Hello all! I’ve been meaning to post about a few Arbonne products I’ve had in my makeup pile for a while now. I have tried several products from one of their skincare lines, a few bath/body products, and a few of their makeup products. I’ll make a post in the future about the FC5 skincare line, but today I want to talk about their liquid foundation, primer, and bronzer.
Oh Arbonne. I have a such love hate relationship with you.
I have a problem with products that you can only buy from your local representative, no matter how good or useful they are. I am the ultimate consumer. I want to be able to buy what I want when I want in the most hassle-free and convenient way. It bothers me when I am required to buy a membership for the privilege of buying a product..It’s paying for the ability to pay for something.
Anyhow, the business model isn’t what I’m going to get into.. I won a giveaway draw at a bridal expo a while back and got to try out some of their products that I probably wouldn’t have tried on my own. Starting with the Primer…
Arbonne Makeup Primer $46CAD
The more recent Arbonne containers have gotten a little makeover since I received this. They are now cylindrical instead of rectangular, but as far as I can tell it’s the same product. (To see the product I have linked select your country/language and then the link should should redirect).
I use this primer all the time, and it works great! I actually use this as an eye shadow primer as well, even though It’s more intended for foundation. My eye shadow lasts all day with this primer without creasing in the lid. This also makes a great base for powder foundation!
A little goes a long way with this. It spreads easily and holds your makeup on all day. I like the dispenser quite a bit, It’s so much easier to use a product with a pump than to try and tip it upside down or squeeze that last little bit out. There’s a piece inside the tube which pushes the primer upwards, it really makes sure you are getting every last drop. I think that’s why it’s lasted me for almost two years.
I love this, even if I don’t like purchasing from consultants. My only concern is that the sales rep was harping on how natural these products are, yet there are sure a lot of ingredients I can’t pronounce…
This was the last liquid foundation I used before I switched to powder. I found this product frustrating to work with in all honesty. It had good coverage, but it didn’t blend well and is a little bit cakey. I think part of it was that the consultant strongly urged me to get the shade Buff, claiming she was an excellent color matcher. I should have gone with my instincts and ordered the lightest shade they have as that is what I am in most foundations. This was a good two or three shades too dark for my skin. It was alright for going out in the evening, but I could never pull off the wrong shade during the day in natural light.
This does contain SPF so if you are out in the sun for long periods of time you won’t need to double up on sunscreen, which I appreciate. Just like the primer, the bottle design will get you every last drop of the product.
I won’t be buying this again, I’m just not a fan of the formula. It’s a tad on the oilier side, which doesn’t work for my t zone at all. The price doesn’t help a girl on a budget much either!
Arbonne Bronzer $40CAD
I only started liking this bronzer recently, and I think a large part of it is the brush I was using. You need a nice big fluffy brush to apply this. I was using a cheap little brush the first few times that I tried this and it always left a giant streak of pigment on my face that just wouldn’t blend. When I got my Urban Decay brush set I decided to give it another whirl and was amazed at the difference. With the right brush you can control the amount of tint and spread lightly enough that it will blend when you contour instead of leaving dark stripes on your skin. Even without a primer or foundation this bronzer gives a nice radiant glow, so it’s perfect for when you are short on time.
This lasts fairly long, even without a primer. I have had problems getting it off actually, even with makeup remover. It will definitely stay on all day. I love that the compact has a mirror, I wish all my products had mirrors! It would make everything so much easier. (:
A warning, it can get all over if you aren’t careful, as you can see it’s all over the inside of the compact.
Last but not least, some swatches!
The Liquid foundation on top of the primer. This was just a tiny little drop of the stuff!
Bronzer over the primer and foundation
The bronzer on it’s own.
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Have an awesome weekend everyone (: