Where I got it: I bought this from an exclusive facebook makeup auction group for a fraction of the retail price. You are able to purchase Arbonne products from their representatives or online. Arbonne works kind of my Avon, you can be a representative and be your own boss. Arbonne is a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly range developed in Switzerland over 30 years ago. Their products are made up of a combination of highly active ingredients and the best botanicals.
What I got: I got a few products from the Re9 Advanced range which consists of a cleanser, toner, an eye cream and a night cream. I have previously tried a couple of Arbonne products but not from this range and they were really small sample sizes which you can’t really see results from. Arbonne representatives/consultants are usually happy to provide you with samples to try and good deals if you do decide to buy. The samples are pretty much just to let you test out the texture of the product and see if you have allergic reactions. You can hardly see results. Anyway, let’s get onto my review of each product.
How I find it:
Smoothing Facial Cleanser ($79 for 90ml). Youthful-looking skin starts with clean skin. This pearlescent crème formula creates a light foam to gently wash away makeup and impurities. With an added plant-derived moisturiser, you can bet on starting your day with a refreshed, hydrated canvas.
This cleanser comes in a bottle with an airless pump. This is more of a creamy cleanser that lathers up into a smooth creamy lather instead of a foamy lather. I use 2 pumps and lather it up in my hands before I massage it onto my damp skin. The cleanser is not scented but the smell reminds me of clinical skincare brands (think Ultraceuticals if you have used them before). The cleanser feels nice on the skin – it is not too slippery and not too foamy. It rinses off easily and does not leave any sticky residue.
Regenerating Toner ($67 for 50ml). Set the right tone with a quick misting of this toner that helps minimise the appearance of pore size through added cleansing. Just a few spritzes or swipes over the skin help refresh the skin and enhance radiance by evening out the appearance of skin tone, preparing it for the next step.
This toner comes in a spray bottle with a plastic cap. The toner smells sooo good like floral! I spray it onto a cotton round and then wipe across my face, then I also use a few spritz onto my face and pat it in. It lightly hydrates the skin and prepares it for serum or moisturiser.
Corrective Eye Cream ($97 for 15g). Pat this on gently around the eye area for deep hydration that locks in moisture to help reduce the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles. Caffeine helps diminish the appearance of puffiness and dark circles through hydration while olive squalane provides moisturization to help nourish the delicate eye area for a youthful-looking glow.
This is a medium weight eye cream glides onto the eye area smoothly and moisturises the area. Its creamy texture does take a little time to absorb so I would recommend using just a small pea size amount.
Night Repair Cream ($152 for 50g). Sleep your way to beautiful skin. Formulated with an ultra-hydrating blend of botanicals, plus collagen-supporting ingredients that replenish moisture and deliver essential nourishment to maximise the skin’s natural reparative cycle. Helps reduce the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles through moisturisation — all while you sleep.
Unexpectedly, I love this moisturiser. Why was this unexpected? Because I usually don’t use such thick night cream in a tub. I tend to use more of a lightweight to medium weight moisturising lotion or even a gel lotion. If my skin gets dry during winter, I often use a facial oil over my lotion moisturiser. Night creams like this are usually too thick and too greasy for my skin. They tend to sit on the skin and leave a greasy layer that just moves around and not settle in. This night cream has a thick consistency but once blended into the skin it smoothes out and seems to melt into the skin and provides a smooth, almost rose-petal like finish on the skin. It is not sticky or greasy but you can feel the moisturisation and it feels comfortable.
Overall: I actually quite like this range as it provides quite good hydrating and nourishment without feeling too greasy and heavy on the skin. It doesn’t cause any breakouts and seems to work fine with my existing serums and masks. I would say that you need to use the entire range for a much longer time to actually see benefits and improvements on any fine lines and wrinkles. I personally love the packaging of the range, the cleanser in a pump is very convenient and hygienic, the spray bottle toner is also quite handy to use if you like to spritz your face instead of using cotton pads, the airless pump for the eye cream is also very good and hygienic. However, the night cream in a pot was quite disappointing. I would expect an airless pump like the eye cream but it came in a pot which is exposed to air and bacteria when you pick up the product.
I have already used up the toner and I only have about 30% of the cleanser and about 40% of the eye cream left. I still have at least half of the night cream so I will definitely use them all up because they are quite good products and I like them. But I probably will not repurchase.