I was having a hair emergency and my silver roots were quite obvious. I have light brown, kind of ashy hair, with blonde highlights and some brown lowlights. I picked this up today, used Light Brown after literally holding up Dark Blonde and Light brown in the aisle and asking two teenagers which one they thought matched my hair, and followed the directions. I couldn't believe it. It's perfect, was so easy to use, and looks amazing. I will likely do this again before I get my hair completely done, and it will save me hundreds. I didn't have any issues mixing, and I thought the applicator was fine. I started it in the sink by squeezing out some product first, and smooshing the applicator a bit to get it started. Sure the gloves were thin, but they were fine and didn't tear or anything. I can't imagine NOT shampooing out hair color, so I was fine with this step, too. I hope it stays in for a couple of washes at least... regardless, it was a lifesaver today and I will buy it again. Thank you!