I have so many natural cosmetic products I have trialled recently to review but this is one of the most exciting! So much bling!
Today’s review : Inika precious metallics silver collection
(Available as a free gift for a short time when you make other Inika purchases, so now is the time to decide if it is for you!)
As always if you don’t want to read the details, just scroll down to the summary at the bottom for the review in a nutshell.
A fancy black cardboard box with a fabric handle is how this upmarket natural make up product is presented. Gorgeous graphics and design make you feel that maybe spending $85 on eye shadow was not so extravagant after all. But to be fair there is more than eyeshadow in the box. Inside you get your shiny silver make up bag, platinum mineral eye shadow, gun metal mineral eyeshadow, angle brush, shadow brush, certified organic eye liner in graphite and a Berry vegan lip whip. Presentation is excellent.
The 2 included brushes are full size and appear to be decent quality. They are also 2 of the most useful types of brushes to own for applying makeup. If you don’t already have an angle brush and shadow brush then go get some!!!
The eyeshadows are in powder form in small 1.2g screw top containers with the usual plastic regulator cap with the little holes that helps you to not spill the lot or overload your brush. Personally i prefer pressed powders as i find them easier to use. I seem to get less fall out on my face when i use them.
With these products you have to be extremely vigilant to avoid getting silver sparkles all over your cheeks. Tapping out any excess on your brush helps as well as tilting your head back a bit when applying. If you apply them to someone else get them to hold a tissue under each eye to catch the pixie dust.
I tried the eyeshadows out not only on myself several times through the last few weeks but on 2 fellow dancers for a performance we did on Sunday. It was a hot sweaty day and my good friend Ash has this amazing ability to absorb all eyeshadow applied before she gets on stage. Not so with these eyeshadows – she still looked made up when we started to strut our stuff.
The platinum eyeshadow could also be used on its own for a dramatic highlight under the brows or in the inner corners of your eye.
The certified organic eyeliner in graphite applies smoothly and comes with a cap that is also a sharpener. This is a nice touch as it sooo annoying not being able to find your sharpener when you are in a hurry. It looks good when used with the 2 eyeshadows however for stage I added black eyeliner for more drama.
The biggest dud in this otherwise decadent package is the lip whip. Lip whip is a fancy term for lip gloss. The shade provided does not work for my complexion at all, even when done up with all the silver eye make up and using an Inika foundation. I think i will give it to my daughter to play with, I don’t really have any use for it at all. I would have been far more impressed with a proper lipstick included.
Due to the highly reflective shine and completely unnatural look, I think these products would be a bit much for most day jobs. They are, however, glorious for stage and night wear. I am in love. My only wish is that this product was cheaper!!
INIKA is a luxury natural cosmetics brand. Half of the INIKA product range is Certified Organic, the other half comprises of 100% pure mineral makeup.
According to the wonderful EWG data base the:-
Inika lip whip – berry scores a 1 (ie very low toxicity) with all ingredients being either 2 or 0 in toxicity. For reference everything under a 3 is given a low toxicity rating which means this product is pretty darn safe based on current knowledge.
Inika Gun Metal Eyeshadow also scores a 1 although it had a few more ingredients with 2’s, I have to say I am very impressed by the quality and safety.
Inika Platinum Eyeshadow :1
Inika Eyeliner Graphite:2 Not quite as safe as the other products as it had one ingredient that was considered moderately toxic (TOCOPHERYL ACETATE). Still the overall rating was low toxicity.
Inika certainly sounds committed to providing quality products here are their vows from their website:
- No petrochemicals and other synthetic substances
- Non-organic products of animal origins
- No talc
- No fragrances and other colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
- Anti-microbial agents not produced from organic sources
- No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salt
- No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
- No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
- No alkyl sulphates (eg sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
- No alkyl ether sulphates (eg sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
- No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
- No polysorbates (eg polysorbate 20)
- No ethanolamides (eg cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
- No chemically synthesized sunscreens
- No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens, sodium benzoate & parfum
My summary: 5/5
Product: Inika precious metallics silver collection
Effectiveness: 4.5 (looses .5 for fall out and because the lip whip is silly)
Safety: 5 (pretty outstanding safety considering how well it lasts on stage)
Suitable for day wear: not so much
Suitable for stage: YES!!!!
AUSTRALASIA : $85 AUD online as a set but available as a free gift when you purchase $100 worth of Inika products online, you also get free postage so it’s kind of like a $95 bonus available until the end of March 2013.
AMERICAS: the package is only $68US with free postage (because you are spending over $50). Makes me want to pretend I am in the US
UK & EUROPE: £45 also with free postage as it is over £32 in value
NEW ZEALAND: $97NZ and free postage as its worth over $60
Locals you can also buy it at Kaboodle in Sawtell and Beauty on the Promenade in Coffs Harbour, Studio 287 Coramba and from Millissa Rossow at Moonee Beach.
I have no affiliation with Inika.
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