Inika Loose Mineral Foundation is a finely milled foundation, providing nearly full coverage with a natural looking finish.
I’m still of an opinion that loose mineral foundation is one of the best things that could happen in beauty industry. I’ve started using mineral foundation about 15 years ago, and I’m still a big fan of it: when formulated correctly, mineral foundation contains only a few ingredients, usually fine milled minerals, mixed properly to achieve a good to great buildable coverage, while also leaving the skin with a natural, non-cakey finish. The minerals also provide a natural and, in most cases, quite satisfying SPF. The fact that mineral foundation is also applied quickly – what’s not to like about it?
During the Summer, especially when there’s a heatwave – (loose) mineral foundation is a must for me; all liquid foundations, BB creams – they all make room for mineral foundation: the less products and the lighter products I have on my skin, the better.
Inika Loose Mineral Foundation is – to make a short and precise statement based on having used mineral foundation for as many years as I have and as many different ones- an excellent mineral foundation. A few months ago I decided, with Summer approaching, to get Inika Loose Mineral Foundation and have been using it since.
There’s 8 different shades available; if I recall the many occasions in the past year or so, where I missed the mark when it comes to picking the right shade (for example, one of many occasions, where I picked the wrong color first is also Inika BB cream – the review is coming soon), I was glad that Inika offers Trial Kits, which each include 2 different shades (along with primer and foundation) of loose mineral powder.
If I went by the photos only, I am sure I would have first picked the two shades from the light trial kit, only to find the right color for me in the light/medium trial kit, so I warmly advise you to take advantage of these available trial kits in order to find the right color.
I know it would be more handy to just apply the mineral foundation and be done, but for me, even though I have combination/oily skin, I’ve always used some type of primer before applying the mineral foundation: either a light moisturizer or a light serum; this Summer, I’ve been using the Madara Cellular Repair Serum (review soon!), since it’s light and quickly absorbing. Whenever I’ve tried using the mineral foundation alone, the finish wasn’t up to my taste: the foundation didn’t spread the way I want it and there were dry and cakey patches (this happens with basically all mineral foundations I’ve used so far). Alternatively, you can also mix the loose mineral foundation with a primer, moisturizer or light serum – and get the coverage based on your current wishes: the more foundation you mix with your primer, the stronger the coverage.
After I apply the primer, I first use a small kabuki brush to apply the loose mineral foundation around my nose and eyes (where sometimes, I use the lightest shade from the Trial Kit); if there’s something that needs an extra coverage, I first apply the foundation with eye kabuki. For a full face, I then use a regular-sized kabuki brush: depending on the coverage you wish to achieve, you can swirl the kabuki brush in loose mineral foundation and apply it in a circular and pressing motion; for less coverage, apply your loose mineral foundation using a lighter brush strokes (similar to applying liquid foundation or blush), from your nose outward to your ears. If you decide to mix the foundation with a primer, I’d suggest using your regular liquid foundation brush.
The Inika Mineral Loose Foundation is easy and quick to apply, the finish is even, almost matte but not cakey; in fact, it gives a bit of soft and minimal dewy finish. The coverage – buildable and if you want a strong coverage – Inika foundation will deliver. This mineral foundation stays on all day; it doesn’t slide, there’s minimal transfer and to top it all off – it even defies sweat as well as my regular rose hydrolate spraying refreshments. The only minor issue I have with (any) mineral foundation is that after a couple of hours, it dries under my eyes; the best way to somewhat circumvent this issue is to apply a more generous amount if eye cream (this one or this one).
The Inika Loose Mineral Foundation also provides a very good and natural sun protection with SPF25 (and since the foundation doesn’t easily transfer, you don’t have to worry about being SPF “naked” soon after application), whose source are natural minerals as opposed to toxic synthetic sun screens.
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So, how about the ingredients? There’s only a few minerals in this loose foundation.
Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019); Zinc Oxide (CI 77947); Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499); Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Mica, Iron Oxides and Ultramarines are natural colorants, while Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide work as a natural SPF. Indeed, a minimalist ingredients formulation.
Potentially problematic ingredients? None.
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My final word?
If you’re looking for a high quality, all natural, with a minimalist ingredients formulation, great coverage but a natural looking finish loose mineral foundation – you’ll find it in Inika Loose Mineral Foundation. Easily appliable and spread, it can be used as a full coverage foundation or for a minimum coverage applied over concealer. I do suggest using some type of a primer either before applying the foundation, or mixing it with a primer. The Inika Loose Mineral Foundation is made for any skin type, including sensitive – it won’t irritate your skin or eyes.
Its staying power is strong: minimal transfer, does not slide off and works incredibly well during hot days; not only does it stay put when you’re sweating, it also feels very light on the skin – just minding its own business and delivering the promise of a great mineral loose foundation. It also cooperates nicely when applying a blush and/highlighter, even if they’re creamy (though in most cases, I prefer using a mineral blush over mineral foundation).
Price? £30 for 8g jar; might not be the most affordable mineral foundation out there, but for such a high quality mineral foundation of a generous 8g, which lasts for quite some time – I can’t say anything else but: I highly recommend it.
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Have you tried Inika Loose Mineral Foundation? How did you like it? Do you like using loose mineral foundations, especially during hot Summer days? Let me know!
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