Pixi Glow Tonic - review


I finally bought the full-size Pixi Glow Tonic a while back from Beautybay, and not long after I was lucky enough to receive a travel-sized version from Maslow & Co.

It's one of those products that I've wanted to try for absolutely ages because I've seen it raved about so much online, and I'd hoped it might be a cheaper alternative for my HG Alpha-H Liquid Gold.

While I do like it and I reckon it's a good 'entry level' product if you're trying glycolic acid for the first time, it doesn't hold a candle to Liquid Gold and I wouldn't buy it again because it doesn't end up being cheaper either, once you look at how often you need to use each product to see results. More on all that below.

Pixi claims/product details:
  • Exfoliating facial glow tonic
  • Helps tone, firm and tighten the skin
  • Removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin
  • With ginseng, aloe vera, fructose and 5% glycolic acid
  • For all skin types
  • Alcohol free
  • To use: apply after cleansing; saturate a cotton pad with the tonic and sweep across face, neck and d√©colletage (avoiding eye area); can be used AM and PM 
  • RRP $29 AUD for 250ml (see eg Beautybay), but do shop around


I was expecting to be bowled over by this tonic and unfortunately I haven't been, although that's probably because I've been using glycolic acid products for a while so I already know how my skin behaves when I use them and this particular tonic hasn't offered anything new.

Also, as mentioned above, this is nowhere near as good as my HG Alpha-H Liquid Gold (reviewed here), so perhaps I was always going to be a little disappointed because I've used a better comparable product before and one that's been a staple for a long time, so this one has paled in comparison.

It's a standard toning liquid that you apply to a cotton pad and wipe across the face after cleansing. It has a pleasant, green smell that I quite like and find refreshing, so it's nice to use in the morning.

The product does tone reasonably well and the makeup pad always comes away dirty, so it's doing its grime-removal job without issue. It also does give me a small amount of the effect you should get from glycolic products - brighter, smoother skin and some exfoliating action - but nowhere near as much as I've found with other products like the Liquid Gold.

Also, I need to use this each morning and evening to get a good impact from it, whereas I only need to use the Alpha-H product on every second evening. So I'm already using it four times for Alpha-H's one, and on top of that, I need to use about twice as much of this product each time as compared to the Liquid Gold. 

So all of a sudden it's the Alpha-H product that's looking better value on a per-use basis, and the Alpha-H does more for my skin with one use than this one does in four (which I can say for sure because I've been comparing the two products side-by-side during the testing period).

So while I do think this product generally meets its claims of removing dead skin cells and toning, firming and tightening the skin, it doesn't do this as well as other available products and it's not one I would buy again. 

If you've never used glycolic acid on your skin before and want a gentle 'starter' product that won't break the bank, then this might be a good option - but otherwise I'd be sticking with something stronger.

Not a bad product, but I've used better.

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