Before writing this review I hadn’t really heard much about Arbonne. But after reading up about the brand, I discovered there are some pretty big ideas and claims behind it – a lot of which sound really appealing, especially if you’re interested in natural skincare.
Generally speaking, I don’t usually feel as if natural skincare gives me the same results as my more scientifically engineered products. That being said, if I’m having a particularly good skin month, then I will switch to a routine that’s more natural and lightweight to give my skin a little detox.
I recently tested out the new RE9 Advanced collection – which is the anti-aging line from Arbonne – as well as the Genuis Ultra device to see if any of the products could live up to the claims and potentially fit into my natural skincare repertoire.
FYI … When reviewing skincare I always test out each product for at least one week and usually longer to give it a proper chance.
About the brand
Arbonned was established in 1975 by a group of biochemists and herbalists to create a skincare line based on ‘botanical principles’. All their products are vegan certified, cruelty-free and made with recyclable packaging. Skincare products start at around $45 AUD for a cleanser and range up to $100 AUD for a body moisturiser. They also have a makeup collection which includes a foundation with 11 shades ranging from Fair to Espresso – worth checking out if you’re looking for natural makeup in deeper shades. I did test a couple of the concealers from the range and really enjoyed them. They give pretty low to natural coverage, great for gym or good skin days to brighten up the under eye or cover any spots.
Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra
Let’s start off the review with this bad boy. This is a really odd device. When I first heard about it I was really curious; I wanted to know if it was anything like the Clarisonic or Foreo. What I was told is that, whilst the aforementioned assist with cleansing, using a brush to work product into / out of the skin, the Genis Ultra improves the application of skincare products onto the outer layers of the skin. It emits gentle, low-level ultrasonic waves which, when used in combination with the RE9 Advanced skincare collection, help target signs of ageing, leaving skin looking radiant and product evenly applied. The tear-drop shaped tip heats up and vibrates, emitting approximately 300,000 waves per second to help apply your skincare products.
Ok so. I really wanted to love this product. As a self-confessed makeup and skincare addict, I’m not afraid of adding yet another step into my daily routine. Quite the opposite, I’m on the constant hunt for that holy grail product to take my skin to the next level. Unfortunately the Genuis Ultra is not that product. That’s not to say it’s bad! I enjoyed the ritual of massaging my skin with warm vibrations morning and evening; it feels quite lovely. My main gripe is that unless you have a lot of product – serum or moisturiser – on your skin beforehand to act as lubrication, the Genius Ultra will catch and pull. Two things which I like to avoid when talking about anti-ageing.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Collection
There are nine pieces in this collection, out of which I tested the cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser with SPF. Prices start at $59 AUD and a ‘starter kit’ including six products would set you back $531 AUD. The cost is pretty up there so when purchasing I would expect a lot of bang for my buck.
Stand outs of this collection are, in my opinion, the Intensive Renewal Serum and Regenerating Toner. The former contains sustainable orange stem cells as well as stabilised Vitamin C, both of which are excellent for skin-brightening – something I often look for in my skincare. Brown algae extract helps diminish the appearance of fine lines whilst a multitude of other ingredients including sea buckthorn ceramide and niacinamide help support skin moisture. The texture is really thin and immediately leaves the skin feeling moisturised and supple. If you were going to use the Genuis Ultra, this is the product I would recommend using it with. I’m definitely going to keep this one in my natural skincare repertoire and even work it into my daily routine.
Similarly, the toner also contains ingredients geared toward skin brightening, is alcohol-free and has been dermatologist-tested, so would probably be great for people with sensitive skin. It contains Mexican giant hyssop to hydrate, enhance radiance and even skin tone as well as Witch hazel to moisturise and sooth. I find it to be a perfect in-between step for minimising pores and adding extra moisture to my usually parched skin. I love me a spray toner, but do wish the nozzle on this one delivered a finer mist.
All in all, I think the RE9 Advanced collection is perfect for those with dry, mature or sensitive skin, especially if you’re concerned about the ingredients you’re putting on your face. Summer is a good time of year to switch out products in your routine for more hydrating ones and I think the serum and toner especially would be excellent additions to someone looking for more hydrated, supple skin.
Have you ever tried Arbonne products? What do you think of the Genius Ultra?
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