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When I first heard about the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment ($46), I thought it had to be too good to be true. It not only claims to moisturize lips, but reduce the look of fine lines and plump the lips. Arbonne suggests wearing it alone as a balm or as a primer for underneath lipstick, so I was really excited to see what it could do.
The packaging is a simple squeeze tube, which I really like – it’s hygienic and I can control how much product I want. The tube is sturdy but nothing special, so for the $46 price tag I expect something pretty special in the product.
Ingredients: Water, 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
Well that’s certainly a mouthful, isn’t it? This is a product with silicone in it, so if that’s something that bothers you I would pass. There are some good ingredients in there, though – Cocoa Seed Butter, Alfalfa Extract, Ginger Root Extract, Chicory Root Extract, Raspberry Seed Oil…but the long ingredient list is daunting. Thankfully there are no real baddies in Arbonne products (I’m looking at you parabens, talc and phthalates…see a full ingredient policy here), and they are vegan, cruelty-free and gluten free. All a thumbs-up from me in that department.
I can definitely tell that the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment is a silicone-based product: it feels more like a face primer than a balm. It’s smooth and light-textured, but I wouldn’t particularly call it nourishing. I do notice a minute improvement in the fine lines on my lips, though that is more due to the line filling properties of the silicone than any benefits from the treatment, because after the product has worn away the lines are back to normal. I haven’t noticed any plumping, either so I’d really only use this a primer.
I do find that the Lip Treatment is a nice base to put a lip balm on top of at night to get a good moisture boost, but worn by itself my lips feel nourished for about half an hour before starting to feel drier than they were before I put the Lip Treatment on. Likewise, when I use it as a primer for lipstick I do notice a difference in the longevity of certain lipsticks. It doesn’t make much of a difference on how long a matte lipstick stays in place, but for products that have more slip to them I do notice that the product stays put for an hour or two longer.
Final Thoughts: I enjoy using the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment and a primer underneath balms or lipsticks, but I don’t find any hydrating properties in the product itself. The lack of harmful ingredients is superb and I really appreciate that, but even so I couldn’t personally justify the steep price tag with my limited budget. If you do have the budget for it and are looking for a lip primer with good ingredients this is a great option, though!