Kerastase Elixir Ultime : Review, Photos


Hey everyone!

Some time back I showed you a preview of this multi-tasking hair potion from Kerastase. Today I’m giving a full review of this amazing hair product!

Price : Rs 2200 for 125 ml

Availability : It is available in Kerastase Salons all over the country. To locate your nearest salon, check THIS link.


Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review

Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review




What Kerastase says about the product :


Elixir Ultime delivers a powerful cocktail of emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine and suppleness while promoting cellular renewal. The elixir brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair while smoothing the hair fiber, resulting in incredible shine. The multi-use elixir also helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors.

Multi-Use Beautifying Product:

  1. This product can be used before cleansing to remove impurities and deeply nourish.
  2. Elixir can be administered to damp hair for intense conditioning.
  3. Utilize before blow-drying for additional protection and shine.
  4. Add product as a finishing touch for enhanced shine and frizz-control.
  5. Apply multi-use elixir to dry ends throughout the day for ultimate smoothness.
Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review

Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review


Featuring Oléo-Complexe Technology a powerful cocktail of emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients from Maize, Pracaxi, Camellia and Argan oils.
Maize Oil extracted from corn germs of Central America, Maize Oil delivers emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine.

Pracaxi Oil native to the Amazon, Pracaxi Oil brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair.

Camellia Oil harvested in Asia, Camellia Oil helps smooth the hair fiber, resulting in incredible shine.

Argan Oil from North Africa, Argan Oil helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors.


My take on the product


To put it in 1 sentence – Kerastase Elixir Ultime is the best product I have ever used for my hair!

It comes in a golden plastic bottle with an interesting design on the back label of the bottle. The honeycomb pattern on the inside of the back label reflects light giving an beautiful illusion of a differently shaped bottle. It comes with a pump dispenser which makes it convenient to use and also regulates the quantity of product being applied. While I love the practical plastic packaging, since its a luxury hair product, I would have liked a slightly heavier feel to the bottle. However, thats just my opinion of the packaging and has no bearing on the performance of the product!

The consistency is like that of a runny gel. Its transparent and neither too thin like an oil nor so thick that it won’t flow under gravity. It spreads very easily on the hair and absorbs quickly too with a few light strokes. It doesn’t weigh the hair down, doesn’t give that heavy oily feeling and adds a nice fragrance that lingers on for a day. The scents are unfamiliar to my nose but they remind of ittar (perfume). I like the scent but I don’t particularly love it! It lingers on to the hair for a few hours when you sniff closely but its mild enough so should not bother anyone.


Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review

Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review


Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review

Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review


Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review

Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review


Different uses and what it does :

It can be used in 5 ways and this is one of the many advantages of this product. It can be your pre-wash hair oil, your leave-in conditioner, your hair styling serum as well frizz-control potion. Here’s my take on the 5 different uses :

1. Pre-wash hair oil : I used 2 full pumps along my hair length before washing my hair. It washes off easily enough in a single application of shampoo. It doesn’t make my hair tame enough to skip conditioner though if I use this AND conditioner(same product as leave in conditioner), I do get slightly smoother hair but somehow not always. So use no.1 doesn’t top my list!

2. Leave in conditioner : This worked the best for me! After shampooing, I squeeze out all the water from the hair and then apply 2 pumps of this long the length of my wet hair, concentrating on the ends. My hair so much softer, smoother than usual and more importantly, the waves look much more defined. Previously, I used to have hair that looked like a big fluffy mass no matter my haircut but since I’ve been using this product, the layers have definition and I can actually see my hair cut!

When used as Leave in conditioner, after natural drying :


Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review

Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review


3. Before Blow dry : I don’t generally blow dry my hair but for the sake of the review, I did try it out. It does make the blow dry less harsh. Sometimes (after a home blow dry), the hair can feel rough, with this as a pre- treatment, I did not notice the roughness that I usually experience when I dry my hair.

4. Finishing touch for shine and frizz control : Right on both accounts, my frizz has reduced considerably! I’ve had people tell me that my hair isn’t all frizzy like before and looks much smoother and more defined now. It also adds a lovely soft shine to the hair.

5. To smooth dry ends throughout the day : I don’t have actually dry feeling ends but they look drier because of my fading golden-ish highlights which have this straw-ish color now. Sometimes while clicking pictures for FOTDs I realize that my hair is looking dry and lustre-less in the pictures. I apply 1 pump on the elixir just on the lower length, concentrating on the ends and it does improve the apperance, giving a darker,more lustrous look.

