Beauty Pie – Can you really get high end products for low end prices?

I saw the brand Beauty Pie about a year ago and have been dying to try their products out ever since. They offer something different – they offer high end, luxury skincare and makeup for a fraction of the price. However, this begs the question, can you really get high end quality for high street prices?

If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Beauty Pie, they are a brand that sell luxury makeup and skincare at factory prices. They source their products from around 20 of the world’s leading labs that make the best formulas for make up and skincare. They currently source from factories in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Korea, Japan and the US. Each product has 2 prices – the regular price and the members/factory price. The members price cuts out the cost of retailer mark ups, ‘mumbo jumbo’, middle men and other retailers (all stated by Beauty Pie on their site). They are extremely transparent about how they calculate the costs for their members prices, so if you’re interested just check out their FAQs. They currently only ship to the UK and the US, so keep an eye out!

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You have to buy a membership to get access to the lower prices, which costs £10. That gives you an ‘allowance’ of £100. Each month, you are allotted this allowance, and it is based on the original price of the product. This is kind of annoying because it limits you to maybe 2-4 products (depending on what you buy). When you first purchase your membership, they give you an extra £50 to spend, which is actually brill. The products I had my eye on were around £200 (original price) so I upgraded my membership to allow for £150 a month. But as I already had purchased the basic membership, my allowance for this month was £300. In order to upgrade, you have to buy the basic membership first and THEN purchase the add-on (which, again, is a little annoying)

The products I bought were:

  • Jeju Overnight Moisture Superinfusion – £7.76
  • Japanfusion™ Hydra Prep Lotion (Step 1) – £5.82
  • Japanfusion™ Deep-treatment Serum (Step 2) – £7.88
  • Japanfusion™ Supreme Cream (Step 3) – £10.08
  • Wondergloss Lip Oil – £3.80

The prices above are written as the members/factory price, NOT as the regular price. Below I will include the regular price in brackets.

Jeju Overnight Moisture Superinfusion – (£70) £7.76

This is formulated with volcanic basaltic microsand to detoxify and balance oils; tomato plant stem cells for antioxidant protection; F-cell vita to hydrate skin and flower stem cell extract to help protect the skin barrier and reduce inflammation. This product was made in Korea. This is a lovely, thick moisturiser. It is a little like a balm in that you have to apply some pressure in order to scoop the product out. It is quite a thick moisturiser, but does not sit on top of the skin for a long time. I think this one actually sinks in quicker than the Japanfusion Supreme Cream. I usually apply this as the final step in my skincare routine at night as it’s the most dense product I use. This definitely feels like a luxury product to me – the packaging is really minimalist and the texture is one that you simply cannot find usually at a lower price (get ready for me to say this a lot).

Japanfusion™ Hydra Prep Lotion (Step 1) – (£25) £5.82

All of the Japanfusion products I purchased are made in Japan. I decided to get all of the moisturising/hydrating products in the Japanfusion range. There was a cleanser too, but I’m drowning in cleansers at the moment so I gave that one a miss. This product is formulated with a Nmfission moisture-lock complex to deliver moisture and firmness while re-energising the complexion and reducing lines; Jabara Extract which is an antioxidant ingredient from the Japanese Citrus fruit to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and fight free radicals and Delamyth DNA+ which soothes the skin and counteracts UV-related damage. This Hydra Prep Lotion is a little bit like a toner in that you apply it with a cotton wool pad after cleansing . This has a very light smell that’s really nice and feels lovely after cleansing. It doesn’t leave your skin feel tight at all. This lotion instantly firms, lifts, tones and moisturises; reduces the appearance of pigmented spots and contains ingredients soothe the skin and counteract free radical damage. I already use a few products to reduce pigmentation so it’s difficult to attribute any reduction solely to this. I do enjoy using it – but this is probably the most ‘normal’ product of the 5 that I bought. It is essentially a hydrating water that, while it is nice to use, does not ooze luxury to me. However, you are unlikely to find a product that performs to a similar degree for the price.

