The best Pixi line I've ever tried | Pixi Vitamin-C series review

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser, Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic, Pixi Vitamin-C Serum, Pixi Vitamin-C Lotion and Pixi Vitamin-C Caviar Balm

Pixi is a brand which I'm sure I don't have to introduce. You probably already heard about the cult Glow Tonic. Everyone loves it while my skin hates it. Hopefully, Pixi has a new skincare series based on my favourite ingredient - Vitamin C! Today I want to introduce you to Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser, Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic, Pixi Vitamin-C Serum, Pixi Vitamin-C Lotion and Pixi Vitamin-C Caviar Balm. Is it worth the hype? 

Usually, I start my posts by telling you a history of the brand. Pixi is a British brand found by Petra Strand - a Swedish makeup artist with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. I'll tell you a truth, a couple of years ago when I wasn't into beauty I thought Pixi is a brand made by a YouTuber. Back then, I used to work as a community manager at the IT company. Let's go straight to the products.

Does Pixi Vitamin-C line contain Vitamin C?


Vitamin C in skincare product exists in many different forms. Ascorbic Acid is the most basic form. Some types of Vitamin C are more stable. Other forms need special care to stay with us a bit longer. For example, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is more durable than L-Ascorbic Acid.

Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic

Ascorbic Acid

As I wrote before, it's the most basic form of Vitamin C. We also use the name L-Ascorbic Acid. It's a water-soluble ingredient. Vitamin C has many benefits for the skin. It boosts collagen production. When you use it under the sunscreen, Vitamin C will promote UV protection. Ascorbic Acid is an antioxidant which our skin needs. But the most important, it fades the pigmentation and brightens the skin. Skincare brands started to combine Vitamin E and Vitamin C for better effects. All Pixi Vitamin-C series products contain Ascorbic Acid.

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser and Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser | £18/150ml

Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser is a brightening cleansing water. Pixi added Ferulic Acid and Probiotics to get better effects.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lactic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Allantoin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Callus Culture Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Citrate, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA

The base of this product is Water and Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water which is nothing but orange water. This type of water should be suitable for all skin types. Propanediol is a natural solvent and moisturizer. You can find it mostly in clean beauty products. Ferulic Acid is an antioxidant, usually mixed with Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Combined together, they are more stable and more powerful than alone. Sodium Hyaluronate is a powerful moisturizer. Bifida Ferment Lysate is a probiotic, a product of the fermentation process. We can't deny, ferments are astonishing and good for our health. They are especially suitable for sensitive skin because they make your skin stronger and boosts skin protection. Lactic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), a chemical exfoliator. In lower concentrations, it's a fabulous moisturizer. Allantoin is a soothing moisturizer. Oryza Sativa (Rice) Callus Culture Extract is a brightening ingredient. Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract is a soothing astringent, this extract is suitable, for oily and sensitive skin types.

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser contains many oils, but there's a small problem with them - most of them can irritate sensitive skin. There's one oil which I want to introduce you to - Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil. It's a May Chang Oil, sometimes called a mountain pepper oil. It has antiseptic properties.

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser

The scent is sour and sweet. It reminds me of grapefruit, and I do enjoy this scent. One of the reasons why I like this product is the pump because it makes the dosing process easier. I've been using it for a month or two, and I'm in the middle of the bottle. It didn't irritate my skin, but I have to admit, I don't think it's very beneficial for your skin on its own. If you plan to buy Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser, try to purchase other Vitamin C products. It doesn't have to be entire Pixi line, but even Neogen Real Vita C Serum or Melano CC is excellent.

Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic

Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic | £10/100ml

It's an alcohol-free toner, suitable for all skin types. Probiotics found in this tonic will strengthen your skin while willow bark and fruit extracts will gently exfoliate your skin.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ascorbic Acid, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Ferulic Acid, Tocopherol, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Microcitrus Australis Fruit Extract, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Glauca Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Junos Peel Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Phospholipids, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide

