Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: Pixi Gel Liner in No. 2 Sapphire

Pixi Gel Liner in No. 2 Sapphire

When thinking of the Pixi brand, I rarely think of their Gel Liners. Maybe it's because I've never seen them in Target (my primary Pixi source), or because I was so caught up in Tarte's Amazonian Clay Liner, but when I received No. 2 Sapphire as a prize in a Bloom.com contest, I was eager to try it!

Pixi's Gel Liner in Sapphire boasts a pigmented application with a smooth, long-wearing formula that's water-resistant and non-fading. After multiple days of wear, I'm able to verify that it's all true! It doesn't take much work to create a nice, opaque line with any brush (including the somewhat shoddy one included). It has a consistency closer to a cream than a gel, and dries down to a smooth matte finish. Once there, it doesn't flake or fade until you are ready to remove it. During the winter, I have chronically dry eyes that water like mad when I'm out in the cold. Not even then did this liner smudge!  As a shade, Sapphire is more of a rich navy blue, but is easily distinguished from black liners I have in my collection.

The packaging is a glass pot with a screw on top that's pretty standard to gel liners. I've had this liner for about two months and haven't noticed the product drying or pulling away from the container, and it still feels very smooth and creamy (not that I wouldn't expect most liners to perform that well after only two months).

Pixi's Gel Liner isn't available at Target or on the Pixi website, but I have found it or $18 at Beauty Bridge or Apothica. The price puts it a few dollars short of the mid/high end bracket with the likes of Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Liner ($23) or Tarte's Amazonian Clay Liner ($24 with a full-sized, double-ended brush), but it performs just as well. Also, the deep navy shade was a unique addition to my stash and I loved that it didn't have a sheen or shimmer in it as so many non-black gel liners do.

Pixi Gel Liner in No. 2 Sapphire

Pixi Gel Liner in No. 2 Sapphire

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Pixi Gel Liner in No. 2 Sapphire

Pixi Gel Liner in No. 2 Sapphire

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