Every morning before I apply any lipstick or lipgloss, I either apply a very minimal layer of chapstick or primer to make sure that my lip colour has a smooth surface to "hug" and because they feel so soothed. Primers have become my lip pacifier of sorts and with how often I use them, adding in skincare benefits? Mega bonus. The latest in lipcare comes in the form of the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment* ($46.00 CDN) which contains a proprietary ingredient called Phytinol - blend of alfalfa, chicory extracts and retinoids that work to smooth skin texture. This treatment not only serves as a lip primer, but also improves overall lip volume.
There are a lot of ingredients in this treatment, but what I always zero in on when it comes to products that are referred to as "treatments" are usually the first 10 ingredients. In this case, I love the fact that the third ingredient is cocoa seed butter and the fifth, niacinamide which has been topically shown to reduce moisture loss (i.e. more voluminous-looking lips!). I noticed right away that this treatment smelled just like raspberries and because Arbonne products are phthalate-free, I attribute this scent to raspberry seed oil. Mmmm!
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Raspberry Seed Oil/Tocopheryl Succinate Aminopropanediol Esters, Carbomer, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Carbomer, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Arginine, Caffeine, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Octyldodecanol, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Xanthan Gum, Palmitic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Gardenia Florida Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Juniperus Virginana Wood Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Triethyl Citrate, Limonene, Linalool.
The fourth ingredient is dimethicone aka a type of silicone most commonly found in primers or products that "smooth out wrinkles" and blur imperfections. Though the treatment doesn't feel quite as silky as a traditional makeup primer, it does make the surface of my lips feel smooth and even immediately. It also has a cooling effect and feels quite soothing.
Lip Treatment + Smoothed Over Lipstick in Dream*
Lip Treatment + Smoothed Over Lipstick in Dream* + Lip Treatment + Glossed Over Lip Gloss in Mimosa*
Final verdict: I used this twice a day for two weeks and though it can be used alone, I found that it was most effective when used in conjunction with a lip product. On its own, it just was not hydrating enough. As for the promises of fuller and more youthful lips, well they definitely did look slightly "juicier" when I had it on. Whether it was noticeable, I'm not sure. Though this treatment is being marketed as skincare, I still view it as more of a makeup product because of the relatively high concentration of dimethicone with respect to the other ingredients. I'm on the fence about this product because at $46 for 10g, it is on the luxury side of pricing and I didn't notice a massive difference in the overall appearance of my lips. Though it did the job as a primer, as a treatment I'm not so sure.
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