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Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup
6 varieties available

Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup

BY CLAIROL #46 in Hair Color

3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.88 / 5 based on 1,052 Reviews

Product Description

Shake. Shimmer. Dry. Go. Clairol Color Crave temporary hair makeup puts a little luxe in your locks. Shimmering hair makeup instantly adds 1-day wow that’s visible on any hair color, even the darkest brunettes. Change your mind or your mood? Hair makeup washes away with shampoo. With no ammonia, no peroxide, no parabens, and no commitment, there’s no reason not to flaunt your fearless.

  • Shimmering hair makeup for 1-day wow!
  • Easily washes out with shampoo
  • Works on even the darkest hair
  • Precision sponge applicator for easy styling
  • Ammonia-free. Peroxide-free. Damage-free.
  • Available in 6 shimmering shades.

How To Use:

  • Shake tube before use.
  • Squeeze tube until color appears on sponge applicator.
  • Swipe onto dry hair strands.
  • Heat with blow dryer to lock in color.
  • Wash out with shampoo.

Water/Aqua/Eau,  Iron Oxides/Ci 77491, Silica, Amodimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Butoxydiglycol, C11-15 Pareth-9, Hexyloxyethanol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Peg-45m, Ppg-1 Trideceth-6, Acetic Acid, Acrylates/Stearyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Sorbitan Oleate, Citric Acid, Bht

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Meilin S.
2 reviews
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
Hair makeup? Is that what the big beauty brands are trying to cash in for as the next big hair trend?

These were the words I thought to myself when I opened my first Influenster VoxBox with products from Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup. I’ve lived through plenty of hair trends – the Kool-Aid dip dye color, ombré, pastel hues – but this whole hair makeup thing is new to me. Maybe it’s existed for a while, and I’m just too behind to know about it?

Or, alternatively, maybe it’s just an old product that’s been given a snazzy new name like “hair makeup” to try to appeal to a new crowd. That’s the mystery I intended to solve with my review of the Color Crave Hair Makeup – is this really something new, or is it just something old in new packaging?

A little background on my hair before I get much farther – I have naturally dark, thick, pin-straight Asian hair that had been bleached to obscuritybefore, just within the last month, being chopped off into a short pixie. My hair’s definitely beginning to get healthier, perhaps due to the ample amount of root growth I have, but the lighter brown bits are definitely more on the dry side.

After opening up the box, I was presented with a small 1.5 oz tube that resembled a bottle of lotion. Pop off the cap, and there’s a little sponge applicator that reminded me a lof of the old Maybelline Instant Age Rewind® Eraser Treatment Makeup foundation applicators. It’s kind of cute, but nothing special.

The directions on the side of the box say to shake the tube, press the sponge applicator until the color begins to appear, rub onto the desired portions of hair, and then blow dry to “lock in” the color, and so that’s what I did. Minus the blow dry part – I actually don’t have a blow dryer in my dorm, and I was a little to embarrassed to stick my head under the hand dryer. Instead, I let the product air dry (which it definitely needed, as this product is 100% a liquid, with all of the wet, runny properties of liquid) into my strands.

See photo #1 to see the product (with no styling) immediately after applying:

What the directions don’t say is just how messy this product is. Don’t expect to be able to apply this in white clothing and get away unscathed. In the case of my color, Rose Gold, I found my issue wasn’t so much the color rubbing off into my hands or my clothes, but the glitter. See photo #2 for a picture of my hands just after application:

Speaking of glitter, this is definitely a shimmery product. In a way though, I found that that worked to its advantage. In the dark portions of my hair, the pinkish color didn’t much show up (not that I expected it to – nothing ever shows up in my pitch black hair) but the shimmer really did.

As for the color payoff on my bleached ends, I was pleasantly surprised. The pink really was very visible, which is more than I can say of any hair chalk or other wash-out temporary color I’ve used in my entire life. And it doesn’t take much product to get it to show up either – one swipe with the sponge applicator rubbed in a little with my fingers, and I got the color seen here.

