Friday, May 14, 2010
Pixi Fairy Light Solos Eye Shadow - No.5 Boho Bronze
A few weeks ago the girls across the pond (England) were raving about a sale on Pixi eye shadows. One such gal mentioned that they had the perfect taupe. Of course hearing that my little sith ears perked up and the taupe part of my brain started to produce a special hormone that makes it all but impossible to NOT look for said shadow. Thankfully Pixi eye shadow is readily available at my local Target. My Taupe craving was sated...for the time being.
The perfect taupe I picked up, is the Pixi Fairy Light Solos Eye Shadow in No.5 Boho Bronze. Bronze? Really? Yes. this is hardly a bronze. It's for sure a taupe. A warm taupe with a brown base and very very frosty. Because of the shadow composition and it's claim to "reflect light" it was difficult to photograph. So here are some pictures with and without a flash.
The pigment is a tad on the light side. It's not heavily pigmented but it certainly isn't sheer. The shadow comes in a cute green compact with a clear cover so you can see the color easily. The powder has a little pixi imprinted on it. It sadly disappears within one to two uses, but it was cute while it lasted. The shadow is soft and a touch on the powdery side but I didn't experience any fall out during application. The shadow lasted all day with a base (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) without creasing or fading. I think it makes a really nice wash of color and would look beautiful with a darker taupe or brown used in the crease.
According to Pixi the eyeshadow is a mineral formula and it's supposed to brighten and lift eyes. The formula is supposed to be crease free and gives a "youthful glow of color to brighten the eye" They also claim that the shades are "holographic" with "3-D undertones" Ummm. Really? I didn't see that. Holographic? 3-D? What is this, Avatar? Um no. No holographic or 3-D component to this shadow at all. "Silky soft, they will treat, tighten and brighten" Yes to Silky Soft. No to treat, tighten and brighten. This isn't botox in powder form it's just eyeshadow!
My Favorite is "...Natural mineral pigment, mica, diffuses light;" Well duh. Mica is a mineral. Therefore anything with mica in it, is a mineral cosmetic by definition. That just gives me a chuckle. Then they say "shea butter moisturizes and gives the appearance of smoother lines." Um. No. Didn't happen. The amount of shea butter per application is so infinitesimal that it would really make no difference on your eye lids.
So why the bashing of an eyeshadow that I like? I'm just sick of companies exaggerating claims and trying to make a product seem more "healthy" than it is. Why can't eye shadow just be eyeshadow? Why does it have to cure cancer and firm eyelids? Why can't it just be...um...I don't know...PRETTY?
Do you NEED this? Well. Maybe. The Pixi Fairy Light Solos Eye Shadow retails for $14 USD for the 0.08 oz product. That's pretty high for drugstore eye shadow. I'm not sure I would recommend it only because you can probably find something for less or have something similar in your collection already. Here is a swatch with MAC Style Snob, Laura Mercier Topaz and Ulta Sandstone for your reference.
However, if Target ever has a sale, or if you can find it for less than $14 USD I would pick it up. It's a decent taupe to have, fairly neutral and would work well on cool toned and warm toned skin.
INGREDIENTS: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil. May Contain: Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Mica & Iron Oxide (CI 77019, CI 77491), Mica & Titanium Dioxide (CI 77019, CI 77891), Mica & Titanium Dioxide & Tin Oxide (CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77861).