Trying New Vitamin C Skincare from Pixi Beauty
It’s been a while since I featured Pixi Beauty on the blog, but that doesn’t mean I like the brand any less! In the latest PR mailer, they sent over some fresh additions to their Vitamin C collection, and after trying all of them I knew I had to share these gems with you guys. Pixi used to be known for their affordable high-quality makeup, but I feel like in recent years they really made a name for themselves in the skincare department as well.
So, what’s up with the +C Vit line? As the name suggests, these products are enriched with Vitamin C and other antioxidants to boost the skin’s defense against free radicals, improve the effectiveness of sunscreen, and also to help brighten discolorations. Vitamin C is one of the most effective and well-researched actives in skincare, and it’s suitable for all skin types and skin tones unless you have individual sensitivity to the ingredient.
Pixi Beauty +C Vit products have been popular since the day they first launched – I remember seeing empty shelves where those products would be every time I visited my local Target. Obviously, I haven’t been back at Target in a while – lockdowns and everything – but I imagine the line is still just as popular and the latest additions didn’t disappoint either.
Pixi +C Vit UnderEye Brightener looks very orange in the tube!
It still looks a bit orange on the skin but disappears when used as directed, over dark circles.
Pixi +C Vit UnderEye Brightener ($16) is a brightening undereye treatment that comes in a tube with a plastic round-tip applicator. I don’t think the applicator works all that well to spread the product, though, so instead, I just use my ring finger. The formula has a peachy/terracotta tint to neutralize the appearance of dark circles, while the fine mica particles diffuse and reflect the light for an optical brightening effect. My skin tone is pretty light so I was worried that the tint would be too dark on me, but it kind of blended in and disappeared, which is nice. This eye cream is especially nice for AM use because it makes me look more awake.
Ingredient list boasts Vitamins C, E and Ferulic acid that make up the “holy trifecta” of antioxidant protection. Other noteworthy ingredients include Licorice root, Caffeine, Seabuckthorn, and Tea tree leaf extracts. Since it’s an eye product, I was happy to see that it is fragrance-free.
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).
It looks white straight from the tube but turns light beige on the skin.
Pixi +C Vit Brightening Perfector ($18) is a tinted-serum-meets-primer type of product. It’s not rich enough to be a moisturizer, but it’s too thick to be a serum yet it goes on the skin like one and makes a great base for makeup. Similar to the eye cream, it’s lightly tinted, and in this case, the tint doesn’t disappear into the skin as easily. There’s no light-reflecting mica, so make sure to blend the tint well or it might look patchy on the skin. If your skin tone is Fair or Very Fair, this product will require some extra blending because it might be too dark. Personally, I think it would be best suited for Light skin tones and beyond. If you choose to add this to your routine, use it as a serum under your moisturizer and sunscreen.
The ingredient list is somewhat similar to the eye cream as well, with Vitamin C, E, and F taking the center stage, plus a generous helping of plant antioxidants and brightening extracts. Additionally, the formula contains skin-loving fatty acids that help soothe and nourish the acid mantle.
Ingredients: 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).
How gorgeous is this bottle? The colors kinda look like candy corn!
Pixi +C Vit Priming Oil ($28) is such an aesthetically pleasing product – I mean, look at it! This beautiful tri-phase oil moisturizes the skin and primes it for makeup application. It goes on like a dry oil: a little greasy at first, but it makes the skin feel smooth and velvety to touch if you let it absorb. To get the benefits of all three layers, gently shake the bottle and fill the dropper with the mix. I have combination skin that’s prone to clogging so I use only a few drops at a time. I think it might be too much for oily skin though.
The formula has some fragrant essential oils, as well as nourishing oils, botanical extracts, and dimethicone that adds slip to the skin and makes the skin texture appear more even.
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.
It looks like a bright lipstick but on the skin it’s a barely-there pink tint!
Pixi +C Vit Lip Brightener ($10) may look like a lipstick but it’s more of a tinted lip balm. Lips can develop discolorations just like the rest of your skin, and this balm is supposed to help address that. The formula consists of two layers: a rosy balm and a waxy core. They mix together during application to create a barely-there tint with a natural-looking lightly glossy finish. This formula is enriched with oils, waxes, vitamins, and plant extracts to help protect the lips from dryness and boost free radical defense. The texture is lovely: it’s not sticky at all, and feels like nothing on the lips, yet they feel comfortable and protected.
Ingredients: Outer: 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: 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).
What do you think about this launch? Have you used Pixi skincare before?