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  • Writer's pictureKaren Lee

Kosas vs RMS Cream Formulations

Updated: May 18, 2020

Kosas is the cool girl of clean beauty. RMS is a well known incumbent player in the clesn beauty space - going clean before it was even a thing.

I have an undying love for both brands. Kosas' lipstick in Rosewater has dethroned my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Pillowtalk as my number one. My favourite highlighter of all time is RMS' Living Luminizer; Rain, shine, summer, winter, I can count on it like no other.

Recently, I acquired Kosas' blush/highlighter duo in Velvet Melon.

I like to travel with cream formulations because I don't have to worry about them shattering.

If you're not a fan of cream formulations, you haven't found the right one. When it's good, it can be REALLY good. I love the ease of being able to use my fingers. And when you have a good one, it will play nicely with the products underneath. When it's bad, it's patchy and you end up rubbing it around along with everything else you've got on.


The Kosas' formula is so silky smooth. Much more so than RMS' which I find quite dense. The Kosas one is more emollient - it's like rubbing your finger on a brick of butter. The RMS one, I find, is more pigmented. It's definitely the most "disco ball glow" of all the RMS Luminizers.

They both blend out quite well:

Here they are blended out. I left it on my arm quite quickly and the RMS one had already started to set (you can see the streak), so it doesn't look quite as smooth. However, in real life, it's very seamless.

Something else I like to know about cream blushes is how well they will last throughout the day. My RMS one is the one I count on on hot summer days. It seems a little counter-intuitive that a cream product would outlast a powder one, but what can I say? It outlasts everything else for me.

I let both of them sit for another minute and tried to rub it around a little more and the RMS was not budging at all. I wore long sleeves and even after a full day, it was still visible in the shower. I had to take makeup remover to it.

When I put the Kosas blush on (my face), I found that I had to use more product than I'm used to with the RMS. I do really love the Velvet Melon shade - I thought it would be too orange, but it blends beautifully and is a great natural look on me. (You can see what it looks like on in this video)


Here are the swatches of RMS' most popular highlighter, Living Luminizer, my personal favourite, Magic Luminizer, and the highlighter that comes in the Velvet Melon palette.