Weightless Lip Color
Kosas’ Weightless Lip Color checks all the right boxes for beautiful, smooth, comfortable lipstick wear. The only thing holding it back from our top rating is the inclusion of fragrant ingredients that may not end up being so good for your pucker.
Housed in a twist-up component, this is a traditional bullet lipstick with a buttery glide that melts into lips for a hydrated feel. The shades include a variety of attractive pink, red, and berry tones, delivering a good amount of pigmentation without looking overdone or feeling heavy, sticky or tacky. Each has a hint of satiny shine that helps lips look more supple.
The wear time ebbs and flows depending on how often you’re eating/drinking (or better yet, kissing), but a couple hours is pretty standard before reapplication is necessary. With each swipe, lips are treated to a bevy of moisturizing plant oils and antioxidant-rich extracts and butters.
While the vast majority of the ingredients are beneficial, the fragrant citrus oil + limonene and linalool are iffy due to their potential to sensitize skin. Given their low concentrations, the likelihood of irritation is minimal, but still, fragrance free would have been a safer bet (see More Info to learn why). Ironically, this is another example of why the designations of “clean” or “natural” don’t necessarily equate to the formula being better for the health of your skin, despite Kosas’ claims.
The bottom line: We love the way Weightless Lip Color looks and feels, but we’d be remiss not to mention that there are lots of great lipsticks without the potential irritation factor.
- Delivers smooth pigmentation without looking overdone or feeling heavy, sticky, or tacky.
- Provides moisture-enhancing, comfortable wear.
- Imparts a hint of a satiny shine for more supple-looking lips.
- Comes in a variety of attractive pink, red, and berry tones.
- Contains potentially irritating fragrance-based ingredients.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice.
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for it to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Annals of the Brazilian Journal of Dermatology, July-August 2017, pages 521-525
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This forward-thinking formula redefines clean beauty with lipstick that delivers perfect, high-impact pigment with a lived-in finish. This is achieved by an innovative emulsion of six botanical oils and three botanical butters for full color with undetectable feel.
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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