INIKA is a brand I have a lot of love for – not only are the products free from harmful ingredients, they are vegan, halal, cruelty free, organic and actually wonderful! The latest additions to the line of lovely makeup from INIKA include the worlds first ever certified organic creme makeup products! The range includes eye shadows as well as a dual use blush and lip product. I will be reviewing one of each today!
If you want more information about INIKA and the background to the brand, check out their website here.
First up for review is the Creme Colour for Cheeks & Lips – in Dusty Rose
This is £22 for 2g – Link.
This is a gorgeous colour that would be flattering on so many skin tones. The product comes in a small pot – its about the same size as a MAC eye shadow so its quite dinky for a blush. The product itself is quite light in texture considering its a cream blush. Its much lighter than say a MAC cream blusher and I like that, it has almost a mousse like texture to it. I love the feel of it, I think the sweet almond oil in the formula is the reason it glides on so well, but it doesnt feel oily which is great. The pigmentation is light to medium but definitely buildable.
The lovely formula means its easy to blend, I apply using my middle finger and tap it on my cheeks and then carefully blend. It dries to a matte finish but does not look dull on the skin as some matte colours can be. The colour add a lovely subtle wash of colour and the wear is brilliant. This lasts on me for around 7-8 hours, only fading a little bit towards the end of the day. I have never had such long wear from a cream blush before. If you wanted to you could apply a powder blush on the top, but I don’t think that is necessary.
As a lip product its really pretty too, I just dab it on like I would a lip balm and it gives a nice colour to my lips which looks incredibly natural. It is not sticky and it doesn’t dry out my lips which is awesome. The colour doesn’t last all that long on my lips – maybe about 2 hours but thats okay with me.
Given this is so dinky and it can be used on lips and cheeks its perfect for slipping in your handbag or evening clutch and you don’t need any brushes to apply.
If ingredients are important to you then this is a fabulous buy. It is in the pricey side though, you only get 2 g of product and if it was used regularly I cant see this lasting too long but there is no doubt you are paying for a very good quality organic product.
Thumbs up from me!
Here are the ingredients:
Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis(Sweet Almond) Oil *, Mica(CI 77019), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax* , Titanium Dioxide, Natural Tocopherol, Red 40 Lake, Zinc Oxide.
Cetified Organic *
Now on to the Creme Colour in Cappuccino
This is £18.00 for 7ml – Link
This is described as a taupe brown with golden glitter and I think the description of the shade is quite accurate.
I like the packaging, its a squeezy tube and the product comes out in a controlled manner from the nozzle. I dispense some on my hand and then use a synthetic brush to apply. The pigmentation of this is medium. The texture is more like a liquid than a cream, probably due to the fact aloe vera is the first ingredient in this product. I had still expected it to be thicker. Due to its texture the colour can apply a bit patchy and you have to be careful. It also means it takes a couple of minutes to dry, meaning its less than ideal when you are in a rush to get ready in the morning.
The colour is buildable. I applied two layers the first time I used it and it dried down to a medium dark shadow with a matte finish with the tiny flecks of gold glitter visible. This is a lovely shadow to wear in the evening for a sultry smoky look! It might a be bit too dark to use in the day time unless worn in the crease (perhaps?).
I must admit I am not in love with this as I am with the creme blush. Despite it claiming to be crease proof and using my trusty Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer this did crease on me, in only 2 hours which was a let down – but I do have oily lids. I also think it need careful application for it not to be patchy and the drying time is not ideal. Having said that if creasing is not normally something you encounter, have the time to wait for it to dry then this is a lovely shade for smoky look and they also sell one in a light cream/gold which would be a gorgeous lid colour.
Here are the ingredients of the eye shadow:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf ( Aloe Vera )Juice*, Mica, Glycerin,Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Natural Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Persea Gratissima
(Avocado)Oil*, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil*, Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Iron Oxides(CI 77499), Iron Oxides(CI 77491), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), p-Anisic Acid, Water, Sodium Hydroxide.* certified organic
I think the price of the shadow is reasonable, better value for money than the cheek and lip colour, though I like that more.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed by the shadow but I love the concept of both products and do highly recommend the lip/cheek colour. I really hope they release some new shades of both the shadows and the cheek & lips colours, that would be fantastic. I am still a huge fan of INIKA despite the eye shadow not floating my boat!
Have you ever tried organic makeup? Are you a fan of INIKA? What do you think of these? Will you give them a try?
Thanks for reading!
P.S – this post contains PR samples, however my reviews are always honest and my thoughts are my own You can trust me on that, but you cant trust me not to steal your blusher if I like it!
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