1 May 2018

Comparison Review: Pixi Glow Tonic pk Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA

I think many people used Pixi Glow Tonic before Krave. I did the opposite. I bought the Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA first, then the Pixi Glow Tonic. I wanted to see how Krave Beauty works compared to Pixi since both products have similar glycolic acid concentration in it!

Below are my thoughts after using both side-by-side for a month now!

Pixi Glow Tonic 

Pixi Glow Tonic is a popular exfoliating toner made of 5% glycolic acid. It is available online at Sephora Malaysia at RM140 for 250ml. It claims to be a gentle formula that will exfoliate and remove dead skin cells for a clearer and radiant skin. It is also alcohol-free and hypoallergic.

The product looks and feels like plain water. Although the bottle looks orange, the content inside is actually colourless. It has a weird, grandma powder-ish scent that I don't like.

I usually apply it on a cotton pad all over my face in the evening. I rarely use this in the morning. I will follow up with sunscreen, and make sure I apply even whenever I am using this product. It tingles a lot when applied on the skin but it doesn't burn or hurt my skin.

Apart from glycolic acid, it has also many other skin-benefiting ingredients. Among which, I love the presence of soothing aloe vera juice extract and witch hazel leaf extract in here. It also has a little bit of ginseng extract for extra anti-aging benefits. This uses witch hazel extract instead of alcohol as skin toning and astringent, which is gentler with sebum balancing and anti-inflammatory benefits. [CosDNA Analysis of Full Ingredients List]

Krave Beauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA

Krave Beauty, on the other hand, is a "skin resurfacing exfoliator" that helps to remove dead skin cells, to reveal a younger and healthier-looking skin. Sounds pretty much like Pixi, isn't it? But instead of calling itself a toner, it labels it as an exfoliator. This is more unique than Pixi in the sense it has many antioxidants-rich greens extracts from leafy plants like kale, spinach, and parsley. That's really attractive because we are already consuming these leafy greens daily as tonic, so it is really nice to have them on our skin too! Liah really knows what modern day people crave for!

Like Pixi, the product inside is clear, runny liquid that feels like water. But unlike Pixi, this has the typical acid exfoliant scent, which means it is unfragranced. Frankly speaking, I like the Krave Beauty's scent a lot better!

I apply this the way I apply Pixi. I will soak a cotton pad with Krave and swipe it all over my face at night. The instruction says that you use this 2-3 times a week but I don't think there is an issue applying it every single night because the formula is really gentle.

Ingredients-wise, this has 5.25% glycolic acid, slightly higher than Pixi. It is also based in aloe vera water, water, and butylene glycol. Other skin-benefiting ingredients include the antioxidants rich kale extract, spinach extract, parsley extract, chlorella extract and so on. This also has green apple extract, a natural AHA for greater skin clarifying and brightening effects. This also contains many soothing and moisturizing ingredients like panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, and so on. A small amount of BHA is also added here to remove blackheads and regulate excessive sebum production. [CosDNA Analysis]

I also love how all Krave products are claimed to be vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, essential oil free, and fragrance-free.


Since AHA is highly pH-dependent. I did a pH test on both. Krave has a pH of 3.5-4.0 whereas Pixi one is slightly higher at 4.0-4.5. However, Pixi feels stronger on my skin by giving me this tingling effect that will last for a minute. Krave gives me some tingling effect sometimes but that will quickly dissipate as it absorbs. Krave also feels less harsh and drying on the skin.

Both products produce similar results. Nothing that I can differentiate with naked eyes. My skin appears brighter, almost like glossy applying these two products nearly every night for the past 30 days. I do notice that blackheads on my nose is very much going down and the stubborn whiteheads slowly resurfacing. My pores also look a lot tighter like they are being "pulled up". I also suffer from less hormonal acne after using this. I am not sure if I am being sensitive, but it seems that the Krave Beauty side looks dewier and more hydrated than the Pixi side. They both do not do much for my freckles though.


Both Pixi and Krave Beauty are what I will call an exfoliating toner. The way you apply this is similar to Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid Serum 18%. You must use this right after cleansing to avoid disturbing the pH level in order for the product to be effective. You don't have to indulge in it everyday, just 2-3 times a week is enough to let it did it "dead skin cells clearing" job.

Between Pixi and Krave, I like Krave better. I think Krave has much more to offer compared to Pixi. I like the packaging, scent, texture and gentle formulation of Krave. I also enjoy having greeny in my skincare a lot! Anything fresh and green will always capture my heart.

Performance-wise, both do an equally well job at clearing out zits and bumpy texture on my skin, but I think Krave with its greater moisturizing ingredients inside brings more radiance and dewiness to my skin. The side where I apply Krave looks much brighter and dewier.

In short, if I were to repurchase (which I probably would), I will only go for Krave Beauty!

Overall impression (Pixi): ★★★☆
Overall impression (Krave Beauty): ★★★★☆
You can get this from: Sephora (Pixi); Qoo10 Sweet Coreas (Krave Beauty)
[Disclaimer] Products are purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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