|Would buy this product again.||63%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is an amazing product, I've been using liquid foundations for years because they seem to provide better coverage for my many blemishes but I've rencently decided to let my skin breathe a bit since I have a feeling all that make up was not really helping (and I always use good quality brands).
This mineral foundation looks very natural and covers imperfections quite well, although if they are very visible, it won't cover them completely as a liquid foundation would, HOWEVER, this one stays put all day, my skin looks as fresh in the evening as it does when just applied in the morning, while liquid foundations would make my skin look flawless when just applied but would gradually disappear from my face during the day and leave my face looking uneven and all blemishes exposed (even Estee Lauder Doublewear, yes).
I bought the shade "Unity", which is a tiiiiny bit darker than my skin shade, but it gives me a nice healthy touch (my skin colour is NC15). I was scared to order the lighter one because it was described as "peachy" -not flattering for me- and the lightest one Grace" seemed a bit extremely light, but I might try that one next time and use a blusher if needed.
Also, this seems to let my skin breathe and doesn't clog my pores, so bonus skincare!
Overall, very happy with it and would definitely repurchase.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
After 2 months of using this I am not as happy with it as I was at the beginning. I've found my skin looks really dry with this if I smile I feel like my skin is pulling and it accentuates fine lines. I also feel like it is not providing very good coverage unless I apply a lot but then the product just looks cakey. One other thing that I am not really happy with is the amount of time it takes to apply.
I think perhaps this is good for a light to medium coverage but as soon as you pack on too much it just looks terrible. I have bought a primer to use with it so I might try that but I have actually purchased the Inika liquid foundation because I think something hydrating will work better for my skin.
I think I will still use this as a setting powder.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Just purchased my second pot of this, even though I haven't finished my old one - Saw they had a special on the website (buy a mineral foundation get a free Kabuki brush) - since i was contemplating buying the kabuki I bought the second pot...LOVE this stuff!!
Honestly this foundation has saved my skin...I have extremely sensitive skin that gets majorly oily!
Everything i put on my face makes my skin feel sticky and oily, not to mention my huge pores on my nose.
I noticed this mineral foundation made my pores so small after extended use (even my sister in-law noticed). On the first few use's i found that it accentuated my pores.. however over time it does make them smaller.
It also made me less oily after extended use.
I donít know why i keep straying from this foundation (I think i get bored and want to try new things) Donít think Iíll be doing that anymore.
I also noticed it clears my skin up...again after extended use! I canít say enough good things about this...It's so hard to find something to go with your skin, however i highly recommend this. The pot lasts for months and the more you use it the less you need over time (my skin became so clear that i only dusted a light amount just to keep me matte looking)
If you decide to try it, make sure you test it over a month to get proper results!
I definitely recommend....Even though it does not specify whether it is OIL-FREE - I donít find i get nearly as oily as Estee Lauder Double wear or any other OIL Free foundations!!
TEST it out...OVER TIME you will not be disappointed!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I love this make up. I do not like conventional make up it makes me feel cakey and yuck. I lOVE LOVE this. You DO HAVE to use the Inika brush with this, so it's worth buying the starter pack to begin as you get a better deal. Also you need to know how to apply correctly or you won't get the results you want- you brush smoothly into skin, dont buff like with most other mineral foundations ( such as ID bare minerals). But it lasts all day/night, looks good in photos because it doesnt make you flash up all white and it has an SPF =)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I love this foundation! I'd tried mineral powders before, but none of them ever stayed on my skin for more than an hour, and it was hard to find a good colour for my very pale skin. I'm now using Inika Grace, and love it! The texture is fine and the powder is easy to apply with a Kabuki brush. I just brush on with downwards strokes, and then use a smaller brush over my red veins, where I used to put concealer. This powder covers them so well I don't need concealer any more. I also used - and still like - Estee Lauder Doublewear makeup, but it's much thicker than the Inika powder, and yet the powder gives just as much coverage.
I use the powder on top of my moisturizer and sunscreen: first I apply Topix Replenix cf Cream; then Clarins High Protection spf 40, which acts as a primer; and finally, the Inika powder. So far, this is working very well. It seems to have actually improved my skin's texture too, as I can't see the open pores any more!
An excellent product. My only complaints are the price, which seems very high for such a small amount; and the packaging, which is somewhat cheap. But still worth the money for the great colours and texture.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I had high hopes for this product as I liked the fact it did not have bismuth oxychloride in it like many mineral powders. I bought the powder in Nurture and there is nothing wrong with the shade. That is fine. I have used many mineral powders and this is without a doubt the one which leaves me with a shiny and almost greasy face. I am so disappointed.
