At the time of writing this post, I was an Arbonne Independent Consultant. To learn more about what this means, please click here.Liquid foundations are something I've always been troubled by. My oily skin type means they have a habit of sliding off my skin within an hour, leaving me wondering why I’d bothered in the first place. The better ones would manage to cling to certain parts of my face - again, not exactly flattering. I found those that did stay on were heavy and pore-clogging. Yeah, liquid foundation just wasn’t for me, I thought, and this was only solidified when I discovered my love for mineral powder foundations.
However, when I discovered Arbonne, it goes without saying I had to give the foundation a go, especially after glowing reports I’d heard. Yes, it’ll come as no surprise, I’m sure, if you’ve read any of my previous posts that Arbonne’s Perfecting Liquid Foundation changed my mind.
Granted, I still have issues. When my skin is particularly bad, it will slide off my forehead, while sticking to spots after a few hours wear. However, I’ve realised this is more my skin type than the fault of the foundation.
There are a number of reasons why I like the Arbonne foundation more than any other liquid varieties I have tried. For a start, despite my poor skin thwarting its attempts to stay on my face, it does stay on my face a lot longer than the foundations I’ve tried in the past. When my skin is behaving, I can trust it to stay put all day, with a touch-up only needed if I’m heading from work and going out afterwards.
It is also by far the lightest foundation I’ve ever used, with truly buildable coverage. Like sheer foundations? Go for this one. Like full coverage? Yeah, go for this one. One pump is probably enough for most people, but two or three can really build up coverage if you feel you need it. Even when you do build it up, it still feels so light on the skin and I always forget I’m wearing this - whereas with some other foundations, they can feel a little stifling.
I feel I should also mention here that method of application makes a difference too. A beauty blender-like appliance will give a soft-focus, very light finish, while a brush is better if you want more coverage.
I also like the consistency of this foundation. In particular, I remember the L’oreal Lumi Magique foundation being particularly watery and runny - I didn’t like that at all. On the other hand, there’s B.’s full coverage foundation that although I really liked, it was so thick it broke the pump! Arbonne’s offering sits comfortably in the middle - neither too runny, nor too thick.
The shade range is also impressive. I initially began using the palest shade on offer, because usually, with brands like Rimmel, even this is a tad too dark for my ghostly skin. So, imagine my shock when I decided I’d prefer a shade darker in the future. Of course I can’t comment on it personally, but I believe the foundations also go very dark as well as very light. Working in Superdrug taught me that foundations for dark-skinned ladies are few and far between!
So, my final verdict. This foundation is very good. However, I don’t think liquid foundations are quite right for my own personal skin type. If you’re after a hydrating foundation with customisable coverage and you have normal/dry skin, I think this could be perfect for you.