I’ve been rediscovering an old gem these last few weeks – the Inika Liquid Foundation is back in my personal make-up bag and in my kit. This was actually one of the first natural foundations I had in my kit when I started to switch it. I also used to put it on a lot of people when I did days at Content and they stocked it; one of my selling lines was that it had beaten Chanel in an Australian beauty awards, a great testament to the product. However back then they were in a tube which leaked, so I took them out of my kit. I guess I kind of forgot about them after that I’m sorry to say.
Luckily they’re back on my radar and I’m enjoying using them. The foundations have been repackaged so no leaking, they’ve also brought out a version with added Hyaluronic Acid. I’ve been trying out both formulations and this is what I’ve found..
Both versions contain lots of skin friendly ingredients such as Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Jojoba Seed Oil, Argan and Rosehip Oil, to help nourish skin. Both give good natural coverage which is buildable. I usually use a BB cream on myself so these definitely give more coverage than that but in a good way. If I use the original version on its own, I do find it can sit in my pores a little so I need the primer underneath it. The newer foundation with added Hyaluronic Acid feels lighter and a bit more fluid. I don’t need the primer underneath this one as long as I’ve prepped my skin well with good skincare.
Both have more of a matter finish, which is welcome to the kit and also in this heat. The finish is a natural glow rather than a shine. Both blend really well into the skin and have good staying power. I don’t think they necessarily need powder, maybe just on the T-zone if you are prone to shine. The original is perhaps more suited to an oilier skin, unless you use the primer underneath it as well. Dehydrated and drier skins should go for the one with added Hyaluronic Acid – again use the primer as well if you need more hydration.
The primer has been enriched with Hyaluronic Acid too. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant which means it attracts water and can hold onto it, so perfect in a skincare or make-up product. It can help hydrate and plump skin, giving it more of a youthful glow. The primer also contains nourishing oils and essential oils to calm, soothe and hydrate skin. When I use the primer, the original foundation does sit better on my skin.
So what about the colours? Unfortunately same story as most natural brands, not enough. There are only four – in the images from left to right these are cream, beige, honey and tan. As you can see there is a big jump from cream to beige – these two have got more yellow though which is cool. These swatches are the original formulation, I found my cream shade with the Hyaluronic Acid seems to have a bit more pink in it. There is a question on their website which addresses this – explaining that natural and organic products can be prone to slight changes due to their natural ingredients. This is an unfortunate fact about natural products but one that hasn’t caused much problem to me I must say. Remember foundations can be mixed with each other to custom make your tone, but also in with concealers to lighten, darken or add more yellow for example. You could also try mixing the foundation in with a moisturiser or the primer to make it like a tinted moisturiser which gives you a bit more flexibility with colours.
Both foundations and the primer are certified organic, vegan, cruelty free and halal.
What do you think – is anyone else a fan of these? Or maybe you’re not a fan – all thoughts welcome!