Pixi Glow Tonic – Worth The Hype?

pixi glow tonic

If you’re a regular in the blogging or beauty world then you most probably have already heard about Pixi Glow Tonic. It’s a much hyped up and loved product – to the point where for ages it was a challenge to get your hands on it. It was constantly sold out and the folks in the Pixi Store just off Carnaby Street were probably very fed up of telling people that it was out of stock. But – back in stock it came and now they have cottoned on to how popular it is, it’s a big seller and there’s always towers of the stuff just ready to be stocked up on. So around maybe two months ago I stopped by and bought myself a bottle for the first time – to see what all the fuss was about and decide for myself if it’s worth the £18 a bottle price tag.



First things first – this is a Glow Tonic – described as an ‘exfoliating facial glow tonic’. It is said to help tone, firm and tighten the skin. Whilst removing dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. It’s suitable for all skin types and is alcohol free. So basically – it’s an exfoliating toner – aka it removes dead skin via exfoliating chemicals rather than by scrubby bits.

The pixi website is full of glowing reviews and many a blogger has sung it’s praises from the rooftops. So of course, where there’s a beauty product bandwagon going past…naturally I have to hop on. My first impression was the scent of it – it’s smells far more floral to me than I was expecting. As with any scent, it can be a make or break situation for many, when it’s a fragrance you hate it can put you off a product regardless of results. For me, it’s certainly not that bad but each time I use it, it does remind me a little of the fact I don’t love the scent.

But what about results. Well, for me this wasn’t an instant love by any means. Previously I had been using the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator that I absolutely adore – with similar promises but not as strong a smell. It is slightly more expensive though. So I bought and switched over to the Pixi Glow Tonic – expecting wonders, I used after a double cleanse at night and expected to wake up with the skin of an infant. Ok, slightly unrealistic expectations aside – I was looking for something a little bit ‘wow’, which didn’t really happen. It was more the use over time (which to be honest, is more what should be expected with skincare). After now using it around every other night or so for at least two months I can finally say I think I ‘get’ it. My skin is less combination and more balanced, and critically the ‘under the skin’ congestion I tend to suffer from around my chin has definitely decreased. I do really like this product now, after more continued use – and ignoring the scent. It’s a good one and I would say that yes – to an extent it is worthy of some hype. Although perhaps this has been dialled up by how it used to be less available – the price has now been hiked up by a couple of £ now too…as does tend to happen with hype!

It’s a decent purchase – especially if you prefer a chemical exfoliator to a scrubby one (raises hand). But maybe not one you need to rush out and buy enough to last all year in panic-buy mode!

Pixi Glow Tonic from: Liberty.co.uk and Pixibeauty.co.uk


Ingredients listing (via Pixi Beauty UK website)

Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil.
Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide.



  1. December 10, 2014 / 9:05 am

    It has been hyped up indeed! I wonder how effective these are, considering how thick BHA/AHAs usually tend to be. I think 18-20 pounds for a tonic is too much though! IF you want to try something similar, Mizon has a BHA/AHA toner that is also very well reviewed!

    xx Julia | Wing me a dream

  2. December 10, 2014 / 10:20 am

    i’ve been umming and ahhing over this product for ages and i think i might just have to take the plunge now!


  3. December 10, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    I like this, but I don’t love it and I’m not a fan of the price tag now! xx

  4. Zeynab
    December 10, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    I really wanted to try this toner because of the hype surrounding it but I have found one that works really well of me. I am glad you gave a very honest review.
    Zeynab x
    The Beautifully Disastrous

  5. December 10, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    I bought the REN toner for the same job and that one reacted with my skin, I think I might switch to this one or alternative you suggested from Clarins.

    Kathryn / Cherries in the Snow

  6. December 10, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    I’ve been waiting for a really good review of this for ages, so thank you, this was great! 🙂

    Karina xx

  7. December 11, 2014 / 11:10 am

    Thanks for your thoughts! I’m currently using the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, which I love, but have been considering trying out the Pixi Glow Tonic because of all the hype!

  8. April 7, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    I keep seeing this around the blogosphere and really do want to try it. Great review and next time I am in central I will try and pick one up 🙂

  9. August 22, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    Thank you! Finally an honest and “down to earth”-comment about this product! I have been meaning to order from the Pixi-range for quite some time now, but to be honest, the love for other brands and limited resources has kept me from it. Now I’m no longer sure i really need this in my life and I think it’s lovely that as a beauty-blogger I get the chance to rule it out 🙂 Sometimes the hype makes you a bit blindsided. xx

  10. October 3, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Thanks for a great post! I had been so desparate to try this product but think i will ponder it a bit more, thank you so much for the detail. x

  11. April 6, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    I keep reading immense reviews about this and I cant wait to get my hands on one!

    I love your use of the English language by the way 🙂

    Cultivation of Jasmin

  12. Anonymous
    September 30, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I want to love this but after seeing witch hazel as an ingredient now I’m afraid to use it. Am I right in thinking that witch hazel is a skin irritant? Thanks.

    • Jen
      October 1, 2016 / 10:33 am

      I’m no dermatologist but I believe it would largely depend on how sensitive your skin is. I think it can be an irritant for some but also works well for dealing with reducing inflamation (it’s often used to sooth burns or reduce appearance of acne). Hope that helps!

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