Video Wig Review: Brittaney by Envy in Amaretto and Cream

First of all, I didn’t spell the name right in the video – but honestly, of all the spellings I’ve ever seen of this name, “Brittaney” is not one of them. So kinda not my fault. Moving on.

This was the second video I shot using a different camera, settings, etc. and for whatever reason, it came out a lot better than Madison did. I am nothing when it comes to video if not inconsistent. Double negatives and all!

Anyway, this is a pretty wig but not much like the promo photos. The more I look at it the more it reminds me of Carrie by Noriko, but with the added monofilament top.

Video Wig Review: Madison by Envy in Amaretto and Cream

Filming video will vex me forever.

I am constantly trying to improve the quality of my videos, even though no one cares but me. The best I ever got at it was using my Canon 7D and specialized settings I meticulously researched online; but at the time getting the proper focus was a nightmare because I have no way of seeing what I’m filming with that camera (no articulating screen like my crappy little Sony has) and it didn’t have auto-focus while filming. I think my SL1 has autofocus, but I literally just thought of that right now and will have to look it up and see. It’s always like that with me when it comes to filming – I am torn between wanting to do it properly and just getting the damn video made, already, and in the end I usually land somewhere in the middle of those two.

Part of me thinks if I would just stop trying so hard, turn the damn camera on, and hit record everything would be fine, because that’s what everyone else seems to do and I swear their videos look better than mine – but then there’s always something that bothers me when I go to edit and I get frustrated. Color balance, for example. This is something I think most wig reviewers don’t think much about, but it is something I’m always determined to get right, and since I don’t know what I’m doing I think I make things worse rather than better. I always end up looking too warm no matter what I do, even with the auto white balance I think other people use. It will bother me forever. Grr.

And a lot of people ask me why I use these backdrops when I film instead of just shooting with the room around me. There are a lot of answers to that question, but the main one is that there aren’t many spaces at all in my house that are good for filming, for various reasons, and the one space that’s most convenient is the same space where I’ve been hanging backdrops for photo shoots for years, and the honest truth is that the wall is a damn MESS. So many backdrops hung up there and different racks and rods and stands have banged up against it, that it’s really horrible looking – just loaded with holes of all sizes and scraped paint and metal smudges everywhere. I just can’t bear for it to show so I cover it up; it has some sort of backdrop draped over it all the time now, even when I’m not shooting!

Which leads me to the ridiculous backdrop I am using here – I bought yet another type of backdrop stand that I wanted to test out, but before I invested in an expensive muslin I decided to try a cheapie out to be sure I liked the stand and wanted to keep it; this one was the cheapest and could ship quickly, so I bought it even though it’s dorky. I like the new stand, so I’m going to invest in some better backdrops for it eventually.

OK, enough about all of that. Here’s my video of Madison by Envy, filmed using some new software that allows me to use a live view mode on my laptop with my 7D while I film, instead of my old Sony camcorder. I’m still too orange, and overall I’m not sure the quality came out any better this way than it does with the Sony, but what’s done is done. And it has a dorky backdrop. Oh well. The wig is fine, by the way but I doubt I will keep it – so let me know if you’re interested in the comments. 🙂

Video Wig Review: Evanna by Rene of Paris in Honeycomb Brown

So here is the last of the three new Rene of Paris wigs I bought from their new styles; I totally wish I’d bought each of these wigs in different colors, so I may be filming another round soon. The Honeycomb Brown is just too strange for me, so I’d probably like Evanna in the Caramel Brown, and since the Sonoma is too wild for me to wear out of the house but is great for photos, I should probably get that one in a crazier color (although I’m going to avoid the pastel blue as it washes me out – maybe Sonoma comes in Plumberry Jam?). I’ll have to see if there’s any other new colors I want to try out for my next Zuma, I guess, or go with a color I already know and love, since I think I’d like wearing that one around, too.

As I say in the video, I do think Evanna is a great style. Probably better on me with a bang, and definitely in a different color, but the beachy wave is perfect and the cap is comfy and light. It’s a nice one.

