Today’s post is all about my experience with L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss 4.12 Iced Cocoa. I’ve not done any reviews in a while and as I always share my thoughts when I colour my hair or try something different, I thought I’d get a post up here so you can see how it turned out and whether I’d use it again.
Truth be told I usually reach for L’Oreal professional products. I nearly always reach for Dialight (A demi permanent dye from L’Oreal I buy at the wholesalers) as its my hair dye of choice, but I couldn’t seem to get the shade I was after and I didn’t want to use something permanent this time. While having a browse through Boots I came across L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss 4.12 Iced Cocoa. I wanted something that would be on the ‘cooler’ side as I hate red tone browns on myself and as it was on offer and I needed 2 I picked them up.
I have reviewed A LOT of the Casting Creme gloss shades, so if you want a complete how to do it or see the results of other shades, click here for my other reviews. This is strictly a review and not a tutorial. Please also note, results I achieved may not be the same if you use the product. Always carry out a sensitivity test at least 48 hours before using ANY chemical treatment (Just Google hair dye reactions and you won’t ever skip that step!) and always carry out a strand test too as this helps with seeing the result before hand (And save you a possible colour mistake). Right, with the disclaimer said and done lets get on with it.
The packaging for the Casting Creme Gloss in 4.12 Iced Cocoa does state its new, so you may see the same colour but a different woman on the box. Also, its boasting 4 times glossier hair – woohoo! Although I always find that’s something I don’t have an issue with, but alas if you do then this might help!!
From start to finish of colouring my hair; applying it, development, rinsing, conditioning and drying is about just over an hour. Key rule here is making sure you have covered all your hair and its even. My tip would be to section your hair while applying it, make sure you give it a good massage in and comb through for a few minutes too. It may seem a faff, but it could help with making it even!
Now my hair up until a month ago was a base 7 roots with platinum (Yes I did say platinum) ends. I also had a full head of extensions in too. After removing my extensions and colouring my ends darker, they were looking a rather ashy dark blonde when the colour started to come out a few weeks later. So I applied some of my Revlon Nutri Color Creme in 7.4 before I used this to give my ends some warmth and something for the colour to grab onto. Due to the platinum my hair is rather porous and also isn’t holding colour. The 7.4 was acting as a filler and so far its doing its job. I also popped some protein spray on before colouring to even out porosity (FYI this was the Scott Cornwall Precolour Protein Spray – I’ll get a review up of this too if you’d like to see it ). I chose the medium brown shade as my destination colour was a dark cool brown. As my hair has been previously coloured I knew anything I put on there would have a darker result, so went 1 shade lighter with my colour choice (Sometimes you can actually go 2 shades lighter) to achieve the colour I wanted.
As you can see the end result is a dark cool brown. Bare in mind I was slapping a medium brown shade over hair that had been coloured so the result would be darker. But this is also what I wanted. The colour took well and I was pleased.
I hate commenting on L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss and the condition it leaves my hair as in honesty it always dries it out a lot. I won’t use the conditioner they put it the box either as my hair goes like straw! But I do find their formula is good and does leave my hair looking really shiny and glossy and after I’ve added my only hair products all is good again!
So over all, yes I would use this colour again. I loved the depth and tone I achieved with it and was happy with the results. I would recommend it and I don’t feel its a bad price especially when you often find Castings on offer.
On another note, I’m going to try and get a few more reviews up for you and start blogging again. I don’t know if I’ll be hitting my Youtube channel just yet, but at present expect to see a bit more of me again on here.
Lots of Love,