Vegan, cruelty-free makeup that also looks amazing!
I was lucky enough to be sent some Arbonne makeup from a local Dorset entrepreneur Sarah Mills, who is also an Arbonne Independent Consultant, that I had the pleasure of meeting during lockdown (via a Zoom networking event). I hadn’t heard of Arbonne before, but after having used the products, I will definitely be using them again.
What I love about Arbonne (who don’t only sell make-up, but also nutrition and hair, baby care and men’s health products), is the fact that their range is ethical – vegan, cruelty-free, formulated without Gluten and a “not allowed list” that includes more than 2000 banned ingredients. They also have great brand values “Embracing the connection between a healthier mind, stronger body and more beautiful skin.” Who doesn’t want all of those things?
I couldn’t wait to get my products (Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream, Shea Butter Moisturising Lip Balm and Speak Volumes Mascara) out of their recyclable packaging and on to my face!
Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream
Let’s start with the Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream, which was my favourite of the three products I tested. What I love about the CC Cream is the fact that it’s so light. You honestly wouldn’t even realise you had it on. I wore it on its own, but you could also wear it under makeup. I had a few blemishes on my face and it concealed them really well.
I applied the cream with my fingers and it blended in perfectly with my fair complexion (I went for shade #7796, the second lightest, but there are three other shades to choose from – Fair, Medium and Dark). It also primed my skin, giving it a lovely glow. I didn’t tell my husband I was wearing it and he even commented on my complexion – and that means a lot believe me!
It’s promoted as a 10 in 1 product 1. Primer; 2. Protector; 3. Concealer; 4. Hydrator; 5. Mattifier; 6. Brightener; 7. Blemish Cover; 8. Pore Refiner; 9. Comforter; 10. Complexion Controller, so a whole host of benefits.
After having used the cream for a week I can honestly say my skin feels fantastic. It really does moisturise the skin and makes it look brighter and healthier.
For those of you who prefer your makeup to have SPF, Arbonne also sell a Pollution Defense CC Cream, which has SPF30, protecting the skin from the sun and pollution.
Arbonne Speak Volumes Mascara
At last I have found a mascara that doesn’t clump together and actually stays on my lashes! Arbonne’s Speak Volumes Mascara is really easy to layer too. I like to go for the natural look, but you can also layer it for bold, dramatic volume – great for nights out. The brush is tapered, which helps to catch every lash and it really does lengthen my lashes, which other brands have struggled to do. Like the CC Cream, the vitamin infused mascara is really lightweight and it doesn’t smudge. I used the makeup on some really hot and humid days and it didn’t flake at all. It’s easy to remove at the end of the day too.
Arbonne Shea Butter Moisturising Lip Balm
After having used Arbonne’s Shea Butter Moisturising Lip Balm for just over a week, it is now one of my daily handbag essentials and part of my “go-to” makeup collection.
What I love about this lip balm is how smooth and soft it left my lips after only one application. It contains five botanical oils and is safe for all skin types. The shea butter combined with Vitamin E moisturises and softens your lips and the Jojoba seed oil really soothes them, especially if you suffer from dry or cracked lips like mine.
I apply the lip balm a couple of times during the day to give my lips a little boost. Love it!
If you haven’t heard of Arbonne, I really do recommend checking them out. Better still, get in touch with Sarah via her Facebook Page, who introduced me to this lovely, sustainable brand. She will give you a personal consultation and talk you through all of the products, which you can view on their website.
The fact that they are Vegan, cruelty free and formulated without Gluten is really awesome too. I am so impressed with the makeup I tried and will definitely be ordering some more. They have recently brought out a Matte & Shine Lip Duo in seven different shades, which I can’t wait to get my hands on!
Note: The prices I have quoted are catalogue price, but you can choose to join Arbonne’s Preferred Client programme, which gets you 20% off all products.