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Rated 3.91 out of 5 stars
old formula was super drying, damaging, too harsh because iirc it had SLS (sodium LAURYL sulfate, that's the bad one. sodium LAURETH sulfate is fine and wayyyy more gentle). old formula was super basic too not much different than pantene, which I hate. this new formula is actually SALON QUALITY like it should be for the price. I can see lots of people r saying they hate the new stuff because it doesnt lather as well or clean as well. well duh, they (thankfully!) got rid of the harsh stripping SLS! if SLS works for u than I can see why ur upset about the change, but i hate and cannot use SLS on a regular basis. only to clarify occasionally, plus now it has so many more nourishing ingredients so i for one am happy. it doesnt claim to be a shampoo for OILY hair, it's for it's for fine hair, and fine hair is usually fragile, so this is a great improvement imo. but I think they should make one for oily hair with a formula like the old version of this to satisfy fans of the old version who say this new one isnt cleansing enough. I have fine wavy hair but TONS of it and this is great for me, does not weigh my hair down at all and gives me natural volume but I DO NOT have an oily scalp, am not particularly acne prone (tho I do sometimes get cystic acne on my scalp from certain products-usually from too much dimethicone in shampoo/conditioner, and this does not cause that problem). the only negative where I do agree with everyone complaining about the new formula and also why I knocked off a star, is THE OLD SMELL WAS WAY BETTER. I really dont understand why they couldn't keep the old smell, it was amazing and made me want to use the old formula even tho it was too harsh. everyone loved the original smell, it was legendary. why change that? :( it would be so easy to change the formula but just keep the smell and I don't know anyone who disliked the original scent...
I wish I had never bought this product. Over the last few months, i had been losing so much hair every time I showered. Since I have curly hair, I did not immediately suspect that my shampoo was causing it (since I can't brush my curly hair, I usually have more fall out in the shower). But this was more than normal. I thought the increased hair loss was a "me" problem. With this thought in mind, I rushed to take vitamins that would help hair growth and lessen the loss I was experiencing. One day, months later, I tried a different shampoo just because. I saw maybe five strands of hair lost versus the at least 30 I had been seeing after each wash...The next time I showered I used the other shampoo again. Same thing happened with barely any hair loss. Tried it a third time, and barely and hair loss. I had been using this shampoo that was causing so much hair loss for MONTHS. I wish I had known that this shampoo was causing it.
Nikki from Pittsburgh
I've been using this shampoo for over a year. It's great for my color treated hair, and smells great!
Lisa from st Paul, mn
I love this product and think more people should try it for the great quality
Ms.Disappointed from Omaha, NE
I was an avid user of the original color brilliance line and would be constantly complimented on how good my hair smelled. It was a soft, non intensive shampoo that could be used daily. They all of a sudden added like caviar and RUINED the scent of the product as well as I don't feel this gives my hair the same luster the old did. PLEASE bring back the old formula
Gama from nj
This is not the same as the old formula. Horrible! After many years of using this product I had to branch out and try something new. Thankfully I found a new product until Wells decides to bring back the old formula.
OC Girl from Orange County, CA
I know it is tough to adjust when a company changes their product. Sometimes it's better, sometimes it simply different, and other times it is immeasurably worse. This is one of those times. I had been purchasing the previous formula for as long as I can remember. My hair felt clean, it was shiny, and my hairdresser always commented on how healthy my hair was, even when I went too long between trims. As a bonus it also smelled really nice.
This new formula is so incredibly, horrifyingly terrible I can't even begin to put it into words. My hair felt weirdly dry but also heavy and oily after using it. The smell is cloying and unpleasant. And worst of all was how unhealthy my hair became.
I have spent months trying to find good products to replace my beloved Wella products and hold out hope I shall find them one day. In the meantime, I will not be using this atrocity.
K$$Hs from Paducah, KY
I have always been a shower conditioner girl, but this product has changed my entire world. Leave in conditioner is the way to go. My hair is no longer frizzy or out of control.
