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Kosas Cosmetics Roundup + Review

May 11, 2020

Kosas brand review | The Beauty Look Book

Today I have a full Kosas roundup and review. I’ve been playing around with the line for quite some time now and I’ve tested every product they have launched. Today I’m excited to share a closer look along with a list of what I think are the hits and misses. Overall I love the vibe and well edited look of Kosas products. They’re a clean beauty line which I know many of you are passionate about. You can find the full list of ingredients for every product on their website.

Tinted Face Oil

Kosas Tinted Face Oil Review Shade 6

I reviewed the Kosas Tinted Face Oil a year ago and my shade match is still Shade 6, but I no longer use this. This is not my favorite product in the line as I can’t wear super dewy products on the face. I can wear something that’s luminous but since this is an oil it’s very dewy and sheer. It’s more like a skincare product rather than a base. In the Florida heat this doesn’t hold up outdoors. You can read the full review, swatches of Shade 5, 6 and 7 along with before/after photos in my review here.

Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer

Kosas Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer Review

One of their newer launches is the Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer which I absolutely love! It is a really nice creamy concealer perfect for brightening and highlighting. I like it under the eyes – the creamy texture means it doesn’t cake or crease on me. It also has caffeine to help with puffiness which I always need help with in the mornings. I was sent a few shades to try. I like Shade 5 for brightening and Shade 6 for a closer match. It has medium coverage and is super easy to blend. I always set concealer with a powder to make it last all day. On me with a powder the Kosas concealer performs exceptionally well.

Swatches next to a few other concealer shades including NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Macadamia, Ginger and Praline and MAC Studio Fix Concealer in NC35 and NC40.

Kosas NARS and MAC Concealer Swatches

Color and Light Pressed Powder Blush

Kosas Color and Light Pressed Blush Review

For the cheeks I’m completely obsessed with their Color and Light Pressed Powder Blushes. I bought every single color and think they’re really easy to wear and incorporate into your everyday look. I know many of you are most likely more interested in the Color and Light Pressed Powder Creams – I skipped reviewing these as I tried a couple and found them too emollient and dewy for my preference. In general I cannot wear most cream blushes – it’s simply too hot and humid here for me to have them last!

Powder is the way to go for me on these, I like that they have a soft finish. Note that the highlighters for the regular duos look similar on my arm swatches and they are almost identical on me. If I look closely I see subtle differences in the undertone. There is a more noticeable difference in the highlighter side for the High Intensity colors.

Kosas Color and Light Pressed Blush swatches

The Color and Light Pressed Powder Blushes come in six shades, each duo has a blush color with a satiny finish (slight shimmer) and a lighter colored highlighter (also has a soft shimmer). On my skin the these are among the softest powders I’ve tried in texture and finish – they have a very melt-in-your-skin kind of feel. Pigment is buildable and noticeable. Highlighters are more like a diffusing powder on my skin. You can wear each shade individually, layered or mix them!

  • Papaya 1972 is a soft but bright peach and light ivory champagne
  • Papaya 1972 High Intensity has a deeper peach and brown under tone with slight shimmer
  • Contrachroma is a soft muted rose brown with a champagne beige shimmer
  • Contrachroma High Intensity has more bronzy brown tones
  • Longitude Zero is a soft cool rose pink with a light pink shimmer
  • Longitude Zero High Intensity is a deeper more intense pink with a more intense pink shimmer

I like Contrachroma and Contrachroma High Intensity the best. Papaya 1972 has a pretty brightening effect on my complexion but I have to apply with a very light hand or else it can turn orangey as it warms up on the skin.

10 Second Eyeshadow

Kosas 10 Second Eyeshadow Review

The 10 Second Eyeshadows are shimmer pigments suspended in a fluid. You simply shake the container to mix up the pigment and then apply with the sponge tip applicator onto the eyes. I think the concept is fun and unique but they aren’t the easiest for me to apply. I think creams are easier to work with, blend with fingers or a brush and layer with powders. These Kosas fluid shadows are nice if you want one wash of color all over the lids and maybe add a liner to complete an easy eye look. I do love the way Globe wears, but on my skin once it’s blended out it becomes a bit more diffused. Lasting power is pretty good with these! I kept the neutrals to try out. There are some other more fun interesting shades in the lineup but I’m rarely wear those colors so I gifted them away to friends who love blues and purples.

