The Sample: Pixi Fairy Light Solo Eye Shadows in French Lace, Nude Nouveaux, Boho Bronze and Warm Autumn (Review, Swatches & Photos)
Truth be told, I actually picked these shadows up during a sale at Target almost 7 months ago (…or longer??). I stashed them away in my little drugstore-makeup-to-be-reviewed-box and then promptly forgot about until now. Whoops! But really, when I rediscovered these the other day while cleaning, I remembered why I was so excited about them in the first place. Look at them–they’re so pretty! I don’t have any experience with Pixi cosmetics but the packaging was just so cute and the shades were so very “me” and they were on sale…so I went ahead and bought 4.
The 4 shades that I picked up are No.1 French Lace, No.3 Nude Nouveaux, No.5 Boho Bronze, and No.6 Warm Autumn. French Lace is a pale, creamy beige with a slight grey undertone (or a “complex beige”, as Gummy so eloquently put it :P). It has a very soft pearly finish. Nude Nouveaux is a light-medium taupe with a brown base. Boho Bronze is a medium taupe that is cooler and more greyed than Nude Nouveaux. Both Nude Nouveaux and Boho Bronze have a soft, frosty finish. Warm Autumn is a completely matte shade. It is a warm, medium brown with red undertones.
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Each shadow comes in an adorable little pastel green compact complete with clear plexiglass lid. The compacts feel surprisingly hefty and well-made–I was impressed! The lid snaps shut securely and since the plastic is so thick, I really feel like these little guys can take a lot of abuse without having to worry about damage to the product. Each shadow is embossed with a fairy.
Ingredients: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil. May Contain: Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Mica & Iron Oxide (CI 77019, CI 77491), Mica & Titanium Dioxide (CI 77019, CI 77891), Mica & Titanium Dioxide & Tin Oxide (CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77861)
•French Lace (click image to enlarge)•
•Nude Nouveaux (click image to enlarge)•
•Boho Bronze (click image to enlarge)•
•Warm Autumn (click image to enlarge)•
These shadows were all surprisingly soft. I was not expecting such soft shadows from–pardon me–”just” a drugstore brand. All the shades were soft but some were smoother than others. French Lace had the smoothest texture of all four–it was very soft and silky and pigmented. Nude Nouveaux and Boho Bronze were pigmented and soft but had just a touch of grittiness to it from the shimmer–Nude Nouveaux just a bit more than Boho Bronze. Warm Autumn probably was my least favorite. It was slightly powdery and drier than the others and was a little less pigmented, as well.
I did not experience any fallout from these shades–they applied easily and blended out nicely. They lasted all day on my eyes over a primer.
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It seems that Pixi has recently expanded their offerings from 6 shades to 11–their new shades are only available on their website at the moment. All in all, I would say these were pretty good eyeshadows. They are certainly some of the best drugstore shadows I’ve found but you will have to pay a bit more that increase in quality…and for $15 you could just get a MAC single eyeshadow.
I will say, though, that Pixi’s shadows contain 0.03 oz. more than MAC’s shadows. It’s difficult to compare texture because MAC offers so many different shades and the quality really ranges from shade to shade but compared to the MAC shadows that I own, I would say that Pixi’s shadows are softer and smoother–not as dry. MAC’s shadows are a touch more pigmented. Of course, as stated before, MAC’s eyeshadow range is extensive while Pixi only offers 11 shades. So really, it just depends on what you’re looking for. But if we’re strictly talking about whether or not I like these shadows, the answer is yes. They’re not my favorite but they’re quite good (I feel the same way about MAC’s shadows, too).
»»Pricing: $15/0.08 oz. (2.29 g.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for good quality drugstore shadows
»»Overall Rating: B+/A-