Succulent Lip Twin
Succulent Lip Twin houses a lip gloss and a cheek creme in a single tube, but neither is up to par! The gloss (Pixi calls it a balm, but it's a gloss just the same) comes in a squeeze tube, while the cheek creme is housed in the container cap.
The gloss has an interesting texture, and comes out of the tube in a semi-solid form that quickly melts into a thin and very shiny gloss when applied. The richness of the color is decent, but it migrates quickly into lines around the mouth. We also found it has a strange chemical taste that some might find unsavory.
As for the cheek creme, it's tricky to apply, dragging over the skin instead of gliding smoothly. The design of the creme (a tiny, solid ball) actually removes some of the blush if you swipe it over the same spot twice, resulting in spotty coverage. This blush also stays somewhat sticky, even after it's been on for several hours. Overall, a bust on all counts!
- Gloss migrates very quickly outside the lips.
- Gloss has an irritating chemical taste that doesn't fade.
- Cheek creme is tricky to apply and drags over the skin.
- Cheek creme remains sticky hours after application.
Strengths: Tester units at the Target stores; complete ingredient lists on pixibeauty.com; excellent gel liner; great sheer cheek gel.
Weaknesses: Really overpriced; the Illuminating Tint & Conceal SPF 20 is poorly formulated, with irritants and an unreliable SPF; no decent concealer option; all eyeshadows are average at best; no customer care phone number available in the United States.
Swedish-born makeup artist Petra Strand is the creator of the Pixi line of makeup products. She started it in London, opening her first shop alongside the salon of her aesthetician sister, Sofia. The Pixi line is positioned as being packed with skin-beneficial ingredients that will help women get the "Makeup to Wakeup" essentials that they need to stock their cosmetics bags. That sounds cute and potentially helpful, but in fact the main ingredients in Pixi's makeup don't distinguish it as being more skin careoriented than any other makeup product on the shelf.
Even if Pixi's products did have a two-in-one benefit it comes at a high cost. Although the line is sold at Target, it's priced as high as, and in some instances higher than, any line sold at a department store. However, these products are not makeup with a pronounced skin-care benefit, so they are not worth the extra money.
Of the new makeup artist lines now available at Target (JK Jemma Kid and NP Set along with Pixi), this one is actually the least impressive, and we predict it will be the first to be pulled from shelves. We recommend you shop this line with extra caution to avoid a pricey purchase that you're likely to regret or that you have to jump through hoops to return.
The good news is that, like fellow Target newcomers JK Jemma Kid and NP Set, the display for Pixi includes testers for every product. What a wonderful surprise! And if you happen to choose an item you're not happy with (hint: perhaps because there are better options for less from other lines) Target has a good return policy on cosmetics (just be sure to save your receiptmy strong opinion is that you'll need it).
Note: We were unable to locate a customer service phone number for Pixi and our e-mails to the company have gone unanswered. This is not a line to shop if you're expecting customer support beyond what Target offers.
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