Best of the Best: Kosas Cosmetics

Best of the Best is a series showcasing my favorite, tried-and-true, go-back-again-and-again green beauty brands. Being a beauty blogger, I’m in a constant state of flux with skincare and cosmetics, as I’m always trying new products. However, these brands are always in my rotation and are worthy of my highest recommendation.

kosas cosmetics review

Since the inception of the brand in 2015, I have been borderline obsessed with Kosas Cosmetics. First came the lipsticks, which as you will soon see, possess some kind of magic fairy dust because every single one in the line works with my complexion. Yeah, let’s stop and think about that for a sec – have you ever encountered a line in which every shade worked on your skin tone? How does that happen exactly? (Lipstick swatches featured below!)

My Favorite Kosas Products

Color & Light Palette – Cream

The Color & Light Creme Duo in 8th Muse was my very first foray into clean beauty cream blushes and has been my go-to for years and years. In fact, I’m wearing it in all of the below photos. It is a cool pink that gives my cheeks such a pretty pop of color. The cream blushes give me a natural, dewy finish and the addition of a highlighter is the cherry on top.

Color & Light Palette – Powder

If a powder blush mood strikes, I love the Color & Light Palette Duo in Longitude Zero. I’ve always said it’s a lovely peachy-pink dupe for NARS Orgasm.

The Revealer Concealer

The Revealer Concealer is a medium coverage, super creamy concealer, eye cream, and spot treatment in one that visibly brightens and helps reveal better skin over time. I love how it blends seamlessly on my mature skin and doesn’t get patchy or crease under my eyes. I wear shade 3.5.

Plump + Juicy Vegan Collagen Spray-On Serum

Ohhhh, my newest love from the brand. This vegan collagen spray-on serum hydrates, soothes, and visibly firms my skin without any sort of reaction – it’s totally safe for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free.

I spray during my skincare routine, but also before makeup or when my skin needs a little hydration boost (which is all the time in the winter).

LipFuel Lip Balm

Not gonna lie, there are TONS of clear LipFuel Lip Balms scattered around our house. Both of my kids use these daily to keep their lips hydrated without being sticky, waxy, or weird.

Kosas Weightless Lipstick

Listen, I love lipstick and have had many remarks that I “can wear every color,” but that simply is not true. Many shades tend to look very orange or brown on my lips and it ain’t flattering, my friends…there’s quite a lipstick graveyard in my bathroom, trust me.

But that’s what’s crazy about the Kosas weightless lipsticks…they don’t just look good on me, they look great on tons of different skin tones. Light, dark, warm, cool, ruddy, super pale – the shades look lovely on many, thanks to Sheena Yaitanes, the founder. Sheena is a chemist, painter, and a life-long beauty devotee and has used her background to create amazing colors that are universally flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Y’all know I love it when science and art meet beauty, right?

All of the shades are broken down into cool tones (an easy match for fair skin, light blondes, and ashy brunettes) and warm tones (complements medium complexions or deeper, honey blondes and darker), but what I find interesting and a testament to these universally flattering colors, is while I usually gravitate towards cool tones, I find I wear the warmer-toned lipsticks more often. (How do you do it, Sheena? Tell me your secrets!)

All of the Kosas color cosmetics are formulated for maximum wear, comfort, and beauty and Kosas is always free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic fragrance and is never tested on animals.

So, let’s check out the lipstick swatches, shall we? These babies wear like a dream, so creamy and hydrating…I just ADORE the formula.

kosas rosewater

Rosewater – Cool-toned sheer dusky pink rose 

kosas stardust

Stardust – Warm-toned sheer neutral pink with the tiniest hint of lavender to make it the dreamiest. (This is my most-worn shade.) 

kosas undone

Undone – Warm-toned opaque toasted brownish pink 

kosas royal

Royal – Cool-toned ripe berry/orchid

kosas fringe

Fringe – Warm-toned deep brick red 

kosas thrillest

Thrillest – Warm-tone bright poppy orange-red 

kosas electra

Electra – Cool-toned bright pinkish red 

kosas darkroom

Darkroom – Cool-toned rich burgundy plum (Loving this right now for fall!)

kosas violet fury

Violet Fury – Limited edition fuschia – so bright and punchy

UPDATED TO ADD: Phoenix – a warm, fiery red

Kosas Phoenix lipstick

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the line. Love to help!

Other Best of Best posts:

Best of Best: Fitglow Beauty Lip Serums

Best of Best: True Botanicals

  1. Ramona

    October 26, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I love the first 2 for me – very pale blonde. Stardust & Rosewater. But when I went to the site, those 2 colors looked so dark I was too scared to order. Do you think that the site presents the colors much darker than they actually are, or……


    • whoorl

      October 26, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      I think Rosewater would be lovely on you! It’s very subtle and looks exactly like it does in my photo above.