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Kosas Tinted Face Oil: The Best Alternative

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As someone who likes their makeup on the dewy, I-always-look-like-this-honest side I was really excited to discover US brand Kosas and their signature foundation, the Tinted Face Oil.

Promising natural-looking, light coverage in a skin-friendly formula this oil combines natural ingredients with mineral pigments for glowing, nourished skin.

Now that this product has been discontinued, I’ve got the best alternative to get that dewy glow all year round.


This is new, up-to-date information. We updated this article in March 2024 after Sol de Janeiro discontinued its Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30 to add an alternative.


Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Containing a blend of jojoba seed, avocado, meadowfoam seed and raspberry seed oils to nourish skin, green tea seed extract here also provided anti-oxidant protection- great for outdoors or city types.

The foundation was also cruelty-free, vegan, and free from sulphates, PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol), silicones, or parabens.


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On the Skin

A dry oil (meaning it absorbed fully for a non-greasy finish), this also absorbed into my skin really quickly – great for makeup on the go but doesn’t give me a lot of play time to really blend this so I try to work quickly when using this.

After blending in, this offered a really lovely, natural-looking finish with just enough coverage to make me look like I’d slept more than 6 hours (but without being obvious I’m wearing makeup), as well as an imperfection-blurring effect that still looked like my skin but better.

But while I really liked the finish, unfortunately, the shade I ordered, 03, is too light for my (normally vampire-like) skin tone. While it’s not too big a deal because I used my Drunk Elephant D Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops to warm the shade up a little – it did make me wonder whether the 16 shades were quite as adaptive as they sounded.

And, while I did like the finish this gave, I also found this had a tendency to settle in any dry areas slightly so I moisturised well before using.


The alternative

I found that a lot of people were using Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint in place of the discontinued Kosas Tinted Face oil. This promised light coverage that smooths over the skin and leaves a natural, radiant finish.

The first thing I noticed in comparison to Kosas is that this isn’t as runny as the tinted oil, something that many people might be pleased about! Much like the Kosas tinted oil, this has the same delivery and comes out in drops, making it easy to see how much of the product you are applying and saving any waste by it all running out of the bottle!

However, Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint does offer much less coverage. While this is great for those who don’t have any blemishes to cover and those who like a really natural no-makeup makeup look, it may not be enough if you prefer a fuller coverage.

On the plus side though, it has more staying power than its Kosas counterpart.

On the skin, Glossier glides over and leaves a dewy finish but, like Kosas, it did stick in some of the pesky dry spots on my face.

All-in-all, this is a great product for those minimal makeup days, and I’ve done a full review of this cult product that you can read here.


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What other people have to say

One customer on the Glossier website says “Looks beautiful! It can be tricky if you have dry patches of skin, it catches some but overall very smooth, dewy, and gets rid of my redness.”

While another customer writes “Perfecting Skin Tint is surprisingly sheer and still provides great coverage.”


The Takeaway

I still really love the concept of a natural, glowy foundation formula which is both quick to use and easy to wear as part of a makeup-makeup look. The payoff does come with a slight downside though, and that’s being careful to pair this with the right products.

Great for: Dewy, natural-looking skin in a formula that is super quick to use.

Not-so-great for: Oily skin types who might not enjoy the feel or glowy finish of this.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is £27 on the Glossier UK website/$28 on the Glossier US website and is available in 12 shades

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Sally Underwood is a journalist, *serious* beauty fan, and Editor-in-Chief of Live That Glow. Formerly Editorial Director of one of Europe's largest newspaper groups, Sally has been a beauty obsessive since her teen years spent dragging her long-suffering (but immaculately-groomed) friends around every beauty counter in London. She now leads Live That Glow's editorial operations.

Expertise: Skincare, Body care
Education: University College London
  • Tatjana Cvejic


    Sounds great, but it wouldn’t match my oily skin… Love your analytical, detailed reviews!

    18th May 2020

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