I know that not everyone likes trial kits, but I love them. Samples are the best way to find out if a product suits your needs and whether you should get a full size. It’s smart because it lets you avoid spending money on products you don’t like and being wasteful. But let’s talk about these Inika Organic Trial Packs, shall we? These sets contain four sample-size makeup products for the face: Certified Organic Pure Primer (4ml), Certified Organic Liquid Foundation (4ml), and two jars of Mineral Foundation Powders (0.7g each) in different shades. Inika also has similar value kits, only with full-size products.
The Trial Packs come in 4 different shade variations. Depending on your skin tone, you can choose from Light, Light/Medium, Medium/Dark, and Dark. My skin is pale with neutral undertones, so I went with the kit in Light, created for fairer skin tones. It contains the primer, the Liquid Foundation in shade Cream, and Mineral Foundation Powders with SPF25 in shades Grace and Strength.
I’ve tried a decent number of organic primers, and I find this Certified Organic Pure Primer very moisturizing. I know this isn’t something that everyone seeks in a primer, but for those whose skin tends to get dry and flaky, a moisturizing primer is a great choice. The principal goal of a primer is to prep your skin so your foundation would go on smoothly and last longer. I feel that the Pure Primer does the first part wonderfully. My skin feels comfortable, and my foundation looks more even after application. As for the second part, the longevity, I could not determine that from the sample. I would certainly consider getting a full size after I use up my current primers.
The Certified Organic Liquid Foundation has also positively surprised me. Like the primer, it contains hyaluronic acid as well as a handful of hydrating organic oils. The texture of this foundation is silky and hydrating. The shade Cream is a light color with neutral undertones and a perfect match for those with paler skin tones. I like that the foundation blends seamlessly into the skin and gives a natural radiant coverage by hiding some redness and skin unevenness. It claims to be “buildable” to some heavier coverage if needed. I usually use concealer, so one layer of foundation is enough for me. Despite its claims, it does not last all day, but the longevity is very good. I like setting it with a clear mineral powder or one of Inika’s Foundation Powders from this same set.
For my base, I do prefer using liquid foundations. I find that mineral powders attempt to dry out my skin, especially my cheeks and forehead. Nonetheless, I can only say kind words about these Mineral Foundation Powders. As I type, it slowly occurs to me that this is turning into a rave review, but I just can’t help it. If you have dehydrated, flaky skin, then you’ll understand how hard it can be to find makeup products that would compliment your skin, not make it more flaky and uncomfortable. So back to the Mineral Foundation Powders. As I mentioned before, I tend to use them as setting powders for certain areas, like my nose. These Mineral Foundation Powders offer excellent coverage, so those who are searching for a heavy-duty foundation, won’t get disappointed.
The shade Grace is the fairest shade available in the range and is a fair color with neutral undertones. The shade Strength is the third lightest color in the range and suitable for very light skin with warm undertones. I think it will look lovely in summer after I get a slight tan.
Inika Trial Packs are available at Inika (US) or Love Lula (worldwide, free shipping) for $7.50/£8.50.
Have you tried these Inika organic trial packs? Do you like skincare or makeup samples?