Sunday, 15 September 2013

Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal, Redness Reducing Primer and Succulent Lip Twin

During my last trip to London, I picked up the Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal in the lightest shade No.1 Light Glow (£21.50), which consists of a glowy tinted moisturiser and a cream concealer. Aside from providing sheer coverage and SPF20, it is supposed to help skin look naturally radiant thanks to light-diffusing mineral pigments. When I swatched this in the store, the glow factor looked like it was bordering on glitter vampire territory. However, it looked quite wearable in this Pixi video, so I decided to give it a try anyway.

Made in the USA, the moisturiser (28.4g/1oz) is free of oil, fragrance and talc. The sunscreen ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It also contains silicones. The concealer (2.6g/0.09oz) is supposed to provide full coverage and contains Vitamins A, C and E plus soothing aloe vera.

Pixi also just launched a new Redness Reducing Primer (£20, 25g) which is supposed to help camouflage redness and soothe skin with Vitamins A and E, aloe vera and linoleic acid (an anti-inflammatory). Made in Italy, this is free of parabens and fragrance but it does contain silicones.

The light green cream feels very lightweight on the skin. It applies and blends easily, making my skin look more even-toned and radiant (without any shimmer particles). Below is the ingredient list.

The Succulent Lip Twin No. 3 Pink Peony is actually a purchase from a few months ago when the Boots in Picadilly Circus was clearing out their Pixi stock at 50% off. Made in the USA, this normally retails at £12 which is pretty reasonable considering that you are getting two products in one.

In the cap is a lip and cheek tint packed with shea butter and aloe vera. This gives the cheeks a nice sheer wash of color that stayed on all day. In the tube is a lip balm/gloss that contains Vitamin E, jojoba oil and lavender extract to keep the lips well-moisturised. The gloss turned out to be surprisingly well-pigmented, although it can also be sheered out to give a translucent wash.

The dome-shaped lip and cheek tint is similar in size to the concealer in the Illuminating Tint & Conceal. It doesn't look like a very generous amount of product but I think it should still last a good long while as you only need a bit for each application. It's hard to keep the cap clean though.

The pic below shows swatches (from left to right) of the Redness Reducing Primer, Illuminating Tint & Conceal and the Succulent Lip Twin.

When blended out, the Redness Reducing Primer (left in pic below) pretty much disappears on the skin. The texture is just right, not too greasy or silicone-y or mattifying.

Next to it, the Illuminating Tint & Conceal is a virtual glowfest. When applied on the face, the effect is actually much more subdued and it provided more coverage than I expected. It's not full coverage by any means, but just enough to make the skin more even-toned and less ruddy.

The pic below shows the lip gloss from the Succulent Lip Twin on the left and the lip/cheek tint on the right.

The lipgloss has a lovely non-sticky texture.

Here's a look I did using mainly Pixi products with the Illuminating Tint & Conceal applied over the Redness Reducing Primer. The tinted moisturiser wasn't that good in terms of oil control, but that is usually to be expected from an illuminating formula. There was some shine on my T-zone after just 1.5 hours. Nevertheless, I still quite like this for the ease of application, lightweight texture with coverage that evens out the skin tone and reduces the appearance of my pores. For a more polished effect, I set it with Suqqu loose powder. The concealer does a decent job of covering up the dark circles but it's not completely full coverage.

Other products used for this look: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Sage Gold and Eye Glow Cube Lucent Lid Light over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister BK999 and K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow 01.

1 comment:

Jacqueline said...

The lip tint makes your lips look juicy. Very nice.