I was gifted these at the tail end of last year as they made it into my Christmas Gift Guide – whilst when they arrived I was excited and they got put into my to review drawer which I pick items out to trial for a few weeks at a time. These Pixi Glow powders left me a little confused and it took me a little while to understand what they are and how exactly I found them best to use them.
There are only two colour-ways in the Pixiglow Cakes, when they arrived I ended up assuming that one was a more more shimmery blush colour, whilst the other is a more champagne colour which I’d thought would be a highlighter. Pixi normally have a really wide colour selection when it comes to their makeup products so I am a little surprised they don’t have a few other shades – a mauve and a peach toned ones maybe would be nice additions.
The price of these is actually quite high on first impressions and I’m sure for that reason they’ve not been the best sellers for Pixi. I did gulp at the initial price, but now I understand the products a little better and actually can appreciate just how big these are (they’re bloody massive!) they’re not too bad on the value for money front. £24 for 8.3g of product.
New these come in individual boxes and they look really smart! I actually think these would make a nice gift for those who enjoy radiant and natural style makeup. These are in Pixi’s classic pastel green packaging, the plastic I do have to say is a little bit flimsy feeling and doesn’t feel the most robust, however over the past few weeks I have been carrying one around in my handbag (more on that later!) and I haven’t had an issue with it cracking. Seeing the product from the clear plastic lid makes these quite visually appealing seeing the shimmery ombre, but I do wish that they had a mirror in the top as I find them the perfect product for on the go!
So for me I was expecting that the neutral shade would be a highlighter and bronzer duo – but found it quite disappointing initially when the highlight end wasn’t as blinding as I wanted it to be. The blush was the glowy pink tone that I was expecting it to be and offers a slight bronzed shade too at the far end. What I like about these is that you can get lots of shades out of one pan, so you can pick and choose between different shades or mix them together.
However, I think the Gilded Bare shade comes into it’s own as a radiance powder, it reminds me a lot of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and I’ve been using this to touch up my makeup when I have been out and about. Both of these formulas feel identical, the powders are really soft, borderline creamy feeling and they blend nicely and look really delicate on the skin.
Whilst I struggle to be able to measure this claim and how much of a difference this actually makes, the formula contains anti ageing ingredients – Ceramides, Peptides and Grape Seed oil. Who knows what if any difference these actually make in makeup products, especially when they’re the top layer of makeup, rather than primers or foundations where it sits more directly on the skin. But hey, if it does make a difference it’s a nice touch!
Gilded Bare, pictured above is a champagne to bronze toned shade. What I like is that the tone of this is really neutral and it doesn’t lean too golden which means it will suit and compliment most skin types. I’ve been using this mostly on the go to bring luminosity back to my face and also banish any signs of oiliness. This is the perfect blend of a face powder which a good level of radiance.
With this shade I tend to swirl around the blush more haphazardly on the light and medium ends to touch up my face, occasionally I will use the more bronzey shade by itself to use as a shimmery bronzer which I tend to use on the cheeks rather than all over/for contouring as it is quite glowy!
The picture below is not the most attractive photo (I was looking up at helicopter hovering over Buckingham Palace area on the day Trump arrived, debating whether it might be him), but I think it shows really nicely just how luminous these make the skin look. When I reviewed these photos I thought – man my skin looks lovely (a rare event!) and I’d used this powder all over my face just a few minutes before.
Swatches left to right feature these light to dark, whilst the space on the end is all the shades mixed together and applied more sheerly with a brush for what it looks like applied on the skin.
This is a brighter pink shade that starts with a cool undertone which gets slightly warmer as it gets darker, there is a bronze shade on the end which does have a slight pink undertone, but it doesn’t look too odd on the skin. The light pink shade is a more obvious shade to use as a highlighter shade by itself.
I’m not the biggest fan of pink blush on me and find it using it quite rarely, I enjoy shades in a more peach and neutral undertone so I’ve only used this a handful of times. However if you like glowing blushes and tend to pink pinks I think this would be a nice addition to your collection, the formula is lovely and you get a good number of shades in one pan!
Personally I’m going to be passing this one on to someone who wears pink blushes as it deserves to get more love to what I’m going to give it – I have enough pink blushes for my needs!
Swatches below show the light to dark shades – whilst on the end I’ve applied a mix of all the shades together more sheerly which offers a soft wash of pink that can be built up.
Overall I really like the formula of these, it’s a shame that the pink shade is not in a tone that’s more suited to me – I think pink always makes me look like I’m hot as my skin goes very pink when I get warm, so I tend to stay away for that reason! But I’m a massive fan of the Gilded Bare shade and I think that will be sticking around in my handbag over summer as it’s the perfect touch up for warmer weather!
What are your favourite makeup products for glowy skin?
These retail for £24 each and can be picked up at Marks and Spencers, Pixi’s website and Cult Beauty.
Items gifted by Pixi – review honest of my experience with the products.