So, I have a little bit of a confession to make. I'm a bit of (ok a complete) makeup snob. For some reason, there's just something that makes me gravitate towards high end makeup, I totally buy into the whole idea that higher end means better quality, even if I have a drugstore lipstick, for example, that'll work just as well as the high end one! The only problem? The prices. Yep, I may love high end makeup, but I'm kinda on a Pound Shop budget. Enter Beauty Pie. When this brand first came onto the scene, claiming to sell luxury makeup for just a fraction of the price, I was immediately intrigued.  The beauty world has been rather excited about this brand, given that it has kinda changed the makeup shopping game by allowing member's of the site to buy luxury makeup at factory costs. 

The idea behind this is that to be completely transparent, by breaking down the manufacturing costs of the product in terms of product and packaging, warehousing, and safety testing. To be able to buy the products for the 'transparent cost', however, you have to be signed up to a Beauty Pie membership, which costs £10 a month. The minimum sign up is 3 months, so effectively you'll be spending £30 to test out some of the makeup for the factory prices. There's also a cap on how much you're able to spend per month of £100, and that is £100 of the full price of the item, not the factory price, which I originally found quite confusing! I hope it's all clear so far!

Now, the lovely Beauty Pie team were kind enough to send me a few different products to test out and review for you guys. I've been giving them a good old testing since October, so I can give you all a rather comprehensive review to let you know whether the products are worth your money! So here goes!

£30.00, £5.35 Members Price.

Now this was probably the product I was most intrigued to try. In my opinion, a product where you can instantly feel the biggest difference in quality when comparing high end and drugstore is foundation. I usually find that drugstore foundations don't last as well, they usually make me oily more quickly, the shades are often slightly off (especially if you're my kind of complexion) and I just don't particularly enjoy using them. 

So, given that the Beauty Pie foundations are supposedly luxury, but for prices even below the drugstore ones, I was rather excited. I've used this for a good few months now, and I do actually quite like it, which surprised me. 

What surprised me most was how good the colour match was! The shade Medium 500 Sand is actually quite comparable to my Nars Sheer Glow in 'Syracuse', and I find it to be fairly comparable in terms of consistency and initial finish too. It's fairly gloomy, rather natural looking, and does really do what it says on the tin: that is, give you great looking skin. 

I compared it to my Bourjois healthy mix, and found it to perform far better than that. I find the Bourjois gets oily far more quickly, and priced at £9.99 is a fair bit more than Beauty Pie's one at the member's price. Having said that, I also don't think it was quite the quality of my Nars or Fenty foundations for example, the main difference being the longevity. The Beauty Pie foundation lasts well, but gets slightly more oily and a looks a tad worse for wear if I have it on for a really long day. To be honest, this doesn't particularly bother me, as I simply stick to wearing it in the week for a normal day of uni, and will use my Fenty or Nars for special occasions. 

If you're looking for a good everyday foundation that won't break the bank, then I'd definitely recommend you give this a go!

In terms of shade range, there are 15 shades, I am 500 Sand and there are still 5 shades darker than mine. So, definitely a lot of room for improvement, but I appreciate the effort they've put at to cover a fairly broad spectrum, especially for a rather new brand (ahem, Tarte, yes I am shading you!) 

Ultimately, would I buy this again? Yes, I would, but for the member price, not the full price. I'd say I'd pay up to £15 for this foundation, as it really is good for general daily wear, but doesn't stand up to some of my higher end foundations. 

£17.00, £2.02 Member Price

This is a really lovely quality gel eyeliner pencil. The noticeable difference between cheap and expensive gel liners is, I find, how hard the product is. I found this to be wonderfully creamy, and therefore it applied onto the lids very smoothly. It lasted well throughout the day, and I must say, I'm a fan of this colour! 'Stargazer' is a metallic grey, which, if I'm honest I would never have picked out myself, so I'm really glad I was sent this to try. For the £2.02 member price, I couldn't really ask for much more!

£20.00, £2.57 Member Price

I'd like to try a couple more shades of these, as I'm still undecided! The bullet is actually a rather unique shape, as its curved, rather than made to a point. In one sense, this is great, particularly for applying colour to the outer parts of the lips. However, I found it slightly more difficult to apply the lipstick to the cupids bow, because of the bullet shape. In terms of formula, it is highly pigmented, and very comfortable on the lips, I can't really fault it! I guess I'd like to try some of the matte version to see how they compare, as I find generally satin lipsticks are easier to wear, whereas there's a little more that can go wrong with Mattes, particularly if you have very dry lips, as I do! Would I recommend? For the member's price, absolutely! For the full price, I would not; given that MAC lipsticks are £16, I would simply buy one of those. 

£20.00, £2.34 Member Price. 

Ok, so this is without doubt my favourite product. If you're going to try one thing from the range, it needs to be this. I'm a very very harsh mascara critic; in my opinion, it's the product that makes the face, and so I just won't settle for anything that is 'ok'. For £2.34, this an absolute steal. I was actually rather surprised, as when just looking at the wand, I didn't notice anything special, it just looked like a standard wand. So I was incredibly surprised with the results! It makes my lashes extremely fluttery, it adds just the right amount of length and a good amount of curl as well as separation. I find this to be the perfect everyday makeup mascara, and find myself always gravitating towards it when I want my lashes to look pretty and fluttery, but more day time appropriate. This really is a mascara that rivals some of my most expensive favourites, and was definitely the product to me, that felt the best quality, and the best value for money. I mean, I buy mascaras for £20 (I know, I'm crazy), and to be honest, I would probably repurchase this for that price - that's how much I loved it!

£16.00, £2.31

The jury is still out on this one, folks! It's a very unusual brow product, and unlike nothing I've used before. It's basically a brow powder, that, when applied with the wand, clings to the hairs and skin in order to fill it in. 

Now I think this product would be perfect if you have well shaped brows that you just want to quickly fill in and make darker and look more full, as with one quick swipe, there's enough pigment and product to fill the whole brow in.

I, however, need slightly more precision with my brow to achieve the shape I want. I always have to fill in one brow slightly more than the other so the shapes match well, and I found this difficult to do with this product. With practice, though, I did eventually get better, and I found that when I took my time with it, I did like the way my brows looked. Ultimately though, I just don't think it's suited to me. I know that there will be a lot of people for whom this would be perfect, though!

I also don't think I can give a 100% fair review as I found it hard to warm to the product because I simply didn't like the colour. I received 'Baked Brown', and I just found this too warm for my brows, which I prefer to look a little ashy. 

So that's everything! Final verdict: do I think Beauty Pie is worth the hype? 

I'd say, yes! Even though I had a couple of misses, ultimately I think that even when combining the £30.00 membership with the factory cost of the products, you still get them for reasonable prices that resemble drugstore ones, and I'd say that the quality of the products is better than drugstore. 

If you're a makeup addict, and love trying new products, I would 100% recommend purchasing a 3 month membership to pick up a bunch of products and see how you get on with them. I also think that this is a really nice gift for makeup fans, as it gives them the opportunity to try quite a few new things for a reasonable price!

I'm not sure whether the brand has enough products to justify spending £10 a month indefinitely, so I'm very intrigued to see how the brand expands and what they bring out next! I would certainly like to try out some more bits and pieces, and to see if there are any other gems, like the mascara, that are a really great steal!

Have any of you guys tried Beauty Pie? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below! 

Until next time,
Bisous <3


Please note that whilst this post is not sponsored, all items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me by Beauty Pie. As always all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own; please refer to my 'contact' page for my full disclaimer.

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