Pixi Glow Tonic Review: Hit or miss?

A couple of months back I bought the Glow Tonic by Pixi from Cult Beauty (you can see the post here Cult Beauty Splurge). I had read many reviews praising this product and could see it is a favourite of many people. So I was very excited to try it and see if it lived up to the hype.


The packaging is nice. You can see the liquid inside showing you exactly how much you have left. I find it so frustrating when packaging hides the contents and then you only realise you have none when it runs out. The lid has a small hole in it allowing just enough product to come out.

It Claims:

  • Exfoliating toner that resurfaces and revitalises your skin
  • Contains 5% glycolic acid and aloe vera to sooth and gently counteract dullness
  • Leaves skin glowing and luminous
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • For all skin types

My Verdict:
The first thing I have to say about this product is I really do not like the smell. It is very overpowering and lingers on your skin until you add a mosituriser. It reminded me of an old aunty who use to have smelly toiletries on her dressing table.

lid and cotton wool

I applied it twice a day after cleansing. I added it to a cotton pad and then gently wiped it across my face. After just a few applications my face was starting to glow which was good. However, and this is where this review turns sour, this product was not good with my skin. I have quite sensitive skin and it started leaving my skin red and sore. I also started to see bumps under the surface like small spots. I have never been a person who suffers with spots so this was a shock to see. It really dried my skin out, and as someone with combination/oily skin I am not use to products having that effect on my skin. I reduced it down to just once a day after the first few days and then continued using it for a couple of weeks, but my skin simply got worse. I was really disappointed. IN the end I had to stop using it as my skin felt terrible.

As a product I think it is really good and I can see how it will be excellent for many people, however if you are someone like me with sensitive skin or dry skin I would be very careful using this product. This is a good example of how all products do not suit all skin types.

lush toner

I am now back using my Lush Tea Tree Toner which I absolute love and use twice a day with no drying, breakouts or soreness. I briefly reviewed it in my last Skincare routine post here: My Current Skincare Routine. I will be reviewing it in more detail soon.

I hope you found this review helpful. Let me know in the comments box if you have had similar reactions with Glow Tonic.

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  1. Oh no, sorry the product was no good for you! I have combination/oily skin as well and I find that this product is amazing for me! I know that if I use products high in acid, highly drying or over exfoliate prior to using this product it can feel a bit rough!

  2. I recently started using Pixi Glow Tonic. I got it simply to satisfy my curiosity since so many people seem to love it. Thankfully I didn’t have the reactions that you had but still I cannot say I am that impressed. I much prefer Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, it gives me much better results and even though it is more expensive, I only have to use it 3-4 times a week.

    FYI… TOTALLY agree about the smell

    Ioanna | beautyloverstories.com

  3. I’m so glad I have read this review before I bought it. I’m very fussy about smells and also have sensitive skin so this has been useful to read.

  4. Oh no! Pity it didn’t work for you as I love the Pixi toner. It was part one of my April favourites. X

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