Every now and again, Petra and the Pixi Team collaborate with influential bloggers to create some exciting new products, so perfect for beauty aficionados around the Globe. This must be the brand's biggest Pixi Pretties collection yet, so without further ado, let's dive in!
This year Pixi Beauty collaborated with three big names in the beauty blogosphere: Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy and Weylie Hoang. There are six new products in the line, including: eye-, cheek-, lip-palettes as well as a dual-ended eyeliner and a lip gloss.
Palette Chloette (24 USD)
What is it? all-in-one eye, cheek and brow palette that offers you three blush shades, six eyeshadows, as well as three eyeliner/brow shades (available in blonde, brown and charcoal gray colours).
First Impression: although I am a bit surprised that there are no matte eyeshadows, Pixi Beauty did a good job formulating every single shimmer shade here. These eyeshadows are quite pigmented and smooth. I do, however, wish that there was a better colour selection; most of these shades strike me as highlighters (pale pearl, soft champagne, medium bronze). I do understand that these are designed as 'neutral' tones, but when you mix and match all six shades, you will still end up with [more or less] the same kind of a look. I wish there was a touch more variety as far as eyeshadow colours and finishes go.
The little trio doesn't swatch that well, but that is only because these are designed for your brows (and possibly liner). I have used shade Tux to fill in the gaps and it did a fairly nice job at giving me a fuller brow. However, if you are a bit "follically challenged" in the brow department, you would be better off with a brow pencil/pomade instead.
Lastly, we have three blush shades; you get a neutral peach with a soft golden sheen ("Promise"), pale baby pink with a soft silvery-champagne shift ("Bouquet") and classic rose shade with a satin finish ("Romance"). I must say that Promise and Bouquet are my favourite shades here; they are quite pigmented and smooth, blending into perfection like 1, 2, 3. Although both shades have a "barely there" metallic sheen, once applied they give you more of a natural-yet-radiant type of a finish (just like your favourite mineral blush).
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Final Thoughts: I wish Palette Chloette had a few more mattes in order for me to create a variety of looks using one eyeshadow palette only. If there was at least one matte transition/crease and one deep brown shade - I could easily label this little guy as your perfect, all-in-one bridal palette. I am also not that crazy about brow powders here, I wish they had a better lasting power and pigment. This palette will, however, be perfect for those of you who don't wear eyeshadow all that much, but love a good blush and highlight. A little bit of Fairytale all over the lid and on high-points of the face, a healthy flush of Bouquet on your cheeks, Cake on the lips - boom! Every day, easy look achieved.
Lip Icing (14 USD)
What is it? a liquid lip gloss with 3D glimmer in the shade "Cake" (one that actually smells like cake).
First Impression: I love this lip gloss; it is one of those universally flattering shades that looks great on pretty much everyone (your nemesis and puppy included). It reflects gold, pink and bronze, while still remaining nice and natural on the lips. It is quite sheer on its own, so you can easily throw it on top of any lipstick you like. Texture is amazing; it glides on like butter, feels hydrating (thanks to rose hip and marula oils) and never feels sticky/gooey/gritty. An extra thought - loving the bendy, larger-yet-precise applicator.
Final Thoughts: yes, yes and yes! Even if you are not into glosses, you might still enjoy Cake. It makes your lips fuller, juicier, poutier and who doesn't want that? Don't be frightened by how it looks in the tube, because on your lips it will be one of those perfect every day/evening shades that goes with any makeup look.
Cafe con Dulce (24 USD)
What is it? "Sweet Glow" palette with nine multi-use shades for your eyes and cheeks; all of these are metallic with a "powder to cream" finish.
First Impression: if we are friends on Instagram, then you know I am a shameless magpie and a thought of taking a bath filled with my favourite liquid highlighter is not that foreign to me. That being said, if you are into your blinding, foiled, out-of-this-world metallic highlighters and shadows - this palette will make you happy. Texture-wise it gives me ABH vibes: creamy and smooth powders that pack a punch in terms of pigmentation. You can use them on your cheeks, lids and even body (shoulders, legs, arms - I am down for it!).
