18 July 2018

Inika Makeup: Certified Organic, Vegan, Cruelty Free + Halal

Inika is a popular Australian natural makeup brand that’s been on the green scene since 2006.  The entire line is mineral-based and certified cruelty free, vegan, and halal. Many products also hold Organic Food Chain Australia certification, indicating that they contain a minimum of 70% certified organic ingredients.  I’ve been testing out the Light Trial Pack, which includes samples sizes of the Inika’s most popular base products (in shades suitable for light skin), and I want to share my thoughts on those items, along with a a couple other Inika products I’ve been using for quite some time.  



Certified Organic Pure Primer
I’m not a big face primer user and the Pure Primer hasn’t radically changed my mind.  A hydrating primer made with hyaluronic acid and organic oils, it moisturizes and does create a nice base for makeup, but, much like the Nude by Nature primer I reviewed in the spring, I don’t notice it doing anything more than my regular skincare, so, for me, it seems like an unnecessary extra step.  If you’re someone that enjoys a hydrating primer under makeup, I expect the Pure Primer would be a bigger hit. I’ve dabbled with using it as an under eye primer and I do like it for that purpose.  The extra moisture the primer provides helps concealer blend out a little easier, especially if some time has passed between applying eye cream and doing my makeup.


Certified Organic Liquid Foundation (Cream)
The Liquid Foundation is the surprise star of the kit -- I just love it!  I tried Inika’s liquid foundation several years ago, before they reformulated it, and the current iteration is a major improvement in my opinion.  The new foundation has very little scent and, while straight out of the tube, Cream (NL3), the second lightest shade in the range, looks like it would be way too dark for my skin, it does a surprisingly good job blending in and just leaves my face looking radiant and slightly sun kissed.  I’d be curious to try the next shade down for comparison, but I’ve had no problem matching Cream to my skin. My favorite way to apply the foundation is with my fingers as I find it gives the most natural and seamless application. I only get a light-to-medium coverage this way, but I’m confident that coverage could be built up with a brush or beauty sponge to a good medium or medium-to-full.  With a light dusting of powder on top, the foundation wears nicely for a full day -- at least 10 or so hours -- and, of the entire trial kit, is probably the item I’m most likely to repurchase in full size.

(top to bottom) Grace P1 Mineral Foundation, Strength N3 Mineral Foundation, Cream NL3 Liquid Foundation
Loose Mineral Foundation (Grace P1 + Strength N3)
As someone who wears powder foundation almost every day that I wear makeup, it’s fair to say I’ve tried a fair few over the last several years, and Inika’s Loose Mineral Foundation is really lovely.  It offers a medium coverage, has a natural, skin-like finish, and feels very lightweight on the face.  The finish is not fully matte, but it's also not overly glowy and it does a reasonably good job keeping any oilies at bay too. The foundation has also been tested at SPF 25, something I really appreciate since trying to be more diligent with sun protection these last few months.  My only gripe is that while the foundation looks beautiful when first applied, it definitely doesn't wear as long as some other powder foundations in my stash. I notice the coverage wearing off in certain areas, particularly on and around my nose, after just about 5 hours, so it isn’t a product I’d wear on long days when I’m unable to touch up.   

On first opening the kit, I again wasn’t confident that I’d find a colour match in either of the included shades, but Grace (P1) ended up matching me well.  Grace is fairly warm/yellow-toned, whereas I generally tend towards more neutral foundations, but it looks pretty natural once blended. I do slightly prefer the peachy-neutral undertones of Strength (N3), but the colour is too dark for my skin.  

(L to R) Cream NL3 Liquid Foundation, Strength N3 Loose Mineral Foundation, Grace P1 Loose Mineral Foundation, Eye Shadow Duo, Candy Lip Tint
Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Duo (Gold Oyster*)
I’ve had the Eye Shadow Duo on my desk for over a year now and I still feel somewhat conflicted about it.  The darker bronze shade is phenomenal and I love wearing it as a one shadow look. I’m able to preserve all the shine by patting it onto the lid, and can also add definition by buffing it out a little in the crease.  It’s a super functional shadow that gives great dimension to any look, even when it’s the only colour on my eyes. On the other hand, I find the gold shade a little lackluster. It’s very soft in colour (the swatch, above, is super built up) and I haven’t ultimately been able to get the pigmentation I want out of it on the eyes, making it something that I don’t reach for very frequently.

