Kosas Helios High Intensity Color and Light Palette Review & Swatches

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Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette

Helios (High Intensity)

Kosas Helios (High Intensity) Color and Light Palette ($34.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the more pigmented version of the duo, which includes a bright, orange blush paired with a golden copper highlighter. Both shades delivered on being “double” the pigment of the lower intensity duo; they were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with and lasted well on my skin.

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

Helios (High Intensity)

PPermanent. $34.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) Cream Blush

Helios (High Intensity) (Blush)

Helios (High Intensity) (Blush) is a rich, medium orange with moderate, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, though it could be diffused and blended out easily for less coverage if desired.

The consistency was lightweight, thin, and emollient with moderate slip–definitely felt like a traditional cream blush–that applied evenly and dried down to a mostly dried down finish that didn’t feel tacky. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

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

Formula Overview

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Each shade in the range has two levels of color intensity; each shade has a "High Intensity" version, which offers "double the pigment" compared to the regular shade (which has less intense, more "buildable" coverage). The formula is supposed to offer "easy-to-apply, blendable" blush that is paired with a "complementary" highlighter with.

In my experience, the High Intensity version offered greater pigmentation but also offered a more saturated take on the color scheme; it felt more like making a certain color combination work for both lighter and deeper complexions rather than just doubling up on the pigment. The regular shades were semi-sheer to medium coverage and were buildable. The High Intensity shades were definitely higher coverage and typically ran semi-opaque to opaque.

The consistency was creamy with moderate slip and felt like a traditional cream brush (wet to the touch, emollient, and thin). They applied well to bare skin as well as over foundation for the most part, though a few shades could have been more foolproof to work with over base products. The more shimmery shades (like highlighters) felt slightly more emollient compared to more cream-finish shades (like blushes).

As they're a creamier product, they sheer out and blend quite well during application, so one often needs to pat on a second layer to amp up the coverage (rather than applying more heavily) if higher coverage is desired (less necessary with High Intensity shades).

The formula dried down for the most part but didn't look totally flat or matte. As a result, they didn't slide around too easily during wear on my skin. Most shades started to show signs of fading after seven to eight hours of wear, which is average most cheek colors for me.

Browse all of our Kosas Cream Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Microcrystalline Wax, C10-18 Triglycerides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax; Caprylyl Glycol, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, [+/ -: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)]

Helios (High Intensity) (Blush)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter
Kosas Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) Cream Highlighter

Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter)

Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter) is a light-medium copper with warm, reddish undertones and lighter, warmer gold pearl throughout. It had a lightly metallic, lightly dewy finish after it dried down on my skin. The highlighter yielded opaque color coverage in single layer, which was blendable and easy to work with over bare skin as well as foundation as it wasn’t prone to lifting it up.

The texture was creamy, a smidgen tacky but seemed less so than other shades in the range, and moderately emollient. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.

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

Formula Overview

-

Each shade in the range has two levels of color intensity; each shade has a "High Intensity" version, which offers "double the pigment" compared to the regular shade (which has less intense, more "buildable" coverage). The formula is supposed to offer "easy-to-apply, blendable" blush that is paired with a "complementary" highlighter with.

In my experience, the High Intensity version offered greater pigmentation but also offered a more saturated take on the color scheme; it felt more like making a certain color combination work for both lighter and deeper complexions rather than just doubling up on the pigment. The regular shades were semi-sheer to medium coverage and were buildable. The High Intensity shades were definitely higher coverage and typically ran semi-opaque to opaque.

The consistency was creamy with moderate slip and felt like a traditional cream brush (wet to the touch, emollient, and thin). They applied well to bare skin as well as over foundation for the most part, though a few shades could have been more foolproof to work with over base products. The more shimmery shades (like highlighters) felt slightly more emollient compared to more cream-finish shades (like blushes).

As they're a creamier product, they sheer out and blend quite well during application, so one often needs to pat on a second layer to amp up the coverage (rather than applying more heavily) if higher coverage is desired (less necessary with High Intensity shades).

The formula dried down for the most part but didn't look totally flat or matte. As a result, they didn't slide around too easily during wear on my skin. Most shades started to show signs of fading after seven to eight hours of wear, which is average most cheek colors for me.

Browse all of our Kosas Cream Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Microcrystalline Wax, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, C10-18 Triglycerides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax; Caprylyl Glycol, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, [+/ -: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850)]

Helios (High Intensity) (Highlighter)

PiPPermanent in Palette.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Because the orange shade in this duo runs more of a clear, clean tone of orange, I much prefer it over the Intense Tropic Equinox duo’s orange blush. This is a beautiful duo of cheek shades for summer!

Wow, that’s a serious orange. I feel like it’d be fun to pair with a cool-toned highlighter over the top!

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