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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Review | Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish

This product was a free gift with the most recent issue of Glamour, with a choice of four products - Splendidly Silky Moisturising Shampoo and ConditionerQuite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish, or Totally TLC Hydrating Mask. Having heard poor reviews on the Mask (another reason I love blogging!) and being happy with the shampoo and conditioner I'm using at the moment, I went for the Finishing Polish. The sample tube provided was a generous 100ml, nicely presented in a cream-coloured squeezy plastic tube with a screw-off lid. Interestingly, this retails on the Percy & Reed website at £4 for what is described as a "50ml Trial Size". Stockists of Percy & Reed products include SpaceNK, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and it can also be bought online at ASOS and Beauty Bay. The only place I can see the Finishing Balm is the Percy & Reed website itself, however. I did notice that there is not only a dry shampoo but also a dry conditioner, which I'm interested in trying. I may end up making a cheeky purchase once the old student loan comes through and I can afford to eat and pay my rent once more. (Dead links removed, apologies for any inconvenience caused.)

I've read a couple of reviews by people who thought the packaging looked cheap but personally I really like it - it's classy and simplistic, obviously this is a personal preference matter but I find it looks nice on my dressing table!
The instructions on the back of the tube recommend that you "Use a pea-sized amount on hair to smooth, control or groom unruly hair. Use a little more to add definition and hold."

Here is my roughly pea-sized amount. Now, I have a lot of hair (past my bra strap and quite thick) and this made it greasy. The next time I used it, I went for about half this much, rubbed it into my palms as if it was a hand cream, then ran my hands through the mid-lengths to ends of my hair. This removed most of the product so that I could just run them gently over the top of my hair to smooth flyaways without making it greasy. I find that this way, it works really well for me. Less really is more with this product - you can always add a bit more if you want to but unless you're a fan of the greasy look, use sparingly. It's also quite strongly fragranced so you end up with very scented hair if you're not careful! Below are my before/after shots, before on the left. You can see my hair is smoother afterwards. You can also see my confused morning face for which I can only apologise.

And would I repurchase? At £8 for 100ml, I think this is pretty average in price for this kind of product, and since a little goes a very long way, I feel it's good value. So, yes, I would repurchase!
Did you ladies get any Percy & Reed goodies with Glamour? How did you get on?

(Disclaimer: This product was a free gift with a magazine. As always, my opinions are honest.)

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