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Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
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on 1/13/2018 1:50:00 PM
More reviews by katties
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I have dry, sensitive skin, and this is one of my favorite foundations... in a more cool climate (Scandinavia). I have also tried it in California, and it doesn't really work very well - slides around on me and doesn't last as long as in a cooler climate. I apply this with my hands, as it kinda self-levels and thus applies evenly this way. A beauty blender would suck up the thin-ish product, and I just don't like brushes, and I'm not sure the gel texture of this would apply well with a brush. One bottle lasts me about 7 months when I use one pump of this per applicationThere are several things I really like in this foundation: the shade 213 suits my NC20 (Pro Longwear as reference), neutral yellow/olive skin very well - better than most other foundations. It is totally perfume free, alcohol free and doesn't upset my sensitive skin at all, nor did it clog my pores (16 h/day wear test for over 12 months). It is very good at hiding dry spots and flaking areas. Heavy concealer that can otherwise make drier spots look drier goes very well over this foundation. The reason is the gel-cream type of consistency - it almost creates a semi transparent layer that evens out all kinds of surface issues. It makes my skin look like skin because of its coverage and texture, and powders apply well on top. On top of all of this, in the climate I usually live in, this lasts all day long on me, and doesn't break up on me or look strange as it slightly disappears during the day. I like this foundation so much that it was what I wore on my wedding day (cool and very rainy), and aside from me not applying enough blush, my skin looks very good in the photos. This is till now the only foundation that I've soon used up two bottles off, and will purchase again. However, there will be people that won't appreciate this foundation as much, and I understand that too. First off: one of the reason I wanted this foundation is because of the light coverage - I had good skin that mostly needed light coverage and some minor concealing. The foundation can be built to light-medium, but no more, IMO. Second, if you have combination or oily skin, this is no going to stick well - it kind sits slightly strangely on oily skin and doesn't last far as long. If there is high moisture in the air, this doesn't hold up well on my skin, which makes this unsuitable for me in warm, humid environments (which is not my usual environment). When it's warm and humid, this foundation almost doesn't "bond" to my skin, but just sits on top of it, with a barrier of moisture in between. The last thing is the price: this foundation is pricey! Personally, I've tried many foundations and not found anything like it, but it' possible to achieve a similar finish, color and texture by mixing... which I don't like to take time to do. Personally, I love this, but it isn't a foundation that will suit everyone or work in every climate, so I'd recommend to think about the pros and cons of it and read reviews before you buy, unless you have money to waste. Maybe buy a sample of this from camerareadycosmetics.com, if you canIf anyone is interested bout the packaging: pretty, but annoying. When there's about 1/5 left of the foundation, this begins to get hard to get out, and the opening when you unscrew the lid is really small, and it's hard to get the product from the sides out, which is wasteful. I have to pick the product out with a q-tip... definitely not something I think should be required with a luxury foundation...
8 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 11/2/2017 8:17:00 AM
More reviews by oreos666
Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
One of my best foundations ever!I range from an NC 30-35 and at my 'tannest' I lean at an NC 37-40 (I stay out of the sun and religiously apply sunscreen) and I use the shade '143'. Offhand it can look a little dark but it is amazing once you blend it out, it also has great warm olive undertones without leaning too yellow on me. Because of its undertones, I actually like to use it as an 'olive foundation mixer'. The other day, I mixed in a pump of this with my YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in B40 (which leans a little too neutral for my liking) and it created a fantastic base!It is pricey, but the coverage is amazing without being cakey while still looking luminous. I find that it looks better with a brush; I use the Real Techniques Expert Face brush.You can't get it in Malaysia however, I purchased mine from Takashiyama in Singapore.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 10/19/2017 1:27:00 PM
More reviews by Loci80015
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I saved my money and I was so excited to try this Foundation. I have been eyeing it for quite some time and after watching review after review on YouTube I finally splurged and bought it. For starters I went with the color 123 thinking that it would match my nc25 to 27 winter skin. I tend to go with neutral foundation colors as really warm colors tend to pull too Yellow on me. The color itself is a nice neutral undertone to it but the color is way too light on my skin. Secondly, due to living in a very dry climate and my body going through a lot of hormonal changes, my skin tends to be on the dry side lately. After reading the reviews I thought for sure this would be great for dry skin.So on to the application. First I dotted the foundation on my face and blended it out with a beauty blender. That did not work. It seemed splotchy and hard to blend which is very odd because everyone Raves how it Blends like a dream. So I tried to put primer underneath and used a blending brush. This time I had more luck but still thought it was pretty hard to blend. You can definitely build it to a medium coverage which I like, but I still have found that the more product I added, the more pale I looked. When it comes to wear it held up alright.All in all, it was super hard to blend for me into my dry skin. It made me look more pale than I am. And for the price it just did not wow me. I find that bourjois healthy mix does a much better job. I have to blend Shades 53 and 54 to get the right color so i didn't want to spend the extra money having to blend two foundations. However at 16.99 each, it's a steal comparatively speaking to this.Sorry ladies I really tried to love it but didn't.
