Beauty Pie Review: 5 Best Selling Products To Try Now

Beauty Pie Review: 5 Best Selling Products To Try Now

Find out if products from cult this beauty service live up to the hype.
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This week I have my first Beauty Pie review to share with ya’ll! Being a few months into my membership now, I am super excited to dish on my experience with Beauty Pie.

If you’re still wondering what exactly Beauty Pie is, how it works, or if it’s right for you – check out my sign-up review of Beauty Pie here.

In it, I outline the whole program, from signing up to contemplating prices, and whether or not I thought it was worth it from a first impression point of view.

Obviously, I was pretty happy because now we’re back!

It’s been over three months since my first order, and so I have a way more formulated opinion on just how worth it the service is. Even more importantly, I now have lots to say about the products themselves.

Just as a note: this is not a sponsored post. I’ve purchased all of these products with my own money, as well as my membership. All of these opinions are 100% my own.

Today I’ll be reviewing the two products I got in my very first order, as well as three of the four that I got in my second order, because I’ve had ample time to test those by now too. I’ll walk you through how I use them all, and whether I’ve seen noticeable differences in my skin. I’ll also be commenting more broadly on Beauty Pie as a service.

OK, let’s get into it!

Beauty Pie Review: the four products from my second order arranged inside the Beauty Pie box on Beauty Pie tissue paper

First, is Beauty Pie worth it?

So in my sign-up review, I noted that despite the somewhat convoluted system, if the products ended up being good, the prices would mean it was absolutely absolutely, without a doubt with it.

Now, several months into using the products I can confidently say:

Beauty Pie is freaking worth it ya’ll.

I really didn’t think I would like Beauty Pie products this much, but I can’t stop singing their praises.

There are certainly some things that score closer to a B than an A+, let’s be honest. But when we’re talking about prices that rival The Ordinary, for quality that typically rivals Paula’s Choice….we have no choice but to stan.

I won’t lie though, the whole system is a bit more of a hassle than I would ideally prefer. Beauty Pie is a relatively new company, so I think they’re still ironing out a lot of the kinks, as they seem to be growing quite rapidly. I think this is usually most pronounced during their Pie Day promos, where you get access to a product that won’t eat into your spending limit.

(Still confused about how Beauty Pie works? Check out my in depth explainer.)

Mainly, it appears there are some growing pains around stock. More than once I’ve been counting on using my monthly allowance to purchase a product only to find that it’s out of stock.

While this can happen to any company, it’s especially frustrating when you pay a membership fee just to access the product. In my case, the membership makes me reluctant to try other brands, or restock on something elsewhere that I know I could get from Beauty Pie, because I end up feeling like I’m wasting my membership fee (not to mention wasting money on more expensive products).

However, despite all of this, I will say that Beauty Pie’s customer service is incredibly responsive, and always comes from a real person on their team. I’ve reached out with questions related to stock, product recommendations, etc. and they’re always fairly prompt and give a thoughtful answer.

Also, their shipping is unmatched. It’s so quick it’s almost unreal.

My take on the pros and cons

Beauty Pie Review: the four products from my second order laid out on pink linen

I like to give grace to smaller companies because it’s not fair to hold them to the same standards as the big names.

Given the quality of the products I’ve received, the unbeatable price, the packaging they come in, and the responsiveness of the team over at Beauty Pie – it still absolutely comes out as a win in my eyes.

Some things I would love to see improved, however, would be more transparency with members about stock issues and alerts for when things are nearly out of stock, or something along these lines. The company is overall pretty transparent but it would be nice to not be surprised when you go to restock your Vitamin C and see it’s not available, for example.

The company has also been pretty nondescript on its commitment to anti-racism. From what I can tell, there were some vague posts with a promise for action in the future, and then an email suggestion with the idea that customers could choose to add donated amounts at the point of purchase. While I don’t expect all companies to be able to make million dollar donations, I do expect a bit more than this. I hope to see concrete changes in the future.

Beauty Pie review

So, in my first order I got the Plantastic Micropeeling Superdrops and the Super Retinol Ceramide-Boost Anti-Aging Face Serum. In my second order, I purchased four items: the Triple Hyaluronic Acid & Lipopeptide Serum, the Japanfusion Cleanse & Prep Duo (two items bundled), and the Qi Energy Double Cleansing Micellar Water.

I won’t be reviewing the cleanser in this review as I’ve only had a chance to use it a few times, and never with any makeup, so I want to give ample attention to it before offering my thoughts.

For all of these products, I introduced them to my skin one by one in two week intervals. I also didn’t alter anything in my routine for the two weeks I was introducing the product, so as to isolate the effects of the specific item – especially in order to catch any adverse effects.

