Kosas Cosmetics Review

September 12, 2023

Kosas Cosmetics Review

I’ve been testing beauty products for a long time and always love finding makeup brands that really prioritize skin because I like natural looking makeup that makes the person shine and feel good – not covers up their born beauty. Kosas Cosmetics is one of those brands. Today I am reviewing the line and sharing the best products they offer and which ones I’d recommend skipping. This post is newly updated with some of their latest launches I have tried!

Kosas Cosmetics clean beauty Review

Kosas Cosmetics Review

Kosas was founded in 2015 by Sheena Yaitanes who started the brand with four lipsticks and has grown it to be a complete collection of good for you formulas with nourishing ingredients that will bring you skincare benefits. 

Kosas Cosmetics Review

In addition, Kosas makeup focuses on pigment payoff, glow and stay-all-day power and I think it is a great line for people who love makeup but want applying it every day to be easy and fun. Kosas products are beloved by makeup artists and there’s definitely some great ones you’ll enjoy picking up following reading my review.

The clean beauty  brand has banned over 2,700 ingredients including some of the biggest offenders we often see in traditional makeup. So Kosas products are formulated without Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Tal, Formaldehyde, Phenoxyethanol, Petrolatum, Aluminum; among others.

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Kosas Revealer Concealer

Kosas Revealer Concealer

Concealer with skin care benefits? Yes, please. This is one of the best creamy concealers I’ve tried for brightening skin. I prefer it for under eye use but you can also use it to spot treat. It has caffeine and pink algae to brighten and arnica and provitamin B5 to sooth skin that may be irritated. 

It has medium coverage and is really easy to apply – I use a brush or a sponge and blend it out.

Available in 28 shades for a variety of skin types. I use shade .05.

Revealer Skin Improving Foundation

Kosas Revealer Skin Improving Foundation

Following the success of the brand’s Revealer Concealer, Kosas released their Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation. This is a great foundation. It offers medium coverage, has SPF 25 and delivers a natural finish that looks like your skin but *much* better. Texture is smoothed, pores are smaller and skin looks more radiant. 

I love that the formula has hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, peptides, squalane, Vitamin B5, arnica and caffeine so while you’re wearing it your skin is getting brighter, soothed and more plump. 

This foundation was dermatologically tested and is safe for sensitive skin while being non-acnegenic and hypoallergenic.

With over 36 shades offered they have a wide shade range available. I wear shade 120.

Kosas Air Brow - Tinted

Kosas Air Brow – Tinted

Fluffy brows right this way. This is a longwear, tinted gel with a mousse like texture. They put hair care actives in the formula so you can support brow growth and health with use over time. You’ll get more volume and staying power thanks to plant-based microfibers and castor oil. It’s really easy to use and I like the fluff and volume my brows get from just a few swipes. I’ve gone through at least three of these!

Available in 10 shades – I have shade Soft Brown. The brand also makes a clear version of Air Brow.

Kosas Brow Pop Pencil Review

Kosas Brow Pop Pencil

This is a great little brow pencil that pairs well with the brand’s Tinted Air Brow Gel. It fills in sparse brows and gives off precise hair-like strokes. Castor Oil helps brows grow with use over time and I’ve managed to go through an entire pencil and I repurchased right away.

Comes with a built in spoolie brush which I love. Available in 10 shades. I use shade Soft Brown.

Kosas Cosmetics Cloud Set Powder review

Kosas Cloud Set Powder

I wanted to like this setting powder but I just found I couldn’t get enough product from a brush to my face to make it more worthwhile than using a favorite loose powder. And I didn’t find it lasted very long when it came to keeping oil at bay.

If you prefer a pressed powder, this may be for you. I do find it is good for getting rid of mid-day shine however when applied quickly to the T-zone.

Comes in 10 shades. I tried shade Sheer Very Light.

Glow I.V.

Glow I.V.

If you want your skin to be more glass-like and glowy before you apply your favorite base makeup, this is a great product. It is billed as a vitamin-infused skin illuminating enhancer, it gives such a healthy looking glow to the skin. You could also wear it alone if you wanted a health-looking skin day since it has a hint of tint to it. 

If you have tried the Saie Super Glowy Gel and liked it, you’ll also really like this product.

Available in 10 shades, I have shade Spark.

