Every other blogger seems to have their own line of something at the moment, don’t they? I’m not knocking it but much the same as I am with Celeb endorsed products I’m never sold until I’ve tried it for myself. Unlike many others Ruth Crilly (amodelrecommends.com) has launched one single item in her name, a dry shampoo. Given that it’s just the one item I was really hopeful that more time and thought would have been put in to it.. then reviews started pouring in and I saw some comments on twitter.. not all of which were positive. Hmm.. I still have to pick up a can.
Those of you who know my blog well will know that a product everybody loves appeals so much less to me than one people review badly.. I can’t explain it, it’s probably an innate cynicism within me but I can’t believe EVERYONE can love everything, I can however believe that I can love something you hate. We can’t all like the same things, this is why when I do really dislike something I try to add another perspective to my review as the things that I hate about something may be the very things you look for.. you see? So.. I hadn’t heard GREAT things but I bought a can of the scent that sounded most like me.. Rio.. as a huge Batiste Tropical fan I thought it was the safe choice.
(pardon the comedy faces, I couldn’t resist – PS the lipstick I’m wearing features in this post)
Now I can’t do a dry shampoo review without comparing it to Batiste, I don’t know how anyone can. It’s the Daddy of dry shampoo and much as we all complain about the chalky residue it’s what gives us that grease-free oomph we crave and most others pale in comparison. Everyone is trying to create the anti-Batiste with zero powder.. for a blonde as blonde as I am the powder is a blessing not a curse so I just can’t get on board with that. A lot of the recent launches have been utter pants.. I would say the Aussie was the biggest let down feeling like little more than hairspray and leaving your hair crispy and gross. Others have been okay but you really have to work with them and I’m used to instant results.
So.. after all that, what did I think of CoLab? Honestly.. I’m not going to be trading in my Batiste anytime soon but if I were brunette (and there’s always a chance I will be again someday) and the white residue was an issue this stuff is pretty darn good. There is of course a powder element, I don’t think anything that eliminates that completely actually ever works but it’s very light and you really can’t feel it in your hair. When I tried it I was on 2nd day hair, I’d say this ‘just dirty’ period is the time to use this, it really does feel like a quick freshen up, but anything past 2 days it’s just not going to cut it for me. Put it this way – I would buy a mini can of this to keep in my bag to refresh throughout the day but I wouldn’t take it camping.
Have you tried this yet?