Hey everyone! How have you been? Almost three months ago I received an amazing package from Pixi that included their full line of Rose-Infused Skintreats! While I hadn’t up until this point really tried a lot of Pixi skin care, everything I had tried were really winners. For a while now I had been using the Rose Cream Cleanser as my travel cleanser, and for YEARS I have been using Pixi’s Fixing Mist and Hydrating Milky Mist. And let’s not forget their Glow Tonic, which has been an on and off favourite for years as well (on because I usually see really brightening effects in the beginning when I start using it, and off when I have used it for a while and forget what the effects are lol).
Regardless of my experience in the past, I was super excited to really dive in to their rose line! I absolutely love anything rose-scented, and I have to admit, having rose as an ingredient in skin care is a huge draw for me. For centuries rose water has been used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, and now it has become a much beloved ingredient in multiple formats, one of the most popular being rose hip oils. Most plants also have antibacterial properties (to protect the plants themselves from bacterial invaders), so you can also usually count on that as an added skin care benefit, although certain plants are much more potent (especially tea tree).
In this PR package I got to try nine products:
- Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths with Rose and Chamomile
- Rose Cream Cleanser with Rose and Chamomile
- Rose Tonic with Rose and Elderflower
- Rose Caviar Essence
- Rose Flash Balm
- Rose Ceramide Cream
- Rose Oil Blend
- Makeup Fixing Mist with Rose Water and Green Tea
- Rose Glow Mist with 7 Flower Oils
Out of the nine, I had previously owned and tried two of these products.
Now that I have been using these products for a couple months, I am ready to give you my thoughts! I have listed these reviews in order from most favourite product to least favourite.
For each product I have also included a section on “ingredients of note”, in which I discuss the stand out ingredients in the formula, good or bad. While I am by no means an ingredients expert, I researched every single ingredient in these products, using multiple references (I only discuss those that seemed necessary). One online reference that is incredibly helpful for researching cosmetic ingredients is Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary. While Paula’s Choice is a brand itself, I really believe that their “Ingredient Dictionary” is a great resource to get unbiased ingredient information in an easy-to-understand way. They use peer-reviewed scientific literature to back up their information, and provide those references to you so that you can research further on your own. If you don’t know anything about me, I have a Master’s degree in biology, so I appreciate research done well.
So, let’s get into it!
Pixi Beauty Rose-Infused Skintreats
$~42 CAD | $24 USD | £24
This is by far my favourite product from this line! This is such a beautifully rich moisturizer that has a heavenly scent. I used this in the morning after the Rose Caviar Essence, or at night in combination with a oil, or on its own. Regardless of the products you use it with, it absolutely hydrates your skin, and it works very well under makeup! The only sad thing is I haven’t been able to find a way to purchase it in Canada! Out of all the products in this line, this seems to be the only one that isn’t sold at Shopper’s Drug Mart? I 100% want to make this my regular moisturizer, but it seems the only way you can purchase it is through Pixi’s UK website. I did just order two last week, and it wasn’t too bad because you can actually get free shipping when you spend over £35.
Ingredients of note: There are certainly many of the classic chemical ingredients that you see in skincare (dipropylene glycol to enhance absorption, glycerin to hydrate, dimethicone to form a barrier to help protect against moisture loss, along with quite a few other emollients), but further down in the ingredients list there is also grapefruit peel oil, shea butter, rosemary leaf oil and other plant oils. One ingredient that may alarm people is cetearyl alcohol, but this is actually a fatty alcohol which is thought to be non-irritating for the skin, and has been found to provide some skin benefits. Fatty alcohols are most commonly used to keep other ingredients stable, thicken creams, and act as emollients (Find out more here on Paula’s Choice, which uses peer-reviewed scientific references). There is also a ceramide in this cream (used to replenish natural lipids in the skin barrier), but it is pretty far down in the list so the amount is likely pretty low (25th place in the list). Despite the strong scent of this cream, fragrance is not listed, so it is likely from the combination of all those plant extracts. Overall, while I’m not an ingredient expert, most of the ingredients in this moisturizer seem really good.
$20 CAD | $15 USD | £16
This is a setting spray that I have been using for years! It is definitely my favourite setting spray I have ever tried, and I pretty much exclusively use this spray to set my makeup. It is priced pretty well, and it seems to have less of an alcohol effect than other sprays. I have found that sprays like the Urban Decay All Nighter and the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day have strange effects on my skin. What I notice the most is that after spraying my face the makeup on my nose look strangely shiny. I can’t explain why, but regardless, I just don’t like those sprays.
