I know that I just gave Rusk some love, but they deserve some more. Not too long ago, one of my fave gal pals gave me one of my fave things – free samples!! I just tried the Rusk Deepshine Color Repair (that’s a mouthful, right?) and it was much more amazing that I expected. I used both the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo gave a good clean, but light enough that my hair didn’t feel stripped. The conditioner made my hair feel awesome. Both smelled great, like walking through a flower garden almost – light and sweet, not overpowering. I have enjoyed most of the sulfate-free products I’ve tried, but these definitely rank among the best.
Sometimes I build up a product so much in my head that when it doesn’t live up to my standards I am thoroughly disappointed. I had two scenarios exactly like this over the last week.
First up, Living Proof Restore Conditioner. I was SO excited to try this. This one built up a huge rep with me, and after trying it I thought, their marketing is genius!!! I remember seeing endorsements from Sephora and Ulta – and in hindsight I’m pretty sure they were purchased advertorials, not unbiased reviews. Anyhow, it worked ok, but I was really glad I just bought the trial set. The full size is almost 30 bucks a bottle. It smelled like some spice I couldn’t quite identify – paprika? red pepper? The whole time I was in the shower I was trying to figure it out. More importantly, it just didn’t have the magic I expected – it made my hair soft, but nothing miraculous like Pureology Hydrate.
Next was the PhotoReady Airbrush. Ok, this one I built up based on prior product knowledge. The concealer in this line is AWESOME. And I will FULLY admit I didn’t completely read the packaging. So imagine my surprise when I go to spray it on the sponges I bought specifically for airbrush makeup, and it spurts out product all over the side of the can. IT’S NOT A SPRAY!!!!! Keep reading. It’s airbrush MOUSSE. Major letdown. It smelled straight up funky too. On a positive note though, it did provide very nice coverage.