Kathleen’s Review: Voltage Elite in Glazed Vanilla…comparisons & observations

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I love my new Voltage Elite. I have one other VE plus two regular open cap Voltages. Why I am so excited this time? I am loving the color Glazed Vanilla R23S+. Why you ask? As you might know I love my reds and strawberry blondes 😉…but I am always searching for a very light blonde that isn’t too gold or yellow. I want a platinum blonde but honestly most of the really true ashy platinums don’t flatter my complexion. In this blog I will also compare my other Voltages to each other. Now that I have four its a good time to talk about the variances in wigs. It can be frustrating but usually I “find” each wigs sweet spot and end up very happy.

Lets take a look at image 2) for a moment. Raquel Welch’s Voltage Elite. A beautiful longer layered pixie. I have been asked numerous times if it is as full and flippy as the regular Voltage. Well you can look at the product photos and answer that question yourself. 😉 The short answer is no. She is after all hand tied where as the regular Voltage has permatease to help hold those flips. Now with products like Jon Renau’s piecing crème you can manipulate and style the VE to look more like the standard Voltage. And to complicate matters each wig is different. As you’ll see when I compare all four of my Voltages.

One of the main reasons I love the Voltage Elite and prefer her over the regular Voltage is her exquisite lace front. Look at image 3). The more versatility a wig has the better I say. Yes she has a mono top and has a hand tied cap..and I love those features too but the number one plus in my book is her lace front. One of my complaints with the reg. Voltage is its bangs..you have permatease at the front hairline to give the bangs lift I understand that but it also can be a challenge to have those bangs not look wiggy. A little trim and/or thinning will help that.

Now lets get back to this color Glazed Vanilla. I love that its so dynamic. The base shade is a medium ashy blonde. I would say almost a neutral blonde with very light platinum blonde highlights all throughout the style with a concentration of these highlights around the face. I can’t get away with a pure blended ashy platinum blonde but these medium ashy/ neutral blonde lowlights makes the overall color not as harsh. It softens up the color. In image 4 I compare Glaze Sand and Glazed Vanilla. This photo was taken in natural indirect light. Glazed Sand is not only darker but a tad warmer. Still if you are a fan of Glazed Sand you would also enjoy Glazed Vanilla. Their color distribution are very similar.

Below I compared my EW United wig in Pastel Blonde to Glazed Vanilla. Pastel Blonde is lighter and the color is blended more than Glazed Vanilla. She is also warmer. Not yellow at all. Just a hint of warmth. This photo was also taken in indirect natural light.

Remember I mentioned Voltage has permatease? Well Voltage Elite might not have permatease but she does have baby hairs…these are shorter hairs that stick straight up that help the hair on top keep its volume. A bit annoying to me. Below is my new VE in my new favorite blonde Glazed Vanilla. Beautiful huh? Yes she is…but this particular one has a lot of those baby hairs that stick straight up on top. A way I have found helps tame those is to use some Jon Renau Piecing Crème. You can shape those hairs and incorporate them into the rest of the hair on top. Works great. Now this one has less hair than my first VE. I love that on top because its shows the monofilement features well but you have to be a little careful in back. This one isn’t made to have a lot of flips in the back..her hair should be combed down…ok lesson learned..not all Voltage Elites are the same. What I like about this one vs my first Voltage Elite is her sideburns are a tad longer and flip up. Very cute and after playing with her and finding her style I love her.

Now surprisedly my Glazed Sand regular Voltage is most similar to my Glazed Vanilla Voltage Elite. She does have a heavier bang that I did trim a little but overall she is not too dense nor too short and has an even amount of hair flips. She is way shorter and less dense than my first Voltage in Glazed Fire which is different than all my other Voltages in general. I have my theory on that..more on that later.

I love my Glazed Strawberry Voltage Elite (image 8)This lace front is so amazing. She differs from my Glazed Vanilla Voltage Elite though. She has much more hair and natural volume especially on top. She has a few of those baby hairs that stick straight up( instead of permatease) but very few and they aren’t noticeable. This I like better than my Glazed Vanilla one but she has virtually no flips at the sideburn area(ear-tab)…that I miss but I still love her. Such a gorgeous color too.

