Dang 2020 has been hectic! I don’t know how anyone gets anything done working full time, I feel like I’m falling behind all week and then as soon as I catch up it’s Monday morning again. As Ellis Grey said, “The carousel never stops turning”. I promised you reviews of the products in my Pixi Pretties PR Haul back in December, and somehow two months just slipped through my fingers.
Well my friends, today those reviews start with a breakdown of the Pixi by Petra and Rachh Loves collaboration: The Layers Highlighting Palette. I’ll be honest it never would have crossed my mind to pick this palette up before I received it in PR. But now that I have it, I must say… I’m very impressed. So let’s get into the why, and some swatches!
Pixi Beauty x Rachh Loves
The Layers Highlighting Palette Review
Layering highlight for that perfect custom glow is just like layering an outfit – you build a look that’s uniquely you! Bring out your natural beauty and enliven your complexion, lids and cheeks with this multi-use glow-mix palette.
Pixi Beauty refers to their collaborations as Pixi Pretties. Pixi collaborated with beauty guru Rachh Loves to create a beautiful highlighting palette called The Layers. It features 5 unique, multi-use glowy shades that can be layered together or used separately for a custom glow. The powders can be used on the eyes, cheeks, body, etc.
The Layers Highlighting Palette retails for $24USD.
I won’t lie, the packaging doesn’t really speak to me. I think that the shades inside the palette are beautiful, the the packaging isn’t really something I would put front and center on a vanity. Anyways, performance is key, not aesthetics. And it’s not like the packaging isn’t nice, I just think that I have prettier palettes in my collection. It’s very Pixi branded with the pink & green colors!
Pixi’s The Layers Palette is made of cardboard packaging (yay for no plastic!) and features a magnetic closure. It also contains a good sized mirror! I don’t know why, but I kind of get the feeling you get when you wear a new glasses prescription for the first time when I look into the mirror. It’s really hard to describe :S
The Highlighter Shades
Inside The Layers palette you have two giant square highlighter pans, Clutch and Tee. These two shades are intended to be used as traditional cheek and face highlighters. They create the base layer of any highlighters you might combine. Rachh Loves describes the whole layering process she had in mind in her video here.
Next you have the diamond shaped row, which are intended to be layered over top of the base shades. You can wear them on their own too! I’m not someone who mixes three highlighters together each day so I don’t know how much I care about layering my glow.
Lace is actually more of an everyday highlighter, at least on my skin tone. But then you have Zipper, an ethereal blue highlight which gives me galaxy vibes. Knit is frankly a little dark for me. It’s lighter on the skin than in the pan but it’s not a great highlighting shade for me. I’ve been using it on my eyes instead! Darker skin tones will probably complement this shade better than mine.
I disagree that these shades are completely universal, I think that Rachh Loves’ The Layers Palette will work a lot better for lighter skin tones than darker. Rachh has a lighter complexion so I think this palette is more tailored towards her skin tone. I could be wrong, if you have a medium to dark skin tone and have tried this palette, let me know if you love it or not!
The Layers Palette has exactly what I look for in my highlighters: Smooth, buttery shades with no trace of glitter. These powders are all shine without any sparkle to emphasize texture. They’re very finely milled so they’re extra soft!
I like that these powders are buildable. You can get a soft glow, or layer more highlighter on until it’s blinding. Applying them with a wet brush gives a more spotlight kind of glow.
I can’t believe that this palette is $31 at Shoppers Drugmart in Canada. A single highlighter can run you anywhere from $10 – $25 at the drugstore. These highlighters work out on the lower spectrum of pricing at shoppers, only $6.2 per powder. Personally I don’t really consider Pixi to be a drugstore brand, I’ve heard that Shoppers has the exclusive selling rights in Canada but I see them more on the Sephora spectrum. Anyways, for what you pay I think the formula is more than worth it.
Do you need The Layers Highlighting Palette?
Look at what you already have before deciding if you need the Layers palette or not. The only shades that I consider unique to my own highlighter collection are Zipper and Knit. The other three shades are certainly beautiful but champagne and gold highlighters are pretty common. The Milani Strobelight Highlighter in Afterglow is pretty similar to Lace, and Becca Moonstone is similar to Tee.
The quality is worth the price, but the palette won’t be worth it if you’re just adding duplicates to your collection! Overall I think that Pixi & Rachel made a really beautiful palette and I would be happy to pay full price for it. Keep in mind that I did receive this in PR, but all opinions are my own as always!
Have you tried Pixi’s highlighters?
I’m obviously a fan of the Rachh Loves The Layers Highlighting Palette. Above you can see me positively glowing in these highlighters! For the first look I Layered Zipper over Clutch, and in the second I layered Tee and Lace. These eyeshadow looks are from my BH Cosmetics Love In London review if you’re interested in checking it out.
I hope you’re all having an amazing week! x