In the spring, before we started the blog, I had wanted to try something from Pixi by Petra. I liked the idea of the brand. It appeals to my inner fantasy nerd. The girl who loves Celtic Historical Fiction. I picked up the Early Bird Palette from Target for $34. Recently I was at Target and I saw that they still carried it so I thought I’d do a review on it. I’ve been using it on and off for almost a year now and have a lot to say!
The Brand: Pixi Beauty (Pixi by Petra) is a boutique British cosmetics company. They make “multitasking, flaw-fixing, youth-enhancing products for women on-the-go with no time to spare.” Hence why they have several all inclusive kits for less than $40. Their mission statement is “simply to bring out the natural beauty in all women – to make women look like themselves, only better.” Therefore I wouldn’t expect to see crazy vibrant colours like the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette but I would expect to see lots of nudes and natural looks palettes. Their price point is rather high for drug store type makeup. It’s more comparable in price to Sonia Kashuk, Gosh, and those type of mid-range brands.
The Early Bird Palette is a cardboard palette that folds into itself making it sturdy and compact. Great for travel! One side of the palette has 3 highlight/bronzer, the other has 3 blushes and the center or body of the palette contains 20 eyeshadows. That’s a lot of product for a tiny package! I like how the package folds into itself, allowing it to be very compact but when folded out it has a lot of room for ample product. It’s a pet peeve of mine to get teeny tiny palettes that you can’t fit a proper brush in to with out picking up other products as well. The Early Bird Palette does not suffer from that at all! The motif on the packaging is what looks to me as very Japanese inspired. It has cherry blossoms and pretty birds 🙂 It’s quite cute. The only flaw to the packaging is that it doesn’t have a permanent cover over the blushes, shadows and highlighters and so I have kept the plastic sanitation shield on to ensure the colours don’t fall out in to each other. I’m sure this isn’t a huge issue but it would be perfect if there was something between the blush and the lighter eyeshadows when it’s all folded up.
There are 3 blushes provided in the palette. One is rather orange/peach, another is a traditional pink and the last is a deep rose colour. They are very wearable and easy colours. The first 2 have a tiny amount of shimmer in them, the deep rose colour appears to be matte. They are fairly well pigmented but I do think that other brands have them beat on pigmentation. That’s not to say that these are bad quality though. They show up well on the cheek, are buildable and fairly versatile blush colours. I find that they swatch deeper than they appear on the cheeks when applied with a brush so when I use this palette I know that I have to build up my blush. When I use my setting spray I can get a full day use out of the blushes but if I don’t use the setting spray I felt like they didn’t last all day. Especially is if it’s summer.
There are 2 bronzers and 1 highlighter in this palette. Although one of the bronzers is so light that depending on your skin tone you might be able to get away with it as a highlight too. I actually quite enjoy the bronzers in this palette. They don’t have any orange tone to them at all. They are very light and easy to wear offering a gentle and natural shadow to my skin, not a fake’n’bake racing stripe like other, more orange based bronzers. The highlighter is quite white and shimmery but doesn’t have any sparkle. To me the bronzer and highlighters are the stand out product on this palette and would be the thing that I would consider purchasing again from Pixi however like the blushes, they require a setting spray.
One really great thing that Pixi did for this palette was include 4 base matte nude/neutral eyeshadows. They could be the base of your look or a matte highlight to offset all the other shimmer (because everything else is super shimmery!) It’s nice to have that included because many palettes overlook balancing out the mattes to shimmer ratio and include not enough mattes or odd colours of mattes. This way you have 4 basic mattes to help build your look off of. Unfortunately these 4 mattes all look very similar. The 2 lightest, when swatched, look identical and the 2 darkest, when swatched look identical. So I definitely think that in the future Pixi should consider mixing up the shades of mattes a bit more. The rest of the shadows are shimmery and mainly neutral in tone. One side of the palette contains more cool tones and the other more warm tones. The warm side has a pretty mint green and a sunny yellow that I love but don’t know how to wear. I tend to gravitate to the cool side where the browns, mauves, and greys are. From there I can make a nice, natural eye look. I’ve experienced creasing once and found that a primer is always necessary. I don’t find the longevity of the eyeshadows to be something to brag about but a good primer helps that issue out. The colours go on the lid rather sheer and need to be built up. They blend when and are pretty easy to work with though which is why I’ve still used this palette off and on for the past year.
Overall: Personally, for the price, I’m not blown away by Pixi. But this palette is still pretty good quality, offers a great variety of colours and bases to build on and is super compact. I take this palette on the road with me and for business travel frequently. I’m quite happy with it as my travel palette. I just am always sure to include my setting spray and eyeshadow primer. On a day-to-day basis I tend to want to grab other palettes but I think that if you or someone you know, is sort of new-agey then this could be a fun brand to look into! This palette would work well for the traveller or the person who wants a very tasteful & natural look. Or for someone who would describe makeup application as a “dash” of colour or “dusting” of blush. For me, I won’t be grabbing my Early Bird Palette on a Friday night but I will pack it on my next business trip.