I won't focus on ingredients we already discussed. Glycerin is a popular moisturizer which you can find almost everywhere. It's very safe for your skin. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice is a soothing ingredient. It is told to have amazing abilities and work on different skin conditions. Sadly, aloe can cause allergic reactions and irritation, especially when the quality of aloe is poor. Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is nothing else than popular green tea. This extract is an antioxidant suitable for all skin types. Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract is one of my favourite oils because it's a carrot root extract mixed with base oil. It's a helpful emollient. Don't worry, Pixi also decided to use Beta-Carotene, it can help you reduce oxidative stress. Tocopherol is a Vitamin E, so again we've got FA + Vit C + Vit E combination. Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil is known as Tamanu Oil. This oil can change your perception once you try it. It has antibacterial properties, and people use it on acne-prone skin to get better effects. I was scared I might get an allergic reaction to this oil, but I didn't. Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract is a source of mild alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It's a gentle exfoliant. It's also called Caviar Lime because of the insides of the fruits look like caviar. Caffeine is an antioxidant, and it improves blood circulation. Leuconostoc/​Radish Root Ferment Filtrate is a fermented preservative. Citrus Junos Peel Extract is also known as Yuzu in Japan and Yuja in South Korea. It's a source of Vitamin C. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil is an emollient.

Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic

This toner is my favourite product from the entire line. I'm not a fan of Pixi toners. They usually make my skin irritated. I'm surprised by how amazing this toner is. I even plan to get a full-size version. Vitamin C is a powerful ingredient, and this toner has proven it. I had an ice pick scar on my cheek, and Vitamin C is the best way to cure it. This toner made this ice pick scar almost invisible. How is this possible? Vitamin C boosts collagen synthesis, so if you have deep scars on your skin or post-acne scars - try it, you should be happy with the effects. 

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser, Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic, Pixi Vitamin-C Serum, Pixi Vitamin-C Lotion and Pixi Vitamin-C Caviar Balm

Pixi Vitamin-C Serum | £26/30ml

Brightening Vitamin C and FA serum for everyday use.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Ascorbic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Orange Fruit Extract, Ferulic Acid, Tocopherol, Caffeine, Microcitrus Australis Fruit Extract, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Beta-Carotene, Lecithin, Citrus Glauca Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Peel Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Retinol, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Punica Granatum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin

Ethoxydiglycol is a solvent. I'm surprised to see Retinol in this formula. Majority of ingredients in Pixi Vitamin-C Serum are the same as in Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic. Retinol is a superstar lately due to its smoothing properties. If you want to target your wrinkles, then it's an ingredient for you.

I have a small problem with Pixi Vitamin-C Serum. It's a great product, but it doesn't work with my makeup at all. It's a common problem with Vitamin C serums. I ended up using it during the evening routine, and I'm not sure about its stability. It leaves this oily feeling on my skin which I do not enjoy.

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser, Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic, Pixi Vitamin-C Serum, Pixi Vitamin-C Lotion and Pixi Vitamin-C Caviar Balm

Pixi Vitamin-C Lotion | £24/50ml

A brightening and moisturizing lotion for everyday use.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferulic Acid, Lactic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Callus Culture Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glycerin, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Carbomer, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol

Pixi based the Vitamin-C Lotion on the same solutions as the rest of Vitamin-C series. Sadly, the lotion is my least favourite product from the entire series. I feel like lotion should be the strongest point, not the weakest. I've decided not to test this product. Only one thing has disqualified it, the scent. It smells like smoked food, maybe even smoked lemon. If you're sensitive to the scents, I guess you'll hate it.

Pixi Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser, Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic, Pixi Vitamin-C Serum, Pixi Vitamin-C Lotion and Pixi Vitamin-C Caviar Balm

Pixi Vitamin-C Caviar Balm | £24/45 ml

A vitamin mask. It contains tiny capsules with vitamins. Massage them gently onto the skin.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Betaine, Sorbitan Stearate, Ferulic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Callus Culture Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Mannitol, Cellulose, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Iron Oxides (CI 77492)

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter is a very common emollient and a source of Vitamins such as Vitamin E. For oily skin this ingredient might be a bit too heavy. Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil is a nourishing emollient. I had a small problem with the use of Pixi Vitamin-C Caviar Balm. Is this a sleeping mask or what? At first, I tried to use it twice a week. It's very sticky, and the scent is weird. It reminds me of lotion. This mask is not lightweight, and my skin doesn't appreciate it. It's not a product for oily skin. It's not worth it, in a similar price you can get Hanyul Yuja Oil. Oh, and it smells like smoked lemon. 

Overall, Pixi Vitamin-C collection is worth a try. I'm going to buy Tonic soon because I'm surprised by the effectiveness of it. Unfortunately, some products aren't my cup of tea, but I'm sure some people will find them suitable for their skin types. Have you ever tried Pixi before?

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*** This post was made in collaboration with Pixi Beautyeven though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product**

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