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Whew… I’ve finally worked in all FOUR Pixi blogger collab reviews on the blog (Caroline Hirons, It’s Judy Time, Maryam Maquillage) with today’s post on the Pixi and Aspyn Ovard collab. I was very grateful to receive the four launches complimentary from Pixi, and as a blogger myself, I just felt that I had to share my thoughts on all of the releases. Full disclosure: this was my least favorite collab with the most hit/miss products (for me, personally). However, the HITS are home runs, so it’s important you continue reading to see which of these products would be perfect for you.
Aspyn is a lifestyle blogger/YouTuber with over 1.9MM followers on Instagram and 2.9MM+ on YouTube. She’s YUUUGEEEE and her IG feed is full of gorgeous airy shots of her fabulous travels and icy blonde perfect hair. I never heard of her until Pixi released this collab (I guess I was under a rock), but I totally can see the appeal and why she’s got such a faithful following.
She definitely strikes me as effortless and glowing, so her collab featuring three highlighting/face products and a natural/lower lash mascara with clear brow gel seems like a perfect fit.
Her collab includes three glowing face products ($16/ea) – London Lustre (an icy champagne), Santorini Sunset (a pale peach), and Rome Rose (a gold-flecked light pink), a teeny black lower lash mascara and a clear brow gel ($16 as a set). Aspyn says these products are the types of items she uses to finish off her look daily. A bit of glow, some definition for the eyes and some hold for her brows. Cool. Let’s discuss how they performed…
Straight up, I disliked the mascara and brow gel. The mascara smudged on me pretty badly and I honestly have no use for a lower lash mascara. My normal mascara works just fine on my lower lashes. Some people swear by the lower lash mascara by Clinique because it’s supposed to be budge/smudge-proof, but this formula was neither. Additionally, the clear brow gel doesn’t hold a candle to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (or the Benefit Gimme Brow). I hate to be a hater, but the $1 Elf clear brow gel is exactly the same. Now we can move on from the negative…
London Lustre is going to be absolutely gorgeous on those who are extremely pale and have a hard time finding a highlight that really pops against their skin tone. For me (MAC NC35) this would be way too light/bordering ashy against my skin).
Santorini Sunset has my heart. It reminded me a lot of the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer or Becca Champagne Pop in the pan, but as you can see from the swatches, it’s slightly (and I mean S L I G H T L Y) different. Clearly, if you don’t have Mary Lou or Champagne Pop, this could be a perfect choice for you at $16!
Rome Rose seems very deceiving. In the pan, it looks like a berry/rose color, but when swatched, it actually is a lot lighter – reminds me much of NARS Orgasm blush (perhaps even a smidge lighter than Orgasm). This would be a nice highlight on deep/tan skin tones or a pretty wash of color for the cheeks on fair skin. It did not show up very well against my skin tone.
Overall, the Pixi and Aspyn Ovard highlighters are soft to the touch, can be applied sheer or more pronounced (if you wet your brush after picking up the product) and you get a large amount of product for the price. It’s simply a matter of getting the one best suited for your skin tone. Pick them up at Target or at PixiBeauty.com.
Skip on the mascara and brow gel.
Have you tried these items yet? Let me know your thoughts and share this if you found it helpful!