Emma S from Florida
I honest to god can't even begin to say how disappointed I am in this product. First off let me say the old version of this shampoo was GODLY. It was by far the best shampoo I ever used. It reduced oil on my scalp while helping prevent dandruff, and made my hair smell so good and feel so light and fluffy. However, this new one is HORRIBLE! I truly love Wella but I have absolutely no idea what went so horribly wrong in this product. Not only have I had such oily hair and unbelievable dandruff, but my mom and sister (who both have dry hair) have also had this experience. I thought maybe is was my family's genetics but after looking at reviews there is so many people who have had the exact same problems! The day after using this product my hair is so flat and oily it looks like I haven't washed my hair in weeks. Whenever I brush or even rub my hair, flakes of dandruff LITERALLY come raining down. Wella, I love you, but for the sake of literally everyone using this product, PLEASE switch back to the old formula.
Jill from Wilmington, NC
Nessthebest from FL
Hate it my hair got greasy quickly. It also feels heavy from it. Opposite of silky smooth effect.
Cds26 from Ohio
I LOVED the old version of this. This is okay but the old was fantastic.
Bring back the old!!
Lilo from Mountain View, CA
I used the original Wella Brilliance shampoo & conditioner for YEARS and I always loved it. Unfortunately, they changed the formula and it doesn't perform as well. It's not terrible but the old formula was much better and smelled amazing. I'm so sad - this was my favorite shampoo!
Kylle from Kansas
Always have loved wella products since being introduced to them at beauty school this shampoo makes your hair feel great
Sass from Midwest
Makes my hair soft, not frizzy and smells great. Usually use every 2-3 days. Thick, Fine hair with Normal oils. I do not have a problem with overly greasy hair. If you do, try changing our your pillowcase nightly or putting a clean towel on your pillow to sleep on. Also, if this is a new product for you, you have to give it at least 2-3 weeks to work. Your hair and scalp have to acclimate to it and then adapt your scalp oils accordingly. Don't try it once or twice and then give up.
Tones from Lake Havasu
Have used this shampoo for years. The new formula is horrible. Doesn't suds well. Leaves my hair super greasy. Sadly I'll be changing shampoo lines. I wish I hadn't bought the industrial size. Stuck with a bad product.
Faith from Virginia
I absolutely loved the old formula and it was my go to shampoo for 3 years! I have color treated, super straight and thick Asian hair so it worked wonders before. With this new formula it doesn't lather well and the conditioner seems to dry out my hair more. I've also noticed that my hair has been falling out a lot more. I've also used Wella's fusionplex shampoo+condition and that worked pretty well for my hair. It gave similar results as the old formula. I definitely think it's time to switch things up.
MJ from Iowa
I just got the shampoo and conditioner for normal hair and have used it once. It's definitely not as good as the original brilliance for fine/normal hair. I think the smell is too strong and too...musky(?). Can't quite put my finger on it. Felt like I had to use way more to get my hair clean. My hair is now almost dry and it still feels a little greasy. Hope the company sees the negative reviews and switches back to the original formula. Won't buy again and may return if I still don't like it after a few washes.
Anonymous from NC
I have used this shampoo for several years, but the new formula is horrible. I never feel like it gets my hair clean, and it's thin and runny. So, it takes way too much shampoo to even attempt to get your hair clean!
sr from USA
The old formula worked really well. The new formula's scent is too strong, doesn't lather well, and leaves hair greasy. I wish they hadn't changed the formula.
Christina from Plattsburgh, NY
I purchased this after recommendations from others after getting a fun color done. Not only does this stuff not lather well at all, my hair is a complete greasy mess with in a half a day after "washing" with it. It's only been a week and I wash my hair every other day, working on building up to every 3 days. The new color I paid over $200 for last Saturday is almost already completely faded after only three washes with this shampoo. Every time I rinse, the water is reddish pink. Reds tend to stay in my hair for about a month before drastic fading. Not this time!
Solicito from Renton Washington
Love the scent
Lucy from Collegeville, PA
I loved the old formula but this one just doesn't do it for me. I tried to find some bottles of the old formula online and can't seem to do so. Now I need to find something new to use. I am glad that I have finally used up my bottles of the new formula. I won't be buying it again.
Princess SH from Rockford, IL
Makes my hair soft and shiny and smells amazing!!
No nickname from Naples, Florida
I use this shampoo daily
Jess from Pittsburgh
I LOVED the old formula and i bought so many bottles during the half off sales in the past. This new formula is AWFUL! It smells alright still but no where near as nice as the original, and it doesn't last on the hair. With the old formula, i could make it 2 or 3 days before washing again, but with this new one, i have to wash my hair nightly or else it'll be a grease ball in the morning. SO disappointed.
Adri from Arlington,TX
Great smell😍 hair stays smelling clean