I generally hate getting sachets of product to try out because there's never enough product to get into. Plus, if you want to use it for days on end you have to leave it open and that just creeps me out. But one product I don't mind trying from a sachet is shampoos and conditioners.
I got this Garnier Ultimate Blends set from my Instyle magazine this month and was really interested to test it out. I've seen the promotions for the product in store, but haven't really felt the need to pick it up as I'm quite happy with the hair care routine I have already. But since this was free to try with my mag, I figured it'd be worth while to see if I'm missing out on something great.
I can't say I'm Garnier's biggest fan as I generally don't get on with their products. But after testing their Micellar Cleansing Water and really getting on with it, my faith has been restored and I've been venturing back into the Garnier world.
This product is aimed at dull and dry hair. It contains Argan and Camellia oils to help nourish hair and make it shine. I'm very familiar with Argan but not so much with Camellia so interest was definitely sparked.
The shampoo is a clear gel. Although it does lather rather well, I felt like after my first wash with it, it wasn't as luxurious and creamy in my hair as my usual Herbal Essences. I put this down to the fact that the Garnier shampoo was more gel-like and did my second wash as per usual.
For some reason I just didn't feel like it was cleaning my hair that well. Usually I can feel the difference after the second wash, but this time my hair just felt a little heavy. I felt like I could feel all the oils laying on my hair, but that didn't put me off surprisingly. I figured that this would really make my hair nourished and I was excited to see the finished result.
The conditioner was more of an orange cream. I applied this to my hair and left it in for around 3-5 minutes which is what I usually do with any conditioner. Once I rinsed this out my hair just felt quite thick and heavy. You could definitely feel a layer coating the hair but it didn't feel dirty or uncomfortable - just a little weighed down.
Once my hair was dry I knew straight away that I didn't like the result. It wasn't the smooth, sleek, shiny hair that I thought it might be. I just looked like a frizz-ball and a little bit frazzled. There was none of the bouncy, weightless feeling that I get from using my usual HE shampoo and that really disappointed me.
After I had left my hair to calm down from the heat, it did get more manageable but it still looked rather dry. I went on to style it with my curling tongs and applied some oil after that to give the waves I'd created a sleek look. After this process I was happy with the outcome.
In the days after testing the shampoo and conditioner I generally felt indifferent about them. My hair did feel clean and didn't look bogged down, but the overall experience wasn't one that wowed me and certainly not one to make me stray from my tried and tested Herbal Essences.
In conclusion, not for me, but I'd be really interested to hear how you got on if you've tried these products!
Garnier Ultimate Blends Argan and Camellia Oil Shampoo - £1.94 from Boots
Conditioner - £2.79 from Boots