Inika Mineral Foundation Review



It took such a long time to find a natural foundation that I love. I was all about the high street / drugstore liquid foundations before "going green", so I tried a few natural liquid foundation samples only to find that I didn't really like any of them enough. I was pretty reluctant to try mineral foundation at first, but when I tried a sample of Inika's Mineral Foundation towards the end of last year it instantly converted me!

As I'm almost finished my first pot of this foundation, I think it's probably about time I do a proper review after the brief mention in my everyday makeup essentials earlier this year! If you haven't heard of Inika before, they specialise in luxury natural cosmetics and are vegan, certified cruelty free and half of their range is certified organic. Already sounding pretty great right?!

I have their mineral foundation in the shade Unity (swatch here) - a neutral beige for light to medium-light skin tones. It's actually the only natural foundation shade I've found so far that's a perfect match for me! It's a finely milled mineral powder with SPF15 which comes packaged in a little plastic pot. To use, you just tip some powder into the lid and use a kabuki brush (or I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush) to apply. You can use light strokes for a more subtle look, or circular buffing motions for a slightly heavier, buildable coverage.

Considering this is a powder foundation, it provides surprisingly good coverage. I find it blends out any uneven skin tone and pigmentation, making you look like you have naturally flawless skin! I love that you can use more or less to suit your skin and it's buildable in light layers. It also doubles up as a mineral concealer which I often use on a smaller brush for a little extra coverage when I need it.

There are only two little downsides to this foundation for me. One is that it doesn't have a lockable sifter (so it's a little annoying to take travelling or if you drop it as it can get everywhere!) and the other is the price. It definitely has a more luxury price point at £27.50, but it's often discounted online and I bought mine from Naturisimo for about £24. The only other mineral foundation I've tried is from Lily Lolo which is half the price, but I didn't find it worked as well for me. Personally I think Inika is worth the price for the superior performance and I'll be happily purchasing this again!

Have you tried anything from Inika before? Are there any mineral foundation brands you'd recommend?

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19 comments :

  1. Do you think that it would be good for someone with dry skin? I'm more prone to use liquid foundation for that reason. I would love to use a mineral foundation because they generally require less ingredients and tend to be closer to the "all natural" side. I just have really dry skin :/

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    1. Hey Katharine! I have mostly normal-combination skin, but when I occasionally have dry skin it can accentuate dry patches a little. If you moisturise really well I think it could work, but if your skin is particularly dry maybe you could try mixing a mineral foundation with your favourite moisturiser. I'd definitely recommend trying a sample if you can get hold of one to see how it works with your skin type! x

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    2. I have dry skin & I have never had an issue with powder foundations.Make sure your skincare routine is good and using a suitable moisturiser.

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  2. Really hope to try this one day! I've tried samples of the Lily Lolo & Jane Iredale mineral foundations & find I prefer Jane Iredale just a bit more as it comes in pressed for which is so much handier! x

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    1. Ooh I haven't tried the Jane Iredale one, will have to see if I can get hold of a sample :) x

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  3. Want my tip for travel when you have open sifters? Use cotton rounds or cotton balls! Put cotton between the opening and the top so there is no chance for more product to fall out.

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    1. What a great idea, thanks so much for the tip Paula! x

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    2. Oooh thanks for the tip! That's really useful.

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  4. I haven't tried Inika before, but it does sound a bit pricey and I am not sure whether I would want to spend that much money for a mineral foundation. I've tried Lily Lolo trial size which I thought was good but then I also ordered samples from My Beautiful Earth and I like this mineral foundation much more than Lily Lolo and it's cheaper as well. It gives me more coverage for less powder and the staying power is better too, so I am thinking of buying a full size version of this. I also tried Everyday Minerals (sample) and I prefer My Beautiful Earth as coverage is better. I would recommend My Beautiful Earth if you have breakout prone skin and quite lots of imperfections. It works very well for me.
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    1. I completely understand what you mean with the price, I was quite reluctant before I tried a sample and knew it worked great for me! Always on the look out for more budget alternatives though. I don't tend to get breakouts but I still like products with more coverage so I will definitely check out My Beautiful Earth - I hadn't heard of them before so thanks for the recommendation Petra :) x

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  5. I'm a big lover of this, definitely worth the extra money as the finish is just so, so beautiful. Glad I'm not the only one who loves this <3 x

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    1. You know it must be good when other people love it too! Agreed, the finish is perfect :) I love that it's just like a second skin and doesn't feel like you're wearing any makeup at all! x

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  6. increasingly I've heard positive thing about this foundation. I'm looking for a good natural liquid or powder foundation without coconut oil.. :)

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  7. I haven't tried Inika but I too do not get on with Lily Lolo. My holy grail for mineral foundation powder is Everyday Minerals and it's half the price of Inika :)

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  8. I use my Inika mineral foundation all the time, dreading the day when I use it all up and have to repurchase! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  9. I've just blogged today about the Inika finishing powder which I got after our Twitter exchange a few weeks ago instead of a pressed powder and I love it. The foundation is next on my wish list!

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  10. It seems lots of people love this brand which is really good! I wonder where I get a sample from? I am really curious to try it now.

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  11. Great review! I've been really interested in INIKA products recently and really want to try this brand out. The mineral foundation sounds excellent!

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  12. I haven't tried Inika, but I've loved Alima Pure's mineral foundation for more than a year now, and I also have been enjoying W3ll People's Altruist mineral foundation recently.

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