I don’t know about you, but I feel like Fall usually calls for a slightly different makeup. If I could get by with some luminous BB cream, a hint of blush, and sunglasses just a few months ago, in November it’s all about perfect matte complexion. New PIXI Concealing Concentrate, Correcting Concentrate, and Natural Contour Powder help me achieve just that.
Concealing Concentrate & Correcting Concentrate are both considered correctors, and not actually concealers. Concealing Concentrate looks like a peachy-nude paste that is best used on greenish undereye circles. It will also work to correct other areas of the face for people with warm undertones, not just the eye area.
Correcting Concentrate looks shrimpy pink in the pot, and it’s best used for blueish undereye circles and bruises. It can also be used as an overall corrector for people with cool undertones. FYI for reddish birth marks, blemishes, and post-acne scars you will need to use a green corrector.
These concentrates have a lot in common. Their formulas are thick and pigmented, so you will need to use a concealer brush to minimize the risk of applying too much. Since the formula is a bit dry, you may need to make sure your skin is well-moisturized before applying these. Their unforgiving formula can and will accentuate flakes. I have oily eyelids, and the first time I wore Correcting Concentrate it creased badly. The next day I set it with translucent powder and it lasted throughout the day without any issues at all.
Contouring is pretty much the “new normal” these days, so it’s not surprising to see more and more companies making products that can help visually reshape your face. PIXI’s take on contouring – Natural Contour Powder – is actually a very good example of a matte bronzer done right.
The formula is soft and silky, but not too dense – I had no trouble picking up just the right amount of pigment with both soft and firm makeup brushes. The color is perfect for contouring as well – medium brown that doesn’t lean orange or muddy, a rare unicorn among drugstore brands. The finish is matte, but not totally flat, as the color has some complexity to it. I think it can work well as a brownish natural-looking blush, too.
It’s always a struggle finding the right bronzer for fair skin, and PIXI Natural Contour Powder is probably the darkest I can get away with for my NC15 complexion.
Swatch reference: My skin tone is between MAC NC15 and NW15 with yellowish hue and neutral undertones. Sometimes I can wear NW20 in the Summer. I thought this would be useful to know, since all screens show colors differently, and I also don’t have a studio setup with consistent lighting. Hope that helps!
Overall, this trio worked really well for me so far. My favorite is definitely the contouring powder, but the correctors each have their strong points. All three of these products are sold in only one shade, so they aren’t universal. The correctors will work best with fair, light, and light/medium skin tones, while the powder can complement a slightly wider range of complexions.
WHERE TO BUY:
- Concealing Concentrate – $12 USD. Available at Target, PIXI.
- Correcting Concentrate – $12 USD. Available at Target, PIXI.
- Natural Contour Powder – $20 USD. Available at Target, PIXI.
Have you tried anything from PIXI’s latest Fall Collection? Do you have a favorite matte bronzer? Let me know in the comments below!
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