Arbonne Product Reviews and Comparisons

Arbonne is a company that, until recently, I only knew a little about. You may not have even heard of them because they don’t do any traditional advertising and grow their consumer base using network marketing (marketing by word of mouth or referrals).

I was given the opportunity to review some Arbonne products and thought it would be really interesting to blog about my experience in case you are thinking of purchasing from Arbonne. I would like to make it clear that this post isn’t sponsored by Arbonne, and I haven’t been asked by them to try the products for review purposes, I just know an Arbonne consultant and thought this might make an interesting post.

Arbonne products are formulated without:

  • Animal products or animal by-products
  • Parabens
  • Formaldehyde donating preservatives
  • PABA
  • Benzene
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Toluene

Arbonne Make Up

I am always more excited to buy make up than skincare (sorry skin!) so we’ll start with the Arbonne make up range first.

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation

Arbonne sell two foundations (in addition to a CC cream and a tinted moisturiser), a powder foundation and the liquid one I tried. The Perfecting Liquid Foundation is described to be a medium coverage foundation with SPF 15 and ‘skin-firming properties’.

I found this foundation to be very comparable to MAC’s Face and Body. It has a very similar texture, although Face and Body is slightly more watery, as you can see in the picture below.

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation on the left, MAC Face and Body on the right.

I have been a huge fan of Face and Body for years (it was a godsend when I was struggling with cystic acne) but I have to admit I actually prefer the Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation. The thicker texture sits better on my skin, but doesn’t dry it out in any way. It’s very buildable, like the Face and Body, but lasts a lot longer. Sometimes with Face and Body I find it has patched off of my skin at the end of the day, but this foundation went the distance! Even coverage until I removed my make up at night.

Did my skin feel firmer? Not really but I’m hoping at the grand old age of 26 I don’t need THAT much firming up yet!

It’s not the cheapest foundation on the market, at £31 for 30ml, however Arbonne do consider themselves to be a higher end brand. Despite the price tag, I would recommend this foundation. It’s great if you’re looking for a light to medium coverage foundation that lasts throughout the day. Sometimes my beloved Chanel can’t even do that!

Arbonne Makeup Primer

This was my favourite product out of everything I tried. I love this primer. I need it in my life. It makes your skin feel silky smooth and my make up looked fantastic all day. I’ve raved about the Body Shop Instablur primer, which I still love, but the Arbonne primer has a smoother consistency and is all round just nicer to apply to your skin! No plastic-y smell!

The only negative comment I could make is that it does feel like it might be oily on the skin when you first apply it, but it sinks in really quickly and that oily feeling disappears.

The primer is on the pricey side, as all the products I’m reviewing are, but I would definitely pay the £26 price tag to have this baby in my life.

Arbonne For the Sun of It Bronzer

Another product I’m very impressed with, although I believe this is limited edition. Arbonne currently have two bronzers on their site, this one and their regular bronzer – which is no where near as pretty as For the Sun of It (too glittery for my liking!).

For the Sun of It is a gorgeous matte bronzer, which you can see here pictured next to Hoola by Benefit. The formula is a little more chalky than Hoola when swatched, but it actually applies beautifully to the skin. It’s not too orangey either, which is good for my pale skin!

Arbonne For the Sun of It Bronzer on the left, Hoola by Benefit on the right.

I love the packaging of this product, it really does look high end. It’s sturdy, and you’ve got the benefit of a little mirror on the inside of the case.

For the Sun of It is £28, but it does come with a handy little brush which is useful for on the go touch ups!

Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter

Arbonne’s Sheer Glow Highlighter is a cream/liquid highlighter very similar to MAC’s Strobe Cream (which I know is not technically a highlighter!).

It’s got a pink tone, similar to Benefit’s High Beam, but is no where near as glittery or metallic-y and looks a lot more natural on the skin. As I often do with MAC’s Strobe Cream, I mixed this in with my foundation for an all over glow (something I would never do with High Beam) and it worked nicely. I didn’t look like a disco ball!

Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter on the left, MAC Strobe Cream in the middle and High Beam by Benefit on the right.

It is a very pretty highlighter, however I am very reluctant to say it’s worth the £28.00 price tag. You only get 30ml of the Arbonne highlighter, whereas with MAC’s Strobe Cream you can get 50ml for £24.50. Which is better value. And yes, I realise Strobe Cream isn’t technically a highlighter, but you can achieve the exact same effects as you can with the Arbonne product.

