Drugstore Dud or Delight: Pixi Glow Cakes

Four-in-one palettes

These gorgeous ombré palettes are a newer addition to Pixi Beauty’s line and I was so lucky to receive them in the mail recently. I really like that you can use each shade individually because the areas are wide enough to fit a blush or bronzer brush. Otherwise, you can mix all the shades together to create a unique highlight shade. They’re perfect for traveling with because they’re so versatile!

These palettes add the prettiest glow to the skin while still looking natural (versus those blinding highlights). The bronzers add definition to the face without looking muddy or sparkly. I love the soft, smooth texture of these powders – they blend like a dream and don’t have any fallout. It’s safe to say these are definitely a delight! You can find the Pixi Glow Cakes at Target for $28.

GildedBare Glow is my absolute favorite as I’ve been really into warm, peachy hues lately. The highlight is a true champagne that reflects light beautifully; the blush is a light, glowy coral; and the bronzer is warm-toned without looking orange. I love all three shades and use them on a regular basis. This is actually the only blush I’ve worn in over a week! It’s just such a lovely color that goes with any makeup look! When you mix all the shades together (like the swatch closest to my hand), it turns into more of a gold highlight shade.

Here is PinkChampagne Glow. It’s really pretty as well and all of the shades are more cool-toned. The highlight is a very light pink; the blush is a medium, brighter pink with blue undertones; and the bronzer is lighter with pink undertones while still having some warmth in the shimmer. When mixed together, this creates a shade that’s pretty close to my skin tone, so it’s hard to see on my wrist here.

Overall, I love the formula and think both shades are beautiful and would work on a variety of skin tones. If you’re torn between the two, think about what kinds of lipsticks or glosses you normally go for. Are you drawn to brighter or cool toned shades? Like baby pink or red with blue undertones. Or do you find yourself wearing more nudes and shades with orange undertones? I wear a peachy nude lip most days and go for a pop of coral when I’m feeling bolder. The GildedBare palette caught my eye right away; it’s in the same color family, so I knew I would get more use out of it based on my other favorites.

Which palette do you prefer? Have any drugstore loves I should try next?!

Drugstore Dud or Delight? L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick Collection

Swatching pretty pink shades

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Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever owned any L’Oreal lip products! People tend to love or hate them, mostly based on the scent. The Color Riche Matte and original Color Riche lines have a bit of a floral fragrance, but it’s not too strong in my experience (and I’m pretty sensitive to perfume-y scents). The Color Riche Shine line smells the best in my opinion; it is reminiscent of the original with a sweeter, candy-like note.

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I have a couple L’Oreal Color Riche shades in 135 Ballerina Shoes and 580 Peony Pink. These have a very frosty finish; I’m not sure if I would wear them alone, but they’re awesome for layering. I love the hint of shimmer in the middle of the lips especially to make them appear larger. Ballerina Shoes is quite light, so it’s nice to mix with deeper colors, while I love the berry undertones in Peony Pink . These have a decent 4 hours of lasting power before you have to touch up. They’re comfortable throughout the wear and fade pretty evenly as well.

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From left: Ballerina Shoes, Sparkling Rose, and Peony Pink

My favorite item is definitely the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine in 908 Sparkling Rose. This is such a gorgeous color! It’s a natural-looking, light pink. It’s perfect for summer since it brightens up your face and pairs so well with nude or bright eyeshadow looks. The Color Riche Shine line has a gorgeous glossy finish with a balm-like texture. It feels very lightweight on the lips and you can easily build it up for more opaque color. It doesn’t last on my lips for more than a couple hours, but I don’t expect that for a shinier lipstick.

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I’ve read a few reviews that mention how the L’Oreal lipsticks taste like you’re drinking perfume too. I don’t tend to lick my lips often, especially when I’m wearing lipstick, but it’s not as horrible as I was expecting. I wouldn’t recommend tasting it – as with any lip product, you’re not supposed to consume it.

For the Satin and Shine finishes, I would definitely say they are a drugstore delight! Sparkling Rose has been in my bag every day since I received it! It’s the perfect throw on and go formula because you don’t have to worry too much about precision. It’s lightly hydrating and comes in a bunch of pretty shades. Since I’m not much of a matte lipstick girl, I’ve decided to save all of the others for an upcoming giveaway!

Thanks to Influenster for this complimentary VoxBox so I can share my honest opinion.

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