Besides the fact that I survived #PhillipLimforTarget (just barely!), there's something else Target-related that I want to chat about—the latest collection from Pixi. I don't think we've talked too much about this line yet, which is new to us Canadians with the launch of Target stores here this year. I haven't had the chance to interview founder Petra Strand yet (like I did with the store's other makeup maven, Sonia Kashuk), but so far, I LIKE what I see. There are some seriously adorable things in this range, and I'm impressed with the textures and (mostly natural) formulations. It's not a line with mega-intense pigments and avant-garde colours... but that's okay. Everything is really wearable and flattering and easy to apply.
My favourite thing that's new for fall is this eyeshadow and blush palette:
Swatched on my arm, it looks like this:
The top row of colours are so subtle, but they're exactly the kind of shimmery, golden, pinky nudes that I love for everyday wear. The bottom row is a little more intense and could work for non-traditional smokies or applied wet as liner. The olive green and the bronze are my faves. Even the blush is very NARS Orgasm-esque.
The palette comes in another shade family:
I didn't get a sample of this so no swatches, but I'd probably pick the warmer palette over this one regardless. Just think those colours are more universally flattering—even though these purples are quite pretty.
They've also got these cream-to-powder eyeshadow pencils, which come in two new shades for fall:
Here's what they look like drawn straight on versus smudged.
I love the gold one especially for wearing at the inner corners or underneath the lower lash line. Plus, shadows in a stick format are just handy.
There are also two new shades of traditional powder shadow (how cute are the little fairies?):
I was sent Gilded Olive—which would've been my pick anyway—and here's what it looks like on:
Pretty dark, but also more interesting than a flat shadow because it has tiny coppery flecks in it that pick up the light. It can go very intense and almost black (like in the centre) but also smudges out for a softer look.
In nail polish, there are three new colours (all "3-free"):
This one's my pick. It goes on exactly how it looks in the bottle and you could even get away with one coat (amazing!).
I haven't tried this, but there is a redness-reducing primer:
And a new shade of eyeliner, Emerald Gold:
Apparently these are award-winning eyeliners. They are waterproof, which is a must in my book, and they have an easy-glide gel format with intense pigment. They're also available in a mini pack of five.
And then there are these dual-ended eye crayon thingies. The light one is meant to brighten up the eye area so that you look more awake.
This one is to line and define for a smoky look.
And finally, the most exciting piece of all...
Love a good makeup palette. This pretty one includes 16 eyeshadows, three blushes, a highlighter and a bronzer—kind of amazing, especially for the price (only $28). Based on my testing of the eyeshadows and blushes so far, I'd say it's a great investment. Or a great gift!
Have you tried any of these products yet?
Or anything else from Pixi?
Do you have a go-to shimmery eyeshadow?