Collaborations between bloggers and brands are becoming more and more common recently and it totally makes sense. But Pixi really took it to the next level with the recent release of their Pixi Pretties. Four awesome influencers, each with their own releases to suit their style? I was in love from the very first announcement.
With everything from cheek palettes to skincare, the range is sure to have something that will take your fancy or, in my case, everything will. I’ve been happily testing everything for a little while now and thought I better report back with swatches and my thoughts on the products you can’t miss out on.
A couple of warm neutral mattes, some stunning shimmery shades and a simple pop of champagne? It was love at first sight for me with this palette. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the formula but I’ve been pleasantly surprised – the mattes are rich and incredibly blendable and the shimmers are easily built up from a sheer sheen on the lids to an intense finish.
Although the bottom half of the palette is probably a little deeper than I normally reach for on the day-to-day, this is awesome for those that want a little bit of everything in one. It’s definitely one of my top picks from the collection.
A similar set-up to the eye palette but instead with 12 lip colours, ranging from nudes to browns to pinks to reds. I think they’ve taken a slightly different approach to the lip palette idea – instead of high pigment, intense lipsticks like you seem to find in the ABH Lip Palette, these colours are all subtle, balmy and sheer.
They’re easily built up with a lip brush, though – they apply best if you get the colour on with a brush and give it all a bit of a pat into the lips with a finger afterwards. They’re lightweight on the lips and wear well, with minimal creasing. It takes a bit of getting used to if it’s your first time playing with a lip palette but the fuss-free formula is definitely a great place to start if you’re looking to explore the lip palette world.
Pixi + Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt* and Strobe & Bronze* Palettes
Anyone could appreciate the convenience of a handy all-in-one cheek kit and these two created by Maryam are seriously stunning. The formula is lovely – it’s important to start with only a little bit on your brush as they are quite intense but they blend out really nicely on the skin. These are also sort of tricky to open if you’ve got longer nails, I’ve noticed.
Unfortunately, both palettes are more suited to those with deeper skin tones than me. The bronzing colours in the Strobe & Bronze set are workable with a light hand to add some warmth to my complexion but the bronzing shades in the Strobe & Sculpt are definitely designed for deeper skin tones. I love the highlighter shades in both but, again, the Strobe & Bronze shades work slightly better on my skin tone.
^ Strobe & Sculpt ^
^ Strobe & Bronze ^
Pixi + Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Highlight & Contour Brush Duo*
The dual-ended brush is an awesome addition to the collection, too. One side has a thin flat brush on it, ideal for subtly sculpting out cheekbones or even applying blush in a pinch and the other has a tapered tip to apply the strobing shades with. This will be an awesome brush for travelling with, I think.
Even more highlighters and an equally glowy blush shade. This time with dreamy names and shades that will definitely suit a whole range of skin tones. They’re all super creamy and subtle on the cheeks but provide such a stunning lit-from-within glow. The highlighters, in particular, have definitely become favourites for me. London Lustre is a pale champagne – a dream come true for pale skin – and Santorini Sunset is an equally beautiful light gold. Rome Rose instantly reminded me of NARS Orgasm – a bright pink with glowy gold glitter.
I was also incredibly impressed by this brow gel & bottom lash mascara combo. The brow gel is compact and subtle – leaving brows in place all with none of the crunchiness that I often experience. But the bottom lash mascara is definitely something special. The tiny comb brush means you can really wiggle onto every lash under the eye, adding plenty of definition without having to worry about smudging. This duo definitely exceeded my expectations.
Realistically, the skincare release from the range was what had me most excited. Caroline Hirons has taught me so much about skincare, including the importance of a good double cleanse, so I was sure I would love the product she released to make the process easy. One side has a simple, no-fuss cleansing balm and the other has a lightweight, creamy cleanser. I was initially worried after being left very underwhelmed by Pixi’s first cleansing balm but this was so effective and so soothing on the skin. It hasn’t taken long for this to become a huge favourite – it’s been my go-to for days when I want to quickly remove makeup and leave my skin looking happy and healthy. If you’re confused about the double cleanse concept, this will seriously change your life.
Overall, the range has been incredibly impressive, with a couple of products not quite as suited to my skin tone, but that can only be expected. My top picks from the release? Caroline’s Double Cleanse, the It’s Judy Time Eye Palette and any pale girls need to get their hands on Aspyn Novard’s London Lustre Glow-y Powder.
What have you got your eyes on from this collection?
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