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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Review: Inika Liquid Mineral Foundation

I recently received a sample-sized tube of Inika's Liquid Mineral Foundation, available here. Inika pride themselves on being a, "100 percent natural beauty brand incorporating mineral makeup, vegan and organic products that are completely free from synthetic chemicals and harmful ingredients"

After their eyeliner has shown up in this month's GlossyBox (I don't subscribe but every post I've read has mentioned this item), Inika are getting quite a lot of attention at the moment. Their certified organic Liquid Mineral Foundation comes in four shades and retails at £29.50 for 30g, which is more than I have ever paid for foundation in my life. I received a 6ml sample of the shade 'Cream', which is described as ideal for light to medium skin-tones and matches me perfectly. So, do I think it's worth the price point?

Their website claims that the foundation, is certified organic and packed full of organic antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It blurs the line between foundation and moisturiser by hydrating and nourishing the skin while providing a flawless and radiant finish that lasts all day..With extreme staying power that won't clog your pores like normal liquid foundations, your skin has room to breathe with no oily residue."

The website recommends applying with fingers or a foundation brush, in sections starting with the eyes, then nose, chin, cheeks, forehead and decolletage. I followed these suggestions using my trusty ELF foundation brush. The first thing to note is that this is very heavily scented - if you're not a fan of scented products or rose-scented geranium, I'd avoid this as the smell really lingers on your skin. I can still smell it now, after eight hours of wear.
This provides a medium coverage and has a very dewy finish - it really doesn't look like you're wearing make-up. As my skin is so oily, I like to powder over this or I don't feel like I'm wearing make-up at all, in a bad way. Worn over primer and powdered over, I don't find this foundation lasts more than hour for me before my face is shiny. I often have this problem with liquid foundations so if your skin is drier you may find you get on with it better but I'm afraid this just doesn't work for me. This is a shame because I do like the coverage and how well the shade matches my skin-tone.
There is currently an offer on the Inika website to receive a free Vegan Inika foundation brush worth £22 with any purchase of their Liquid Mineral Foundation. I don't own this brush so can't comment on it but just thought it may be of interest to my readers :) The foundation is also available from Feel Unique, John Lewis, and MyPure, with Feel Unique being the cheapest I've found. Although it doesn't work for me, I think I'd repurchase this if it did. Does that make sense? I like it enough that, if it lasted a bit better, I think it'd be worth the price tag. There. So, if your skin is less oily than mine, I do recommend checking it out :)

PS, if you follow Inika on Twitter, they are holding a giveaway of 'A Face In A Box', worth £118, for everyone who follows before May 3rd.. So get following to be in with a chance!
(I received this item as a PR sample. This does not affect my views. As always, all reviews are my honest opinion.)

1 comment:

  1. Oh darn it. I hate foundations! So hard to find a good one that matches ur skin. I try not to use powders cos I have a mixture of oily and dry but sometimes if a foundation isn't great I definitely need it!



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