This Pixi Fixing Mist does everything I want it to: It sets my makeup, and melts all the powers into my skin! The one caveat is that the nozzles on the sprays seem to be really hit and miss. Some work just fine, others are like a squirt bottle. What I have done is just kept a spray bottle from a past setting spray that has an amazing nozzle, and I decant the Fixing Mist into that one. Unfortunately I broke my Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day bottle a couple of months ago (which had an amazing nozzle), so I now use the L’Oreal Infallible Setting Spray bottle (it’s alright, not amazing).
Ingredients of note: Well, the second ingredient in this spray is alcohol, which is not good for your skin. However, it is alcohol that usually provides the “makeup setting” power that you look for in a setting spray. To potentially help offset this bad ingredient, there are a ton of plant oils and extracts included in this product, and they are quite high up in the ingredients list: rose flower water, castor seed oil, asiatic pennywort (used in traditional medicine for its skin-healing properties) extract, green tea oil extract, lemon balm, marjoram, just to list a few. There is also glycerin and caprylyl glycol, which are both humectants that add moisture to the skin. Fragrance is included in the ingredients, but it is listed quite far down (18th place in the list).
$20 CAD | $15 USD | £16
This was a new facial spray to me, and I love it! In fact, I just repurchased it yesterday. Of their hydrating sprays, I had only used the Hydrating Milky Mist (which I have used for years), and this one definitely adds more glow. In my makeup routine, after finishing my makeup I first spray my face all over with the Fixing Mist, and then I spray a more hydrating spray on my cheeks and chin to add back some moisture. This spray definitely adds more glow than the Hydrating Milky Mist, and if you spray quite a bit, it may leave your skin feeling a little tacky. I actually like this for the most part, because it really does make your makeup look more skin-like. Overall, all of Pixi’s sprays that I have tried so far are winners. If you have really dry skin, you might prefer this over the Hydrating Milky Mist. I still love both (just finished a bottle of the Milky Mist).
Ingredients of note: Something that might appeal to you is that this spray has NO alcohol. The first ingredient is water, followed by olive oil, dipropylene glycol and butylene glycol (both help ingredients penetrate the skin and help other ingredients mix together), argan oil, safflower seed oil, avocado oil, and many other plant oils and extracts. Similar to the Fixing Mist, this spray also includes caprylyl glycol to add moisture to the skin. Fragrance is not listed in the ingredients.
$34 CAD | $26 USD | £26
This strikes me as a really hydrating serum and I love to use it in the mornings before makeup application. The product is a jelly-ish serum with little capsules of floral oils throughout. Once applied to the skin it all meshes together, and leaves your skin feeling really hydrated. I might have to purchase this again!
Ingredients of note: This is a serum that is packed full of hydrating ingredients such as water, glycerin (a commonly used humectant to add moisture), and many plant oils such as ylang-ylang oil, palmarosa oil (known for its rose scent), geranium oil, sunflower oil and jojoba oil, among others. It also has tocopheryl acetate, which is a form of Vitamin E. Fragrance is not listed, so this serum likely smells so good because of the combination of plant oils, especially the palmarosa.
$24 CAD | $18 USD | £18
This is a great cleanser that I already owned before this package arrived. Because my daily cleanser is the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, I always used this one to travel because it is much smaller in size. This is definitely a creamy cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin at all. It is also less scented than the other products in this rose-infused line, if that is something that concerns you.
Ingredients of note: The first ingredient in this cleanser is aloe juice, wow! Aloe is great for soothing the skin and hydration, so I am incredibly impressed that it is the first ingredient. What is interesting is that this cleanser has diatomaceous earth in it, which if you know anything about marine algae, is fancy language for diatoms. Diatoms are small algae that have shells made of silica, so “diatomaceous earth” is usually added as a natural mechanical exfoliant. From using this cleanser, I would have never guessed it had an exfoliant in it, so there must be a very small amount. This cleanser also contains the clay, montmorillonite, which is likely in the formula to help absorb oils in the skin. There are multiple plant extracts and oils in this cleanser, including avocado oil. Lastly, this cleanser has squalene in it! Squalene has gained a lot of popularity lately, and is reportedly a very good ingredient for moisturizing.
Two ingredients that may concern people are PEG 100 and phenoxyethanol. Both are controversial, but have been made so due to studies that involved large amounts of these ingredients that are typically not found in cosmetics or skin care. If you are concerned, do your own research using credible sources to find out more. As per Paula’s Choice, which uses information from peer-reviewed scientific literature, neither are of real concern.
$34 CAD | $24 USD | £26
As far as oils go, again I don’t usually notice a difference between them. I am currently using the Herbivore Phoenix Oil, the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil, and this Pixi one. They really don’t seem to have different effects? And they all hydrate, so I suppose I recommend the Pixi oil because of course it is so much cheaper. I typically use oils at night. I think a lot of people wonder whether to use an oil before or after a moisturizer. I just mix the two together and then apply to my face! I have seen that Pixi now carries a Jasmine Oil, so I am curious to try that one out since I love the smell of jasmine!