I have been told I should buy the Inika mineral setting powder which is very expensive and a tiny 3g pot. But why should I have to fork out again? My mineral powders in the past were fine without any setting powder. Inika mineral powder foundation is obviously OK for people with dry skin, but steer clear if you have oily or combination skin. My face is like a chip pan!!!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I've been using Inika for a little over two years now, I think. I use the lightest shade, called Grace, as I'm VERY pale - and it matches my skin beautifully!
I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin; any reactions to cosmetics would have me break out in red eczema patches, especially on my cheeks. My eyelids have been so dry that they've bled from the skin cracking.
Anyway, since this is my first ever review, I'll make it short(ish).
- FLAWLESS coverage. Seriously. If you're getting anything less than that, you're not applying it properly. As someone else said below, it's all in the buffing - using circular motions, really work the powder into your skin.
- Amazing range of colours, especially for translucently pale people such as myself.
- Completely organic, halal, not tested on animals
- The brush!!! It's absolutely beautiful and is of such great quality. It has never shed, doesn't smell at all and always returns to its original shape/feel after washing.
- Covers imperfections without looking heavy
- Matte finish but with a healthy glow (for me, anyway)
- Messy to use
- As it comes in a plastic jar, don't drop it on concrete like I did or it will crack!
Lastly I'd recommend using a concealer for the under eye area if you need to cover dark circles. I use YSL's touche eclat BEFORE the foundation (as it's powder and you must never apply liquid products AFTER powder), and I'm very happy with that combo.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Other
Best foundation I have used. And I have used rather a few!! So all powdered foundation have pretty much fool proof application. It's hard to stuff this up if you get the right colour. And the colours are really great. Especially if you are fair and have found other mineral foundations to be too dark. I was using this in Grace which was perfect until I started getting out in the sun a bit more. So now I wear Unity.
The formula is great for sensitive skin, and great for use as a concealer. Just dab a clump on a blemish and light blend with the brush. It is also quick to apply and has sped up my makeup application by about 10 minutes?
The best features of this foundation for me: It really lets your skin breath. I don't get that gross feeling at the end of the day that I get did with other foundations. My face still feels fresh :) It can be worn as a light cover or layered for heavier makeup at night and cleans off very easily! Also I have sensitive, somewhat oily skin which doesn't react to this all. Other mineral foundations have caused me to break out.
Things to take into consideration: Don't use it under your eyes, it's too drying. Purchase a cream undereye concealer. Also it's meant to be SPF 20 but this will be depend on how much you apply. I apply very lightly so it is not very effective as protection against UV rays.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I haven't really tried many mineral foundations before (except for bare escentuals which was crap) so I wasn't really sure what expect from this - my mum gave it to me cos the shade (patience 05) was too dark. It's almost summer here right now in new zealand and I have a bit of a tan so I thought this might be okay for me but it's a bit orange still. I'm not really that impressed it feels kinda chalky on my dry/acne prone skin, although it has okay coverage I guess except that it also accentuates my pores just slightly. Its not that noticeable on skin, but there are still tiny flecks of shimmer in this which Im not a fan of. I didnt pay for this but I know it was expensive so I wouldn't buy again personally. Gotta give props to the natural ingredients though which is always a big bonus. Might just stick to MAC face & body foundation for now which I love so much, but I will try this out again when I'm a bit darker and I update if i like it any better.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This is an excellent product - the ingredients are really pure, the finish is silky smooth but the secret is in the buffing - buff buff buff girls! I use mine as follows:
Laura Mercier mineral primer
Becca tint in Nude
Inika mineral foundation in Nurture
Priori mineral finishing powder
(I know it sounds like a pallaver but trust me this combo works a treat, looks really natural and everything listed above is actually good for your skin so you kill 2 birds with one stone!) Check it out girls - I promise you you will bless the day that you read this review! Good luck xx
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I have Nurture in my kit and LOVE it, it photographs beautifully on the skin and almost makes skin look "airbrushed" I use a tiny amount as a finishing powder and really "buff" it into the skin. Great ingredients and gives a very fresh finish with a tiny bit of flattering lustre.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I don't like this powder at all. I have tried lots of mineral powders now and this one is awful in comparison. The texture is very coarse and it does not sit well on my skin. It is also quite shimmery, which I do not want in a foundation - it tends to highlight and seriously exaggerate enlarged pores, I also looked shiny after a couple of hours. Their shades are way off, would only suit olive or darker complexions, or someone with a deep tan. I bought a starter kit in fair which contained "Strength" and "Unity" and claimed at the time to be "suitable for even the very fairest skin" (and then they introduced a lighter shade a couple of months later). Unity is supposed to be darker than Strength but it is actually quite a bit lighter. Both colours look VERY orange on me and are suitable for fair to medium skin. But the tones in the colour are awful - despite lots and lots of buffing you could see pink and orange particles sitting on the surface of my skin and it looked really unnatural, the powder is just too coarse - the effect looks OK from a distance and probably good for photos but I wouldn't want anyone to see me close up in this. It also makes my skin itch and feel horrible (my skin can be a little sensitive sometimes, but I can use many high street brands with no itching) . The price is ridiculous and the quality is poor.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Blue
Have been using for 2 years now, best foundation ever. The only thing is that I do use a cover stick for under eyes as the coverage is quite light. My skin feels like it can breathe, it gives a fresh dewy look to the skin (I have Nurture) and stays on all day, even without primer. Would take a lot to convince me to buy anything else now, having worked my way thru the Diors, Chanels, Cliniques etc. This is far better, and one pot lasts me 8 months, so whilst the initial outlay may be highish, it goes a loooooong way.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Please read this - I have used and researched nearly every MMU out there!!!!!
