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Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
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on 4/4/2017 2:35:00 PM
More reviews by DoubleH7
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Straight, Coarse
Firstly let's get the negatives out of the way.Ordered from Sephora to the UK hence the 2 lippies deducted for the price. Even without the taxes etc I do believe that this is highly priced (worked out to be about £52 as opposed to say giorgio armani foundations which are £40). In terms of the quality and feel on the skin it reminds me a lot of luminous silk which is one of my tried and true however with less coverage which is ideal for my skin as it fortunately is blemish free. It should therefore be noted that if you prefer even a medium coverage this is not for you as it is not very buildable. It leaves a beautiful satin finish on my normal to combination skin and lasts all day without primer or settling into my laugh lines which is something i struggle with when wearing foundation. It also doesnt get to the point of disgusting oiliness- there is that point before this when the oils on your face leave a nice natural glow and this is what happens with this foundation towards the end of an 8ish hour day.In terms of the colour I am about an NC 25 in mac [studio sculpt- havent tried any others that have this shading system but I believe an NC 20 in studio fix would be better suited to me ] (C2 in face and body, 4 in luminous silk) and the colour 213 has a PERFECT balance of olive and yellow that I have yet been unable to find. It is a tad bit too light for me on its own but it isnt very noticeable unless you are very close to me so i do think if you are on the paler side of NC 25 down to NC 20 this shade will work very well for you. Overall it is an excellent everyday foundation- the pump is easy to control and dispense product and the brilliance of the undertone to the shade 213 completely sold it to me. I highly recommend this foundation to people with good skin that simply requires an even tone as so far it is the best foundation i have found for this use against other similar formulas such as MACS face and body which leaves me an oily mess.
on 3/23/2017 2:48:00 AM
More reviews by claireyb
Skin: Normal, Olive, Cool
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
I am currently on my 3rd bottle of this foundation which says a great deal! As I am a bit of a foundational junkie and like to try new ones when I finish a bottle. But I have to go back to this foundation because it seriously is the best foundation for looking like you're not wearing any. The coverage is very light but I love that for daytime wear and I can build to medium for night time wear. It will never be full coverage but that's ok because I rarely use full coverage foundation. The lasting power is very good and doesn't get oily throughout the day. The finish is more dewy than matte which I also love and it is very good at evening out skin tone and redness. A concealer is required for freckles and pimples. It doesn't crease into lines or show up on dry areas. The shade range is minimal but I can use 213 in winter for my pale olive face and then I also use 143 on its own in summer when I have a darker olive complexion. I also find mixing the two together makes a lovely inbetween shade. The glass bottle is gorgeous and I'm stoked it comes with a pump. In conclusion, I love love love it and I will continue to purchase despite the cost because it is so worth it to me.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 3/12/2017 12:08:00 AM
More reviews by echoflow
Skin: Dry, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
This is so expensive, I think this is the most expensive thing in my makeup collection, and the only foundation I have (which is not that much). I have dry skin and don't like heavy foundation. This one is quite lightweight and glides on smoothly on moisturizer and primer water. I like using dampened makeup sponge to apply this. I don't have much to cover, so this does the job of evening the skin tone, and matches my neck very very well. I cannot say enough good things about this foundation. Good thing I was able to save $10 when I bought this. The bottle is sleek and feels expensive. As expected from a Japanese makeup brand.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 1/26/2017 1:58:00 PM
More reviews by Lenox877
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I ordered the samples from their website and wanted to like it after reading the good reviews. It was thin and didn't have much coverage and I had a reaction to an ingredient in the foundation. I usually don't have an allergic reaction to makeup. It was the worst foundation I have used sadly. If u would I like try I would proceed with caution.
