Shu Uemera Colour Lustre Dry Cleaner - review

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This is one of those products that's annoyed me more than it should have: first, I don't like it; and second, I've had to photograph it three times in order to get some reasonable shots - so it's been more trouble than it's worth from the very beginning.

On top of that, I've been delaying using the last application until I got some decent shots so I could use it one more time before reviewing it, meaning it's been sitting around taking up space for far too long.

Moving on. Let's have a look.


The product came in Maslow & Co's Japanese edit (unboxed here) and I was looking forward to trying it because I was fresh-out of dry shampoo at the time and Shu Uemura is a good brand so I was interested to see how it fared.

After using up the container just now (thank god it's gone), I can say that I'm not entirely sure what the product is designed to do. I mean, as a dry shampoo it should soak up grease and give you an extra day or so between washes - but it hasn't done that for me, which is why I don't like it. More on that below.


Shu Uemura claims/product details:
  • Two-in-one dry shampoo that gently cleanses by absorbing oils and impurities at the roots while moisturising dry lengths and ends
  • Unlike other dry shampoos, the formula has translucent micro-fine powders that absorb oil without leaving any residue or unwanted texture behind
  • For all hair types
  • Great for second-day hairstyles, post-gym touch ups and work week refreshes
  • To use: create a part on dry hair; shake well before use; spray dry shampoo 8-10 inches from roots; repeat on multiple sections as desired; brush or use fingers to distribute product evenly
  • RRP $48 AUD for 135g, but do shop around


Verdict

This product does nothing for me so I don't like it and I can't recommend it.

It's a standard-looking dry shampoo that comes in an aerosol can and you spray it onto your roots as you would any dry shampoo, then brush it through to distribute the product through the lengths of your hair.

The first thing I noticed about this was that it has a strong, alcohol scent that I don't like. While the scent does dry down so I can live with it, I'm aware of it every time I use the product and this means I don't enjoy applying it.

It feels like a normal dry shampoo in that it's powdery and it does leave your hair feeling softer and more silky. I can feel it on my hands after application, however, so I do need to wash them after use.

I agree that it doesn't leave a white cast, although you will need to brush your hair to remove any powdery look.

What baffles me about this product is that it costs a bundle and is rubbish at oil control. I did see another reviewer say that she felt the product didn't work very at managing grease but it did work at adding some texture. Now that's fine in theory but it's a dry shampoo so that's what its primary function should be.

Also, I have dry, wavy/frizzy hair so I haven't noticed whether this adds texture because I have too much texture as it is and I don't need anything that makes matters worse.

This product also doesn't do any 'bonus extras' like add shine or help with detangling, and I've used budget dry shampoos that help with such things so I wouldn't touch this one again with a barge pole.

As for claims, I don't think it meets the ones relating to oil control and it's not hydrating in the slightest, so I don't agree with that claim either.

All in all, I don't like this product and I can't recommend it. It doesn't soak up grease, it doesn't reduce the time between washes, and I don't like the smell.

Blurgh. I've given it a 'disappointing products' tag.


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