Hello everyone, I hope you guys are doing well. I’m sorry for disappearing over the past week, if you follow me on instagram you might have saw me post that I was needing a week off my blog (even though I did find time to post on Wednesday). I’ve been struggling with my work/life balance since before Christmas, my “part time” 40 hour a week job keeps demanding more and more. This week I couldn’t bring myself to do anything that required a lot of attention to detail.
While I was laying low another PR package arrived from Pixi Beauty containing a little set of eyeshadow brushes and two of their Eye Reflection Eyeshadow Palettes. The two palettes they sent are the Natural Beauty & Reflex Light palettes. Even though I wasn’t posting during the week I was able to test them out and create three looks for my review.
Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Eyeshadow Palette Review
These eyeshadows are incredibly rich in pigment and payoff. The 3D effect adds
depth and dimension to really brighten and bring the light to the eye area! — Pixi Beauty
The Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Eyeshadow Palettes retail for $24USD and contain 12 mineral eyeshadows. The Natural Beauty Palette has a mix of matte & shimmer shades while the Reflex Light palette contains only shimmers. There’s also one more variety of these eye reflections palettes, the Mixed Metals Palette. I didn’t test out the Mixed Metals palette so I won’t be discussing it here.
Colour Story & Finishes
I’m going to discuss the Colour Stories of both the Natural Beauty and Reflex Light Eye Reflections palettes. The Natural Beauty palette is VERY cool toned. So cool toned that a lot of the shades look grey against my skin tone, especially the mattes. The main “pops” of colour are a bronze toned shade and a rose gold. The bronze shade is the only one that I consider “warm” toned.
It was hard for me to combine the Natural Beauty and Reflex Light palettes. The mattes in the Natural Beauty palette looked extra grey against my ultra pale winter skin tone. There aren’t any warm toned mattes in the palette so It was hard to pair with the warmer shimmers in the Reflex Light palette. The lightest shades in the Reflex Light palette were ideal for inner corner & brow bone highlights.
I am really disappointed that the Reflex Light Palette has no mattes in it. If I’m wanting to wear those shimmer shades I need to dip into another eyeshadow palette for warm matte transition shades. Even though I can make it work by using other palettes I don’t like it when a 12-pan palette doesn’t have everything I need. Besides the lack of mattes I think the shades in the reflex light palette are beautiful. The metallic/shimmer finish catches the light and looks stunning on the eyes. The colour story isn’t anything I haven’t seen before though!
I didn’t experience a wow factor when I used the mattes in the Pixi Natural Beauty Eye Reflections Palette. The pigmentation isn’t bad but the mattes definitely need to be built up. They didn’t shock me like the mattes in the ABH soft glam palette. The mattes are dry but they aren’t chalky.
The shimmers are consistent across both palettes and are really the star of the show in my opinion. For the most part they’re pigmented & smooth. The only shade that was a bit chunky was Metal Mauve from the Natural Beauty Eye Reflections Palette. I had to apply it wet to keep the glitter on my eyes and not get it all over my face. Most of the shimmer shades are very foiled on the eyes but the muted cool toned colour story helps “tone them down” to be wearable for everyday.
The shimmers apply well dry, wet or over concealer.
Fallout & Blend
Some shades have more fallout than others. When I was filming my First Impressions for YouTube I didn’t experience any fallout. The next day I chose different shades and I found that there were one or two that were chunkier and gave me a lot more fallout than the previous day’s shades. Overall I think that most shades shouldn’t give you too much fallout but there is the odd shade that will.
I didn’t have any trouble blending these shades. Both mattes & shimmers are easy to blend. I didn’t have any weird blending issues with any of these shades!
Creasing & Wear Time
This is a new category that I’m including in my reviews to make them more complete. I’ve started testing out different bases whenever I review a palette so I can tell you guys the best way I’ve found to apply the shadows. These eye reflection palette creased a ton by the end of my work day and mostly wore off if I used a concealer as a primer, whether it was set or not. It’s a shame, I’ve been trying to put off buying more Primer Potion but I notice a major difference in the longevity of my eyeshadow using primer vs. concealer.
