Pixi Beauty PixiGlow Cakes | Review + Swatches!

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing with you a review that has been a long time coming! This wonderfully large Pixi package showed up at my doorstep in late November/early December, and I have been testing out the products ever since! What was in the package you ask (even though you know by the title)? Two of Pixi’s glowy face palettes! I was super excited by this, let me say.

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As I mentioned in my last Pixi review post (Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lips), Pixi Beauty actually has a Brand Ambassador form on their website that you can fill out in order to be considered for review opportunities, which is how I have been getting product from them. You can find a link to this form on their Contact Us page.

So let’s get into this review!

Packaging and First Impressions

These face palettes come in a plastic compact that has a clear front with gold detailing and a classic “Pixi green” back. Inside each palette there is a gradient of three shades blending into each other, going from light to dark. The intention of the palettes is for the lightest shade to act as a highlight, the middle shade as a blush, and the deepest shade as a bronzer. Just from looking at the powders you can tell that they are more glowy, and will give the skin some luminosity.

This palette comes in two shades: GildedBare Glow and PinkChampagne Glow. GildedBare is a more nudey peach shade range with a medium bronzer, whereas PinkChampagne is a deeper pink shade range with a slightly deeper and cooler bronzer.

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GildedBare Glow
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GildedBare Glow
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PinkChampagne Glow
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PinkChampagne Glow


“This light-diffusing palette helps to achieve a naturally healthy, radiant complexion with flushed apples of the cheeks, subtle contouring and glowing highlights. The shades in the gradient make it easy to create a sheer wash of luminous colour that enhances your PixiGlow!
• Ceramides help restore skin’s moisture barrier. 
• Peptides plump and firm. 
• Grape Seed Extract improves skin’s elasticity.”

Price and Quantity

These face palettes are priced at £24, $28 USD (Target), and $38 CAD (Shopper’s Drug Mart) and they have 0.85 oz of product. This price seems crazy expensive for something that can be found in the drugstore, but at least it has a lot of product! Sometimes I think it can be harder to swallow a price like that when it is sold alongside so many more affordable products. It almost makes me think Pixi prices would be better received if they were sold in Ulta or Sephora.

While I don’t usually compare the prices of drugstore products because prices can be so variable between retailers, Pixi is sold in Canada exclusively by Shopper’s Drug Mart, so $38 is the only price you will find them at. Also, because Pixi is pretty close to high end prices, let’s just go ahead and compare to other high end face palettes, since those prices never seem to vary between retailers. I chose only smaller face palettes that included both a highlight, blush and bronzer.

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

Rank Product Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Number of Shades Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Pixi PixiGlow Cakes $38 0.85 3 $45/oz
2 IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer, Radiance Luminizer & Brightening Blush Palette $49 0.78 3 $63/oz
3 Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette $38 0.49 3 $78/oz
4 MAC Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact $48 0.49 3 $97/oz
5 Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette $25 0.24 3 $104/oz
6 Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color Trio (customizeable) $56 0.51 3 $110/oz
7 Kevin Aucoin Neo-Bronzer $88 0.74 3 $119/oz
8 Becca x Khloé Kardashian & Malika Haqq Bronze, Blush & Glow Palette $53 0.42 4 $126/oz
9 Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow $52 0.39 3 $133/oz

While I’m not entirely surprised that this face palette has great value, at the same time I am kind of surprised. It just seems so expensive (for drugstore of course), but you get a great amount of product so that does help justify it a bit for me. This is also a multi-tasking palette that can potentially satisfy your requirements for three different products, so it being a little pricier perhaps makes sense. You’re still likely to save money buying this palette than three separate items.

Pigmentation and Performance

When I first opened this PR package, I thought for sure GildedBare Glow would be my favourite. I tend to lean more towards more peachy or coral blushes and the bronzer seemed to be a good depth. What didn’t help this first impression was that PinkChampagne Glow looked SO pink and really quite deep across the blush and the bronzer. I thought for sure that shade would be more suited to deeper skin tones, which is great. I could not have been more wrong.

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GildedBare Glow

As stated in the claims of this product, these face palettes are supposed to provide a sheer wash of colour. So while they may look super pigmented in the pan, that is not necessarily how they apply. Overall, I definitely find that I prefer PinkChampagne Glow over GildedBare Glow. I just find GildedBare has a lot less pigmentation, and requires quite a bit of building, as least for the blush. The bronzer performs well. However, in PinkChampagne the pink blush comes across as such a pretty flush, and I totally love the bronzer. That palette is the clear winner for me. 

