November 18, 2008

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Review & Swatches

Determining whether you want to actually indulge in some of Target’s new “high end” makeup collections like Pixi is a debate I’m sure you’ve all had with yourself a few times since these collections have been released.

Honestly, as soon as I heard about them I immediately headed in store and purchased a few items because I was generally curious however I’m still somewhat on the fence about splurging on cosmetics at my local Target.

For example the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel I’m about to review for you is a whooping $20 USD and although it’s not a bad product I’m unsure of the price tag. I took the liberty of looking through my stash and came to the conclusion that a majority of the stains I own run from $16-$28 USD so really I shouldn’t wince too much at $20 USD but for some reason or another the price just makes me shake my head. Could it be because I expect much less from Target?

Disregarding the price for the moment I will say that I’m a sucker for stains so I did pick up Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel almost right away upon seeing it. The color I selected was 03 Rosy which is a cocktail of peachy pink. The color actually swatches much deeper than it is as once it’s applied it leaves behind a very sheer blush of color on cheeks which is quite flattering and in living up to it’s namesake of “sheer cheek gel”. The texture of the product is a gel so it blends quite easily although I’d like a bit more pigmentation since I did have to get a few squirts onto my finger tips to build up color for my finished look you’ll see below. It does have a slightly odd smell which isn’t really unpleasant but perhaps a tad bit annoying. It’s a bit of a plastic scent combined with some alcohol which I basically translate as “cheap makeup smell”.

Honestly I love how the product looks on but I don’t like is the price nor am I loving how much I have to use in order to get the finished results.

All in all I enjoyed Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel and I’m sure I’ll reach for it daily from now on however I’m unsure if I’ll consider repurchasing at this price as I can get much better stains for less with better pigmentation.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nosh

    I can’t bring myself to buy high end makeup at Target. Whenever I go there, I can’t get out of the “Target is for cheap and fun stuff!” mindset. I think the priciest makeup item I ever got there was their Sonia Kashuk brushes (love!!)… But the reviews I keep seeing for their lines aren’t making me feel like I am missing anything either, so yay! 😀

  • the Muse

    hey nosh!

    dittos…I go there and have the cheap mind frame 🙂

    I never tried the SK brushes everyone raves about must try ’em 🙂

    You really aren’t 😛 Honestly the entire line is kinda meh 😛

  • Dancinggal

    That stain looks great on you though. Am still on my natural kick, and loving anything without glitter, although that makes me boring I guess. Although for Christmas day, am planning to bring it all back out again!

  • Decorative Diva

    It looks pretty on you but I think the smell would be a big turn off.

    I’m still using that tiny sample of TheBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen that I got from my Sephora order. It takes just such a tiny amount of product for me to get a good look on my cheeks that I’m truly impressed. It’s on my ‘buy this when I’m allowed to shop again’ list ;P

    And I’m with you, I think it’s wrong to pay that much for a product from Target. I don’t know why, but I do!

  • Bittenbefore

    thanks for the visit and comment! love all the range of products reviewed by you ^^

    and i love SK brushes from target. used to buy them when i stayed in usa

  • Kat

    hi muse~! is me again 🙂

    i got a little confuse about why this cheek gel is defined as an “high end” product~
    i heard that gal gives a more natural looking than powder, what do u think?
    u look really sweet in this pink color~~
    I love love love this pinky colour

    anyway, i returned the body shop eyeshadow coz the shimmer makes it more like a dramatic looking than i want ;p

    hmm, do u have any ideas about the Holiday Blockbuster from Estee Lauder? im thinking about getting that, but i would like to hear from u first 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi dancinggal!

    Thanks hun! Not at all boring!!!!!!!!! 🙂 I dose myself in glitter lol 🙂 but honestly sometimes even I know it’s too much!

    LOL go you! 🙂 Holidays are the best time for sparkle!

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    The smell is kinda cheap-o

    I love stainiac but sadly I can’t use it on my face, too sheer 🙁 But love it on my lips!

    You’re super lovely light skin prob looks fab with it on 🙂

    LOL! I like that..I’ve put you on a no buy ban since you started reading here eh?

    I dunno why the price bugs me either…if it was at sephora I’d probably jump on it but Target I’m like say word!?

  • the Muse

    hi yumeko!

    Thank you for the comments 🙂 I love all the products you review on your blog too! Loved the lavshuca fotd with the new coffret 🙂 gorgeous!

    I have yet to try these and everyone keeps telling me to buy ’em buy ’em 🙂

    How long are you living in Japan now?


  • the Muse

    hi kat!!!!!!!

    Good morning to you!

    This brand used to be sold at Sephora which is why many people are calling it high end 🙂

    Oh yes it does. It gives a very natural look where as powder gives me of a vibrant, for lack of a better word, unnatural look.
    thank you 🙂 I really like stains that make my cheeks look flushed or just pinched 🙂

    Awww sorry to hear about the body shop not working for you but you made the right choice as you can get something else that does work for you 🙂

    Hmmm I’ve been debating on the EL Blockbuster for a while and honesty the colors just aren’t fun enough for me to want to purchase it. I like a bit louder, brighter, and shimmery!

    I think if you like naturals this would def be worth a look at but if you like a fun look you might want to indulge in something else like the Tarte Vanity Palette 🙂

    Hope this helps!

    Always good hearing from you Kat!

    Big hugs!

  • Vivi

    Hi Muse! I’m a long time reader of your blog, and I love the variety of products you review!

    I also have a cheapo-mindset when I go into Target. The idea of expensive makeup in Target kind of…scares me! The pixi stain looks so pretty on you though, definitely a healthy flushed look. How is the lasting power?

  • the Muse

    hi vivi!

    Thanks so much for reading Musings 🙂 greatly appreciate it!!!! And also thanks for taking time to comment!

    Totally of the cheapo mindset to when I visit Target 🙂 Honestly I wouldn’t rant about it if I was in Sephora but I dunno what it is I can’t feel spending $20 on blush at Target hehe!

    Thanks so much 🙂 Glad you liked the way it looks 🙂 The lasting power is fab as with all stains it lasts until you remove it! 10 hours or more 😉

    Hope this helps!

    Hope we talk again soon!

  • the Muse

    ps vivi your profile pic is simply adorable 🙂 I want to pinch your cheeks!!!!!!!!

  • Phyrra

    Husband will kill me if I buy more. Must be good. Unless I sell more necklaces, then I can buy more ;P

  • the Muse

    hey dd 🙂 sorry for the delay!

    LOL! 🙂 I hear ya..trying to ban myself too but it’s harddddddddddddddddddd