3 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 10/4/2017 9:33:00 PM
More reviews by pulidobl
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine
This is definitely a your skin but better foundation the glow it gives DOES imitate your face after a facial. I liked that there is a true pale olive shade that was a great match. Things I didn’t care for is the price, and id I wore it two days in a row, I got clogged pores/ skin reaction. It has a long ingredient list. I tried one of their Spa moisturizers and same reaction. No nore Koh Gen Do for me :/
2 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 9/29/2017 12:33:00 PM
More reviews by KasiaTB
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
This is very good foundation but not ideal and not for everyone. Looks on skin like the second one with very natural effect. Long lasting like nothing else! But...natural effect os not glowy effect. For me little too matt.It is not gor these people they look natural glow. Tjus is more satin natural finish. Still very very good but i was not looking for that.In my opinion little too hype product. It is not worth this price and you can find something else for less money.I would recommend it for the busy women which expects natural long lasting finish from 9.00 to 22.00 . It would be better for young faces than for matures could be too dry but this is only my opinion. I will finish the bottle but it is not my HG
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 9/8/2017 12:12:00 AM
More reviews by DanielleRosenaLouise
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
I have NW10 skin and I have this in shade 012. It is a good match for me as I have a very pink undertone, but I would caution people with yellow undertones against getting this shade. This is one of the pinkest foundations I own, so I think people with neutral undertones might struggle with this particular shade as well.I have very dry, acne-prone skin. It has a tendency to get flaky and I also get eczema around my mouth. This foundation when applied with a damp Beauty Blender looks beautiful on my skin, as it doesn't pick up any flakes or accentuate dry patches. It has light to medium coverage which is all I need, although it may not be enough for some people. It has a satin finish on first application, but it dries down to a softer semi-matte finish by the end of the day. There is something about the finish of this product that makes my skin look glowy, natural, and just really pretty. It photographs very well. It also lasts on my skin throughout an 8 hour workday: at the end of the day it doesn't look as good as it did in the morning, but it still looks pretty decent. The formula is thin and runny, and has only the faintest chemical scent. It doesn't break me out. However I don't have overly sensitive skin so I cannot comment on potential irritants.There is a lot of product in the bottle and you don't need a lot to cover your face, so I can see this lasting a long time. The bottle is simple and functional. It could be a little more luxurious-looking considering the price, but it's not that important. My only concern with this line is the abysmal shade range. This brand needs to seriously expand their range to include people of deeper skin tones.
9 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 7/19/2017 1:07:00 PM
More reviews by alexiismmoore
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Coming from someone with combination skin, this product is incredible. The coverage is perfect for a sheer, natural look and is very natural on the skin. It's absolutely beautiful.However, I am also acne-prone and I am pretty sure this stuff broke me out slightly. I loved the coverage and the feel of this foundation so I was so disappointed when I realized one of the ingredients didn't work with my skin! I would still recommend to anyone who asks because it's just THAT good.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 6/9/2017 3:08:00 PM
More reviews by englande
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool
This foundation looks great applied with a foundation brush or beauty sponge. My primary tool is a Beauty Blender and it worked beautifully. I don't have lots of acne, but have small breakouts here and there and was pleased with the coverage. I always apply concealer over trouble areas and under my eyes so I appreciate the light consistency of this foundation. It didn't make the concealed areas look cakey. It covered the flaws on my face making it look more like my skin instead of makeup. However, it did not completely hide acne without some type of concealer or color correction. It is just not "heavy" enough for that. If you need that kind of coverage, I would not suggest this foundation. I always have trouble with the pores around my nose because they are big and noticeable with makeup and this foundation doesn't accentuate them much if at all. I found it doesn't stay on my face long unless I use some sort of setting powder or spray, but that is a habit for me with any foundation I use, so no complaints there.
on 5/25/2017 7:55:00 PM
More reviews by sadorange
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
I have MAC NC20 skin with matches NARS Deauville, Too Faced Born This Way Vanilla, Bourjois 52 Vanille, and MUFE Ultra HD Y245. My match in this foundation is 213. I also own 012 which I got in a swap, but it's the wrong undertone and shade. 012 would be great for those with NW 10-15 skin.Oh my god, this foundation is like God's gift to those of us who have dry skin. Needless to say, I love it! When you first apply this foundation, you will first notice just how lovely and refreshing it feels on the skin. It is incredibly hydrating but in a very light manner, and it's one of those products where you can actually feel your skin drinking the moisture up! It provides sheer coverage that is buildable to medium. It has a skin-like, natural finish with just a touch of dewiness that makes your face radiate health and vitality. I also find that this foundation stays intact for the whole day, and it does not break up in little patches like other foundations in this category do. It never emphasizes any skin texture or dry patches, and truly looks like skin. Highly recommended! :)
21 of 21 people found this helpful.
on 5/14/2017 11:34:00 AM
More reviews by Angscar97
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
Wanted to love this so bad, I thought it would naturally give me a sheer glow but also make my dry skin look presentable and cover slight red spots, my skin is pretty clear and it stuck to dry patches and sat on top of my skin, didn't give me any sort of glow and honestly had better foundations from the drug store, sad this is so raved about :( I saved for so long for this and waited for it to come in the mail :\ disappointed for sure especially for the hype and price point.
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