Color & Light: Pressed Powder Blush & Highlighter Duo
Kosas’ Color & Light: Pressed Powder Blush & Highlighter Duo is a great option if you’re on the hunt for a highly pigmented blush.
This pressed powder duo comes with blush on one side and highlighter on the other. The texture of each is smooth and easy to pick up on your brush. In fact, it’s so easy that you can end up with too much powder, but that can be remedied by tapping the brush to knock the excess off.
The blush shades are richly pigmented, so depending on your skin tone, you may only need the slightest amount to get a pop of color. Do note that if you apply too much from the get-go, blending isn't the easiest, but a light touch will alleviate that problem. Once on, you can expect several hours of solid wear that resists fading.
The highlighter is less pigmented and more focused on delivering pearlescent luminosity to accent your features. It contains tiny particles of sparkle lightly diffused throughout, without being overtly glittery. The blushes come in a variety of pink, peach and bronze hues, while the highlighters have complementary undertones to accompany them.
Kosas highlights the inclusion of beneficial plant oils and extracts in the formula. Unlike some of their other products, we’re happy to report they went with a non-irritating fragrance-free variety, which is good news for skin.
The rosemary extract this contains is the one exception that may have a fragrant component depending on which part of the plant was used and how it was extracted. However, it’s used in extremely low concentration and we could not detect its scent, so we’re not concerned about its potential to irritate skin in this instance.
The bottom line: Color & Light: Pressed Powder Blush & Highlighter Duo earns five stars for delivering on it promises.
- Smooth, soft, buildable powder.
- Richly pigmented blush shades—a little goes a long way.
- Highlighter adds a pinch of glow.
- Long-lasting wear.
- Easy to overdo but can be avoided by using a light hand.
An ultra-blendable powder blush and highlighter palette in versatile duos of balancing, brightening, foolproof, clean, and skin-cushioning formulas.
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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