Video Wig Review: Zuma by Rene of Paris in Pastel Blue-R

 

I really didn’t think Zuma was cute until I saw some other photos and reviews of it; and even though I didn’t like it on me at first, the more I played around with it the better I liked it. I got it in a crazy color because I figured I wouldn’t have wanted to wear this one out of the house anyway, but now I wish I’d gotten Sonoma in the blue and this one in the caramel brown. Oh well.Neither one is expensive so if I decide to get this one in a normal color, it’s not a big deal.

The pastel blue is not great on me, however. It’s very silvery, like Illumina-R, and Illumina was not good on me either. Something about the silvery tone washes me out – the more vibrant fun colors ROP has come out with lately, like Plumberry Jam, look way better on me. But this is a pretty pastel color and it is very well done, when ROP does decide to do something funky, they do a nice job of it.

Video Wig Review: Sonoma by Rene of Paris in Caramel Brown

Rene of Paris has come out with some more cute styles that are economically priced and well-made. They also came out with more new colors, quite a variety of them in fact. Of the three I decided to try, I was most excited about Sonoma. This is such a cute style and although I really want it to work on me, in reality it’s just too big. However, it takes GREAT photos, so all is not lost!

 

In the video I talk about how much I dislike the back, but in looking at the photos I actually think it’s fine. This style is definitely tricky to pull off, but on the right person it would be really fabulous. I do like the new color, too – the two new brunettes I tried both had ashy blonde highlights and undertones to them, instead of the usual warm/auburn ones browns tend to have. I’m not sure why it is that so many brunette wigs have warmer tones, but that does seem to be the case, so it’s nice to see ROP include some cooler tones this time around.

And back to price – this one has no lace front or monofilament part, so it was really economical; I paid about $108 for it at Name Brand Wigs.

Anyway, here’s the vid! It’s been awhile since I filmed anything, so I am standing a bit too close to the camera; sorry it looks like my face has taken over the entire screen. And I swear that lipstick looked better in person than it does on film – my lips just look yellow, I promise the lipstick is more of a copper color in reality. Not sure what went wrong there…oh well.

Video Wig Review: Bennett by Tony of Beverly in Iced Champagne

I last filmed videos around November 11th, and since that time I haven’t even looked at wigs online or given them much thought – I’ve just been focused on other things. However, this morning I realized I still needed to edit the Bennett review, which also reminded me to go check out what new releases there might have been from wig manufacturers since I last bothered to look. I was surprised to find nothing new anywhere, but in thinking  about it I guess it hasn’t been all THAT long since I last shopped online. Still, it was a bit of a bummer to see nothing new has been released recently. Oh well.

Funny story about this wig: I found it at wigoutlet.com for a really good price, but they only had a handful of colors available. I immediately shared the information with people I know online, and Christine Lee (Blondie Locks on YouTube) also decided to buy one the same day I did. Since they didn’t have much in the way of colors to choose from, I bought a blonde, but got the darkest one I could find, which was the 24BT 18. Christine bought one in Iced Champagne. Welp, I got my order in fairly quickly but for various reasons didn’t open the box right away, and when I did I was disappointed to find the outlet had sent the wrong color – they sent me a Bennett in Iced Champagne even though the order receipt clearly stated the 24BT18 color. I honestly can’t remember how Christine and I figured out what happened; I think I went to Facebook and asked her if she ever got hers in and she said she did but the color was too dark for her, so she sold it. I asked if she was sure she got the right color, and as it turned out she hadn’t even looked at the name of it, just tried it on, thought it was too dark, and sold it. Turns out, the one she received and sold was, in fact, the 24BT 18 I’d ordered. So, wigoutlet.com essentialy just sent us each other’s orders!

Even though she had already sold the color I wanted, the person she sold it to ended up not wanting it, so I bought it off of her. I contacted wigoutlet (which is just the outlet branch of wigs.com) and asked if the right color could be shipped to me, but they no longer had it in stock. They told me I could return the Bennett I received free of charge (Christine looked at pics of it but decided it would still be too dark) or I could keep it, and they would send me a second wig for free to make up for sending me the wrong one. That sounded like a fine deal to me, so I kept the Iced Champagne, paid the other buyer for the 24BT18, and got a third wig out of the whole situation. (That wig was, however, quite unappealing – it was a Christie Brinkley one and once I put it on I saw why they were giving it away for free, but still, not gonna complain about a free wig).

