Last week I went with Emily of Blog-Me-Beautiful to the Pixi press day. Pixi's not a brand I had ever heard of before I visited their sweet little shop just off Carnaby Street in Soho, London. Started over ten years ago by Swedish Petra Strand, a make up artist and product developer, their aim is 'simply to bring out the natural beauty in all women - to make women look like themselves, only better'.
At the event we were introduced to the new products for Spring/Summer 2014: three Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes (£12 each), six Shea Butter Lip Balms (£8 each), six new Nail Polishes (£8 each), two new Natural Brow Duos (£12.50 each) and three shades of H20 Skin Tint (£21 each).
I was given the Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz*, the Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose* and the Nail Polish in LA Blue* to try out.
Starting with the eyeshadow palette - there are six squares of plum, cocoa and pinky-nude shades, which are mostly shimmer shadows (which is my preference usually). I was told that this palette would bring out the blue in my grey eyes! The shadows are really well pigmented and they last brilliantly without creasing all day - I was really impressed. They also contain Vitamin E to nourish and protect delicate skin around the eye. I did find the fact they were squares and not stripes (like in Urban Decay palettes for example) a little difficult. That said, this didn't matter at all - I love the shades and have really enjoyed using it so far. Definitely a great little palette to pop into a weekend make up bag.
Next I have the Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose. I have had a tendency of late to wear brightly coloured lipsticks of the almost neon variety - but I've found the No7 Stay Perfect one I have dries out my lips like nobody's business, which really takes away from the enjoyment of wearing it. The same certainly cannot be said for this lovely lip balm. The shea butter is really nourishing and although the formula feels really light on the lips, it gives really good colour which lasts really well. I love the smell and the smooth and silky feeling of the shea butter and the colour aspect gives it an added bonus.
Below you can see it on my lips - sorry for the massive photo of them...!
The final item I got to try out was the stunning, almost-neon blue nail polish called LA Blue. The formula was really easy to apply and didn't go on too thickly or unevenly. The polish dries to a slightly matte effect, so I put a glossy top coat of Seche Vite on top. The photos below show two coats. One thing I found a little annoying was the length of the brush. It's quite a long, tall bottle and so the brush has to be long to get to the bottom - but it didn't make it particularly easy to paint accurately and neatly with it. I do adore this colour though - it's so stunning in real life, unfortunately I couldn't quite get my camera to capture it accurately, so this is the best match I could find!
Overall I really like these new products from Pixi and I would definitely consider buying more polish and another palette, but I can be pretty sure I'll be going back for another lip balm which was possibly my favourite of the three products I tried. The one thing I'm not such a big fan of is the packaging - I'm not keen on the pale green of the bottle lids and plastic packaging as I feel it intrudes on the colours of the products.
Have you tried anything from Pixi? What would you like to try the most?
Pixi make up is available in store (in Foubert's Place in Soho) or online at www.pixibeauty.co.uk