However, just like ABH palettes, this uber high-shine formula does accentuate my pores and texture; unlike my go-to Becca highlighters, this kind of a finish (for whatever reason) sits right on top of my skin, highlighting pores/peach fuzz/dry patches. Could be my skin type (I am very dry), so unless you don't necessarily have any skincare concerns, do proceed with caution.
Final Thoughts: I think this palette is a gem for someone, who loves a strong highlight. You can wear these colours bold or sheer them out, depending on what kind of a look you're going for. Colour selection is brilliant. If you are a fan of ABH classic highlighter palettes, give Cafe con Dulce a go; it is just as good if not better. Personally, I do like it on my lids and body more than my face (for all the reasons mentioned above); it will be used to death during the summer, I already know!
Dulce's Lip Candy (24 USD)
What is it? a cream palette with nine vibrant lip (and cheek) shades. These smell just like caramel and will complement a plethora of skin tones.
First Impression: I am not that big on the cream blush trend (unless we are talking about Glossier Cloud Paint; review here), but I do love a good lipstick and this palette is ideal for that. The texture is quite unique; these feel quite balmy to the touch, but have a natural/sheer-matte/shine-free finish. Shades look both delicious and sexy; being matte yet not drying. They blend like a dream and can be applied directly with your fingers or a lip brush. The scent is quite delicate, so it won't linger for too long.
Now, although these are far more balmy than your traditional satin/matte lipsticks, you still need to exfoliate your lips beforehand to achieve the best look. There is only one shade here ("Sirena") that has a bit of a golden shimmer to it; all colours are perfectly buildable and blend easily.
Final Thoughts: Dulce's Lip Candy gets big thumbs up from me; this palette is so nice and will be loved by both: make-up beginners and freelance makeup artists. Quality across different shades is consistent; you can always create your perfect go-to custom lipsticks, by mixing and playing with different colours. Formula feels nice and comfortable on the lips, giving you the most flattering velvety pout. Colour selection is superb; I must admit I do enjoy nudes and peach-tones in this palette the most.
Dimensional Eye Creator Kit (20 USD)
What is it? a perfect eye kit with a mini six-pan eyeshadow palette and dual-ended black liner.
First Impression: now, this "Let's Talk Eyes Palette" is everything I wanted to see in Chloe's palette. An even mix of mattes, satins and shimmers to create a great variety of looks. There is not a colour here, that I don't like. You get three warm-toned mattes (for crease, base and dimension) as well as a beautiful highlighting pearl, metallic chocolate and shimmery rose gold. Although the latter shade ("Gurl!") is a touch dry for my liking, with a little help of any facial mist - it transforms into this beautiful high-shine metallic.
All colours are nicely pigmented, blend with ease and quality-wise remind me a lot of ColourPop pressed shadows (which you might know - I like). Palette is quite petite and portable; you can create both wearable day-time or sultry night-time looks with it.
You also get "Black Liner Duo" in this kit; personally I am not a huge fan of it. It basically is a 2-in-1 felt-tip liner and kohl, which is quite pigmented and long-lasting. Although there is no colour-trasfer here, sadly this liquid liner is quite watery and as a result bleeds into every nook and cranny on my lids, which is (let me assure you) not a good look. Since it both spreads and sets so fast, I have no time to wipe off any product excess and end up having a mini raccoon situation on my eyes. The kohl side, on the other hand, is much better so I typically stick to it only.
Final Thoughts: this Dimensional Eye Creator Kit is so reasonably priced; even if you won't use the liner, it is still a perfect all-occasion set that (in my humble opinion) is worth every penny. Shadows offer a nice balance between warms and neutrals, making it an incredibly user-friendly palette for both beginners and pros. I can't say enough good things about it.
Cafe con Dulce/Dulce's Lip Candy (whether you prefer highlighters or lipsticks)
Let's Talk Eyes Palette
PR Samples; this review is not sponsored. Full disclaimer here.