When a cult beauty product isn't available in the United States, it's a bit of a disappointment. Luckily, after years of watching U.K. and European bloggers rave about it, Pixi by Petra's popular Glow Tonic is now sold at Target nationwide.
While the product was always available exclusively at Pixi stores (and online), it was never as accessible as it now will be at the mass retailer. The tonic solution is a blend of glycolic acid, aloe vera, ginseng, and witch hazel, and it gently exfoliates skin for a brighter complexion — meaning it's the softer solution to those beady scrubs that everyone abuses. That being said, while beauty gurus such as Zoella have been preaching this tonic as their favorite for quite some time, as with most beauty and skincare products, it might not be for everyone.
On MakeupAlley — an authority on the common people's beauty product reviews — many reviewers did cite an increase in breakouts using this product. If you're acne prone, I would be wary. If not, though, then I would give it a go. For many people with skin that isn't prone to acne, it seems that the consensus is that it will make your skin softer, smoother, and even out your skintone, so it's worth a try, right?
According to a user on Refinery29 last year, the product did quite the opposite of what Makeup Alley review's suggested. "My breakouts have been clearing up much faster, my pores are tighter, and, yes, my skin is definitely a bit more glow-y," writer Gabrielle Korn said. Korn suggested afterwards that the exfoliation even seemed to help the absorbency of the products she applied afterwards. In addition to that, like Zoella, YouTuber Lily Pebbles also included the tonic in her April favorites last year and said that it's rid her face of any spots since using it again.
Pixi Glow Tonic, $15, Target
Whether you're skeptical or not, now's your chance to swipe a bottle at Target — and while you're there, feel free to check out the other affordable brands below. Overall I got to say, Target's been giving Sephora a run for its money lately with its stock of indie brands. I'll toast to that.
Rose Powder Blush In Coral Cove, $8, Target
Not only is this coral color the perfect peach tone, but the packaging is also adorable.
Cream To Powder Foundation Compact, $8, Target
Forget everything you previously new about foundations — this cream to powder magic is the consistency and coverage you've always dreamed of.
Baked Eyeshadow Trio In Peach Please, $4, Target
Who needs a Naked Palette when you have these shimmery, opaque shadows? Not to mention the cheap price.
High Definition Powder In Translucent, $6, Target
There's a reason why this is one of e.l.f's highest rated products — all your shine will vanish with just one dusting. Pair it with their classic (and equally as raved about) kabuki brush, and you're set.
Kabuki Face Brush, $6, Target
Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator In Gleam, $8, Target
Dab a few drops of this highlighter on your cheekbones for a dewy, undone look.
Soft Matte Lip Cream In Antwerp, $6, Target
Liquid lipstick can normally be drying, but not this baby. From experience I can say that it's sold out at most drugstores, so you'll be lucky to find your go-to color at Target. Worst case scenario: order a one (or fifty) on the retailer's website.
Color Craze 10-Piece Brush Set, $38, Target
These brushes are extremely functional and extremely cute. They're the perfect addition to your vanity — and your Instagram.
Chic Luminosty Bronzer/Blush Duo, $13, Target
Get the full bang for your buck with this bronzer-blush duo.
Universalist Multi-Stick In Creamy Dusty Rose, $24, Target
This minmalistic, eco-friendly brand has been making waves over the past few years. From fantastic Into the Gloss reviews, you'll want to get your hands on this blush stick.
Expressionist Mascara In Black, $22, Target
Like the blush stick above, this mascara has tons of positive reviews.
As much as I love my trip to beauty retailers like Sephora and Ulta, I'm starting to think I should be asking for Target giftcards for my birthdays instead. (Family, if you're reading this, you know what to do).
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