Color & Light: Crème Cream Blush and Highlighter
Kosas’ Color & Light: Crème Cream Blush and Highlighter is an interesting option to check out. The blush delivers a dewy sheen, while the highlighter amps up your complexion’s glow with pearlescent shimmer. Together, they enliven skin with a natural-looking flush of color.
Housed in a duo compact, both the blush and highlighter consist of a blend that includes plant oils, shea butter, corn starch and waxes. The result is a solid, waxy-cream texture that adheres well to skin, yet still has enough slip to blend out. We wouldn’t recommend this kind of consistency for breakout-prone skin, but for everyone else, we found it held up impressively well from day to night (even on oily skin).
The directions suggest application with a brush, and we agree that works best for smooth, soft blending. You can also use something like a beautyblender sponge or fingertips work in a pinch as well, but note that applying via fingertips takes a bit more effort to blend softly.
Shade-wise, there are a handful of options to suit a variety of skin tones from light to deep. We did notice customer complaints that the shades can be tricky to navigate online (as in the colors on the website aren’t always a true representation of what you get in person). We didn’t experience that issue but felt compelled to mention it just in case. Otherwise, we love the way Color & Light: Crème Cream Blush and Highlighter melds with skin rather than looking powdery or cakey.
Our one complaint is that the formula contains a fragrant oil (Commiphora myrrha, commonly known as myrrh) that has the potential irritate skin. However, it’s scent is non-discernible and it’s fairly low in concentration, so we aren’t overly concerned. Still, fragrance-free is always the safer bet for skin.
- Delivers a combo of dewy, glowy color to enliven your complexion.
- Melds with skin rather than looking powdery or cakey.
- Holds up impressively well from day to night.
- Contains a potentially irritating fragrant oil.
An ultra-blendable cream blush and highlighter palette in versatile duos of balancing, brightening, foolproof, clean, and skin-conditioning formulas—each duo is available in two levels of intensity for color that complements every mood and every skin tone.
Launched in 2015, Kosas prides itself as a no-fuss makeup line infused with beneficial ingredients. The brand’s founder, Sheena Yaites, says the name Kosas was inspired by the philosophy of the five “kosas” of self: “A physical layer, a vitalizing layer of energy, a sensory mental layer, a discerning intellectual layer, and a layer of truthful bliss.” As she puts it, “Beauty lives in each of these layers, not just in the physical.”
The brand leans heavily into a clean beauty focus, which as they claim utilizes, “the best of molecular biology to create better products that are not only safe and non-toxic, but truly effective and beneficial too.”
While we applaud the concepting behind producing safe, effective products, Kosas tends to veer off course by formulating with fragrant botanicals that haven been proven to irritate skin. On the other hand, they also use some great antioxidants and replenishing ingredients, so it’s truly a mix of good and bad.
While some formulas fare better than others, the actual aesthetics and performance of the makeup tends to live up to the hype, and Kosas’ ethos of “effortlessly applied, flattering across skin tones” products reigns true for the most part.
All in all, Kosas is one of those lines that leaves us with mixed feelings. Judging simply by looks, it’s great. But a deeper dive into the formulas can be disappointing at times.
Check out the individual reviews for the full scoop on each product, and visit kosas.com to learn more about brand.
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