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Review: Inika All About Eyes Set
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As you may have already been able to tell, I've really been enjoying Inika at the moment. I recently reviewed their Certified Organic BB Cream and I've also been testing a whole host of their products. Today I'm going to be talking about their All About Eyes gift set that includes both their bestselling Long Lash mascara* and the brand new Liquid Eyeliner*. You also receive a rather snazzy gift bag that is perfect for carrying round your everyday essentials. I'm a bit of a seasoned pro when it comes to liquid eyeliner and so I'm very picky about performance. Having yet to find a natural liquid eyeliner that really ticks all the boxes, I was keen to give Inika's offering a whirl.

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I was intrigued by Inika's new liquid eyeliner mainly because of its packaging. Pre-natural/cruelty-free/vegan my liquid eyeliner of choice came in a very similar design. I found the long felt-tip nib extremely easy to use and I pretty much didn't stray until I learnt of the brand's dirty dealings in animal testing. Generally, I found the liner to be okay. In comparison to other natural liquid liners I have tried it goes on quite strongly upon first stroke. However, I did find - as shown above - that I had to keep dipping the nib back into the liquid as I found the product disappeared from the applicator super quickly. In addition to this, the nib is extremely hard and so product was easily moved around and almost even removed while you were trying to apply it. This also wasn't the most comfortable thing on my eye. Given the eyeliner's price, I would expect something a little more comfortable/easy to apply. Considering the fabulous quality of Inika's other products, I was a little disappointed by this. For now I have keeping to a non-natural (but still cruelty-free and vegan) alternative.

Fortunately, the mascara more than enough made up for the liner's poor performance. I've fallen pretty much head over heels for the Inika Long Lash mascara. The matte packaging looks super luxe, the brush is perfect for easy application, and the formula is super long-lasting. I don't wear mascara that often but when I do, I instantly reach for this. I can trust it to make me look more awake, and make my eyelashes look lovely, luscious, and long. Despite its focus being on lengthening, it's also really black and decently volumising. 

Overall, I think this is a good set if you are wanting to give either the mascara, liner (or both) a go. Unfortunately I cannot see whether or not it is still available but you can get the mascara or liner seperately from LoveLula. 

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Finally in the UK: A Zuzu Luxe Review

If you've been in the green beauty community for any length of time then you will know how much those pesky North American bloggers talk about Zuzu Luxe. Previously unavailable in the UK, this well established vegan natural brand is particularly known for their mascara and liquid eyeliner. They're cult natural products. Well thank the green beauty gods; these two products are now available in the UK through Amazon! Obviously, I was quick to give them a try. And guess what? They're absolutely brilliant.

The Zuzu Luxe Mascara in Onyx has a very similar formula to PHB Ethical Beauty's mascara. However, with the move to Amazon, the Zuzu Luxe is easier to get hold of. In addition, the Zuzu Luxe doesn't contain the controversial ingredient that is phenoxyethanol; something that I usually choose to avoid. I don't think that the mascara smudges on me and this is really impressive considering how oily my eyelids can be. The formula is quite wet to apply but it's definitely manageable and once dry, doesn't seem to move at all. It is a tad pricey at £17 but - if you're not an immediate gratification person - you could definitely source it a little cheaper by using a website like Vitacost. Despite this, it's still cheaper than a lot of other vegan options (such as Ilia). The brown shade also seems to be available if that's more your jam.

As much as I'm loving the mascara, the Zuzu Luxe Raven Liquid Eyeliner is without a doubt the stand-out product. Now, unfortunately the price for this one is still quite high (at about £19), but as someone who thrives on a cat-eye, it's definitely worth it as it performs miles better than the other vegan liquid eyeliner I've tried from The All Natural Face. The applicator is really similar to my previous non-natural favourite and so it's really easy for me to apply and the colour is strong and very black. Although the lasting power isn't exactly 12 hours, it's long-lasting enough for me and is also easy to remove with an oil cleanser. I'm not quite back to my daily eyeliner days, but I'm happy that I now have the option to rock a nostalgic cat-eye.

Have you tried anything from Zuzu Luxe? Will you be giving the eyeliner and/or mascara a go now that it's available in the UK?