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L-email Rhapsody wig VS. Gothic Lolita Wigs Rhapsody collection 
17th-Nov-2012 05:29 pm
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Hi everyone! It's me, Shelby! Hope you’re having a nice Fall season.
I know there’s been a lot of talk lately about L-email wigs, and Gothic Lolita Wigs, so I thought I’d offer a review and side by side comparison.




I’m here with a review on two nice wigs, one from l-email, and one from Gothic Lolita Wigs. I know there’s been a lot of talk recently about the similarity of these two wigs, and them possibly being from the same supplier. So seeing as I now own one of each, I thought I’d offer a review for comparison.

And first off, let me say, I have no affilliation with either of these companies! I’m a neutral buyer here, and I’m just interested in getting good quality wigs for a fair price.
Also, my qualifications! Over the past five years I’ve bought wigs and extensions from many, many different shops online, I’ve seen many different types of fibers, and worked with them in person. I have a lot of experience with wigs, so I hope I’m a trustworthy source of a neutral review.

1.
L-email Rhapsody wig

The first wig I purchased was a l-email wig. You can find them on eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/sandylou2012, and also they have a website here: wig-supplier.com.

Here is the stock photo of the wig I ordered:

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And here is the wig I received:

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Pros:
It arrived pretty quickly considering it came from China. It only took ten days from the date of purchase to arrive. The total cost including shipping was $29.98 usd, with tracking included.. Not too bad. It’s a nice thick wig, and the base seems well made. The bangs are long enough to trim to fit most anyone, and they also sent a free mesh wig cap, which is nice. It’s very long, so you can do a lot with it style wise, like braiding, etc.

Cons:
The wig is a LOT more yellowish in person than it looked in stock photos. One of the stock photos was the same as the photo on the glw website, and this one shows lighter colored ends on the wig. The wig is not a fade to a lighter color in person. It’s very thick, but the fibers are really heavy, which on a longer wig makes it harder to wear for long periods of time. It also doesn’t have a lot of volume at the crown of the wig, there is more poof and volume on the ends. The wig is also almost too long I think, I might cut it because it looks kind of strangely long, and covers up a lot of any outfit I’m wearing. I’ve worn it once, and it did lose some excess fiber.


Final rating:
Shipping: 4.5/5 Nicely packaged, and arrived quickly considering where it came from.
Communication: n/a I didn’t have a reason to have to contact them regarding my purchase. (Although I purchased from them again, and when I received the wrong wig, they quickly responded and are sending me another.)
Quality: 3.5/5 It’s definitely a nice wig, but it is a little on the shiny side. It tends to shed a bit more than some other wigs I have as well. It’s not heat resistant, so it’s not as easy to restyle. There were also a couple of threads left in the wig that I had to trim out, but no big deal

Overall I was definitely pleased for the amount of money I spent on this wig.




2.Gothic Lolita Wigs Rhapsody wig

The second wig I purchased was a Rhapsody wig from www.gothiclolitawigs.com. I have purchased one wig from there in the past, but that was about three years ago, so I was interested to try them again.


Here is the stock photo of the wig I ordered:

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And here is the wig I received:

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Pros:

It arrived very quickly. It only took three days before it was in my mailbox. I was really happy with that. It was packaged nicely and came with a nylon wig cap. The wig is really voluminous, starting from more up at the crown. It has a little tiny bit of shine to it, but the fibers are mostly matte, and fairly soft. The wig cap is sturdy and well made, the hair seems to be sewn in very securely, which means less shedding in the future, and the bangs are longer to allow for a little trimming. The thing I like most about this wig is that the lavender color fades to a white at the ends. Even the bangs have this slight color fade, and it looks really cool. It’s also very puffy but lightweight, so it doesn’t weigh down on my scalp as much. The wig is also supposed to be low heat resistant, but I haven’t yet tried heat on it.


Cons:
Shipping was quick, but there was no tracking number or email notification of shipment. That doesn’t bother me though, since it was domestic, and arrived so quickly. It would have been nice to have a message once it shipped though. The price was also much more expensive at $64.00 usd (shipping included). So it was kind of pricey.


Final Rating:
Shipping: 4.5/5 Arrived very quickly, packaged nicely in a bubble envelope, with nylon wig cap
Commnication: n/a I didn’t have any trouble with my order, so no need to contact glw
Quality: 4/5 A tiny bit shiny, but the fibers are nice, the color is just as pictured(including fade to lighter color), very well made and heat resistant.

Overall, I’m very happy with this wig. The color is gorgeous and I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.



I know theres been a lot of talk about these possibly being the same wigs, since the eBay site has some of the same photos as the Gothic Lolita Wigs website, and the styles are so similar. So I thought it might be helpful to offer a side by side comparison and review:

Here are the two wigs pictured side by side. The L-mail wig is about six or seven inches longer than the glw one. The L-email wig also doesn’t have a fade to a lighter blonde, as the glw one does.

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Also, you can see that the L-mail wig has more volume throughout the wig, and the glw one has more volume towards the top.

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Here are the insides of the two wigs, and they’re slightly different.

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The crimp, or kink in the glw wig is tighter than that of the L-email wig.

Glw:
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L-email:
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Also, the crimp on the L-Email wig stops about four inches from the ends, whereas the glw one crimps all the way down.

