Kosas Tinted Face Oil and Concealer Review

Kosas Tinted Face Oil and Revealer Concealer Review

wearing Kosas Tinted Face Oil in Tone 04 and Revealer Concealer in Tone 03

Kosas Tinted Face Oil and Revealer Concealer Review

Your skin but better – that’s the way I always describe my beloved combination of Kosas Tinted Face Oil and Revealer Concealer. These two products were made to complement each other, so much so that they’ve recently been dubbed The Dream Team. Today, I want to take a deep dive into these two formulations that are my most reached for combination in terms of foundation and concealer.

If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know that I have been a HUGE fan of Kosas since its inception. (Remember when Kosas only had lipsticks?) This brand was one of the first clean beauty brands to make my Best of the Best list. In fact, I really need to update this post because while it does have all of the Kosas lipstick swatches, there are now so many other products that I adore. (Did you see my post on the Kosas Sun Show bronzers?)

Kosas Tinted Face Oil 

I recently posted a head-to-head comparison of the Kosas Tinted Face Oil and the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 and while the Ilia Skin Tint is fantastic for some, I find that I reach for the Kosas Tinted Face Oil much more often.

So what is this Kosas Tinted Face Oil sorcery that has seduced me?


This Kosas formulation balances active botanicals with strategic, clean synthetics for perfect wearability with every application. They are clean, they are wearable, they are versatile, and the shades really adapt to your skin. There are 16 shades total, meaning almost everyone will find a shade that works, plus they adapt so well to different skin tones. For example, I can wear 3, 3.5, 4, and 5 on my face depending on the season. So don’t sweat the shade selection – chances are you will be able to pull off a few due to the multiple mineral pigments suspended in each shade.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil and Revealer Concealer Review

The two shades I personally reach for the most are 3.5 and 04. 3.5 is a bit more neutral and 04 has more warmth, but I can easily wear both. I wear 5 at my tannest.


Called “the sweatpants of foundation,” this tinted face oil is super comfortable to wear. It goes on like a serum – thin and weightless, but gives you the light-to-medium coverage that so many of us want. Made with 6 nourishing botanical oils to moisturize and even tone, it applies so easily and you don’t even need a brush…finger application works so well with this formulation. Goes on super easy like a serum, giving you a natural velvety finish that still looks like your skin.


This is the kicker for me. A velvety finish that still lets my skin come through. In my mid-forties, I have realized that products with all-over dewy finishes tend to accentuate EVERYTHING on my face. Dewy cream blush? My favorite! A dewy highlighter placed strategically? Sign me up. A shiny finish all over my face? OH HELL NO. (However, I’m not knocking ultra dewy finishes for the younger set! The Ilia Serum Skin Tint looks fantastic on many people, just not me.) I apply my regular morning skincare and sunscreen, wait a few minutes, and then apply the Tinted Face Oil. Super quick and easy, but be sure to shake before applying!

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Mica, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-2, Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ethylhexyl, Olivate, Undecane, Glycerin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3, Diisostreate, Galactoarabinan, Tridecane, Squalane, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitol, Tripeptide-5, Caffeine, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Glyceryl Oleate, Lecithin, Dunaliella Salina, (Algae) Extract, Tocopherol, Acetate, Maltodextrin, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalisn (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate. [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (C177891), Iron Oxides (C177492, C177491, C177499)]

I filmed a video review in which I cover all the bases on the Tinted Face Oil, including application.

Note: This was filmed a few years ago when there were only 10 shades, now several more shades have been added.

Who’s ready to talk concealer?

Kosas Revealer Concealer

Oh, how I LIVE for the Revealer Concealer. I’ve stopped wearing all others, and that’s quite a statement coming from a beauty blogger with access to almost everything out there.

This medium-to-full coverage, packed-with-botanicals, clean concealer covers and treats dark circles and blemishes but still fully looks like your skin. What is this witchcraft, I ask of you? It’s super-duper creamy and brightening and has the most unique base that leaves your skin with a luminous, dewy finish that’s never tacky.

Now, here’s the full truth – many days I just wear the concealer. As I age, I’ve found I like the look of spot concealing areas on my face as opposed to an all-over foundation. However, there are some days when I need that extra bit of coverage that the Tinted Face Oil provides.

