Inika Cosmetics has an interesting back story; the founder Miranda Bond struggled with endometriosis and thought shouldn’t wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally. She decided to change things in her lifestyle, like her diet (very important of course) and eliminating products that contain potentially harmful chemicals that can be found in cosmetics.
Once she began to detox her life she fell pregnant naturally and eventually Inika was born, a 100% natural beauty brand that is vegan friendly, and free of synthetic chemicals.
I am all for eliminating harmful toxins from beauty products, although it’s pretty hard to tell what is actually natural and what isn’t – a lot of ranges sell themselves as ‘organic’ but still contain obviously dubious ingredients. Also it’s quite hard to find anything that is completely natural on the high street.
I was sent 4 products from the range to try out…
i. Pure Primer
ii. Liquid Mineral Foundation in Honey
iii. Medium Perfection Concealer
iv. Lip Whip in peach
I’ve been testing these products for a while now and have got a good grasp of them.
The range is well packaged and comes in sleek black. It’s a fairly expensive range, with the liquid foundation costing £29.90 on their website at the time of writing (but coming with a foundation brush).
I have to confess my first few uses with the base products did not get off on a good start. Clearly, I am used to high street and high end base products that have a number of preservatives in them. So the main differences I noticed were:
1. Strong Smell – these products have more natural extract in them so they did (especially the primer) have a strong herbal scent.
2. Texture – I noticed the base and the concealer especially has a habit of separating. I had to squeeze out quite a lot of concealer which ran out as liquid before it became a cream!
3. Reactions – Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it suits everyone skin. Mine is sensitive and because this stuff must have a lot more active ingredients in it, I did find it tingling a lot to begin with.
I like the primer – it creates a nice base for foundation, possibly the mineral powder foundation would work even better with it than the liquid, but bear in mind it is quite strongly scented.
The liquid mineral foundation is nice, it leaves a sheer glowy coverage. Honey is a bit too yellow and warm for me though – there’s not a ton of colour choice in the range but it blends ok.
The concealer is also decent, with a cream texture that felt good around the eyes but fell into the creases somewhat. If you can roll this one around for a while to mix up the product as it’s prone to separation.
The Lip While was nice, there wasn’t much pigment once it was on my lips, it looked quite sheer and shiny.
Overall, this is a new experience for me and it’ll take some getting used to but it’s well worth a try if you want to eliminate a lot of toxins from your body – it totally makes sense to me which is why I’ll keep trying things from Inika. It’ll just take a while for me to wake up from a silicone-paraben induced coma!
A selection of Inika products (including the foundation) launched at QVC in this April.