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Everything You Need To Know About Kosas

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Everything You Need To Know About Kosas

I’m all for the clean, natural beauty movement, but I’ll be honest - makeup with the word ‘organic’ in its description has rarely impressed me. The formulas are never quite right, the colour selection is usually disappointing and they just don’t wear as well as regular products. There’s always an exception and that’s why I have to talk about Kosas, a natural makeup brand from L.A that’s taking over my beauty bag this month.

I’m a sucker for a makeup/skincare hybrid so when Kosas brought out a tinted face oil they got my attention. Aside from being cruelty free and ingredient conscious (which is thankfully more of the norm these days), Kosas is all about minimalism. As someone who ends up with at least 5 different nude lip products in my bag by Friday, I’ve learnt that too much choice isn’t always a good thing. The Kosas range won’t overwhelm you, offering a tight edit of flattering lipsticks, compact blush/highlighter duos and a tinted face oil. Maybe it’s the new year, or all the Marie Kondo I’ve been watching, but I have a newfound appreciation for well-considered collections like this.

Weightless Lip Colour

The best thing about Kosas lipsticks is they only come in strong, feminine colours that aren’t too girly or high-maintenance. They also keep your lips super moisturised with mango seed butter, shea butter, rosehip and jojoba oils. If you’re after a “my lips but better” look, try Rosewater (a sheer pink nude favoured by Emily Weiss) or Undone (a semi-matte pinky brown). I’m obsessed with Fringe - a warm, deep 90s red that I dab on as a stain for day and build up to a bold lip for night. For a fresh vibrant colour try Thrillest, a sheer poppy red that doesn’t age you like a lot of red lipsticks can.

Tinted Face Oil

I should start by saying I hate wearing foundation. For special events maybe I’ll wear some, but I don’t like anything heavy on my skin for everyday. The tinted oil isn’t your standard tinted moisturiser or bb cream - it contains no pore-clogging fillers or silicones. In its refreshingly short ingredients list you’ll find hydrating jojoba and avocado oil, meadowfoam seed oil (to stop it sliding off your face) and pure mineral pigments. The first thing I noticed was that the oil feels weightless but the coverage is surprisingly decent - like a medium coverage foundation. It has a very thin, watery texture that blends easily with your fingers, no brush needed. The finish is definitely dewy, but it wears well if you’re a normal to dry skin type. If you get oily like me, skip the primer and just use a translucent powder over the T-Zone.

Colour & Light Palette

These cream blush and illuminator duos are my go-to for glowing skin when I’m in a rush and only want to use my fingers to apply everything. I’m a big fan of bronzey blush so my favourite shade is Tropic Equinox - it gives a perfect warm flush and the rose-gold highlighter adds a subtle sheen that isn’t too shimmery or stark. It looks great on darker skin tones, and can work more like a bronzer for very light complexions.


Kosas is available at Mecca and Mecca Cosmetica stores and online at meccabeauty.co.nz.

Review | Lara Daly

Images | @kosascosmetics