Organic, Cruelty Free, Vegan Make-Up
I’m seeing more and more interest struck up on social media about ethical and organic beauty brands
. As I’ve said before, although I am not exclusively an organic/natural beauty blogger, but the vast majority of the beauty products I choose to review
on my blog are organic, natural, and cruelty free
I am wary of what I put on my skin and into my bloodstream, so when I am introduced to a brand that doesn’t use harsh ingredients and nasty chemical, my ears prick up and they get my undivided attention.
The latest organic beauty brand that I’ve been introduced to is called INIKA Cosmetics. I had briefly heard of INIKA before but I didn’t know much about them until now. All of their products are certified organic, vegan, halal and are not tested on animals. The high performance products are made from botanical formulas using key ingredients and pure minerals such as aloe vera, primrose oil, green tea extract, macadamia nut oil and shea butter (all organic) to nourish your skin whilst you’re wearing the make-up.
I was recommended to try the following products and here’s how I’ve got on:
INIKA Vegan Mineral Eyeshadow*, £14.50
I know I keep saying this but loose powders make me nervous. Loose powders in tiny pots make me even more so! But anyway, lets talk about pigment. As you can see from the swatch, these eyeshadow mineral powders are high in pigment. I have swatched it quite hard but these eye shadow powders are extremely blend-able for a softer look.
The shades pictured above are Honeycomb, which is a beautiful champagne shade. Very nude and is perfect for blending. I also have a chocolate brown shade called Coco Motion, and a black eyeshadow called Thunder. All three are matte finish and have no shimmer to them whatsoever – exactly how I like my eyeshadows!
These vegan mineral eyeshadows are available in 21 shades, all rich in pigment. If you’re after something a bit more vibrant, they have a few blues, greens and a purple to choose from. With a good quality primer, they shadows are long-lasting.
Talking of a good quality primer…! This is one of the best primers I’ve tried in a long time. The one I was using before, Illamasqua Satin Primer, had gone past it’s “sell by” date and some of the primers I’ve been trying out haven’t made the same impression. However, INIKA Truly Organic Pure Primer has become a firm favourite because of how it feels on my skin throughout the day. It feels light and it doesn’t dry my skin out. I can see why it’s one of INIKA’s best selling products, I would re-purchase this. It lists Aloe Vera Juice as the first ingredient (which means it is the main ingredient). It also contains apricot kernal oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and lavender to name a few.
I’m a bit funny when it comes to foundations and I’m always in search for the “perfect” one. In general, if it doesn’t emphasise my flaws (which is, occasionally, dry patches around my face) then it can stay in my permanent make-up collection. INIKA Liquid Foundation is a great base product for Spring to give you that nice and healthy glow. It provides light to medium coverage with a beautifully dewy finish. It’s very similar to Liz Earle’s Sheer Skin Tint with a slightly heavier coverage (but only ever so slightly).
The silky consistency allows the foundation to blend in well, it’s easy to apply and feels just like a tinted moisturiser. The shade I have it in is the beige which is a perfect match for my skin tone, and is the second lightest out of the four liquid foundation shades available. INIKA Liquid Mineral Foundation is certified organic and has been formulated to let your skin breathe instead of clogging up your pores.
You can buy a 6ml sample
tube for £1 from the INIKA website to test the shade before buying it in full size.
I’ve got the Bronzer Mineral Powder in shade Sunkissed, and this is exactly how it looks when you dust a couple of light layers on to your face! Beautifully sunkissed! It can also be used to contour but I ain’t got the skills for that (yet).
Sunkissed is for fair to medium skin, but there’s also Sunloving and Sunseeker which are both darker shades. However, what’s interesting to me is that there’s also a lighter shade called Sunlight which is created for those with fair skin and has never been able to wear bronzers before.
Not everyone is confident with using bronzer so it’s really nice to have an option for those with fair skin. I have been trying this out but I haven’t got a proper bronzing or a Kabuki brush at the moment so I’ll need to buy one soon so I can use this bronzer during Spring! Using the right brush will make it easier to apply the powder more evenly!
So, what do you think of this lot? Are you tempted?
Have you tried INIKA Cosmetics before? If so, what do you recommend I try next? If you have another organic and cruelty free beauty brands to recommend, please let me know in the comments! 🙂
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