This concealer is creeeeeaaamy and truly improves the appearance of my complexion. I love it!  Apply anywhere you want to brighten. Swipe or dab the doe-foot applicator over the skin, then blend using your fingers, a brush or sponge. Perfect for spot covering or layering over foundation.


Here’s the dish on shades – there are 16 in total and they correspond with the number of the Tinted Face Oil. How easy is that?

Kosas Tinted Face Oil and Revealer Concealer Review

However, for my light-to-medium friends, while Tone 04 in both products is almost a perfect match, I do find that the Concealer in 3.5 runs more olive/warm than the Tinted Face Oil in 3.5. If you aren’t very warm, I would suggest Tone 03 in the concealer paired with the 3.5 in the Tinted Face Oil. (Hey guys, I told you this would be a deep dive.)

KOSAS Concealer

No matter what, they really do adjust to the undertones of your skin, but I do personally prefer Tone 03 in the concealer lately.

Ingredients: 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) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, May Contain [+/-] Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77499, 77491, 77492)

Here’s my full video review.

What else is there to say? I absolutely love the Dream Team. (Purchase them together and get a discount of $12!) As always, hit me up with any questions in the comments section!

  1. Robyn Nicoli

    June 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    I really wanted to love this tinted oil! But I found that it balled up on my face no matter how I applied it (fingers or brush). I did shake the bottle thoroughly prior to applying. Every time, I would end up with little bits of it falling off my face (attractive). I finally tossed it, half finished. Has this ever happened to you, or do you have any thoughts on maybe why it would happen? I’m tempted to try it again, but it’s a spendy experiment.

    • whoorl

      June 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Were you applying it to a clean face? Or did you have some sort of serum, moisturizer or sunscreen on beforehand?

  2. Katie M

    June 24, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Same as commenter above, I cannot seem to get this to work without balling up. My monring skincare is usually BHA acid toner, vit C serum, then Elta MD sunscreen or DE zinc oxide sunscreen. I’ve tried chemical and mineral sunscreens and changing out the vit C serum. Seems to work on my bare face…but then I’m too dry!

    I want this to work so badly, it reminds me of a Gressa foundation I used to use!

    • whoorl

      June 24, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Dang it! My guess would be the sunscreen factor. TFO doesn’t pill with my Fitglow Sunscreen…do you give time to properly absorb before application? Either way, sounds like it would be too much of a hassle. :(

      However, if you like the serum feel, have you tried the Ilia SPF Serum Foundation? That way you could kill two birds with one stone! https://bit.ly/3bUrPE9

  3. Courtney B

    June 24, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Do you use both this and the Inika BB Cream? Which do you prefer or does it depend?

    • whoorl

      June 24, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Most days, I don’t feel the need for foundation and just spot-treat with concealer around my face. However, when I do use foundation, these are the three I love the most: https://whoorl.com/currently-using/ (Scroll down to the cosmetics section.)

  4. Lindsay C

    June 25, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Sarah- I love how this looks and am considering buying it with the concealer. I’ve been using the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC and love the coverage, but it definitely settles into my pores throughout the day and am slowly transitioning to green products. I am doing my own makeup for my sister’s wedding while everyone else gets their makeup done (don’t get me started). Knowing I’ll be wearing a mask and taking it on and off throughout the day do you think this would be a good product or would you recommend something else? I usually just use the Maya Chia Super Critical oil on my face under my makeup.

    Thank you! Lindsay

    • whoorl

      June 25, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      I think so! It has a nice satin matte finish and doesn’t move around/transfer so it would be good with a mask. It’s a good “everyday” look, but for a wedding, I would recommend this one: http://shrsl.com/215ai

    • Rebecca Sindel

      June 26, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Lindsey I have to wear a mask all day in the operating room at work. I have tried lots of tinted moisturizers and foundations under masks and this tinted oil is by far the best. Hardly any rub off!

  5. Randi Shaw

    June 27, 2020 at 9:15 am

    If I wear c3 in fitglow concealer, what would your recommended for Kosas concealer?

    • whoorl

      June 27, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Hi! I would really recommend reaching out to Kosas’ customer service. They are great and since their shade range is so more robust than Fitglow, they could help you best. :)

  6. Lynette Morse

    July 2, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Hi! I recently purchased and started using both the tinted face oil and the concealer. I have pretty oily skin, so I’m wondering if you can recommend a lightweight powder that I can use, too, to help ward off too much shine. Thanks!