Pixi Glow Tonic Collection Review

Pixi Glow Tonic Collection: Hits And Misses

Pixi is known for its award-winning Glow Tonic which is a 5% glycolic acid toner but have you tried their entire Glow Tonic Collection?

Earlier this year I was gifted the collection by Pixi and after trying all the products for months, I decided it was time to let everyone know which products are really worth buying!

This collection has a total of 6 products: Cleansing Gel, Glow Tonic, Serum, Phenomenal Gel, On The Glow Stick and To-Go pads.

Today I will be talking about the 5 products that I own from the range. Some of them were big hits for me and some were misses for my skin.

The idea behind the Glow Tonic Collection is creating glycolic acid based products. This Alpha Hydroxy Acid has small molecules that penetrate the top layer of skin and removes dead skin cells. It also brightens the skin and reduces pore-clogging and whiteheads

However, AHAs increase photosensitivity so it’s mandatory to apply sunscreen. My favourite has to be this vegan and cruelty-free sunscreen, Purito Centella Unscented SPF50+ with PA++++.

Pixi is completely cruelty-free and this glow tonic collection is vegan.

You can check out the entire Glow Tonic Collection on Pixi’s website.

Before we start, here’s a little something about me and my skin: Oily, acne-prone, sensitive. I live in a humid city, Chennai in India.

Hits: Products I Love From Pixi Glow Tonic Collection

Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel

($18 for 135 ml)

Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel with Glycolic Acid
Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel

The cleansing gel is one of the best facial cleansers I have tried in my life! It’s a gel-based cleanser that doesn’t lather AT ALL. And once you wash it off, you get cleansed, smooth skin that feels moisturized.

If I had to choose one product from the entire collection, it has to be this. Yeah, even the OG Glow Tonic won’t win.

It’s got glycolic acid, horse chestnut extract, aloe and ginseng to soothe, refine and brighten the complexion. No matter what your skin type is, I’d recommend this cleanser to everyone.

Even though it has fragrance, I don’t mind this ingredient in cleansers.


  • Gentle
  • pH balanced
  • Doesn’t overdry
  • Gives smoother skin


  • Added fragrance

If you want to know more, I have a detailed review of the Cleansing Gel.

Pixi Glow Tonic

($15 for 100 ml)

Pixi Glow Tonic Packaging
Pixi Glow Tonic

Coming to everyone’s favourite – The Glow Tonic. I tried The Ordinary Glycolic Acid (7%) way before the glow tonic (5%) so I was a bit sceptical about how the glow tonic would work on me.

But when I switched to it, the results were almost as good as it was it with The Ordinary and Pixi gave very less stinging. Probably because it has a higher pH which makes it a more gentle but slightly less effective exfoliator.

The only downside is the artificial smell that glow tonic has, it’s quite a bummer. But apart from that, this is a good chemical exfoliator to start with! It does work to even out the skin tone and remove dead skin cells resulting in a healthier glow.

The glow tonic is available in different sizes 500ml, 250ml, 100ml and 15ml. If you already love it, you can try the bigger size or start just with 15ml to see how it works for you.


  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Evens out skintone
  • Less stinging
  • Smoothens skin


  • Added fragrance
  • Smell is slightly annoying

And if you’re confused between The Ordinary and Pixi Glow Tonic, read this detailed comparison between the two.

Pixi Phenomenal Gel

($24 for 50ml)

Pixi Phenomenal Gel Review
Pixi Phenomenal Gel

The phenomenal gel is truly phenomenal when it comes to giving hydration to the skin and making sure I wake up with a smoother and brighter face. It’s one of my favourite moisturisers that work for almost all skin types. 

My oily skin needs a teeny tiny amount and doesn’t feel heavy while I have seen people with dry skin loving it the same way as I do. It’s definitely a universal moisturiser with amazing actives and anti-oxidants like Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (a very mild form of retinol), Vitamin  E, etc.

However, I couldn’t spot glycolic acid in this one. Unlike a lot of skincare products from Pixi, this moisturiser is free of fragrance so it’s good news for all skin types.

Please note that this moisturiser has some actives so it might sting people with rosacea or very sensitive skin who’s not used to actives in their skincare routine. A patch test is always recommended.


  • Moisturising
  • Non-greasy
  • No fragrance
  • Glowy skin


  • None

Misses: Products I Don’t Love From Pixi Glow Tonic Collection

Pixi Glow Tonic Serum

($24 for 30ml)

Pixi Glow Tonic Serum Review
Pixi Glow Tonic Serum

The brand says it’s a lightweight serum that gently exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes. I agree with the results they’re claiming. It does make the skin soft and glowy and is very moisturising. However, it’s not the best for oily skin! 

The serum is not lightweight, in fact, the texture is quite viscous and it feels tacky on the skin. So if you have dry, normal skin type this would work really well for you.

I am trying to use it in winters because my skin isn’t that oily now but I skip moisturiser after this!

The serum has glycolic acid, Ascorbic Acid and Retinyl Palmitate too, the concentration isn’t mentioned anywhere.


  • Moisturises
  • Soft, smooth skin
  • Glowy skin


  • Feels tacky on oily skin
  • Added fragrance

Pixi On The Glow Stick

($18 for 19g)

Pixi On the Glow Stick
Pixi On the Glow Stick

On The Glow is a stick moisturizer that can be used to moisturise your face, lips, body and hair. Personally, I don’t like the stick thing, it’s not the most hygienic packaging. 

If you use it directly then it might transfer bacterias and cause breakouts. Use a brush especially if you have acne-prone skin.

Apart from the packaging, this is a bit too heavy to be used on my oily face. As a lip balm, it was okay and does work to tame baby hair at the front. 

I use it as a highlighter sometimes on my bare face but I don’t see myself reaching out to this product often. I think I’ll give it to my mom, she has very dry skin and it will work for her!


  • Moisturising
  • Will suit dry skin
  • No added fragrance


  • Stick feels unhygienic
  • Too heavy for oily, combination skin

Lastly, they have Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go cleansing pads that are soaked in the OG glow tonic. These are ideal exfoliators to brighten, exfoliate and smoothen your skin while you’re on the go or travelling.

Personally, I haven’t tried them so I can’t say whether they’re a hit or a miss. You get 60 pads for $18.

I hope you liked this detailed review on the entire Pixi Glow Tonic Collection. You don’t need to buy the entire collection to start a skincare routine, just check what your routine is missing & give these amazing products a try!

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