Wet Lip Oil Gloss
We love the way Kosas’ Wet Lip Oil Gloss looks and feels. The only thing holding it back from our top rating is the fact that it contains potentially sensitizing citrus oil.
Starting with the positives, Wet Lip Oil Gloss has a creamy-gloss consistency that imparts a comfortably plush feel as it’s smoothed over lips with the sponge tip applicator.
The formula is front loaded with emollient fatty acids and hydrating ingredients ideal for comforting dry lips. Lower down on the ingredient list you’ll find skin-strengthening palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and a form of hyaluronic acid that can help boost lip plumpness (not dramatically, but it can theoretically help).
This delivers just enough glossy shine to give lips a supple look and comes in a handful of attractive hues with good color payoff, including tones of pink, berry, and red, as well as a clear shade. We particularly appreciate that this isn’t a sticky/tacky-finish gloss—instead it coats lips with a lightly cushioned feel.
Our only complaint is the fragrant citrus oil, which is an ingredient known to sensitize skin. Considering it’s near the tail end of the ingredient list and its scent is only lightly detectable, we’re not overly concerned, but fragrance-free is always the safer route to go. Without that, Wet Lip Oil Gloss would be perfect!
- Imparts a comfortably plush (non-sticky) feel, while nourishing lips with hydrating ingredients.
- Delivers just enough glossy shine to give lips a supple look.
- Attractive shade range with good color payoff (there’s also a clear shade, if that’s what you desire).
- Contains beneficial extras to help strengthen lip barrier and boost plumpness.
- The fragrant citrus oil poses a risk of irritation.
This hybrid lip treatment + gloss is packed with peptides that plump and hydrate, all while providing a juicy slick of color.
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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