When the Kosas Revealer Foundation launched, I wanted to be excited. The cool-girl brand is behind some of my recent favorite launches—Cloud Set powder and Airbrow are staples in my makeup bag—and Revealer sounded like everything I want in a foundation: medium coverage, natural soft finish, and acne-friendly ingredients.
However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it wouldn’t be right for me. Though I love the look of hydrated, dewy, no-makeup skin, I’ve suffered with adult acne for years, and I end up needing something with major coverage to feel comfortable enough to leave my house. Though I’m obsessed with the Kosas products that work for me, the brand isn’t exactly known for the full-coverage look, so I was intrigued by the new product but skeptical it would work for me.
But most Kosas shoppers love the brand for its dewy, natural coverage. The new Revealer Foundation was inspired by customers asking for the foundation version of its beloved Revealer Concealer, which they wanted in a bigger tube simply because they were already using it on their whole face.
The Kosas Revealer Foundation takes all the benefits of the concealer—natural coverage and skin-loving ingredients—and dials it up to 100. It promises slightly fuller coverage than the concealer, as well as a natural skin-blurring finish that sits between dewy and matte. Kosas calls all its makeup “tinted skin care,” and this product is no different—the formula includes niacinamide and caffeine to brighten and smooth, squalane and vitamin B3 to soothe, and hyaluronic acid and peptides to hydrate and firm. It also has SPF 25, is silicone free, and is noncomedogenic.
I decided to put aside my doubts and take the foundation for a spin. I was instantly impressed by its gorgeous finish—it’s not quite dewy, since it dries down, but it has the prettiest lit-from-within glow. It looks like real skin, but on a really good skin day, like after a facial and 10 hours of sleep. I was worried it wouldn’t have much staying power, but it held up pretty well throughout the day—by dinner I was dealing with some fading and pimples showing through, but no weird patchiness or crumbling, which I often deal with.