Kosas Contrachroma Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

1 of 5
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette

Contrachroma

Kosas Contrachroma Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes a muted, darker coral blush paired with a lighter, warm beige highlighter. This is the sheerer version, which was true of the blush; the blush had more medium, buildable pigmentation, but the highlighter was rather pigmented while the more powdery texture made it possible to pick up less product without a lot of effort. They both lasted for eight hours on me before showing signs of wear.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Contrachroma

PPermanent. $34.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
1 of 4
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (Blush) Pressed Blush

Contrachroma (Blush)

Contrachroma (Blush) is a muted, medium-dark coral with strong, warm brown undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a soft, lightly powdery texture that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out easily.

It had the smallest amount of very fine pearl woven through the powder, which gave it a more “natural matte” finish when applied–not flat and matte but not overtly shimmery either. It wore well for eight hours before fading visibly on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

-

The formula offers two levels of intensity--a standard level and a "High Intensity" version--that allows the customer to pick the level of pigmentation and depth desired. The standard intensity offers "buildable, blendable" blush and highlighter that is "easy-to-apply," while the "High Intensity" offers "double color payoff."

The texture of the blush seemed drier, more powdery, but I was surprised--and impressed!--by how beautifully the powders applied, blended, and sat on my skin. They went on with almost no effort at all with an even lay down of color that diffused easily along the edges, didn't look flat or dry on, and were fairly true-to-color.

The pigmentation of the standard intensity level was more medium to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, while the pigmentation of the High Intensity versions were nearly opaque to opaque and were a bit darker/deeper in tone overall. The majority of the shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Kosas Pressed Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Nylon 12, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Boron Nitride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Yellow 5 Lake, Red 7 (CI 15850)

Contrachroma (Blush)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
1 of 4
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter

Contrachroma (Highlighter)

Contrachroma (Highlighter) is a light peach with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a soft, more powdery texture, though it felt finely-milled, there was a dryness to it. Thankfully, this didn’t translate into a dry application; the powder applied evenly, blended out with ease, and softened the look of my natural skin texture.

It had more semi-opaque coverage that sheerer, more buildable coverage, though one could certainly use a lighter hand to achieve that (true of most pigmented formulations). It stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

-

The formula offers two levels of intensity--a standard level and a "High Intensity" version--that allows the customer to pick the level of pigmentation and depth desired. The standard intensity offers "buildable, blendable" blush and highlighter that is "easy-to-apply," while the "High Intensity" offers "double color payoff."

The texture of the highlighter seemed drier, more powdery, but I was surprised--and impressed!--by how beautifully the powders applied, blended, and sat on my skin. They went on with almost no effort at all with an even lay down of color that diffused easily along the edges, didn't look flat or dry on, and were fairly true-to-color.

The pigmentation of the standard intensity level was more medium to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, while the pigmentation of the High Intensity versions were nearly opaque to opaque and were a bit darker/deeper in tone overall. The majority of the shades lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

Browse all of our Kosas Pressed Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Nylon 12, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Boron Nitride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Synthetic Fluophlogofite, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Tin Oxide

Contrachroma (Highlighter)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
B+
B+
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
About Reviewer
Review FAQ
Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

Explore Temptalia

We're here to help you make better beauty purchases that you'll enjoy and love! We recommend signing up to take advantage of personalized features like tracking products you own, viewing dupes that you already have, and more!

Here are some useful resources for you:

Compare Any Two

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

3 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Leave a Reply

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This version is also perfectly lovely worn! These would work for me very nicely, too. Thing is, I do have a dupe for the blush half in Essence Satin Love, though.

Those colors look so soft! Quite a pretty option. I don’t really do ‘neutral’ blushes but actually find this very lovely.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!