In my recent post pointing out a few items on sale after the holidays, I mentioned a Pixi Beauty discount code that Caroline Hirons of Beauty Mouth provided (valid until 1/12!). I sprung for a couple of items, one of which was the Flawless Vitamin Veil because my nearby Target stores don’t do a very good job of keeping Pixi’s foundations in stock and I had yet to try one of them. This is a light coverage creme-to-powder formula that includes ingredients like aloe, vitamins E and C, and sodium hyaluronate to help condition the skin.
The Flawless Vitamin Veil is only available in 3 shades, Fair, Medium and Tanned. In a shade range this narrow, I thought Fair would be a sure bet. Surprisingly it’s actually a bit light for me, which is a bummer because my skin will never be fairer than it is right now. It’s still workable, though, so I’m going to try and make the most of it over the next few months! In the future, I may decide to try out the Medium shade, which I’m now thinking might actually work for me in the warmer months.
The foundation comes with a little sponge tucked away in the compact, and Pixi suggests using it damp for lighter coverage or dry for a more opaque application. I quite like the little sponge it came with, which is an easy enough size to work with, and have continued to use it every time I apply the foundation. On the other hand, the mirror in the compact is dinky and small. It’s not a huge deal for me, but ideally all of the components provided in a product at this price point would be usable.
I have to say, I do really like the formula. I think it covers just enough and helps fill in pores and lines for an even and smooth appearance, but has a very natural look and finish to it. My skin is about as dry as it ever is at the moment, and this foundation applies really well to drier skin without exacerbating an oily t-zone. The only problem is that it’s not very long lasting. I do set it with a little bit of powder, but it’ll start to wear off after around 4 or 5 hours. For me, this isn’t ideal for a full work day but it’s great for days when I just want to apply a little bit of makeup quickly and look pretty natural.
I’m disappointed that the shade Fair is as light as it is, but I’d imagine it’d work really well for pale folks as it has a pretty nice, neutral color. Personally, it’s pretty important that I follow up with a dusting of bronzer to look a bit less ghostly, but I do really like the perfected yet natural look it gives my skin. I think you can see in the photos above that the finish is very skin-like. I have combination skin and while I think cream formulas are generally better suited to drier skin types, I wouldn’t say this foundation makes me feel particularly oily at all.
Above, I’m also wearing: Pixi Correction Concentrate (review) under my eyes, L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer in N1-2-3 over some of my redder areas, DreamWorld Hermetica finishing powder in Peach Creme (review), Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Natural, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent (review) just on the tops of my cheekbones, Too Faced La Creme lipstick in Honey Bear (review), L’Oreal Brow Stylist brow pencil duet in Blonde (review), and L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black.
One thing I’ll say is that I don’t pay much attention to the nourishing ingredients that Pixi advertises this foundation to include. I’m not an expert, but I think that if you’re applying foundation over SPF and/or primer, that stuff is going to have a difficult time actually reaching your skin. If you’d like to treat your skin to some good ingredients, try to get them through your skincare rather than your makeup. It’s a nice touch, I guess, but I’m not convinced it’s going to actually benefit me.
Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Microcrystalline Wax, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Methicone, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopherol Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Phosphaatidylcholine, Water, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide (Cl77002), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Have you tried it? What are your favorite Pixi products?