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PinkChampagne Glow
Swatches of GildedBare Glow
Swatches of PinkChampagne Glow

Now for the highlighters… I was actually quite impressed by the shade in GildedBare! I really didn’t think either would give any sort of real glow because they are kind of powdery, but this highlighter built up so nicely and actually resulted in a really pretty sheen, bordering on metallic, if you can believe it. As for the highlighter in PinkChampagne, it also builds up well to give you a sheen, but it is too dark for my skin tone, and really stands out as a stripe, so I prefer to use that shade as a glowy blush topper. And it works well used in that way!

As for the formula, these powders blend so easily and are really quite user-friendly since they aren’t crazy pigmented. They build well (although like I said I wish the GildedBare blush was a bit deeper), and add a beautiful amount of colour to the face. And they definitely add a glow too: a subtle luminosity, with no glitter or anything too obvious. Like I said, they are a bit powdery, but it isn’t insane by any means.

Overall, I think both of these palettes are very nice, but my favourite shade is the PinkChampagne Glow! Below are some pictures of me wearing each palette!

Wearing GildedBare Glow. You can see it is subtle, although I always wear blush on the more subtle side anyways.. Blush also just doesn’t show up well on camera.
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Wearing PinkChampagne glow. You can see there is definitely some luminosity on the fronts of my cheeks, where I definitely don’t apply real highlighter, so you know that is from this palette. Isn’t the flush of colour so nice?!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I think these are really nice face palettes. Due to the pigment discrepancy between what you see in the pan and what applies, I do worry about how these will work on deeper skin tones. I would probably be considered light right now, so I am not confident that either would work for someone who is deeper than a medium tone, which is really unfortunate. Ultimately, these are meant to be sheer, so don’t be fooled by the shade in the pan.

Had these not been sent to me, would I buy them? I had actually been checking these out in the display at my local Shopper’s before they showed up at my doorstep. But I think the $38 CAD price tag had been deterring me, and I hadn’t really heard anything about them at that point. Knowing what I know now, I would purchase the PinkChampagne Glow palette. This is a palette that I love to use every day now, and I know it is going to last me a long time since there is so much product in it. Additionally, as cooler tones are coming back into style, this face palette is going to accompany that very well, so I am pleased to have this in my collection!

Have you tried these Pixi face palettes? Which shade do you think you would prefer?

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review. As always, all of my opinions expressed here are never solicited and are entirely my own.

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9 thoughts on “Pixi Beauty PixiGlow Cakes | Review + Swatches!

  1. That’s awesome that they sent this to you! I bought this palette awhile ago but haven’t used it very much. I am pleasantly surprised that it has that much product and it actually is the most affordable on this list. I thought it was really expensive for a drugstore product too but Pixi is differently on the higher end of the drugstore.

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    1. Yes I was very pleasantly surprised! Which shade did you get? You should definitely give it another try! Like I said, I feel like Pixi prices would be more well received if they were sold in stores like Sephora and Ulta! They need to stop kidding themselves that they are drugstore lol.


  2. I’ve also wondered why Pixi Isn’t sold at Sephora! Their price points seem to be more in Sephora’s range and as you said these palettes seem expensive when placed next to other drugstore products.
    I’m glad you love these palettes too, I’ve been reaching for mine so much!

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    1. I definitely think they need to rethink their retailers of choice! Cause all you hear are people complaining about their prices, but they wouldn’t if they were sold alongside other similarly priced items!


      1. Exactly! Shoppers is such a strange choice. I know that shoppers has a more high end section but the Pixi displays are always over with the cheaper makeup. I think that even if they moved the display to where the more expensive products are it would be different.

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  3. I’ve never tried anything by this brand but their packaging is so darn cute. Your cheeks look so nice with the PinkChampagne trio! I see why that one ended up being your favorite! I just can’t believe the price of this thing. It’s not very drugstore friendly at all…

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    1. They definitely do a good job with making their products aesthetically pleasing! Hehe thanks! They give such a nice rosy glow! Agreed! They should consider moving their products to a more premium retailer!

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