Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sample Sunday: Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist

Glossybox randomly sent me a box a few weeks ago that looks like it was from one of the Summer months. I'm not sure why I got it but it was free, so hey!  One of the items inside was a small bottle of Alterna's Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist.

I'm addicted to shine mists.  My absolute fave is from the brand Smooth N' Shine.  It gives my dry, dull hair the luster it always wanted.  So I was excited to try this as I've never used a shine mist outside of the drugstore or beauty supply store.

Firstly, it doesn't have the same consistency as shine mists I'm used to.  The ones I've had in the past tend to have a very lightweight texture, that doesn't feel wet if you accidentally spray some on your skin.  They feel more like a dry oil.  Alterna's, however, did feel wet.

Next, the smell.  When I first sprayed it, the concentrated smell gave me the impression of alcohol.  Once that subsided, though, it had a strong scent reminiscent of the way Garnier's hair products used to smell.  Kind of like avocados, which I can't stand.

By the middle of the week, I was definitely not impressed.  I can use my Smooth N' Shine over and over again every day for a week and not have my hair feel weighed down.  With Altherna, my hair felt oily and dirty by hump day.  

Would I be interested in purchasing a full size product, based on this sample? Nope

I'll be sticking to my Smooth N' Shine, thank you very much.  Not only does it work 100x better, it's also quite a bit cheaper.

You can find more about this product at Sephora's website.  It retails for $22 for 4 oz of product.


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