Kosas Cosmetics Big Clean Mascara Review

Kosas Big Clean Mascara

I admittedly liked this formula more before they changed it shortly after launching it. They made it more longwear as I think people had issues with it smudging but I personally didn’t experience that. I liked the major fluff and volume this mascara gave. 

It’s still good but I don’t reach for it every day. It is safe for sensitive eyes and I found it non-irritating. Definitely a buildable formula, too. Just wait about 30 seconds between applying each coat.

Kosas Cosmetics Chemistry Deodorant Review

Kosas Chemistry Deodorant

This is a great clean deo. It’s a serum formula that makes it super easy to apply with its roller-ball applicator. There’s no baking soda or aluminum and with regular wear the effectiveness gets better. It’s moisturizing unlike a lot of clean deodorants and I found it held up well during my workouts.

I’ve repurchased this several times. I prefer the Chemistry one to the Beach one as I like that it is fragrance free.

DreamBeam SPF 40

DreamBeam SPF 40 

This SPF was designed to be a product that delivered both on sun safety and makeup prep and I think it delivers. It is a mineral sunscreen but there’s no white cast in sight and because the formula has ceramides and peptides, skin feels super moisturized and looks brighter. I felt my skin looked prepped for makeup and found this didn’t have a greasy residue like so many similar formulas on the market that have me reaching for powder immediately after application.

This SPF is silicone-free, safe for sensitive skin and was dermatologically tested to be hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.

Kosas Wet Stick Lip Shine

Wet Stick Lip Shine

I adore this lip product in the shade Malbiu. It’s the cool-beige pink of my dreams and this formula leaves lips crazy shiny. It’s a clean, balmy lip care stick packed with squalane and ceramides that really melts onto lips for a sheer wash of color.

Kosas Cosmetics Review

Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

My favorite Kosas product and one of my favorite beauty discoveries of 2020. This is such a good cushiony lip product. It has Hyaluronic Acid and peptides so lips feel deep moisturize while getting plumped and cushioned. Avocado Oil and Shea Butter soothe and soften and you’ll find yourself wanting to wear this often.

Available in 8 shades with my favorites being Jellyfish, Dip & Unhooked.

Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow

This is such a cool product and one that I thought would be harder to apply than it actually is so now I know why it won an Allure Best of Beauty award. Apply it like a wash of watercolor. It doesn’t crease and dries in seconds.

I have shade Globe or Neutral Bronze which is a pretty wash of color that blends out to be nice for daytime but can be built on for something more nighttime. I want to try more of their newly released neutral shades soon.

Kosas Cosmetics Weightless Lipstick Review

Kosas Weightless Lipstick

This was the first ever product I tried from Kosas when they launched years ago. It has active botanical oils and butters so it applies really seamlessly. Lips feel nourished and you get good color pay off – especially with a second coat.

Comes in 11 shades with Rosewater and Stardust being my favorites.

Application tips: If you’d like a more stained look – apply the lipstick with your finger. For more high shine, layer the Kosas Lip Oil over the lipstick.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation

Part face oil, part foundation. This Kosas tinted face oil was such a unique product when it was introduced – different from a tinted moisturizer and less coverage – but I found myself using it less and less due to the fact that it really is rather slick and difficult to apply. I’ve since retired it as I personally prefer the Ilia Skin Tint Serum which is a bit easier to apply.

If you have dry skin, this may be a good product for you as it is packed with botanical oils like Jojoba Oil that your skin will likely benefit from.

Available in 16 shades.

Kosas Lip Fuel Lip Balm

This is an ultra-hydrating hyaluronic lip balm loaded with active skincare ingredients. The ore you wear it, the more your lips benefit. Comes in 4 shades – I have the clear and like it especially in the Winter to wear when bundled up.

Kosas Color & Light Palette

Kosas Color & Light Palette

This is a great handy little palette I like for travel as it gives you a blush and a highlighter in a perfectly paired duo that makes cheeks look healthy and glowy.

Available in 6 duo shades – I have shade 8th Muse.

The Sun Show Bronzer

Kosas The Sun Show Bronzer

This baked bronzer is super easy to use and gives a nice, natural glow. Available in three shades – I use shade Light and apply it with a big, fluffy brush to my hairline, cheekbones, jawline and nose. It’s buildable and blends out really nicely.

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Kosas is available widely at retailers like Sephora, Nordstrom, The Detox Market, Credo Beauty and also on their site Kosas.com. Prices range from $15 to $42.

Have you tried Kosas? I hope you found this Kosas Makeup review helpful!

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