03.27.2014
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Sheer Cheek Gel
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$18
Last Updated:03.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Sheer Cheek Gel is a great option for those who prefer a water-based gel blush. The sheer tinted-gel blends easily, providing a transparent finish that lasts all day. As with any gel blush, if you have large pores or dry patches, pass this product by, because gel blushes will set into the pores and get caught under any dry flakes, making the skin appear as though it were dotted with color or making the skin texture look rougher than it is. Of the four shades available, think twice before choosing the shade called Rosy, whose bright red will not flatter most faces. Those with darker skin tones will appreciate the beautiful dewy finish of Flushed, a deep plum-red.

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Ingredients
Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Polysorbate 80, Cetyl Acetate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, PEG-20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain: [+/- Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Blue 1 (CI 42090)].

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Pixi At-A-Glance

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 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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05.30.2015
One of the better Cheek tints

I've always been a fan of cheek tint because it looks more like real flesh color than powdered blush, but you've got to have good texture on your cheeks for it to blend well. I dumped Benefit's Benetint for Pixi's Sheer cheek gel because it lasts longer and is easier to blend. If you are a fan, try Pixi.

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