A Beautiful Mess Photo & Video App Review (iOS, $0.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Red Velvet Art LLC.

All-new for iOS 7, the photo app from A Beautiful Mess App has been reimagined and rebuilt from the ground-up. It’s still the easiest way to make pretty photos and to share them with friends — but thanks to your feedback, there’s even more to love:

•High-Resolution Photo Editing & Export
•Unique, Easy-to-Use Photo Collages
•Amazing Fonts
•Hand-Drawn Doodles
•Easy Editing
•Bright Colors (including neons!)
•Simple Sharing on Social Media

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
1238 Ratings
All Versions:
2352 Ratings
Photo & VideoPaidTopIOS


Your life is beautiful. Your photos should be, too.

Add new life to your favorite photos with custom filters, fun fonts, and hand-drawn doodles by Elsie and Emma, creators of the award-winning lifestyle blog, “A Beautiful Mess”. Then share your creations with friends through email, or by publishing them directly to popular social networks — Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (hashtag: #ABeautifulMess).

Whether you're sharing personalized snapshots with friends and family or broadcasting your life's most beautiful moments through social media, the photo app from A Beautiful Mess makes it fun and easy.

"A Beautiful Mess" is a lifestyle blog focused on creating a beautiful life. We share simple ways to create an inspired lifestyle. We believe in taking time each day to make something pretty. Most of all, we believe that life doesn't need to be perfect to be beautiful. Visit us at www.ABeautifulMess.com.

Customer Reviews

  • Love it!

    by @ms_annette

    Great app! Adds so much pizzaz to my pictures.

  • Perfect!

    by IG:Yesifromabove1989

    I love this app so much! Its simple but so pretty!

  • Love!

    by Chasmp

    Great app! So easy and so cute!

  • the best

    by joyjoy972012

    this is literally the best editing app ever ! i just wish it had a rotate feature

  • Ehh

    by StarryPooh

    After the update, the app has gotten a little laggy and I wish there was a feature when you go to crop to make the outside borders straight and centered, because when I go to add patterned borders sometimes they don't turn out too straight and one might be on the picture and one will be on the white border.

  • Amaze!

    by Harmshine

    Don't normally review, this one is worth it. Amazing, one stop shop for editing, collating, writing/adding graphics. Fantastic!

  • This app is most definitely worth the money!

    by BDavis_247

    I love this app! My collection of editing apps would not be complete without ABM. ***The one thing I would suggest is being able to more easily make changes to a current photo such as if I mess up, being able to automatically fix an error instead of having to start all over again. Otherwise, well worth the money! :) satisfied customer!

  • Doodle goodness

    by calliemariemac

    I LOVE the doodles in this app and the collage options are so fun. But for some reason using this app changes the hue of the photo even if you don't add a filter, and the resolution is decreased as well. If they can work out those small kinks in an update it will be perfect!

  • Creativity in an app!

    by abigail harper

    I love the beautiful mess blog and the creative pictures Elsie and Emma are always posting. Now I can put the inspirations to use and decorate my own photos! I would recommend it to anyone. Love the new updates they keep coming up with!

  • Perfection

    by Rachel Jeldum's itunes

    Love this app!!

  • Great

    by Marissa Barbuti

    Use it all the time for Instagram

  • Love a beautiful mess!!

    by Jenn0618

    I love this app! I love to add a little pizazz to my photos and this is perfect. I Definitely highly recommend.

  • LOVE

    by Southernanchor24

    This is truely the best app ever!! I had to beg mama to buy it i love it soo much!! Worth every penny

  • love it

    by alexischristianna

    It takes a while to get the hang of it but once you do, it's great!

  • Very useful

    by Nail art cutie

    This app allows you to edit your pic until you absolutely


    by shoeboxed

    Everything about this app is awesome! Buy it..you won't regret it!

  • The photo lover

    by Dq333333333

    Best app ever!!! My friends think I have the best photos ever now!!! Great value

  • Love it but takes too long

    by Kalo1212

    I've been addicted to this ap since it first came out. I love it!! But, I find it's operating system to slow. I even just upgraded my phone and it's still a little annoying. However, I still love it and can't stop using it! xo

  • Good

    by BaBoomaboom

    I wish they had more/better doodles (girl theme, boy theme, etc), and it's a pain in the butt the way you move and size them, they really need to figure that crap out. But it's fun, Good style and cute.

