Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo & Conditioner

Posted: Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at 3:45 PM
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Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo & Conditioner
Shimmer Lights Shampoo & Conditioner

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Shimmer Lights Shampoo & Conditioner

Last summer I came across a hairstylist that I immediately fell in love with. I scheduled my first appointment and that’s when I was introduced to Clairol’s Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner. Actually she only used the Shampoo and I went later that week and purchased the Conditioner so I could write a complete review.

I’ve never had much of a problem with my highlights turning brassy but I’ve always heard that using a purple hair treatment will help the tones to last longer and dull the yellow tones in blonde or silver hair. The first thing I noticed is the scent of both the Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s terrible to put it mildly. It smells like a Goodwill store, with a bit of lilac thrown in. To me, scent is very important in a product, especially haircare and skincare products and this one does not make the cut.

Shimmer Lights Shampoo & Conditioner

Out of the set the Shimmer Lights Shampoo is my favorite as the Shimmer Lights Conditioner is not very conditioning and looks almost identical in texture as the shampoo. It’s very thin and runny and doesn’t have the consistency of normal hair conditioner. Both the Shampoo and Conditioner are deep purple in color but did not stain my skin nor did it turn my hair purple after leaving it on for fifteen minutes. I actually wanted a violet tint, but it was not achieved by leaving it in my hair longer than directed. As you can see in the picture below, my bath water was completely purple from rinsing out just the shampoo.

Shimmer Lights Shampoo & Conditioner

The average price tag is $18.99 for a set of Shampoo & Conditioner each in a 16 ounce bottle. Though it is only recommended to use Shimmer Lights once or twice a week, for me it’s not worth the price tag, as I don’t see that much difference in using it verses my normal shampoo and conditioner. The scent is also a big killer for me on this one. Every move I make throughout the day, my hair falls in my face and the smell of this just puts a sour puss face on me immediately.

If you are dying to try it, I would just suggest going with the Shimmer Lights Shampoo and use a regular hair conditioner like the L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Polishing Conditioner. The Shimmer Lights Shampoo lathers up fairly well and is easy to rinse out. Though the vintage scent of the shampoo will linger through still when using a different conditioner at least it won’t be a double whammy of stink.

Two more thumbs down about this product is that it is not animal cruelty free and it contains a few potentially harmful ingredients:
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
• Cocamidopropyl Betaine
• Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein


Ashley Elizabeth is a beauty blogger and professional make-up artist currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. She started her blog with the intent to display her portfolio but soon discovered she absolutely loves to blog about beauty! Her weekly posts include product reviews, tutorials and color swatches along with her favorite make-up tips and tricks.

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  • I'm so glad that you posted this! I have heard a lot about this shampoo and conditioner and I had it on my list to consider!! I can't believe how purple your water got!!! Now I know, ha!!

    Christine January 17, 2016 8:22 pm
    • It's most definitely purple…just stinks to high heaven! ;p

      Ashley Elizabeth January 18, 2016 12:01 am
  • I used this shampoo back when my hair was dyed blonde and, yes, it smells so bad! Oh my goodness, they really need to change that. Thanks for the honest review. 🙂

    Natalie Brown January 18, 2016 4:58 am
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