Back in February I went to a pre-LFW ‘retreat’ where bloggers and journos could basically get their hair done and their nails did whilst catching up with mates and boozing. As you can probably gather from that description, it was a great day out.
There were lots of brands there but the best part for me had to be discovering Pixi’s make-up range and meeting Pixi International Make-Up Artist Amanda Bell. The pic I use for my profile picture on Twitter, Instagram and the like? That was my smug “Amanda just did my make-up” face. She is amazing.
I didn’t really know much about Pixi further than their infamous Glow Tonic. Call me lazy (I am) but whenever I’d been to their Fouberts Street store to replace my Glow Tonic I just ignored the huge array of make-up and walked straight to the till with my magical orangey pink miracle water. I was given some free samples with a purchase once and I gave them straight to my sister without even looking at them.
This is a long way of saying that I HAVE BEEN A COMPLETE MORON.
The Pixi make-up range is bloody brilliant. I haven’t tried everything of course, but I have some firm favourites that I use every single day now. I’ll try to blog about all of these in due course (trying to spread it out so I don’t look like a mental fan girl) but I thought I should start with my desert island product of theirs…H2O SkinTint.
Amanda used this on my skin at the LFW retreat and I knew it felt nice as she applied it, but because I had a whole face of make-up done I didn’t realise at the time how great this product is on its own.
Luckily for me though, I was later sent a tube of it to try at home. And blow me down I am a woman converted.
I thought I would never find a foundation that would rival my fave Perfection Lumière by Chanel but it would seem I have, in the form of this deliciously silky lightweight gel of dreams.
The consistency is not like a traditional foundation, which is probably why I love it. Pixi describe it as as “water-based tinted face gel that evens out skin tone and gives complexion a flawless no-makeup look” and this is as accurate as it gets. I don’t really have bad skin so I don’t use foundation to cover up, I just like to have something to even everything out and this does just that.
It seems to disappear to nothing as soon as you apply it, in a good way, and it just looks like your skin has been airbrushed with no trace of cakey foundation left behind. People compliment me on my skin when I wear this – even strangers (okay so that only happened once but I was very smug about it) – and I find myself telling anyone and everyone to buy it.
I wear the ‘Warm’ shade but it comes in two cooler shades as well. I think I’d perhaps need to go down a shade in the depths of winter.
Part of me wonders if I’ve particularly fallen for it as a summer product as the gel really is lovely to apply on warm days, but I can’t see myself going back to my Chanel full-time. I don’t know, it just seems too heavy now.
I know I’m being slightly OTT about how much I love this product but it has easily been one of my fave make-up discoveries of the past few years.
My one ‘caveat’ would be to say that I’m not trying to cover spots, blemishes, discolouration etc when I use this. I have pretty good skin in the main and I can’t really comment on how full-on the coverage would be if you were trying to cover-up more.