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.

Packaging

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

Wearability

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.

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

Safety

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.

Ingredients

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
Price:
AUSTRALASIA : $65 AUD online
AMERICAS: $50US
UK & EUROPE: £29.50
NEW ZEALAND: $69.99NZ
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.

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Powder based make-up drying out your skin? Natural make-up review of Inika Crème Colour

Inika Certified Organic Crème Colour

A creamy blush or lip tint.

Apart from the fallout  (that’s when the powder product from say your eye shadow ends up on your cheeks by mistake) I have mentioned with several products, there is another reason some of my readers and students have told me they prefer using non powder based make up products and that is because of drying out the skin.

If you have drier skin, serious fallout issues or simply want a high quality certified organic blush then read on for the details of the 2 colours I tried out for this review – Rosehip and Dusty Rose.

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.

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Packaging

The creme colour blush comes in the usual trendy little signature Inika box. Inside is the circular hinged, snap lid container with 2g of product (0.07oz). I have purposely dropped the containers from bench height several times and have shaken them up inside a make up bag to see if the lids would pop open but they remained firmly shut. Plus they are super easy to open. It’s hard to find a product that is both quick to use but travel safe but Inika has pulled it off here. YAY! I also like the clear viewing window so that you can see what colour you are holding without opening it – overall the packaging is super practical and convenient to use. I would give it 10 stars out of 5 if I could.Inika_logo_black

Wearability

Like with the Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Champagne I previously reviewed I preferred to use my fingers to apply these products to my cheeks but a cotton bud served well when trying it as a lip tint.rosehip_creme_colour_swatch

Rosehip – a vibrant red for a more dramatic look and suitable for night or stage use. It was easy to apply and blend into the cheeks. Love it.

Dusty Rose is …well exactly the colour I would call Dusty Rose! A nice soft pinkish hue that goes nicely with a day time look, it would be a bit subtle for most stage uses. Unfortunately this product was of thicker consistency than the Rosehip and created a bit of unwanted drag on the skin when applying it.dusty_rose_swatch

The colour lasted easily all day for both shades.

I actually liked trialling them both as lip tints. They are not stage worthy but fine for everyday use, probably not as tasty as the average lip formulated product though. It tasted a bit of lanolin even though that is not one of the ingredients – I think it is just the flavour of the almond oil. I probably wouldn’t buy them exclusively as a lip tint but if you want a high quality product that can do double duty (like say when you are travelling to cut down on the weight of your make up bag) then these products would be just what you are after.

Both colours have a Matte finish.

Safety

As this product is not already reviewed by the EWG data base, I entered every ingredient by hand. All ingredients are considered either completely non toxic (ie Sweet almond oil. Carnuba wax and Soyean Oil) or of low toxicity.

It’s also certified organic, which means you are not getting things like pesticide residue as a nasty little hidden bonus. Yipee!

Ingredients

Inika creme colour

Still looking good after having been dropped, shaken and used!

DUSTY ROSE

Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis(Sweet Almond) Oil *, Mica(CI 77019), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax* , Titanium Dioxide, Natural Tocopherol, Red 40 Lake, Zinc Oxide.
Certified Organic *
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ROSEHIP

Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Mica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides ( CI77491), Magnesium Stearate, Tocopherol, Red 7 Lake, Glycine Soja ( Soybean) Oil.
Certified Organic *
Expires: 24 months after opening

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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 Certified Organic Crème Colour in Rosehip and Dusty Rose
Effectiveness: 4
Packaging: 5+ (perfect)
Safety: 4.5
Suitable for day wear: Yes for Dusty Rose, and, if you are feeling like being dramatic yes for Rosehip too.
Suitable for stage: Yes for Rosehip, No for Dusty Rose
Price:
AUSTRALASIA : $39 AUD online
AMERICAS:  $45US
UK & EUROPE: £22
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 blush before? Please feel free to comment below and tell me if you prefer solid blush or powders.

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.

Natural make up review: UV Natural sunscreen

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When I started doing these reviews it was to share the good and bad of natural cosmetics with my friends and students. They are often quite expensive and who wants to waste money on an unsuitable product? I never imagined I would end up including something like sunscreen into the mix but this summer I realised just how important it is to protect your skin and to try and avoid bad tan lines. Of course, I knew it was important to protect your skin from too much sun but I have been out and about more this year and the sun has not been kind to my fair skin. Covering up tan lines so you still look professional in your costume is just plain tedious!

As always – scroll down for the summary if you don’t have time to read it all.

What’s wrong with ordinary sunscreens?

There seems to be 2 main risks

  1.  Many sunscreens do not protect against both UVA and UVB
  2.  Many contain ingredients that are carcinogenic or hormone disrupters. (As wearing sunscreen is to avoid skin cancer then the addition of these ingredients is ludicrous!)

UV Natural Sunscreen sport SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum

Packaging

It comes in a 125g tube with a lid broad enough that it can stand up in your cupboard. The tube makes it easy to squeeze out the cream and apply it.

Wearability

I trailed this sunscreen at 2 swimming carnivals I was helping out with.

Master9The packaging claims

  • No artificial Fragrances
  • Non greasy formula
  • Preservative Free
  • Moisturising
  • Hydrating

The fragrance was pleasant! I had children asking what the nice smell was and wanting to use my sunscreen instead of the cheap ones offered for free by the schools. Regular readers know I am pretty sensitive to synthetic fragrances and I had no trouble with the scent of this at all – over all it was very nice.

It was definitely moisturising and hydrating in that it seemed to sit so heavily on the skin there is very little chance of any kind of evaporation of moisture from the skin. I have to strongly disagree with it being non greasy. I tried to rub it in but it just didn’t seem to absorb at all. 5 hours later my legs still felt sticky and fluff etc stuck to them. My skin felt suffocated. I had to scrub thoroughly with soap to get it off in the shower.

It lasted well in the water however and no one that used it got burnt despite being in the Australian sun through the heat of the day and it being summer. It was less sticky at the end of the day when swimming was involved as I guess some of it washed away.

This is a product I would recommend for someone that is going to be doing some serious swimming or sport and wants a natural product. It worked well as a sunscreen.

I would not recommend this to any dancers that are likely to be performing on the same day that you apply it. It takes some effort to get off and you don’t want to miss a bit and have your chiffon skirt sticking to you while you dance. It would also be a poor choice for outdoor day time performances, it was just too sticky and definitely not appropriate to wear under make up.

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The EWG gives this product a 1 ie very low toxicity rating and gives it a good rating for UVA/UVB balance.  Overall it has excellent safety credentials.

Ingredients:

· zinc oxide 24.8%
· zinc stearate
· grape seed oil
· macadamia oil,
· natural vitamin E
· green tea extract
· grape seed extract
· colloidal silica
· Australian sandalwood
· lavender
· patchouli
· iron oxide

My summary: 4/5

– but not good for dancing!

Product: UV Natural Sunscreen sport SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum

Wearability:  2.5

Effectiveness: 5

Packaging: 5

Safety: 5

Suitable for day wear: yes, but better for swimmers than anyone else

Suitable for stage: NO!

Price: $33.95 AUD online or instore from Kombu

Where can I buy it: Locals can buy it instore at Kombu wholefoods in Bellingen or online at http://www.kombuwholefoods.com.au. It can also be purchased through numerous other sellers. Internationally you can find other stockists through the UV Natural webpage at http://www.uvnatural.comUVNatural_SPORT_box1_250

I have no affiliation with UV Natural.

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Do you have a preferred sun screen product for outdoor performances? Comment below?

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