The first brand in my Makeup Detox-series is the Swedish affordable mineral brand TiKei Mineral Cosmetics. I settled for the 10-sample pack with optional Brush.
They had a very lovely eyeshadow collection, which made me waste a few samples on that instead of getting a wide variety of foundation samples to increase the risk of a match.
For being quite small samples the lasted for a surprising good amount of time.
TiKei Shader Brush
I kind of panicked when I did the order because I realized I don’t have any brush to apply loose powder eyeshadows with and not to mention powder concealers! You couldn’t pick their concealer brush so I just went with what looked like it could be used for many things.
Maybe a Blender brush would work fine too but the Shader brush did just great as a multitask-brush and saved me some trouble! I like that their brushes are vegan and the bristles are soft and works great around the eye area.
TiKei Foundation in Warm 3 & Neautral 3
They have quite a good selection of shades and it’s almost impossible to not find your match.
Because I got a little overboard with selecting four eyeshadows I didn’t really leave room for much foundation shades to be tested. I followed the instructions and while I’m a pretty good match maker for myself, this time wasn’t really a true match. Or well… As you can tell a difference in the picture between the two shades, it seems like both oxidize and turn into the same color. Nobody I asked could tell a difference when I had both on separate sides of the face.
Originally I was thinking Neutral for winter and Warm for the summer, but I ended blending these two together in old pot from Laura Mercier.
The formula feels maybe on the heavy side for some reason. Most of TiKei’s products uses Boron Nitride, which they explain why on their site. It sounds a bit suspicious and some blogs say it’s bad, but I came across this article. So until I read some proper information on why it would harm my skin in any way, I’m okay with using it.
TiKei Concealer in Warm & Yellow Corrector
Somehow I can’t seem to find a concealer that match when I follow the guidelines. It’s often too bright than its counter foundation-partner. So Warm felt a bit too bright for my yellow complexion, even when oxidized.
As I said I suffer more or less from permanent dark circles so I thought I would give the Yellow Corrector Concealer a go. Turns out it worked even better than the other one and could be even used alone on my yellow-tinted complexion! I ended up blending these two together though for a better and more powerful match.
TiKei Blush in Sunrise & Bronzer Golden
Even though I don’t feel that ready, I thought I’d give blush and bronzer another try for the sake of science…
There weren’t many blush shades that pulled my attention, so I went safe with a coral-shaded blush and their lightest bronzer.
At first I didn’t like the blush, but as the scars fade the more the color grew on me. I’ve always had pinkish-colored blushes and even though I get most attracted to them I feel like they don’t really suit me always. Sunrise makes me think of Lily Lolo’s blush Clementine that I’ve had my eyes on, to have something to compare with.
After some excessive research on how to sculpt after face shape I couldn’t be more excited to play with bronzers! Golden is a more of a red toned bronzer, and works great for light-medium skin tones and for winter – leaving just the hint of definition and warmth without being too much.
Now, what I wish both of these would have is shimmer! But none of the TiKei blushes and bronzers offer this. I’ve always seen myself as a matte person, but I’ve come to realize that matte is a bit hard to control, while a little bit of shimmer blush is easier to blend and build – it also lightens the complexion and gives you that glow!
TiKei Eyeshadows in Cashmere, Cacao, Desire & Embrace
I’m not mad about loose powder eyeshadows but it seems to be ok working with them. The only problem I have is that they crease.
I have quite oily eyelids, and I’ve tried almost everything, but the shadow keeps on creasing within a few minutes, so if any of you my readers has any tips on a good natural eyelid primer (not for glittery eyeshadows!) I would be so so thankful! (I’m wondering if Lily Lolo’s concealer that has Kaolin would work?)
R: Cashmere; L: Cacao
I will start with the one I didn’t like, and that’s Embrace, a shimmery light brown. It looks truly beautiful on picture, but just looked too ashy on my complexion.
Cashmere is my favorite and is a matte beige. The perfect base in my opinion and gives a little bit of warmth. I usually dust it on over my whole lid and brow bone for an au natural look.
Cocoa is a basic matte brown, but maybe too pigmented. I thought I could use it as a crease shadow and eyeliner. While it works good as an eyeliner, it’s just too pigmented to use as a regular shadow. I actually ended up using it to fill in my browns even though it’s a tiny bit too dark – but hey there’s nothing wrong with bringing Pocahontas-brows back!
Then we have Desire which is the most beautiful of the bunch. A shimmery copper brown, just gorgeous and no picture can do it justice! A special occasion eyeshadow I’d like to call it. I used it as an eyeliner on my birthday but it works great all over lid.
WHAT I WOULD REPURCHASE: Eyeshadows in Cashmere and Desire.