Vegan Make Up & Skincare – Arbonne

by Aly Hazlewood on September 4, 2018

As I’m sure you already know, vegans do not eat animal products, wear animal products, or purchase products that test on animals or have animal ingredients in them. It used to be much harder to be a vegan than in the present day (I remember having great difficulty calling in vegan make up for a shoot with Heather McCartney many years ago), but public opinion is thankfully now shifting and the marketeers have been quick to jump on the bandwagon.

On a recent return visit to the U.K, I was both surprised and delighted to see large vegan sections in most of the supermarkets, and have been receiving noticeably more press releases from vegan skincare lines, shoe brands and household products. Not to mention the vegan restaurant boom (in London at least).

I’ve been living a (mostly) vegan lifestyle for the last 3 years in South East Asia, but where it has not always been possible is in the realm of beauty and skincare products. So I was pleased to receive a small selection from Arbonne’s vegan make up collection to review. (And was surprised to learn that this Swiss brand has been around since the mid-70′s).

Arbonne products are made without:

  • Animal products or animal by-products
  • Parabens
  • Formaldehyde donating preservatives
  • PABA
  • Benzene
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Toluene
  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Animal products
  • Animal by-products
  • Cholesterol
  • Saturated fats
  • Trans fats

But it’s worth mentioning that while Arbonne products are packed with botanicals and anti-oxidants, they openly admit being “natural-based,” and not 100% natural.

d8e562cfd3326f2c5fb34b5a4519f9f9I tested the Intelligence CC Cream (£34), choosing the dark shade since I’m very tanned from living in the Tropics, but this was still several shades too dark for my skin, I should have opted for the medium. As such, I only wore this for a very short time to assess the coverage and texture, so I can’t comment on it’s staying power. However, it did seem very pigmented and gave a nice sheer, dewy finish to the skin.

The Its a Long Story mascara (£31) was a little on the thin side for me, I already have quite fine lashes and tend to prefer a mascara that adds volume. But for natural-looking, everyday use, this mascara does the job nicely and is water resistant without being difficult to remove.


The Sheer Glow Highlight Stick (£49) is dual ended, multi-purpose highlight stick with a very silky texture that glides over foundation adding radiance without streaking your makeup. Use the Pearl shade to highlight the brow, cupids bow and bridge of the nose, and Bronze to give you a post-summer glow. My fave product from those I received

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Berry Blush (£24). Soft, smooth and long wearing, with a very subtle shimmer. This is a good autumnal shade, but tap off excess powder from the brush first and use sparingly!

I have to be honest – I think the products are overpriced, but this seems to be an overall trend in the natural, plant-based make up and skincare arena. It seems a great shame (not to mention kinda crazy) to me that the more natural something is, the more you pay for it. It’s the same with organic food or cleaning products. Caring for the planet, and caring about what you put in and on your body comes at a very high price, and is a contributing factor for the relatively slow progress we are making towards a healthier way of living. But I digress.

The textures and wearability of the products were definitely superior to many cheaper high street brands, but I personally wouldn’t pay almost £50 for a highlighter stick that actually contains a fairly small amount of product. So in summary, I like the brand’s quality and cruelty-free ethics, but it would be great if they were available to a much wider audience so that these important values can begin to spread widely.



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