Birchbox October 2015 Review – Color-Treated Hair Collection Box
I do have to call Birchbox out here. I have purchased several of these collections now and the oversized “pillow packs” just don’t work. When I got Mask Madness, the pillow pack had also come open and one of the masks was missing. No products were missing here, but you can see what happened to the packaging.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this collection. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Cost: $18
And don’t forget your free mystery sample pack on orders of $35 or more!
The Products: Hand-selected products to keep your color-treated hair in top shape.
The collection comes with a card detailing the items included.
Kerastase Bain Chroma Captive Cleanse (80 mL) – Value $15.60
I know I’m probably supposed to avoid sulfates, although I don’t. But this is a sulfate-free shampoo that actually lathers pretty well. I’d need to use it for a few weeks after a fresh dye job to really assess its ability to preserve color, but so far, so good.
Kerastase Fondant Chroma Captive Treatment (20 mL) – Value $4.20
My hair just soaked this up. So much that I had to apply more. I got *maybe* two uses out of this container (I have waist-length hair that is pretty thick). It did a decent job at controlling frizz but I had to use too much product for it to be a workable solution for me. However, your mileage may vary.
Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect (1 oz) – Value $4.73
This is a longtime favorite product for me. It works really well as a detangling spray and leaves my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down.
Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color (0.5 oz) – Value $5
This worked better for me than the Kerastase conditioner. Although I still only got about two uses out of the container. I’m glad I liked it because I’m getting it in one of my Birchboxes this month (along with the matching shampoo and conditioner)!
Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Thermo-Milk (foil) – Value $1.90 (?)
I don’t generally use heat on my hair so I tried this as a leave-in. My hair was a little straighter the next day (it’s naturally kind of wavy) so I guess this is responsible. Maybe I used too much but I could kind of feel residue on my hair after using it. Or maybe that is what is responsible for protecting the hair from heat? (Sorry no size listed. I had tossed the foil packet before I realized I hadn’t recorded the volume. So the value is just a guess.) I was able to get two uses out of this by closing the foil back up with a binder clip.
I ordered some other stuff along with this to get my total over $35 so I thought I would share the contents of my mystery sample pack – Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venezia and Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant for Face. Granted, I am familiar with both of these products already but it’s a pretty good mystery sample pack compared to some I’ve gotten.
Verdict: This collection has a retail value of approximately $31.43. That’s somewhat more than the cost of the collection. Plus, a lot of times in my monthly Birchbox, I get hair products that don’t really fit my needs (products for oily hair, products for curly hair, dry shampoo, etc.). This is a more targeted collection of hair products specifically designed to preserve and protect color-treated hair. While not everything worked for me, I was glad to get a chance to try some relevant hair products!
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