The Natural Make-Up Brand We Love
The Natural Make-Up Brand We Love

The Natural Make-Up Brand We Love

These days, there’s no reason why effective make-up can’t also be sustainable and natural – as demonstrated by cult brand Ilia. Now stocked at Space NK, it’s even more accessible. And that’s big news because, not only does Ilia offer a conscious selection of hard-working products, its rich pigments and long-lasting formulas are proven to be kind to all skin types. Loved by our beauty director Becky, here's what makes it stand out from the crowd and the products worth trying.

Created in partnership with SPACE NK

Introducing Ilia…

Ilia Beauty creates natural products that nourish the skin as you wear them. From lipsticks to eyeshadows and everything in between, the entire line-up blends luxury and sustainability with ingredients that are proven to plump, smooth and hydrate skin.  

With under 30 products across its covetable range, everything feels considered and well curated, with launches only hitting the shelves once they’ve been put through their paces with rigorous testing.

The brand listens to feedback too and often crowdsources ideas from its customers to launch products that tick all the right boxes. 

Who’s Behind It?

Former brand developer and consultant Sasha Plavsic is the brains behind Ilia. Wanting products that were safer for her skin, she launched the brand to create conscious formulas that could rival some of the conventional greats already on the shelves. 

Acknowledging how hard it is to create a more natural formula, Sasha has previously said the brand is a hybrid of safe synthetics and skin-loving ingredients, with a large percentage of certified organic and bio-active botanicals from ethical and sustainable sources that are used wherever feasible. This ensures everything performs as it should but without aggravating the skin or causing sensitives – something that was important from the off. 

Loved for its range of skincare-powered make-up, Ilia specialises in products that use nourishing ingredients to take care of your complexion. In fact, its motto is: ‘Wake up skin, make-up the rest.’ 

Why Becky Loves The Brand…

“Suits-all shades, easy-to-apply textures and multi-use formulas… There’s a lot to love about Ilia. Its complete, considered range comes in chic, sustainable packaging. Pigments are long-lasting, with dewy finishes that make your skin look so healthy and fresh. I like that all the products are hybrids, taking the faff out of endless application. Its Colour Haze tube  has a firm place in my make-up bag. The shade ‘Before Today’ looks fresh on lips and cheeks, while its True Skin Serum Concealer is one of the best I’ve ever tried for smooth, luminous coverage. In short, this is one of my favourite make-up brands out there.”

Insider Favourites…

The brand’s Multi-Stick is a favourite among make-up artists including Adeola Gboyega and Caroline Barnes. Both love the sticks for their sheer and delicate textures that are easy to build on and layer up. Another pro favourite is the Tinted Serum, which make-up artist Tahira Herold swears by for smoothing out skin tone and enhancing your complexions glow, while beauty expert Violette loves the Fullest Volume Mascara for fuller-looking lashes.


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