I know I’m not alone when I say that finding the right lipstick is like finding a needle in a haystack. In the past, lipstick has felt like a bit of a faff to me and the fear of it smeared across my face or on my teeth was real. However, once I found a few formulations that I liked, it was game changing and now I can’t bring myself to leave the house without some colour on my lips. If you can find the right formula for you then I assure you that you will be converted too.
My prerequisites for lipsticks are; long lasting, hydrating, semi matte or matte finish, pigmented, easy to apply, nourishing ingredients. I know this criteria is long but my friends, I am here to tell you that I have found a lipstick line that ticks all of the boxes and as a bonus, has beautiful packaging, nourishing ingredients and a great philosophy behind it.
Kosås exudes the less is more philosophy. It was created in California by Sheena Yaitanes in 2015 and her fascination with beauty products, combined with her studies in natural sciences and art, led her to create a minimalist range of lipstick that now boasts 7 shades. The carefully curated lipstick wardrobe contains universally flattering, semi-matte shades that are easy to wear and include plums, reds, nudes, brights and rosey shades. Best of all they are made by hand, cruelty free and free of nasty ingredients.
Kosås lipsticks come in the following shades:
Rosewater – dusty pink.
Stardust – sheer nude with hints of pink and brown.
Undone – brown with pink tones.
Fringe – brick red with brown tones.
Thrillest – poppy red.
Darkroom – bordeaux and plum.
Royal – warm and modern purple. (I only found this shade on Revolve and not on the Kosås website.)
I will be reviewing what I consider the 3 nudes; Rosewater, Stardust and Undone.
From the first encounter I was really impressed with the minimalist design of the packaging and whilst to some this is secondary I feel that it’s essential for communicating both the product and the brand message. The lipstick is housed in matte black, boxy packaging and despite being plastic it feels very luxe. It’s no wonder that the Instagram community is loving it so much because it looks so darn good in photos.
What’s great is that the product inside is pretty amazing too. There is something about these shades that is so flattering to the skin. They can really pull a whole look together and bring your face to life, so much so that you might not need much in the way of other makeup because they are so unique, yet understated. All three would be really good starting points for lipstick beginners. You can wear them sheer or build up for full opacity.
Rosewater is a universal dusty pink, a great “your lips but better” shade. It’s so easy to apply that I’d even consider not using a mirror with this one if I was in a hurry.
Stardust is another “your lips but better” shade but it is a little more lively than Rosewater, with a hint of red in it. My bullet unfortunately broke off from the packaging so I’m hoping that Revolve will send me a replacement.
Undone is the darkest of the three but not too out there or in your face. I often wear it when I’m not feeling brave enough for red lipstick, but I still want something contrasting. It has a lovely brown and pink tone.
If you are prone to dry lips you will be happy to know that the formula is very creamy, hydrating and full of lovely ingredients that will not damage your lips. In fact, quite the opposite is true as over time they claim to reduce the appearance of fine lines, boost collagen, soften and plump your lips. The ingredients list reads like that of a lip balm with mango seed butter, shea butter, rosehip seed oil, cocoa seed butter and Vitamin E, to name a few. It has a lovely scent of vanilla which reminds me a little of the M.A.C. lipstick scent (but without the nasty ingredients and animal testing).
When it comes to application, it’s a cinch. You apply it straight from the bullet to dry lips but what I always like to do before applying any lipstick at home is to prep. I give my lips a gentle scrub with the flannel or face washer that I’ve used for my skincare routine, just to get any bits of dead skin off. I then use a light lip balm (nothing too thick or gloopy) and leave it on for 10 minutes before blotting it off with a tissue. Then you have a prepped canvas that will ensure that the lipstick performs at its best.
I often wear these colours to work and during a typical hour 8 day, I only have to reapply it once after lunch. For a lipstick that is semi-matte and so creamy, it is extremely long lasting and it does this without being drying. They have absolutely nailed the formulation. My favourite? I wear Undone the most at work and at night, but I love Rosewater and Stardust just as much and they get a lot of love on the weekends.
I can’t recommend Kosås lipsticks enough and I am hoping to try the bolder shades next, so look out for part 2 of this review in the future. For those located in Australia, Kosås is available on Revolve and the rest of the world can order directly from their website.
Next week: A review of an Australian made, everyday moisturiser.