That being said, there are people who avoid MAC for various reasons and if that is the case then this is a fantastic alternative.

Arbonne Skin Care

From Arbonne’s skincare range I tested the Nurturing Day Lotion, the Hydrating Cleanser and Freshener, the Exfoliating New Cell Scrub and the Skin Conditioning Oil.

I feel like this has already been a massively long post (sorry!) and while I obviously use skincare, I’ve not tried as many products and brands as I have done with make up. So my skin care review will be a little less in depth – apologies!

Arbonne Nurturing Day Lotion SPF 20

I like the fact Arbonne uses SPF in so many of their products. The Arbonne Nurturing Day Lotion is a really lovely moisturiser. It’s lightweight, absorbs nicely into the skin and smells great. I have combination skin and it didn’t make my face oily, which was a bonus, but I would be interested to try the oil-absorbing lotion Arbonne offer as well, to see if that would work better for my skin.

A little goes a long way with this lotion, and as a result the £20 price tag seems completely reasonable. If you can get your hands on an Arbonne consultant (not literally, obviously, they might not be so willing to help then) ask them for a sample of this. Highly recommended.

Arbonne Hydrating Cleanser and Freshener

Word of warning, if you have sensitive skin this might be a cleanser to avoid. It does leave your skin feeling very tingly afterwards. Not massively stingy, but perhaps not great for sensitive skin.

The back of the packaging actually warns that it can make your face a bit red, which is just the cleanser working, so maybe not great for using immediately before you leave the house. I didn’t like this product for removing make up (I prefer a gentler product) but it did cleanse the skin well. I wouldn’t rush out and buy this product, however skin care is such a personal thing and just because I wouldn’t use it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.

Again, only a little product is needed so the £20 is pretty reasonable!

Arbonne Exfoliating New Cell Scrub

I LOVE a good face scrub. I have an oily nose that also has dry flaky skin on it (TMI?!) so a face scrub is an essential part of my skincare routine (or whatever can almost be classed a routine!!).

This scrub is fab. I really enjoyed using it. Got rid of the dead, flaky skin and made my skin feel all fresh.

The £23 is a little steep considering you can buy similar scrubs in Boots for less, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good product. Again, definitely one to chat to your local Arbonne consultant about!

Arbonne Skin Conditioning Oil

Sadly, this was a product I did not get on with at all. That’s not to say it’s not a great product, but I just do not like applying oils to my skin. I hate the texture, they always sit on my skin and make me feel greasy… Not for me.

Again, that’s not to say that this product won’t help with dry skin. I just couldn’t get past the formula. But if you’re fine with oils, give it a go! The Skin Conditioning Oil is £13.

Continuing to Use Arbonne Products

Pure, Safe, Beneficial is Arbonne’s company tagline. Pure – referring to the ingredients in the products; Safe – they claim their products don’t irritate your skin; and Beneficial – that their products will make a difference to your skin’s appearance.

It is great that we have the option to use ‘purer’ products, but I can’t say that has had much impact on my make up choices in the past (maybe a little more when it comes to skincare). So, while they are considered pure products, does Arbonne compete with other brands?

Yes, I think so. If you are looking for a more natural make up brand, then Arbonne can definitely hold it’s own. I was pleasantly surprised by most of the Arbonne items I used and how well they compared to some of my favourite products. I love the primer especially.

What is also great about Arbonne is the genuine enthusiasm their consultants have for the company and the products. Obviously they work for the company and receive training, but their excitement about everything Arbonne is infectious. I’m sure we’ve all had a bad experience at a counter with a sales assistant who doesn’t want to be there, but Arbonne consultants just don’t come across that way.

If you are looking to buy Arbonne products you can do so on the website here or by contacting your local Arbonne consultant. If you need help locating one just send me a tweet and I will point you in the right direction!

Thank you so much for reading this, rather lengthy, post!

  • Alyx
    October 11, 2016

    Thank you for this comparison blog!

  • Julie
    January 9, 2017

    Hi Gemma thanks for this honest and balanced review of Arbonne products. I’m an Arbonne consultant and agree were an enthusiastic bunch who are passionate about our products and clients.
    I’m happy to offer skincare, makeup and nutrition workshops and consultations. Much love. Julie x

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