  • Super Duper!!!

    by Randy West

    Our family loves this app! It's a lot of fun! Creative and sweet!

  • Eh

    by Kaycem 13 8 0

    Should have slide bar to change size of borders, text, doodle, etc. instead of only being able to change size by pinch and zoom in/out..

  • This app is awful!!!!

    by CheleneTory

    Constantly crashes!!! This app works once out of every 30times I use! Deleting and telling everyone NOT to use this app!!!!!

  • Only 5 Horrible Filters

    by Jackie_Tapia

    I Personaly Hate This App! It Makes you Crop first So When You Edit The Photo To Fit On Instagram It changed the Background Color Too. So Instead Of being A White background it turns yellowish or gray, Etc. Has Like 5 Horrlible Filters I hate It! Wish I Could Get My Money back.

  • Love this!

    by ejmcknight

    Very easy to use and adds some fun flair to pictures!

  • I love it but buggy

    by Lollipop lover4394

    This app is amazing I love it. But every time I close the app something happens where is goes back to the original setting then when I have to restore purchases it then exits out of the app and erases all my work!!!

  • Good app. Crashes too much!

    by Lolomarriiieeisthebombdotcom

    Not very pleased at the moment, would be four to five stars, but many times I work very hard on an edit and the app crashes. Maybe you could fix the crashing or it would be nice to have a recovery button and get back the previous picture so I wouldn't have to do so much work. That would be greatly appreciated. Overall good app. Great edits.

  • Love this app

    by nickolis16

    Fun & easy app to use!! Love the patterns and fonts!

  • Fun

    by Karizzzy

    I am so addicted to embellishing my photos. Best app of its type.

  • Great app!

    by Cgda

    Love the fonts and drawings that come with it! Makes pictures cute and unique

  • by MarthaBat

    Why is it telling me to pay for everything that I already paid for??? It's so annoying! Please fix! I really like this app!

  • I Love This App

    by Lolazoey911

    Use it all the time. Great fonts, great features, creates perfect size pics for Instagram ❤️

  • In Love!

    by Cali_broski

  • Awesome

    by Hellotherr

    If you like the blog you'll like the app

  • Kinda fun but

    by mowmow53

    Could be I just can't figure it out but it's hard to move things you place on the page so have have them just where u want them. And, u can't size them either. Also, I order the $ upgrades for design but always have to go thru re-storing the purchases. Which is a hassle.

  • Photo Genius.

    by Ashaleesmileson123

    This App rocks! It is fairly easy to use and makes my Instagram pictures come to life! Definitely worth paying for (:

  • Absolutely Beautiful

    by frances vasquez

    I love this app. Defiantly my favorite especially with the new collage feature.

  • Love it

    by Spadawg

    One of my favorite ways to add a little flair my photos! Easy to use and beautiful results!

  • Love this app

    by Theinamorata

    Wish it had undo rather than start over but I still love it!

  • Lame and unintuitive

    by aflyingsplinter

    Don't waste your money

  • Loved it! Till last updates...

    by AJudeeeeeee

    This is like my fav app after Instagram. It was super easy and fun to use, I bought all the extras. But after the last updates it has started shutting down unexpectedly. It stalls when moving doodles, words or borders around and turns off. Sharing to Instagram used to be like 2swipes away, now I have to keep pushing the share button and pick the size over and over again. Ehh

  • Awesome app

    by B2 mom

    I don't typically review apps but this is a great app! As a mommy of 2 small kiddos it's been fun to add fun words & images & backgrounds to all the fun photos I take of them through the day. Only 4 stars because I wish there were a few more filter options & color options as well. Otherwise worth the extra money for some adders! Love it!

  • Love it!

    by SeñortitaM

    This app lets you be creative with your pics! It's fun!

  • perfect!❤️❤️❤️❤️

    by jermara

    wow best app ever comes with features u don't have to pay for! ahhh yes finally thank u ❤️

  • didn't want to love it, but do!!

    by vraydar

    Great job Elsie & Emma!!! A beautiful app!

