Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color & Light Pressed Palette Review & Swatches

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Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette

Contrachroma (High Intensity)

Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) Color and Light Pressed Palette ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes a deeper, rosy-copper blush with a medium, warmer copper highlighter. The two complemented each other, and they were both pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing, though the formula is more powdery (and yet not an issue in terms of the way it sat on my skin, thankfully!).

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

Contrachroma (High Intensity)

PPermanent. $34.00.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) Pressed Blush

Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush)

Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush) is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. It appeared slightly rosier swatched and applied to my skin compared to the way it looked in the pan (which was warmer).

The texture was soft, moderately powdery, and drier to the touch, but it applied beautifully to my cheeks and blended out easily. I was impressed that it didn’t look flat or dry on, which was likely a result of the very, fine pearl woven through the powder. It stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading visibly.

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

Formula Overview

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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 (CI 19140), Red 7 (CI 15850)

Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Blush)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter
Kosas Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Pressed Highlighter

Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter)

Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter) is a muted, medium copper with moderate, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a soft glow–not intense or overtly shimmery, so it wasn’t prone to emphasizing my skin’s natural texture–that appeared as I buffed and blended out the powder on my skin.

It had rich color coverage in a single layer, but the soft, more powdery texture made it easier to pick up less product (for more buildable coverage) if desired. The color started to fade noticeably after eight and a half hours of wear.

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

Formula Overview

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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, Barium Sulfate, 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), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Tin Oxide

Contrachroma (High Intensity) (Highlighter)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
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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.

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This is a superior shade in that it doesn’t have that orangey undertone that is often found in blushes/highlighters of this intensity. And both shades rate equally well too.

I love the blush shade, but not so fond of the highlight. Going to run a few comparisons. I do not think I have a dupe in stash, but off the top of my head new Nars Savage might have red u/t’s like this one…

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