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Inika Organic Makeup Review 2019

Even the most casual of beauty converts will have noticed the recent rise and rise of natural beauty. But, as someone admittedly obsessed with all things product, transitioning my tightly held makeup bag to a routine of entirely clean products is one beauty-frontier I have been yet to face (well, up until this point).

Although I’ve dipped my toe — and occasionally a large portion of my face — in the natural beauty pool, most of the time, being “natural” hasn’t been the active sentiment behind trying these products. It’s more that I heard they were great, and the natural factor was just a happy bonus. But, as someone who practices awareness in most parts of my life, from what I use to clean my shower, to what I eat, I wanted to investigate why my makeup routine hadn’t fallen under the same “wellness” scrutiny as other parts of my life.

After some consideration, I think it can be broken down to two key factors. One, I’m a product loyalist. Win me over and I’m basically yours forever (or at least that’s what I say to my mascara every morning!) so, even though I’m endlessly testing products as part of my job, it’s got to be something special to actually find its way into my makeup bag. And secondly, I’m fairly concerned with performance. With a strong distaste for touch-ups, I like my products to do their job well and have lasting power — something I didn’t feel confident more natural products could always deliver.

In order to overcome some of my preconceptions and because I was generally curious to sub out my favourites to see how their all-natural counterparts would compare, I put my makeup bag on lock-down for a week and converted my entire routine to all-natural products, courtesy of INIKA Organic. And, let’s just say, I learnt a lot.

So, after one week, what are my thoughts? Well, first up, the switch wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, I really enjoyed it and I’ve been left with a handful of products that I really love and am still using.

Something that did surprise me, was the sense of comfort I’ve derived from knowing each time I go to swipe something on my face — or lips, or eyes — that what’s in my product isn’t doing me any harm. And while I think that’s a bigger issue in itself, being able to trust what you are putting on your skin every day is liberating. It’s even made me want to re-evaluate other parts of my routine that I hadn’t previously thought about.

Lastly, performance. Well, let’s just say it’s a non-issue! While I can’t speak for a full-faced special occasion look, for the type of makeup I like to wear (natural, low-key, dewy vibes), each product I switched out fully delivered that brief, and provided the same pay-off as the products I normally wear. So, there’s no need to compromise here.

Keep reading to see my favourite products from my week of testing, you know the ones that have now landed home in my tightly curated makeup bag.

INIKA Organic Long Lash Vegan Mascara

When it comes to mascara I’m very wedded to my tried and tested favourites. However, the Long Lash Vegan Mascara ($45) was good enough that I didn’t miss them once during the week. With just the right mix of lengthening and thickening, whilst still maintaining a natural, fluttery look, it’s safe to say I’ve found a new favourite. Also — there was not a smudge in sight!


INIKA Organic Certified Organic Cream Illuminisor Gold

I’m mad for a cream highlight, so the Certified Organic Cream Illuminisor in Gold ($45) was the product I was most excited about trying. I’d previously heard great things and the hype didn’t disappoint! Providing a lovely, soft highlight that is perfect for faking a “lit from within” glow, this product also comes in two undertones, allowing it to look natural on a wider range of skin tones.


Certified Organic Cream Illuminisor in Gold

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INIKA Organic Certified Organic Lip Liner Pencil

I’m having a real lip liner moment, and it’s mostly because of this product. Often I find lip liners to be too drying or harsh looking, but the Certified Organic Lip Liner Pencil ($29) proves different. Creamy enough that it can be used all over the lips, I like to keep it simple and wear this on its own with just some lip balm over the top. My shade of choice is Moroccan Rose, which for me is the perfect “my lips but better” colour.


Certified Organic Lip Liner Pencil

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INIKA Organic Baked Mineral Bronzer Sunkissed

The Baked Mineral Bronzer in Sunkissed ($65) is subtle enough that you don’t have to worry if you’re a little heavy-handed and allows you to build up to your “preferred” level of faux sun-kissed. As well as using this across the hairline and cheeks, I found this product was perfect for doubling as an eye-shadow. Best applied using a large fluffy brush, the powder formula had great longevity, so there was no need to worry about touch-ups throughout the day.


Baked Mineral Bronzer in Sunkissed

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