September 22, 2023

My KOSAS Review and TOP 7 Picks!

Originally published 6/14/23

Love me some Kosas. I didn’t fully realize how much I loved the line until I gathered all of my Kosas products together, and let’s just say it’s quite the stash. I’m definitely brand loyal, but something also has to be effective (and safe for my crazy sensitive skin). The fact that I have so many items from this lovely clean beauty brand is a testament to the quality and efficacy of their products.

The Kosas FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE (20% off!!!) kicks off next week, so no better time for me to share my full Kosas review.

Let’s dive in!

All products mentioned in this Kosas review have been purchased by me (and other than the newbie, several times over!).


Kosas was one of the first clean lines I tried as I was looking for a replacement for my traditional foundation. Enter my gateway Kosas’ product, best-of-Allure winning Tinted Face Oil. Kosas led the way when it came to tinted face oils IMHO, such a beautiful finish, and was the only one in its class that worked for me.

If you have sensitive skin, Kosas is proud to say that they are a line created by folks that have sensitive skin. I’ve liked or loved everything I’ve tried from this brand, so I’m going to work really hard to narrow this down to my top 7 picks from Kosas. But I’ll be sneaky and add here that although I don’t use it, my daughter ADORES the Revealer Concealer…doesn’t exacerbate her acne-prone-teenage skin, blends beautifully and naturally, and lasts all day (even through sports practices). Literally doesn’t look like she’s wearing anything, so lovely.

Kosas is carried at several online and brick-and-mortar stores (includes big dogs like Sephora and Credo), but keep in mind that if you order directly from Kosas they do have a Subscribe & Save option that saves you 10% (and US orders over $40 ship free). Kosas uses responsible practices in their packaging and ingredient sourcing, and have created a phenomenal, clean skincare and cosmetics line at a fantastic price point, especially given the quality!

So here we go, in no particular order as I love all of these equally!

My current top picks from KOSAS:

Maya Chia The Straight A

Chemistry Deodorant

Let’s kick it off with your pits! Switching to natural/clean deodorant is probably the most frustrating of swaps…it’s the bathing suit buying of bodycare buying. And between baking soda, coconut oil and essential oil sensitivities, I’ve had a helluva time finding one that is not only effective at keeping BO away, but doesn’t freak out my skin. But then entered the magickery that is this deodorant serum from Kosas!!! At the time of my first purchase my skin was irritated, so I got the unscented to be super safe…honestly I figured it would be money down the drain as surely I needed some sort of fragrance to mask the stink, right?! But lo and behold, Kosas is not kidding about the AHA keeping PH balanced and unstinky, AND my skin just looks lighter and brighter. No joke. I’ve not found anything else that works as effectively. And while my go-to is the fragrance-free, I love the scent of Beachy Clean!

Maya Chia The Eye Achiever

Plump + Juicy Vegan Collagen Spray-On Serum

Rarely do I come across a mist that you can tell is truly doing something other than providing a sensory experience and/or a brief layer of moisture before applying your other products (which could be accomplished by simply splashing cold water on your face). But Kosas has knocked it out of the park with this Spray-On Serum! My skin feels instantly moisturized, hydrated and plump. No irritation on my supersensitive skin, and plays nicely with all of my other products. Truly a lifesaver this winter when my skin is superthirsty, I’m deeming it a must-have in your winter skincare arsenal! When I had a bit of surgery earlier this year, it was a key part of my super-simplified routine those first few weeks of recovery. And if you like a dewy look, I think it would be great for setting your makeup and providing some glow. So good! Made my Best of 2022 list!

Maya Chia The Super Lift Vitamin C-More

Kosasport LipFuel

I named this my ‘Best Clean Daytime Lip Balm’ (aka purse lip balm) in my list of best clean lip balms! Great job of sealing in moisture, and while not quite as thick and waxy as ye olde Chapstick (though I call it my clean chapstick), it feels like butter and has terrific staying power. It also checks the mint box, though for those that don’t like it overly minty, it is actually fairly subtle. And the tube shape…it’s simply the perfect container for your purse, wallet or pocket. Baseline (clear) is a staple for me and I use it daily, but the tinted options are lovely for a wash of color too. Never without it!

Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm

Cloud Set Setting Powder

This setting powder is my go-to in the warmer months. Sets without drying out (I can even use a bit under my eyes without it making me look like a dry, liney mess), takes away shine while still allowing for some slight glow…not exactly matte. Lovely blurring effect! I mainly use Comfy in the summer, and switch to Feathery when not bronzing it up. LOVE that you can get a mini version, so awesome for travel!!

Maya Chia The Advanced Response Complex

Air Brow – Tinted

They call this a ‘Volumizing Treatment Gel’, but it’s definitely got more of a mousse-y texture to it. Full of goodies such as Castor Oil and Panthenol Provitamin B5 to help with growth, but also has Biodegradable Plant-Based Microfibers to help fill in those sparse areas and even everything out. Love everything about this. Color is fab (I used to use Soft Brown but have switched to Taupe as my hair is a bit more highlighted these days), stays on all day, easy to apply and looks natural. AND one tube lasts forever. I’ve not found anything I love for brows as much as this…believe the hype.

Kosas DreamBeam

DreamBeam SPF 40 PA++++

With its promise to be safe for sensitive skin and a “…comfy mineral sunscreen packed with ceramides + peptides to moisturize, smooth, brighten, and create the dreamiest makeup base.”, I knew I needed to cheat on my (previous) favorite SPF and give it a try when it launched earlier this year. No reactions, feels great on, plays nicely with my other products, and I LOVE that it’s got a bit higher SPF than your typical daily sunscreens. Don’t let the ‘tint’ fool you though…the slight beige-y/apricot hue just takes away the issue of whitecast, but doesn’t provide any sort of coverage (peep my reel on IG). DreamBeam is moisturizing, but perhaps not quite enough for the Winter when my skin is super dry. This will definitely be my warmer weather go-to when my skin is more combo. And you know I’m not much for super glowy, and while this says it has a subtle radiant finish, I’d say it’s more of a satin finish on me. Which means it’s PERFECT. Well done, Kosas!!! Definitely adding to the top of my Best Clean Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin.

Kosas Wet Stick

Wet Stick

Last but not least, the newbie of the bunch! I ordered 2 shades during the last sale, and I’m so glad I did. Wet Sticks are THE perfect gloss-balm-lipstick hybrid: comfy, moisturizing, just the right amount of shine AND great color payoff. This squalane and cermides-packed lippie makes my lips look and feel great…so much so that the shade 100 Degrees became my constant go-to this summer, and for the first time in YEARS I’ve almost finished a tube of lippie! Sunset Simmer is also gorgeous, and a great shade for Fall. I’ll definitely be getting a new tube of 100 Degrees and grabbing another shade to try (Tropic Bliss is talking to me…). For sure in the running for Best of 2023, just sayin’.

Obviously I’m a huge fan of this line, and I can’t recommend these 7 enough. You also can’t go wrong with their lip glosses, just sayin’. I’ve got their AHA exfoliating bodywash on my shopping list, and of course I’ll be stocking up my DreamBeam stash.

Kosas offers free shipping on US orders over $40. Sign up for their newsletter to receive 10% off of your first order. They also offer other specials throughout the year plus TWO big sales, so make sure to follow their socials! Speaking of sales, the Kosas Friends & Family Sale is 20% off sitewide, from Sep 25th – Oct 1st. Get your cart ready!

Have you tried KOSAS yet? Let me know what you’re loving! And if you try something after reading this, please comment below and let me know your thoughts!

The SWISH Score

Sustainable Packaging?

As per their site, Kosas uses 100% Tree-free or FSC-certified cartons, all tubes are made from biomaterials, they work with manufacturing partners with green energy initiatives, use PCR prioritization for packaging and are working towards the majority of their components being designed for recyclability.

How well does it Work?

How clean are the Ingredients?

Safe for Sensitive Skin?

I’ve not reacted to any products I’ve tried from Kosas!

Happy Medium Factor

High-quality, clean formulas in conscientious packaging at a really lovely pricepoint = 5 stars for sure for me!

Total SWISH Score:


Questions about the SWISH scoring system? Here’s the scoop.

Kosas : Chemistry Deodorant review, Plump + Juicy Vegan Collagen Spray-On Serum review, Kosasport LipFuel review, Cloud Set Setting Powder review, Air Brow review, DreamBeam SPF 40 review

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