Review: Kosas Tinted Face Oil


I’m a woman of extremes. Two years ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead in the grocery store without a full face of makeup–foundation, winged liner, lipstick, et al. Now, I can’t be bothered with stuff–my skin is too important to me to clog up my pores on a daily basis! I think the last time I wore a full face was my wedding day almost six months ago.

But when I saw Kosas’ new Tinted Face Oil making the rounds on Instagram, something clicked. The brand described it as “Makeup Meets Skincare,” and it was calling to me in a way that no makeup product has called to me in a while. Time to bring my extremes into balance!

The ingredients list is what really sold me: in addition to natural mineral pigments, Kosas’ new oil includes avocado oil, meadowfoam oil, jojoba oil (my favorite!), red raspberry oil, green tea seed oil, and rosehip seed oil. What this means is that the product actually moisturizes, brightens, protects, and heals your skin while it wears–which is definitely my kinda makeup.


I’ve been using Kosas Tinted Face Oil for about two weeks now and I have to say:

  • This is a true oil. The texture is very liquid-y, but that actually makes it easier to apply. You barely need to pat it into your skin for it to blend properly–no Beauty Blender necessary–and it absorbs quickly.

  • I was worried that it would be too oily to layer with other makeup, like powder blush or eyeshadow, and that’s not the case at all. It finishes way more matte than I was expecting–still not exactly matte, you get a nice glow, but you won’t feel oily at all. Kosas describes the finish as “velvety” and I agree.

  • I suggest going down a shade or two. I’m very pale and usually use the lightest shade available in any brand, but I’m Tone 003 with Kosas.

  • This is really breathable. My skin still feels like skin when I wear it.

  • The shade range might not be the most inclusive. There are 10 tones to choose from, but Kosas claims that because of the self-adjusting mineral pigments they use, Tinted Face Oil is “optically blended making it wearable for over 30 different skin tones.” Since I had to go down a shade or two, I’m not sure how wearable the deeper tones will be for those with dark skin.

  • Overall, I love this product. It covers my acne scars without looking cake-y and doesn’t dry out my skin (like most foundations do).

So, no, I’m not the woman who slathers on foundation to run to CVS anymore…but I am becoming the woman who opts for a few drops of Tinted Face Oil every now and then.


Anything else you’d like to know about Tinted Face Oil? Send me your Qs via Instagram and I’ll do my best to answer!