Hi folks Kathleen here with my review of IF YOU DARE by Raquel Welch. I want to first of all thank my wig Cyster for lending me her own wig to review. You’re the sweetest. 👏🏻 I do think its important to see a wig reviewed by more than one person. We all have different face shapes complexions etc. I was so intrigued with this color Iced Lavender. I was a little gun shy though. I’ve tried some fashion colors and platinum colors and they haven’t worked for me. But this color! I have a neutral complexion. My skin is peachy vs pinkish (cool) or yellowish (warm) to keep it simple. I was afraid this color might be too cool for me to pull off.
Above are the product photos and the style of IF YOU DARE. I love the style and color. To me I think light purple when I think lavender and this looked more pink to me. I will have to admit as an artist I am more of a visual person. So when I saw the color swatch all I thought was gee looks more pink than lavender to me. But did I read the color description?…nope! 😜
When I first opened the box containing IF YOU DARE from my wig Cyster I thought…yes! I love the color. It was subtle and muted. To me it had an overall mauve color..or a muted medium to light pinkish purple appearance. Image 3 illustrates the colors I saw. Mauve Lilac and in lower light conditions some muted light lavender with some beige platinum mixed in.
Ok now for the kicker. I went back and read the color description in image 4 and I just about died laughing. It described the color to a tee. Maybe it skimmed over the root color description but the rest of it was spot on. Sooooooo the moral of the story here is read the color descriptions on the color samples don’t just look at the color image. Its very hard to get accurate color images but words don’t lie. Lol
Now for some fun! Here is my first image of this style and color. The color changing Iced Lavender. 😉This was taken outside on a beautiful sunny day but IF YOU DARE is in the shadow cast by my house. Perfect lighting to show the true colors of Iced Lavender. The color isn’t bright it isn’t garish. Its soft & pretty. It has so much dimension and the root isn’t harsh either. Very well done. It is a cool muted lilac in this lighting condition. This is the coolest this color with look. Neither purple nor pink but somewhere in the middle….or neutral. Ahhh and that’s why this color looks gorgeous on everyone.
I could look at this color all day long..lol 💕 It has such nuances to it..bits of lavender and lilac. Beige platinum and silver blend and the medium brown root blended into these colors is what gives Iced Lavender its overall muted mauve coloration.
The root in low natural light appears to be a medium to dark mauve color. Just gorgeous and really alleviates this color to a sophistication that many “ fashion” colors just don’t have.
Image 9 illustrates all the colors and nuances in Iced Lavender. In the front you see the hints of lilac and silver. The beige platinum helps keep this color from getting too cool even in these lower light conditions.
Lets take a look at image 10. All throughout this color are strands of dark brown that cut…or “subdue” the lightest colors and the most saturated colors. I believe this is the key to the overall muted sophisticated color of Iced Lavender. Its not something you notice right away. I didn’t notice these strands of hair until I got this wig outside in natural light.
Image 11 shows me on my covered deck in similar lighting conditions as image 9. Although my shirt is white it appears lavender because of the natural low lighting conditions. Yet this wig color doesn’t look particularly cool or lavender does it? I originally had a berry (cooler) colored lipstick on and my skin looked too warm/yellow so I switched to this neutral shade in image 11. Take note in image 21 I have the berry lipstick on and it doesn’t work. 😉 So honestly tweaking your make up does help when working with fashion colors. My eye makeup was too warm also so next time I would wear all neutral make up colors.
Ahhh outside in bright Sunlight. See how this color warms up? The pink/mauve colors really brighten up and pops.
I would still say even in the bright Georgia sun this color is still quite nuanced and subtle. I know its subjective but to me this color doesn’t scream pink or purple or lilac even in this bright light. Its so beautiful.
The root looks warmer and brighter but still mauve.
I love image 17. Such a gorgeous color and this is what people will see. Most folks just aren’t going to take a close look at the top of your head…well maybe a fellow wig wearer would. 😂
I haven’t even mentioned the style or any specifics of this wig yet. I will say I love the style. Its a little longer in the back so she has a very flattering profile. Loose beachy deconstructed waves which I love. IF YOU DARE is also a heat defiant wig. I have a love hate opinion of HD wigs. I love the no shine aspect but that’s about it. This hair felt and looked different from other HD wigs though. It was airy and light. It didn’t have that clumpy almost oily or dirty hair look and heavy feel that HD fibers have. Absolutely no shine which really helps with the realistic appearance of IF YOU DARE. Those are the pros of this wig’s HD fibers. The cons are that this hair was very dry and had lots of fly aways. It tangled easily. So I sprayed some Jon Renau de-tangler on her ends. This worked well. After my photo shoot with her I use some more de-tangler on her and gently re twirled some of the waves. I wanted to see if it helped with the fly aways. Yes it did. I’m happy because honestly the look and feel of these fibers are wonderfully realistic. I would keep a full bottle of de-tangler and silicone spray on hand though. I also would try and handle this wig as little as possible. Finger style and only use a wide tooth comb sparingly.
I was initially quite happy with the lace front. As I am on all Raquel Welch lace front wigs. The lighter colors are used along the lace front which really helps disguise the knots. After trying to style her off my face I noticed a funky area where the lace front ends on the left side of the part. This is pictured in image 19. If this was my own personal wig I would snip off the thread that is hanging and with my small sharp scissors I would trim back very carefully the dark wefting material so I would see more of the hair. The transition wasn’t done very well. This could be just this wig but its still disappointing. Another thing I would do is trim the access lace off the front hairline. On me its noticeable. I’m not sure if its the color lace they use but you can see the indentation of the lace on my forehead. (This is noticeable on the video at the end of this post). After further inspection I realized the lace wasn’t truly temple to temple. As you can see in image 19 it stops just past the part. This kind of thing bugs me and I’ll tell you why. You know its a cost cutting decision by the manufacturer its not a “style” decision. So you have a lace front for two reasons 1) for realism and 2) for styling versatility. So when you end the lace well before the temple (on one side..really?) to save money you just defeated the versatility of having a lace front. Arghh..ok I ‘m off my soapbox now. Is this a deal breaker for me!….no…I love this color and style too much..😜
One style I was reminded of when I first saw IF YOU DARE was Raquel Welch’s Brave The Wave. Image 20 shows them side by side. Brave The Wave has lots more hair and lots more permatease (so is much puffier on top for instance) is longer in the front and has fully formed barrel curls vs the barely there beachy waves of IF YOU DARE. So if you loved BTW you’ll love IYD or if BTW was too much for you then you’ll love the style of IYD. I will note these photos for this side by side collage was taken indoors with indirect light from my kitchen windows. Isn’t Iced Lavender just such a gorgeous color? This is how she’ll look in most indoor conditions. Honestly I can’t stop looking at her..lol.
So the take away here is if you want a gorgeous sophisticated dare I say “grown up” fashion color in a neutral pink/lilac “mauve” wig on a mid length on trend style with very realistic HD fibers than you’ll love IF YOU DARE in Iced Lavender. Enjoy!
If You Dare by Raquel Welch