Pixi has done a really nice job creating attractive cosmetics, especially their skincare range which is starting to look and sound quite interesting indeed. Specifically, their tonic range has attracted quite a lot of attention and is offering a range of different options. But while it’s valid to say that toners/tonics are not skincare must haves, bear in mind that when chosen wisely they can add what the rest of your skincare is missing.
In recent posts I’ve being testing and analysing the Pixi Retinol and Pixi Glow Tonics and while they are much better than a lot of toners/tonics out there, they were not skincare gold. However, the range still has another 3 interesting tonics to test, so without further ado let’s have a closer look at the Rose Tonic.
Is the Pixi Rose Tonic skin nourishing and worth your time or just one more marketing type product? Let’s find out.
PS. If you are wondering what the difference is between a toner and a tonic, it’s minimal to none. Practically, they are the same type of product but generally toners tend to be more nutritious than tonics that are usually lighter products. Nevertheless, I am referring to this product as a toner throughout even though the brand labels it as a tonic. It really doesn’t matter that much.
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The Pixi toners don’t come with outer packaging. However, they do come wrapped up in plastic so you will know if they are brand new or if someone opened them.
They all come in different coloured but clear plastic bottles with a green lid and the Pixi brand label. The design is minimal and yet they all look elegant and beautiful.
I love that they are colour coded, so you can separate each toner immediately by colour, as well as the text on the label. The Pixi Rose Tonic bottle is light pink which suits the rose scent of this product.
One 250mL bottle retails for £18. That’s actually overall fairly cheap when you compare it to other toners that even if they are around that price (£20ish), they can contain half the amount of product. But also, considering how long it will last (2-4 months depending on usage).
Texture and Colour
The Pixi Rose Tonic is a transparent, clear, watery liquid. This means that the pink colour comes entirely from the pink tinted plastic bottle. There are no dyes in this tonic which is an advantage over the Pixi Glow Tonic which contains a red dye.
This toner has a strong scent of rose which comes from the added rose water and extract. There are no ambiguous fragrance ingredients in this tonic which again is an advantage over the Pixi Glow Tonic.
This toner is suitable for all skin types. Additionally, this tonic claims to naturally soothe, minimise redness and calm irritated skin.
Avoid contact with eyes and never use cosmetics on broken skin. If you have sensitive skin it might be better if you test it first on small areas.
This toner lasts for 12M which is a good amount of time.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Naturally soothing and rich in nutrients, this tonic helps to tone, balance pH, minimize redness and calm skin. Rehydrates, replenishes and refreshes.
•Rose Hydrosol based toner that hydrates and neutralizes skin
•Normalizes hydration levels and gently removes any impurities.
•Suited for all skin types
•Not tested on animals
Practicality of use – user experience
The Pixi toners are very easy to use. The cap unscrews easily and the product pours out the small hole in a relatively slow and controlled way.
All you have to do is apply the product on a cotton pad and then spread on clean face. No rinsing required. Easy!
I haven’t noticed any skincare changes from using this toner however, as I said many times before, you really shouldn’t notice much from toners alone. It’s the rest of your skincare that should carry that burden. If you notice major skincare changes from small skincare addon products like toners and tonics, it’s time to re-evaluate your skincare regime.
Nevertheless, this toner took off traces of makeup and other dirt and left the skin feeling clean and soft but not dry. Additionally, it was absorbed quickly by the skin and did not leave any sticky residues behind.
The Pixi Retinol Tonic contains 23 ingredients of which 17 will offer you some skincare benefit (some more than others), 0 potential negatives and 4 irritants.
Overall, the toner is better than a lot of other ones in the market but at the same time not as nourishing as a toner could be. A lot of the attractive ingredients such as the Rosa Canina Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower (Elder Flower) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate are all listed after Phenoxyethanol which is a preservative and therefore, only present in small amounts. This means that most of the nice ingredients in this tonic are only present in very small amounts.
Perhaps this is why Pixi labelled it as a tonic instead (which is generally a lighter product than a toner) but let’s face it in practice we will compare tonics to toners and other skincare products too because we won’t be using both!
This toner has a pH of 5, which is within our skin’s normal pH levels, meaning that it is a good product for maintaining healthy skin function. Even if you ignore all the skincare positive ingredients, this product is good for ensuring that your skin has been returned to the right pH after cleansing etc.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Aqua/Water/Eau based formulation.
- Rosa Damascena Flower Water – A skin conditioner and protector as well as fragrance.
- Propanediol– Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Sodium PCA – Skin conditioner and naturally occurring humectant.
- Triethyl Citrate – Anti-oxidant and fragrance.
- Rose Extract – Skin conditioner.
- Rosa Canina Extract – A skin conditioner with potential anti-oxidant properties.
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract– Also known as Green Tea Extract. This ingredient has multiple benefits including: anti-oxidant, fragrance, skin conditioner, UV light absorber, anti-microbial, astringent, skin protecting, tonic and possibly helping the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Sambucus Nigra Flower (Elder Flower) Extract – A skin conditioner that can refresh and sooth the skin. A tonic.
- Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract – A skin conditioner, anti-flammatory and anti-oxidant.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler.
- Betaine – A humectant, skin conditioner and anti-irritant.
- Sodium Citrate– An anti-oxidant and preservative.
- Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this tonic have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citric Acid.
Full list of ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium PCA, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethyl Citrate, Rose Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower (Elder Flower) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Sodium Citrate, Montmorillonite, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
The Pixi Rose Tonic is a better toner than a lot of others in the market but at the same time it is very limited in the skincare benefits it can offer and even more so because of the low amounts of the ingredients contained.
I don’t recommend this product over the more rounded Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner but considering how plain a lot of toners out there are, this might still be better than what you are using!
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