I received these new Vitamin C products from Pixi Beauty and wanted to provide my first impressions of them! These include a Lip product, an under eye brightener, a skin brightener and a priming oil!
– All these products I would not say is for basic skincare and is pretty much for makeup or DAY use. i.e. these are meant to add a glow or shine to the skin, mainly temporarily. I.e. applying the brightening perfect before going to bed is just going to mess up your pillowcase.
If you would like to see the rest of the Vitamin C products I have reviewed, then they are HERE
In terms of the packaging – all are plastic and/or in tubes except for the priming oil which is in glass.
Pixi +C Vit Brightening Perfector – In the Shade ”Peach Flash”
Volume: 25 ml / 0.8 fl oz
What is it?: A Vitamin-C infused Something ‘enhances the complexion’ and contains Vitamin-C (the jist here is that vitamin C should help brighten the skin – but please remember vitamin C requires continuous use in order to brighten the skin). So for the short-term brightening, this contains ingredients that help temporarily make the skin look radiant and deflect light as well as colour-correcting. a dull complexion.
What it does: Tone correct / helps blur the look of blemishes / aims to brighten the skin for an overall ‘glow’.
Directions: Can be used alone or under makeup (for added tone brightening). Apply a ‘Coin-sized’ amount on the face either before applying makeup or alone.
Supposedly Good for: All skin types – Not quite sure about oily skins as this could be quite paste-like.
Key Ingredients: Vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid – not a derivative, but quite low down the list) – Brightens + Ferulic Acid = Antioxidant boost / Liquorice helps even the skin tone.
Full Ingredient List: Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Tribehenin, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyhydroxystearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Squalane, Caffeine, Ascorbic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Propylene Carbonate, Zein, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492).
Essential oils + fragrance – so this smells very much of orange/citrus. I think if you like the smell, then it would be pleasant rubbing this in and getting that scent. I’m personally not a fan of any added fragrance. The titanium dioxide, corn starch and iron oxides as well as numerous other ingredients are what help brighten the look of the skin. Think of this like a brightening/blurring primer. Nice to see squalane in here.
As you can see – this comes out as quite a thick cream!! It contains ‘bits’ initially, that look like little bits of sand in here. And yes, it’s a white, relatively thick paste. But not to worry – these little black bits do not scratch the skin – they dissolve into the skin.
When spreading – the product is initially white. I get that hint of orange scent.
As you can see – it’s a white paste. BUT the more you rub in – the more the colour begins to change into what you see below. It becomes a more nude-y shade and definitely provides a glow.
This is NOT sticky or tacky on the skin. To me it honestly feels like a cream foundation. I can see how this could colour correct and/or brighten the skin. I did try this on my face and it didn’t seem to ball up under my foundation AND it did not interfere with the rest of the products on my face. I think it did help bring a glow the skin.
Here I wiped off half the product so you can see the colour change and the very evident glow/dew. The past does have a bit of an orange undertone – SO BE CAREFUL as you could look like an oompa loompa, especially if you add to much. but if you are quite careful with how much you apply, it could provide a sort of tanned glow to the skin.
What do you think about this?
As you can see in the video this begins to turn colour even when swiping with a spatula. It does look like quite a thick paste, so less is more when applying. This definitely reminds me of a BB cream in terms of texture and product aims and descriptions.
Volume: 12 ml / 0.4 fl oz
What it is: A Vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid, although quite down the list) under-eye ”perfector” or ”corrector” which helps freshen up the look of the eyes and make them look more awake. It’s supposed to brighten the look of the under eyes (with the use of pigments short-term and then a little bit of vitamin C for long term brightening). This can be used as a base before adding under eye concealer (to add some colour correcting as this is orange – to colour correct dark circles). And then you can use your concealer to add some more coverage.
What it does: Aims to soothe the skin around the eyes + erase dullness.
Key Ingredients: Contains ”illuminating” pigments to try and brighten the look of the under eyes. Also contains Liquorice to help brighten.
Good for: Suitable for all skin types – I agree it should be fine, unless you have very oily/greasy eyes. I would also say this actually may suit darker skins as I find this product very pigmented/orange – it may look too much with lighter skins? (i.e. under concealer, it could end up looking like you just have orange circles under your eyes).
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Directions: Tap under the eye. Can be used alone or under concealer (Foundation would still be needed otherwise one may have orange-y under eyes!)
Key Ingredients: Vitamin-C (brightening – this is Ascorbic acid a little lower down the list) / Ferulic Acid (antioxidant) / Caffeine (meant to de-puff the undereye).
Full Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Mica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Squalane, Caffeine, Ascorbic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Isohexadecane, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, Glucose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
As you can see, colourants and pigments which all help to colour correct, reflect light and add some brightness to the under eyes.
As you can see, it’s a creamy (much lighter than the brightening perfector) orange colour which has some shimmer.
You can see that glittery / pearl-like effect, right? This is the Mica – a powder which helps deflect/reflect light and therefore improve the appearance of under eye darkness. (Mica is used in things like eyeshadows and highlighters). The orange is supposed to help counteract the darkness of under eye circles (temporarily of course). I can understand that this would be good to colour correct BUT I would highly recommend you use very little and actually dab it under the eyes OR mix it with your concealer to provide a subtle colour correction. I was a bit foolish and applied far too much under my eyes WHICH in turn, when I put concealer on top, just turned my under eyes pretty much orange/yellow, which was very obvious and unflattering. so less is more! Also – the SCENT IS SO STRONG. When initially applying, all I smell is orange.
When spreading, you can really see that shimmer. It is easy to spread this, not too thick. Once again – very strong smell of candied orange.