  • Great but needs more collage templates

    by Samjean86

    I really love this app I just wish there were better collage templates and better filters. Then I won't need to use 1 to collage, 1 for a cool filter and then finish in a beautiful mess.

  • FUN APP!!!!!!!

    by thewebslinger

    Love messing around with this fun app!!! HIGH RATING!!!!


    by Sid4008

    I used to like this app but the new update is horrible! I hate how you can't crop the picture somewhere else before working with the app. It only takes the original. So frustrating! Don't get it.

  • Disappointed

    by Lindseymadonna

    Downloaded this app and there are barely any backgrounds and it was glitchy. Don't waste your time or money.

  • A Beautiful Mess

    by G8rmom15

    Love, love, love!

  • Love but not in love

    by Lindseypie23

    I love the app and all its features. I wish you didn't have to purchase extra fonts and borders (and for $1 ea!?) After I made a few more purchases, the app doesn't keep up with what I have purchased on my ipad. It will ask me to purchase fonts, borders etc. that I've already purchased! After clicking through, then it will restore my purchases but I have to do that each time you want to use the app.

  • Awesome App!

    by JeriAnn Kimbrell

    One of the best apps on the market today..

  • Nice

    by Lunamoore

    Cute and fun love it!

  • Love it!

    by Julianna Mendoza

    I use it on Instagram all the time. Purchased most extras.

  • It's a mess alright!

    by Laurabowwow

    Freezes a lot, every time I try to change the color of the font, it exits me outta the app and I have to restart what I was working on!

  • Fun App

    by Healthy Household

    Great for adding some character to my photos!

  • Fav app ever

    by 777lover

    I love everything about this app!! I love all the additional packs you can purchase and own them all!! Thanks for the great app!!


    by Broken music


  • Love it

    by Velas1214

    This app is so great. I love making a collage/picture with cute little designs its worth the 99¢ to make nice pictures

  • Love it!

    by chailatte

    I am in love with how easy it is to use!! I love all the features! Very fun!

  • Ok

    by Sarabear1D32

    Crashes and glitches too much! Needs a bug fix right away! Please update soon!!!!

  • Holy Wow!

    by jjbusymom

    This app has made some amazing changes because they listened to their users! I'm a mom who takes a lot of pictures, and I love to share them! With the ability to collage and decorate my images, I don't have to share a dozen images! I love this app!

  • Love it!

    by Kris10D

    This app is so much fun!!!

  • Love this app!

    by Em1283

    Such cute borders and doodles! Also love that you can type whatever you want in a variety of fonts and colors! And they just added collage options!

  • Great!

    by allnamestaken8907

    So many fun things to play with! Very great photo editing app!

  • ❤️

    by dudeitsjenny

  • Love It

    by Kitten-Cat

    This app is so much fun! The extras are so cute and I think 0.99 is a reasonable price. I wish they would add seasonal boards and holiday boarders.

  • One thing missing

    by M**77!7!7

    Need the ability to "blur". Otherwise great app, fun!!

  • Please add more features!!

    by nursewendyjoy

    Good app

  • Amazing

    by Furrychips52

    A beautiful mess is AMAZING!!! I love quotes from books and I can edit them on here and they turn out beautiful. You should definitely try it out.

  • What the !$&@?

    by Cleary Sister

    I really enjoyed this app and had even paid for extra doodles and fonts but now it has crashed. I can't get it to work at all. What happened????

  • Love it!

    by TopeteL

    Great app

  • Best photo editing app!

    by BrandiGraham

    I love how much I can customize my photos. So many different ideas too.

  • Love it but has flaws

    by Chelparker

    I love all the things you can do but if you do too many things the app completely closes & you have to start over. I have worked on multiple pictures for 10 minutes & then the app shuts down & I don't get my work back. Needs auto save! But I do love all the fonts, features & goodies! It is my favorite minus me busting my butt on a picture & it locking out. Mainly when it comes to adding a frame! Maybe there is a glitch.

