Is the packaging pretty? No. Does it have a fancy name? No. Is it being advertised in flashy commercials? definitely not. But those are likely some of the reasons why I was able to buy these Generic products for $5.99 apiece-- whereas the real Matrix Amplify sold at Target cost $15.00 apiece!! Generic Value Products sold at Sally Beauty Supply are something those with high-end tastes but small budgets should look into.
The shampoo and conditioner I picked up are the generic versions of Matrix Amplify, a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. I'd like to just say that although I'm a sucker for cute packaing-- I kind of like the fact that the makers of Generic products just said, *hey, we're not going to beat around the bush here. We're putting out the exact same products as brands like Matrix- so let's just make it blatantly clear to consumers*. At least that's what I imagine was said.
As far as this particular product- I've been using it for a little over 2 months now. During that time (winter season) I've noticed that my hair has been so manageable when I style it in the morning. Usually the dry winter air makes my hair very staticky and tough to work with. A quick hit with the blow dryer in the morning- and my hair has great volume already... I don't even HAVE to use a mousse or other volumizing hair product if I didn't want to. The scent isn't anything fantastic, but not bad. Of the two- the conditioner smells the best. I would definitely recommend this duo to fine-haired ladies like myself who like to make the road to BIG hair a little less bumpy. Keep in mind- a great shampoo and conditioner alone won't give you so-called BIG hair-- you have to do some work of your own... what I'm saying is that these products seem to make the process easier.
GVP also offers shampoo/conditioner/styling product knock-offs of other brands- including Paul Mitchell and Nexxus. Check this link learn more about what's available:
Another interesting feature-- on the back of the bottle, Generic Value Products list the ingredients in the generic product- side by side with the brand name product. At least with the two products I have-- those lists are exactly the same!! You're working with the same product here people! Why pay for a fancy name and packaging? If those pricey shampoos and conditioners are burning a hole in your pocket, skip on over to Sally's and see if they carry a generic version. :D
Thanks for stopping by the blog everyone! ALSO- thank you so much for those who have been contributing ideas to the MAC dupes forum. Keep in mind that once that post is off of the main page- there is still a link on the right side of the page that will take you there directly. Keep the ideas coming!!