My makeup routine can be either very basic or quite elaborate but one thing stays the same – a good quality foundation. I’ve been using Inika Organic Liquid Foundation for the past few months and I’m so pleased with it that I wanted to tell you more about it.
Inika (pronounced i-nee-ka) is an Australian brand founded in 2006. They pride themselves on producing high-quality natural and organic makeup products that are ethically sourced. All their products in the natural cosmetic range are Certified Organic or Vegan, Certified Halal and Certified Cruelty Free. With over 35 awards under their belt, they are considered to be the number one organic makeup brand.
“Combining natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to illuminate the skin, with the added benefits of Hyaluronic Acid. Blurs the line between moisturiser and foundation. Certified Organic ingredients provide intense hydration while smoothing wrinkles and helping to regenerate skin cells. Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Jojoba Seed Oils are combined to soothe, hydrate and moisturize the skin. Now with added Hyaluronic Acid for improved skin elasticity, hydration and coverage. Argan & Rosehip Oils nurture and repair. Fortified with Vitamin E. Creates flawless, natural coverage which is easily buildable on areas of concern. No oily residue, will not clog pores. Flawless blend ability. Why Hyaluronic Acid? It can hold up to 1000 x its weight in water. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin. Extra Hydration creates a perfect base. Increases skin elasticity. Provides a youthful and dewy glow.”
- Cream – For light to medium skin tones and perfect for those with an ‘English Rose’ complexion. A partner for Unity in our mineral foundation range.
- Beige – For medium skin tones and suits almost all average white skin tones. A partner for Nurture or Patience in our mineral foundation range.
- Honey – Golden hues for medium to dark beige and honey skin tones. A partner for Trust in our mineral foundation range.
- Tan – For medium to dark beige skin tones. Perfect for tanned and olive skin. A partner for Freedom in our mineral foundation range.
Size and price:
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice *; Titanium Dioxide; Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil *; Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil *; Cetearyl Alcohol; Glyceryl Stearate Citrate; Cetearyl Olivate; Aqua; Glycerin; Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter *; Camellia Sinensis(Green Tea) Leaf Extract *; Sorbitan Olivate; Lecithin (Soya) *; Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed butter *; Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil *; Sodium Levulinate; Glyceryl Caprylate; Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E); Cetearyl Glucoside; Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil *; Oleyl Oleate; Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil *; Rosa Eglentaria Seed (Rosehip) Oil *; Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil *; Lactic Acid; Hyaluronic Acid; Sodium Anisate; Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil; Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil *; Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil *; Pelargonium Roseum Leaf (Geranium) Oil*; Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract *; Calendula Officinalis Flower *; Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil *; Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil *; Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil*; Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; May contain (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499) *Certified Organic [/warning]
Ingredients – at the first look, it seems there’s so much going on here & the list is just so long (if you’ve read my post My six golden rules for deciphering skincare labels & ingredient lists, you’ll know why short ingredients lists are more preferable). However, looking at ingredients for this foundation, most of them have very beneficial uses & altogether they form a great combo that then translates into a very efficient foundation. The organic certificate also reassures that between 70-95% of ingredients are organic. The is also certified with the following bodies:
I also love the fact that water is not at the top spot, instead it’s aloe vera which has great soothing properties. It’s also good to see a selection of plant-based oils which, you should know by now, I’m obsessed with 🙂 I guess the only ingredient which I’d prefer not to see is the soybean oil as there isn’t sufficient research about to what extent it’s an endocrine disruptor but it’s towards the bottom of the list so at least there’s not much of it.
Use and benefits – I’d heard such good things about this foundation from other green beauty bloggers so I had really high expectations for it, especially as it’s not the cheapest. I definitely wasn’t disappointed! As soon as I tried it for the very first time, I fell in love with it. It glides beautifully on your skin upon application as long as you use an oil-based moisturiser or facial oil as your base, otherwise you have to apply it quickly as it does dry up fast upon contact with skin. This tends to be the case with silicone-free foundations so I find using a face oil as the base improves the texture and the finish that you achieve with a natural foundation. If you don’t like using face oils, you could alternatively mix in a drop or two of a light face oil such as sweet almond or jojoba oil to the foundation to help with its application. I tend to apply the Inika foundation with fingers but it also blends well using a foundation brush, although as always with that type of application you’ll end up using more product so it ends up not being particularly cost-efficient. Overall though, this foundation gives a good and natural-looking coverage (medium is definitely a good description) but it can be built up (to a certain degree) on areas that need it, without looking “caked up” or clogging up pores. The ‘cream’ shade also works perfectly on my fair skin tone but I suppose the rest of the range is a bit limited and could include shades for darker skin tones.
Price – at £29.50, this isn’t the cheapest product but in my humble opinion, it’s definitely worth its price tag. Sure, there are cheaper natural foundations on the market but having tried a few already, this one wins the competition hands down. If you’re used to paying a similar amount on higher-end “designer” foundation, then I really encourage you to switch to natural foundations such as this one. The ingredients are simply superior and you truly get what you pay for – a quality product made with organic ingredients that will nourish your skin.
Packaging – this foundation comes in an airless bottle with a pump which makes dispensing the product super easy. Inika’s website assures us that all bottles are made from recycled materials and all packaging is recyclable.
Overall, the Inika Organic Liquid Foundation is a wonderful product that hasn’t disappointed me. Is it expensive? Yes, it definitely costs more than I used to spend on foundation but now that I’m more aware of what ingredients I actually pay for, I see spending a little bit extra money on quality ingredients an investment in my skin and its health.
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[disclaim]Disclosure: I was sent Inika’s foundation as part of my involvement in LoveLula’s Accredited Bloggers Program. Nonetheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest.[/disclaim]