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Dec 29, 2008

Pixi Water Stain Blush Review, Swatches, and FOTD

If you know the Muse you know how much she values a good blush or cheek stain that gives her that perfect flush. The flush that you get when you come in from a cold winter's night, the flush you get from a sweet kiss, the flush you get when someone pinches your cheeks (hey I'm a good deal older now but my aunt still pinches my cheeks!)....all these things give a wonderful burst of cool that lights up my face with a natural pink sheen! Ahhhhh dontcha just love that look? I sure do. I get that look easily when using Benefit Posietint but that doesn't mean I'm not always wandering around and searching out the next best thing to give me that flushed, cheeky look!

The next best thing today happens to be Pixi Water Blush Cheek Stain however it's not as delicate or subtle as other tints and it definitely has that pop that the Muse prefers when it comes to color! However, the Muse does debate whether it's the best at all.....

Up until now the Pixi Target line really hasn't held much of my attention. I've tried a good bit of the products offered and nothing has completely knocked me over as being amazingly great and must have. For the most part, as we've been over again and again, the price sways us all as paying counter prices at Target definitely holds little appeal for this Muse. I must say that I did love the Pixi Water Stain Blush however it holds one or two problems in it's own right.

The blush sports the same style bottle as Benefit Benetint and Benefit Posietint with it's nail polish style packaging and a brush applicator that resembles your favorite bottle nail color. The color I tried was Rose Stain however I believe there are three other shades to choose from but don't quote me on that could be more. Although in the bottle and swatches the color is a deep off red shade it actually ends up applying as an almost peach with deep red undertones. Since the product is deeply pigmented it does cause a bit of drama when blending. To apply you simply dot a small amount on cheeks but since it dries down so quickly those "dots" remain even after blended which is rather annoying (you can actually see the problem in my blended swatch below). Aside from the blending problem it does give a super nice pop of color to my cheeks although it's not natural or subtle in the least so if you're looking for a soft flush this will not be something you're wanting to try. I really liked the look however it does look a bit unnatural on but that didn't sway me from liking how deep a shade it was. The finish is a combination of orange, red, and peach.

Pixi Water Stain Blush is $20 USD which is considerably lower priced when compared with Benetint's $28 USD price tag however it all comes down, once again, to paying such a high mark up at my local Target.

Dear Target,

We head to your store for steep discounts not for high priced cosmetics!

k, thanks.

the Muse

Aside from my ranting about price and blending I did like the product but mmm...probably not enough to repurchase it as I do think there are better stains around.

It's worth checking out for yourself as you may just fall in love with it! As for me I'll use this up and be on my way to the next great stain!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Muse,
My comment is a little off topic, but I wanted to ask you how do you apply the Metallic Eye Shadows from Bobbi Brown. I only own BB brushes and I don't know if I should soak them wet to apply this shadow.
Thank you for your reviews, they are so useful!

December 29, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY! said...

try using it under your foundation? maybe that'll tone it down a bit...

December 29, 2008 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

Will you be trying this out as a lip tint? It looks like a gorgeous vivid shade before you blended it :) I think it looks nice on you as well.

December 29, 2008 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Hi anonymous.

You can use them dry as well...but if you want to use them wet I think it's best to use a sponge tip eyeshadow brush :) Wet the brush a little bit..draw a line in half so you have one side of the shadow to use dry and one side to use wet....after that swipe your wet sponge applicator into the "wet" side of the shadow and apply.

Hope this helps :)

Thanks so much hun! Thanks for visiting me here daily :)


December 29, 2008 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

def does sarah but some reason it still looks a tiny bit too much...really unusual for me to say as such but I'm just not loving it as much as posietint or other stains I own!

December 29, 2008 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd! I haven't tried it yet as a stain..good idea with a bit of gloss ;)

Thanks hun ;) will let you know if it shows nicely!

December 29, 2008 at 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tip! I notice that metallic e/s from BB have better pay off if applied wet, but I just did not know how to make it work!!

Thank you for your reply!!


December 30, 2008 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi lupfruit

did the sponge tip applicator help? I noticed the same..some do have really good pigmentation where as others are kinda sheer..these are the ones I apply wet :)

Do let me know how it worked out for you!


December 30, 2008 at 4:27 PM  

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