Hey everyone! Wow, has it been ages since I did a skin care review! 2019 in fact! This is really because I don’t switch up my products at all. However, after letting the Pixi Beauty C+ Vit Priming Oil* sit in my drawer for a while, I decided to give it a try! Now that it has been a couple months, I’m here to share my review of this relatively affordable oil! Please note that I have combo skin, with an oily T zone and normal to dry everywhere else 🙂 Currently no dry patches.
This post contains products received in PR*
Packaging and First Impressions
This facial oil comes in a transparent glass bottle with a dropper. I haven’t had any issues with the dropper leaking or becoming messy. In fact, I actually store this oil on its side in my drawer! The oil itself is triphase with yellow, clear and orange layers, making it very attractive. As you’ll see, I think this bottle fits in nicely with my perfumes it’s so pretty! The scent is a true orange smell. This oil has a shelf-life of 8 months.
Infused with Vitamin-C, this tri-phase oil nourishes, energises and balances to prep and prime for a radiant glow.
• Absorbs instantly, leaving skin hydrated, smooth and ready for flawless makeup application.
• Hydrates while prepping skin.
• Calms skin for flawless makeup application.
• “This silky dry-oil keeps my skin hydrated, plump & calm all day, I use it daily under makeup.” – Petra
• Lightweight formula
• Suitable for all skin types
• Not tested on animals
Ingredients of Note
If you do a little digging, you will see that this formula is packed with beneficial ingredients. On the whole I am happy with the formulation and there were no alarmingly bad or even moderately bad ingredients. I am not going to talk about all of the ingredients, but I will talk about the ones that I think are the most impressive and those that may be cause for concern for those with more sensitive skin. With each ingredient I give its order in the list, which indicates how much of it is in the formulation.
Dimethicone (2) is a commonly used synthetic silicone that helps form a barrier over the skin to help prevent water loss.
Squalene (4) is an emollient that is a natural component of the skin, making it extra effective at moisturizing.
Tocopheryl Acetate (6) is a form of Vitamin E that is known to be one of the best antioxidants for the skin.
Beta-Carotene (7) is another antioxidant.
Ascorbic Acid (8) is the most researched form of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant and skin-soothing ingredient and has been shown to improve the appearance of the signs of aging. This particular form of Vitamin C is unstable when exposed to UV light and air, therefore for this ingredient to retain its effectiveness the packaging should limit the exposure to such elements.
After the first eight ingredients there are many different plant extracts and oils that have similar antioxidant and emollient properties that are good for the skin.
The preservatives in this formulation are 1,2-Hexanediol (5) and Phenoxyethanol (26). The former is considered non-sensitizing, and the latter is considered to be rarely sensitizing. On the whole these are viewed as relatively good preservatives to be used in cosmetic formulas. I will admit though, I was surprised to see one of the preservatives so high up in the ingredients list.
You can further investigate the properties of different ingredients on Paula’s Choice, which was my source for the above information.
Price and Quantity
This oil is priced at $38 CAD (£24) and has 1 oz of product. Since you only use a few drops at a time, this oil lasts a very long time.
While I would usually do a comparison of price to other products, the comparison of value here is pretty clear, especially since most facial oils come in the same 1 oz size. Most facial oils at Sephora are much more expensive than anything Pixi carries, so the value is always going to be better. Pixi does also carry other oil blends that are a bit cheaper ($34 vs $38), so those are an option for you as well too, if you aren’t set on this particular one.
Overall, I have really enjoyed this oil so far. Honestly, I continue to have a hard time telling the difference between oils, except on a few points.
I find that this oil is non-irritating and it has never caused any break outs. I’ve been using it for quite a few months now and I haven’t had any issues even though it does have a small amount of fragrance in it and a few potentially sensitizing ingredients. While I haven’t necessarily noticed any long term effects like brightening or long term moisture, I think the immediate effects with makeup application make it worth it. I also don’t suffer from extreme dryness right now, and am not really worried about brightening, so I’m not the perfect person to speak to those issues.
I use this oil just before makeup application. When I sit down to get ready, I apply my typical moisturizer and eye cream, then I proceed to do my eye makeup. When my eye makeup is done, that is when I press a couple drops of oil onto my cheeks and chin, then I proceed with my face makeup. I like to apply my foundation when the oil hasn’t necessarily absorbed all the way because it seems to make it blend very smoothly. But if you want to wait for it to absorb, it does do so very quickly, within minutes. While some facial oils and foundations don’t always mix well together (some can start to break down the foundation) I haven’t had any issues with this one and my foundation of choice right now (PUR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie). It could be that the dimethicone in the formula is what makes it play nice with foundation, so that would make this formulation special compared to others. The reason why I quite like using this facial oil right before makeup application is because it really does help with dry areas. I always find that after applying makeup, the areas at the corners of my mouth always looks super dry. When I concentrate this oil in that area, it helps noticeably!
The only concern I have regarding this oil is the packaging, simply because it does not protect the active Vitamin C ingredient from sunlight or oxygen. This means that this product might not be the perfect one if you are looking for an effective Vitamin C treatment, because likely the efficacy will decrease more rapidly over time than in other products. This, however, won’t affect its ability to be a generally good moisturizing oil.
Overall, this is another great oil from Pixi. I have used a full bottle of their Rose Blend Oil* as well, and I thought it was really nice. Depending on what you are looking for, whether it be a specific kind of oil, a specific active ingredient, etc. you can be more or less picky about the oil you get. If you are just looking for a hydrating oil, I think this is a great candidate. It is mainly squalene and sunflower seed oil based, so if you have had your eye on another oil with similar bases but that is a higher price, this would actually be a good option instead. However, if you are wanting, say, a rosehip or coconut oil, or something with particular antioxidant ingredients, obviously you wouldn’t go for this one. Overall, it performs like any old oil, but the ingredients are of good quality in my opinion! It also does work better than some others under makeup, so that is a definite pro. Also, it is worth mentioning that this doesn’t have to be just a “priming” oil. There is nothing stopping you from using it at night as well!
Have you used any facial oils from Pixi before? What is your favourite facial oil that you have tried?
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.