I had always been quite excited to try Beauty Pie – it was a concept that I’d never seen before in the beauty industry – so when I got a voucher for a free 24 hours membership (usually £20) I jumped at the chance to try some goodies. Some of you may not be familiar with the concept of Beauty Pie, so let me explain.
Beauty Pie is a website which you pay a membership fee to (£20 a month or for 24 hours, I believe) which allows you to buy usually high-end, expensive make-up for ‘factory prices’. For example, a foundation which they say normally costs you £30 would cost you £3.50. It’s a great deal on the surface. However, you only get £100 worth of goodies a month – and that’s at the original price. I didn’t realise this at first and thought the £100 limit was on the factory prices. However, because the limit is on the original prices, it means you can only get 3-4 products a month.
I guess if the products were amaaazziiinngg then this wouldn’t matter. However, I don’t really think that they are. I managed to get the foundation, concealer, brow pencil and highlighter. The shade range on all of these is limiting and disappointing, especially for the brow products. If you don’t have brown eyebrows, you’re essentially stuffed.
What I didn’t like:
The concealer is truly awful and I did not like it. It clung to all my dry skin – especially drawing attention to blemishes I was trying to conceal – and it sat so badly on top of the foundation. It exaggerated the pores on my nose; it caked under my eyes and was greasy and slipped about the place all day. Ick. The foundation was better. The shade was too pink-toned for my skin, but that’s maybe my fault for picking a bad shade. It gave good coverage and blended nicely using a damp beauty blender but still clung to dry patches a bit, especially in between my eyebrows and around blemishes. I doubt I will ever wear it again but it didn’t horribly offend me.
The bottle of foundation was weighty and a nice frosted glass but the pump felt cheap. Beauty Pie say this is because they only use sustainable materials for their packaging but if it supposedly cost £30 a pop originally, you expect it to feel a bit more like it costs £30. It’s more expensive than my holy grail Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation at full price, and doesn’t feel half as expensive.
What I did like:
The highlighter is pretty. It looks beautiful in the pan and is a really nice, frosty glow when on the face. It’s pigmented and provides a really popping highlight without much effort. The packaging for this and the concealer feel heavier, are sleek and black and look more expensive. Overall, I really enjoyed the highlighter.
The brow pencil, while a tad too dark for my brows, is really nice. It’s got a small nib, meaning you can easily make small strokes for a natural looking brow. Again, this is packaged really nicely and is just sleek and black with a spooly on the end.
So, do I think this experience as a whole was worth it? Um, maybe not. If you can get these items with a free membership then go ahead, but I wouldn’t rush to buy these products – especially not at full price. The restrictive membership buy limit makes you feel sort-of ripped off as it’s only disclosed as you’re checking out and then have to remove stuff from your basket which is a tad disheartening.
Usually in Worth It posts, I have the same scoring system but as this as an experience rather than a single product I’ve had to amend it.
Value for money?: 6/10
Overall quality of products?: 5/10
Would I buy again?: Probably not.