The Foundation Our Editors Swear By For No-Makeup Makeup Days

"Holy sh*t, this is magic!" was the first Slack message that one of our beauty writers sent to me when I asked her to try the buzziest new foundation out of L.A. — and it perfectly summarizes our entire team's opinion of the innovative product. Part oil and part foundation, Kosås' first complexion product isn't anything like an alphabet cream, tinted moisturizer, or even the best lightweight foundations we've tried in the past — but it will soon replace them all.
Brand founder Sheena Yaitanes created the unique formulation to solve her own foundation woes. "I love the look of a little something on my skin, but I hate how long it takes to apply foundation properly," she says. To solve the problem, her team suspended three mineral pigments into six botanical oils for something you can, quite literally, slap onto your face and blend on the go with your fingers. It comes in 10 shades that are sheer enough to suit various skin tones, is cruelty-free, and is made without silicones and sulfates.
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Our editors took the new foundation for a test drive, and shared their selfies and unfiltered reviews, ahead.
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Rachel Krause, senior beauty writer
Shade: 1

"As both a longtime Kosås stan and an individual forever in search of a light-to-medium-coverage base that a) feels like nothing, b) doesn't send my sensitive, breakout-prone skin spiraling, and c) can be smoothed on with my fingers and not some brush or sponge I'll never remember to wash, I was stoked about this launch — and it delivered! The 01 shade is perfect for my see-through skin, and the lightweight formula, despite being oil-based, is not oily. A drop or two gets you a really sheer finish; a little more and most of my (admittedly minor) 'imperfections' go poof. If you want hardcore coverage, you won't find it here, but if you like a light touch and hate makeup that feels like makeup, this one's for you."
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Jessica Cruel, deputy beauty director
Shade: 8

"I should start by saying I hate foundation. I usually go without makeup because a lot of base products feel heavy on my face. In contrast, this oil is so lightweight. I apply three drops to my face and blend it in fast (before it drips on my bathroom counter) with a damp Beautyblender. Even though the coverage is light, you can tell that there is something on my skin and it has a dewy, glowy finish. I'm pretty sure this formula has some highlighting particles in it, which means I can skip highlighter and blush. It might be too greasy looking for some, but as someone who uses about five different moisturizers in the morning, I'm used to looking like I rubbed a KFC three-piece on my face."
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Christene Barberich, co-founder & global editor-in-chief
Shade: 2 & 3

“I'm a very no-nonsense makeup person (the easier and more mindless, the better). So, finding a clean foundation that provides moisture, as well as coverage, was a plus. To be honest, none of the shades were a perfect fit, but I mixed two and three for a pretty close match. The application feel is amazing... really smooth and light. I did find my skin felt a touch oily a few hours later, but it didn't look oily, so I didn't really mind.”
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Thatiana Diaz, beauty writer
Shade: 7

"This product was magical from the moment I was picking out the shade. Number seven matched my skin tone perfectly (undertones and all), then it got even more fascinating when it melted right into my skin. I must warn that a little goes a long way, so I recommend being cautious with the drops. Overall, it was so comfortable for all-day wear, I honestly forgot I even had it on."
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Lexy Lebsack, senior beauty editor
Shade: 3

"To properly apply this foundation you must first forget everything you know about applying foundation. Anything more than a few drops will result in a puddle of product left in your hand or a very greasy finish on the face, which I learned the hard way. As someone who lovingly dabs my foundation in with a damp Beautyblender, it feels so wrong to rub and massage makeup in with my fingers, but the results are downright amazing — like it's golden hour at any time of the day.

"It doesn't cover nearly as well as the medium-weight foundation I normally use, but it does blur spots and red marks and leaves behind a dewy, radiant finish that looks nothing like makeup, which is the perfect daytime foundation in my book. My only beef with this product is that my under-eye concealer kind of slides around on top of it, so I suggest setting anything additional with loose powder."
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Nana Agyemang, associate content strategist editor
Shade: 9

"This fast-absorbing formula leaves a dewy and radiant finish, but know that a little goes a long way — after using a few drops, I had a full coverage foundation look on my face! I love how easy it is to apply; just a few blends, and it was seamless. I would definitely make this my everyday, go-to foundation for a flawless, effortless look. It took me 10 minutes to do my makeup with this and I didn’t need to contour or use blush.
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Kosås Tinted Face Oil, $42, available at Kosås
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