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So, in conclusion, both of these are nice wigs that I’ll get lots of wear out of, but they’re not the same wig. There is a difference in the wig cap, fibers, length, bangs, etc. Enough to make me decide that they’re not the same.

Thanks again, and I hope this was a helpful review! Any questions, ask away!

ps: sorry for the dark pictures, it's so gloomy out today, there wasn't very much light coming through the window, and I wanted to use natural lighting to show the wigs as acurately as possible :(



Comments 
18th-Nov-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the review!
18th-Nov-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Sure thing, you're welcome!
18th-Nov-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
This was an incredibly helpful and thorough review! Thanks for posting this.
18th-Nov-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Oh good, I'm glad you liked it!
18th-Nov-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Definitely a helpful review, so thanks for doing it! They're both super cute looking wigs!
18th-Nov-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! I liked them both too.
18th-Nov-2012 03:38 am (UTC)
I somehow like the L-email wig a little more, other than the lack of fading. I happened to see/feel one of their split wigs at a booth at a con and it seemed pretty nice (though the girl had overpriced it) I did have a question though, how much heavier would you say the L-mail wig is than the GLW? thanks!
18th-Nov-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
It's a fair bit heavier, I'm not sure exactly how much. But when I put the lemail wig onto the foam wig head with the hair hanging off of the side of my bookshelf, the weight of the hair kept making the head fall over. I had to weight it down so it would stay up for pictures. I'd say it's probably twice as heavy as the glw one. Maybe because theres less layering on it, it's all more one length in the back, whereas the glw one is layered.
18th-Nov-2012 08:29 am (UTC)
Okie~ thanks for the detailed information ^^
18th-Nov-2012 04:52 am (UTC)
This is a great review, thanks!
18th-Nov-2012 05:16 am (UTC)
No problem! :D
18th-Nov-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Awesome review! Do you think if you trimmed the bangs on the GLW wig you would lose the white fade? Or is it more a layered kind of effect instead of the actual fibers changing colors towards the end? Thank you so much!

Edited at 2012-11-18 05:19 am (UTC)
18th-Nov-2012 06:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Well, it is the actual fibers themselves that are a fade color, it's not say, a layer of white underneath. But the fade is long enough so that you could cut about an inch and a half or so off without losing the fade effect. And really, I don't think I'll even trim that much, maybe only a half an inch.
18th-Nov-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Great! Thanks so much for the info and your time.
18th-Nov-2012 06:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this review! I'm glad there's finally a side-by-side comparison to help resolve all the wild speculation. ;)
18th-Nov-2012 06:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I thought it might be helpful, especially since they use the same model photos, and the styles are incredibly similar.
18th-Nov-2012 10:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for the review! It is very informative :)
I actually bought the L-email wig and was really dissapointed by the yellow colour, it did not look so bright in the listing and as soon as I saw it I realised it couldn't be the same as the GLW wig because their blonde one is more pale blonde than yellow and the texture is different too.
18th-Nov-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was kind of disappointed too, since it's sooo golden! It's a pretty wig, but I wasn't expecting that color.
18th-Nov-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this review, it really helps ^^
18th-Nov-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! :)
18th-Nov-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
do you think either (or both) of these wigs would be suitable for a larger head? (and by larger, i mean 23.5 inches or larger.)
18th-Nov-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
Let me measure them both oncei get home, and I'll let you know.
18th-Nov-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for writing this review; it's good to know that l-email wigs don't have the fade, that they are stealing GLW stock photos, and that the colors might be slightly off... If i were buying a colored wig, I'd be really concerned about exactly what the color was to make sure it matched, so to me, having the photos possibly not be the same as the product kinda breaks it for me.
19th-Nov-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
That's what I had wondered as well, since I think the fade is really pretty! I figured I'd try them since theyre a good price. It looks as if the stock photo on the left is their own, but the worn shot is most likely snagged from glw.
18th-Nov-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Appreciate the review, but I'm confused why everyone is still so convinced that L-email is a "supplier" of GLW. GLW publicly stated they do not have suppliers.
18th-Nov-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I guess some people thought they might be lying? Idk, but that's why I showed the comparison, to show they're not the same :)
18th-Nov-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh I know. I just don't get it :/ The l-email wig looks nice quality imho, but it IS really yellow :/ Makes me wonder if their colors are all so off
19th-Nov-2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I should be receiving a pink one from them within the next few days, I'll try to post up a picture of that one too.
20th-Nov-2012 06:39 am (UTC)
I think it's L-Email's fault. I sent them a message a while back asking if they were linked to GLW and they said all the photos were of their wigs and heavily suggested they had sent GLW the wigs- despite the fact that their site is full of stolen stock photos. It frankly put me off ordering them and I assumed they had stolen the photos, but others may have assumed they were a GLW supplier.
19th-Nov-2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the review! I was looking for wigs to buy and was debating between the two stores.
19th-Nov-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Glad I could help you Ipin your decision!
19th-Nov-2012 10:42 am (UTC)
Ohh I'm getting the black rhapsody wig from L email. I think Bodyline also do a similar style but in fewer colours. I'll do a review on both of them once I get the L email wig.
21st-Nov-2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Which one do you recommend? If you don't mind me asking : ).
6th-Apr-2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Does the l-email wig tangle easily? Or is it easy to comb the wig? Thanks! (/^o^)/
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