11.11.17

Beauty | Luxury Beauty Products with No Markups


Unless you happen to work in a beauty industry or have friends with staff discounts for you to abuse. It is quite rare to get luxury makeup at a discounted price. I have been working in the beauty industry for nearly 2 years now and I can tell you one thing is that luxury products always have a very high margin. Staff discount is usually smaller than the margin and it makes me sad to fork out so much money when I can see how much it actually cost but I buy them anyway because I'm an addict.

A few months ago, I came across Beauty Pie (a membership site that allows a fellow beauty addicts to access luxury beauty products at factory prices). At first, I didn't really understand how it operates but I always had the company's concept at the back of my mind. Until the beginning of August when I spotted something on the website that piqued my interest and caused me to sign up. 
The brain behind this is the same person behind Soap & Glory(which is one of my favourite drugstore brand), Bliss Spa, Fit Flops and Soaper Duper; Marcia Kilgore. 

Membership
Think of Beauty Pie as an exclusive member club for beauty addicts. You pay for a membership fee and you can access the member-only benefit of getting your luxury products at factory pricing. 
The membership costs £10 per month which you can choose to join on a monthly basis (for a minimum of 3 months) or a year for £120. You can also buy membership as a gift which comes with 3 options: 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. Each month, you will be able to buy £100 (retail price) worth of products. This allowance will rollover to the next month if you don't buy anything. 

Postage
P&P is an added cost that you don't get to see until the end. The delivery with Royal Mail within the UK costs £2.99 and DPD Next Day costs £6.10. However, there's also a handling fee of £1.81 per order and 42p per item. 

I ordered 6 items with the factory cost of £20.80 and my shipping fee was £7.32. (£1.81 for the order, 6 items x 42p and £2.99 shipping).

When the items arrived, everything was packaged really well in a nice and sturdy box. 

Cost
The total cost for my order for the 6 items was £38.12 (£10 membership, £20.80 products and £7.32 postage). This means that they actually cost me on average £6.35 per item. Personally, I think they are a reasonable price for these items but they are not as cheap as they made it out to be. Ultimately, all the products are drugstore prices when you include all the fees. Hopefully, the quality and ingredients are better than the generic drugstore products.

Chosen Products
Pro-Glow Superstrobing Drops in Illuminati £22 | £3.86 Members Price | £6.75 including all fees
I am a self confess highlight addict and I signed up to Beauty Pie mainly because of this product. I have been wanting to try Iconic London Illuminator for a while now but the £32.99 price tag has deterred me from splurging. However, I've noticed that the ingredients on these products are exactly the same, the product size is the same and the packaging is very similar. With those similarities, I just couldn't stop myself from adding another highlighter to my arsenal. 

Review - At first, I expected this to be full on mirrored shine. After using this product several times, I quite enjoy using it mixed with foundation to give a subtle glow. Overall, I like it because you can customise how glowy you would like it. Although, I have to agree with most people that it is a little dark and I'm hoping that Beauty Pie will come out with several more shades. 

Moonlighting Balm Radiance Powder in Celestial £26 | £2.57 Members Price | £5.46 including all fees
I am drawn to anything with anything that boost radiance skin. The reviews recommend using this as a face powder similar to Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (which I adored) to give a little je ne sais quoi to the complexion. 

Review - I honestly have no idea how I feel about this powder yet as the powder has this strange moussey feel to it as if the powder is not quite dry. I don't really notice a difference in my skin when I use this powder but then again, I thought the same thing about the Hourglass Powder until the day I stopped wearing it.


Oil-Free Micro-Mineral Serum Foundation in 300 Beige £32 | £4.64 Members Price | £7.53 including all fees
A lot of people raved about their Great Skin Foundation but I'm a sheer coverage girl so I've decided to try this foundation instead. 

Review - Honestly, I don't like this foundation. It clings to my dry patches, settles in my smile lines and it also adds a dried up look to my skin... Not a fan. Also, the shade isn't quite right for me either. It's a big no from me. 

One Powder Wonder in Uberlucent Universal £26 | £3.76 Members Price | £6.65 including all fees
Whilst reading reviews about Beauty Pie, I kept seeing people raving about this powder wonder and how it makes skin looks amazing. Obviously, I have to give it a whirl too. 

Review - Okay, here's another one of the weird texture powder. This one literally feels like fake plastic makeup at the makeup counter. I was swirling my brush in it for ages just to see if my brush will pick and product up. It does and it applies onto the skin beautifully. It gives a matte but not too matte look. It's a strange one. 

Quick Colour Contour Supergel in 02 £22 | £3.91 Members Price | £6.80 including all fees
Having spotted the new Charlotte Tilbury Contour Gel in the pipeline with similar packaging, I had a mini panic and I felt like I had to have it...

Review - I can confirm that this product contains very similar ingredients to the Charlotte Tilbury's version. Although, I think the shades might be slightly different. I actually love this contour gel so much. It's easy to apply and blend. I think I need to stock up.

Superbrow Pencil Precision in Hot Coffee £17 | £2.06 Members Price | £4.95 including all fees
I need a good brow pencil in my bag... I always tend to do my makeup in the tube on my way to work each morning. So, I prefer to use a brow product that is easy to do on the go. 

Review - For me, this is an okay brow pencil but the shade is not quite right for me. I need a deeper and darker brown. Sadly Beauty Pie only has 3 shades...

My Thoughts
I generally enjoy trying out new products from Beauty Pie and discovering dupes from high end brands. My one issue is that when I look at all the prices combined. It's not actually that cheap. 

Everything is about the same as drugstore. I also not a big fan of the monthly limit as it limits me on which products I can get, especially if the products I want have a high RRP. I will continue my subscription for the next couple of months and buy more products but I'm not sure if I will continue my membership after that since I get a lot of beauty products from work anyway. 

On my next shopping list:
Pro-Glow Face Sculpting Palette and Quick Colour Contour Supergel Duo

Let me know what you think about Beauty Pie. 

Have you tried any products from them or would you consider signing up?


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1 comment:

  1. Loved this post. I really want to try more from Beauty Pie, especially that contour gel. It really does look similar to the Charlotte Tilbury one xxx

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