Will the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Spray work on brunettes? Let’s find out…

Over the past few week’s I’ve heard lots about the new L’Oréal Paris Colorista Spray range. I mean, come on! With L’Oréal sharing images like this on their Instagram as a testament to what the sprays can do, who wouldn’t be talking about such an easy way to give your hair a funky twist!?

I’ve watched reviews, seen bloggers rave about how cool the sprays are on their social media, but literally did not see one brunette try out the sprays!

Obviously, something like this can work way better on blonde hair, so I was curious – did L’Oréal try to cater for the dark haired gals too?

I decided to take the plunge and pick up both the pale and hot pink sprays in Boots this week to trial on my very dark hair. They cost €8.99 and come in a variety of colours.

First of all, let’s look at what L’Oreal are claiming these babies can do.

They claim, that the sprays:

  • Dry quickly
  • Do not feel heavy
  • Produce an instant colour result
  • Are visible on all hair types

My response to all that is that L’Oreal are telling some MAJOR porkies.

I tried the pale pink spray on my hair first and went through an entire bottle trying to get ANY colour pay off.


When I emptied the bottle I took a brush and combed through my hair and found the results to be EXTREMELY subtle.

As you guys can see in the pictures below I got some very pale pink highlights after using an entire bottle of the stuff, and really, you couldn’t notice them unless you were up close and personal with my head.


With this spray, it definitely felt like there was product in my hair and it gave me a really unnatural volume. But, other than being a tad disappointed that there wasn’t a stronger colour payoff (despite a picture of a model with brunette hair on the back of the bottle absolutely rocking pink hair may I just add) that was the extent of my gripe.

It wasn’t until I tried the hot pink spray that I really began to strongly dislike the Colorista sprays.

I tried the hot pink spray the next night, after washing the previous spray out of my hair the night before.

As you can see in the picture below this spray was A LOT MORE visible in my dark brown hair than the first, but it was also a hell of a lot tougher to comb out like L’Oreal advise.


I’m not sure if it’s because the formula has to be of a thicker consistency to produce a darker colour, but this felt AWFUL in my hair. I couldn’t even get my tangle teaser through my normally, easy to manage hair.

My hair felt so heavy and uncomfortable that I jumped in the shower to wash it all out and even now as I type this, my hair still feels laden with product.

Another down-side to the darker spray was how much it got everywhere when it came out of the bottle. My face, neck, and hands were covered in the hot pink substance, and I had to change into an old PJ top for fear of it ruining my jumper.


All in all, I feel like I wasted €18 on these two. I could understand that perhaps not all colours would be suited to my dark hair, but even though the hot pink shade that did show up better than the first spray, I was still super disappointed with the texture, consistency and messiness.

I certainly DO NOT recommend these to anyone with dark hair!

Have you tried the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Spray? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!