The colors I've used, I've liked but they have their issues!
When I was wanting to make my hair pink, I also wanted to do turquoise. I went looking for a good brand and found PUNKY COLOURS at Ulta. There aren't too many reviews as far I can find, but I figured it had to be better than Beyond the Zone from Sally's and waaaaay better than anything sold at Hot Topic.
These come in short jars made of thick, semi-opaque plastic. The silver lid has a sticker on top with the shade name and is colored to match. It's a rough idea of what the actual color is! It's not exact but it's close enough that you can buy a color with relative ease.
|Thin, slick, jelly-like product.|
Here's a very old, very bad cellphone photo from the day after I decided to have pink hair.
If you've only ever used a "drier," pastey product (such as Special Effects), these can be tricky. I have been mainly using Special Effects so coming back to PUNKY COLOURS was a shock for me. I completely forgot about the consistency and came so close to making a huge mess. My hair never felt particularly dry when I had the dye on my head, something I face when I use Special Effects (don't worry, SE is moisturizing but the dye dries on the hair). Because this really, really stains (alternative colors are, after all, stains on the hair), I have to clean up my face and hair line as soon as I can.
I can happily recommend Flamingo Pink and I want to try Turquoise again (it was pretty while it lasted!). Plum is great for a deep purple but not so great if you want it to stay dark purple. These are $9.99 at Ulta but the price can be taken down with their $3.50 off $10 coupons. I might check out more of the colors as I hunt for a replacement to Nuclear Red (Special Effects isn't currently manufacturing but the brand hasn't shut down completely—manufacturing issues is all).
I didn't swatch these because that would be a bit silly and you've seen my hair before!