pixi Rose Flash Balm – Multitasking

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Despite the fact that multi-tasking has quite a bad rep these days, mom life often forces me to rely on it. The secret to multitask effectively is in my opinion to combine a passive with an active act.

Like put on a face mask while you vacuum. Or, one of my favorite tips: Apply a thick layer of handcream underneath your rubber gloves when doing the dishes.


pixi Rose Flash Balm
pixi Rose Flash Balm


Trust me, that is as close to a manicure as I get these days.

But how about a product that claims to do it all? Like the pixi Rose Flash Balm*, proclaimed moisturizer, face mask and primer all in one?

It is makeup? Is it skincare? Let´s ask the ingredient list!


What pixi claims

This 3-in-1, oil-free, quick absorbing formula instantly moisturizes and brightens and is great as a revitalizing mask as well as a primer to prep skin for perfect makeup application.


pixi Rose Flash Balm
pixi Rose Flash Balm



Prize and size

One tube contains 45 ml and retails for 24 $ on the pixi website here or for 34 € online here.


Texture and smell

The cream has a peachy tint, only barely noticeable, and a pretty strong rose scent that lingers quite a bit after application. It feels lightweight and hydrating.


Application and effects

Easy to spread, it sinks in immediately and leaves no tackiness behind. Despite the claims I don’t find it overly hydrating, so I only ever use it as a primer, which works very well for me. I have heard other people have issues with piling (Naya from Part Parrot Blog here for example), but on my skin it works fine.




Favorable ingredients
  • Rosa Centifolia Flower Water: Skin toning
  • Sorbitan Stearate: Humectant, emulsifying
  • Sucrose Cocoate: Emollient
  • Glycerin: Humectant, draws moisture to the skin
  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract: rich in antioxidants
  • Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia) Water: Promotes healing, oil-control, anti-acneic
  • Bisabolol: Moisturizing, antiinflammatory
Other ingredients
  • Propylene Glycol: Solvent
  • Octyldodecanol: Prevents separation
  • Tapioca Starch: Viscosity enhancing
  • Polysorbate 60: Emulsifying
  • Carbomer: Thickener
  • Phenoxyethanol: Preservative
  • Triethyl Citrate: pH buffering
  • Aminomethyl Propanol: pH adjuster
  • Rose Extract: Fragrance
  • Ethylhexylglycerin: Preservative
  • Polymethylsilsesquioxane: Silicone, film forming
  • Disodium EDTA: Binding Agent
  • Sodium Citrate: pH adjuster
  • Red 40 (CI 16035): Color


In my opinion, the ingredient list says, it is makeup. Makeup with a few added skincare benefits, but still best used as hydrating primer. A welcome break from silicone heavy primers though, if you want to give your skin some love while still assuring a flawless application.


Does it live up to its claims?

Which one?

It is an oil-free, fast absorbing and hydrating primer that preps the skin for makeup, agreed.

I am not too sure about the brightening claim, at least not in the long run, and while I reckon you could use it as a mask, I don´t think it is the products forté.


Would I repurchase?


Not because I dislike the product, simply because I am not the target group. Whenever I reach for a primer, it is a mattifying one, and if I want a lightweight day cream, I have other options with more skincare benefits that I prefer.


Who do I recommend it to?

Anyone looking for a nice hydrating primer with a few added skincare benefits. Especially oily, but dehydrated skins will get along with this one just fine.

And anyone that loves rose scented products, obviously.


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