Ok, I have oily acne prone skin, and want a mmu that can do natural look, great coverage, with a slight glow but not over the top.
I also want natural high quality ingredients, no Bismuth, and no Isopropyl myristate (which I recently found out about, read my review on Krush Mineral makeup- it was responsible for my bad break out)
I had the most traumatic acne break out 3 weeks ago and am still recovering now, whilst travelling for business in China. International flights, and strange cuisine are not helping my skin right now, and I am not happy this had to happen now.
But I found the culprit, weeded it out (Krush) and researched for some new products for before I left for China. The other natural mmu's I have used haven't cut it for coverage and finish when they don't contain Bismuth.
I love this new one. It's shimmery in the jar, but not once it's on. I have the most oily shiny skin ever- and it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
humid here in China, your clothes stick to you and you feel revolting- but you will not believe this: My skin has been incredible!
I hate having to rebuff mmu when I get shiny when my skin is in trouble as it can mess up coverage, but this has been a dream. I don't know how they did it- I am in the worst, sweatiest climate ever, people around me have sweat beading all over their face, my skin is flawless with a slight glow- it's awesome! I still don't believe it!
One of the reviews said once they became shiny that was it- well, maybe they were wearing a the wrong primer underneath, or a greasy sunscreen. It's just not possible- I am in the most humid gross conditions, I keep checking because I don't believe it!
Don't get me wrong, I get the smallest amount of shine, I buff lightly ONCE during the day. That's all that's needed. My sister and friends back home will kiss for turning them onto this little miracle.
Now- it's not all raving! LOL
The price is ridiculous for the amount, and the fact it's Australian made and they don't have to make a mark up on importing. It costs the same as Laura Mercier, which is designer, with a name, and hard to find around here.
The packaging is cheap and uninspired, and the amount you receive is pretty average- if it was less than normal, they would never have had me.
I could understand the price if they had gone for wow factor like Krush, who are also Australian, but with some pretty cool ingredients which are pricier (Pearl powder, olive squalene) despite the isopropyl myristate.
So the pricing is a bit cheeky, especially considering there are no exotic ingredients like pearl powder or olive squalene which cost a bit.
This seems to go throughout the range- the minuscule amount of eye shimmer you receive for the price is offensive, since there are so many other natural mineral eye shadows out there who are reasonable with their prices.
The mmu price is almost unreasonable- but the eye shadow price, for the amount your receive, is humorous.. It's not like there aren't other mmu e/s out there, their eye shadow is no unique so should not be priced like it's rare gold or something.
And I will put up with the cheap packaging etc for the mmu because it's so awesome! But removed a lippie for the cheeky pricing. Coverage, finish, and staying power all fantastic!
Edit: One comment to add after longer use... this does not necessarily fill in your pores totally on it's own- I'd recommend priming underneath. But here is something interesting- my pores are getting smaller each day. Less clogged, etc. That is testament to the ingredients and what they are doing for my skin I would say. I know Laura Mercier mmu is responsible for making them enlarged in the first place.
UPDATE: You know how sometimes you think you have nailed your face match up to your neck and chest..... but then photo's arise later and you get a better idea of how the tone is wrong? I was unable to find a perfect colour match from Inika unfortunately .... the colours were either too pink or two yellow on me... and I swear the colour I took on holiday with me turned on me a few weeks into using it- it went pink based on me! I took into consideration tanning and extra sun exposure, went into a salon with makeup removing wipes and toner, tried one colour after the next... waited.... went outside into proper light etc... Even the SA's were befuddled and could not believe I couldn't find a colour match up.
So that's my only issue..... this brand needs to meet the in between colour tones. Combining different colours did not work.
If you find a colour match- go for it:)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Ive been using this foundation mostly everyday for around 4 months and so can give a pretty good review!
- This is a true mineral foundation. No bismuth, talc or parabens to be found here.
- Its light, luminous coverage. Yes, there is shimmer in it and its not noticeable when you apply it but if you work up any type of sweat during the day, bam you will stay shiny and shimmery looking for the rest of the day.
