All natural? Cruelty-free? Vegan? No. I’m not talking about a diet. I’m referring to INIKA Cosmetics. According to its website, the Australian company, founded in 2006, is a “natural beauty brand incorporating mineral makeup, vegan and organic products that are free from synthetic chemicals and harmful ingredients.”
Although I consider myself somewhat health conscious, I never really thought of including that philosophy in my makeup–until now. I’ll admit I’ve never tried organic makeup, so I was thrilled when I received some samples to review. The first set of products I reviewed were the: Mineral Blush in Peachy Keen , Organic Eyeliner in 07 Graphite , Mineral Eye Shadow in Gun Metal and Mineral Lipstick in Electric Red.
The Mineral Blush in Peachy Keen is a warm peach shade. It’s free of oil, alcohol, talc, fillers, fragrance, preservatives and chemical dyes. I love that this mineral blush was highly pigmented and leaves a subtle, pearlescent glow. With that said, there definitely isn’t any need to build up your application for color. Use sparingly. See below:
The Certified Organic Eyeliner in Graphite is a gray/silver shade that glides on pretty easy and comes with a built-in sharpener! Convenient right? I tend to lose my eye/lip sharpeners, so that’s perfect for me. The liner is rich in color and has a creamy texture when applied to the top or bottom waterline. See pic below.
The Mineral Eye shadow in gun metal is a vibrant, shimmery, metallic silver that’s also highly pigmented. It can be used as a shadow or eyeliner and again, a little goes a long way. Check out the color-payoff with one product application in the pic above.
*Just a tip, when using mineral makeup after you apply your desired product, be sure to tap off any excess.
I found the Mineral Lipstick in Electric Red to be a bit dry when I applied it to my lips. I also found that I had to keep applying to get a true color. Despite its name, I assumed “Electric Red” was going to have a stronger, bright red hue, but this one has orange undertones.
Unlike the Mineral Blush in Peachy Keen, the Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude has a light brown hue that’s more translucent. Although this particular shade is geared towards darker complexions, it actually blends in too closely if you’re light brown in color. I found that I had to keep reapplying it to my skin for to see any color. I did a comparison:
You can barely see the “Blooming Nude” in contrast to that of “Peachy Keen.” The Mineral Blushes retail for $45.00.
The Mineral Eyeshadow in Slate is the perfect solid shade for a smokey eye look without the shimmer (The Gun Metal eye shadow is from set 1)
The mineral eye shadows retail for $25.00.
I compared the Certified Organic Mineral Eyeliners so you can see it’s true to color. The Certified Organic Eyeliners retail for $29.00.
Below is the Mineral Lipstick in Electric Red as well as the Mineral Lipstick in Warm Dusk. INIKA’s lipsticks are infused with natural shea butter and jojoba oil to protect the lips. The Warm Dusk is a light pink/mauve shade. For darker complexions, this color definitely appears more nude. The lipsticks retail for $36.50.
Overall I loved the high quality of INIKA Cosmetics, the dual benefits of the products (especially the eye shadows and that attached pencil sharpener) and its high color pigmentation. Another major benefit of the brand is that its ingredients are organic!
You can find out more about INIKA Cosmetics by visiting its website at: http://inika.com.au/index.php
Are you into organic makeup brands?
Disclosure: I was sent INIKA Cosmetics samples to review. All opinions are my own.