Pixi’s Retinol Tonic is one of the brand’s latest additions to their already cult skincare range. I have been using the Glow Tonic for quite a few months now (and my life wouldn’t have any sort of meaning without it) and couldn’t resist the temptation of testing another toner.
Price point and quantity
Price: £18 ($29) for 250ml // £10 ($15) for 100ml
Pixi’s Retinol Tonic can be found pretty much everywhere, including on Cult Beauty, but also on Pixi’s website). The Pixi website has a loyalty programme and that’s great (I mean, terrible) news for Pixi fangirls such as myself.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-8, Panthenol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-27, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Retinol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Sodium Citrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin.
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So, what is it supposed to do?
- Contains time-release retinol that reduces fine lines and smoothes complexion.
- Has peptides that firm the skin and boost collagen production
- Contains jasmine flower that heals and balances the skin
- Soothes sensitive skin
- Is full of antioxidants
In other words, this is an anti-aging toner.
How to use the Retinol Tonic
Put some product on a cotton pad and apply to your face after cleansing and before serums and moisturiser. If it’s your only toner, you can use it in the morning and in the evening. Personally, I alternate the Retinol (in the AM) and the Glow Tonic (in the PM).
What I think of Pixi’s Retinol Tonic
Do I look 10 years younger? Not yet. Skincare takes months, especially when it comes to Retinols. I have noticed, however, that my skin tone has become more even and radiant since I started using the Retinol Tonic. The Glow Tonic does its job as well, mind you, but I have used it by itself for months before so I know what it does to my skin. Alternating the Retinol Tonic and the Glow Tonic has proven to be a winning combo.
Is it better than the Glow Tonic? Honestly, if my life depended on making a choice, I’d still go for the GT, but since I’m alive and well, I’m happy to use both.
I’d recommend it to people whose skin is too sensitive to handle the Glow Tonic and/or to those of you who are willing to incorporate anti-aging products into your routine.
Also, if you’re planning on using stronger retinols at some point in your life, the Pixi Retinol Tonic is a great way of getting your skin accustomed to the product.