Is Arbonne skincare really all that?
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So recently I was sent loads of samples of Arbonne products, a brand that I’ve been reading a lot about recently and I was very curious to know if it is really as great as people have been making out. Arbonne is a natural skincare and make-up brand from the US, their products are cruelty-free, vegan, and made using many natural ingredients.
I was sent the skincare and make-up samples by Arbonne consultant Kate Mansell, who was keen to find out what I thought of the products. The samples were only tiny so I wasn’t able to use them for very long, but it has given me a great insight into the brand and their products.
So, I’m sure you’re keen to know if Arbonne skincare really is all that! Read on to find out…
First up I tried out a selection of skincare products from the Arbonne Calm range for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers:
Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser
This is a colourless clear light gel that you apply to a damp face, it creates a gentle creamy lather – it’s a bit like a cross between a wash off and cream cleanser. The thing that I enjoyed most about this cleanser is that it’s totally scent free, although it does have rather a long ingredients list. I found it worked best in the morning, as I needed to use it twice in the evening to remove a full face of make-up. I like this product, it makes my skin feel really clean after using it, but not tight.
Buy Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser, priced at £20 for 145ml
Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer
This is a white, light lotion with no scent that applies easily and sinks in to skin quickly. It’s definitely not sticky or oily, and just what I need at the moment as I’ve been having some issues with my skin recently (which is why I’ve not done any skincare reviews for a while!). For me this lotion is definitely just for morning as it’s not rich enough for the evening, but if you have a fairly oily skin then it would probably be OK for evening too. I also found it created a great base for make-up, which is really good as I don’t like applying primers.
Buy Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer, priced at £30 for 118ml
Arbonne Calm Soothing Facial Serum
This serum is a slightly yellowy, translucent light gel that you massage into skin between cleansing and moisturising both morning and evening. You only need a few drops to cover the whole face and it sinks in really quickly. Serums usually take at least a couple of weeks of use to start to see a result, but as I only had a tiny tube I could only use it for a handful of days, so I haven’t seen a huge difference to my skin yet. However my skin did feel supple and moisturised when using it, but I’m not sure if it was any more than normal.
As with the other products from the Calm range, Calm Smoothing Facial Serum is scent free, which I love – there is absolutely no need to add unnecessary fragrances to skincare products!
Buy Arbonne Calm Soothing Facial Serum, priced at £41 for 30ml
Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel
I’m not a big fan of eye creams or gels to be honest, I have quite sensitive eyes and I find that applying products around the eyes can make them water, so I’ve only used this once. It’s a translucent gel with a slight golden colour, to be applied underneath the eyes in a morning and evening before bed. It feels cooling and refreshing but that’s really all I can report due to my limited use.
Buy Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel, priced at £26 for a small tube
The Arbonne Calm range really reminds me of Living Nature skincare, you may want to read my review of Living Nature Sensitive Day Moisture cream.
The next facial skincare products that I tried out were more specialist:
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Night Repair Cream
Part of the RE9 Advanced range of anti-ageing skincare this night cream aims to nourish & hydrate skin while you sleep, plus it also helps to support the collagen present in your skin, and plump skin to blur fine lines. The product is a thick white cream that you massage into skin at bedtime and it suits my combination skin really well, particularly my forehead which has been fairly dry during the recent cold weather. I’ve not been using it long enough to report on the anti-ageing aspects of this moisturiser, but it definitely moisturises really well and I’ve enjoyed using it.
Buy Arbonne RE9 Advanced Repair Cream, priced at £75 for 50g.
Arbonne Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads & Solution
This is the Arbonne product that I’m most curious and excited about, but it’s actually the one that I’ve not tried yet as my skin has been super-sensitive recently due to one or two hormonal issues so I’m saving it until my skin has calmed down and is back to its usual sensible self! This is a really genius way of treating the skin (hence the name, Genius!), you simply pour the liquid solution over the dry pads before wiping the pad over the skin at bedtime before moisturising. The solution helps to tone skin, promote radiance and clarity whilst reducing discolouration and dark spots. I’ll report back via my Twitter account once I’ve tried this to let you all know what I think!
Buy Arbonne Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads & Solution, priced at £96 for a tub of pads and bottle of solution
Arbonne also offer a range of bodycare products, I tried out a couple of them:
Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Cream
I have to admit that I’m not a big user of hand cream, but when I do I like it to be natural, rich and easily absorbed – and this one definitely fulfils all those requirements! I’m going to keep this in my car, as my hands often suffer from the cold. The ingredients include Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, two of my favourite ingredients when it comes to body moisturisation.
Buy Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Cream, priced at £19
Arbonne Intelligence Rejuvenating Cream
This is a rich moisturiser for the whole body – face, arms, knees, elbows, body – you name the body part, this product will moisturise it! It’s a thick white cream and the ingredients include aloe vera to help soothe sensitive skin. It’s a much thicker moisturiser than I would usually apply to my face, but the dry skin on my legs really welcomed it during the cold weather we’re currently experiencing.
Buy Arbonne Intelligene Rejuvenating Cream, priced at £33 for 57ml
And finally onto the Arbonne make-up products:
Arbonne Makeup Primer
Primer is the one make-up product that I don’t really use, preferring to apply my foundation straight onto my freshly moisturised skin instead. This Arbonne Makeup Primer aims to smooth skin and diminish fine lines and pores, and help make-up stay put throughout the day. Ingredients include iron oxides and mica which are key ingredients in most mineral foundations too. Just apply the gel all over the face with fingertips after moisturising.
Buy Arbonne Makeup Primer, priced at £24 for 30ml
Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara
This is a lengthening mascara that contains bamboo extracts to help condition lashes. This is one of my favourite Arbonne products that I’ve tried as I just love the brush, it has thousands of tiny plastic bristles that evenly distribute the mascara over the lashes and leaves them looking naturally long and defined.
Buy Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara, priced at £31
Overall I have really enjoyed trying out the Arbonne products, the Calm range is definitely my favourite, followed by the Shea Butter Hand Cream and It’s A Long Story Mascara. The only downside I would say is that it’s a bit pricey, possibly as it’s a MLM brand (MLM means multi-level marketing, which means the products are promoted and sold via consultants – Ann Summers and Temple Spa are other examples of MLM brands) but the benefit of this system is that there’s always someone really knowledgeable to contact if you have questions about the products – I’d really recommend you get in contact with Kate Mansell via Twitter if you want to know more about the brand or products.
Want to learn about more natural and organic brands? You may be interested to read my review of this Organic Surge moisturising duo, or my review of natural brand Salcura shampoo and conditioner for sensitive scalps.
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