The Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation could not have come at a better time.
I had the flu. My nose was runny with snot and red from constantly blowing. All I wanted to do was sleep all day and drink some juice.
Because of Shari, Victoria and Rae (you girls, you’re going to be the death of my wallet), I was immediately sold on their praises of the lightweight formula and natural-skin finish. Meaning, I just had to get one myself. The sale at Beauty Bar may have been over last March but these foundations are still being sold at 45% off. I believe they are still selling this at a discounted price up until the last bottle is gone because KGD has reformulated their Aqua Foundations.
Unfortunately not all Beauty Bar branches sell Koh Gen Do. Third time’s the charm they say. On the third branch I went to, at Glorietta 2, Makati, they still have most shades except OC-1.
Because the last bottle was sold to me. (Insert evil laugh here.)
Aqua Foundation is made with the deep sea waters of Rausu, Japan.
It balances the conditions of ions on the skin surface with rich minerals and nutrients.These minerals are close in composition of the human body which makes it easier to absorb and moisturize efficiently.
The effective use of light is crucial for a beautiful skin. Especially uneven surfaces that cannot be covered with makeup are mostly erased by light effects. We focused on the unique Strobe Illuminator formula with RGB Powder Technology.
The Koh Gen Do (“Cope Get Dough”) Aqua Foundation is housed in a frosted glass bottle with a gunmetal cover (very chic!). It’s quite heavy by itself and would be a bit bulky for travel. Oh, the horrors that you can imagine about what would happen should you carry this in your bag and the bottle shatters. This baby is staying right on my vanity table. No travels for you buddy!
The consistency is thicker than the MUFE Face & Body but thinner than most foundations and still easy enough to blend. Coverage is between light to medium. For one pump, I can have a light coverage to hide slight imperfections but not necessarily conceal them. But the red areas on my cheeks are toned down and my face looks like I’ve got healthier, glowing skin (despite the nasty cold). For two pumps, I get medium coverage — post-acne marks are concealed — but still look natural and not foundation-like. After blending, the foundation totally melds with my skin and and settles down to a semi-matte, skin-like, flawless finish. Pore coverage is awesome! I don’t need a separate primer to fill them in. The KGD Aqua Foundation has got my back.
Also, I feel like I’ve got a glow. Something like what I usually see in those Japanese and Korean actresses on TV (Have you noticed their skin? It’s almost perfect!). I wore it the first time without any primer and setting powder. The glow is not sebum, I swear. I was oil-free for 4 hours, after which my T-zone was a little dewy (this time by oil) by the 5th hour and the foundation lasted a total of 7 hours.
The following day I only added my favorite Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer Light. Shine-free for 5-6 hours with the foundation lasting for 8 hours. On the third day, I did the whole shebang — primer + KGD foundation + setting powder — and, oh my lawd, lasted me the whole day until the time I had to take it off. Only had to blot once. How’s that for oil control and staying power?
I swatched BE-1, OC-1 and PK-0 on my arm for comparison at the store. My apologies for the poor store lighting. I chose OC-1 because it looked more neutral as compared to BE-1 which has a more yellow undertone. PK-0 is, without a doubt, for those with a cool undertone.
I am so loving the formula — two thumbs up for this one — I went back to get matched with the new Maifanshi Aqua Foundation. Beauty Bar might have another sale soon.
From the original price of Php 2,750, it is now discounted to Php 1,512.50 at selected Beauty Bar stores. Go get one while it’s still available or order online here.
P.S.: KGD is a cruelty-free brand.
Koh Gen Do employs the In Vitro safety testing method. It has been accepted as a substitute for animal testing and is used worldwide as a scientifically reliable method to test the safety of a product. Still, many cosmetics manufacturers continue to use animals for testing despite the availability of the In Vitro method.
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