Pixi Retinol Tonic Review

Pixi Retinol Tonic

Welcome Skintellectuals!

It’s no surprise that Pixi Beauty is one of my favourite brands for exfoliants and the like, so today im coming at you with a review and overview of the new Retinol Tonic by Pixi.

At first i was rather skeptical about this product because Retinol in tonic/toner form doesn’t sound that amazing but the more about i thought about it the more i realised that while this may not be something that i will use it would be a good product for those just venturing into the world of retinol.

Pixi Retinol Tonic


Retinol tonic is quite interesting because i have never seen anything like it before especially in toner form. Pixi Beauty explains it as “containing a time-release Retinol to help rejuvenate the skin for a natural glow. Powerful antioxidants and botanicals replenish the skin for a smoother, softer appearance while soothing sensitive skin.”

As i said above this would be a good retinol for those of you who haven’t really used retinol before because its somewhere low and slow for you to start of and then build to stronger retinol serums. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is already using retinol because it seems like there is such a small percentage in here (its not even listed on the bottle and the brand wont tell me either)

Pixi Retinol Tonic


Aqua/Water/Eau solv, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Water, Glycerin sii|h, Propanediol solv|h, Methyl Gluceth-20 h, Peg-8 h|solv, Panthenol so|h, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate sb, Sodium Hyaluronate sii|h, Lecithin emo|emu, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract h, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer vc, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-27, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin , Retinol cci, Phenoxyethanol pres, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride emo, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract so|h|perf, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract perf, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract so|aox|h, Sodium Citrate chel|buff, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil emu|surf, Disodium Edta chel, Citric Acid exf|buff, Polysorbate 20 emu|surf, Ethylhexylglycerin pres
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I was quite interested in the formula to be honest because Pixi says it contains an encapsulated version of retinol in a liquid base, this means that the retinol itself is coated so it allows better absorption into the skin as well as protecting it somewhat too, Pixi says this is why the bottle isn’t opaque like a lot of retinol products as retinol by itself is sensitive to UV light and breaks down on contact.

Pixi Retinol Tonic

What I Thought:

Whilst i feel like this would be a good match for those of you that have never used retinol before but for someone like me who has used prescription strength Adapalene, i dont see this benefiting me much to be honest because i have used retinol before.
Of course i have been using it but as i said i didn’t see much difference but im sure you will if you have never used retinol before.

I would like to offer a little warning though its not mentioned on the bottle and it really should be, you need to be wearing an SPF of at least 30+ when using any form of retinol as it can make your skin sensitive to UV light causing you to burn easier as as well as prematurely age if you dont use the proper protections.

How long until i see results:

Usually it will take up to 4 weeks for you to notice a difference but can take anywhere up to 6 months before you see a real difference because the skin goes through a purging stage that brings up anything hiding under the skin. When i first started using retinol i saw results within a month but it wasnt until the following few months did i start to notice the big differences of my skin looking a lot more even, i was breaking out less and i had less blackheads overall.


This small 100ml bottle comes in at £10* and you can find it in Boots and Marks and Spencer Beauty Halls as well as online at pixibeauty.co.uk

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Talia James

Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.



Skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.