Pixi Beauty has released a new Beauty Balm which is described as a high-coverage foundation formulated to keep skin hydrated all day. Available in 6 shades, Pixi Beauty Balm contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, adenosine and chamomile extract to soothe & nourish.
My skin is on the drier side (and even more so in winter), so I tend to prefer a liquid foundation with a satin or dewy finish. And that’s exactly what the new Pixi Beauty Balm promises, plus it’s formulated with skin-friendly ingredients so I couldn’t resist picking up a tube as soon as I spotted it in my local Target!
I got the Pixi Beauty Balm in the shade No.3 Warm which is a bit darker for my light-medium skin tone. The shade No.2 Nude appeared a little too light for my skin, so looks like I’ll have to mix two shades. The shade range is limited with only 6 options so it seems hard to find a perfect match!
Onto the review! This foundation has a pretty strong perfumish scent at first. Thankfully, it fades away in about a minute or so after application.
Although Pixi Beauty Balm touts itself as a hydrating formula, I really don’t feel that way about it. The texture is lightweight and applies smoothly but it’s not very hydrating. Those with oily-combo skin might have a different opinion but as someone with dry skin, I need a bit more moisture!
If you’re also dealing with dryness, I would recommend using a moisturizer and/or hydrating primer before applying this foundation for an evenly smooth finish.
In terms of coverage, I’d say it’s medium but buildable. I usually use about 1-2 pumps each time. It evens out my complexion beautifully and feels comfortably lightweight throughout the day. But it doesn’t have enough coverage to hide some pesky dark spots I have on my cheeks (for which I need a bit of concealer)
With this Beauty Balm, I was hoping for a satin finish that gives my skin a nice dewy look but it’s more of a soft matte finish formula. I prefer something a little more glow-giving so this was a bit disappointing. That said, it also means that this foundation would be suitable not only for normal to dry skin but also for combination skin types.
Pixi Beauty Balm also claims to be long-lasting. I don’t find it exceptionally long-wearing but it wears well for the most part of the day without settling into fine lines. I get a good 8 hours of wear time before I notice some fading around my chin area. As I have mentioned before, I don’t use a setting powder so you might get even longer wear time with that!
I actually found the Pixi Beauty Balm somewhat similar to Too Faced Dew You Foundation in terms of finish and feel. Although the finish is comparable, the Dew You foundation has more of a satin matte formula and it’s also a little more hydrating.
Overall, Pixi Beauty Balm is neither hit nor miss for me. I like the lightweight texture, good coverage which is nice for an everyday foundation and the inclusion of good-for-your-skin ingredients. But it leaves a little something to be desired in the hydration department. Not to mention, it’s heavily fragranced and there’s not an exact match for my skin because of the limited shade range.