IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Blonde Toning Drops, $29
If you’re blonde or have highlights, you’re probably no stranger to the concept of toning your hair. Whether you dabble in DIY toning like I do or leave it strictly to a professional, the battle of the brass is never far away. Last year, I came across IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Blonde Toning Drops ($29 at Sephora). In spite of previously talking smack about other products of IGK’s, I immediately bought them.
What Is It?
The of concentrated purple toning product that you can add to your hair during styling. You can apply the drops to your hair directly or cocktail them with a product. I usually use once a week and add mine to a leave-in conditioner or to my L’Oreal Thermal Balm or to Super Skinny when I’m heat styling.
This diminutive bottle contains one ounce which seems like a tragically small amount. It isn’t, though; using a bottom-button dropper like my Clarins facial tanner, a single drop does a lot more than you’d think. For my long hair, I usually go with 3-4 drops each time I use it. On a given day, it takes the edge off the brass/warmth – and it smells great.
Wow Your Colorist
I brought them along with me to the first balayage appointment I had after I bought them. When chatting with my colorist about them, she was blown away.. She had never seen them before! We ended up talking about them for a solid ten minutes, and she wouldn’t let me leave without writing down the product name.
When I returned for my most-recent appointment this past February, she said she’s been using them herself, loving them, and recommending them to other clients (who have also given rave reviews).
If that isn’t an endorsement, I don’t know what is.
The Bottom Line
I’ve had my bottle for over a year now and I’m still not out. It’s hard to say how much is left due to how the label covers the bottle. I suspect I will get through the end of 2020 on this bottle. Assuming eighteen months of regular usage, the $29 price is easier to digest. PROTIP: Sephora often has this bundled with a small tube of IGK’s Mistress leave-in (also fantastic, that’s how I bought it in the first place) at the same price.
IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Blonde Toning Drops are a short-term fix. They don’t replace a professional (or even DIY) toning service, but they might let you go a little longer between appointments. That’s already a great thing for our wallets, schedules, and hair health. Now, however, they’re even more valuable.