Today a first impressions of BeautyPie has gone live on my youtube channel (linked below!) but I wanted to talk a little bit more in depth about the concept and what I think so far..
I have seen Beautypie being mentioned by so many people and whilst I was interested, I wasn’t really buying into it until Chris saw me watching Lily Pebbles’ Vlogmas where she mentioned it, and he said I should give it a try. I got myself a three month subscription (£1o per month, for a minimum of three months) and waited for my activation code.
What is BeautyPie all about? Their tag line with “Make up without the Mark Up”; created by the lady behind the brand Soap & Glory, BP is an online only ‘service’ who claim to cut out the ‘middle man’ and provide you with high end, luxury quality products without the price tag. They state they do not use weighting in their packaging to make it cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
I genuinely didn’t know a great deal about BeautyPie but thought it worked like a standard beauty subscription service – you spend a set amount a month and could chose from their products up to a certain value (such as the lovemebeauty boxes…); oh how wrong I was! What I didn’t realise is that you are actually paying £10 for the PRIVILIDGE of purchasing from their website and buying into their brand.
You get £100 ‘credit’ per month to spend on full priced items and If you do not use your allowance, then it can roll into the following month. Roughly, the £100 works at around 5 items a month. If you were to split the monthly charge between each product, they would increase by £2.00 per item. I was able to pick up 4 items so each of my items increased by £2.50
Each product has a price next to it the “regular price” (a competitive price in the current market place for a cosmetic product of this quality”) and a “members price” which is then broken down for you – e.g. the highlighter is made of costs of £4.28 (product and packaging), £0.17 (warehousing), £0.10 (safety and testing) and then 20% VAT. = total cost of £5.46. I am not quite sure what they are basing their ‘regular price’ for each item on, but I do like the fact that each product has a list of its ingredients next to it – it shows you quite clearly what it is made up of, and each product also has a breakdown of cost. You are able to google these ingredients to see what luxury items are for sale composed of the same materials (the lipsticks are composed of ingredient similar to Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks for example) but I do feel slightly like their advertising is slightly misleading.
The items I purchased:
Highlight – RRP £30.00 / BP price £5.46 + £2.50 monthly fee = £7.96
Triple Beauty Liquid Highlight – RRP £20 / BP price £2.65 + £2.50 monthly fee = £5.15
Lipstick – RRP £20 / BP price £2.30 + £2.50 monthly fee = £4.80
Foundation -RRP £30 / BP price £5.06 + £2.50 monthly fee = £7.56
= £25.47 for one month. I also had a to pay a further £6.48 for shipping, and a ‘payment processor’ charge of £0.39 bringing my monthly total to: £32.34.
When I signed up, I didn’t really realise that there would be a cost of this much, per month! I could sign up to several beauty boxes for this cost, and have them delivered too! From what I have seen online, I think a number of people thought they would be able to buy brands from this site, rather than just the BeautyPie brand, which obviously nobody knows anything about.
I really hope this breakdown helps you make an informed decision on whether you want to subscribe or not – I filmed a video of my first impressions of the products over on my YouTube channel which I would love you to check out.
What do you think? Have you signed up?