An idea for this post came from one of our readers. She wrote “How about introducing a Polish element? I’m bored with reading about French brands all the time. Take our Inglot- even Anja Rubik talks about it on Into the Gloss.”
I loved the idea. With Inglot taking first steps around the time I was born (and also with it’s birthplace and HQ being close to my family town) I grew up with the brand. It used to be my go to brand for all my make up until I moved to London. I must admit that I’ve forgotten about it for a while because for a long time it wasn’t available in England. But a couple of years ago Inglot went global by opening 400 stores in 50 countries and taking make up world by storm.
Started by a true visionary, Wojciech Inglot, the company went from strength to strength in a way only reserved for brands which are a child of passion, vision and incredibly hard work. Mr Inglot was a chemist (sadly he passed in 2013)- think Walter White in a make up alley. His obsession with chemistry and cosmetics collided in a most beautiful way. In a family run firm, big decisions were made at the table- and the pasta was usually cooked by Mr Inglot himself.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am about the brand. As a self diagnosed beauty junkie, my make collection is forever growing. On my recent trip to Poland I went into Inglot store and was captivated by the choice and colors on offer.
There were (amongst other things) illuminating powder with diamond dust for face and body, beautifully pigmented blushers and illuminators, sparkling dust that can be mixed with foundation, eye shadows or body moisturizer, glossy lip “paints” in little pots, gel eyeliners in every color, 400 shades of nail polishes and choice of eyeshadows that puts Mac to shame. I wanted it all. The offer is so broad that I spend over a hour in the store, trying, testing and painting. I had to settle on only a few things because of a limited liquid and make allowance (hello European flights) but I’m already planning a trip to Westfields in London where Inglot has it’s own store.
One of the best products I tried was a bronzer with blusher. The idea behind it was to mimic the way we tan naturally. We don’t just go mat bronze all over. There are some parts of our faces like i.e our noses that will tan pinkish brown- check Giselle photos for reference. It’s probably the most flattering bronzer I came across in years.
I also got a highlighting powder similar to Bobbi Brown shimmering brick. It can be layered giving you either a subtle glowing effect or a full on strobe make up for a night out. I also got a sculpting powder and couple of eyeshadows in pinkish nude and taupe to mimic light and shadow that falls naturally around the eye. Finally, I went for fire engine red nail polish.
The eyeshadows, blushers and powders are incredibly pigmented so little goes a long way. What about longevity- you may ask? Well, thanks to hydrophobic compounds the powder is sweat resistant and survived the whole day of travel including a plane journey. Eyeshadows survived 10 hours working day and the nail polish the whole week without a single chip and with no top coat. The bronzer is the first thing I grab when I change handbags, lest I forget it and a disaster ensues.
If you like MAC, you will fall in love with Inglot. But unlike with MAC you will be able to afford several items without breaking the bank. If that’s not a winner I don’t know what is.