It will be no new news to tell you I love eye makeup! Exhibit A. As my somewhat toxic eyeliner was coming to an end it was time for me to try out some non-toxic alternatives. I had read up on a few brands and decided to try Benecos and Inika. So before Christmas I went onto Nature’s Healthbox and ordered a few to try. I decided to go for a couple of options – two eye pencils and one liquid eyeliner.
First out for trial was the Benecos Natural Kajal Eyeliner in Brown (£3.69). Initially I could not believe the cost. Great value and high street prices for this Certified Natural brand. This eyeliner was free from SLS, parabens, phthalates, silicones, PEG, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances or synthetic preservatives. Pretty impressed so far.
So what was it like to use. This eyeliner has a fairly creamy in texture and did not drag my eye as I applied it.
I also bought the Inika Cosmetics Coco Eyeliner (£13.49). Clearly a big price difference between this and the Benecos eyeliner, but was it worth it. The formulation of this eyeliner is also creamy but it has a great pigment which is rich and velvet like. This eyeliner is free from talc, parabens, petrochemicals, fragrance, fillers, gmo ingredients and bismuth oxychloride. Inika are also proudly 100% vegan, ethical, environmentally conscious, cruelty free. and certified as an organic cosmetic. If you are a follower of the EWG, Inika is rated highly.
Have this Australian brand hit natural cosmetics gold? Helpfully adding a sharpener at one end of the pencil gives them bonus points. I can never find my individual ones, so this makes life so easy. It worked well as a liner, as a blender and it did not scratch or drag my eye lid at all. Even after blending the pigment stayed strong! I am impressed.
|Benecos top, Inika bottom|
Finally, for a bit of a change I also included the Benecos Liquid Eyeliner in black (£5.49). The tip of this eyeliner is soft and so in theory should be good to apply. However I really struggled with it. I am not sure if it is because I have been used to a more pen style liquid eyeliner rather than a tip that you dipped…. if you know what I mean. Perhaps it is because the applicating tip was quite thick in a felt tip pen kind of way. I found that I could never get a pure line. There was always a blank line in the middle of it.
Plus points were that this eyeliner did want to stay in place and the matte black colour had good pigmentation. For the price I was expecting it to peel off halfway through the day. It did not. The applicator also has a flat edge on one side which is great to get different definition.
My favourite of the three has to be the Inika Cosemtics Coco Eyeliner. Application, pigment, durability and the sharpener win.
|Benecos Kajal – top, Inika coco – middle, Benecos Liquid Eyeliner- bottom|
Let me know what you think. Have you tried any of these? Do you have a natural eyeliner that you could not live without?