I’ve been playing with more Pixi stuff – I loved their Glow Tonic so I was excited to try more of their skincare range.
Like a lot of other brands, Pixi have taken a tip from the Asian brands and released their Nourishing Cleansing Balm (£18 for 90 mL), which goes on as a waxy balm but emulsifies when water’s added. This gives you a way to do the oil cleansing method with one step, and it’s a bit easier to handle than a cleansing oil.
Pixi’s version has the following ingredients:
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Behenate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Cocoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance.
The major oil components are sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter – butters can sometimes be comedogenic, so that’s something to look out for when you use this. It’s got a range of different surfactants to lift off the oil afterwards (the main ones are glyceryl behenate, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, glyceryl stearate and glyceryl cocoate).
I was a bit sceptical when I tried this at first because my face still felt greasy after I showered it off, but patting my face dry with a towel it left my skin soft and not gross. It’ll be less greasy if you use a face cloth. I was pleasantly surprised when I wiped a cotton pad with toner over my face and the pad stayed 100% clean – that’s how I check how well a cleanser works, and cleansing balms and oils usually don’t do so well (most of them are intended to be used with a follow-up cleanser…or so they say). Full marks from me!
The Rose Oil Blend (£26 for 30 mL) has a base of sweet almond, rose hip and jojoba oil, along with rose geranium, rose flower and orange peel oil for fragrance. Sweet almond oil consists of triglycerides containing mostly oleic acid (60-75%) and linoleic acid (20-30%), making it a bit heavier, while rose hip oil is mostly linoleic (43-46%) and linolenic (31-34%).
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.
It smells strongly of rose and it works quite well, so if you can’t stand the smell of straight rose hip oil, this might work well for you – I personally prefer rose hip oil by itself.
Glowtion Day Dew (£24 for 35 mL) is a moisturising primer that looks like it contains a LOT of shimmer – but surprisingly, it looks pretty natural once it’s on…in the shade, that is.
In the sun, sparse golden sparkles pop out and it gets a bit Edward Cullen/disco ball.
I’m guessing this isn’t a big problem in the UK where Pixi originated, but in Australia, it gets a little Team Too Much during the day. If you’re anti-shimmer, this is not for you. If you’re pro-shimmer, or if you just want a glowing look for the evening, then this is perfect – the shimmer blurs and refines your skin and makes it look healthy and glowing. It’s pretty good at hydrating too.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl, PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Chloride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tin Oxide, Silica, Kaolin, Silica Silylate.
I’ll be reviewing some Pixi makeup products soon!
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