Velvet Rouge (Discontinued)

by Pixi  
Price:
$22 
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Category:
Makeup > Blushes > Liquid/Gel Blush
Last Updated:
8/12/2011
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No
Velvet Rouge is a confusing product, but if you can get around the confusion, it’s actually quite interesting. At first glance, based on how it’s packaged, it appears to be another lip gloss in a standard click-pen component with a built-in brush applicator. However, Pixi sells this product as a liquid blush. You twist up some color (be careful, because it tends to over-dispense, and there’s no putting it back) and dab over the cheek area. Blending must be quick because this quickly sets to a beautiful powder finish. The weightless, silicone-enhanced formula provides vibrant color that goes on translucent, so you get a hit of healthy color without looking clownish. The shades are limited and predominantly peachy, but if that doesn’t bother you this is a unique blush option that has impressive longevity. It is easier to work with than standard liquid blushes (think Benefit Benetint). This Pixi product is not sold in most Target stores, but is available on their Web site.

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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