Sunday, July 14, 2013

Spotlight: Arbonne Lipstick and Eye Shadow

Products Sent For Consideration

Arbonne Lipstick & Eye Shadows

Last month, I reviewed some products sent to me by Arbonne. I shared with you my review of an eye shadow, their foundations, bronzer and blush.  The company was kind enough to send four more shadows my way as well as a couple of lipsticks for review.  I am always interested in testing out vegan lipsticks, as I think good quality vegan lipsticks can be somewhat difficult to find. 

Over the past week or so, I've tested these products individually and together to see how they performed. I am happy to say that I've found the quality of products from this brand to be very consistent.

Here is a look at the products I tested: 

Eye Shadow:  Eye shadow is one of my favorite makeup products. There are so many colors and textures to choose from, making it one of the most fun mediums to express my creativity with.  Arbonne eye shadow is a mineral-infused eye shadow, that is both blendable and long wearing. It contains beneficial ingredients such as cucumber extract, vitamins A, C and E.  Like all Arbonne products, these shadows are completely vegan (contain no animal derived ingredients), gluten free, paraben free and cruelty-free (not tested on animals).  If I could only use one word to describe these eye shadows, it would be smooth. The formula has a silky texture that glides nicely on the eye lid, leaving behind a very smooth appearance. I was able to test both matte and shimmer formulas from the brand. Arbonne eye shadow is currently available in 20 different shades.  I didn't find any chalkiness among the matte shades, and all of the colors I tested translated to the lid in true to pan color.  I tested one shimmer shade, which I found to be very different than shimmery shades from other brands. The shimmer is quite subtle, not the heavy glitter bombs often seen on the market. I really like this, especially when doing makeup on more mature clients.  Rather than being a heavy metallic, the shimmer shadow I tested simply reflected light when applied to then lid, creating a beautiful glistening appearance sans fallout. The four colors I tried are: Vanilla (matte cream), Java (warm brown), Petal (baby pink) and Indigo (prune shimmer shade).

Each shadow is housed in a metallic gunmetal-like compact with a clear see-through window on the lid. The name of the shadow is clearly labeled on the bottom of the compact.

 Above: Indigo (shimmer)
 Above: Java (matte)
Above: Petal (matte)
Above: Vanilla (matte)

Vanilla is a matte cream shade similar to MAC Brule. I love it as a highlight shade on my skin tone.  I also used it as matte cheekbone highlight, making it a multipurpose product for me.
Petal is a light baby pink that has a very nice brightening effect on the eye. I love this as an allover lid color, and also took it into the inner corner of my eye around the tear duct. 
Indigo is going to be an awesome shade for fall. Prune eyeshadow is the "it" color for fall, and although named Indigo, it is a dusty purple with light shimmer particles in it. My favorite way to wear this is solo applied with a fluffy brush as a wash of color. 
Java is a great basic to have. It's a reddened brown that works great as an eye contour shade.  I also like it worn very close to the lash line as liner, applied with an angled brush or pencil brush. 

 Swatches from left to right: Vanilla, Petal, Indigo, Java

Here is a look at how I wore the shadows: 

 Above: Petal on the lid, Java in the crease and on the lower lash line
 Above, Look 2: Petal on the lid, Indigo in outer corner and in crease, Java close to the lash line, Vanilla as a highlight under the brow bone

 In my last Arbonne post, I got questions about ingredients. In looking at the package, all of the shadows appear to have similar ingredients.

Eye Shadow Ingredients (as printed on then package): Barium Sulfate, Lauroyl Lysine, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitrate, Dimethicone, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Marrublum Vulgare Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Hexapeptide-10, Ribose, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol.  May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines

Lipstick: I am very impressed with the formula of these lipsticks!  The two I tested are creamy, smooth and true to tube in terms of color pigmentation. This is a great lipstick formula period, not just great for a vegan lipstick. The packaging is a slim rectangular tube with angled bullet.  The formula itself has a satin finish and medium to full coverage. Shimmer shades are also available from the brand, but I have not tried those. I find the formula to be very long lasting without feeling dry on the lips. I did not experience any feathering or bleeding. I wore these solo (no lip liner or primer) and also tried mixing the two shades together.  These lipsticks also contain hydrating ingredients like aloe, wild mango butter and pomegranate extract. 

