Okay, folks. What would you say if I told you I discovered a primer that is lightweight, affordable, easy on the skin and smooth as all hell? Would you be surprised to find out that the product I’m referring to is from Arbonne?
Just for a recap and for those who don’t know Arbonne, Arbonne is a company that formulates Swiss-based products and thus follows the high standard of skin care and beauty that derives from Europe. It has been in Canada for just over 10 years, and it is a vegan, paraben-free, formulated without Benzene, Mineral Oil and Petroleum among many.
I first had exposure to Arbonne at a party that my friend invited me to, where I tried the anti-aging Re 9 Line and LOVED it (I also wrote a review on it if you want to check it out in my blog!). From there, I explored many other Arbonne products and honestly haven’t had a bad thing to say about any of them. They are a pricier company as they are formulated without many ingredients that you would find in drugstore brands, and their consultants do a lot of good with charity work and mission trips around the world.
I purchased the Arbonne Cosmetics Makeup Primer a couple of months ago. I don’t really wear make-up ALL that often so I wanted to give this a go for a good period of time before I formed an honest opinion on it.
For the purposes of this review, I will include the list of ingredients of this primer as you can see below.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone
Crosspolymer, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer,
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel
Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense
Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Silica, Tribehenin,
Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12,
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol,
Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol,
Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Mica, Tin Oxide, Titanium
Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).
Colour: The colour of this primer is an almost clear, white-ish glow. It appears shiny once you pump it into your hands, and once applied on the skin it completely disappears into your skin tone. It appears a little shiny on the face but once you apply your make-up, you definitely can’t tell.
Texture: The texture is probably my favourite part about this primer, as it is extremely light and soft to the touch. The bottle itself is very light, as opposed to many primers I’ve tried in the past that are heavy and glide on harsh; feeling like you are carrying an extra pound of makeup on your face. This primer is so light that you honestly forgot you’re wearing makeup on your face. It is slightly oily but I like this aspect of the product as it helps to spread better.
Scent: Like the majority of Arbonne products, this primer is unscented and fragrance-free.
Usage: You DO NOT need to use a lot of this product in order to see its full effect. You can pump a small amount onto your finger, and spread it all over your face. Since it has a slight oily texture to it, a little bit goes a long way. Since most of Arbonne’s products are concentrated, you can even add a little bit of water to make it spread faster (but I don’t think this is even necessary). It’s definitely an easy spread all over the face.
Packaging: This primer is displayed in an elegant black bottle that is small enough to safely fit into your hand and light enough to be carried around in your purse or handbag. The only critique I have is the lid, which I found fell off quite easy while I was carrying it around in my makeup bag. However, the pump is designed to only release primer when pushed down and primer will not seep out accidentally, which is very high quality compared to other products I have used in the past.
Price: The Canadian site offers the product for $49.00 Canadian. This is actually a good price if you want a quality primer, and it will last you a while if you use it sparingly. Like all Arbonne products, the shelf life is one year opened, two years unopened; so spending $50.00 for a good product that will last you a year doesn’t seem so bad.
My Result: I didn’t use this primer every day, but when I did use it, I found my makeup stayed on all day. Even if I sweat, the product didn’t come off my face. The other awesome feature that I HAVE to point out is how light this product is on the face. One of the things I hate about primers and foundation is that you feel like the makeup is caked on your face. This is NOT the case with this primer, it’s so light! I forgot I was wearing it on several occasions to be quite honest.
If you decide to go with this primer, let me know about your experience and if you had similar or different experiences with mine!