June 13, 2016

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go

Rejoice ye traveler in the new Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Toner Pads! Now you can get your fix of Pixi Glow Tonic with these travel friendly pads that are soaked in Pixi’s elixir of life!

Take a look!

Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I actually like the idea of Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go but don’t actually think it’s a good idea to package them like this as a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic will likely remain staple a lot longer than the pads will with constant exposure to air. But hey, when you’re traveling they are a great alternative to lugging around a bottle with you!

I was in London a few years ago a few short months after Glow Tonic had launched and for the life of me I could not find a bottle anywhere in the city. Lucky enough, a few months after my trip it launched here in the US and yeah, quickly sold out but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a PR sample bottle. Since that time Glow Tonic has become a staple in the UK and the US.

All good things must evolve and become better somehow so, I guess Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go is the evolution of a great product. These pads are an easy way to travel with your favorite liquid exfoliator! 60 pre-soaked pads will set you back $18 versus a bottle which is $29. I can actually get more than 2 months from a 8.5 oz bottle so, the price on the pads is could be cause for some debate. I also like that I can saturate a cotton pad with way more product versus the already pre-soaked ones which felt a little drier. The pads don’t have as much of a rose fragrance as the original liquid though which was a plus. I expressed how much I disliked the scent in my original review as it reminds me of Kose Happy Bath Day products which remind me old lady perfume. Yak! The pads are actually textured so, the liquid isn’t the only thing that attributes to the exfoliation process but also the pads themselves lend a helping hand. I wish they were a bit more saturated though as they do run a bit drier which is one reason I prefer the regular bottle.

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Glow Tonic does not contain oil nor alcohol! It does contain 5% Glycolic Acid which acts to gently exfoliate skin with daily use. It’s a product, that when used daily, will gently exfoliate and resurface your skin (make sure you use SPF when using a AHA as it does make your skin more sensitive to sunlight). I’ve heard the formula is comparable to the legendary P50 Balancing Exfoliater but I can’t compare the two as I’ve never used P50 myself.

Most reviews I originally read were younger, oily, more blemish prone skin. I wasn’t sure how well it would do on my drier skin! But it works great. It definitely makes my moisturizer absorb more easily and also my foundation looks smoother and doesn’t cling to my drier, flakier skin as this eliminates drier areas on my face. I’ve never actually experienced the glow everyone rejoices about when using this. It does however, smooth out my skin considerably and gently exfoliates it over time with daily use.

As I mentioned above I love the travel friendly option these new Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go bring to the table but they likely won’t replace my bottle of Glow Tonic simply because I feel like I can saturate a cotton pad with way more product than the pads in the To-Go version do. For travel, sure they are awesome but for daily use I’ll stick to my regular Glow Tonic bottle especially since the bottle has a good chance of remaining staple a lot longer than the pads will.

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go are available now at Target, Target.com, and at pixibeauty.com.

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This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Deb

    Here’s another way: I buy cotton rounds at Walgreens. They are smooth on one side and textured on the other. When I’m traveling, I take however many of the pads I think I will need, put them in a bowl, and soak them with my liquid product of choice. Then I put them in a ziplock bag and label the bag with a marker. I do this for glow tonic, cleansing water, treatment essence, etc. Anything you like. You can control how saturated your pads are. Bonus – you can run these through screening if you’re taking a carry on. I’ve never been hassled by TSA because they don’t show up as a liquid. Great way to cut down on crap you have to fit in your 3-1-1 bag.

  • Quinctia

    I’ve actually never used a full size bottle of Glow Tonic. I keep running into sample/travel sized bottles in local Targets, usually even marked down from the mini price. Add in the fact that I dab it on (I don’t waste product by letting it soak into cotton pads), and those little bottles last me ages!

    But, even if that’s not one’s application method of choice, and you go through a bigger bottle quickly…it might be worth it to keep your eyes peeled for a mini bottle for traveling. And, even if it only lasts a couple of trips, then the bottle could be saved, cleaned and refilled the next time you take a trip!

  • Erin

    I prefer the pads over the liquid. I feel like I only get around 1 month of use from the $15 bottle, whereas the pads would last me exactly 2 months for $3 more.
    One pad is the perfect amount for my face and I don’t feel like I’m wasting excess product left in a cotton pad. And the added exfoliation from the texture is a bonus!