Flawless Vitamin Veil

by Pixi  
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$31 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Cream-to-Powder Foundation
Last Updated:
4/2/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This cream-to-powder foundation has a lot going for it, except the cost, which is really flawed, as this prices out to about $100 for 1 ounce of foundation (what was this company thinking?). If the price doesn’t make you choke, the creamy texture and sheer application will work for those with normal to dry skin looking for light to medium coverage. The handy sponge included in the compact is recommended with this or any other cream-to-powder foundation and great for touch-ups throughout the day. Aside from the exaggerated marketing claims (there is nothing nourishing about this product), the other shortcoming of this foundation is that there are only three shades available. Fair is truly usable, but that leaves two weaker choices. Medium will work for some skin tones, but tends to come off as too yellow, and Tanned is really orange, not tan. Flawless Vitamin Veil is narrowly usable and ends up being an option only for those with fair skin that’s dry, which can benefit from a creamier foundation like this.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Methicone, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopherol Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Phosphatidylcholine, Water, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract. May Contain: Mica, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

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 care–oriented 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 receipt—my strong opinion is that you'll need it).

For more information about Pixi visit www.pixibeauty.com or www.target.com.

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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