Hey everyone! How have you been? Around 3-4 months ago I received an amazing package from Pixi that included a variety of their masking SkinTreats! At this point I have tried a good amount of Pixi’s skin care, with the majority coming from their Rose-Infused line. I was also sent that line for review, and you can read about those here.
Quite a few Pixi products have made their way into my permanent skin care regimen, including the Rose Ceramide Cream, the Makeup Fixing Mist and the Rose Glow 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).
In this PR package I got to try five products:
- Glow Mud Mask
- T-Zone Peel-Off Mask
- Peel & Polish
- DetoxifEYE Depuffing Eye Patches
- GLOW Glycolic Boost Sheet Masks
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!
$30 CAD | $22 USD | £18
We are starting things off with my favourite product of the bunch. This clay mask is intended to draw out excess oils and impurities, resulting in skin that is brightened and clarified. Hands down, this is the best clay mask I have ever used, and I will continue to purchase it after I run out of this tube (which I almost have). Upon first inspection, this seems like a typical clay mask, that is perhaps a tiny bit more liquidy than others. However, from consistent use over the months, this mask has been my go to when my skin is showing even an ounce of attitude.
First of all, when you apply the mask and it starts to dry down, the areas of the mask that are over active blemishes actually dry a different shade, so you can literally see that something is happening over those spots. I can only guess that the different dry colour is due to the mask drawing out the impurities. Secondly, I don’t find that this mask over-dies the skin at all. A lot of dry-down masks can over-strip the skin and can actually cause break outs, and this one doesn’t (likely because aloe vera is the first ingredient!). Lastly, after using this mask, my blemishes decrease in size noticeably by the next day. This really is just the trick to controlling unruly skin! I wholeheartedly recommend this product!
Ingredients of note: Remarkably, the first ingredient in this clay mask is aloe leaf juice! No wonder this mask doesn’t over dry, it actually has a soothing and hydrating ingredient first on the list! Second and third is kaolin clay and sea silt, both of which have absorbent properties, drawing out oils in the skin. This mask also has diatomeceous earth, 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. The rest of the ingredients are various moisturizers like glycerin (humectant that attracts moisture to the skin), and plant oil extracts like jojoba, squalene, rosemary, sage and ginseng. One surprise is that this mask actually has hyaluronic acid in it, albeit quite far down in the ingredients list. Fragrance is also included in the ingredients list, for those of you who are sensitive.
One ingredient that may concern people is the preservative phenoxyethanol. This ingredient is controversial, but has been made so due to studies that involved large amounts of it 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, it apparently isn’t of real concern.
$30 CAD | $22 USD | £18
Overall, I’m fairly neutral on this mask, mostly because I haven’t really seen any results. This peel-off mask is intended to draw out impurities and oils to decongest and clear the skin. I have definitely loved peel-off masks in the past, but have tried to lessen my use since it isn’t great for your skin to be aggressively peeling layers of it off too often (am told by dermatologists). While this mask is super pretty (pearlescent light green), after it dries, it peels off fairly easily and doesn’t seem to take anything with it from my pores. On one hand it is good that it peels off easily and isn’t strongly adhered, because it isn’t taking as much of your skin with it as other masks, but it also doesn’t seem like it’s taking any of the bad things you want to get rid of with it either (from what I can see at least). I also just discovered while researching the ingredients that it has denatured alcohol listed as the fourth ingredient, which is a big no no and is very bad for your skin (read ingredients of note below for more information). I cannot recommend this product.
Ingredients of note: The ingredients in this mask aren’t nearly as good, partly because the first couple of ingredients are responsible for creating the texture of the product (instead of good-for-you dedicated ingredients). A big warning sign to me is that alcohol denat. is the fourth ingredient. Denatured alcohol is very bad for your skin because it dries and weakens the skin barrier, making it more sensitive. It isn’t until the fifth ingredient in the list that we start getting to ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, starting with aloe leaf juice. After that there are plenty of plant extracts and oils to hydrate, but I can’t see those undoing the damage that denatured alcohol will do, since they are much lower on the list. It’s not worth risking it at least, in my opinion. This mask also has fragrance as an ingredient. Again, the preservative in this mask is phenoxyethanol.
