Pixi Glow Tonic: A Miracle Product Or Totally Over-Hyped?

Much has been said in the bloggersphere about Pixi’s Glow Tonic, with positive reviews and commentary causing it to sell out quicker than it can be re-stocked. Knowing that you can only buy it online or from Pixi’s one stand-alone store in Carnaby Street, only appears to make it all the more desirable – I’ve known people to buy out a complete shelf just in case they can’t track any more down for the rest of the year. But what exactly is this miracle orange liquid, how does it work and is the hype justified? I’ve been putting it to the test for the past month to see if I could finally answer those questions just for you.

Described as an oxygenating and exfoliating facial glow tonic, Pixi claims that this watery liquid helps to tone, firm and tighten. As well as helping to remove dead skin cells from the surface for healthier looking skin, it’s suitable for all skin types (including sensitive,) it’s alcohol free and contains soothing aloe vera. If you’re not familiar with toners, then essentially they can be used after cleansing to remove any last traces of product, dirt and grime while helping to clear your complexion of any build-up that may be hiding your natural glow – this is basically what the Pixi Glow Tonic is, albeit less abrasive and more pleasant to use.

After cleansing (both morning and night) I’ve been using a little amount on a cotton bud, wiping it over my face to reveal a significant amount of grey nastiness on the surface – I’m always shocked by how much grime and build-up sits stubbornly on the surface, no matter how thoroughly you think you’ve cleansed. The orange colour led me to believe this would be tightening and sting my skin a little, but the complete opposite is true; it’s like using water but better, because it doesn’t strip the skin or cause irritation. It’s incredibly pleasant to use, especially thanks to the delicate scent of ginseng.

Over the last four weeks I’ve been using this most nights after cleansing and before my night cream, while in the morning I use it occasionally after I’ve gotten out of the shower and before I start my skincare routine. Although it instantly helps your skin to feel clean and nourished, the long-term impact is that your complexion just looks and feels a little more radiant. I love products that you use and only realise the benefit some weeks later, like a little skincare surprise; this has definitely helped my naked skin to glow a bit more and minimised any blemishes or imperfections. The texture appears a lot smoother and my makeup seems to glide on with ease; I always thought I had pretty good skin, but this just shows you can always do better.

It’s hard to really pinpoint why this is so good, but it really does help skin to glow and look a little healthier. Not only is it easy to integrate into your routine and practically guaranteed to make a difference, a bottle will last you so long you’ve got enough time to track down a replacement. At £18.00 for a bottle it’s not super cheap, but it’s a great investment in your skin if you really want to start looking after it. Are you a fan of the Pixi Glow Tonic already? I’d love to know your thoughts!

The Pixi Glow Tonic is available exclusively via the Pixi website and flagship store, priced £18.00.



  1. Lydia Devine
    September 18, 2014 / 9:17 am

    I'm sold! Shame that it is so pricey / hard to find… but it looks to me like a little would go a long way xF U Z Z Y P E A C H D R O P S

  2. Stephiemcd
    September 18, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I think I am allergic to this – I come out in huge spots 🙁 Its a shame as it is so hyped up!

    • Unknown
      April 14, 2017 / 6:52 am

      This happened to me too. You have to persevere through it as it's drawing out all the nastiness from your skin. After a month you will likely stop getting spots and look radiant. I had it for over a year and kept not using it for that reason but now i love it

  3. Dancinannie
    September 18, 2014 / 9:56 am

    It's now available from Liberty, Caroline Hirons has recently uploaded several videos to YouTube about acid toners.

  4. Stephanie
    September 18, 2014 / 10:48 am

    I've been wanting to try this for a long time! Now I need it even more!Stephaniehttp://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/ http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251 xxxx

  5. Donna Coppack
    September 18, 2014 / 11:11 am

    I was interested in this but went for the FAB Facial radiance pads as this was such a bugger to get hold of. Sounds great though, so when I'm next in London I may give it a go.www.legolouboutins.co.uk

  6. Anonymous
    September 18, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    I tried this but my skin went all flaky – I will try again, I have heard so many good reviews about it.

    • JellyBabybeauty
      April 14, 2017 / 6:53 am

      Give it a try for a full 30 days

  7. Sarah@Blusherobsession
    September 18, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    i've just bought a bravura toner that is meant to be a good dupe for this, most ingredents are the same, hopefully it works as well

    • Anonymous
      August 20, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      Bravura is a false economy. At £11.99 for 150ml, it works out at £7.93 per 100ml, whereas Pixi Glow Tonic is £18 for 250ml, or £7.20 per 100ml.

    • Bad Girl Bex
      July 16, 2016 / 5:51 am

      It might work out that way price-wise, but I know that at least one of the Bravura range has a 10% glycolic acid content – twice as much as the Pixi Glow. So it might be worth investing in both, so that on days when you feel like your skin might need a wee bit more oomph, you can use the stronger solution. Pixi do do 20% glycolic pads, but you have to rinse the stuff off after you've had it on for three minutes so it only has a short time actively working on your face. It's good to mix up your acids (strengths as well as types) maybe using a stronger one at night and a lighter one AM.

  8. Maya
    September 21, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    I've been using it for over a year now and I'm a convert. Really amazing for the skin, the bottle lasts several months. I usually get a couple from the store as they last 12 months.

  9. Adele E
    September 22, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Love pixi glow tonic, it's brilliant been using for a while now and really feel has helped improve my skin. Mine is a lighter orange colour with a pump? hope they haven't changed the formula?! Adele acesparklestar.blogspot.co.uk

  10. Melissa Becker
    September 23, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Good to know it's pleasant to use, helpful review. Applying toner became essential in my skincare routine, I do feel the difference. I love the Decleor one, not any product thicks all the boxes to me. Curious about Pixi Glow Tonic now. x

  11. Yvonne Magner
    September 23, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Love this stuff. Didn't see a dramatic difference when I started using it recently, but I'd been using the Clarins brightening exfoliating toner already so wasn't in too bad a state. I know it's working though as I haven't gotten full or flaky since finishing the Clarins & starting this. Plus it's twice the size & half the price of the Clarins.

  12. dellilah
    September 24, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Never tried any of their products. Pixi so intrigues me after reading about it on your blog. It sounds very much like Clinique Clarifying Lotion which i am currently using. Would give it a go for sure as I really need a milder alternative as my Clinique one can leave the skin a bit tingly. Warm RegardsD, xwww.dellilahsnotebook.blogspot.com

  13. Jess
    November 15, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Had an allergic reaction to this that made my eyelids super red and puffed up! Use with caution!

    • Anonymous
      March 31, 2016 / 10:52 pm

      You are not supposed to use it on your eyelids!!!! It contains glycolic acid!!!!

    • Unknown
      October 17, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      Oh gosh. Never, ever use acids on your eyelids! Yikes!!

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