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Despite the fact that multi-tasking has quite a bad rep these days, mom life often forces me to rely on it. The secret to multitask effectively is in my opinion to combine a passive with an active act.
Like put on a face mask while you vacuum. Or, one of my favorite tips: Apply a thick layer of handcream underneath your rubber gloves when doing the dishes.
Trust me, that is as close to a manicure as I get these days.
But how about a product that claims to do it all? Like the pixi Rose Flash Balm*, proclaimed moisturizer, face mask and primer all in one?
It is makeup? Is it skincare? Let´s ask the ingredient list!
What pixi claims
This 3-in-1, oil-free, quick absorbing formula instantly moisturizes and brightens and is great as a revitalizing mask as well as a primer to prep skin for perfect makeup application.
Prize and size
One tube contains 45 ml and retails for 24 $ on the pixi website here or for 34 € online here.
Texture and smell
The cream has a peachy tint, only barely noticeable, and a pretty strong rose scent that lingers quite a bit after application. It feels lightweight and hydrating.
Application and effects
Easy to spread, it sinks in immediately and leaves no tackiness behind. Despite the claims I don’t find it overly hydrating, so I only ever use it as a primer, which works very well for me. I have heard other people have issues with piling (Naya from Part Parrot Blog here for example), but on my skin it works fine.
- Rosa Centifolia Flower Water: Skin toning
- Sorbitan Stearate: Humectant, emulsifying
- Sucrose Cocoate: Emollient
- Glycerin: Humectant, draws moisture to the skin
- Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract: rich in antioxidants
- Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia) Water: Promotes healing, oil-control, anti-acneic
- Bisabolol: Moisturizing, antiinflammatory
- Propylene Glycol: Solvent
- Octyldodecanol: Prevents separation
- Tapioca Starch: Viscosity enhancing
- Polysorbate 60: Emulsifying
- Carbomer: Thickener
- Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
- Triethyl Citrate: pH buffering
- Aminomethyl Propanol: pH adjuster
- Rose Extract: Fragrance
- Ethylhexylglycerin: Preservative
- Polymethylsilsesquioxane: Silicone, film forming
- Disodium EDTA: Binding Agent
- Sodium Citrate: pH adjuster
- Red 40 (CI 16035): Color
In my opinion, the ingredient list says, it is makeup. Makeup with a few added skincare benefits, but still best used as hydrating primer. A welcome break from silicone heavy primers though, if you want to give your skin some love while still assuring a flawless application.
Does it live up to its claims?
It is an oil-free, fast absorbing and hydrating primer that preps the skin for makeup, agreed.
I am not too sure about the brightening claim, at least not in the long run, and while I reckon you could use it as a mask, I don´t think it is the products forté.
Would I repurchase?
Not because I dislike the product, simply because I am not the target group. Whenever I reach for a primer, it is a mattifying one, and if I want a lightweight day cream, I have other options with more skincare benefits that I prefer.
Who do I recommend it to?
Anyone looking for a nice hydrating primer with a few added skincare benefits. Especially oily, but dehydrated skins will get along with this one just fine.
And anyone that loves rose scented products, obviously.