because the alcohols typically used in hair products are fatty alcohols and act as conditioning agents; totally on the opposite side of the alcohol spectrum. Still with me? Good. ;-) Oleth-5 is basically a softening agent, it makes sure the product isn't too hard. Oleth-3 Phosphate is an emulsifier that also works to give a product shine, texture, and separation. Butylene Glycol is similar to Propylene Glycol (meaning it's also a emollient/humectant). Ceteareth-20 is yet another fatty alcohol. It's a blend of two alcohols that come from coconut oil.

I mean, don't get me wrong, it's a good product.. I just hate when labels lie. You know? I've used it several times, and I've gotten pretty good results. It adds shine without looking greasy, and gives texture that's not too stiff. The scent still bugs me though. It doesn't smell bad or anything, I just don't care for it. But yeah.. I do like it, but I'm pretty sure I won't buy it again. I'll probably end up giving it away to someone who'll use it more than I do. And that likes the scent more than I do haha.

Anyways, by no means is this a bad product, it's just not my cup of tea. If you're a Goldwell fan, maybe you should give this a try. If you have used it, what did you think? Comment and let me know! Or just comment and say hi! :D

Goldwell Brilliance Jewel Shimmer Wax comes in a 75 ml / 2.5 fl. oz. pot, and retails for around $16. That's all for now! The huge Haul I've been building is almost ready, so watch out for that! Enjoy your November, and take care of your hair!


Anonymous said...

I really like this product. I have short coarse silver gray hair and have not found many products that give lasting shine without a petrolatum base. This product provides shine and definition without adding weight. My favorite store no longer carries it :(

Judy said...

I was getting ready ready to drop some bucks on this product until I read your list of what's contained. Nope, not gonna buy it now.

Unknown said...

I love this product. Have been using it for about 5 years since another product I liked had been discontinued. Now I can't seem to find this product any where. I am really bummed. I really liked the fragrance, too!