Applied on dry hair :


Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review

Kerastase ELIXIR Ultime Hair Serum Review


Overall Verdict


Overall, this is a really great product for people who have the issues of hair dryness,dullness, frizz and untamed hair. This adds definition and volume, controls frizz and overall improves the general look of the hair adding shine and lustre to the hair. My favorite way to use this is as a leave in conditioner(on wet hair) and as a serum on dry hair- it acts like a quick fix for dullness/dry ends. It is expensive no doubt but it is worth its price. Since you don’t need more than 2 pumps at a time (you may need 1 for shorter hair and 3 if you hair is below the waist), the 125 ml will last quite a few months. I personally love this product and when my bottle gets over, will definitely purchase another!

Just in case any of you are wondering, it doesn’t help with hair fall or dandruff because its applied on the hair length and not on the scalp at the roots.


Disclaimer : This post contains a Press Sample sent by the brand PR for review. My opinions are honest as always.



  1. Priti
    July 26, 2012 / 5:13 pm

    Super love the product…:) i agree with everything u said.
    Btw, have u blow dried ur hair in the second set of pics, they look lot more straighter with good curl definition towards the end.. The first set looks vey curly (and adorable)

    • Corallista
      August 2, 2012 / 5:24 pm

      Not blow dried, just combed Priti 🙂 The first pic is uncombed just out of bed hair, thats why they look so curly!

  2. July 26, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    Awesum product!! 🙂 🙂 Very nice review!! 😀 😀

  3. July 26, 2012 / 6:57 pm

    Nice product 🙂
    But little expensive !!!!
    You got shine on your hair after using the product 🙂

  4. July 26, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    Great review..tempted to buy this now 🙂

  5. Nita
    July 26, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    This multi use stuff is awesome… I dont have to buy different products for leave-in conditioner, hair styling spray etc…i guess if i buy them separately they will anyways come down to this price or even more 🙂 so why not just this one..

  6. Priya Sarkar
    July 27, 2012 / 12:43 am

    Great review… so much so that you actually made me look up the store and put such an expensive product on my “To Buy List”. 🙂 Please review other Kerastase products too; like shampoos and stuff for oily hair.

    • Corallista
      August 2, 2012 / 5:33 pm

      Will do Priya 🙂

  7. Dolly
    July 27, 2012 / 9:19 am

    Love your hair in the first set of pictures. Looks bouncy and healthy.

  8. December 24, 2012 / 10:31 pm

    It looks good on your dry hair . Can really see the difference ! Seems a promising product . Thank you for the review .

  9. Abi
    August 6, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    I had amazing results on my first wash itself and so many friends asked me the reason.

  10. Joo
    September 4, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Well I hv curly, frizzy & dry hairs this oil helps in maintaining the these issues…

  11. Joo
    December 17, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Thanks alot for the review … i am so badly looking for a hair serum.. This review helped me alot..

  12. Joo
    December 17, 2014 / 11:33 am

    i also have slight wavy hairs… so to get rid of frizziness m planning for such a hair serum that can properly show waves in my hairs… As you know about my story… m wuite upset these days.. so just to come out of this depression m paying more attention on my looks … May in the next 2 weeks i ll stay away from your blog as m planning for the eye operation to get rid of my spectacles .. i really need a makeover to cheer up my mood…

    • December 17, 2014 / 2:17 pm

      Take care of yourself Joo. Let me know how the eye operation goes.

      • Joo
        December 17, 2014 / 2:24 pm

        yea definetly.. well m bit scared abt this.. even my mom asked if i want then we can postpone the operation bcz she is worried abt if i ll cry after the operation then it can cause a serious damage to my eyes.. but nw i have discovered my inner strength to hold my own hand in hard situations when i need anyone to support me…

  13. swati
    November 2, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Hi Ankita,

    Can I use it as my regular hair serum?

  14. Tahiti
    September 20, 2016 / 12:03 am

    Hi ankita…i bought this product bt somehow its nt in gel or oil form like other seruns but too watery…if i keep it for long time standing it separates on d uperside wid water up nd gel down..i m scared i hv spent on a wrong product or a fraud stuff.can u confirm if it happens wid u also…i bought it frm Envi salon in pune who are keratase authorized dealer.

    • Ankita Srivastava
      September 20, 2016 / 10:07 am

      Hi Tahiti, I haven’t experienced this with my serum, even after keeping the same bottle for 2 years. I think you may have got a defective or fake product. Maybe you can contact Kerastase via their customer service and check the authenticity of the product and the salon.

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