Kevin Murphy Shimmer Bug Hair Shadow

Every spring/summer, I struggle with the decision of whether or not I should lighten my hair – I always love the idea, but can’t deal with the extra maintenance and the damage it might do to my hair. Enter, Kevin Murphy’s Shimmer Bug Hair Shadow, which is basically like hair chalk but is meant to add a subtle shimmery lightening affect to your hair. I was pretty curious about this product because I love the idea of having the freedom to lighten my hair for a day at the beach or a night out, and then being able to rinse it out at the end of the night.

Shimmer Bug comes in a dome-shaped container, and when you uncap it, it reveals a solid pan of eyeshadow-like shimmery pigment. You apply it directly to your hair by rubbing it in until you have the desired effect. I would seriously recommend placing a towel over your shoulders to avoid getting the shadow all over your clothes. I also found that placing your hair between a hand towel and the Shimmer Bug when applying allowed me to get more product into my hair.

Below is a picture with the product applied to one side of my hair. You can see that it is visibly lighter than the left side.

before

I was able to give myself a sort of ombre look within minutes, and it lasted about 3 hours before I noticed any fading – however, I was lying in bed for some time, so the contact to my hair might have made it fade faster than if I’d just left my hair alone. One downside of this product is that it can make your hair look a bit dry, so after the shimmer set into my hair, I applied Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine Spray to the ends.

Here’s a couple selfies I took with my phone – the lighting is darker but you can still see the lightening effect that Kevin Murphy Shimmer Bug Hair Shadow gives to my naturally dark hair.

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Kevin Murphy’s professional hair products are sold mostly in salons, but I did find it online for $21.95.

Kevin Murphy Shimmer Bug Hair Shadow Affiliate

Kevin.Murphy Color.Bug Shimmer coloured hair shadow, giving locks instantaneous golden bronze highlights with temporary hair color. It can be swiped onto hair for quick color application, then easily washed out.

Buy Now for $21.95

Beauty in The Breakdown

Formula

8/10
Pigmentation

8.5/10
Application

7/10
Longevity

9/10
Overall Rating: 8.13/10
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  • Cosmetics Aficionado

    May 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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    This looks like a fun way to temporarily change your look

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    May 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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    Wow, that is so cool! I wanted to add a streak of gold to my red hair but my colorist won't allow it. I should […] Read MoreWow, that is so cool! I wanted to add a streak of gold to my red hair but my colorist won't allow it. I should definitely try this. Do you think eye shadow would work, say loose pigments? Read Less

    • myCosmeticBag
      to Allison @neversaydiebeauty

      May 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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      this product has sort of an oily texture to it that dries into your hair, so i'm sure that contributes to the formula. not […] Read Morethis product has sort of an oily texture to it that dries into your hair, so i'm sure that contributes to the formula. not sure if eyeshadow would give you the same effect. Read Less

      • myCosmeticBag
        to myCosmeticBag

        May 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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        actually i just found this: http://www.wikihow.com/Apply-Eyeshadow-As-Hair-Chalk

  • beautybymissl

    May 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    Very interesting product. I have been thinking about trying hair chalks to add some color to my blonde hair, but I have heard and read […] Read MoreVery interesting product. I have been thinking about trying hair chalks to add some color to my blonde hair, but I have heard and read that hair chalks might damage blonde hair. Would this kinf od products also damage blonde, highlighted hair? Read Less

    • myCosmeticBag
      to beautybymissl

      May 18, 2014 at 12:13 am
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      this isn't made of chalk so i'm not sure if it would have the same affects.

  • Eugenia

    May 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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    I've seen and used the colored hair chalks but this is an awesome everyday thing! Very cool!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    May 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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    Great way to do something different with your hair.

  • Melody Robinson Wright

    May 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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    Wow that's pretty neat!

  • Laura

    May 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm
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    what an interesting hair changer! <3

  • Phyrra

    May 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    Ok This is awesome! I wonder what it would look like in my hair

  • Emily Hudspeth

    May 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    This looks so good on you! I always see these but have never tried them. ITs a great way for a quick change.

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    May 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm
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    OMG so fun! I wants!

  • Miranda Mendoza

    May 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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    Cool! I've been seeing a lot of things like this and think they will take off soon!

  • Justina

    May 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm
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    This looks so fun! Last time I got my hair done they had these there and I was so tempted to pick one up!

  • cindyprimebeauty

    May 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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    wow, I'm surprised it looks so natural!! Cool product!

  • Kimberly

    May 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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    Just how totally hot can you make this look!!!!

  • Nidia Doherty

    May 17, 2014 at 12:08 am
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    That is so cool! I got some copper shimmer powder from another brand, and you can't see it in my dark hair. :(

  • FabZilla_Kath

    May 17, 2014 at 12:32 am
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    I'll try this but maybe in another color just to give my boring hair some cuteness

  • Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    May 17, 2014 at 2:34 am
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    I would love to try the shimmer one. I have the pink and it works a treat.

  • Anastasia

    May 17, 2014 at 8:50 am
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    The packaging is so gorgeous!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    May 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    This looks fun! For Summer I think this would be amazing

  • Citizens of Beauty

    May 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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    oh wow, that is a major difference!

  • BTBAshley

    May 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm
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    OMG I must have this product. How long after you applied it did you wait to spray your moisturizing product

  • Iris

    May 18, 2014 at 1:56 am
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    Quite the difference and I like how it shows up very well in dark hair.

  • Honeygirlk

    May 18, 2014 at 2:28 am
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    This looks fun and great for summer for that beachy sunkissed hair look.

  • Betzy Carmona

    May 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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    It looks amazing on the hair

  • Noelle

    May 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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    I've never heard of this but this looks so amazing! What a difference.

  • Sheila Arkee

    May 20, 2014 at 1:11 am
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    That looks like fun!

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