$34 CAD | $24 USD | £26
This mask is both a mechanical and chemical exfoliant using lactic acid to exfoliate away dead skin to reveal brighter, smoother and softer skin. While in theory I think that this could be a good product, overall I think it is just too harsh, for my skin at least. First of all, it has a very gritty abrasive. Some of you may have heard more and more over the recent years that you shouldn’t use mechanical exfoliants because they can create micro-tears in your skin. Because this exfoliant is SO rough I 100% believe that this product could result in that. With more fine exfoliators, it’s less of a risk. If you are concerned about mechanical exfoliants, you can simply use this as a mask, and without rubbing it in just simply wash it off, which is what I have done when using this product. However, I just really haven’t seen any results. It is nice that you only have to wear it for 2 minutes, but overall it’s just kind of a dud for me.
Ingredients of note: The first ingredient in this product is water, followed by lactic acid and polylactic acid, which are chemical exfoliants that help exfoliate the surface of the skin to brighten the skin tone. Following those AHA’s, you have a few emollients and humectants, like sunflower seed oil and cetaryl alcohol (a fatty alcohol that is good for the skin). Interestingly, this peel also contains beraclay light red, which is a clay that will absorb excess oils, and witch hazel (an astringent). Following this there are many different plant extracts, such as papaya, ginseng, sugar cane, and some citruses, which will have various functions, such as softening, moisturizing and perhaps exfoliating the skin.
Another controversial ingredient that is included in this formula is PEG 100. Again, the concern over this ingredient has been due to studies that involved large amounts of these ingredients that are typically not found in cosmetics or skin care. As per Paula’s Choice, it doesn’t seem to be of big concern. Again, the preservative in this mask is phenoxyethanol.
~$36 CAD | $24 USD | £22
Using hyaluronic acid and caffeine, these eye patches are meant to smooth, depuff and reduce dark under eye circles. The patches themselves are hydrogel. Honestly, these did not work for me at all, for multiple reasons. First, I must mention that I have not yet found under eye patches that I like, so I may be exceedingly picky/biased. However, these eye patches are so dense/heavy, because of the hydrogel texture, that they do not stay in place and slip down easily and quickly. These eye patches are meant to be worn for 10 minutes, but don’t make it 2 minutes without needing to be re-adjusted. Second, the actual serum-y formula does not absorb properly into the skin, and seems to settle and set on top of the skin. Once it does sort of “set”, if you touch your skin at all, the formula balls up like crazy. I just think these are way too finicky, and I didn’t really see any benefits, even a hydrating one. I am, however, impressed with how many pairs (30!) come in the jar!
Ingredients of note: Overall, the ingredients in this formulation actually look pretty good. It is filled with different plant/fruit extracts such as coconut, pine, cucumber, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, green tea, and more. The second ingredient is glycerin, which is a common humectant. Interestingly, gold is the eighth ingredient, which is rumoured to have anti-aging properties, although these claims have not been scientifically proven by any means. Unfortunately, gold is also a sensitizer (bad for sensitive skin). One aspect that makes me skeptical about this formulation is that caffeine and hyaluronic acid are touted as the superstars, and yet they are in seventh and 20th place on the ingredients list, respectively. Not very encouraging for giving the benefits that those ingredients are supposed to provide.
Aren’t the patches pretty though?!
$14 CAD | $10 USD | £10
These microfibre sheet masks come saturated with a glycolic acid serum that is supposed to brighten the skin. I’m sorry to say, my feelings about the eye patches are mirrored here too. The mask itself did actually fit my face well, and because it was a sheet mask it was quite light so it stayed in place on my face for the duration. However, again I experienced the serum not absorbing, sitting on the surface of my skin, and almost setting. If I touched my skin after using the mask, the product balled up, and it was especially bad if I tried to apply makeup afterwards. I just did not enjoy these. Sheet masks should be fun and fuss free. These were not that in my experience. I honestly, only used one, and gave the rest away. I do think that the pricing is pretty decent though. Three for $14 CAD is not too bad.
Ingredients of note: Again, even though I don’t love this product, the ingredients seem pretty good. The first ingredient is water, followed by dipropylene glycol, which is unfortunate since this is not an ingredient with skin care benefits (that I know of), it is simply a liquid solvent (basically a liquid in which all the other ingredients will mix). Third is glycerin, which is good and tells you that you should get some hydration from this mask, followed by glycolic acid. There are also many plant extracts like aloe, ginseng, green tea, cucumber, chestnut, witch hazel, and more.
So far, I have tried quite a lot of the skin care Pixi offers. Just a few months ago I reviewed the rose-infused line, and I loved the majority of it. Some of it I continue to use to this day, and have repurchased over and over. From trying these masks, I can honestly say that my favourite was absolutely the glow mud, and I will also be adding that to my permanent skincare regimen. The others, I could take or leave. 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 their masks?
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.