Because of this, it means it isnt the best wearing foundation so I wouldn't repurchase. Im not fussed about must having a 'long wearing' foundation but this comes off with blotting sheets which is disappointing.
It is a little expensive in Aus, $60, more than I like to pay and with all mineral foundations, it does get messy!
The upside, is that as with most minerals, it gives a beautiful beautiful finish that I cant recreate with regular powder or liquid foundations no matter what brush (duo fubre, regular foundation brush, kabuki etc.) I use.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Other
Inika was the first mineral foundation I ever tried and I thought it was quite good when I was using it. But when I had a chance to compare it to some other ones out there, its shortcomings became more obvious. What I do think is great about it, is the 100% natural ingredients and the fact that they dont use nano-technology.
Unfortunately, the texture is too coarse and it didnt sit well on my nose and T-zone area where I have enlarged pores. Instead of filling those pores and little pits, it highlighted them!
In general, I was pretty excited about Inika brand and tried several of those products but so far have been disappointed in their eye-pencils and lip pencils -- the driest pencils ever which tug the skin. The only redeeming product so far has been the (relatively) new highllighter - now we're talking.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love this mineral powder. I tried Bare Essentials and hated it. I though it made me look older. A friend suggested Inika and was unsure, but I tried it and loved it. I like it better than Laura Mercier and the department store brands. You can get it at Whole Foods London. Try it! It fits my new paraben free lifestyle!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is my first ever product review :) hehe.
Anyway, INIKA mineral makeup is my favourite foundation ever! The colour (I use nurture) is lovely, it makes my skin look like it's glowing, and it provides good coverage without having to cake it on. It looks really glittery in the pot, but on your skin it just looks like it has a nice glow. Before nurture I used the colour 'Trust' which was way too dark, but even when used correctly it worked just fine.
Summary of pros:
- 100% minerals - contains zinc (I like this ingredient as it is a sunblock and also seems to really help my skin!) - Can be mixed with a bit of water and used as a concealer or liquid - Beautiful colour - Makes my skin glow - AMAZING!!! - Hasn't aggravated my acne-prone skin - Australian made
Summary of cons:
- The black lid on the pot gets scratched really easily...
- Mineral makeup can be messy, but that's more because I'm unco rather than being a bad product.
Just make sure you wash the brush regularly!
UPDATE March 2011:
Okay, so I haven't used this in a while due to experimenting with other mineral makeup brands/just being lazy/not buying any - but this is still my favourite mineral makeup. I like to use MAC StudioFix (amazing) at night or when I need extra coverage, however it doesn't achieve the "glow" that this makeup achieves.
How I apply it: The website recommends tipping it into the lid then dipping the brush in there, however when the tub is still kind of full I just dip the brush straight in there and coat it evenly, then I very carefully tap all excess back into the pot - and I mean ALL excess. At the end the brush is completely covered in a really really fine layer - I like doing it this way best, I spill less too! I just brush it on my face in circular motions. If it becomes too empy to poke over the holes I start tipping it into the lid (2 years after my first review, I'm still super messy at this).
About the cost: This does seem expensive when compared with product from Maybelline/other companies/etc, however when compared to its real competition like YoungBlood (which is $80 for less, and chalky) and other high end min makeup brands, it's reasonably priced. NudeByNature is similar though, and a LOT cheaper. I do wish you got more for the price though (when I first started buying it years ago, you did get more!). Australian brands may save on shipping costs but they don't have access to cheap labour/cheap readily available ingredients. This is one of the most expensive things I buy, and it is slightly ridiculous for the amount you get now, but just remember to compare it to the right things! :-) I love it, however I think the NUDE brand might be better (and cheaper) if you don't need much coverage and the colour suits you.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I was looking for an Australian mineral makeup brand with a foundation that contained minimal ingredients with no bismuth, talc or vitamin E. I found Inika and was very eager to give it a go.
I have mixed feelings about this product so far. Firstly, costing $55 for 8g for an Australian product (therefore, no import charges), I think it is way overpriced. The packaging isn't fancy to try and justify the price either - just your average generic-looking loose powder case with their logo printed on it.
The finish of the powder is definitely more on the glowy side rather than matt, though not overly shimmery. I managed to find a fairly good colour match. I am a 'fairly light' in the i.d. bare escentuals range and was a 'unity 10' in Inika. The coverage of the powder was a little disappointing. You definitely still need a concealor for blemishes and under eye circles or strong discolourations despite their claims of being an all-in-one foundation. It doesn't do a great job in hiding pores either. I wear sunscreen underneath so I may not be able to blame this entirely on the foundation, but I do end up looking quite greasy by lunchtime too. In summary this foundation hasn't caused any harm (as in breakouts or an odd coloured face) but has no stand-out qualities either and I will use it until I finish it but will be keen to try something else next time.