Ingredients of note: This oil has the least amount of ingredients in it out of all these products I have mentioned, and that’s a good thing! This oil blend includes sweet almond oil, rose hip oil, jojoba seed oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), geranium oil, rose flower oil, pomegranate seed oil, and orange peel oil. That’s all the ingredients! Truly this is a pure oil blend containing a lot of hydrating plant-derived oils.
$20 CAD | $15 USD | £10
I love to have rose toners in my skin care routine, and this one strikes me as just fine. That being said, I have never in my life been wowed by a toner, besides the Pixi Glow Tonic. I mainly use a toner as a way to check that all makeup has been removed from my skin. Other than that, I am unsure of the real effects toners have, other than what is “claimed” by companies. This one is fine, but I think I prefer the Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Toner. It is cheaper and you get triple the amount of product.
Ingredients of note: This toner has rose water as the second ingredient, so it really is truly a rose tonic. Following that you have three humectants (attract moisture to the skin), propanediol, glycerin and sodium PCA, and many different plant extracts, such as aloe leaf juice, rose extract, green tea extract and elderflower extract. This toner does have another PEG, PEG-40 hydrogenated caster oil, but the size of this molecule is too large to penetrate the skin’s barrier (the main problem with PEGs is when they penetrate the skin with certain contaminants). Its use is usually to stop surface moisture loss.
$14 CAD | $10 USD | £10
While these cloths smelled heavenly, they just weren’t saturated enough. They definitely removed makeup, but because they weren’t wet enough I couldn’t be confident that everything was removed. I don’t like tugging on the skin a lot, but you had to with these cloths. I did end up using them to remove swatches and they were fine for that, but I wouldn’t recommend them for the face. They do the bare minimum.
Ingredients of note: These cloths have aloe juice as the third ingredient, followed by camellia oil, grape seed oil and argan oil. The last ingredients in these cloths are all preservatives and anti-microbial agents, however there is one controversial ingredient: polyaminopropyl biguanide. As of 2017 it was recommended that this ingredient is safe when used in concentrations of 0.1% or less by the CIR. Unfortunately, we do not know the concentration of this ingredient in these cloths, and because it is so potent at such low levels, this is just another reason to pass on this product, in my opinion.
$34 CAD | $24 USD | £26
This is the one product from Pixi’s skin care line that I really truly dislike. You are supposed to use it as either a primer or a hydrating mask. Either way, this products has given me no benefits, which is strange because I thought people loved this product! As a mask, I literally felt like my skin got drier. One time I left it on a little longer than you were supposed to, and it dried down completely and made my skin feel so tight and gross. As a primer, this product is SO difficult to work with. It balls up and pills with next to no perturbation. It literally says on the bottle to not rub the product once applied, but even when trying “to not rub”, it still balls up and it’s just a total mess during foundation application. The one time I did get it to work, yes my skin did feel and look a bit smoother after my makeup application was complete, but overall my skin felt tight and dry and I got oiler than usual during the day. I cannot recommend this product, at all! I even had a friend reach out to me recently to try to give me this product because she hated it too! I just don’t know who this product would work for.
Ingredients of note: The second ingredient in this primer is rose water. There are multiple hydrating ingredients in this primer such as the humectants propylene glycol and glycerin, and other hydrating ingredients like sucrose cocoate, olive leaf extract and rose extract. It also has witch hazel which is an astringent (helps tighten pores). One good ingredient is bisabolol, which has been shown to have some brightening properties. However, this primer seems to have quite a few “chemically” ingredients, including multiple pH adjusters, silicones, and the dye Red 40. I personally think dyes in skin care are really unnecessary.
Overall, from what I have tried, Pixi’s skin care line is really solid! I have liked pretty much everything I have ever tried, with the exception of the Rose Flash Balm and the Makeup Cleansing Cloths. For the majority of the products, the ingredients are really good too, and really there are no ingredients used that are of real concern, based on my research.
This year I have been trying to make a real effort to pay more attention to the skin care I am using, and looking at the ingredients is most of the battle. I know it can seem like a lot of work when the ingredients list is 30 items long, but reference sites like Paula’s Choice Ingredients Dictionary helps a ton, even if only used for a cursory search. I think we can all stand to be a bit more aware of what we are using on our bodies. We can’t forget that our bodies absorb what is applied topically, excluding those ingredients which are too large to pass through the skin’s barrier.
What are your favourite Pixi skin care products? Do you have any favourites from the rose-infused line?
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.
And don’t forget, you can become a brand ambassador too if you want to review products like these! Pixi Beauty 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.