Kathleen here with my review of Kelsey by Envy. Ok so lets talk about the elephant in the room. Yes!…Kelsey looks a lot like Sonoma by René of Paris. 😉 I will point out the differences and why I prefer Kelsey over Sonoma( which I have and enjoy) I also wanted to get three samples in a range of colors to review. Especially with a curly style I have found wigs can be so different from order to order. I wanted to see how consistant Kelsey’s style was and I thought it would be a nice change of pace to see more than the reds I usually review. Below in image 2) is all three colors right out of the box..no fluffing or styling here.
On the surface Sonoma and Kelsey look identical. They even have the same measurements. Both have no lace-front or any monofilament features…just your standard cap construction. Hmm except Kelsey is more expensive…is she worth it?
In reality Sonoma has a lot more permatease and the hair is denser and the curls more chaotic. My Sonoma was what you would call a “hot mess” when I first took her out of the box…the hair was frizzy and it was hard to see where the permatease ended and the frizzy hair began. There was no way I could have plopped her on my head and taken a photo that looked as good as my right out of the box photo collage of Kelsey (image 2).
Above in image 4) I am comparing the Sparkling Champagne (right out of the box Kelsey) and my (worked on and styled) Sonoma. My Sonoma was very thick. The curls in front fell in my face and were over powering. I ended up thinning and trimming my Sonoma after these photos to make her work for me. I keep saying Kelsey is what I wished my Sonoma was. Now don’t get me wrong Kelsey is still big. Its a big bold look..and depending on your personality might still might overwhelm a petite frame….but the tendrils in front are done so well. The curls are beautiful..pretty & delicate looking. I love how the curls thin out towards the bottom. More refined than Sonoma. The movement is wonderful. The curls are bouncy. The hair fiber is so much softer and silkier than Sonoma. I love Kelsey. Is she worth the extra cost? In my humble opinion..yes. 👍🏻
I knew I was going to keep one…ok so no surprise I fell in love with the Lighter Red…lol 😜 Out of the three she was the most voluminous and the curl pattern was gorgeous. This color has so many more highlights than my other Lighter Red wigs..I was thrilled. The more dynamic a color is the more I love it. Below in image 5) is a photo I took after I decided to keep her and so I styled her. All I did was re-twirl some curls to get them where and how I want them. I will say although Kelsey does have permatease I didn’t find it a problem at all.
Below in image 6) is a close up of both the Sparkling Champagne Kelsey and the Amaretto & Cream Kelsey. Both of these colors were new to me. Sparkling Champagne is a perfect not too warm not too cool not too dark of a root blonde. Quite beautiful. This Kelsey had the most curl. The surprise for me was how much I loved the Amaretto & Cream color. Oh its gorgeous. A nice medium brunette with a darker root and gorgeous caramel mixed highlights. Especially stunning on a wig like this with so much curl and texture. This Kelsey had the least amount of permatease and the most relaxed curl. All in all I would be happy with any one of these wigs. They varied but not to the degree that they looked like a different style wig.
Another view of my Lighter Red Kelsey. Gorgeous. ❤️
Images 8-11 illustrates how these three different Kelseys look right out of the box. Fyi…my wig heads are basically life size with a 21” circumference. This should help you judge where the curls would fall on you. All these photos were taken indoors with indirect natural light. This is how these colors would look in most lighting conditions.
A close up of the Lighter Red colored Kelsey right out of the box.
This is the video of my Light Red Kelsey wig before I styled it( notice the tag is still on) but I decided to keep it while making this video. You can almost see when I decided…it just felt like me on. I took the tag off as soon as I stopped taping..😂
Even in more natural even lighting the Amaretto & Cream’s highlights stand out..sooooo pretty. Look how they highlight and accentuate those curls.
I want you to notice how beautifully Kelseys hair moves in the breeze.
These curls! ❤️
You can see how pretty this color is in the natural light on my covered deck…and how balanced this wig design is. Not too dense not too stringy not too curly not too straight not too much permatease not too long or short in the front….in others words…balanced and beautiful.
Ahh I had to show you these curls and this color Lighter Red again in images 18) & 19) This is what I call my “ magic light” lol ok not really…theses photos were taken in late afternoon on my covered deck facing the sun behind my outdoor curtains..the curtains act as a diffuser so the light isn’t too harsh..this peachy light as the sun starts to go down will make you look 20 years younger..I swear..lol Not really wig review related but might be of interest as a photography tip? 😉
Look at those highlights in image 19! So beautiful..I can’t get enough of this color….hehe. Seriously the take away here is if you liked Sonoma but thought it was a bit too much for you and/ or too big then I would try Kelsey…romantic and edgy….she is beautiful soft and comfy…and she comes in a beautiful selection of colors. ENJOY!
Kelsey by Envy (Alan Eaton)