Beauty Pie Review: the four products from my second box lined up against white tiles

Prices

I’ll only be going over the prices of my second order, as I covered the pricing of my first order in the last post.

I paid £54.92 for these four products – £10 was my monthly membership fee and £3.36 was the cost to ship – making the price of the products themselves £41.56. Here is the breakdown of product prices:

Product“Typical” PricePrice I paid (29th May)Price on 24th August
Japanfusion Cleanse & Prep Duo£50£15.29£14.87
Triple Hyaluronic Acid & Lipopeptide Serum£60£16.80£14.89
Qi Energy Double Cleansing Micellar Water£25£9.47£8.28

As you can see, even in the three months since I made my purchase, prices have decreased between 50p and £2 per item. This is Beauty Pie’s membership model in action – the more members who join, the lower prices get.

As you can see, even in the three months since I made my purchase, prices have decreased between 50p and £2 per item. This is Beauty Pie’s membership model in action – the more members who join, the lower prices get.

All told, I paid an average of £13.73 per product. This is not bad at all for high quality products in pretty large quantities!

The products

1. Plantastic Micropeeling Superdrops

Beauty Pie Review: Plantastic Micropeeling Superdrops

Before getting these drops, I had been using a pack of really great BHA/AHA pads that were better than almost any other acid I’d used for my skin, so I was really skeptical to switch.

I ended up pulling the trigger on these drops because I actually got them for free with a discount code for signing up to Beauty Pie. (Also, my holy grail acid pads sadly aren’t available in the UK.)

Suffice to say, the bar was set high. And let me tell you, these drops surpassed my expectations.

When I apply them (which is most nights) I can tell a visible difference in my skin the next morning. Any breakouts that were coming in are usually stopped in their tracks. I have far fewer blemishes come to the surface with these, and they’re really quite gentle feeling on the skin.

After cleansing and toning, I use about 6 drops a night – putting two on each cheek, one on the forehead, and one for the chin and jawline. I just drop it directly onto my skin and rub in with my fingers. Then I wait about 5 minutes so it’s well absorbed before moving on to other products.

I’ve used these during the day as well (with ample SPF afterwards don’t worry!)… Like most acids, they’re definitely a bit sticky, but it’s not unmanageable, and it’s much less than other products.

Additionally, you get a lot of product in the bottle. As you can see from the photo, the bottle is pretty sizeable, which for the price is kind of unheard of.

Actually, Beauty Pie’s packaging overall is something I really want to applaud. Many of their products are quite heavy and feel really luxurious, unlike other budget brands that send you cheap seeming set ups.

My one criticism would be that I think this product should be in an opaque bottle. Acids are more prone to oxidizing than more stable products like oils, so I would have loved this to be in either an amber bottle or a fully opaque one.

This product is formulated with mostly naturally derived ingredients, and contains AHAs and BHAs. I could go on but I’ll leave you with this:

There is not a question in my mind about whether or not I’ll keep ordering this. Honestly, I would have considered keeping my subscription to Beauty Pie just to get this one product if I had ended up hating everything else.

2. Super Retinol Ceramide-Boost Anti-Aging Face Serum

Beauty Pie Review: Super Retinol Ceramide-Boost Anti-Aging Face Serum

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never really noticed specific differences when using retinol in the past. Retinol is obviously anti-aging, and has some effect on clearing up the skin as well, but it works over time, so aside from gauging whether or not it’s bad for my skin, there’s not a lot to report.

What I will say about this retinol is that it is freaking luxurious to use. I have no idea what makes it smell so good, but it smells like vanilla or something. I don’t even normally like vanilla, but putting this on makes me feel so fancy.

As far as the packaging goes, this is what I mean when I say I’m looking for opaque. The product is inside an airtight opaque pump, so I feel pretty confident in the shelf life of the bottle.

For application, I apply about a pump and a half to my forehead, cheeks and neck 2-3 times a week, on nights when I don’t use the peeling drops.

While I can’t speak much on the anti-aging effects of the serum, I can say that because it’s formulated with lactic acid in it you can definitely still see a slight radiant effect in the morning, because you’re still getting those acid effects. It’s also formulated with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, so it’s much more sophisticated than retinols at similar price points.

I’ll definitely continue using this as my retinol of choice.

3. Japanfusion Hydra Prep Lotion (Step M1)

Beauty Pie Review: Japanfusion Hydra Prep Lotion (Step M1)

This is only one of two toners on all of Beauty Pie – which is really annoying to me if I’m honest. The other one is a glycolic acid toner. Since I already use an acid serum, I won’t be using an acid toner – which leaves me with only this option really.

I like this toner, but I don’t know that it’s totally worth it. The price is definitely good, but you also only get about 150ml (5 oz.), which is quite small for a toner if you ask me.

