I want to focus on drugstore lines more than I have so in an effort to do that, this weekend I ran around to different drug stores looking for interesting products to discuss. So far my favorite is one I found at Target. It’s a bit higher up on the totem pole price wise from the other brands but it’s worth looking at.
Pixi’s Smokey Eye Wand is an eyeshadow wand to help you achieve that sought after smokey eye look. The wand comes with a sponge tip applicator at the top and when you take off the cap, the tip is loaded with eyeshadow in Black Silver. You just twist the cap back on to load it up with more eyeshadow. Handy, don’t you think?
The sponge tip applicator is a little larger than I expected but it’s a good size to lay down eyeshadow on the lid and still fit into the contour of the crease. The pigment in the eyeshadow is nice as well and when you pack on the color, the effect is gorgeous.
Pixi’s Smokey Eye Wand does require some assistance though when it comes to perfecting your look. You may need to do a little blending with a tapered brush since the sponge tip applicator really isn’t ideal for that. There’s also some fallout to deal with but chances are if you’re doing a smokey eye, you’re able to take the time to clean up the fall out and deal with the extra blending.
Overall, this is a product I will keep close by. It would be even better if Pixi made more Eye Wands in different shades, picture a black with metalic green or blue reflects. How hot would that be?
How do you create your smokey eye? What are your favorite products to work with?
Everytime I walk into Target, I tell myself I will not spend more than a certain amount of money… that’s usually about $50 but I always seem to go past that amount. Now there’s yet another reason to stray from my intended budget when I walk into Target; the arrival of Jemma Kidd, Napoleon Perdis and Petra Strand’s lines are now in Target beauty isles.
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I was very excited to hear that these lines were coming to a Target near me. I finally have access to Jemma Kidd’s products in person! While it’s not her original line, I’m very happy to see the JK Jemma Kidd line at Target. Price wise, these lines are all more expensive than the other lines the store carries but the prices for the Napoleon Perdis NP Set line, for instance, has products with more wallet friendly prices then I would see for the original line in Sephora. With that said, I’ve already spent about $100 and I only have 5 pieces to show for it.
Out of the three lines, the one I’m drawn to the most is Pixi by Petra Strand. It reminds me a lot of Benefit when it comes to the products the line features… like their Pixi Brow Lift. It’s light pink/peach highlighter you draw along your brow bone to give your eyes a lift. I picked it up and it’s been in my makeup bag lately as one of those quick fix products to perk me up in a hurry. Hmm, what line is all about quick fixes?
Another thing about this line is that they don’t shy away from the lip and cheek stains. Stains are my absolute favorite type of beauty product and I’m so happy to see that Pixi has not one or two but three stain products! I’ve already picked up a few of her Lip Blushes and have the rest on my to-do list. Then there’s so the Pixi Rose Lip Treat, a tinted lip balm packed with a little more pigment than your average tinted lip balm.
I think of Pixi as the practical line. JK Jemma Kidd comes to mind as the more elegant of the three then NP Set as the younger, hip line. Given that I’ve just been sucked into the Pixi display every time I’ve been to Target recently, I haven’t really experimented with much of the other lines… that’s on the to-do list as well. I’ve picked up a few products though, not a lot but it’s definitely peaked my interest for more. Here are some of the things on my list:
Have you tried anything from these lines? If so, what did you pick up and what did you think?