On a more negative note, though, due to the liquid-y paint-like consistency of this product, I found that it dried strangely in my hair, leaving it stiff and product-y. I wasn’t really able to leave my hair unstyled after application – I had to twist it into braids in order to hide the stiffness of my hair. That did make for some very pretty peek-a-boo color, and some festival-inspired boho glitter braids, but not really something I could personally see myself wearing every day.

* Good color payoff, especially on lighter hair
* Glitter shows up even on dark hair
* Easy application
* Lasts all day
* Washes out after one use

*VERY messy
* VERY glittery
* Leaves hair stiff and product-y
* Glitter rubs off even after it’s dried

In the end, I have to admit I had a lot of fun with the Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup. It wasn’t anything revolutionary, but it also wasn’t just a repackaged version of the hair chalk I played with in sixth grade – this really is something new. It’s messy, too glittery, and impractical for everyday wear, but I can definitely see it being with a try for a music festival or a summer concert, where you’re looking for something fun to try with your hair without being permanent. Don’t expect it to work very well on black hair, don’t expect it to stay very long, and don’t expect miracles, and you should be able to have a little fun with this product, and that I think is the way it’s supposed to be used anyway.
Gina C.
Tampa, FL
12 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I received the ColorCrave Hair Makeup in the complimentary VoxBox and was intrigued by the concept. I was so excited to try this product. Before the initial use, I straightened my second-day hair after applying my usual protectant, Moroccan oil. The application of the product seemed simple, but the sponge applicator made it quite messy and did not allow me to do a precise job. As directed, I blow dried my hair to ensure the hair makeup stayed in place. The reaction to my results were mixed: the color showed up with beautiful, shimmery pigment. However, I feel as if it made my hair appear stringy and wet, totally changing the texture and changing the look of the hair I previously styled. I feel that this product is best used when applied after hair is already styled, ie in a braided hairstyle where it can be used minimally on specific strands for a different look; for adding highlights on a regular, every day hairstyle did not impress me, however. Overall, I would recommend this product for those who are looking to add a shimmer or unique color to a specific hairstyle for a special occasion or temporary wear. #Complimentary #FlauntYourFearless Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup Rose Gold 1.52 fl oz
Makayla T.
Boiling Spgs, SC
219 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I received this complimentary in the Clairol Color Crave VoxBox campaign for review. I decided to test the hair makeup out tonight just to see how it worked and if it looked good. After many failed attempts at French Dutch braiding my hair like all the other fancy hair people on Instagram I gave up and decided to try out another technique I’d seen and just do the ends of my hair with some streaks. I have semi dark brunette hair so I didn’t have an expectations that it would work even though I’d seen it had on other dark haired people. To no avail I could not seem to make it look good. I combed through my hair while I blow dried it I use small sections and I saw barely any difference in my hair and you could only faintly see the glitter. It made my hair look poofy and fried and left hard streaks in the middle. It was also very hard to style. The ‘dye’ itself got all over everything! It also didn’t come off of anything easily, it was all over my hands, sink, floor, and shower! As well as not coming out of my hair easily either, I had to shampoo it more than three times to get most of it out. I wouldn’t use this product very much and probably wouldn’t recommend. The only way i could see wearing this is in braids in your hair in the summer for a little shimmer, but other than that I wouldn’t wear it. it is advertised as a way to switch up your hair style everyday though I can’t see anyone doing that. I guess this is just not the product for me! :(
Elfega B.
7 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
Rose gold has always been my favorite color so I was really excited to try this out. The applicator is a little sponge and you have to squeeze the bottle to get the product out. It seemed like it would be extremely easy to use but when it is first opened up it is fairly difficult. It was hard to get the product to stick to the hair. After a while I was able to get more control over it and was able to apply it to a small section of the hair. This product is extremely messy. The hair makeup is a liquid so it starts to easily run down you hair if you don’t rub it into the hair. It took a good 20 minutes to blow dry the hair and see the actual result. The color was really pretty. Since it is hair makeup you’re able to wash it off in the shower. I had to wash my hair twice in the shower to get it completely off. This would be a great thing to use for Halloween or a school event at school. If you’re looking to do your entire hair with this hair makeup definitely buy 2-3 bottles if you want the hair makeup to be spread equally and be even throughout the hair.
