Review: Pixi Vitamin-C Serum

Where to Purchase: From the Pixi Website HERE

Price: £26

Volume: 30ml

Made in: The USA

What does this do / Description: ‘Brightening & antioxidant serum providing a boost of immediate and long term radiance.’ (I do not know the %)

Good for: Oily, dehydrated skins (that aren’t sensitive).

Bad for: Not for sensitive skins as this contains essential oils and retinol.

Description: Serum that contains Vitamin C and Ferulic acid which reduce the effects of sun damage and free radicals. Therefore helping to overall improve one’s skin tone and help create an even skin complexion.


Packaging: Plastic bottle and glass dropper.

Directions: Use after cleansing and toning. Apply 2-3 drops all over the face, neck and décolletage.

How I use it: AM usually. However if one is out in the sun all day – having lemon peel oil on your face + UV rays isn’t a great idea. I don’t usually go out with this on so that’s why I could use it in the AM.

Texture: This feels more water-based than oil-based. So some people may prefer that texture to the more oily texture seen in a low % vitamin C like the dear Klairs serum.

As you can see it does somewhat hydrate the skin
Rubs in easily and hydrates the skin

Key ingredients: Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Citric Acid Ferulic Acid Retinol, Panthenol Sodium Hyaluronate. This also contains ferulic acid which pairs well with Vitamin C. Also I like the inclusion of Vitamin E and Caffeine. Panthenol and Retinol, sodium hyaluronate – all things I like to see in an ingredients list.

NOTE: I do not know what the Vitamin C % is – pixi don’t disclose their % which I’m not a fan of. Apparently in some forums I’ve been scrolling, someone said that this serum contains 15% L-AA but I’m not sure. I also can’t tell when this serum oxidises because it’s already coloured a deep yellow… :/

Full Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Ascorbic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Orange Fruit Extract, Ferulic Acid, Tocopherol, Caffeine, Microcitrus Australis Fruit Extract, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Beta-Carotene, Lecithin, Citrus Glauca Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Peel Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Retinol, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Punica Granatum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin. 

NOTE: Skincarisma have a product ingredient breakdown HERE


Fragrance?: Absolutely not a fan of all the fragrance added whether that be essential oils or artificial fragrance – I am not a fan.

Good Under Makeup?: Yes

How Long have I been using this?: A month

The Effect?: Semi-brightening effect. I see more my skin tone evening. But no crazy lightening of dark pigmentation.

What I like:

  • Absorbs quick, I don’t need to wait about for this to dry.
  • Didn’t seem to irritate my skin.
  • This does somewhat hydrate the skin
  • Easy to massage in (I.e it’s spreadable and doesn’t seem to disappear in the blink of an eye).
  • Doesn’t seem to ball up
  • The effect probably takes a long time to see so I would say this is a good maintenance to add vitamin C into your routine without using a very high %

What I don’t like:

  • The fragrance
  • Addition of essential oils
  • Not great for sensitised/angry skins
  • Don’t know the %
  • Because of the colouring I can’t tell when this oxidises.
  • The effect hasn’t blown my mind

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3/5 – I prefer this over the vitamin C tonic (less strong smell and this hydrates the skin better than the toner). I prefer the Timeless C E Ferulic serum or Skinceuticals C E Ferulic serum. I do think the ordinary’s vitamin C serums would also be better/ more effective.

FOR SENSITIVE SKINS: I do think the Dear Klairs vitamin C serum is better because they specify the % which I appreciate. Although a low % (5%), the dear klairs serum doesn’t have fragrance or essential oils so much better for sensitive skin anyways.

Would I purchase?: No because if I wanted a low % maintenance vitamin C I would use the dear Klairs HOWEVER This does not feel oily like the dear klairs serum does. so those who prefer watery may enjoy this better.


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