New Season, New Hair: L’Oreal Prodigy Review…

L'Oreal Paris Prodigy Review

Hey Beauty Buddies…

It’s Friday, fall is on the way & I’m ready for the weekend *excited air punch* 😀 Yes, bit of a cheery chappy today chums as I’ve spruced up my follicles and banished those pesky greys back to where they belong. With the turn of every new season I seem to break out a new hair style or colour… my own way of welcoming change I guess! Of course with autumn virtually on our door steps it was time for me to browse the shelves in search of a sassy new hair look that would (hopefully) compliment the rich vibrant tones this time of year brings.

After what seemed like an eternity mulling through a sea of DIY hair colourant kits, I finally set my sights on L’Oreal Prodigy shade 5.30 Tan. A rich warm brown with a hint of auburn, just the ticket for new fall follicles don’t you agree?

Wanna know how I got on? Then grab your cuppa & let’s get started…





Where purchased:

Boots (local store) – click for direct link to product

Unique Selling Points: 

L’Oréal Paris introduces the latest technology in permanent, home hair colour: micro-oil technology. Our micro-oil system perfectly diffuses a blend of colour revealing ultra-fine colour full of highs & lows. Each shade is made of a luxurious blend of multiple tones for an extraordinary natural-looking colour, all without ammonia.

Beautiful, lively, multi-tonal colour – the colour particles are diffused from root to tip, reflecting light to reveal an extraordinary natural-looking colour. Improved hair texture & radiant shine – the micro-oil technology leaves each strand feeling smoother and cared for. Hair looks enhanced: improved visible condition, with healthy radiant shine. All this without ammonia. Up to 100% grey coverage – strand by strand up to 100% grey coverage that always looks natural.



L'Oreal Prodigy Whats In The Box

1) Extraordinary Colour Cream

2) Developer Cream Emulsion

3) Conditioner

4) Two part mixing bottle

5) Instructions

6) Mixing stick & Gloves



The Box Contents: Contrary to the usually cheap gloves and flimsy instruction manuals included in home colour kits, the quality of the content was pretty impressive. I was rather taken by the handy little mixing stick and black stretchy gloves that somehow gave a much more professional feel to the preparation.

 The Formula: Most dyes I’ve used in the past have been pretty runny & messy when squeezed from the bottle – this one however was so easy to apply and didn’t drip or splatter. As for quantity there was more than enough in the bottle my thick mass of shoulder length hair. However if you do have longer locks then I would suggest investing in two boxes – just to be on the safe side. Better to have a little too much than too little right?

The smell:  Now you girls all know how utterly sensitive I am to smells. Most hair dyes tend to leave my eyes streaming however this wasn’t the case with this one. No nasty chemical filled boudoir or half an hour of wheezing whatsoever – very impressed!

 The Conditioner: If any of you are familiar with a 90’s teens perfume called Tribe then you might very well be in for a treat as the smell reminded of it so much… it is gorgeous! It’s quite fruity/florally – refreshingly different to many of the conditioners that are usually included in home hair dye kits. More importantly though; it left my hair feeling soft, bouncy and super healthy with an amazing shine.



If you’re in a mad rush then the half an hour developing time might leave you tapping your impatient foot. Yep, there’s faster developing hair dyes available, however on reflection, I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to be something many tackle whilst racing the clock! If you’re anything like me then you’ll actually enjoy taking your time with any beauty process – it’s all about enjoying a pamper.  Catching up with your favourite YouTubers *Confetti & Curves – ahh hmm* 😉  & a nice hot cuppa will pass the time quicker than you realise!

Okay, it may not be the cheapest option on the shelves but in my experience spending that little bit more on decent colourants goes a loooong way in gaining a much better result. Like most home colours, it did turn out a little deeper than the picture suggested on the box, however the shade usually this lightens after a few washes so it’s not something I’d grumble over too much.

One thing I did find a bit off-putting was the sizing of the gloves. They are incredibly neat fitting with very little stretch –  might be a bit of an issue for those with slightly wider hands or long fingers!



Before: Looking a tad washed out and in need of some oomf!


After colouring (and a little sprucing up)

L'Oreal Prodigy 5.30 Tan Review

Much better… wouldn’t you agree chums?

As you can see it’s really lifted my rather dull looking dark brown hair by added a little more warm & depth. There’s a slight red tone to the shade which is perfect for me considering that my natural hair colour is actually quite auburn – it brings out the vibrancy just a little bit more. Personally I think it’s the ideal shade for autumn: not too dark, but not too red for constantly maintaining an exhaustive upkeep of re-growth on the roots. Perfect!



Most definitely. If you’re looking for an easy to follow hair colourant that leaves your follicles looking & feeling fabulous then I’d urge you to give the L’Oreal Prodigy range a go. The colour is beautifully rich & left my hair feeling silky smooth & smelling divine! For the price tag it’s well worth the investment ladies.

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Have you tried L’Oreal Prodigy? What’s your thoughts on DIY home-hair dyes? Do you have a favourite brand or are you sworn to your salon? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below!

Wishing y’all a fun filled weekend…

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89 thoughts on “New Season, New Hair: L’Oreal Prodigy Review…

  1. I love it! Beautiful! I recently tried lifting my dark hair (it’s the same colour as your before pic) but failed miserably. In fact, it went even darker *boo hoo* perhaps I’ll have to try this one!

    Great review!

    Oh, and I hope you have a fab weekend! Yay, it’s Friday!!! Xxxx

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    • Thanks so much chummy – chuffed you like it 😀 Oh don’t worry I’ve been there too and it’s like ” why even bother?” lol Many times I should add! I have to say this really ha given my hair a good bit of oomf! Definitely give it a go 😉 Thanks for stopping by huni & wishing you a lovely weekend WOO HOO ❤ XXXX


  2. The color suits you well Karen! Gorge! *whistles* which reminds me, I need a new hair color too in my life!
    Something like this, something life changing! 👊🏻
    I know for sure I won’t be finding the similar kind, so I would just have to look for a close one.

