Hello everyone, and welcome to the second day of my 31 Days of Reviews Challenge! Today’s review was supposed to be on a toner, so I decided to do this on a new toner I have been trying out, the Pixi Glow Tonic.
For a while now I have been going back and forth on whether I think toners are necessary. I’ve been trying to simplify my skin care routine because I have been having really bad and continual hormonal acne along my jawline since February (why?!). Sometimes with skincare products, it is hard to tell if a product is actually having a positive effect. Previous to the Pixi Glow tonic, I always used to use the Garnier Fresh Vitamin Enrich Skin Toner and I was fine with that because it was very inexpensive (~$10 CAD). Therefore, if it wasn’t actually doing anything for my skin (other than wiping away makeup that I had missed while cleansing) it wasn’t a big deal. However, in October I purchased the Fresh Rose Floral Toner. This is an expensive toner ($49 CAD) but I really liked that you could also use it as a makeup finishing spray. I use a lot of powder products, so a finishing spray is great. It also smells so good (roses🌹🙌) and feels so luxurious! However, can I justify spending $49 for something that may not actually have any benefits for my skin? Therefore, for a while I had stopped using toners altogether, until I saw a review by @mrs_mccready on instagram for the Pixi Glow Tonic, so I decided to give it a try based on her glowing testimonial.
Packaging and First Impressions
For the most part, I like the packaging. It is very aesthetically pleasing, with the orange and the green. I am not the hugest fan of the top, because instead of it just being an open top where you can place a cotton pad and turn it upside down and back to completely dose the cotton pad, it is covered except for a small hole, so you have to squirt it out onto your cotton pad. I feel like this gives you less control over how much you put on your cotton pad, some days you may over dose the pad and other days under dose. My only concern with this is that I may end up running out of the product faster because the way you dose your cotton pad is not controlled. This is obviously not a huge deal, but I don’t prefer this packaging.
It has a slight scent, although I can’t name what it is. It is chemically, but it isn’t overwhelming and it doesn’t last after application.
Price and Quantity
Here in Canada, I have only found this toner in Shopper’s Drug Mart. Shopper’s is classic for bumping up the price compared to other retailers, so in Canada we may be paying a bit more than everyone else because of this. Shopper’s offers both sizes of this tonic, 100 mL for $20 CAD and 250 mL for $38 CAD. This pricing is somewhere in between drugstore and medium-high end prices. For example that Garnier toner that I used to use was just under $10 for 200 mL, whereas the Fresh Rose Toner is $49 for 250 mL.
Here are the claims from the Pixi Beauty website:
- ” Exfoliates and purifies the skin with Glycolic Acid
- Ginseng improves circulation and energizes
- Aloe vera soothes and hydrates
- Refines the appearance of pores
- Gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal a brighter, glowing complexion
- Balances, heals and soothes for radient, healthier looking skin
- Alcohol free
- Suitable for all skin types
- Not tested on animals 🐰”
This toner is also paraben free.
How to Apply
“Use: Either in the AM and PM or when needed
- Step 1: Cleanse your face
- Step 2: Saturate a cotton pad with the Glow Tonic and sweep across face, neck and décolletage (avoiding eye area)
- Step 3: Follow with the a serum or moisturizer”
So far, I have only been using this toner for 2 weeks. However, I think I am liking it. I do think it has been helping to improve my skin and lessen breakouts. And I certainly haven’t had a negative reaction to it. Upon application, you can feel a slight tingling feeling, and I believe that that is the glycolic acid working. Also, after you are done wiping your face with the saturated cotton pad, the pad itself is slightly skin colour, because of the dead skin cells that it is wiping away. I truly do believe that those are skin cells, and not just makeup I have missed, because lately after cleansing I have also been using micellar water on a pad to wipe my face before toner. So there really shouldn’t be any makeup left on my face by the time I get to the toner step.
So far I am very happy with this toner and I do believe it is making a difference in my skin. However, I want to keep using it until I run out of this bottle to really determine what my final opinion of it is. At that point I will decide whether I should repurchase or not. It is also a reasonably affordable option for a toner. It’s not drugstore, but it’s not medium-high end in price. So many people have raved about this toner, and I have a feeling that I am going to like it too.
Have you tried this toner? What do you think?