You can see that this does give a glow / shine to the skin. But this does make the skin look orange-y. It doesn’t change colour or adapt to one’s skin tone.
Do you think it is as shiny / shimmery as the brightening perfector?
You can see this provides both a lighter shimmer than the brightening perfector, and of course some orange colour correcting.
[Under the eye – this would basically look like an orange-type Colour corrector. Orange can help cancel out dark-purple under eyes]
As you can see it’s quite a deep colour! Much more lightweight than the brightening perfect, and no initial granules in the texture.
Pixi +C Vit Lip Brightener – In the shade: ”Peach Pout”
Volume: 3.5 g / 0.1 oz
What does this do?: Meant to add a bit of tint and shine to the lips (a brightening lip balm).
Brand Description: A Lip balm containing a core and outer rim which together, help brighten the look of the lips. Treats dry lips and also provides a shine to the lips. Should feel lightweight.
Direction: Apply when required. Can be used under lip products or as-is.
Key Ingredients: Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid – quite low down the list) brightens (and can promote collagen product). Jojoba seed oil – helps to soften the lips + Vitamin E to ‘Nourish’ and ‘Protect’
Outer Part of the Lip Balm: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethylhexanoin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Limonene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410).
Core part of the Lip balm: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
As you can see, both bits contain Vitamin C. Also there is lemon extract / essential oils to provide an orange smell and some pigments and shimmery pigments to provide some colour correcting + shine to the lips.
Apologies – I knicked a little bit of the lipbalm when adjusting it. But you can clearly see the outer and inner part of the lip balm.
Can you see – this provides a shine. Not much colour – I’m not getting a pink, as much as a very subtle colour. The shimmer is what I find is the most visible. It’s not like there’s a separation (i.e. colour from the outer part and a different effect from the inner part) when swatching – as you can see the two bits mix together and rub onto the hand.
Can you see there is a bit of colour? But mostly shine. It of course has a very typical lip-balm type feel. No drastic colour change.
This smells very strongly of orange!
Pixi +C Vit Priming Oil
Volume: 30 ml / 1 fl oz
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Brand Description: Containing Vitamin-C – this is an oil containing 3 layers. It aims to prep and prime the skin for makeup application and provide a glow to the skin.
What it does: A priming oil that absorbs fast, while leaving the skin hydrated. It’s meant to fill in those fine lines so that makeup application is easier. This is supposed to have a lightweight formula.
Good for?: All skin types – I agree because this is lightweight. Only severely oily skins OR those who are sensitive to fragrance and/or EO – I would not recommend any of these products to.
Direction: Can be used daily. Shake the bottle and apply a few drops to the skin. Then apply either the Vitamin C Brighten perfect / under eye brightener or move straight onto makeup.
Key Ingredients: Vitamin-C brightens (ascorbic acid), Turmeric – antioxidant, Carrot oil – a nourishing oil.
Full Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Squalane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Betaine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Canola/Canola Oil/Huile de colza, Sodium Citrate, Caramel, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene.
As you can see different plant oils mixed in for moisturisation, A colourant is added in here for added colour effect and of course carrot oil provides an orange-y look. The other oils also add to the overall appearance.
AFTER shaking the bottle – do you see the colour homogenises?
You can see the difference in colour – this is BEFORE shaking the bottle. When shaking, all the colours mix and it becomes an almost completely-gold looking oil.
Once again, when applying – this smells very strongly of candied orange!
Quite a watery, lightweight oil and it doesn’t look like an extremely orange-y or yellow-y liquid.
As you can see, it does have that oil/shine-type finish. But I must say I was suprised that this didn’t feel oily or greasy on the skin. It almost feels like water on the skin. That’s why I don’t think it would be awful for oily skins to use this, but I’m sure dryer skins would prefer a priming oil anyway. This is meant to be used right before foundation application to moisturise the skin and provide a glow – so it could look nice!
Personally, I don’t like or use facial oils. I prefer water-based products. So this isn’t for me. I also don’t like the strong scent of candied orange. I do think in terms of texture, this definitely is a lightweight, watery oil and I would definitely say this reminds me of the Dear Klairs Fundamental Watery Drop (Review HERE) – that does contain less oils than this product however, no shimmer either. However the dear Klairs does NOT have fragrance / EO.
Fundamental Watery Oil Drop Review HERE
As you can see, it’s a lightweight oil that’s not separating massively while swatching.
Not a bad collection. I do think if you like the smell of candied orange, you’d enjoy these products. I do like the idea of the Brightening Perfector and how it adapts to one’s skin tone and provides some shimmer and brightening. I think it would work nicely for under eye brightening. The under eye brightener, I would say less is more with it as it could provide some colour correcting for under eye dark circles. The lip balm is nice, it’s hard to go wrong with a lip balm – and I really like the shimmer provided! I think I will continue to try the brightening perfector and the lip balm. I’m not a fan of oils, so I shall pass on that. The under eye brightener I dont think suits my skin colour / concealer as it seems to turn the under eyes a weird yellow/orange that doesn’t blend in but actually makes the under eyes stand out more as it doesn’t match the rest of my face (The colour) so that’s why I would give it one more go with much less product and see if it still causes an issue and simply doesn’t sit well with my powder etc, but once again, I didn’t seem to have the same issue with the brightening perfector.
Other Pixi Collections I have Swatched + Reviewed:
The Retinol Collection – I also discuss Retinol + Retinol Derivatives + the effect you can expect from these products.
The Milky (Coconut) Collection!
In this video I discuss the products, show the texture of each of them and give my recommendations on what product would suit who.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.