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    • Awwh thank you sooo much sweetie – I have to say I’m chuffed to the bone with it!! Really has lifted the dullness and added a bit of life into my follicles lol Oh gee, that sounds like a major high maintenance colour – you have more patience than I do 😀 Have a lovely weekend *huge hugs* XXX

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  3. This colour suits you so well! I’ve always heard great things about L’Oreal’s products, but I’m a Schwarzkopf gal through and through lol. I was trained in a salon that only used there colours though, so I may be biased lol 🙂 xo

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    • Bronagh! Lovely to hear from you sweetie 🙂 Oooh well at least I picked well 😉 Hmm maybe next time I’ll have to give your recommendation a go! I had no idea you are a hair dresser… or did I and have totally had a mind blank! Head like a sieve these days lol Of course, you’ll be biased on what you know and love… maybe someday you’ll give L’Oreal a go 😉 hehe xxxx

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    • Thank you soooo much Corinne, it is a rather lovely shade – brown with a hint of red. Very autumnal 😀 Oooh sounds like two of us are in for a seasonal change 😉 hehe Well, keep us posted if you do give a new ‘do’ a go – have a lovely weekend huni 🙂 XXXX


  4. Love the color 🙂 The slight hint of warm looks great on you.
    The entire kit does make it look very professional and a little intimidating. Back when I used to color (read destroy) my hair, I had the John Frieda foam one which is so easy to apply.
    xx Anne

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    • Blog Twinnie!!!! How’s things? All well I hope! Thank you for the compliment huni, I have to say it’s just gave my dull hair a little boost 😀 Yes, I remember you mentioning that John Frieda foam was very good – think Ill give that one a go next time! Have a fab weekend lovely lady XXXX

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  5. Love L’oreals little products. The color is absolutely superb on you lovely Karen!! Having the original color from your roots show through can be annoying. And then you have to keep touching it up. But all in all, it’s a great look!! 🙂 happppppy Cheetos!! Xoxo

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  6. That is a fabulous shade on you! I’d be way too nervous to dye my own hair, but you look gorgeous – I love the hint of red. I swear by balayage highlights at the salon because I think the upkeep of a full-on dye job would annoy me too much…thoughts? How often do you usually touch up? Balayage is awesome because I just get it done once a year, and the highlights look really natural as they grow out. But obviously if I wanted a dramatic change it wouldn’t fit the bill. Beauty conundrum!!

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    • Really Mil? Gee I didn’t even think of that when writing – I guess it is a scary thing come to think of it but these box colours are so goooood (when you invest wisely) that the process is super easy. Oh I’ve never heard of those highlights before – sounds v interesting and might need to check them out asap 😉 Sounds absolutely perfect – only thing is I’m getting greys *sob* so it mightn’t do the job – you’s young things are sooo lucky!! lol XXXX

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely compliment chummy 🙂 Yes, I love it and it works really well with my pale skin… not too harsh just very warming! You’re spot on, perfect for fall! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend too huni XXXX

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      • It various from year to year on the snow fall. Last winter we had quite a bit though. It seems each we’re getting a little more, which is kind of strange since we’re the most southern part of the northeast of the US. Global warming, whaddya gonna do! 😉 How are the winters by you?

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      • Oooh I’d LOVE a good dose of snow -so pretty!! It’s just the aftermath and all the nasty road slush I hate… not to mention the fact I won’t drive anywhere in it so I’d be stranded lol Our winters are usually more stormy this past few years… high winds, rain, occasional thunder/lightning storms. I live by the coast on a peninsula so the road in and out to the main town is coastal… lots of driving with waves crashing over the top of the car – very dramatic to look at but hellishly scary to drive through Jen 😮 XXXX

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      • Oh that sounds really scary. I don’t think I would drive in that unless I was already caught in it. I once was caught in a terrible down pour and I was literally crying because of how scared I was driving through it. It’s that type of rain where you can’t see through the car window and the road was filling up quickly with water. I was on my way to pick up my mom from the train station and then all of a sudden it start to storm.I’m not big on driving to begin with I only drive when I have to. lol 😀 I don’t drive over bridges, I don’t drive in snow, and if rainy like crazy well then I try to avoid that too. But I do love a nice coating of snow especially around the holidays. 🙂

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      • It really is Jen – but weirdly great fun too lol Oh no, that sounds awful… I’d just have to pull over and not go anywhere 😦 Yes, we’ve had a few of those rainfalls where it’s literally torrential – thankfully I haven’t been out at the time *phew* ahh you sound very similiar to my driving rules… though I can cope with the bridges lol 😀 XXXX

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    • Thank you huni!! Isn’t it such a lovely warm colour? I’m really chuffed with the outcome! Very rich! Oooh I know that scenario only too well Kaily, what about getting it stripped? I’ve heard a few people doing that – no idea what the process is like but it removes all the build up of nasty old colours. Could be an option! XXX

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      • I stripped it myself once and it took ALL the color out… my hair was bleached yellow!!!! We’re half way there, and I’m determined to see it through lol 🙂 I do have half a mind to go let some one put in some dark brown highlights though… thanks for the advice 🙂

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      • Whaaaaat?!?! Are you serious?! Oh my gosh Kaily I didn’t think it would be anywhere near that extreme – nightmare!!! Good for you doing it the natural way, sounds so much better! Ahh, I’m sure a wee brown highlight wouldn’t hurt 😉 hehe XXXX

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