The modern lip, so red (like Taylor) and so big (like Kylie), brings a catch 22. You want a bright, bold, statement look, but most lipsticks are drying and chemical-filled—so much so that they can actually contribute to aging.
Because we’re all about skincare and anti-aging that supports natural beauty, we’ve been on the lookout for a lipstick that doubles as lipcare: we were very happy to discover Kosas, a Los Angeles-based handmade lipstick line.
The founder, elegant Sheena Yaitanes, sources ingredients for two reasons: “extreme nourishment and supreme luxury.” Everything is free of preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and things like parabens, pthalates, and petroleum, but full of natural oils and butters.
Every stick includes grape seed oil, a moisturizing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, rose hip seed oil, which heals cells and offers powerful antioxidant properties, and orange oil, a collagen booster with a glorious scent. In other words, these lipsticks protect and restore UV and environmental damage, prevent the the formation of fine lines, boost collagen, and heal and hydrate your beautiful pucker.
We tried Rosewater ($24), (pictured above), a light blushing rose that looks good on everyone (seriously)—with a transparent finish that not only looks moisturizing, but actually is. This formula includes green tea (an excellent antioxidant and fights free radical damage), rosehip (also a powerful antioxidant), and grape seed oils (which are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant). It also includes mango and shea butter which is ultra moisturizing. Lastly, this one includes sweet orange oil. Trying this lipstick was in fact the first time we heard of sweet orange oil and its benefits in skincare and beauty products. Sweet orange helps to detoxify congested skin, soothes dry, irritated skin, and supports collagen formation. After some more digging, we were surprised to see sweet orange oil in several skincare products like Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum Collagen Booster, $48 and MyChelle Remarkable Retinal Serum, $47.50.
We also tested Darkroom ($24), (pictured below), a dark plum shade can be used as a daytime/summertime stain or as a more opaque nighttime/wintertime color. It’s ingredient profile is the same as Rosewater. Every stick comes in a fantastic black square tube, elegant and understated — “is that lipstick?” we heard over and over. “Can I try it?” They try it, fall in love, and then we send them off to buy their own gorgeous shade!
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