Back in 2015 I posted a review of Britelites Temporary Hair Color, after trying one color. Thanks to Sara Rose, creator of Britelites, I was able to try all the colors in January of 2016. I took pictures of the colors in my hair shortly after, and finally had the time to post them now.
Here’s how the colors look on my dark hair. All photos were shot immediately after the product was applied, with no additional touching or treatment. The colors were not enhanced with post-processing.
Starting with the Vivids
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The colors that showed up the brightest were Rose Red, Orange, Gold, Turquoise, and Blue. Indigo is not as intense. Green and Purple are subtle. Purple is more of a tint.
Now on to the Pastels
The Pastels are recommended for lighter hair colors. (I am aware that a new color Peach Quartz has since been added, but I don’t have that one, hence no photo.)
As you can see, they are visible on my dark hair. Whether or not you like the results depends on the look you want. Mint doesn’t work for me, but I love how Lilac looks on my hair.
- I was able to learn more about how to apply Britelites from watching Sara’s videos. One problem that I mentioned in my first review was that the color would disappear after I used my fingers to work the pigment through my hair. Then I watched this video, and noticed that she doesn’t touch where she applied the color, so it stayed bright. In the application video, you can see that she uses her fingers just to smooth out any chunks.
- Colors can be layered and blended, as shown in this video. Somehow, Turquoise looks more green than blue on my hair, but I applied it over Blue to get the desired color. The same can be done for wearing a Pastel color over a brighter color.
- It’s not uncommon for little flakes of product to fall during application, and they can stain. (I still have some blue spots on my carpet, but it’s old, so that’s okay.) For easier clean up, I recommend applying it over a non-porous surface.
- I had mentioned in my previous review that the strong spike lavender smell bothered me. According to Sara, (as of December 2015) they’ve reformulated it and “no longer use lavender fragrance but we still do use small amount of Bulgarian lavender essential oil.” There still was a bit of the smell, but it wasn’t as strong as before, so it’s less bothersome.
How does it compare to hair chalk?
After using both Britelites and hair chalk, these are my impressions. Britelites gives a nice shiny color that lasts longer. Hair chalk looks matte. I think of hair chalk like a dry shampoo. I haven’t had it dry out my hair, possibly because my hair is naturally oily. That might be why Britelites tends to cause my hair to clump after a few hours. Results may vary from individual to individual.
These two photos were taken on the same day. One immediately after application, and the other seven hours later. I avoided touching both areas during the time. Britelites Rose Red is on the left and hair chalk is on the right. I did not seal the hair chalk with hairspray. It’s possible that the color would have lasted longer had I done so.
In the end, it boils down to the kind of look you want, how each product works with your hair type, and how much money you’re willing to spend. The ease of application for both is about the same, if you skip the hairspray step for hair chalk. I do like that Britelites is made to be used on its own, without requiring other products. Keep in mind that they are both temporary hair color, hence the color will transfer when touched.
When I first tried Britelites, I really wanted to like it, so I was disappointed when the Purple wasn’t as vivid as I hoped it would be. After trying some other colors, I am happy to say that I would buy this product again. My favorite colors are Rose Red, Blue, and Lilac.
Disclaimer: I received the product for free but all opinions are my own. I am not making money from this review or affiliate links.