Nearly 2 Years Later and the Tinted Kosas Face Oil Is Still One of Our Favorite Foundations

If you’re one of those people who don’t like the feeling of foundation on your skin, you might want to give this tinted Kosas face oil a try. Or if you’re someone who constantly deals with dry patches under your makeup (especially this time of year), you also might want to give tinted face oil a try. And if you’re a complete putz when it comes to applying makeup, you’ll definitely want to give tinted face oil a try.

Since it came into our lives nearly two years ago, we have tried similar products, but we always come back to the Kosas version because it’s the only one that actually delivers some coverage. (Often imitated, never duplicated, as they say.) The fact that it also boasts a clean ingredient list (it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates) is a nice bonus. The formula uses mineral pigments and botanical oils like avocado and jojoba to hydrate and even out your complexion.

Just make sure to give the bottle a good shake before applying. (Minerals and oils mean things tend to separate when sitting.) Once shaken, application is as easy as gliding your fingertips over your skin. Seriously, the stuff pretty much melts on contact, so no real blending is required. There are now 16 shades in total (a bump from the ten Kosas launched with), and though this might not seem like a lot when compared to the 40 shades other brands offer, we’ve found it’s easier to find your match because the formula is so lightweight and forgiving.

Another thing to note: If you have very dark circles under your eyes or a particularly inflamed spot on your face, you’re still going to need some concealer on those areas. Though the formula provides a respectable amount of coverage on its own, it’s not meant for heavy-duty wear. In other words, it will soften things considerably but not eradicate them.

From serum foundations to CC creams, we’ve tried them all over the years, but nothing has felt nor made our skin look as soft and smooth as this stuff. It’s a true skincare-meets-makeup hybrid product that has earned a permanent spot in our routine.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...