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Beauty Review: Sublime Mousse by Healthy Look L'Oreal Paris

Beauty Review: Sublime Mousse by Healthy Look L'Oreal Paris

I envy my sister Chantal's ability to do her own hair, from at-home coloring to perfectly layered cuts to chic going-out looks. Yup, she does it all! So when she tested out Sublime Mousse from L'Oreal, I was really curious to hear how things went. Keep reading to find out. —BB

by Chantal
While L'Oreal Paris Healthy Look Sublime Mousse Haircolor has been on the shelves for a while now, I found myself hesitating to try it because I was never really all that impressed with their selection of colors. I always felt it was a little limited and after many, many hair color faux pas I really wasn't in the mood to end up with orange, or silver, or purple hair (yes, purple, and no I wasn't trying for purple).

But alas, it was on sale and I had a coupon, and was feeling a little more daring then usual so I picked up a package of Sublime Mousse by Healthy Look in a pretty light blonde shade, although not the same level of coloring I would normally choose (because it doesn't exist).

On the whole I didn't hate the experience or the color my hair ended up. It turned out a very natural shade that blended well with my other blonde and I've had nicely blended roots since coloring. I might be willing to try the dye again just based on the nice, natural looking blonde it left me with.

I'm hesitating, however, because of the actual process of coloring. I've been dyeing my hair for at least ten years, so I'm very familiar with the process and it's a simple procedure for me. This mousse made things way more difficult then coloring should be, and in fact I felt as if though it made it a more dangerous experience. While a common practice, it's still dangerous to use these chemicals around your sensitive eyes and precautions should be taken.

The mousse was a pain in the butt. First of all, it really is more like a weak foam (think foam hand soap), where it sort of deflates and disappears in a couple of minutes. I found this to be annoying for multiple reasons; for one, it makes it harder to determine where you have already applied color, and second, it felt like it was going to run onto my face, which freaked me out.

The other major problem I had with this product was the foam dispenser. Sure, it's clever that it mixes the chemicals together and produces a foam (although I still don't really enjoy the foam) but at the same time it's seriously not easy to try to pump a foam dispenser when you're hands are in foam covered gloves. You have no choice but to massage in this foam (it actually states that you should so that it doesn't drip) so then you go back for more foam, try to press down the foam dispenser top and its all slippery and gross and really difficult to use. I managed to shoot the dispenser across my bathroom twice when trying to dispense with one hand and catch said foam with the other. Sorry, but I'm not really in the market for a hair dye projectile. The second time it almost took out my Chihuahua, I don't think chemical burns would be a "Healthy Look" for him.

So, I'm left a little torn here. I liked the color well enough, but was it worth the hassle of trying to use the foam dispenser? I'm not sure. Beautifying yourself should be a pleasant experience, not frustrating or dangerous; so I probably won't be using this hair color again… unless maybe it's on sale.

Shop it online:
L'Oreal Paris Healthy Look Sublime Mousse Haircolor

Thanks for the review! I've looked at this product several times at the store and haven't tried it yet... After hearing about your experience with the foam dispenser, I think I might pass on it. Sounds like a mess that I'll be making. Do you have any products that you liked better?
#1 AP on 2011-09-07 17:59 (Reply)
I had a similar experience with the product. Nice color, but the hassle of use was just too much for me to bother with it again. Not to mention that the foam was so runny that it got all over my bathroom counter.
#2 Laura on 2011-09-07 19:05 (Reply)
Won't use it. L'oreal has not evolved. They still test on animals. UGGGG.
#3 April on 2011-09-07 19:32 (Reply)
Have you thought about the John Frieda Precise Foam color, I loved the process and the foam dispencer was great your just squezzed the sides and it dispences the foam no projectile! Made hair super soft and the conditioner smelt amazing!
#4 Kaesi on 2011-09-08 07:41 (Reply)
Agreed - squeezing the bottle to get the foam out was super easy with the John Frieda product. The foam was still weaker than I expected, but they say it's supposed to diffuse itself through your hair so you don't miss any spots. And I was never afraid it was going to get into my eyes! Overall, pretty pleased with the results, although I thought application was a bit messy and the color choices limited (I wonder if that has to do with the way the foam formulation is made?).
#4.1 Maria on 2011-09-08 08:51 (Reply)
Yep, had the same complaints and won't use again. I wonder who tests this stuff before it comes out, b/c this never should have made it to the shelf.
#5 Brooke on 2011-09-08 10:00 (Reply)
I used # 50 pure med. brown. I loved it. the color is perfect and the foam really was so easy to apply. My ends did not get more color than my roots ...amazing even color and grey coverage!!!
#5.1 gayle on 2013-02-21 23:20 (Reply)
I have a question...have already purchased this product in the med blond and was wanting to put lighter streaks in my Very RED hair that I died back in October...has anyone applied this to lighten red ???
#6 Shari Wilkerson on 2021-12-22 21:18 (Reply)
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