I’ll admit, the Kosas Tinted Face Oil is one of those foundations that I have been eyeing for a while. I was actually on the verge of ordering it when it came in my BoxyCharm Premium. It made me very happy to see. I think I was so attracted to this product because it was a face oil which is a type of foundation formula I haven’t played around with, and it is one of those clean beauty brands that people rave over.
So of course I wanted to give it a try.
According to the product page it is…
Comfy makeup, active skincare.
A clean, light-coverage skin tint and nourishing skin elixir with a velvety finish that still looks like your skin — just way more even, healthy and balanced.
In case you are wondering, the shade I am using is the 3.5 described as fair-light with neutral undertones. There are three shades lighter than me on the scale and 12 darker. The tone suits my skin color now, which means I could probably use it both in the summer and most of the winter and then just adjust powders and bronzer to fit the shade to my skin. The fact that I could probably get away with keeping only one shade of this foundation in my dressing table is something I find really appealing.
So the first thing you have to do with this foundation is give it a shake. While there are many foundations that suggest you shake them before using this is the first I’ve ever used that sounded like a can of spray paint when I shook it. It was suprizing, but at least I know that it was in fact mixed. I’m guessing it has something to do with the fact that it is n oil based product.
As you can tell from the picture of the product on my hand, it is a thinner product (hello, oil) so it does tend to drip when put on the hand. For me I always put the product on my hand and then put it on my face. If I go straight to my face then there is the tendency to apply too much, at least or me. I’d rather wipe the excess product off of my hand than deal with it on my face. Normally I then dot the product on and use my favorite foundation brush (the 999 master blender) to blend it in. then I go back with a make up sponge to reach the corners the brush might have missed.
This time because of the consistency, I added stripes to my face and then blended with my brush. It blended in like a dream. Or like oil I suppose. Which shouldn’t really surprise me. I used my brush but there were no streaks of product or missing bits that required the use of the makeup sponge. It was really quick and easy to apply and blend.
The first time I used it, I used it without a primer. As it is an oil, it did nothing in the way of pore filling. It melded with my skin like an oil would. While it covered blemishes and dark spots, it did nothing for my pores. When I added a primer this issue was immediately corrected and there were no issues with the way the product looked over a primer. I really liked the way it looked actually.
My big issue is that it is a slight bit on the shiny side. There is after all only so much mattifying an oil can do. I know there are those out there that love the dewy look. I am not one of them. I have watched a number of videos where people go for that look and my final thoughts are always, ‘Yeah, you need to powder that down.’
I know it is a look, just like adding a stripe of highlighter down the center of the nose and on the tip is a look. But the highlighter thing just makes my brain sing Christmas carols about Rudolph despite there being no red and the dewy look makes me want to hand you powder.
So having said that, even without powder, the slight shine isn’t a dewy look. It is just a slight shine. If you are matte inclined, use powder (although not a lot, very little will work) and keep your compact handy for the afternoon. If you are anything like me, you will need to touch up the t-zone a bit. Again, this foundation needs very little powder to knock off the slight shine. Despite the shine, it oddly enough isn’t greasy looking. There were a couple of days where I didn’t touch up mid-day and it was fine. A little shiny in the t-zone but not unbearably so, even for me.
And the Kosas Tinted Face Oil wore beautifully. There were no spots where the foundation wore off, crinkled, wrinkled or settled into lines. It stayed exactly where it was applied and it stayed all day. And it did live up to its very simple description. It had a very natural finish to it. I really enjoyed wearing this foundation this week. I will definitely be keeping it around and more than likely picking a fresh bottle up once this one is empty. If anything else it makes me want to pick up the Alyaka Sampler Kit for the brand even more. Just remember to shake well before opening, and check your t-zone around noon.