TRESemmé — Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System Review

TRESemmé, the international hair products company, is releasing a “Reverse” haircare system that consists of conditioning the hair before shampooing. Sounds weird, right?

I’d heard of co-washing before, but not this; and yet, it appears that this reverse method of hair cleansing and conditioning has been around for some time (see this overview at Nouveau Cheap, which I’ll reference later in this post). TRESemmé, of course, nearly talk about their system like it’s ground-breaking—it’s new and a game-changer—but to be fair to them, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw their new product line!

I recently signed up with Topbox Canada’s Glam Sense program, which occasionally sends products to participants in exchange for reviews. The TRESemmé package I received last month is the first time I’ve ever participated in Glam Sense.

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, December 2015

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, December 2015

What I Received

The three full-sized products I received for review are:

  • Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner (16.5 fl oz / 488 mL)
  • Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo (25 fl oz / 739 mL)
  • Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer (2.3 fl oz / 70 mL)

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, Beauty-Full Volume Set, December 2015

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, Beauty-Full Volume Set, December 2015

TRESemmé x Glam Sense Box, Beauty-Full Volume Set, December 2015
Peanut interference.

As I said, I wasn’t familiar with this method of hair conditioning, so I was pretty excited to try it out!

I’ll lay out the facts about my hair now, so that we all know what we’re dealing with in this review:

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Luxe Box packaging

Luxe Box (Canada) — Fall 2015

Last month (yes, before I decided on a low-buy for the fall!), after unsubscribing from Ipsy and Birchbox, I decided to try out another subscription box with my newly released funds. I went for Luxe Box, which is a seasonal box that costs $26 per quarter, though you can get a slight discount for signing up for more boxes at a time.

I signed up with the semi-annual option: two boxes for $25 each. The annual option gives you four boxes for $24 each. (At the moment, I cannot see the semi-annual option on their website, just the quarterly and annual options.) Shipping is included, at least for the Canadian options. It appears they do ship to the US and other countries, but their website makes it a bit difficult for me to find out details.

You receive 7–8 trial-sized items in each curated Luxe Box. However, I was pleased to see that I actually received three full-sized items in my Fall box. Some time last month, they also offered their subscribers a “Beauty Surprise” for an additional $10. I took the plunge and received a lipstick as my Beauty Surprise.

Luxe Box Canada, Fall 2015, with $10 Beauty Surprise

My only complaint so far with Luxe Box is that their website is very underdeveloped. Even when logged into my account, there are no details about my box, what I have the possibility of receiving, no social aspect and no reviews. You can buy a few boxes, subscribe, see your account details, and that’s about it. There are dead links here and there, as well. I feel that they really need to work on the site, as it’s very lacking and uninspired compared with the Ipsy and Birchbox sites. It looks nice enough, but functionally, it doesn’t inspire confidence, which is part of the reason why it took me so long to actually subscribe to it. Only others’ positive reviews made me take the plunge!

As a side note, I only just discovered that earlier this year, Luxe Box merged with Topbox (which is the only other subscription service I use at the moment).

From Canadian Subscription Box Addict:

As of April 15th, 2015 Luxe Box has merged its operations with Topbox. Going forward Topbox will run both Luxe Box and Topbox business and operations. Both services will continue to operate under established names, and Luxe Box will continue to maintain its unique brand identity.

Huh. I guess I’ll see if the content of the two boxes starts overlapping!

What I Received

All prices in C$, unless otherwise noted.

Luxe Box

  • (be) DELECTABLE by CAKE BEAUTY Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Coconut & Cream (60 mL, travel size) [MSRP $7, or $12 for 118 mL]
  • CIATÉ Paint Pots in Brocade Parade (13.5 mL, full size) [MSRP $15]
  • LANCÔME Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream (15 mL, sample) [MSRP $92 for 50 mL]
  • MEDUSA’S MAKE-UP Lip Gloss in Loud Mouth (6 mL, full size) [MSRP US$9]
  • pūr~lisse pūr~delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover (30 mL, sample) [MSRP $36 for 165 mL]
  • SHU UEMURA Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil (30 mL, sample) [MSRP $69 for 150 mL]
  • YVES ROCHER Grand Rouge Lipstick in Bordeaux (34) (3.7 g, full size) [MSRP $19, though the price has recently jumped to $20]

$10 Beauty Surprise

  • LIPPY GIRL Vegocentric Lipstick in Boss Lady (5 g, full size) [MSRP $23]

Random Additional Item

  • TRESEMMÉ Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray (45 mL, sample) [MSRP CA$5.99 for 200 mL]

Here are some additional photos of all the items:

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Topbox August 2015

Topbox (Canada) — August 2015

My August Topbox arrived on Monday, and while it’s a little bit more underwhelming than the last one, it’s still got a few things that I’ll end up using, so I am reasonably pleased with it.

You’re only supposed to receive four items in each Topbox, but every month they seem to send an extra sample or coupon, and this month I got a TRESemmé sample in addition to my actual Topbox.

What I Received

Topbox Canada

Regular Topbox

  • DERMAdoctor KP Duty Lotion Dermatologist AHA Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin (30 mL sample) [MSRP CA$49.20 for 118 mL]
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (sample) [MSRP CA$72 for 30 mL]
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray (53 mL, sample) [MSRP CA$9.46 for 300 mL]
  • ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss in Striptease (4 mL, full-sized) [MSRP US$20]


  • TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray (45 mL, sample) [MSRP CA$5.99 for 200 mL]

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