on 1/8/2017 11:21:00 PM
More reviews by cr4zn
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Other, Other
I wanted to re-review this foundation after going back and forth with it. I've tried both Aqua and Moisture foundations, and while both are excellent, I have to say that I like this a lot better. I agree that Moisture has more initial coverage, but Aqua is a lot more buildable, and therefore can give overall, more coverage than its Moisture counterpart. This is a light-medium coverage foundation at most, which makes it an excellent base. If you need more coverage for problem spots, that is what concealer is for, really.My biggest gripe with this foundation is the shade selection. I'm about an NC30 (GA LM 5.75, UD Naked 4.0, EL DW Rattan), and Aqua's closest shade, 123, is the closest to my shade but it's a little off (shade 123 in its Moisture counterpart is PERFECT btw). I'm guessing it's not yellow enough (it is on the pinkish side) so I come out looking slightly pale. Adding a half a pump of shade 143 with a pump of 123 brings me to a more accurate representation of my skin color (shade 143 is about NC35-40 I think, and is quite yellow). I HATE that I had to buy two different shades to match mine, but seriously, after trying so many different foundations, this brand really, really is a winner for me. It has that popular "skin-like" natural finish, that provides a dewiness that does not look sweaty. My issue with these "your skin but better" foundations is that none of them seem to last more than 4 hours without it breaking up or completely disappearing. I hate touching up. This one lasts all day. ALL DAY. My favorite part is that it does not look like I have anything on, which is a very important criteria for me. This also seems to work great in the summer. I'm oily during those months, and it seems to hold great with powder and doesn't make my face look like I came from the gym.In a way, having two shades works out anyway, as I know I will get darker come summer, so I can customize my mix between the two shades. Two shades at about $60 each seems steep, but I stopped looking for foundation because I've found what I'm looking for, not to mention two bottles will last me a long, long time. I just wish I found this stuff sooner - it would've saved me a lot of money!
14 of 14 people found this helpful.
on 1/6/2017 10:47:00 PM
More reviews by Kathryn188
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I feel like I am the only person that does not get the hype around this foundation. I have dry skin and I thought this foundation would be glowy and luminous but on my skin it's a demi matte with average coverage. The foundation isn't bad but definitely did not live up to the hype nor is it worth the money (and I'm someone who spends money on expensive makeup a lot)
on 11/19/2016 1:14:00 PM
More reviews by Merina
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse
I have this and the GA luminous silk foundation. I find the Koh Gen Do to be a little more runny, but both foundations are very good. I have the shade 143 for my NC25-30 skin and it's perfect. I bought the sampler back off their website as I couldn't decide which shade would fit me. The shade 123 would be good for a NC20. Applies very easily and I prefer to use my fingers to get more coverage. Leaves my skin looking pretty/healthy, yet looking like real skin and doesn't make me look like I'm wearing foundation. This is a good every day foundation and the glass bottle is pretty to look at. :) Comes with a pump. $62 for 1.01 oz.
9 of 10 people found this helpful.
on 11/3/2016 12:20:00 AM
More reviews by Drinabambina
Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
This is my go to foundation, heat cold rain or shine. This is the only foundation that hasn't broken my skin out and I am prone to pimples. This foundation can be mixed with other foundations if you are looking for more full coverage. This foundation is build-able but it is more of a sheer foundation. If you have red spots I highly recommend concealing before applying this foundation. I've found this foundation is best with a Beaty blender as opposed to a brush.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 10/14/2016 11:35:00 PM
More reviews by ilovemyflute19
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I love my koh gen do aqua! Im on my second bottle. my one complaint is the coverage. it delivers light coverage and builds to a light-medium. I use concealer (Becca ultimate coverage concealer) on my blemishes or pigmentation underneath of my KGD. the color is 213 is a true olive. thank goodness!! it has no hint of orange, peach, or pink undertones. it is a true yellow beige with a hint of green. the depth is comparable to Mac ~nc20-25, imo. it blends beautifully with all of my brushes. the beauty blender absorbs too much product for my liking. It has a natural finish that is luminous but not dewey (looks like skin). I personally prefer to set it with powder (currently either nyx finishing powder pressed or it cosmetics bye bye pores loose). it does not cause breakouts on my extremely acne-prone skin. if it had more coverage, i would consider it my HG foundation. thanks for reading!
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 10/10/2016 5:42:00 PM
More reviews by Simbalady123
This is my first ko gen doh foundation. I usually use armarni luminous silk. I applied it using my artis oval 7 brush, On first application, I found it super thin, hardly any coverage at all. It sunk straight in my pores. Giving me a polka dot look. I layered it again , which made me feel so chalky . I won't be using it again. If you like sheer coverage, you might like it.I like a medium coverage. And this foundation doesn't ever go from sheer to anything else. I can see why other people say it feel like your wearing nothing on the skin. As it looks like there is nothing on the skin either, worse foundation I've ever tried. And a high price aswell. Not worth the hype !
7 of 9 people found this helpful.
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