Kosas 10 Second Eyeshadow Swatches


Kosas Lipstick Review Vegas, Undone, Stardust, Rosewater

Kosas Lipstick Review Vegas, Undone, Stardust, Rosewater swatches

I think the Kosas Lipsticks are the best thing in their line. They’re creamy and super smooth. Colors are classics that you can wear everyday. Of course I gravitate towards the neutrals but there are some pretty amazing looking reds and plums. Vegas is exclusive to the Kosas website, but all the ones are available at other retailers like Sephora etc. They have different finishes, some are full coverage, others are more sheer but still have good color payoff. They have a slight vanilla scent like MAC lipsticks. Formula is more hydrating but still lightweight in feel and they did not dry out my lips or make them peel at all.

I love that these have a magnetic closure so they snap closed!

  • Vegas is an opaque beige nude cream
  • Undone is a full coverage rose pink
  • Stardust is a sheer pink beige
  • Rosewater is a sheer neutral-cool rose pink

Kosas Brand Review and Swatches

Wet Lip Gloss Oil and Hyaluronic Lip Balm

Kosas Wet Lip Oil and Hyaluronic Lip Balm Review

For hydration and moisture, they have two kinds of lip products. Their Wet Lip Gloss Oil has been featured on the blog a few times before and I think they’re excellent! They have a smooth glossy finish and feel with the most beautiful shimmer finish (except the clear one which is just clear). I love a good shimmery gloss and these are easy to wear.

  • Jellyfish is a clear gloss
  • Dip is a perfect medium beige pink nude shimmer
  • Malibu is the perfect medium pink shimmer
  • Fruitjuice is a juicy plum with shimmer
  • Jaws is the perfect sheer red

They also have a product called the Hyaluronic Lip Balm. There is a clear option and two tinted shades:

  • Rush is a soft pink
  • Pulse is a medium tan brown pink

Both are perfect for that healthy flush of color to make you look like a better version of yourself but still natural. The pigment is medium and definitely noticeable on the lips. They feel hydrating and smooth.

Kosas Wet Lip Oil and Hyaluronic Lip Balm Review

Sun Show Bronzers

Kosas Sun Show Bronzers

The Sun Show Bronzers are really fun shimmery domed bronzers with shimmer. There are three shades and they each have a pearl finish. Light is a light shimmery golden bronze (on me this is like a highlighter). Medium is the best tone for my medium skin to look like a bronzer. Deep swatched very dark on the back of my hand I didn’t think I would be able to wear this even with a light hand so I haven’t tried it. I may try it as an eyeshadow.

They’re super soft and easy to blend out. Pigment is medium but buildable. They melt into the skin beautifully and have a soft silky finish to them. I love the green packaging – it adds a fun touch to these!

I put together six different looks wearing a mix of the colors reviewed above to give you an idea of how they look on the face. You can definitely layer on the blushes or bronzer for more color/pigment. I have a medium tan complexion.

For my base in all photos I’m wearing the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation in Buff with the Kosas Revealer Concealer in Shade 6. Face is set with La Mer Pressed Powder in Medium. Nail polish is OPI Be There in a Prosecco. Tank by Re/Done.

Look 1 / Blush is the Color and Light Pressed Papaya 1972
Lips are the Undone Lipstick

Kosas Blush Papaya 1972, Lipstick in Undone


Look 2 / Blush is the Color and Light Pressed Papaya 1972 High Intensity
Lips are the Stardust Lipstick

Kosas Papaya 1972 High Intensity and Stardust Lipstick


Look 3 / Blush is Color and Light Pressed Contrachroma
Lips are Lipstick in Vegas

Kosas Contrachroma and Vegas


Look 4 / Blush is Color and Light Pressed Contrachroma High Intensity
Lips are Wet Lip Oil in Dip

Kosas Contrachroma High Intensity and Dip


Look 5 /Blush is Color and Light Pressed Longitude Zero High Intensity
Lips are Wet Lip Oil Gloss in Malibu

Kosas Longitude Zero High Intensity and Malibu


Look 6 /Bronzer is Sun Show Bronzer in Medium
Lips are Wet Lip Oil Gloss in Jaws

Kosas Sun Show Bronzer Medium and Jaws Lip Oil


Kosas review and swatches

The top hits for me are the Lipsticks, Lip Oils and Hyaluronic Lip Balms. I really love the look and feel of the powder blush duos as well! Misses for me are the 10 second eyeshadow and face oils simply because they’re not in the format/formula I usually gravitate towards. I wouldn’t say either of them are bad, I just don’t reach for them a lot and prefer other formulas/finishes.

