I have been a big fan and avid follower of Kosås for some time and I’ve reviewed them on Fluke on two occasions now. You could say I’m a little bit obsessed, but I promise you it’s totally justified. Their lipstick formula and colours are my all time favourites and their cheek duos are regulars in my makeup routine as well. There is something really cool about this brand and how well thought out the shades are. I haven’t bought anything from Kosås that hasn’t complemented me, or a formula that I haven’t enjoyed using.
Today we’re zooming in on their Tinted Face Oil which was a much anticipated launch, not just for me. They released lots of teasers and behind the scenes footage on Instagram which really hyped up the product leading up to the big reveal. It’s safe to say that I had high expectations. The Tinted Face Oil comes in 10 shades, ranging from pale porcelain to very deep shades which might not sound like a lot but the formula has been designed to suit a number of skin tones. Kosås claim that their 10 shade range can actually cover up to 30 different skin tones. Despite all of this, I had no idea which shade to get so I opted for 03 and 04 (they both work for me). I found the photos of the models really helpful when choosing my shade but if you are in the USA you can also order a shade card which can help you choose yours.
What really attracted me to this product is that it has skincare benefits as well and the ingredient list is really nice and simple. By simple I don’t mean basic, but I like that it is concise. It’s amazing what can be done with natural oils and pigment! There is Jojoba oil which is fantastic for balancing sebum on the skin. Avocado Oil is next, offering hydrating and nourishing benefits. As we read on there is also Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil and Raspberry Seed Oil and these are great for locking in moisture, delivering antioxidants and toning the skin. I like that Kosås have chosen oils with very different functions to suit a whole spectrum of skin types. Despite having a concentrated amount of oils in the formula, the texture of the foundation is feather-light and not greasy whatsoever.
Onto the application. I like that the foundation comes in a travel friendly bottle and that it’s not in a dropper, however it is easy to squeeze out too much so I suggest that you just tilt the bottle and don’t squeeze at all. The product is runny so let gravity do its thing and you’ll be set. You can control the amount of coverage by using 1 drop for light, 2 -3 for medium and 4-6 for full coverage. I prefer to start off light and then build as I need to rather than squeezing out a whole heap of product that I might not need. Because it’s so light and has the oil base, it is quick and easy to blend.
When I first used this product, I was a little bit disappointed. I put it on my skin, started rubbing it in and it was balling up like crazy. I later figured out that this was due to the skincare I applied underneath. I had used an aloe based Hyaluronic acid serum and this gel like consistency didn’t work well with the foundation so now I don’t use any gel based skincare products underneath and it works fine. It’s not ideal because you shouldn’t have to change your skincare just to get a foundation to work. I’m lucky to have plenty of skincare to choose from but what if someone has oily skin and just uses gel or oil-free products? I’ll leave you to ponder that.
I find that the Tinted Face Oil applies best onto a primed face and I like to prep my skin with a facial oil, a moisturiser or a primer (I’m loving the Flores Boticario No. 6 Primer). I use my fingers to dot the foundation around my face and then using a very light touch I spread and blend. The lighter touch of the fingers avoids moving the foundation too much, and anything that is sitting underneath. Once I overcame the initial teething issues I was able to really enjoy this foundation. I love, love, LOVE the finish. It’s luminous, skin-like and hydrating whilst providing awesome coverage and really good longevity too. This foundation looks stunning teamed up with the Kosås cheek products, which seem to enhance its luminosity even more.
This is the 3rd foundation of its kind that I have tried, the others being ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation and GRESSA Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation. I would rate this foundation in #2 spot behind ILIA simply because I don’t know how it’s going to behave on top of my skincare sometimes. In that sense, ILIA is more reliable but in terms of the finish I prefer the Kosås Tinted Face Oil. It is also more affordable. I purchased it directly from the Kosås website as they have international shipping. Revolve have also started stocking the foundation but a lot of the shades seem to be sold out. I am hoping that Mecca Cosmetica will start stocking it soon as they have recently launched the Kosås lipsticks and cheek products in store and online. It’s a natural product that is cruelty free and vegan.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the Kosås Tinted Face Oil. Let me know if you’re thinking about trying it. To read more about their lipsticks click here or to check out their cheek products click here. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below or email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.
Next week: A review of Josh Rosebrook’s Vital Balm Cream.