Amber B.
Kemp, TX
6 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I got the Rose Gold shade and knew it would be beautiful in my daughters hair. She was so excited! We applied it on a small strip of dry clean hair right up front. I peobably got too much close to her roots, but once you get it there its hard to remove. I combed it all the way down the best I could. It is sticky, my hands were a mess, and brush was golden and shimmery. We blew it dry, and that took longer than I expected. If I hadn't brushed it during the drying process I feel like it would have a hard crunchy feeling, but the brushing kept it soft and smooth. Inside light it was kind of hard to tell at first but once we braided it and mixed it with the hair that wasn't colored in rose gold you could really tell the difference, and it was really pretty. She loved it, and can't wait to do it again with more streaks. It washed out just fine. We got this product free from Influenster.
Olivia B.
Milton, WV
6 reviews
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I just got my VoxBox in the mail, when I opened it up I saw that they gave a non- permanent hair color to try out. And of course I was all excited and I wanted to open it up and try it at first sight. I already have colored hair dyed purple at the moment, so I tested out the hair makeup. I have to say that it was pretty good in my opinion! It did all that it said it was going to do. The color looked nice on may hair, which I was a little surprised about for some reason. Like it said on the box, it came out in one wash without really any problems. So, with all of this said, I would have to say that I would recommend this product. If you would like to add a little flair to your hair without having the commitment for permanent hair dye, this product is for you.
Simran H.
103 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
Let me begin by saying I have always decided to never color my hair. I worry too much about the possible damage it might do and what would happen if I didn't like the hair color! I was so glad to receive this and try out the perfect solution. This product lasts until you shampoo your hair. I loved that you could actually see it on my dark hair, and I didn't shampoo it and it stayed! It's nice that if you needed to take a shower but keep the color, it will stay. I wish it was a little easier to apply for larger amounts because it has a smaller tube top. Then again, I wouldn't have wanted to apply it all over my hair so it was fine. I also didn't really like the way my hair feels after applying it, because it was sort of chemically-sticky. It also comes off a little if you brush your hair but not too much. It is a really good temporary product though, because my brother really thought I dyed my hair! The  Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup gets a thumbs-up from me!
Jesseca H.
Carterville, MO
131 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
Let me begin by saying that I have red hair that had like a copper tone to it already. I received a Rose Gold. When I saw it I figured it wouldn't even show in my hair and I was right. The great thing is that it still shimmered in person! I couldn't see the color because it's pretty darn close to my natural hair color, but it was super easy to apply and the process is extremely simple; just squeeze tube until color comes out, apply on strips of hair, blow dry, and voila! It doesn't have a bad smell either. Matter of fact, I didn't smell it at all! I have attached before and after pictures even though it blends. [product:clairol-color-crave-hair-makeup-rose-gold-1.52-fl-oz]
Sarah H.
62 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I was skeptical if this would show up on my hair considering my hair is a very dark brown, but wow did the rose gold color POP! The application is super easy, there’s a built in sponge applicator on the tube— all you have to do is shake, squeeze, and apply directly to your hair! That saves the messy fuss of using your hands or an external brush applicator in my opinion and keeps wasted product & spillage and a minimum. After applying the color directly onto your hair, just blow dry to lock in the color and viola! You have a super pretty, super temporary, easily washable pop of color in your hair. Overall really pleased with this product. When it dries out it doesn’t even feel like there’s product in your hair, just brush it out once it dries and forget about it until you wash your hair next. It comes off easily when you wash your hair too! Going to live out my pink hair dreams whenever I want to now without the permanent commitment :)
Meghan C.
['Minneapolis', ''], MN
4 reviews
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I really like the idea of this product but I had a couple issues with it. I found that it can be very difficult to apply, especially at first, and it's quite messy. It also didn't show up much on my hair color, but it showed up very well on my friend's light blonde hair. This will probably take some getting used to or you'll need someone else to help you. Otherwise, I found the color very pretty and you get a lot of product. It's a fun way to try out some new hair colors without having to commit to it.
Stacie D.
['Toronto', ''], ON
119 reviews
I don't own a blow dryer. Can I still use this product and just let it air dry?
Carrie L.
Burnaby, BC
202 reviews
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