Ion Color Brilliance Brights Pastels Review- Rose and Lavender

I was ecstatic when i got a flyer from Sally's Beauty Supply announcing the launch of pastel colors from the Ion Color Brilliance Brights line. I've dyed my hair with several brands and my favorite part is about 2 weeks in when the color starts fading into a pastel shade.... Here's my humble review and tips on this fabulous product!





When i got to Sally's I couldn't decide between Rose and Lavender so I got both because at about $5 each, it's a bargain. There are four new colors: Rose, Lavender, Azure (seems to be a baby sky blue), and Titanium (Grey.)




These dyes are notorious for being very thick. When squeezing out product from the tube, i suggest squeezing from the top, flattening the tube until you get to the bottom. This is the best way I found to get the most product out of the tube. The picture above shows the color of the  dye and the consistency- similar to toothpaste, maybe thicker. It was difficult to move the dye around with my tinting brush because the dye was so thick.



This is the color of my hair before the application of dye for reference. It was dyed with Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise but since my hair was a bit yellow from the bleaching, it faded to a green/ minty color. I always bleach my hair to about a level 9- a very yellow blonde. Any more than that and my hair gets too damaged but everyone's hair is different.



Applying the dye was way more difficult than i expected. It was very thick so it was difficult to distribute the product evenly throughout my hair. The color processed as I expected. My roots, which were darker and greener than the rest of my hair, turned blue/purple. The rest of my hair, which was very light green, took the pink dye true to color. 



Somehow, this was the finished product. It looked nothing like the colors I saw with the hair dye on, but I still liked it. It looked like candy! However, this is not what I was expecting or what I wanted. It was very blotchy, which I can only guess was the product of uneven distribution due to the thick, difficult consistency. 



A few days later i decided I would give the lavender dye a try, except I would alter my method a little. This time I added a bit of water to the dye and it made the world of a difference! As you can see, the consistency is no longer as thick as the original consistency.  Now I was able to move around the dye with my tinting brush. 


(Sorry for the picture quality on this one)

With this watered down dye, application was way easier. I wouldn't compare the consistency to that of regular dye, but it was easier to work with regardless. This time I was able to saturate my hair with the dye.





Alas, the finished product! I loved it! A beautiful pastel purple. Under the sun the colors look more vibrant, but still a beautiful pastel. 

Questions and comments are welcome! I would love your feedback :) Good luck!








36 comments:

  1. Oh this just gave me hope. I had used the sky blue. and it stayed on like very very well haha. But I wanted to try the lavender so i bleached/removed the blue. and it got me to the color yours was when you started.

    As I type this I have the lavender on my head. But I havent been able to find anyone using it over a teal/mint color. But seeing how beautiful yours has turned out is giving me hope. Hopefully mine will be that pretty pastel purple. because thats what I want ultimately

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    1. i'm so glad i could help! that's exactly why i posted the picture of the "before" color because i know that's what i always worries me. did you mix the dye with water?
      how long did you have the sky blue on for? i want to try their regular line of brights, but i worry that they won't wash off to a lighter color and i love changing my hair color often, but don't like to bleach to take off the color.

      hope your color turns out great! good luck :)

      x

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    2. I mixed it with a little bit of conditioner to make it more workable. which is what I did with the blue. And I had the blue for 2-3 weeks. Its VERY VERY vibrant. It didnt even fade after washing my hair 3+ times a week...

      I had to fade it with head and shoulders. Then bleached a little. and got a color remover. And it left me with a color a little lighter than yours.

      But I would definitely recommend using the colors in the line. They are vibrant and they last.

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    3. that's interesting. my lavender color has already faded a bit. but if i used the bright, regular colors i would want them to fade, so they can get to pastel lol. i'm hoping these new pastel colors have the same lasting power as the regular colors.

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  2. Mine lavender turned out amazing I love it.

    But yea. if you wanted the regular colors to fade that would definitely take a loooong time haha. But I still recommend them. Because the color itself is amazing.

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  3. I currently have pretty blonde hair but it's on the brassy side, I would say it's about an 8 or 9. I bought the "rose" and I'm hoping to get a cotton candy pink. Do you suggest me going platinum or just diluting the color with conditioner?

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    1. i wouldn't dilute the color with conditioner because since the color is already pastel, it might end up too light, especially since your hair isn't platinum.

      hmmm. if your hair is still in the brassy level i think you might have to bleach a tiny bit more for these new colors in this line since they're pastels. i don't think you have to go platinum because, at least for me, i've done these colors and i always bleach to a super yellow blond. going platinum could be risky and damaging. i'm not a professional, but i've experimented A LOT with my hair lol. i have naturally black hair and i bleached my VIRGIN hair, which bleaches way easier than previously processed hair, and i still couldn't achieve platinum. the farthest i can go is yellow blond. my hair was left dry and a little brittle but still in repairable condition. if i would've bleached for longer trying to get platinum, i would have damaged my hair beyond repair. but everyone's hair is different! you may be able to get there, especially if you have light hair and if your hair is in great condition, but just be very careful.

      after that you can try toning the hair a bit to try to take out some of the yellow. purple tones counteract yellow. that's why when i dye my hair purple, after the color washes out it has a gray tone to it. i tried manic panic "virgin snow" which could be used as a toner, but it didn't work well for me as a toner, so i would try another brand.

      yellow and pink make orange, so there may be a possibility of it having an slight orangey tint to it... since these dyes are SO pigmented though, it might turn out perfectly pink!

      x

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    2. Devinpaigepascal try toning ur hair prior to using the pastels. I recomend T18 from wella color charm its awsome dont leave it on longer than 7 min. Remember ur color wheel!!