Japanfusion™ Deep-treatment Serum (Step 2) – (£75) £7.88

This serum is so lovely to use. It is a little bit runnier than my Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping one but a little bit goes a really long way. It feels lovely and light on the skin, and sinks in super fast. It leaves my face feeling beautifully silky and smooth! All of the products in the Japanfusion range contain the same key ingredients (Nmfission moisture-lock complex; Jabara Extract and Delamyth DNA+) so they all offer the same benefits. I would say that this performs very similarly to my Kiehl’s one (which cost £41). The original price of this compared to the member price is absolutely crazy(!) – BUT I can completely understand why it would cost this much money. Would I have bought this product if it were £75? Absolutely not. But at the Beauty Pie price? 100%. They are making beauty more accessible to the average person who wants to enjoy great makeup and skincare without paying the hefty price. It demonstrates that this level of quality can be achieved with a small price tag… but also makes you question whether you are paying for the ingredients/product or just the name plastered on to the side of the packaging.

Japanfusion™ Supreme Cream (Step 3) –  (£100) £10.08

This cream is very light and goopy (in a good way). My first impression before using it was that it would be very thin, sink in very quickly but not leave my skin feeling quenched. This could not have been further from the reality! While it is a thinner, more gel like moisturiser, it applies really nicely on the face and you don’t need much at all. It’s thinner than the Jeju moisturiser, and when you scoop it up on your finger, it is quite goopy but doesn’t drip or run all over the place. It takes quite a while to fully sink into the skin and leaves you feeling really moisturised for hours after. This is probably my favourite product I’ve tried out of all of them. It is unlike any moisturiser that I have tried before and it is an absolute pleasure to apply. It really combines skincare with self care, as I really feel like I’m doing something good for myself when I use this.

Wondergloss Lip Oil – (£22) £3.80

I have never used a lip oil before but this is really lovely to use. It has a very slight colour to it and is a very natural coverage. It’s almost like a very thin gloss that gives a really nice glaze on the lip and isn’t sticky at all. It is great on top of lipstick as it doesn’t taint the colour at all. On days where I wear less make up, this would be great to just add a hint of colour and shine to the lips. Honestly, I had hoped for a little more colour, probably as I was expecting something a little bit more like a typical lip gloss. However I wasn’t disappointed with how this product performed. If I had paid the regular price for it of £22 then I would have been really unimpressed. But for £3.80, I have no complaints!

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Texture of Jeju and Japanfusion moisturisers

 

 

I am very lucky in that my skin is now very stable, clear and well moisturised, so when I use new products I don’t often notice any negative effects. If I notice anything, it’s that my skin is even softer than usual. These products certainly suit my skin type, which is normal to dry, but I’m unsure how much use someone with oilier skin would get out of them. That being said, these products make me feel excited to use them. They’re so easy to integrate into your skincare routine as they definitely play well with others. I’ve had no pilling or negative results from using these in combination with my other serums and night time oils. You really get a sense that these are luxury products – not because we are told the so-called ‘regular’ price (which we are unable to confirm), but because they have a formula that exceeds all expectation. I’ve heard rumours that you can work out which luxury brands these have come from by Googling the ingredients used, but after trying it I can’t say that I’ve found the high end originals. Honestly, I’m perfectly happy not knowing. I’ve found some great products that I would recommend and a website that I think can be trusted to deliver real quality goods.

Let’s talk a little about the £££. When I was buying these products, it told me that I had saved £225 by becoming a member and purchasing them at the lower, factory price, which is absolutely RIDICULOUS. Honestly, I was a little suspicious when I first signed up for the membership as the constraints around how much you can spend a month seemed a bit odd to me (it’s obvious that they do it so you keep coming back, if you could get it all at once, they would potentially would only have one time customers). However, after speaking to their really helpful customer service team, I’m much more at ease. Their cancellation page on the website is a little confusing to get info from, but you are able to cancel your membership after 3 months without any charges. This is probably what I’ll end up doing, as I don’t have enough disposable income to be paying subscription to a service that I can’t afford to buy from every month.

In answer to my initial question of can you really get high end quality for high street prices – the answer is a definite YES!

Have you tried out Beauty Pie? What would you want to try out? Let me know!

Xo

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Author: smalltownbeautyaddict

Hannah ~ London ~ 23 Instagram - smalltownbeautyaddict

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