  • Exactly what I was looking for!!!

    by Ajrlovee

    Lovee Loveee Loveeeee! ❤️

  • Beautiful Mess

    by Aye Pea

    I love this app, but I wish they had more phases, doodles & more text styles.

  • crashing after purchase!! D:

    by Reirani-san

    After purchasing a new pack the app keeps crashing! It's been over 1 month now and still no fix/update. A week after I emailed app support all I got was a message that they're working with Apple and the issue will "probably" require an update so "keep an eye out" ! ...NOT very reassuring. I've purchased lots before and it's super frustrating not being able to use what I've paid for. Not to mention, ABM was my go-to app for Instagram photos! I feel lost and angry :( hurry up with the update! I love your app but this is not acceptable.

  • Everything we needed

    by DownTown2eartDiva

    Absolutely love this app. Super easy to use and all the things I wanted for editing pictures but could never find and now I have it in one app! Amazing! Worth it.

  • Beautiful mess

    by Get this game it's great

    Easy to use, lots of fun

  • Love!

    by Smilee14u

    Obsessed with this app

  • love but

    by shortychick918

    I love this app, but there's these little black lines that appear at the bottom of my pictures and on the right side, but only on certain ones. it's like it has moods and will only disappear when it's in a good one. so that's kind of annoying. otherwise, I put all my pictures through here and I love it. :)

  • Love it!!!

    by Jenni1486

    Since the initial update this app is great! Great editing for pictures

  • Love!!

    by Flirtyfloridian

    Best app ever!!

  • Fun

    by Odette Arnold

    Love this app! Get great comments when posting pictures I created in ABM!

  • Love the app but not what keeps happening!

    by Ref59

    I love this app! It does so much more then other photo editing apps, But i cannot figure out why it keeps kicking me out of the app every time i try and use a boarder... It is so frustrating, especially since this is an app i paid for...

  • Used to love it...

    by HalfKelliHalfAmazing

    I used to love this app, but with the recent update it seems the ability to post cute graphics & words has gone away? Either that or I just can't find them...annoying!

  • fun app, but can get expensive and...

    by the antonios

    it keeps crashing! :( I hope it gets updated and fixed soon! Otherwise, fun app. There are a lot of in-app purchases; I have purchased almost all but a few packs; it can get expensive. Honestly, I am not sure it is worth it (due to app problem), but if you don't mind parting with a bit of extra cash and taking the chance, the extras in-app purchase packs are fun addition for sure! *****Please fix crashing problem--pretty please!! **still no update :( constant crashing is incredibly frustrating and annoying! Please fix!!

  • Love

    by Jcnk

    Like the control of editing.ore doodles please

  • Cute and efficient

    by Zoomz24

    I have tried multiple photo editing apps and this is by far the most amazing one I have tried. I love it's variety and simple design. It's also very cute which is always a plus.

  • So much fun!

    by TooBossy

    I love this app. Love it!

  • Great!

    by tomsfavefan#1!!

    I love this app! Worth buying

  • Love it!

    by Nms1179

    Love using this for pics of my kiddos! So easy to use and super cute!

  • Horrible and aggravating

    by not saying

    Every time I pick a picture to edit on the app after cropping it and pressing next it goes completely white! This is extremely annoying and I hope it gets fixed soon...

  • Awesome App!


    I love this app. I honestly cannot say one negative thing about the app. It has many great features and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun app to add words, borders or colors to your pics.

  • Lovely!

    by Oscarblu

    What a fun photo editor! I couldn't of done it better myself. Love the simplicity and ease. By far my favorite app!

  • Very girly!

    by Sarcastic Turtle

    I love it! I just wish there were more filters and color options. Other than that I live this app.

  • Great app!

    by DNC2111

    Needed an app to edit pictures, make collages, and be able to write on them! It's perfect and they add new features constantly! Worth downloading:)

  • Love!

    by TheTeaRex

    This is such a cute and fun app. I'm in love. I want to beautiful mess my life away!!

  • Love it!

    by Verry niiice

    This app is so much fun!

  • So much fun

    by Fitmulan

    I love this app - it's so much fun!

  • Awesome

    by Bananas8675309

    Love this app! Works every time!

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