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    3. I have super bleach blonde hair and i wanted to get a pretty pastel pink. I bought Color Brilliance Rose. i was nervous about getting too dark pink though, so i mixed the dye with lots of conditioner and white toner from Manic Panic (horrible idea). I left it on for about 30 minutes then rinsed.. NOTHING. Still blonde. Soo i tried again and put just the dye for about 15 minutes. This got me the pretty pink i wanted! The problem is this was three days ago and now i have almost NO pink left! HELPP! ..also im now sad becase im ut of dye.. ughhh lol

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    4. Hi autumn!
      This dye is already pastel so it doesn't need to be diluted much. I think you should put the dye on and put on a cap and maybe apply some heat if you want to take it a step further. Also, leave it on for longer. I leave my dye on for hours sometimes lol

      i don't wash my hair everyday, so that helps. if you're washing your hair often it will rinse out the color faster. also, wash your hair with cold water to preserve the color for longer.

      aside from those common suggestions, i suggest you try using a clear semi-permananent (after you dye and rinse your hair.) i heard this helps your dye last longer, although i haven't tried it myself. let me know if this helps! and of course feel freeto ask anything else

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    5. I have used the Purple from Rave and the Teal, Magenta and Purple from ION - I put the Teal in the back of my hair and mixed it with clear shine and some conditioner and some 10 volume peroxide. I could not remove the teal color for nothing. I had the purple around my face on Darker hair and silver on the rest. All the Ion colors are wonderful. I just tried to bleach out all my colors to go white and the remaining base is still there slightly from the purple and a little from the blue. I have bleached my hair 3 times in 2 days. I am about to embark on the pastel purple to counteract the brassiness I have left. The Titanium - silver - is gorgeous if you like that look. I have done that one the most with black framing my face. Now I am just in the hopes of repairing the damage I have just done trying to go platinum. Toner hasn't even helped. Good luck girls.

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  4. Hi, I tried the rose shade on a couple streaks in my pretty light blonde (highlighted) hair & it comes out pretty damn quickly. Any tips for making it longer lasting? I was hoping it would last weeks but really, it's a few days tops! My hair is pretty healthy & I've never bleached it, I'm thinking this may be a factor?

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    1. actually, this was my first time trying this dye and it faded pretty much just as quickly as the other brands, which is within a few weeks. i was expecting this dye to wash off slower but maybe it's because its pastel. i just used one of the regular brights from this line and i'll see how long it lasts and post a review.

      its so strange that yours only lasts a few days, sorry to hear that. i don't wash my hair everyday, so that helps. if you're washing your hair often it will rinse out the color faster. also, wash your hair with cold water to preserve the color for longer.

      aside from those common suggestions, i suggest you try using a clear semi-permananent (after you dye and rinse your hair.) i heard this helps your dye last longer, although i haven't tried it myself. let me know if this helps! and of course feel free to ask anything else

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  5. My hair is natural blonde and I'm seriously dying to dye my hair the rose colour! I've been looking at it for a while but I really do not want to bleach my hair! Do you think it will still come out the right colour? And does it eventually all come out and how long does it take because I don't want to dye my hair blonde after I'm tired of the pink. I only want the pink for summer because I really don't want I start grade ten with pink hair. HELP!

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    1. Hi Sarah! What shade of blond do you have? Could you compare it to a celebrity's hair color for reference so I could answer your question a bit better?

      X

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  6. I am dyeing my hair right now with the Rose color and i haven't washed it yet but it looks very bright i'm kind of worried it might be to bright but im hoping that it comes out like yours xxxxx

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    1. When i had my dye in i was worried about the same thing, but the color came out pastel. Best of luck!

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  7. Hi there!
    I bleached my red hair today, which did not come out the first few times, and like the stubborn person I am, I bleached it again... and again. After a while, it turned out to be a very light golden color, with white on the tips. I wasn't expecting the rose to come out very well on my roots because of how orange they were, although to be honest, they weren't that orange. I would compare them to the lightest color a shiba inu can get. In fact, my hair was exactly like a light colored shiba inu. White and light orange.
    I put on the rose and didn't mix it with anything, fearing that it would be too light. When I rinsed it out, it was as expected. Orange on top and pink on the bottom. So now I'm trying out the azure with the pink tips still in tact. I also bought the lavender, and I am excited to try it out!

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    1. Hi anon! I can completely relate to stubbornly trying to bleach out strong colors. When I dyed my hair green I tried to bleach out that green because it just would not fade. Long story short, i bleached my hair to the point of no return (when it gets rubbery and stretchy) and had to cut it. So please be careful when bleaching! What I used to do when my hair color would not fade and i wanted a change was dye it a strong bright color and it would eventually fade out to a pastel. I'll have a post up by the end of the week of aaaaall the haircolors i've done and hopefully that will be of help to you and others. Best of luck!

