This post features press samples. I was not compensated for writing this post and all thoughts and opinions remain my own.
The makeup category that is my Achilles heel is lipstick. I cannot get enough of the stuff. I could fairly happily do the exact same eye and face makeup every day, but if I couldn’t change up my lipstick on a daily basis I would be a sad, sad girl indeed.
When Arbonne asked if I would be interested in trying some fall lip products, obviously I jumped at the chance. I had never tried any Arbonne products before, and, um, lipstick. Sent to my house. For me to put on my face.
I ended up with the Intelligence Lip Treatment ($46 CAD), Smoothed Over Lipstick in Aster ($34 CAD), Glossed Over Gloss in Hyacinth ($31 CAD), and Lip Liner in Berry ($28 CAD) – in theory, everything you’d need for fall statement lips. These particular products go well together perfectly because each step slightly increases the intensity of colour, meaning you can go with a light berry with the liner all the way up to a rich, deep, and decidedly bold look with the lipstick and gloss layered on top.
All of the products are gluten- and paraben-free as well as vegan, for anyone who’s into that.
I’ve been playing around with this stuff for about two months now, except it’s not really playing because it’s SERIOUS BUSINESS. I don’t know how a lip balm with such a lightweight texture does its job so well, but either way it blows my mind. I use it before I put on lipstick and before bed and my lips have stayed soft enough to handle my most drying liquid lipsticks. It also sinks in really quickly and doesn’t feel greasy or otherwise unpleasant. It does have a scent – it reminds me of a popsicle.
According to Arbonne, the Intelligence Lip Treatment “helps soften the appearance of fine lines on the lips and contours, and supports the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Lips feel replenished, hydrated and moisturized. Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment enhances the appearance of lip volume and multitasks as a primer for lipstick or gloss.” Anti-aging lip products aren’t on my radar so I can’t speak to that, and I don’t find that it particularly increases lip volume – though I already have full lips, so I probably wouldn’t notice much of a difference anyway. However, it absolutely does make my lips feel “replenished, hydrated, and moisturized”.
This is a really pricey product, and there’s no getting around that. At $46 CAD for 0.33 fl oz/9.8mL ($139.39/fl oz or $4.69/mL), it does feel a bit like highway robbery. But it is, so far, honestly the best lip treatment I have found for my chronically dry, chapped, and peeling lips – and after using it twice a day for two months, there is still a tonne of product left.
I don’t have super strong feelings about this lip liner. I like the twist-up packaging because I’m lazy and hate sharpening products. I like the colour, as well; it’s definitely berry, but it’s not too intense. I don’t find it super smooth nor terribly dry. It drags a tiny bit and goes on slightly patchy, so sadly I don’t think it would work amazingly worn on its own. As a base for a lipstick, though, it’s fine. Personally I would not pay $28 for it, but I’ve been happily using it. This isn’t one I would say you need to run out and buy.
The Lip Liner retails for $28 CAD for 0.01 oz, or $2800 per oz. Which is… up there. But you already know that twist-up liners contain hardly any product, don’t you?
This lipstick goes on very smoothly and glosses over any dry patches beautifully. It’s also a beautiful colour, I think – it’s a very deep, mauve-toned berry that’s just enough for day-to-day life. It’s a great hydrating option for the cooler months when, at some point, we are all bound to have chapped, dry-feeling lips.
However, we all know that the trade-off for hydrating lipstick is that it does not last well. This one is no exception. I don’t have before and after pictures, but it barely holds up through a Second Cup White Hot Chocolate, let alone a meal. For a lot of people, this isn’t an issue – many would prefer their lips being in good shape to their lipstick being impenetrable. For shorter, less busy days, this is fine for me. For longer days where I know I will be eating on campus and may not have time to touch up, I skip anything and everything hydrating and go straight for the budge-proof formulas. But I know that the day will come when the most important thing to me is that my lips are comfortable, and this will be the first product I reach for.
The Smoothed Over Lipsticks go for $34 CAD for 0.14 oz, or $242.86 per oz. That’s obviously getting up there in price; I personally don’t get enough use out of hydrating lipsticks to drop that much on one, but if that’s your thing this is a great option.
I’m normally not a lip gloss person, and pigmented lip gloss is something that bewilders me. If I wanted a bold colour that would come off the second I took a sip of water, I would buy, well… a lip gloss. But I don’t want that, so I don’t buy lip gloss. I decided to try out the gloss for the sake of completeness, and I’m really glad I did.
First of all, that colour is gorgeous! This is the exact type of colour I gravitate towards in the fall. Purple lipstick is kind of a thing of mine, but even I can’t deny that a purple-toned berry is much more wearable. Arbonne claims that this product provides sheer to medium coverage, but I would argue that it can be built up to full coverage. It is worn over the lip liner and lipstick in the above photo, so it is especially opaque.
The gloss has a slightly sticky feel to it, but nothing uncomfortable. If you hate any trace of stickiness in your gloss, this is not for you – but if a bit (which does fade with wear) is okay with you, you won’t have a problem.
What really impressed me was the staying power. I decided to have a cup of tea after applying this lipstick, and after one sip I was ready to be disappointed:
Surely that does not bode well, right?!
Wrong. Despite the gloss left on the mug, after chugging my tea it barely looked touched:
I was very pleasantly surprised by this result (especially considering the lipstick did not hold up to the same test), so I moved on to phase two: having a bagel. (St. Viateur is the only way, incidentally.)
Clearly the bagel did a lot more damage, but I still think that for a gloss the results are honestly pretty great. Despite the fact that I am lip gloss avoider, I honestly do see myself breaking this out during the colder months – as long as I think I’ll have a chance to touch up if I plan on having a meal while I’m out.
I also really like the applicator of this gloss; doefoots are never precise enough for me, and tend to gloop product on. I found that the individualized hairs on the brush-style applicator gave me more control and didn’t distribute too much product on my lips.
The Glossed Over Lip Gloss goes for $31 for 0.11 fl oz/3.36 mL – that’s $281.82/fl oz, or $9.23/mL. Again, getting steep – but if you’re a gloss fan, this one is excellent.
Here’s everything on my face in the context of a full makeup look.
On my eyes, I used Garnet, Sable, Espresso, and Mauve from the LORAC Pro palette. My blush is Sleek Flushed.
Swatches of everything:
All in all, I’ve really been enjoying the fall lip products I’ve tried from Arbonne. The Intelligence Lip Treatment is my favourite, but the gloss is excellent too. The lipstick is great for what it is, though it’s not my favourite of these products. The lip liner is the only product that truly falls short for me, but it’s not bad – just underwhelming.
Note: All products in this post were sent to me for review purposes, but as always this does not influence my opinion whatsoever. This post is not sponsored.