Southern Mom Loves: Madison Reed's Root Touch Up Compact is the Answer to Your In-between Days {Review}

Madison Reed's Root Touch Up Compact is the Answer to Your In-between Days {Review}

Friday, November 28, 2014

I received a Root Touch Up Compact from Madison Reed in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

If you dye your hair, you know it will only last so long. Then it's back to the salon or the drugstore, or if your order from Madison Reed, your mailbox. But just don't have the time to maintain your perfectly colored hair. Sometimes...gasp! your roots show!

I have tried root touch up products before, all horrible. There was one that was so awful I left a bad review on their site because DON'T BUY IT LADIES! Usually I just move on, but I thought this product needed a warning. It was a mascara-like wand product that dried so hard that my scalp hurt if I accidentally touched my head. It was bad. Another was a spray that coated your scalp so that your hair looked like a wig. All terrible.

I have been so disappointed over the years at not being able to find a decent solution to this problem that I jumped at the chance to try it when I heard about Madison Reed's brand-spankin'-new Root Touch Up compact. I love their haircolor kits (You can see my review here), so I was curious to see how (and if) it worked. I'll walk you through.

About Madison Reed's Root Touch Up:

Root Touch Up
Give your hair a quick pick-me-up between full color sessions with Madison Reed Root Touch Up. This long-lasting, oil-absorbing powder covers roots, adds volume, and stays put until your next shampoo, through workouts and rainstorms. Root Touch Up covers roots and grays while caring for your hair:
  • Covers roots and adds volume with no drying time needed
  • Fine, micro-milled pigments give color natural-looking depth
  • Triple Care Complex of Argan Oil, Keratin & Ginseng Root restores elasticity, promotes shine, and helps hair lock in color
  • No titanium dioxide, added parabens, or gluten.
Absorbs oil, adds volume, and refreshes “next day” hair with a light, fresh fragrance
Just slip the slim compact into your pocket or purse to touch up your color at the office, gym, or on the go.
Root Touch Up

The compact arrived in Madison Reed's trademark packaging.

Ta-Da! Love the look of the compact. It's a deep, metallic purple and closes not with a snap clasp, but with a magnetic closure. Pretty upscale.

It even included a velveteen pouch. Love that since I'm a bit of a klutz. 

Sidenote: I've dropped this compact 4-5 times so far and the powder hasn't broken yet. Powder compacts and I have a love/hate relationship.

The compact opens to reveal a mirror with "Hello Beautiful" above it. Love the little touches. The scent is nice, like their coloring products. Fresh and floral-herb-y. Not harsh or smelly at all.

I chose the Ombra, which is their Dark Brown. It comes in 8 shades from Black to Platinum Blonde.

It also comes with a wide applicator brush. You load the color onto the brush by swiping it across a few times and you're set to start.

You apply the Root Touch Up to dry, already styled hair. First apply to your part; I would recommend using the brush from the part-out instead of ON the actual part. That way you don't coat your scalp and get that sexy I'm-wearing-a-wig look. Once you've done your part, move on to your hairline if needed, and you're done!

I like the control of a brush application and the softness of a powdered product. The smell was really nice and the powder acted like a dry shampoo in that it gave me a little volume boost and cut the 2nd day shine. The brush is pretty stiff, so it really grips on and brushes through instead of just layering the powder on top.

My big problem is not just covering up roots that are a different shade, but covering up grays that peek through all over. My grow-out was only about 1/4" - 1/2", but the wiry little grays make it look so much worse. 

I really got great-looking results, and it took me about 2 minutes at most. Seriously, look at that. My hair looks so much thicker.

My hair is difficult to match; It's not Black and not Brown and not exactly Dark Brown. Madison Reed's haircolors have done well for me, and the Root Touch Up was no exception. This color was perfect.

I want to point out that I've used this compact 3 or 4 times since I got it and it barely looks like I've worn the pattern imprint off of the top, so this will last you through a lot of applications!

The formula is supposed to be water and pillow-resistant, so I couldn't wait to test that claim! You're supposed to be able to sweat at the gym, get caught in the rain, and sleep with it in and it won't come out until you shampoo...Totally true. I shampoo every other day, so while I still shower in addition to washing my face twice a day, this stuff didn't come off, and it didn't rub off on my pillowcase either. I love that I can apply it and have amazing 2nd day hair with no roots! LOVE!

In short, I highly recommend Madison Reed's Root Touch Up to touch up your roots in-between colorings. I would even use it in a pinch if I were out of dry shampoo and needed a boost. It is hands-down the BEST product I've tried, and I've tried a few. A+ Madison Reed.

Have you ever tried a root touch-up product? What was your experience? Are you planning on trying Madison Reed's?

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