Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow
Sick of fall out from your eye shadow? This could be the solution you have been looking for. Today’s review is on Inika’s organic crème eye shadow in champagne.
I have never tried a cream based eye shadow before and was intrigued by how it is packaged. It comes in a little black box that reveals a 7ml/ 0.26oz bottle. The screw top lid covers an extended nozzle and it functions more like a tube, in that you squeeze out the product. My first attempt to use it resulted in me squeezing out far too much, I discovered that you don’t need a lot to get a good effect (approx. the size of a large pinhead)
I tried applying this with a brush, and also a cotton tip but ended up using my finger in preference. I found it easier to blend this way. I was interested to see how it would function when combined with the darker powdered eye shadow that I was using as an accent. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not too much of an issue to use two products of such different consistency. It takes a little practice to get use to it but it’s pretty forgiving being so light a colour. It’s the kind of make up even the biggest newbie should be able to handle as there is no fall out (i.e. the little sprinkles that fall over your face when you apply powders).
‘Champagne’ is really more of a highlight – a bright neutral tone with a sparkle. I would suggest that if you want to use it with powdered products that you apply it first, let it dry and then continue. To make the highlight more noticeable though, apply afterwards with a very small amount on a cotton tip and go gently when blending.
This is a great product for daily use and is such an easy to combine shade – you could use it with almost any colour combination. Inika also sells this in the darker “Cappuccino” variety. Together with Champagne, I would surmise that it would be a great, super easy natural look with just a touch of sparkle useful for day wear.
Being a moist eye shadow, it felt less drying to the eyes. The Inika website talks about its hydrating formula and that it is ‘crease-proof’. I found these claims to be quite true and think it would be particularly nice for older women.
Just because they were there when I first opened the package, I also tried this out on one of my teenage students, and my 7yr old daughter. Neither was wearing any make up at the time and even though this product seems to be getting marketed more as a brow highlighter than an eye shadow per se, it went really well with their youthful skin. I will put it on my daughter for World Belly Dance day this year which is a day time, outdoor family friendly event in Bellingen. Full stage make up would be garish under the circumstances but a bit of a light sparkle should look nice while she is performing.
As far as stage use is concerned – well, it could be useful as a hydrating undercoat and brow highlighter but it is quite subtle. It does last well and survive performance but it may not become one of your essentials in your stage make up bag.
As this product is not already reviewed by the EWG data base, I entered every ingredient by hand and can say the vast majority of them score a 0 for toxicity, which is commendable. All the others were low toxicity except for sodium hydroxide which scored 3 /9. As I stated before, I trust the ingredients list of this product enough that I would allow my 7yr old to use it.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf 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 77491), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Ferric Ferrocyanide, p-Anisic Acid, Water, Sodium Hydroxide.
Expirers : 12 months after opening
From the Inika 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: 5/5Product: Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Champagne Effectiveness: 5 Packaging: 4.5 Safety: 5 Suitable for day wear: Definitely Suitable for stage: possibly (as a highlighter) Price: AUSTRALASIA : $39 AUD online AMERICAS: $25US but only the cappuccino is available UK & EUROPE: £18 NEW ZEALAND: $39NZ Where can I buy it: Online for Aussies – click here. For the rest of the world click here 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 although they did send me this product as a free trial to review.
Have you tried creme eye shadow before? Please feel free to comment below and tell me your experience or to ask a question.
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