Price: From $25.00 AUD
Where to Buy: www.inika.com.au
Inika Cosmetics have been on my radar for a while now as I reviewed their foundation over 4 years ago and loved it. Recently Inika sent through some more of their products to try and I’m stoked to report they’ve gotten even better!
Foundation is arguably the most important part of your beauty regime and Inika’s Mineral Foundation Powder (RRP $59.95 AUD) is friggin’ awesome. I’m always a bit wary of powder foundations but I’m genuinely impressed with the results. Coverage-wise it’s quite light but can be built up and while I would usually shy away from a powder with shimmer through it, I do really like it. Free of nasty fillers, this foundation also provides SPF 15 sun protection all while feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all, nothing at all, nothing at all (sorry, couldn’t resist that one). This foundation works best when used in conjunction with the Vegan Kabuki Brush (RRP $59.95 AUD), a super soft, smooth brush that I almost want to crawl inside of it and take a nap.
Admittedly I don’t use a great deal of eye shadow but I was still pumped to try Inika’s Mineral Eye Shadow. It was great to hear that the purity of the ingredients means that it can be used on sensitive eyes because sometimes my peepers can be a little fussy. The shade I sampled (Burnt Sienna) is a great shimmery bronze that glides on like nobody’s business with the help of the Vegan Eye Shadow Brush (RRP $29.00 AUD). You can even transform the powder into a liquid liner by simply mixing with a little water. Bitchin’!
Two-in-one products are always a winner and Inika’s Creme Colour (RRP $39.00 AUD) is certified organic and can be used on both lips and cheeks. I tried the shade Rosehip and while it wouldn’t be my colour of choice for my cheeks, the texture is great and I will definitely use it as a lip tint in the future. You can also build up the colour using a lip brush to turn it into a high-pigment lip colour.
Last but definitely not least, I tried the Ultimate Lip Balm (RRP $25.00 AUD). Full of essential oils like peppermint, coconut and sunflower, I’ve been using this stuff for weeks and absolutely adore it. You can use it on its own or apply over your favourite lip colour for a little extra moisture. The carnuba wax aids in maintaining the shape of the balm so it’s perfect for warm Australian summers.
Inika is certified organic by Australia’s Organic Food Chain meaning that products contain a minimum of 70-95% organic ingredients. They’re also 100% certified Halal and registered with the UK Vegan Society. All tubes, pots and brushes are made from recycled materials and the boxes are recyclable. So you know, all cool stuff going on here!
If you weren’t already dead keen on Inika, here’s a little more info from their website:
- No petrochemicals, synthetic substances or mineral oils
- No ingredients of animal origin
- No talc or bismuth oxychloride
- No parabens (Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben and Propylparaben)
- No harmful fillers
- No genetically modified ingredients
- No fragrances or colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
- No anti-microbial agents produced from non-organic sources
- No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salts
- No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
- No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
- No alkyl sulphates (eg. sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
- No alkyl ether sulphates (eg. sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
- No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
- No polysorbates (eg. polysorbate 20)
- No ethanolamides (eg. cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
- No chemically synthesized sunscreens
- No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens and sodium benzoate
- No gluten or lactose
It’s awesome to see another vegan make up brand absolutely smashing it. While the products are pricey, you’re getting a great quality product from a brand that cares about our animal friends, human friends and the planet.