Inika Organic Liquid Foundation
“Hypoallergenic and Dermatologist tested.
“For a luminous, even complexion, and medium coverage, apply one pump of the Foundation. For a flawless finish, use the INIKA Foundation Brush. Start in the centre of the face and blend outwards.”
I was drawn to this product due to natural beauty blogger Emmily Banks’s review on her blog ‘Depths of Beauty‘ and YouTube channel, and because Inika is the only natural beauty brand to have 70% organic ingredients. After switching all my skincare products, I started to transition my make-up items too. I chose to change the products that cover the most skin first: foundation. Inika appealed to me as the make-up brand as it is 100% cruelty free, vegan and the packaging is just beautiful. To find out my thoughts on the brand and the product, keep on reading.
Inika writes on their website how the brand was born out of a need to detox. Conscious consumers were making the switch to removing harmful chemicals and toxic ingredients from their diets and homes. Inika saw a gap in the market; a lack of natural and harmless beauty products for these consumers to turn to. All the brands ingredients are ethically sourced, natural and derived from botanicals or minerals. The brand is also certified cruelty free and all the products are vegan; you can see why I was attracted to the brand. To read more about the brand, click here.
This product holds ingredients including Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Jojoba Seed Oils. These are combined to sooth, hydrate and moisturise the skin whilst wearing the foundation. Hyaluronic Acid is added for improved skin elasticity, hydration and coverage. Argan and Rosehip Oils help nurture and repair the skin, whilst Vitamin E is added for anti-aging benefits.
Inika describes this product as blurring the lines between a moisturiser and a foundation. The Certified Ingredients are used to provide intense hydration while smoothing wrinkles and helping to regenerate skin cells. This product is said to create flawless, natural coverage without oily residue and a flawless blend ability. Read more about the ingredients here.
Why I Bought this Product
This is one of the first all natural, vegan, and cruelty free foundations that I considered buying. Before I spent the money, I tested both the BB cream and Foundation in two different colours: Porcelain and Cream. I found that the Porcelain was too pale even for my pale skin. I didn’t love the pink undertones of the foundation, even though my skin has pink undertones. In short, I chose the colour Cream, and I find this is the perfect colour for me. I am a BB cream lover and user usually, but I chose the Foundation over the BB cream as I found the BB cream quite sticky and tacky on the skin.
Scent & Formula
The ingredient lists for this product on the Inika website includes multiple floral oils and essential oils, including: Geranium Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Rosehip Oil, Lavender Oil, Matricaria Flower Extract, Plum Fruit Extract amongst others. These floral and fruity extracts seem to give this product its subtle floral scent. It smells great but is still subtle, gentle and not over powering. Read full ingredients list here.
The formula of this product is a medium coverage when swatched on the back of my hand. However, I don’t find this product to be buildable or very easy to blend. When applied to the face, I have to blend it out with my hand as it separates quite a lot when using a brush. I found that it can be applied with a beauty blender but again, it separates when I try to build it to a fuller coverage.
As I have to blend this product with my hands, when it is blended the coverage is no longer medium. I find it very sheer and it unfortunately does not cover my blemishes or redness very well. The formula feels tacky on my face and is uncomfortable to wear in warm weather conditions. For this foundation to work for me, I have to use a very small amount and this creates a nice, natural and subtle make-up look which I do like. But unfortunately, I don’t find this is a medium coverage foundation. It works as more of a BB cream for me but it is still sticky and can leave streaky edges when not blended fully.
My Opinion& Review
Overall, I wasn’t very impressed with the formula of this product. However, as a natural alternative, it is likely to be one of the best on the market. I would say this product would be suitable for someone who wants a very light coverage and doesn’t mind is it feels tacky on the skin. If you want blemishes to be covered, this foundation is unlikely to work for you.
I also tried mixing this product with a BB cream I already own, and again it continued to separate on the skin. I also tried mixing it with my moisturiser and it gave a very subtle but lovely tint, but not what I was hoping for with this product.
The colour match for me, as well as the other colours in the range are great. I also like the scent of the product and what the brand promotes in terms of being cruelty free and having organic and natural ingredients. I will try other products from the brand, but unfortunately this Foundation did not work for my skin. If you want a full coverage, low maintenance, easy to blend product then this one isn’t for you. If you want a sheer, light weight Foundation then give it a go. I would recommend using a tester before purchasing if you are unsure.
- Brand is vegan, cruelty free, uses natural ingredients and this product has 73% organic ingredients.
- Has really nice packaging.
- The ingredients are ethically sourced, natural and derived from botanicals or minerals.
- Holds ingredients including Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Jojoba Seed Oils, Hyularonic Acid, Vitamin E, Argan and Rosehip Oils.
- Colour options to suit most skin tones.
- Scent is subtle and floral.
- Applies best with fingers and creates a light coverage.
- Product feels tacky on the skin.
- Doesn’t cover blemishes very well.
- Leaves a lovely natural finish.
- Is easy to buy online: see below.