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Another Red, Another DayI don’t have a lot of reds in my stash so a new one is always welcome. I’ve had this Pixi Tinted Brilliant Balm* in Rosy Red for quite some time now so it’s quite a shame I haven’t written about it yet cos it’s a beauty, you guys. I haven’t tried a lot of these jumbo crayon lip balm slash lipstick hybrids (only Revlon’s Just Bitten) so I can’t compare Pixi’s to others like it in the market. Pixi is more of a “drugstore brand” in the US and UK but here in the Philippines, its prices fit somewhere above drugstore and below high-end. So, while it’s not exactly cheap by Philippine beauty landscape definition, it’s not entirely expensive either. But the quality? I’d have to say its is definitely at par with most of the more high-end brands.
The LowdownPixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Rosy Red is a cherry red with tiny hints of pink. The texture is that of a glossy balm with a bit more slip than the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm stains. It glides on smoothly and much easily than I expected (as most balms have a slight stickiness to them and this had none). The slip also reminded me of the NARS Satin Lip Pencils that glide on like butter on the lips. As for pigmentation, Rosy Red is heavily pigmented. One swipe produces an intense color that made me wonder if it was a balm or a lipstick. It produces an even layer on the lips when applied without any patches. The finish is glossier than what I’m used to but not at all sticky or tacky on the lips. On the contrary, these feel very moisturizing and hydrating that I wore it without any flakies or peelies at all. Having said that, as a sheen-filled lipstick, the full-on sheen lasted 2 1/2 hours and faded by the 3-hour mark. Still, the color was intact with only a bit of feathering. By the 4th hour, the saturation wasn’t as intense as when applied but instead left a beautiful even stain on the lips. I would have reapplied by this time but I actually like my tinted lips as is so I didn’t.
OVERALL THOUGHTSFor Php790, this is definitely a cheaper alternative of the more high-end jumbo crayons in the market. I would personally like to compare these to the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me pencils that are new in the local beauty scene but have yet to grab my first one. Pixi’s Brilliant Balms are ultra-pigmented, moisturizing and plumping (with its hyaluronic acid ingredient) so you definitely get the best of both the lipstick and the lip balm worlds. There is also no sharpening involved as it is a twist-up stick so no product wastage at all (yes, I’m looking atchu NARS Lip Pencils). I’ve a few more Pixi products to share that I’m absolutely loving at the moment so if you’re interested, do check back. Have you tried any Pixi Brilliant Balms? Or any of these jumbo lip pencils in the market? Share your thoughts, please!
**Pixi Brilliant Balm in Rosy Red was a press sample at an event. I received no compensation for this review nor was I required to write it. All thoughts are purely my own.
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