A little while ago I was introduced to INIKA, an Australian brand that is certified vegan, cruelty free and halal.
INIKA’s range is extensive as it is impressive, especially its loose pigments.
Being the makeup addict I am, I jumped at the chance to try their latest product, including their first compact powder: the gorgeous Baked Mineral Foundation (RRP £33).
As the shade I got is slightly too dark for my skin tone, I abused it in holidays, when I had a tan. The coverage is quite impressive, extremely buildable from quite sheer (that means a lot coming from me – I an very picky with my coverage), and the finish smooth and natural.
It is a mineral product, baked on Terracota tiles in Tuscany, with light reflecting particles for a glowy finish.
Also one that became a little favourite of mine is the new Red Apple shade of their Loose Mineral Blush (RRP £23). It is almost a burnt peach with a hint of pink.
Really highly pigmented, naturally water resistant, with light reflecting pigments, it delivers a natural glowy flush to the cheeks. And I know, it is loose but it is not messy as it has a turnable sifter.
While on face, I also tried the certified organic Cream Illuminisor, a subtle and natural looking cream highlighter. The Spice shade is just a glow on my skin colour, which I believe would be amazing on paler skins and less “out there” makeup wearers. Gold delivers a little bit more colour, still very discreet.
Applies ok – it is a bit on the hard side and should be done with fingers, but the finish and durability are good for a cream product (my skin does not often like creamy products). It works well as a base for layering with a powder highlighter.
Packed with coconut oil, cocoa butter, carnauba and candelia waxes, as well as Argan oil and vitamin E, this product also cares for the skin.
The Lip Serum (RRP £17) is certified organic and contains orange essential oils, mandarin extract, vitamin E, jojoba, sunflower and rosehip oils plus sea buckthorn, which is a great healer.
It applies well and it is not sticky, has no colour but gives lips a subtle shine. I like wearing it before going to bed as overnight repair, and this has crawled into my routine – I always said nothing but two things work on my lips. Make it three.
Finally, the Liquid Eyeliner (RRP £19), also certified organic. It is well pigmented, and has a decent durability. I have the black one and for better performance, apply again once the first application has dried.
It has aloe vera, glycerin and black tea leaf extract.
I am not a fan of liquid eyeliners, but this one has a solid tip which makes application easier.
This is a tiny sample of their huge range – a great option for vegans out there! You can find all the products above, plus plenty more, on the INIKA website.