Ilia Beauty Summer 2017 | Range Review #16

SPF and skincare benefits in clever & versatile product formulas, moisturising on the go, smart hygienic packaging.

The Ilia Beauty novelties in summer 2017 are sure to excite – and not just the green beauty mavens.

After the initial “beauty news” format back in winter of 2016 was well-received by most of you guys, some have requested less “news-like” reviews, and more in-depth introductions.

While I can’t and I won’t review ALL novelties by ALL brands for I hope obvious reasons, I’ve picked a select few in the past months: Rahua Color Full or Ringana ADDS.

And will continue today with the “white” line of Ilia Beauty Skincare and SPF range.

Ilia Beauty
Summer 2017 Collection
Range Review

Today we’ll look into the uber-cool US-based brand Ilia Beauty’s latest make-up/ skincare novelties.

Ilia stand out with model ingredient transparency, and even though I’m not partial to their occasional using of silicones or “conventional” pigments (as tiny the percentage might be), I highly value and respect the attitude of delivering a top quality product very much on par with the “conventional” top brands plus the commitment to continuuous improvement.
For example, by now all palm-oil derived ingredients come from sustainable sources. That’s all music to my ears, sore with marketing claims.

Ilia summer collection 2017 consists of three products – two new launches plus two new shades for the existing Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15:

Cucumber Water Stick – described as a “cooling toner in stick form”
Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20 Moondance
Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 – two new shades, peachy beige ‘Darlin” and a purple-laced raspberry ‘Kamikaze’

Ilia Beauty Cucumber Water Stick Review

26 g, 44€. Full disclosure: Aqua/water, Sodium Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

+ A clean and gentle formulation
+ Excellent mosturising properties
+ This “solid” (read: spill-proof) toner formula is perfect for frequent travellers and is ideal in-flight skincare as well!
o I was asked about Phenoxyethanol the day I shared the products on Instagram, and here’s my two cents. While I found a mention of contact dermatitis caused by a 4% Phenoxyethanol solution, in the EU the use of Phenoxyethanol is limited to under 1% of the overall formula.
The antibacterial preservative agent is not rated critical by Codecheck, quite possibly due to this regulation.

Ilia Beauty Moondance Review

2.3 g, 34€. Full disclosure: Active: Non-nano Zinc Oxide 14%. Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Sunflower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Leuconostoc/radish Root Ferment Filtrate. * Organic.

+ Natural, non-nano sunscreen – SPF 20 (super easy to refresh during the day, as your sunscreen wears off)
+ Enriched with herbal extracts and free from fragrance
+ Mattifying and transparent, with a naturally luminous finish

+ Easy to use
+ The magnetic brush is easy to detach and to cleanse!
+ Portable

+ Refillable!

Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Review

4 g, 28€. Full disclosure: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Coco-caprylate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Butyro-spermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Shorea Robusta Resin, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower), Tocopherol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide Ci77891, Iron Oxide (Ci77499, Ci77492, Ci77491), Red 7 Ci15850, Red 28 Ci45410, Yellow 5 Ci19140. * Organic.

+ Potent sunscreen and colour make-up rolled into one
+ Rich, nourishing formula
+ A non-slip texture

+ Flattering colours, neutral-warm (‘Darlin”) and neutral-cool (‘Kamikaze’)

Bottom Line – The “White” Line Review

With Ilia Beauty, I’m a tiniest bit on the fence. Don’t get me wrong: absolutely all products are excellent in terms of performance, pigmentation and wear. Most are overwhelmingly natural-based. I own several lipsticks, lip conditioners, one lip crayon and one lip balm that has safeguarded my pout through the coldest winter days. But then while many products are 100% clean, a few have “small” amounts of silicones (eye shadow sticks) or questionnable pigments – mostly those super intense, super flashy lippies. What I like, however, is that the brand is completely transparent, and you can navigate the range picking only products with ingredients you personally find are green enough for you.

Now, the summer 2017 collection is absolutely gorgeous.

Last I checked, Moondance was sold out over @ Amazingy, so I presume it’s quite a favourite with most customers. And it truly is a great product – portable sunscreen that comes in a powder texture (yay! mattify and protect in one gesture!), with a detachable brush (yay, hygiene!) and even is refillable.
The Cucumber Water Stick is absolutely genius for frequent travellers – a cooling, hydrating toner that’s a stick? Shut up and take my money.
Finally, most sunscreen products for the lips that I’ve tried in the past didn’t deliver in terms of colour or texture and were neither repurchase-worthy, nor recommendable. Luckily, since this summer, Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 is available in four different, flattering shades for any beauty look. And they’re even wearable as blush!
Looks like the summer holiday beauty case is packed, non? 😉

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