In love with…Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (and a comparison to Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal)

Back in April the Pixi website offered an awesome coupon code for 60% off everything on the site plus free shipping. I had always wanted to try Pixi products but they’re normally in the department store price range. Target stores carry the brand but I don’t often go there. So of course when I heard about the online coupon code I had to take advantage of it! It was simply too good to pass up.

One of the products I had had my eye on for the longest time was the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. They also make something called the Flawless & Poreless Primer but the tinted primer in the frosted glass pump bottle was the one that interested me.

I was mainly drawn to the Flawless Beauty Primer because of Pixi’s claims that it provides a “glow from within,” “restores skin’s youthful glow,” and “aids in balancing hydration.” As someone with dry/very dry skin I’m always looking for products that make my skin look dewy but without obvious glitter or shimmer.

Rather than primer I prefer to think of the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer as a luminizer or liquid/cream highlight for the face. In fact, that was exactly the type of product I was searching for after my disappointment with the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

I think I may have mentioned it before but certain Duane Reade drugstores carry boutique/higher end brands like Becca and have testers available for those products. I was attracted to Opal’s peachy tint that blended really well into my yellow-toned skin, and I loved the dewy glow it gave my skin indoors. However, outdoors under direct sunlight, I hated it. I felt like a Twilight Cullen vampire! Becca Opal literally made my skin sparkle like diamonds.

I’m not sure how to describe the shimmer in Opal. It’s definitely superfine microshimmer. But it has a very prismatic quality to it so that when the light hits it head-on, it flashes not only peachy gold but green/teal and red as well. I thought it looked super unnatural on my skin. My goal is/was to fake dewiness but there’s no way anyone’s skin naturally flashes green and red like that. I decided to skip Becca Opal and its $41 price tag (1.7 oz). My wallet thanked me.

Fast forward a couple of weeks. I received my 1 oz. bottle of the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer for $11.20 shipped (normally $28). The minute I swatched it indoors it reminded me of Becca Opal. Same superfine microshimmer and a very similar peachy tint.

Becca Opal is in the little sample jar.

Some of the main differences between the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal and the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer are:

  • Both products have a creamy consistency but the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfect in Opal is thinner and more fluid compared to the thicker Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer.
  • Becca Opal is more yellowy peach. The Pixi primer is more of a peachy bronze or rose gold. Although they’re tinted both products sheer out easily and blend almost invisibly into my skin. Once they’re blended they pretty much look the same on my skin except for the shimmer.
  • Becca Opal costs $41 for 1.7 oz. The Pixi primer costs $28 for 1.0 oz at regular retail price.

In the next 4 swatch photos, Becca Opal is on the left and the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer is on the right.

However, the biggest difference and the reason I prefer the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer hands down is that it doesn’t have that diamond-like, prismatic shimmer that flashes funky colors in the sunlight. The shimmer in the Pixi product matches the tint you see in the bottle and blends really well into my NC15-20 skin. It provides the same dewiness I get from Becca Opal but looks much more natural in my opinion.

Feel free to click on the next two photos to see them in more detail. I hope you’ll be able to tell that there’s a vertical strip of bare skin running down the center of my hand. Becca Opal has been blended to the left of that strip of bare skin, the Pixi primer to the right. Although Becca Opal’s prismatic shimmer is extremely obvious in person it was a little difficult to capture with my camera. However, if you look closely at where my hand meets my wrist I think you’ll be able to detect some of that red/green shimmer that I was talking about before. Please believe me when I say that Becca Opal’s shimmer is way more noticeable in person.

My skin will never be perfect — I’ve resigned myself — but, relatively speaking, it looks its best during the warmer months; my skin doesn’t require as much moisturizer and I can lay off using the extremely heavy creams I normally use in the wintertime. I’ve actually been skipping tinted moisturizers and foundations lately since I don’t see the point of hiding my skin when it’s actually decent. I feel like I have to make the most of my “good skin” while I can.

In the past few weeks my routine has been moisturizer, sunscreen, the Pixi primer, some under eye and spot concealer, brow pencil, blush, and a lip product. That’s all and I couldn’t be happier.

The pump on the Pixi primer is really precise and allows me to squirt out a giant blob or the tiniest drop depending on what I want. Normally, I squirt out a little line of product from the tip of my index finger to the line of the first knuckle (i.e. a very thin 1-inch line of primer). I then smoosh the product between the fingertips of my two index fingers and tap and blend the product onto each of my cheekbones, taking whatever’s left on my fingers and blending it up along my temples and browbone in a C shape on either side of my face. I have to say that the Pixi primer delivers one of the best natural looking dewy effects that I’ve ever gotten from a makeup product. I really, really, really love it and it’s now one of my favorite highlighters/luminizers. If there’s such a thing as a “my skin but better” look, that’s exactly what the Pixi primer delivers (for me at least).

If you’re in the market for a new luminizer/highlight I suggest taking a look at the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer. I haven’t tried it the following ways yet but you can also wear it all over your face under your foundation as a primer or mix some into your foundation for a glow. At least test the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer out the next time you go to Target. Price per ounce (at regular retail price) the Pixi primer’s actually slightly more expensive than the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector but I’m sure Pixi will run another online sale or offer a coupon code sooner or later. When they do, I highly suggest jumping on the deal.

One of my friends actually bought a bottle of Becca Opal from Duane Reade (this was before I ordered and received the Pixi primer) and generously let me have a 1-pump sample so that I could swatch it for all of you. I was with her that day but the only thing I took away from the store was the Becca product information booklet 😛

I’m interested in trying Becca’s Beach Tint, Creme Blush, and Lip & Cheek Creme. Loves me some cream products! Next time I go to Duane Reade I think I’ll be playing with the testers 😀

ETA: Here’s a little more info about the various primers that Pixi makes and the specific skin types for which they’re recommended. Hopefully, this info will help you decide the primer that’s best for your skin needs.

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