The formula is meant to be brightening and soothing, with anti-aging promises as well. I can’t say that I’ve noticed much difference since I began using this product. I use it every night by putting a few drops into my (clean) hands and patting it all over my face and neck.

I do appreciate that you can bundle the products, because it means you can save money on the other items in the line, but if Beauty Pie came out with new toners I would honestly probably leave this one behind.

Frankly, I might still consider moving on to a different toner after I finish this bottle, as I don’t love using up my spending allowance on things I don’t absolutely love. We’ll see though, I’m not sold one way or another – maybe I’ll feel differently after using the whole thing.

4. Triple Hyaluronic Acid & Lipopeptide Serum

Beauty Pie Review: Triple Hyaluronic Acid & Lipopeptide Serum

This is the most expensive item I’ve bought so far from Beauty Pie.

I use hyaluronic acid religiously. I have pretty normal skin (not oily or dry) so its effects have never been massively noticeable, but I feel like it’s just such a universally effective and helpful product that I don’t dare drop it from my routine.

That being said, this product is like, the product from Beauty Pie. It has a cult following and it seems to be the reason for a lot of their rapid growth.

As for me, I like this product, don’t get me wrong. But I wouldn’t cry if I couldn’t use it again for some reason.

I find that it has a bit of an odd smell, slightly acidic and almost… sea like? It’s not that the smell is an issue, it’s just that I’m used to HA smelling like… well, nothing. Also, I’m not in love with the pump that comes on the bottle. I find that two pumps is a bit too much, while one is not nearly enough.

Something I do love about this product though is the texture. A lot of HA’s will leave your skin feeling a bit tacky, but this stuff really does soak right into the skin, leaving you feeling prepped and dewy. I apply one and a half pumps each morning after I’ve let my vitamin c soak in, and then go in with a spray and a moisturizer.

TL;DR, I will definitely keep buying this, but full disclosure I would probably keep buying whatever HA they wanted to sell me because I’m just loyal to the ingredient.

5. Qi Energy Double Cleansing Ginseng Micellar Water

Beauty Pie Review: Qi Energy Double Cleansing Ginseng Micellar Water

I bought this product mostly out of intrigue. I’ve only ever used super basic micellar water before this. I think the price is pretty standard for something like this, but coming in at the same size as the toner, it does feel a bit small.

I never use micellar water to take makeup off, so I have no idea how this works for that (though I should note that they advise not using it to remove eye makeup, which makes it seem less worth it to me, if you do want a makeup remover).

What I d0 use micellar water for is refreshing my face when I’m feeling a bit gross but not ready to cleanse completely (especially now with all the mask wearing). So I often use it in the early evening or midday after a long walk or something. I’ll also sometimes use it in the morning if I don’t want to wash my face fully, but still want fresh skin. Or, I’ll use it right before my skincare if I happened to wash my face much earlier than I’m going to bed.

I don’t think I need fancy micellar water to do a lot of these things, but I will say that for only £8.28 it’s nice to have a product that both refreshes my face and delivers some benefits. It makes me feel a lot less bad for having to wipe off all my skincare for the day because I was too sweaty or something.

I would repurchase this again, but I imagine I’ll have it for quite some time since it’s not an every day product.

And that’s a wrap!

I’m really loving my new routine with these products, and I’m excited to keep seeing what Beauty Pie’s other items have to offer. I haven’t even begun to get into their makeup yet, so (if I ever go outside again) that will be fun.

I’ve already made my latest order with Beauty Pie, and I’m not planning on changing my subscription anytime soon… but I’m interested to see how long I choose to use the service. For now, I can really see myself using this in the long term.

As I said in my first article, I think the most effective way to use this service (for your wallet) is to try to replace as many of your current products as possible with Beauty Pie products – that way you aren’t just spending indiscriminately and getting things you don’t need.

If this Beauty Pie review was helpful for you and you decide to try the service for yourself, let me know how it goes. I’m interested to hear how you use your spending limit and if there are any other products you recommend I try in the coming months!

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  1. I just started a true skincare routine a year or so ago, and I so look forward to it at night, now. It’s like a mini personal spa treatment, and it sounds like I’ve got some more options to try out! Your review is thorough, and I appreciate that as a potential consumer! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. It makes all the difference!! There’s nothing nicer than spending the extra time in the morning and evening to pamper yourself. I hope you try Beauty Pie! I love them (obviously haha)

  2. Thanks for the review! I’ve had the same (verrrry basic) skincare routine for a while now and I’ve been thinking about switching it up, and I’ve never heard of Beauty Pie before. This was super helpful, and now I’m kind of dying to get my hands on those drops!

    1. I’m always team switch it up! Honestly my skincare routine is forever my favorite part of the day. You should absolutely try the drops!! Let me know how they work out for you!

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