Natural Make up Review: Inika Liquid Foundation

Inika Liquid Foundation

I have been so enjoying my Inika products that I thought I should review another. As mineral powder blush is all the rage in natural make up lines, I thought I would try out a liquid foundation for a bit of contrast. As it is also a certified organic product, with 76% of ingredients certified organic, I just found it too hard to resist. Liquid foundations are often a good choice for those with drier skin types or older skin. I sampled both Cream and Beige and while both were ok for my complexion I decided on Beige.Inika_logo_black

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.


Something I really like is that you can buy small sample tubes of the colours so you can see which one works before forking out the money for the full size bottle. The postage involved in doing this is somewhat offset by the discount they give you if you go on to purchase the product ( I think it was $5 or $10 dollars from memory). Also, the little tubes are great for travelling!

The full sized product comes in a black pump bottle in 30ml (1.01oz). It is easy to use and hasn’t leaked despite me taking it make up bags and on planes. The gold writing at the back started to fade after regular use although strangely the front didn’t!Natural make up for dancers


Like with the Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Champagne I previously reviewed I preferred to use my fingers to apply this product to my face. It provides moderate coverage of imperfections and looks quite natural on. It can leave a slight residue in creases but not every time so perhaps I just have applied it a little bit thick on occasion.

Overall I am deeply impressed with this product.

It withstood the ultimate test!

48 hrs of solid travel with around 20 of those hours on a plane with the ultra skin drying air conditioning.

I came off the plane actually looking OK! It’s never happened before and is partly due to the fact that I uncharacteristically got a few hours sleep but the make up held up. I didn’t think to remove the make up and reapply. I was just trying to endure the torture of long haul travel. I did touch it up a bit in the last few hours on the last flight but it barely needed doing. My skin was not dry and flaking by the end and even better was not irritated by the fact I had worn my foundation for 2 days straight. Seriously, what more can you ask for?

Would it work for stage? Yes. I have worn it in performance and it was fine. I did add a finishing powder but after my aero plane experience I doubt it is necessary. It’s lasting power makes it a good choice however it may not be thick enough to cover serious skin issues or heavy lighting but for most performance works well.

Belly dancer blogging in the sun

Blogging on the go! Writing to you from Switzerland. At the end of hard day of being a tourist, wearing Inika Foundation in beige.


This product is already reviewed by the EWG data base, however I think the rating is unfairly high. It ranks it overall as moderately toxic (4)mostly because of the grape fruit seed oil that it ranks as a 6 in safety. This is quite crazy. For one, there isn’t any listed in the ingredients online and secondly because organic grapefruit seed oil is not likely to be contaminated. That was the main warning mentioned -the potential for contamination of the ingredients, but organic production reduces the chances of this significantly so the warning and ratings seem high to me. On investigation of the ingredients myself, I believe it should have a low toxicity rating.


Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aqua ( Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed butter*, Oleyl Oleate, Rosa Eglentaria Seed ( Rosehip) Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cananga Odorata Flower ( Ylang Ylang) Oil*, Pelargonium Roseum Leaf Oil*,, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Cymbopogon Martini Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*,, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed ( Tamanu )Oil *, Calendula Officinalis Flower*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit ( Kakadu Plum) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Alcohol, p-Anisic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate. * Certified Organic

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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 & parfuminika_mineral_organic_cosmetics

My summary: 4.5/5

Product: Inika Truly Organic Liquid Foundation in beige and cream
Effectiveness: 5
Packaging: 4.5
Safety: 4.5
Suitable for day wear: Yes
Suitable for stage: Yes
AUSTRALASIA : $65 AUD online
UK & EUROPE: £29.50
Where can I buy it: 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.

Powder vs Liquid Foundation. What’s your preference? Comment below.

Liked this review? Jade publishes natural make up reviews for home use and stage and is passionate about dancers looking fabulous without toxic ingredients. Follow the blog so you can save money and buy what works best.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emily
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 04:38:03

    That sounds like a really good foundation. Does it come with SPF protection?

    Thanks 🙂



    • jadebellydance
      Sep 13, 2013 @ 15:16:57

      No it doesn’t have an spf factor. You have to be careful of relying on the spf factor in make up as your only sun protection. Most brands that do offer a SPF factor mostly only screen out UVB yet UVA causes most of the cancers and damage. On the American market, for example, less than 10% of make up with SPF factors on the shelf offer safe, broad spectrum protection. The best broad spectrum protection is a hat! Of course that doesn’t work so well when you are performing outdoors though.


    • stef
      Apr 21, 2015 @ 18:11:14

      Hi there!
      Ive been looking into this for weeks and as much as I want to purchase it because its certified organic I am IN LOVE with estee lauders double wear liquid foundation as its the first and only foundation ive tried thats light and covers AM AZ ING with very very minimal amount used. My skin is oily and really gives of alot of shine later in the day. I’ve used Youngblood powder for years but needing a change. Anyway point is – have u ever used estee lauder double wear and does inika liquid foundation cover as well on oily skin with the same matte look or is it more like a timted moisturizer as they claim it to be? I really would love to try it but $ 65 is alot to spend If it doesnt cover as well or will make me look oily!

      Please help!

      Thank you!!


    • jadebellydance
      Oct 09, 2015 @ 13:06:39

      I have never used Estee Lauders foundation. I have normal skin i.e. not oily or dry and I don’t find my skin feels oily at all with Inika. Inika also have a powder based product that may work better for oily skin types but I would be surprised if the liquid one caused issues as I sometimes use a light oil as a moisturiser first and it doesn’t destroy the staying power or look of the Inika foundation.


  2. Juliet S
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:43:16

    Hey Jade, this is an awesome write up and I love how thorough you’re with checking ingredients safety on EWG database (I’m seriously obsessed – can’t make a purchase without checking it on EWG these days!). I agree that though the ratings should only be used as a guideline, after all I think go with our gut feelings and how our skin reacts with the ingredients as we all have unique skin problems. I’m absolutely in LOVE with this INKIA foundation and going to write a review on my blog too. I actually put it under the same challenge wearing it for a flight and I was so impressed with its staying power!

    Cheers to spreading the green beauty vibes x



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