22 December 2012

Pixi Early Bird Palette

A while back I mentioned on my Facebook that my under £20 beauty Christmas pick of the year, would be Pixi's Early Bird Palette. If you're still uhm-ing and ah-ing over what to ask for, what to get someone, or what to get yourself - read on..


The first thing I like about this palette is the packaging. It's neither glittery, red nor green, which means it's acceptable to bust out any time of the year. I also love the matte cardboard which makes it quite light , and the sides close so nicely with a magnet.


The Blushers..


The blushers come in three colours - a lovely coral peach, a bright pink and a red. The coral peach reminds me a lot of MAC Style, so I've been reaching for that a lot. What I like about these is that because they're quite 'pure' in the sense that none of them are very nuanced, so you can mix these colours to make your own nuanced shade. The product has quite a lot of fall-out, but it's only because it's incredibly soft. It's not the annoying kind of fall-out that gets all over your face - it stays in the palette. They're well-pigmented, soft and incredibly easy to blend. Winner!



Eyeshadows & Face Powders..




This side of the palette has lots of useable shades but not too much variety. The first two are quite sheer, glittery shades so better to be layered on top of other shades. The third, fourth and fifth are variants of champagne - pink, beige and gold. Although they look really dark and distinct in the pan, they're quite similar and very easy to use when swatched. The only disappointment in this palette is the next gold. It's crumbly and not pigmented with insane amounts of fall-out. The last two however, are the only non-neutrals in this palette - a mint green and a dark green. This dark green is one of my favourites in this palette, and is perfect for an all over the eye colour for brown eyes when going out. The mint is also lovely especially for brown eyes, and something I will use when I do my Mint Choc look!


The powders, although they were made to be face powders, in my opinion are a bit small for that. So I generally use them as matte eyeshadows (highlights, mostly) or face highlights. Because they're matte, they create a really natural highlight for the face. The first and third shades are quite pale but the other two are slightly darker. Very easy to customise the shade, especially with the bronzers in the next section.

The right side eyeshadows, in my opinion, is like a mini Urban Decay Naked Palette. All the shades are useable, pigmented (maybe less so on the matte brown) and soft. They can be mixed and matched on their own, or with the other side of the palette. This makes it a great palette to have at work or in the bag when you need to transform your make-up throughout the day!

The Bronzers & Highlighters..


These are quite similar to the blushers in the consistency, in that they are all incredibly smooth like butter, pigmented and feather onto the skin but they dust in the pan. Nothing a quick blow can't solve! Anyway, the top shade, although marketed as a bronzer, I think is perfect for highlight or as a neutral blusher if you decide to do something heavy on the eyes. The second shade is a great bronzer - it's not as sheeny as you'd think, and it just seems to blend itself and goes on to give you a very natural but defined contour. In fact, I've loved this bronzer so much that I bust out the palette just for that, even if I don't use anything else in it that day. The third is a highlighter and it's stunning - the perfect amount of sheen and light enough to bring out the features on any skintone!


Pixi, as a brand, seem to confuse a lot of people and while I'm still not 100% sure on who they are yet, one thing I know for certain is that their powder products are remarkable - pigmented, buttery and easy to blend. And what I noticed beyond all else about Pixi is that their products are very affordable - this palette here is a mere £16! Perfect for beginners, jet setters and beauty lovers alike, if you're still scrambling for a gift - this would be a great, good quality option that wont break the bank!

You can get this and their other products either online, ASOS or in their store on Foubert's Place in London. Read more about my experience in the store here.

Have you tried anything from Pixi?

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15 comments:

  1. I've asked Tom to get me this for Christmas after seeing it on so many people's blogs. :-) xx

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    1. Yayyy I hope he gets it Leanne! Would love to hear your thoughts :)

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  2. A lovely set, I'll definitely be checking out the range
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    1. Definitely do, they have some lovely stuff in their permanent line too :)

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  3. Great swatches, maybe add that to my belated Xmas list!

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    1. Thanks Gaelle, I couldn't not for this palette! Hope you get it on there in time :)

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  4. I cannot believe this is only £16 - amazing! xo

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    1. I know, I was expecting it to be in the £30's! :O

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  5. That palette looks lovely! The colours are so gorgeous! x

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  6. Looks like a really useful set. Maybe I can treat myself after Christmas!
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  7. This looks gorgeous, i really want to try a pixi palette I've heard so many good things and it looks so pretty

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  8. Great review, thank you! Looks like this palette has it all, except lip products. Which is fine by me, I don't like lip products in palettes anyways! LOL

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  9. What a gorgeous palette - the shades are beautiful and wearable. I love big palettes, but good idea to not have lip products because the powder always gets into the cream texture.

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  10. love the look of this palette, and the price :)Think I may have to try it out next time I'm in Boots x

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