The Hype Stuff: Pixi Glow Tonic & GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment
Have you been naughty or nice during the post-holiday sales? I’ve been a perfect saint, if I do say so myself, though that’s mainly because it’s too cold for me to go out, and besides, I have stuff in my stash that I want to use up first.
Still, for anyone who’s thinking of taking a small bite or two of the sales these days, today I talk about a couple travel-sized reviews.
Pixi Glow Tonic
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in a distant planet, far away from skincare, you’re probably at least aware of the mega hyped Pixi Glow Tonic. Which is why I almost skipped over this one, thinking that it couldn’t possibly be anywhere near as fantastic as the skincare blogosphere made it out to be.
Still, I stumbled this 100ml trial-size during a sale and curiosity got me, which was for the best. I’m not nearly as devoted to this as some skincare-holics out there, but I have to say this was a pleasant surprise: I just didn’t expect that my skin would like this so much.
Still, if you do come from under that rock I mentioned, the Pixi Glow Tonic is a very mild exfoliating tonic (so long as your skin tolerates glycolic acid well, which isn’t always the case, so be cautious), since the glycolic proportion is small, and the formula includes a number of moisturizing and antiinflamatory ingredients, to slough off dead cells from very topmost layer of skin without leaving it taut or irritated.
Some users report it can sting somewhat, which I haven’t experienced (though take this with a grain of salt, because my skin’s tolerance to glycolic acid is high); aside from the mild fragrance, this feels no different than applying water.
As I said, I didn’t have great expectations from the Pixi Glow Tonic, but just after the first week of use I could see a marked improvement in the look and texture of the skin, which was noticeably more radiant and even-toned.
And given these glowy results, would I buy Pixi Glow Tonic again? Hm, that got me thinking… see, the only con I found so far with this product is that 13 € for the smaller size (which, to be fair, does last for a while) and 24€ for the full size where I live, seem a little steep for a skin tonic.
I have to say, if I’d tried this years ago, when the beauty blogosphere was gripped by Glow-mania, and it was an innovative product for which there wasn’t anything quite comparable to it, I would have gone for a full size of this without a doubt. Now that a number of seemingly worthy competitors have come out, me being the skincare whore I am, I’ve decided to play the field a bit longer before thinking of settling down with Mr. Pixi Glow Tonic.
In fact, after finishing this one, I started using a similar tonic for comparison, the Pro Studio Glycolic Radiance Toner by Freedom Professional London, which I also intend to review in the future. Even so, I think the Pixi Glow Tonic deserves a good 4.5 points.
GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment
I think I should start by noting that I have mixed feelings about the GlamGlow masks, which in their way are as raved-about as the Glow Tonic.
On one hand, my sensible self thinks that this brand is very overpriced and overhyped: of course, other users will know best if this is worth it to them or not, but personally, the impression GlamGlow gives me as a buyer is that this is a clear-cut case of paying for the brand (and while I’m no Thorstein Veblen fangirl, I can’t help thinking of the guy turning in his grave whenever I meet this sort of thing). To me this seems more about how fancy and likable these look in IG shelfies, than about the skincare benefits of the product itself.
But! On the other hand, the side of me that’s glamour-thirsty and given to posturing has difficulty resisting the curiosity of what could be behind the marketing glitz… what if I end up missing out on something good? So, when I found this trial size of the GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment during a sale at Sephora, into the basket it went.
According to the brand’s description, the GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment is an instant-effect mask for brightening dull complexions and improving texture; for this purpose, the formula includes several exfoliant ingredients (so be careful, since some users have found that this mask can be too much for their skin, causing irritation), niacinamide, vitamin C, and even diamond dust.
See, this is one of those gimmicks that annoy me and kind of predispose me against brands: I’m no fan of this marketing nonsense of adding precious metals or ground gems and whatnot, which don’t really do anything other than look fancy on the packaging label. And don’t even get me started on those brands that wax woo about the “energy of crystals” and whatnot…
But anyway, the mask itself is an off-white cream with slightly rough particles, though the texture doesn’t feel unpleasant or excessively gritty when applied, or when it dries on the skin, at least to me; probably someone with sensitive skin will feel quite differently. Also, this mask has a divine fruity scent, which does feel very nice and pampering.
The thing is, at first glance the GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment does do what it says on the label: after leaving it on the skin for 20 to 30 minutes and washing it off, the skin does look subtly brighter and more radiant, enough for a friend to notice and comment on it hours afterwards (without me mentioning that I’d put on a treatment mask earlier).
Still, I have to say that this brightening effect seems to be merely cosmetic and fades away: on the whole, I didn’t really notice any truly remarkable, lasting changes when using it regularly once or twice a week, as I did during this summer and beginning of autumn, at least not more so than with other masks.
Other than this, the skin feels soft, smooth and elastic after using this: it’s not an overly drying mask like so many kaolin-based masks (kaolin clay is among the first ingredients). It’s not something I’d reach for in the winter, when my skin tends to dry up somewhat, but it’s a very nice option for keeping the skin clean, pores decent and diminished (within reason), and for balancing oil and shine from spring to autumn.
INCI: Aqua, Silica, Kaolin, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Acetyl Glucosamine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pumice, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Diamond Powder, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Betula Pendula Wood Powder, Salicylic Acid, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Glycerin, Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil, Solidago Virgaurea Extract, Octyldodecyl Oleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Octyldodecanol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Jasminum Officinale Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Alphaisomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide. See analysis in CosDNA.
So would I repurchase the GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment? Although I like how it works for my skin, and I don’t rule out nabbing another travel-size if I find it on sale, I would certainly not buy a full size of this, mainly because I still think the price is absurd for a clay mask, nice as this is.
Besides, I’m not a fan of this wide jar packaging, which exposes the content to contamination and losing its properties once it’s opened, something I wouldn’t mind as much if this was an inexpensive cream from the drugstore. With this in mind, I actually prefer this small jar that’s easy to finish up quicker (though not so quickly that it feels like it’s gone too soon, despite the size). In all, the GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment gets 3.75 points.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.