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Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup
8 varieties available

Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup

BY CLAIROL #46 in Hair Color

3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.86 / 5 based on 1,367 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.

Ingredients
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.
3 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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.

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

Cons:
*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.
Makayla T.
Boiling Spgs, SC
222 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! :(
Gina C.
Tampa, FL
15 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
ARIYL O.
2 reviews
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I love the idea of this product: hair makeup. Instead of having to dye your hair to experiment with new colors or styles, you can just layer on some makeup that then washes out later. Brilliant!
However, my critique with this product is that if you have darker hair, the color payoff is basically nonexistent. I have dark brown hair (not the darkest of browns, but pretty dark), and the rose gold hair makeup essentially blended in and did not show up at all. Honestly, it's what I expected as I notice most products of this nature have difficulty showing up on darker hair colors. To remedy this, I think the product needs to be much thicker and less watery so the pigment relies on the product mixture for its base instead of the hair itself. This will allow the product to show up no matter what the hair color. I'll still use this product in summer when my hair gets a little lighter or to add some sparkle to my scalp. Otherwise? I wouldn't buy it again as it doesn't show up. 
Simran H.
104 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!
Yelyzaveta V.
CHICAGO, IL
7 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I have bleached hair, so for me, the color pay off was really good and the color showed up vibrant and well in my hair. However, it was kind of a mess to use, and got all over my hands in the process (though it washed off easily). The sponge applicator is pretty easy to use, as long as you're working on hair towards the front that's easy to reach. The biggest downside to this product was that it was wildly apparent I had product in my hair the areas I used it, as it turned my hair hard and wet looking there, and it never really stopped looking like it. I would maybe recommend this more for an updo where you want your hair to stay in place anyways than if you're wearing your hair down, especially if you have straight hair like me, or it'll leave your hair is chunks (not as crusty as hair spray though). The biggest upside is that colorwise it looked really cute, went on evenly, and washed out as advertised. Overall, I would get this again but use it more strategically. 
Jesseca H.
134 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]
Kindred G.
29 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I was really intrigued by this because it was marketed to be temporary color which means it wouldn't penetrate the hair cuticle, but that wasn't the case with this. I tried this on both a dark haired and light haired dollhead to see how well it shows up on either. It shows up fine on blonde hair, but it looks dirty, instead of a proper rose gold color. Only the shimmer shows up on dark hair, none of the rose gold pigment. The sponge applicator is a dud because it doesn't distribute product evenly, so I used a comb to help distribute it. Now, my comb is stained and I can't get the color off for the life of me. That alone brings concern to what it would do to the integrity of the hair cuticle for anyone. When it's dry, it feels crunchy. 
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Tara F.
Syracuse, NY
96 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
Let me start by saying how excited I was to try this product. I am a LOVER of all things rose-gold, and the actual "makeup" is a beautiful shimmery color. However, application is a mess, it doesn't apply the same color as it looks (at least not on brown / dark brown hair. It looked like a muddy brown with a hint of pink on my hair), and it smells like nail polish or spray paint... something I personally don't want to put in my hair.

I think a lot of my issues with the product came from the fact that I have dark hair. I think this might look absolutely gorgeous on a blonde, but if you're a brunette I'd skip it entirely. The biggest issue, application, is not a result of my hair. It comes with a foam applicator that looks promising, but is actually useless. The makeup oozes out of the sides and gets all over. I also think the product is very watery, something I didn't expect. I expected a more gel like consistency.  
Lex Y.
Chula vista, CA
1 review
Review for: Shimmering Rose Gold more...
I was very excited to try this hair make up as it advertised having substantial effects on unbleached hair. The color aspect just wasnt there when I put it on my dark hair as the color of my hair did not appear to change. However it did leave a very pretty sheer glitter over the area I applied it. It was subtle enough that I could wear it too work. Over all it does leave a pretty effect on your hair, but I had expected alot brighter color payoff. Also, i felt the applicator did not work very well. When i was trying to squeeze out the color, it became a bit detached and the color started leaking everywhere. In conclusion, it is a good product if you are looking for the shimmering aspect, not the colored aspect.
Stacie D.
Toronto, ON
125 reviews
I don't own a blow dryer. Can I still use this product and just let it air dry?
Carrie L.
Burnaby, BC
220 reviews
Who else used this product and decided to permanently dye their hair that colour?
Mariah H.
55 reviews
Can you curl your hair after using this?

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