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Kérastase Cristalliste Shampoo and Serum

If it's a hair product that says "fine hair" and "shine" then you can count on me to try it. My main hair concern is how flat and thin it is, and on top of that it looks dull. So when I received the Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Crystal Shampoo and Lumiere Liquide Serum I knew they would be well worth the risk of breaking out (I get pimples from hair products).

Indeed they were!

Let's start with the shampoo. The Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Shampoo (P1,200) is for fine, long locks and promises free-flowing and lightweight hair (btw there is a variant for thick hair). True enough it doesn't weigh down hair - it feels quite like baby shampoo, as a matter of fact. A more fragrant and expensive version at that.

What the Cristalliste Shampoo does that baby shampoo doesn't is it removes product build up like a dream. Do you ever feel like sometimes your hair is so greasy and heavy even though you wash it every day (or every other day)? It's because all the gunk you put on it do not really get washed off completely. Other brands have a full line of products just for clearing the hair, but the Kérastase Cristalliste can do the job in one wash.

Another thing I love about it is that it sort of "reveals" the color of my hair. The first few times I used it I obserbed that the highlights I got last September showed up again! They looked faded out already but this shampoo made the color stand out once more. People were even asking me if I had my hair dyed.


I also noticed that my hair is shinier and more volumized. However, with the volume came the frizz. -_- I have to use more serum and sometimes even holding products just to control the frizz. I also noticed bumps on my temples and forehead but only when I use it for extended periods of time - say two to three weeks. I'm thinking that this shampoo is better to use as a clearing and brightening solution; something to rinse my hair with once or twice a week.

And here we have the Kérastase Cristalliste Liquide Lumiere Serum (P1,300). It's actually a lot like the Kerastase K-Ultime in Millennium Rose in terms of the watery texture. It doesn't weigh down hair (well that is the goal), never feels greasy or smells off once the heat starts beating down on it. It doesn't moisturize much compared to the K-Ultime line of products; it's really more for giving hair that extra shine and bounce versus conditioning it. 


It comes in a 50ml glass bottle. I thought this is the sample size, but apparently there's only the 50ml available here (please correct me if I'm wrong). That's good because at least you won't have to fork over P2,000 for a bottle. It takes forever to finish a Kérastase serum, in my experience!

You should definitely try this serum if you're looking for something that doesn't feel oily or heavy on your hair (and hands). ;) I didn't get any breakouts from it so I'm confident enough to recommend this even for sensitive skin.

Overall, I love the Kérastase Cristalliste products I've tried so far. It took me a while to figure out the shampoo, but I did find out that it's a wonderful clearing/brightening product. I will continue using it. The serum is also pretty good and not too expensive. Go for it if you're looking for weightless shine on your hair.

What do you think? Are you willing to splurge on Kérastase?

Reader Comments (8)

I've heard good things about this brand, but I think its just too much to shed more than a thousand bucks for a bottle of shampoo.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

i dont have qualms spending on hair products kung maganda effect sa hair ko. super damaged ang hair ko buti nalang makapal to haah kahit kulot at least madami akong hair! anyway, i dont think i will be buying this line kasi the cleansing that it does is also something that my snoe invisible wonder shampoo does! im no chemist pero i read in the label na may amonium lauryl sulfate ang shampoo na yan. i ve learned that those sulfates are actually foaming agents in our shampoo that strip our scalp off its natural oils. So kahit na daily ka magshampoo, ang tendncy ng scalp is to overcompensate by producing more oils thereby making your hair more greasy!

if im going to buy from kerastase, ultimate dream ko un yellow na hair elixir!

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

I have heard tons of good things about Kérastase but have yet to try their products. I have extremely fine hair, so this may be a great fit for me.

I don't splurge on hair care products. I find it too much or maybe its just that I don't care that much about my hair. Haha. But seriously, my rule of thumb when it comes to buying cosmetics is that any product that has to be washed off (like facial wash, shampoos and conditioners) has to be under 500 bucks. I'm more than willing to try an expensive skincare line or makeup cos it sits (or sinks) on/into my skin but I find it a waste of money for a product that goes down in the drain. Well it's just me. Maybe if I care that much about my hair, I wouldn't mind spending a lot of money on hair care products/treatments.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

I use the neutrogena clarifying shampoo for removing build up and it works just fine. It's only around 400 and meant to be used once a week. 😄 Very tipid. It makes my other shampoos work better. I wouldn't spend that much for a shampoo. It's too impractical.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergem

I've got insanely frizzy hair. I've tried everything (shampoos and serums) from Sunsilk to Kerastase, but what really works for me is a leave-on conditioner. I don't usually like "gunk" in my hair, but the pleasant scents make me think it less icky.

Second day hair is always more manageable, but I can't resist washing my hair daily. Ang init eh. :(

March 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatromao

I have frizzy hair as well, so I guess this wont work for me. I also don't tend to splurge on shampoo but I don't mind spending on serum and hair treatment because it strays on my hair much longer. I'm quite satisfied with the original elixir ultime although its quite pricey

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Hi mga sis,

Can you give me suggestions if where can i buy clarifying shampoos abd l'oreal products as well? You can email me at Thanks!


May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSahsah

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