The pressed shadows are talc and silicone free and I could argue that the duo is worth it for how beautiful the bronze is alone -- I really do love it -- but I can’t help wishing the gold was an equal standout.

Ultimate Lip Tint (Candy*)
I included the Ultimate Lip Tint in a roundup of sheer lip products last year and I still love it just as much as when I first wrote that post.  Basically an elevated tinted balm, the Lip Tints offer sheer colour in a creamy and buttery formula that legitimately does a fantastic job keeping lips healthy and moisturized.  The scent, a soft mix of cocoa butter and peppermint essential oil, is refreshing, and Candy is a pretty and shimmery pale pink. I definitely want to pick up another shade or two in the future!


The Bottom Line
Inika has some great products and, based off the updated foundation formula, is clearly a company willing to improve on itself, which I love!  The Ultimate Lip Tint and Organic Liquid Foundation have been my two favorites from the brand thus far, but I also really enjoy the bronze Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow and Loose Mineral Foundation.  The Organic Pure Primer isn’t something I really have a place for in my routine, but those who enjoy a moisturizing primer might enjoy using it. If you’re interested in Inika’s base products, the Trial Packs are a great way to try multiple products for a low cost investment and I’d definitely recommend going that route.

Have you tried anything from Inika?  What are your favourite products from the line?
*Press sample. Contains affiliate links.

2 July 2018

Lightweight, Skin-Quenching Hydration with One Love Organics Skin Dew

One Love Organics, to me, is one of the long haul, OG natural skincare brands.  They’ve been around for years, but they continue to innovate and create new and fantastic products all the time.  I’d had my eye on the Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream ever since it launched in 2016, so when I saw it as one of two featured products in the April Art of Organics box -- selling for less than the cream's retail price alone -- I was quick to grab it.  


Skin Dew ($58 USD for 2.1oz) is an EcoCert certified organic lightweight moisturizer made with more than 50% pure organic coconut water.  In addition to hydration, coconut water offers a high mineral, amino acid, enzyme, and antioxidant content to nourish skin.  It does not have the same comedogenic properties as coconut oil, so even those sensitive to the oil -- myself included -- can often benefit from products containing coconut water or juice.  

The cream also contains:

Cupuacu butter, rich in polyphenols to condition skin.

Sunflower, acacia, watermelon seed, and jojoba oils for lightweight, protective, sebum-balancing moisture and defense against environmental stresses.

Phytic acid sourced from rice to reduce dryness and help soften the appearance of fine lines.  



Even though I’d read multiple reviews of Skin Dew, the cream wasn’t at all what I expected -- but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!  With such a high coconut water content, I had envisioned more of a gel moisturizer, or at least a gel-cream hybrid, and Skin Dew has a definite thick cream consistency.  That said, it feels silky and surprisingly lightweight on the skin and absorbs fully almost instantly, leaving skin soft and moisturized without even a hint of grease or oiliness. I’ve talked about skin's water vs. oil needs many times before and I'm a huge proponent of including both water and oil-based products in one's routine, so I love that Skin Dew does a fantastic job straddling the line between the two.  It’s a great moisturizer on its own, layered with other products, or mixed with face oils, and it sits nicely under makeup too.

Skin Dew has a very mild coconut scent -- reminiscent of good quality coconut oil as opposed to fragrance -- but I don’t notice any scent on my skin after the product is rubbed in.  

The Bottom Line
Skin Dew is a unique cream moisturizer that offers a lot in the way of hydration.  Lightweight, moisturizing, and gentle, it's suitable for many skin types including sensitive and acne-prone.  

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