Some people may know Arbonne as the brand that has annoying reps, and others may know Arbonne as a brand of makeup and skincare that they are obsessed with. I am in between, I do know that some Arbonne reps can be quite annoying (although I haven't witnessed any of that in the last year or so), but so far I have liked every Arbonne product that I have tried.
Arbonne is a brand from Switzerland and the range is cruelty free and contains botanically based ingredients. If you shy away from face to face marketing (which I tend to do), you can buy Arbonne from their website.
This review is for the Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 in the shade Buff and the Makeup Primer. Now I do want to specify that I was sent these for review, well... to be honest I asked to review them because I had heard a lot of good things about the foundation and primer.
They aren't cheap, the foundation retails for $56 and the primer retails for $51 in Australia. Both of these contain 30ml and you can see the ingredients below.
The packaging is quite simple with a clear plastic container for the foundation and a black/dark grey packaging for the primer. Both of these have a handy pump and the packaging is designed so that, as you use the product, the inside rises so you can use up all of the product (I have no idea what the technical term of that packaging is). The packaging is nothing too fancy, but its very practical.
Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation SPF 15 - Buff: I'm not going to lie, I LOVE this foundation! This shade would probably suit a MAC NC20 type skin as it is a light to medium slightly yellow toned foundation. There are 15 shades available ranging from Alabaster to Espresso and there are options for cool and warm skin tones.
It's hard to figure out where to start because I love most things about this foundation! Firstly, it is very runny but high coverage foundation, so you only need to apply a thin layer to get the coverage that you can see in the photo below. What is great about this is that using only a thin layer is that it doesn't feel cakey or uncomfortable. Secondly, I find that one pump will cover my whole face if I apply this with my fingers (see how I apply it in the video at the end of this post)... so one bottle should last you quite a while. Thirdly, this foundation sets really well, and what I love about foundations that set is that they tend to be more long wearing, and also buildable. I can easily apply a second layer over areas that need more coverage instead of having to reach for a concealer. Fourthly, this sets to a natural finish, its not matte, but its not dewy, so it would suit most skin types. Being an oilier skinned person, I do tend to powder this foundation, focusing mainly on my t-zone, but this is one of the longest wearing foundations that I have tried in quite some time! I can easily wear this all day (as in 16ish hours) without needing to blot or re-powder. The miracle about this foundation, in my opinion, is that oil can start to break through but the makeup doesn't break down or become patchy. Lastly, this has SPF, blurs pores and is designed not to clog pores.
Onto the negatives... the only things I can think of are that you need to buy this online (or through a rep) and it costs $56. In the scheme of things, $56 isn't too bad for such a great foundation. My normal drugstore foundation is the Revlon Colorstay which retails for $34.95 in Australia, and the Arbonne one is far far superior to that one! This also beats the infamous NARS Sheer Glow that costs $59 (plus $4 if you want a pump). Compared to the Sheer Glow this has a similar consistency and application, but it wears SOOOOO much longer. I can get maybe 3-4 hours of wear with the Sheer Glow before it starts to break down around my t-zone, whereas the Arbonne foundation may get slightly oily at the 8 hour mark but my makeup doesn't break down at all.
Arbonne Makeup Primer: The primer is a nice silicon gel consistency that definitely helps smooth out pores, fine lines, and helps give a smooth foundation application. I believe this is also supposed to be an environmental shield, so it will help prevent your skin from absorbing pollutants. If that's what you look for in a primer, then definitely give this one a go! I personally like primers that can keep me looking matte and also prolong the wear of my foundation and although I think this primer helped slightly in that department, I don't think it wasn't significantly better than other silicon primers that I have tried. I know I will definitely repurchase the foundation in a heart beat, but I am not sure if I would fork out the $51 for this primer. In the video below I demonstrate how the foundation wears with primer and without primer.
In conclusion, I have found my holy grail foundation. I love how it applies, I love how it wears, I love the coverage, and I have been receiving lovely comments on my skin when I wear this. I love wearing this to work because I know that my skin will be looking good for 12 hours with little or no touching up! I highly highly highly recommend this foundation.
I am still on the fence about the primer as I feel like it does help with the application and appearance of the foundation, but I don't think it adds enough longevity for me to want to spend $51 for it. My opinion may change as I wear it more and more, but I think this would be more suited to people who are more concerned with blurring pores rather than adding longevity to your foundation.