Bennett in Iced Champagne

 

Bennett in 24BT18

I filmed a review of the Bennett in Iced Champagne before the 24BT18 came in, so I don’t have a vid of that color, but I did take pics of both and will include them below. I don’t plan on keeping either one, so if you want one of them for $99, let me know – great price for hand-tied cap, but I paid about $120 for each of them on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Wig Review: Refined by Eva Gabor in GL 2-6

I think this wig would have looked better in a lighter color, but this is the one color that was on sale so there you go.

I’ve noticed with a lot of Gabor’s less expensive, shorter wigs that they come out of the box looking a bit ragged – stray hairs everywhere, and not a lot of shape to the style. With some work they can turn out fine, but right out of the package they’re rather unimpressive. Caps are still comfy though!

Video Wig Review: Reese PM by Noriko in Blueberry Burst

Poor Reese. I have never done this wig justice.

The fun video editor I’ve been using in the past year, Filmora, came out with an upgrade that just killed it on my crusty old laptop. It became too cumbersome and time-consuming to use, so I’ve reverted back to the free version of MovieMaker I have installed. So, no fancy editing tricks in this one, but at least it didn’t take me upwards of two hours just to edit and upload. Moving on.

Also, I titled the video “Blueberry Blast” instead of Burst. I got confused between this color and the Kahlua one, which is the “blast” part of the new Noriko colors equation. Sorry. I filmed this latest spate of videos in a rush when I had a few spare hours, so I didn’t do the best job ever – I caused lots of confusion by claiming in the Angelica PM video that I bought it for $100, and then I gave this one the wrong title. That’s what happens when I get in a rush, I guess!

Reese is still too big and poufy on me, but it’s a very cute style. And the color is great too, but VERY dark – which wasn’t a surprise, but still. Just thought I’d mention it.

 

Video Wig Review: Midnight Berry by Hairdo in Color Fantasy Deep Purple

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Well, crap. My Angelica video was too dark, and now this one is way too bright – sorry for the crappy lighting.

Anyway, this is a fun little wig that you can get for around $85 online. I’ve had a few other hairdo wigs, and I have to say this one feels a bit lower in quality than the others I’ve tried (and the other ones aren’t the highest quality either), but for the price I love the cut and the color and I would wear this one for something fun. In fact if it came in other colors, I love the cut enough that I would buy a normal color and possibly wear it out as my own hair, but not sure I’d want it for daily wear. The cap isn’t comfy enough, it’s a little thin, and the wefts aren’t as tight as they could be. So, construction here is a little cheap, but not bad.

And the color is fabulous! Very, very vibrant and bright, but pretty.

Video Wig Review: Noriko’s Angelica PM in Kahlua Blast

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Hm. First of all, I wish this was a better video. I’m not sure what went wrong here, but the lighting just wasn’t quite right and I couldn’t fix it as much as I would have liked to in post.I still think it’s too dark, but this was the best I could do with it. Oh well.

Secondly, this is one of a few new Noriko wigs to come out lately, that is really an upgrade to an older style. I’ve reviewed and owned several Angelicas over the years, and it’s always a really pretty wig. I was curious to see how the style would hold up if a monofilament part was added, and at first, I really still liked it even though it definitely lost a lot of lift. But the more I look at it in the video, I don’t know. It’s not that it isn’t pretty, it just has none of the appeal of the non-mono version, and it looks so much like Amore’s Brandi to me that I’m just not sure this needed to be done. It definitely doesn’t look like Angelica at all to me, the more I look at it, even though in the vid I say that it looks similar (I had literally just taken it out of the box and cut the tags off it before filming).

There’s nothing wrong with it, I just don’t much feel like it’s a very valuable addition to the Noriko line because there are other long wigs that look just like it. And if you like the look of Angelica this one probably isn’t going to be for you. It’s nice that it comes in some pretty colors the regular Angelica doesn’t, and the mono part does look quite nice, but that’s about it. Overall, I’d say it’s fine, but that’s not exactly a glowing recommendation.

ETA: A couple of people have asked me where I got this wig for under $100. I’m sure where I say that in the video, but if I did say it, I was wrong! I paid $189 for this at Name Brand Wigs. Sorry for the confusion!