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  8. I bought the purple one of the ion brilliance brights and I have dark medium brown hair which i dyed to cover up a magenta color what I'm wanting is subtle hints of dark purple highlights would it show up on the hair I have now or do I need to bleach it first? Thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated

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    1. Hi Cristen! If your hair is the same color as I see in your google+ picture, I think the purple ion dye will work for what you want. That purple dye comes up very dark purple so it will show up very subtle. It might look almost black in regular light and purple in the sun. As you keep washing your hair, it will lighten up the dark purple because this is not a permanent dye.

      Just to be sure, I suggest you do a strand test. Put the dye on for 20 minutes on a strand of hair true to your overall color, wash it out, and blow dry it so you can see the true color. I hope it turns out how you like it! I'd love to know how it turns out!

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  9. My friend put the rose color on my hair right after she bleached it we left it on for 45 minutes and then it literally washed right out. Zero color stayed. Any tips?

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    1. Hi Carrie! I'm sorry for the late response. How light was your hair after the bleach? I think this has happened to me too. Because the colors are pastel and not as pigmented, it didn't show on my hair because it the dye isn't so pigmented. Also, i think color is harder to hold after bleaching because hair is more porous. I'm really not sure what the problem could be, so i can't give you a definite solution. Maybe you can try leaving it for longer and putting a plastic hair cap on to create heat in your hair. Thankfully these dyes don't damage hair, so you can leave it as long as possible. Alternatively, if you think its the dye that isn't working for your hair (because everyone's hair is different), you can buy regular pink dye like Manic Panic and mix it with conditioner to create a pastel pink. Maybe this will work for your hair.


      I hope your hair turns out great! And thank you for reading my post. Please let me know what works for you once you get your pink hair :) Best of luck!

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  10. This was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for having the same dye experience as me, haha. My hair is a little bit lighter of a mint than yours and I recently bought the lavender but have been so scared to try it because I don't want to screw it up. My hair is currently bleached to shit and I'm afraid the color won't take and I'll have to dye it blue again but this page gave me an unbearable amount of confidence in it. Your hair looks lovely and I think that even if I add a touch of pink dye that it'll come out even more vibrant. But just thank you for this. I've been watching youtube videos on getting white hair and dying pastel colors and NO ONE has had much experience with color brilliance or with dying over faded out blue hair with this brand and color. You're a life savior. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  11. The second time around with the watered down version, did you also mix conditioner in with it?

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  12. Hi Avysmommy! I didn't mix with conditioner because I felt it might dilute the color. I didn't want to dilute the color, just make the product more workable. Good luck!

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  13. I am baffled by this product. Tonight I gave my friend peek-a-boo highlights with lightener, shampooed, rinsed, blow dried and applied a mixture of lavender and rose to her pre-lightened hair. It was bright purple in the mixing bowl and while it processed for 40 minutes and it didn't take at all. Can you help me?!

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    1. Hi Mrs.Cheerio,

      When I first used this product it didn't take well either (cotton candy hair photo), maybe this is because of the mix. How light was the hair when you did the highlights? Because these are pastel colors, the hair needs to be lighted to platinum blonde (pale yellow almost white color). If its not light yellow, I would suggest using the regular colors, not pastels. And I would be careful about using purple because it's happened to me where my hair was not lightened enough, I added the purple dye and it toned the hair to brown! I think something like blue or even pink would take better. Hope this helps!

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  14. ION colors are meant to be mixed with developer, not just placed directly onto your hair like manic panic.

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    1. Regular permanent ion colors must be mixed with developer, but these semi-permenant colors aren't supposed to be mixed with developer :-)

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  15. Did your hair turned green after using the lavender color? I have read somewhere that some people were having that issue and I'm TERRIFIED!!

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    1. Hi Anne, my hair definitely didn't turn green with lavender. Maybe other people had different colors previously that caused this? When you use blue dye on blonde hair however, there is the possibility of it going green because blue+yellow=green

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  16. I have almost platinum blonde hair, and want a pastel pink color. I bought the ion color brilliance rose from sally's but I haven't used because I'm not sure if I should dilute with conditioner, water or just put it on how it comes?

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    1. Hi Nikki,
      I kind of recently used the pastel pink color on my platinum blond hair and one side I used it how it comes, the other side i mixed with a TINY amount of water to make it easier to work with. They both worked just fine! :-)

      You can check out the color on my insta post, taken right after i dyed it: https://www.instagram.com/p/1i7kR1y7PO/?taken-by=lovebombb

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  17. Hi!
    I used the rose color about a week ago and I'm desperately trying to get it out! I've washed it about 10 times in the last week and its lightened bit its still very pink and it turned my very pretty white hair into a golden color! Any tips on how to remove the pink?!? I've tried Dawn dish soap and head and shoulders and it doesnt worked!

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    1. Hi Marie! If its a golden color, perhaps you can tone it? Purple cancels out yellow color. You can buy a purple based toner.

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