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I’ve wanted to start a series for ages but I have been stuck on what to actually focus on that will be enjoyable every time without getting well old, well quickly. I realised that I have a total habit of comparing beauty buys so you know, I might as well work with habit. Can’t beat it, then join it and all that.
Enter, the first ever BEAUTY BATTLE!
Recently I’ve given my skincare routine a massive overhaul as my previous one just wasn’t cutting it. My skin was looking shitter and shinier and spottier by the day and I was fed up. I was picking up another bottle of my favourite micellar water and noticed that the Garnier Sensitive Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic was on offer next to it (excellent product placement Boots) so of course, I grabbed it. It was literally less than two quid so couldn’t go wrong really.
A few days later I was reading online about the seeming miracle that is the Pixi Glow Tonic so I bought a travel size from M&S to see if it lived up to the hype.
Let the battle begin!
ROUND 1: PACKAGING
Garnier’s Anti-Blemish Clarifying Tonic is in the same simple design as the rest of the micellar/toner ranges; a long tall Sally that is practically shaped and easy to squeeze to get the product out if necessary. The bottle is a clear plastic with a flip cap and will easily fit in with any collection (if that’s something that concerns you).
The Pixi Glow Tonic has the standard pale green branding as the entire Pixi range so it’s instantly recognisable. The bottle is round with a screw on lid so maybe not as practical if you had slippery hands but I don’t imagine this to be a problem at all. I like the design.
WINNER: To be fair, with this I’m not too fussed either way, but I do enjoy the clear packaging on the Garnier tonic.
ROUND 2: SCENT & TEXTURE
This is an area where these toners are enormously different. The Garnier toner is surprisingly more like a gel with a thicker, gloopier consistency. It does go on smoothly and sinks in quickly so you can continue with your skincare routine without delay. It has a very light, witch hazel-y cleanser smell which I really liked cos it adds to the whole ‘cleansed’ feeling.
The Pixi tonic is a typical liquid toner. A little goes a long way and it dries almost instantly leaving your skin feeling fresh and prepped. It has a much stronger, sharper scent than the Garnier (which I imagine is the ginseng) but it is lovely. It reminds me of a spa!
WINNER: I prefer the liquid consistency of the Pixi toner, call me old fashioned but I like the usual with this one.
ROUND 3: RESULTS
Okay so to give this a proper review, I actually used both of these for 6 weeks each (yeah I bought these ages ago!) I used the Garnier toner first and then a few days with nothing and on to the Pixi toner.
I found that while the Garnier toner didn’t improve my skin texture significantly, it did make my face get far less oily throughout the day, and my make up applied better. I noticed this after about a week of use (2x a day). It did deliver on the majority of claims on the bottle, it didn’t dry my skin out and I definitely wasn’t as red so I think this would be ideal for sensitive skin, but I was a little disappointed as I just didn’t feel that my skin had massively improved.
The Pixi toner has done wonders for the appearance of my skin and it literally took like a couple of days to see a difference (2x a day). My skin texture started to improve and blemishes were massively reduced. I did find that 2x a day was too much for my skin with this (my skin is super sensitive) but dropping down to using it just in the evening or morning (depends on the day for me) worked a lot better and didn’t dry my face out or irritate it. I have since started using this with a derma roller and the results are incredible, I will definitely be buying a big bottle when I run out.
WINNER: Hands down, Pixi Glow Tonic!
ROUND 4: PRICE
As I said earlier, I got the Garnier Tonic on offer and it was ridiculously cheap. I’ve done a quick Google and you can get it from £3-£5 depending on the retailer which is a really good price.
The Pixi Glow Tonic is more expensive (I paid £10 for the travel size) and it’s £18 for the full sized 250ml version.
WINNER: Well this one’s a touch obvious but Garnier’s tonic is way cheaper and it’s a similar amount of product.
WINNER? Pixi Glow Tonic
Overall I noticed a huge improvement in my skin texture and evenness using the Pixi Glow Tonic, and I’m quite happy to pay a bit more for a product that lives up to it’s cult status. I have been recommending this left right and centre!
I do like the Garnier Anti-Blemish Tonic and I thought it did a good job reducing oiliness but it just didn’t do as much for my skin as the Glow Tonic. I’d probably use the Garnier as a primer or something instead.
I’m still using the Glow Tonic daily and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!
I hope you find this useful, I really love comparing products to see what actually works!
Have you tried either of these toners?