Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Hair Care Review: KérastaseElixir Ultime

Kérastase Elixir Ultime 50ml
Not my picture.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm addicted to changing my hair.
I've been bleaching and dying it myself for the last five years, so it isn't in the greatest condition.
I got it cut just after Christmas (my first time in a salon in three years) and decided to treat myself to a hair oil.
My hairdresser recommended Kérastase Elixir Ultime, and for 50ml at approximately £17, it's not cheap! I've seen it advertised for £15, but even that is expensive for 50ml.
You can buy 125ml here for £27.60, which is a slightly better deal.

What is it?
Well it's basically a hair oil.
Kérastase describe it as "Our first versatile beautifying treament enriched with a complex of four precious oils. Maize, Argan, Camellia and Pracaxi oils combine to create a luxurious Elixir for all hair types."
According to Kérastase, with only a few drops of this miracle oil, your hair will feel transformed.
Clear and watery.
Very light -does not appear oily or heavy at all

Does it work?
Yes. I've been using it daily for five weeks now, and I have to admit I have saved on a lot of breakage.
It leaves my hair feeling extremely smooth, and the oil itself isn't greasy. It's easy to apply and gives my hair a beautiful shine, which is something my hair has been distinctly lacking in since I started bleaching it.
It doesn't make my hair feel heavy either, or weigh it down - if anything it makes it feel lighter.
The Kerastase website list a group of videos here, which tell you how to apply it.
I personally have been using it every day in the afternoon, once before shampooing and once while styling.
I just squeeze two pumps of it into my hand, rub it between my palms, and smooth it through my mid lengths and ends. There's no secret technique to applying it. It really is that easy.
Does it make your hair greasy? Nope, I wash my hair every two days and I haven't noticed it being greasy at all.

I adore the smell of it, and even my boyfriend has commented on the scent. It's not overpowering, but if my hair falls across my face, I get a lovely light whiff of it. It's not a chemical smell, but I wouldn't really describe it as floral either, something in between.
Bottle without hologram label on back.

It comes in a plastic bottle with a hologram label on the back, and a clear labelled sticker on the front. It has a plastic pump applicator - which distributes just enough product to do your ends and mid lengths (one or two pumps is more than enough).
The application is fine, the only problem I had with it was the packaging.
For £15 - £17 for 50ml, I was expecting something a bit more...grand?
The hologram sticker started peeling off at the corners after a week or two - so I peeled the rest of it off, and afterwards the bottle just looked cheap.

The label on the front has begun to scratch and fade (however, I keep it in my handbag, so this may have added to the scratching) and it really doesn't look like it's worth £15.
Close up of fading front label.
I'm probably being picky, but for that amount of money I'd expect something a little bit extra- especially as I just found out that Loreal's Extraordinary Oil comes in a solid glass bottle and is only £8.49 for 100ml!
And, after all, Kérastase is owned by Loreal, so their Extraordinary Oil is bound to have similarities.

Would I buy Elixir Ultime again?
Probably not. I recently recieved a tester of the Extraordinary Oil, so I shall review that and if it's as up to the mark as the Elixir Ultime is, I'd probably go for the cheaper choice.
Elixir was fantastic for my hair, and it has helped a huge amount with breakage and the overall condition of my hair, but for the price, it really only is a splurge item. And if you're treating yourself, you'd want to treat yourself to something that looks good!
Nevertheless, Kérastase is an amazing brand, and this won't put me off trying their other products!

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