Video Wig Review: Janelle by Noriko in Chocolate Swirl

Whoo, that Angelica in Illumina-R was pretty polarizing – some of you loved it, some of you hated it, but everyone had an opinion! As a palate cleanser, let me share this video of Janelle so we can all move on.ย Just kidding, everyone; even those who disliked Angelica on me did so with tongue firmly planted in cheek, so no hard feelings (kudos to Neo1 who won with best snark by telling me I had to pay for my wig sins with “threeย hail Mareys”).

Personally, I don’t care for it either. Angelica, I mean; Janelle is LOVELY. Why isn’t this one getting more attention? I don’t see or hear a lot about her, but she’s a keeper. I was having a hard time comparing her to anything else I’ve tried when I was filming, but in looking at the vid she reminds me most of Amore’s Brandi. Janelle comes in a wider array of colors and isn’t quite as heavy, though; Janelle also stays out of the face better than Brandi, which has a pretty chronic face-flopping problem.

Also, while filming, the wig was reading so dark in the flip screen, but when I viewed it on my computer the color looked more accurate. Who knows. I still barely understand all this video stuff. Speaking of video stuff – Vimeo is waiting for Apple to release an iOs update to fix the whole can’t-view-it-on-a-mobile-device thing, so for now I’ve adjusted my privacy settings more than I’d like to avoid the inevitable slew of “I can’t play the video” comments I’ve been getting on every review lately… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do wish Apple would get a move on and fix whatever’s wrong so I can maintain tighter privacy control again; y’all know what a control freak I am about my vids.

Anyway, here’s Janelle in Chocolate Swirl (oh and by the way, one of the film editors I used downloaded a bunch of Spring-themed transitions, so I had to use them even though they are corny as hell. Sorryboutit):

And yes, I did actually say in the video that the monofilament part “looks kind of well.” And this from a former English teacher?! I have no idea how that came out of my mouth.

23 thoughts on “Video Wig Review: Janelle by Noriko in Chocolate Swirl

  1. This is such a beautiful style. Really wish they’d add something similar to Amore with some beachy waves. Janelle reminds me of a shorter Angelica. Looks amazing on you and so does that turquoise color! xo Rachel

    • ROP seems reluctant to embrace trends (which is why Bennett was such a surprise) so I suspect we won’t see any beach you waves from them for awhile yet. Although they did finally do some ombrรฉ shades…the interesting thing is once they do get on board with something, they do such an excellent job! Maybe that is why; since they don’t jump on every style bandwagon they have more time to focus on getting the trends they do embrace right. Although, those latest Amore XO wigs were a bit of a flop, IMHO.

      • Totally agree with you on the new styles. boo hoo! I was so looking forward to getting one for my birthday and then I saw the choices and just wanted to cry! I made sure to tell them how much I didn’t like the new styles too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Thank you so much for the review. Janelle looks lovely on you. You also have a beautiful smile ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Beautiful! Is it me or is it longer than it appears
    in their marketing photos? I wonder why they don’t give more lace options. *sigh* If that just had a couple of inches of lace at the part to keep the cost low, it would be perfect.

  4. Wow! That looks fantastic!!!! I definitely want this one! Watching these reviews of yours is bad for my budget! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had saved this earlier as one to potentially buy down the road but had no idea it was so gorgeous on! The color is awesome as well. Does it have similar color tones/shades as Almond Rocka? It seems the big difference is the highlight is more pronounced in this? I saw your other video of Almond Rocka on Misha. Originally I had thought I’d eventually get this wig in that color, but now I’m torn. I am in love with Chocolate swirl after seeing this video.

    Thanks for the review! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Almond Rocha has a reddish undertone that Chocolate swirl doesn’t have; it’s also much more highlighted and CS is darker. So not really a lot in common, IMHO.

  5. Finally got it to work. Wow super pretty shape on this one and of,course the Color is pretty I’ve worn it before on my very first Jackson.

  6. I’m not commenting on the wig, though it does look great, looks soft. I just wanted to say how much I loved your little pretty flowers and stars and bubbles, in-between. Cute!

  7. What a beautiful style!! I’m waiting a bit before buying this one as I think it’s a little overpriced for the mono part vs a full monitop. When I do finally cave in and get it, I think I’ll get this color. It just looks so stunning in this style! Thanks for another awesome review! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • I’m leaning more towards mono parts lately anyway; you get the benefit of some permatease that makes the hair easier to manipulate. But it has its drawbacks, as anything does. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Back with a question on this one if you don’t mind… I’m considering buying this soon in the same color as I LOVED this review so much! (Unless you still have this and wanted to sell! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    I’m just wondering, cap style aside, how do you compare this style with Zara and Angelica? Zara worked great on me… Angelica…not so much. I think it was the way the front layers sat on Angelica perhaps. It didn’t look great. Any thoughts on how this compares between those two? Is it similar to Angelica at all?

    • I really wouldn’t compare these three, they’re all pretty different. Angelica is just LUSH, that’s the only way to describe it. It’s a glam wig with a TON of lift to it that makes it pouf, albeit in a beautiful way.

      Zara to me is the ‘simplest’ of the three; pretty sure it’s also the longest. It’s long and straight and nowhere near the density of Angelica, but I still wouldn’t call it low-density. It also has the longest layers…of the three it’s my favorite. I love Zara.

      I’d say Janelle is somewhere between the two, I guess? It’s more layered than either of them, especially around the bottom; and while it doesn’t have near the pouf of Angelica it’s not as simple as Zara, either.

      Janelle is not as full of PT as Angelica by a longshot, so I don’t think you wlll have that issue with it. But it’s probably still going to feel more glam than Zara. Hope all this rambling helps, LOL!

  9. Okay, great, that really helps. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Zara is fantastic. It’s hard to beat in my mind but I really want to try some of Noriko’s colors. This one looks amazing on you so if it looks half as good on me, I will be happy. I wish I could put my finger on exactly what made Angelica not look good on me as it looks so great on so many other people. I think I’ll give this one a try. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for the thoughts!

    • It’s worth a try; FWIW my favorite long Noriko wig is Robin, but the PT in the crown is tough for a lot of people to tolerate. Wish it came in more rooted colors!

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