The two concealers I tried as bases were the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer & the Tarte Aquacealer Concealer. I really just used the Aquacealer because I’m trying to use it up. I was able to get about 5-6 hours out of my eyeshadow over concealer before I started noticing the shadow wearing away.
I also tested out these palettes with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. They lasted much longer over top of a primer! I’m not the biggest fan of Shadow Insurance though because eyeshadow clings to it oddly if I don’t set it with powder. Sometimes I want a tacky base y’know? I guess it’s time to pick up some Primer Potion.
Pixi Eye Reflections Palette Swatches
You can see from the pictures that the mattes didn’t build up to full opacity in my swatches. Please keep in mind that I did these swatches without a base. With concealer or primer as a base you can get more out of these shades. The shimmers swatched beautifully on my arms and on my eyes. They’re so foiled and the formula applies a lot like the Juvia’s Place formula (you can check out my review of the Nubian 2 Palette)
The camera didn’t really do justice to how beautiful the shimmers are in person. It doesn’t capture the way the light hits them or the depth of the pigment. Even though these swatches might not look super impressive I promise you that the shimmers are much nicer IRL! The mattes are about the same as you see here.
Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Palette Makeup Looks
I used the Natural Beauty palette on my eyes for this rose gold eye look. I also used two shades from the Reflex Light palette as a highlighter. My camera lighting wasn’t co-operating with me but I liked how the rose gold shade looked on my eyes. This is the last photo I’ll ever post with this purple shirt… Quantum chewed it the other day when I was in the shower. You can see him plotting in the background…
Look # 2
I feel like my makeup never photographs quite right when I tilt my head to the left instead of the right. We all have that one head tilt that looks great on camera, no? But sometimes it feels boring always posing in the exact same way. This look turned out a lot warmer than the other two, which surprised me because I only used the Natural Beauty palette. There’s one particular bronze shade in the palette that’s warmer than everything else and when placed all over the lid it really warms everything up. I wish that there were some warm mattes for my crease though. I don’t hate this look but I think the crease needs to be a bit warmer.
I used a brown Crème Gel Liner from ColourPop in the shade Call Me to tie this look together. Lately I’ve been loving soft brown eyeliner, it looks more “everyday” than a black liner.
FINALLY I was able to take my photos at a time of day that gave my skin some colour! I loved my makeup this day. This half cut crease was created with the Natural Beauty palette. Even though I like the colour story of the Reflex Light palette better I’ve been reaching for the Natural Beauty palette more because it has mattes. I’m just not into mixing palettes if I don’t have a lot of time and I’ve been very short on it lately.
Even though this is a half cut crease I think it’s wearable for everyday!
Overall I’m not overly impressed with these Pixi Beauty Eye Reflection Palettes. It’s not that they aren’t good, they are. It’s that they aren’t anything that we haven’t seen before. These colour stories aren’t exciting for me at all. I think the natural beauty palette would be great for someone who loves cool tones and maybe doesn’t have a full blown makeup collection. Someone with a box of other palettes like me probably doesn’t need it. Even though I enjoy cool toned shadows it won’t be replacing my Tarte Tartelette Tease Palette.
As for the Reflex Light palette the shades are beautiful on the eyes but the lack of mattes really puts a damper on my excitement about it. I never wear an all shimmer look so I would need to pull out another palette with warm toned mattes to work with it. If that’s not an issue for you the shades ARE beautiful and foiled on the eyes so don’t let that deter you if you want this palette!
What do you think of the Pixi Eye Reflection Palettes?
Thanks for reading! I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you’re interested in more Pixi Beauty reviews I have one up of the Pixiglow Cake face palettes and the Rose Cream Cleanser. Let me know what you want to see next, talk soon! x