Last but not least my first Voltage in Glazed Fire and my first red wig that started my love affair with reds. She is longer fuller with more hair flips galore than all my other Voltages. I wish my other Voltages regular or Elite were like this one..lol Its gorgeous. I did trim a few hairs at the bang area..but I didn’t really need to. My theory why she is so much nicer..longer..fuller with so many hair flips is I believe she’s a first run wig and take note Glazed Fire is also the color Raquel Welch is wearing in Voltages product photos. I believe the manufacturer makes these first run wigs extra gorgeous so we buy more…then they relax their standards…I have no proof its just my opinion…😜

So the take away here is if you are looking for a very light dynamic blonde that isn’t rooted (but doesn’t need one) and isn’t warm but also is not a pure white platinum than you will LOVE Glazed Vanilla R23S+. Also if you want a longer shaggy textured pixie be it regular open cap or hand tied like the Elite and are open to the normal variances in wigs then either Voltage will make you happy….ENJOY!

Product Listing:
Voltage Elite (also available in an open cap and open large cap size)

You can see all of Kathleen’s posts here as well seeing her talent as an amazing artist at KathleenRyanArt.com.



  1. Judy Bishop
    April 5, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    This is an excellent review. I also have the regular and elite version in Glazed Vanilla and I’m in love but I’m struggling to style her and get the piecy look you do. Would you consider doing a quick styling video with this wig? That would be so incredibly helpful!

  2. Kathleen Ryan
    April 7, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Hi Judy…they are all different but I will tell you an easy way is too use a piecing cream like Jon Renau’s Piecing Crème and put a little on your finger tips (very little) and work it into the ends..taking sections until you like the look…then take a spray bottle with water and spray lightly all over your wig then fluff it up with your hands and take a few pieces here and there and have them go in a haphazard pattern…you don’t want anything looking too perfect..the cream on the ends will allow you to shape it and have it go in any direction youd like. I would love to do a quick styling video…I need to master that process..;-).lol..I will work on that…thank you for your suggestion and wonderful feedback..best-Kathleen

  3. Betzie
    April 8, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Wonderful, thorough review! I am definitely going to try that glazed vanilla! Thank-you!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      April 9, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Betzie…Glazed Vanilla is beautiful..have fun with it and thanks for your lovely feedback..best Kathleen

  4. Nicole Rutherford
    April 17, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    I loved your review. Very honest. I have a question. I am 66 yrs old and I love the short, spiky style on me but I’m torn about the color. Is the Glazed Vanilla too young and like… glamorous, for a great grandma? I’m afraid to go full-on silver or white but don’t want to look silly, either. Thanks.

    • Kathleen Ryan
      April 17, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Nicole this is a perfect color if you want the feel but not the look of fullone silver..lol. I normally love reds and warmer colors on me but love this color..its fresh but not glamorous. I’m a jeans and tee shirt kind of person and it goes well with that look. I’ll be 59 in May so I’m not too far behind you 😉 and for me I wear it as my alternative to silver or a really white platinum blonde( which doesn5 look good on me)What I love about is this color is it has some dimension..it isn’t flat. Thanks for the great question..I’d say yes gor for it…a beautiful color for you. Best-Kathleen

      • Nicole Rutherford
        April 17, 2018 / 9:57 pm

        Thank you! You have a new follower!

        • Kathleen Ryan
          April 18, 2018 / 7:34 pm

          Thank you Nicole….🌸..all the best-Kathleen

      • Lorraine
        April 19, 2018 / 2:23 pm

        I so appreciated this post! I am going crazy looking for a light, ashy blonde and this has rally helped me see the color. Is glazed Vanilla shiny? It doesnt appear to be. Now I have to decide between Star Quality and Enigma by RW. Any advice? Thank you Kathleen!

        • Kathleen Ryan
          May 26, 2018 / 10:40 am

          Hi Lorraine thanks for commenting…you’ll love Glazed Vanilla..and to answer your question..no not at all shiny so I was happy. You picked two wonderful styles that I haven’t tried but you know you could always contact the CysterWigs help desk if you’d like some style guidance.. best-Kathleen

  5. Holly
    June 20, 2018 / 2:54 am

    You look gorgeous in every shade and style that you review!

    • Kathleen Ryan
      June 20, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      Awe why thank you Holly..I do try and push the envelope..;-) Thank you for reading and commenting on my post. Best -Kathleen

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