 Above swatches: Coral Reef (left), Shell (right)

Coral Reef is the perfect summer shade. Most coral lipsticks lean pink or orange. This one definitely leans a bit more on the pink side which I find makes it much more wearable for most. I really love this color. I think it can really help enhance a summer (self) tan. This shade is universally flattering, and will flatter nearly all skin tones. 

Shell is a light nude beige.  I love this as a mixing color.  I often mix lipsticks to create my own custom shades.  A color like this is ideal to lighten other shades.  On it's own it can create a nude lip for a monotone runway inspired makeup look. This shade cancels out any red tones in the lip, making it a great alternative to concealer if you want to really nude out the lip before applying another color. 

 Above: Coral Reef
 Above: Coral Reef and Shell mixed together to create a lighter shade
 Above: Ombre Lip, Coral Reef with Shell just applied to the center of the lips

 Above: Ombre Lip, Coral Reef with Shell just applied to the center of the lips
 Above: Shell
Above: Coral Reef (without flash) 

Lipstick Ingredients: Rinicus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethlene, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Oleyl |Alcohol, Pentaerythirtyl Tetraisostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polybutene, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Cera Camauba/Copernica Cerifera (canauba) wax/Cire de Camauba, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de Candelilla, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Marrubium Vulgare Extract,Alaria Esculenta Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ethyl Linoleate, Lecithin, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Betaine, Lauryl PCA, C12-16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Glycerin, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 33 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Red 22 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 6, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake 

I hope you enjoyed this look at Arbonne eye shadows and lipsticks.  For more information, or to purchase any of the products here, you can visit 

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*This post contains products sent for consideration. This in no way alters my review. I do not get paid to write reviews.  I do not get any payments or commission if you purchase any of these products. All opinions are my own.  Any links are for the benefit of the reader.


  1. I am an Independent Consultant wit Arbonne International.
    Thank you for your honest review of Arbonne products to date. Arbonne products are unparalled in quality & effectiveness. When I tried the Re9 Advance skincare range I was sold! Arbonne are committed to the mantra of Pure, Safe & Beneficial. Truly fabulous, what more can I say?

  2. that look you did with the shadows is beautiful!

  3. Love the extensive review! I am also an Arbonne independent consultant and am always amazed at how many people try to eat vegetarian or vegan but never think of their make up or skin care! Thanks for helping! Kara Osada-D'Avella Kona Hawaii Arbonne Independent Consultant.

  4. Aloha! Thank you so much for your detailed post! I am an Arbonne Independent Consultant and am always amazed at how many people try to eat vegetarian or vegan but don't think of what makeup or skin care they use! Thank you so much for honest reviews of products! From Kona Hawaii I appreciate it! My sister is a vegan and finding Arbonnes amazing products has been so wonderful for her and me and now I get to share them with others!

  5. The shadows and the lipsticks look stunning! LOVE the "Indigo" look and the "Coral Reef" lipstick looks beautiful!

  6. Great review! I just started using Arbonne skincare and I need to buy make-up next. I love the indigo eye shadow. It's going to be a great replacement for a raisin shade I can't get at The Body Shop any longer. Now if only I could learn to apply it like you did!

  7. As an independent consultant my focus has always been nutrition and hormone balance. I love the purity standards of the makeup but im no expert in applying. your tips are great ideas for blending to share with my clients may I include your blog in my health news that I send to clients?

  8. Hi Rita. thanks for reading. yes, you can include my blog. I'd be honored. I appreciate you checking with me. thanks so much! :)

  9. LOVE your reviews! Thank you for this Arbonne one. I hope it will be ok to post this on my facebook page. I am a consultant with Arbonne. I would like to also print this up for clients to read, is this ok as well? Not sure if I can add it to my website but with your approval I will look into it.

  10. These eyeshadows really look like something I would like. Very "me" shades. I still haven't tried Arbonne, thanks for keeping this brand on my radar.

  11. hi ArbonneNavyLady. thanks for reading. yes you may reprint and share the post, just please include the link back to the site. thanks for reading & sharing! :)

  12. Thank you Liza Nicole. I must say I have had the Java but always reach for Smoke as I wasn't sure what to do with the Java, and now I do!


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