Bottom line, lots to love with some solid products to explore. I love the classic look of the lipsticks and how they are creamy, naturally flattering in a polished way and easy to wear for any occasion. If you’ve been curious about the line I hope you find this brand overview helpful!

You can find the Kosas line at a few different places online, I’ve ordered product from both Kosas and Sephora.


Color and Light Pressed Powders and Rosewater, Undone and Vegas Lipstick purchased by me. Other items have been provided and sent for review.

Base Makeup

New Base Testing from Hourglass, Armani and Kosas

April 10, 2019

Foundation Testing Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Liquid, Armani Power Fabric Balm, Kosas Tinted Face Oil Review

Finding a good makeup base is something I always get questions about and I have three newer formulas to review today. It’s taken me a while to try some of them because I’ve had several allergic reactions to product this year. Testing a number of things on my face on any given week can be tricky so I had to wait for skin to recover and retest just the foundations to check it all out. The good news is that none of these foundations caused my allergic reaction. If you have sensitive skin check the ingredients and do a patch test first. For those curious I was allergic to some of the Dr. Bronner liquid soaps that I used to wash my sponges in and a couple sunscreens I put on my face (more on the sunscreens later because I have a dedicated roundup for those). The three I’m reviewing today include:


Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Liquid in Nude Review

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation ($56) launched earlier this year. So many of you have loved the Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick and were excited about the liquid version. It has very mixed reviews online and I also have mixed feelings. The Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid is an opaque full coverage foundation with a velvety matte finish. I feel any time a foundation is a full matte + full coverage it’s not forgiving because you need an exact match and often times it can emphasize imperfections. This is not an easy foundation to wear but it is workable if you can find a good match. The trick to applying is to use very little and buff with their Vanish Foundation Brush. Most of the time I really prefer sponges but with this one even a damp sponge will pick up too much product. Color matching was tricky for me because a lot of the shades run really yellow/olive. I consider myself yellow/golden but many of the shades are too yellow for me. My best match is Nude which you can see below blends and darkens slightly to give a perfect match right now.

It’s described as a base that doesn’t need primer, but I 100% think it needs one. It works well with the Hourglass Veil Primer and less than 1 full pump is enough to dot my face and apply all over. Once buffed and blended with their brush it covers my skin entirely. Most of my sun spots and freckles aren’t visible. It looks seamless but matte. Setting with a power is essential and the best one to use with this is their lightweight Veil Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Since it’s opaque and matte adding some other matte powders can make it look too matte.

For me it lasted all day without budging – I did need to use a primer and buff with the brush. Without a primer or applied with a sponge it started to look very cakey within a few hours.

Bare skin vs. Vanish Seamless Liquid Foundation in Nude (no concealer or powder). A few other makeup products added including the Hourglass Arch Brow Gel in Soft Brunette, L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, Confession Lipstick in I Woke Up, Tee by Reformation.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Liquid in Nude Review

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation Nude

Swatches of a few shades, plus Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion in Buff (to show how yellow the Hourglass colors run):

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Liquid Foundation Swatches in Warm Ivory, Nude, Sand and Beige

Ingredients from Sephora:

Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Isoamyl Laurate, Caprylyl Methicone, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, C10-18 Triglycerides, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Hexylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Polyglycerin-3, Propylene Carbonate, Quartz, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77891, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77499).


Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Kosas Tinted Face Oil Review Shade 6

The Kosas Tinted Face Oil ($42) has received a lot of attention from you! It’s very fluid as it is an oil so I apply straight to a sponge. Applying on the back of my hand or fingers results in a very runny drippy mess. I didn’t know what to expect from an oil as a foundation, especially living in humid Florida and having combination skin I was pretty skeptical about this. My match is Shade 6. It has surprisingly decent coverage given how sheer and fluid it is. It’s not as sheer as the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, but the Kosas is still sheer-medium. Once on the skin it will look very dewy. I have to set with a powder otherwise it’s too dewy. I like to use this on no-makeup makeup days or for the beach when I need just a little coverage. Most days I feel like I need and want coverage so for me this is not an everyday kind of product. Being an oil it’s not really budge-proof and it will require touch ups if you’re outdoors. On me it will last for hours without issue if I’m indoors for most of the day. I do need to set with a powder and a couple of touch ups are necessary. I can layer concealer on top for more coverage and it does make the skin look very nice and fresh, but I need powder otherwise it’s really too dewy for my preference.

Bare skin on the right. On the left added brows and mascara with Chanel Rouge Coco Flash in Jour but the skin has just the tinted oil on it, no concealer or powder.

Ingredients from their website:

Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Silica, Kaolin, Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Limnanthen Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Tea) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, May Contain [+/-] Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77499, 77491, 77492)

Kosas Tinted Face Oil in Shade 6

Some swatches of shades 5, 6 and 7:

Kosas Tinted Face Oil 5, 6 and 7


Armani Power Fabric Foundation Balm

Armani Power Fabric Balm Foundation review in 6.5

The Armani Power Fabric Foundation Balm ($64) came highly recommended by several friends. I would like to test it more but I’ve received so many questions I thought I’d give you my first impressions. Initial thoughts are that it is very good, but I think other formulas are better. It’s a solid balm foundation that has a semi-velvety matte finish. Coverage is very good. On me it’s nearly full coverage but still manages to look like skin. I ordered the color 6.5 which is a pretty good match, it pulls a little more on the neutral side versus the Luminous Silk or Power Fabric Liquid 6.5 (both are more golden). I would have preferred it to be a little more golden but it works one blended. Pros are that it makes the skin look really nice, even and smooth with good coverage. I applied with the sponge applicator it comes with and it doesn’t absorb too much product. It looks like skin but a lot better. The downsides for me are that it can emphasize dry patches or texture and after 5-6 hours or so it separates if I don’t set with a good powder. I need to experiment with different primers but with either the Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream or Drunk Elephant Polypeptide Moisturizer it looks good on the skin. I really do like the way it looks, covers and blends. All that said I prefer the liquid Power Fabric Foundation a lot more in terms of coverage and lasting power – on me it just looks better. First impressions are that it’s worth checking out. It’s a nice solid formula foundation and photographs well. I just prefer their Luminous Silk and Power Fabric Liquid for lasting power and finish and color.

Two close ups wearing the Balm Foundation on the face, no powder or concealer. On the lips is By Terry Lip Expert Shine in Bare Flirt.

Armani Power Fabric Balm Foundation in 6.5

Swatch comparisons:

Armani Luminous Silk, Power Fabric Foundation swatches 6 and 6.5 and 7

Ingredients from Nordstrom:

Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isohexadecane, Polyethylene, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Arachidyl Propionate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Perlite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, [+/- May Contain Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides].

Quick note on the Power Fabric Concealer. I reviewed it in a roundup earlier but I’m still really loving it! I use Shade 6.5 and it has good coverage and an easy to blend texture. It’s described as a full matte finish concealer but to me it’s not really a full matte and I find it more of a natural middle of the road finish (I consider the Cle de Peau Concealer to be a true full matte). Definitely give it a swatch at the counter as the dry down feel will vary depending on your skin type. If you need something creamy I think the best one is still the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.


I hope you found this foundation roundup helpful! I ended up liking the one from Hourglass the best out of the three formulas but the shade range makes it challenging for me to find a good match since it pulls very yellow and colors oxidize/darken. Nude works for me now and I’m hoping Beige will work as spring/summer progresses and I tan. I try to stay covered as much as I can but there’s no avoiding the sun in Florida! The Kosas Tinted Face Oil is a nice product that gives the face that fresh dewy glow but if you have oily skin it will most likely make you look too dewy. I’m still undecided about the Armani Power Fabric Balm. I really want to 100% love it and think it’s a good one, but it did emphasize some dry patches and I feel like the Power Fabric Liquid is better in terms of how it blends and sits on my skin.


Kosas Tinted Face Oil and Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Liquid provided for review.