|Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in BE-1 and OC-2...a perfect pairing.|
The Japanese brand, Koh Gen Do (pronounced, "Cope Get Dough") features a variety of innovative, high definition foundations to suit every need. While I have tried most of them, including the Moisture Foundation (in #123), Aqua Foundation, Triple Lightning Foundation (in BE-1 and OC-2) and Maifanshi Powder (and intend to share swatches and reviews soon!), this post focuses on the Aqua Foundation, which, in comparison with popular Maifanshi Moisture Foundation, is more liquid and sheerer in texture.
|Whenever I take pictures of product outside, Jethro gets madly curious and must stand in front of the lens!|
According to the Koh Gen Do website...
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.
True ‘luster’ can only be seen on skin that is brimming with moisture. We achieved the proper balance of moisture to bring you this truly lustrous look. The golden ratio of 45% water, 35% emollients, and 20% powder combined for the perfect balance. Too much moisture does not provide coverage. Our goal was to create a beautiful lustrous skin with a translucent finish with enough coverage, even throughout the long, harsh film shots.
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 Aqua Foundation features 1.01 ounces of product housed within a frosted glass bottle with a pump.|
|I love that this foundation does not contain fragrance, mineral oils sulfates or parabens while still providing SPF protection!|
|The sheerness yet buildability of the foundation enables it to be applied with a brush, sponge or even your fingers.|
|I first ordered OC-2 last summer when my skin was around an NC 30. It has a lovely golden undertone!|
I own the KGD Aqua Foundation in BE-1 and OC-2...I originally ordered OC-2, which was great for my NC 30 summertime skin and later purchased BE-1 which is considerably lighter in tone thereby working well in the winter. The Aqua Foundation has sheer to medium coverage and a luminous finish (think, Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk with slightly better coverage and lasting power). Even though this foundation retails for $62, thereby making it quite an investment, I love that I own two shades, which allows me endless mixing possibilities to suit my needs all year long.
While it is sheerer than other foundations I use regularly (By Terry Cover Expert and Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle), I prefer it when I seek lighter coverage and a glowy look. Currently, with my late-spring skin, I mix one pump of BE-1 with one pump of OC-2 for a perfect NC 25 shade with golden undertones. I first apply the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Primer in yellow and then use my Sephora Airbrush to blend the Aqua Foundation into my skin. I don't usually set this with powder, but may use some Sunday Riley Pressed Powder in #125 as a touch up about halfway through the day.
It has coverage sufficient enough to even my skin tone and conceal any minor imperfections, while still remaining light enough to look like basically real (albeit, refined) skin. It is scent free, lasts about 8 hours (with primer) and my sensitive skin has had no negative reactions!
|Side by side...BE-1 and OC-2.|
The challenge with Koh Gen Do foundations in general is to get an accurate color match...unless you live near a Barney's or the Sephora in NYC, you simply must guess what is the best shade for your skin (and the shade descriptions online are not stellar, I might add!). The images below feature some popular shades for reference.
The PK shades are definitely suited to those with rosier/pinker undertones and the BE (at this point, there is only one BE) and OC (OC 1, 2, and 3) shades cater to those with yellow/golden undertones. I like to think of BE-1 as the "great neutralizer" since it neutralizes redness and is also a utilitarian offset for foundations that, at some point in the year, may be too dark on their own. PK-3 is a newer shade (released earlier this year) and tends to lean more towards a true light-to-medium beige with neutral undertones (as opposed to obviously pink or yellow undertones).
|A mixture of equal parts BE-1 and OC-2 on the face in outdoor lighting. This was picture was taken at the end of a long day of teaching...it lasts for well over 8 hours with primer, but does get a bit "glowy" with time!|
Bottom Line: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, which comes in eight shades, offers SPF 15 protection and sheer to medium buildable coverage that gets more luminous as the day goes on. It can be applied with a brush, sponge or even fingers and seems to just "melt" into the skin after a few moments, making its texture virtually imperceptible to the naked eye. The science, quality and innovation behind this foundation make it a worthy contender!