On Monday, I had by no means heard of Magnificence Pie. By Friday, it was throughout my Fb feed, on half the Instagram channels I observe, and featured in each publication. As a result of social media promotion typically is available in a tidal wave.
Apparently, that was true for a number of readers as nicely. As a result of in the identical week, I obtained a half-dozen e-mails and DMs asking me for an SIOS evaluate. So I broke out my debit card, and determined to present Magnificence Pie a go.
Magnificence Pie is a membership-based, on-line magnificence retailer that purports to promote high-end make-up and skincare merchandise with out the “middle-man markup.” Members select a month-to-month membership stage ($10, $20, or $30), and purchase merchandise every month as much as their assigned spending restrict. Any remaining month-to-month spending rolls over to the following month. Right here’s the way it labored for me:
I subscribed to the $30-per-month membership. This allowed me to decide on merchandise that added as much as $300 retail value, plus a $100 bonus for my first buy. I chosen 9 merchandise, which had an MSRP of $391, however spent simply $82. I used a coupon code from Fb to keep away from paying the primary month’s membership price of $30.
$300 looks as if rather a lot to spend on merchandise every month. However because you’re charged the MSRP, a moisturizer that you simply pay $13 for, eats up $130 of your price range. Equally, an eyeshadow that you simply pay $6 for, eats up $30 of your price range.
Having by no means used a Magnificence Pie product earlier than, I didn’t know what to anticipate. However for the evaluate, I wished to strive a wide array of merchandise in each the make-up and skincare classes. So I used almost each penny of my $400 first month allotment.
For skincare, I selected the Vitamin C Ampoules, the Superactive Capsules, and the Retinol hand cream.
The ampoules have been a complete bust. They give the impression of being cool, they appear such as you’re going to like them, however over 6-weeks, they did nothing. And I imply nothing. I’ve used concentrated Vitamin-C merchandise earlier than and seen brighter pores and skin inside a couple of weeks, so I used to be stunned to search out no impression from these after virtually six.
The hand cream is good, particularly for these of us with wrist wrinkles from typing all day. It’s moisturizing and has no odor, which I appreciated. Nonetheless, it’s slightly large and took up plenty of house in my purse, so I preserve it in my desk.
I’m undecided on the Superactive Capsules. I used them earlier than my wedding ceremony, and initially noticed an enormous distinction. My pores and skin was smoother and brighter, with extra even tone. Then, the impact appeared to plateau. However of all of the skincare objects I bought from Magnificence Pie, the capsules are the one which I’d purchase once more, even at MSRP.
For make-up, I bought a wide array of highlighters, eye shadows, lipsticks, blushes, you title it. Most of it was lackluster, a few of it was deeply disappointing.
I discovered the blushes and shadows didn’t have the wealthy pigments or fine-milled texture that I’m used to from manufacturers like Bobbi Brown or Charlotte Tilbury. The standard of the colours felt extra just like the Sephora retailer model, and even with primer, light shortly.
The lipsticks have been higher high quality with richer colours and a easy utility, however I don’t put on plenty of lipstick, so I’m not their goal market. I favored the Future Lipstick in LoveBerry. However I used to be a bit disturbed that the product wasn’t paraben-free and that the elements record learn like a science experiment.
The one make-up product that I’d purchase once more was the oft-rave-about Strobing Drops. These have been, even with the mushroom cloud of hype coming from Influencer Instagrams, pretty much as good as marketed. The drops gave my pores and skin an impenetrable iridescent high quality. I layered them underneath my basis for a gentle glow, combined them with physique moisturizer for a bronzed look, and dabbed them on my cheekbones for an evening out. Palms down, definitely worth the cash.
Regardless of a handful of excellent merchandise, I canceled my membership after my second month. First off, I don’t replenish magnificence merchandise typically sufficient to want a month-to-month subscription. Second, a lot of the merchandise have been simply meh, regardless of a couple of standouts. And testing every part to search out extra diamonds within the tough would take fairly a while and a hefty monetary funding.
Third, and most significantly, I felt stress to spend my restrict every month-to-month. I believe most subscribers do. And since half of the merchandise I purchased obtained a single check run (or no check run as soon as I noticed the colours or smelled the fragrances in particular person) earlier than going again within the field, I knew the unused wares would simply pile up over time.
I thought of holding the $10-per-month membership or simply paying $99 for the annual membership as a way to preserve shopping for the Strobing Drops and the Superactive Capsules, nevertheless it simply wasn’t price it to me.
Backside line, should you devour plenty of magnificence merchandise, Magnificence Pie could be for you. However should you’re not shopping for new product on a regular basis, or have already got established favorites in most classes, I’d move. 4 of my mates tried it for a month with me, and just one stored it. She cherished the hair care merchandise and Plantastic face merchandise, so it was price it to her.
So is Magnificence Pie all hype? No, nevertheless it’s an excessive amount of of an Easter Egg hunt for me to threat haphazardly dropping $60-$90 every month, plus membership, on merchandise that I may find yourself gifting to mates or donating to charity. However should you determine to present it a whirl, get.the.Strobing.Drops.
Like all Noticed It On Social Posts, the reviewed merchandise have been bought with my very own cash. I examined them over an almost two month interval as a result of skincare can’t be evaluated by a single use. No presents are solicited or accepted for SIOS, as a result of the purpose of the function is to present a fervor-free evaluate of the merchandise that immediately takeover my social feeds.
When you’ve got a product or model you’d like me to evaluate, depart it within the feedback. Please know, nevertheless, that I’ve made a private alternative to not evaluate any merchandise that come from multi-level advertising corporations (LulaRoe, Magnificence Counter, Pampered Chef, and so forth.) given the criticism that this gross sales mannequin faces and the impression it has on feminine relationships. I do know some ladies have nice success with these corporations, however I do know others who haven’t, so I’m merely opting out for this function.