Saturday, 16 August 2014

Arbonne Colour Cosmetics | Review

Arbonne is a brand that is quite new to me. I have tried a couple of skincare samples in the past, but have not ventured into any of their colour cosmetics range. Although it is now available to purchase online, the majority of Arbonne's business is based on independent consultants and at-home parties. Sometimes such 'parties' seem to do the rounds so to speak...and it largely depends on your circle of friends as to whether you are introduced to a brand or not.

Arbonne offer state of the art skincare, haircare, cosmetics and dietary supplements based on natural, botanical ingredients. Arbonne was first established in Sweden in 1975, the year I was born! ( who doesn't love a bit of trivia? ) and are now based in the US. 

The three products I have to share with you today were sent to me for the purpose of review. I think it is always helpful to include swatches ( which I do in most of my posts ), and I have also included a picture of a "look" I created inspired by these shades, and Arbonne's Winter Edit ... embrace the pale skin, add a pretty flush to the cheeks, keep the eyes simple, and the quintessential deep, rich winter lip.




L-R   ARBONNE  Eyeshadow - Cabernet,  Blush - Taffeta,  Lipstick - Jam

Eye Shadow - Cabernet - is a beautiful, rich, burgandy/brown. As soon as I saw this I thought it would be perfect in the outer corner, or outer V to create depth. To touch it is almost creamy, however once on the skin it became a little patchy and difficult to blend. Having said that, I thought it might work well as a liner instead, and it certainly does! I used an angled liner brush and pressed it into the top lash line. You'll see in the photo below I also extended the shadow beyond the lash line to make a wing. This shade makes a  nice alternative to a traditional black, or standard brown liner, and it is a good way to make use of a lovely shade of eyeshadow that may not blend out as well as you would like. These shadows are available in a range of 20 shades, for $27.00 AU each.

Blush - Taffeta - this blush has been in my everyday makeup drawer since it landed at The Beauty Vine HQ, and has become one of my most reached for shades this winter. Although it is most certainly pink, it has lovely warm undertones, and blends beautifully on the skin. It is a matte formula, but I find it  gives a beautiful luminous glow to my cheeks. The staying power is also very impressive. In my opinion, it is a little pricey for a blush, at $41.00 AU, but I am so impressed with the formula, I would absolutely consider purchasing more shades to try.

Lipstick - Jam - oh such an appropriate name for this lippy! It fits perfectly! Whilst it certainly has depth, it is subtle and a little more grown up (not too vampy). If you are just starting out with deeper shades, this one would be the perfect introduction. The formula feels lovely, very nourishing and lightweight. I did find that I would get the best results if I used a little lip liner with this shade. I am starting to get some fine lines above my top lip ( yay for getting old ) and this lipstick did travel a little bit on me. Of course if you are in the first flush of youth, this would not concern you at all! I would also recommend to gently exfoliate your lips prior to application. It is a sheer, soft, emollient formula, and the pigment tended gather a little on any dry patches. It wore very nicely, and left a pretty, even berry stain on my lips for most of the day. These lipsticks retail for $37.00 AU and are available in 14 shades.

My Arbonne Winter Edit

You can find the Arbonne website here and from there be directed to your country's website. If you happen to be an Arbonne independent consultant, feel free to leave your link in my comments section. 

Have you tried any Arbonne products? Do you have any favourites or shade recommendations for me? Do you struggle to take a half decent selfie like me, and end up looking a little startled? Do feel free to say hello in the comments below, I am always happy to see a link to your blog if you have one!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

Dsiclaimer : As mentioned in this post these products were sent to me for consideration. I take due time to test each product, form an opinion, and share my thoughts with honesty and integrity. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments, and I will do my best to answer them! xo 


  1. I loved this post !! very honest about the products and the tips you give are great!!

    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award!!
    All the details you need are here:

  2. I thought the colour of that blush would be way too bright but you look very nice with it in the picture. Nice post :)


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