Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Reviews-Day Tuesday ft. Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick

Hey y'all!  Last week I shared some photos from the Arbonne #AllAboutLips event, and promised here are some swatches and a review, as I am a woman of my word!



Swatches up ahead!

For those of you who aren't familiar with Arbonne, it is a skincare brand developed in Switzerland, in 1975.  Similar to brands like Mary Kay, you can find Arbonne cosmetics online, or from a sales rep.  Arbonne adheres to an ingredients policy, that is said to use "the safest and most efficacious ingredients to deliver quality beauty products with skincare benefits and gorgeous colours".

I have four of the sixteen new nature-inspired Smoothed Over lipsticks to share with you today.  The key ingredients include:  watermelon, apple, lentil, edelweiss plant, hyaluronic acid, peptides, polymers, and ceramide-3.

They claim to have:

  • A moisturizing formula with smooth, satin glossy finish
  • Fruit extracts for lip-volumizing effects
  • Peptides to plump lips

I picked out four colours that I thought would be great to wear this summer.

Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in 'Willow'



I chose 'Willow' as a colour to wear this summer, to take a spin on the new trend of wearing 'greige' (grey/beige) colours.  'Willow' is more of a brown based nude, so it gives your look a bit more life than a grey-toned colour.

Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in 'Guava'



The 'Guava' lipstick photographs quite orange, but on the lips, it is a coral colour with a pop of pink, just like the fruit, you guessed it, guava!

Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in 'Iris'



Even though in the tube it looks to be a dark, vampy colour, 'Iris' appears to be more of a red-ish burgundy colour.  Just because it's summer, doesn't mean we can't sport a dark lip every now and then, right?  'Iris' is a more toned down version of that berry-stained, merlot coloured lip that you love to wear in the fall.

Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in 'Camellia'



My favourite colour of the bunch is 'Camellia', a cute pink, with purple undertones.  It's a nice compliment to the more in-your-face purple colours that have been in the forefront this past year, like MAC's 'Heroine' or 'Dodgy Girl'.

L-R:  Iris, Willow, Camellia, Guava.
Review

I find that these lipsticks are best worn, when applied with a light hand.  I tried applying a few swipes of product to get a bolder look, however, when I did that, the lipstick would sit there, and not really seep into my lips.  Furthermore, about 1.5 hours later, I could feel the product wearing down - I couldn't see it wearing down with my eyes, but I could feel it when I would rub my lips together, and it began to feel a bit gritty.  The colour itself would last about 3 hours, for me.  It's also important to note that this lipstick is not transfer-proof.  It took a while to set on my lips (maybe about 15 minutes), but after it did, I would periodically tap my finger onto my lips, and find that product was on my fingertip.

The look that the Smoothed Over lipsticks give, are similar to Revlon's Lip Butters, but with Arbonne you get more coverage.  I do enjoy the colours, as they are different from other lipsticks in my collection.  In addition to the colours, the satin finish can give you a more natural pop of colour, as opposed to a boldness of a matte lip.

The price tag is a bit steep at $28 per lipstick, which might be due to the extensive ingredient list.  However, Arbonne's ingredient policy has come under fire, as there have been some questions about the validity of their 'pure' ingredient claim.  You can check them out online, or track down a sales rep, if you are interested in trying them out for yourself.

Do you have any fave products from Arbonne?  Let me know in the comments below.  Until next time. - Shawna

*PR Sample

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