REVIEW: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

I’ve been hearing great reviews about this foundation for quite some time now.  I think the first time I read about this was from Rae of It’s her holy grail foundation. But I couldn’t really justify buying a foundation worth 62 USD.  I once checked out Beauty Bar and saw that it’s available in Manila. It costs a whopping 2750 pesos. Nah, I couldn’t – that’s what I’d always say.

Max of Maxieisuper tweeted about this foundation last  week and my heart leaped from excitement. It’s on SALE!!! 45% off! Oh yes! I can finally give some justification in getting this foundation. If buying this will get me closer to finding my HG foundation, then I am all for it. And let’s not discount the fact that I will be getting it at a cheaper price too!

I think there were only 5-6 shades available in Beauty bar. PK-1, PK-2, OC-1, OC-2, OC-3. PK is for cool undertones and OC is for yellow/golden undertones. I think BE shades are available in the US though, it’s for people with yellow undertones as well. I got OC-1 since the SA said that it’s for light to medium skin. I was initially leaning towards getting OC-2 but she said that it’s for medium to dark skin. I swatched it on my hand and found it too dark even on my hand – which is usually darker than my face. So I tried OC-1 and used my hands to apply all over my face and it looked quite pale at first. OC-1 and OC-2 So I walked around the mall to see how it looks after it sets. Foundations usually oxidize on me as well so I usually need to get 1 shade lighter than my skintone. After having lunch, I went out of the mall and checked how the foundation looked like in natural light.  I settled for OC-1 since it set quite well. It oxidized a little bit, just enough for it to blend on my skin pretty amazingly. This is an oil-free foundation but has a luminous finish so if you’re oily, I suggest you set this with a powder to avoid looking very oily at the end of the day.

Since this foundation is quite expensive, I will have to reserve this for special days. I did a tested it last Sunday though. I had the foundation on from 12nn to 8pm. I used a Laura Merceir’s oil free primer before applying the foundation and set it with Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder foundation.

This is how it looks after application:

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After 3 and a half hours:

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After 4.5-5 hours:

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See that glow? That’s the foundation doing its magic.

When I went home at 8pm, I checked my face and saw that I definitely needed to blot since I looked quite oily on my T-zone. It looks quite oily but it’s doesn’t look that bad. It still has that luminous glow without looking like an oil factory. Sorry, didn’t get to take a pic!

If you want a luminous glow, i think this foundation is for you. I have oily-combo skin and when set with a powder, I think it can last at least 8 hours. If set with powder and setting spray, maybe it can last ~10 hours. If you’re very oily, I don’t think this foundation will suit you.

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6 thoughts on “REVIEW: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation”

  1. Ach you make me want to buy but need your product suggestions first since we almost have the same skin characteristics 🙂

    1. Hi caroline!!! <3 andito ka di ba? 🙂 hehe.

      What do you want to buy? Foundation? Blush? Brushes? And do you have a budget? I can make better suggestions depending on what you want to buy and depending on your budget. 🙂

      1. Yes but hopefully just for March. Well, I’ve been eyeing Bobby brown for their eye concealer, eye highlighter, face powder and foundation. I already bought the corrector. I’m looking for a powder that will give me good coverage but will not look that i overdid my make-up. I just want to have a natural fresh look. I also would like a powder for everyday use. I’m a combo of oily and dry, Aside from my T zone, a bit oily on the cheeks too. Yun lang haha dami noh?

        1. Bobbi Brown is a good brand. Just make sure to try their products on the counter first then test the color matching in natural light before buying. Ask the SA to apply the powder all over your face then walk around the mall first para magset. Not sure if nag ooxidize din ang foundations sayo pero sakin kasi minsan oo. I suggest Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder din kasi it gives coverage without looking unnatural. If you want natural lang, concealer and powder is good. Ayaw mo ng liquid? May okay din naman na natural liquid foundation. Try mo yung Stay Matte foundation ng Rimmel, it really stays matte all day galing!

          1. wow! great advices achi! san makakakta ng rimmel store?or where ka makakabili ng products nila?

          2. Rimmel you can buy from ph online seller yan, habang andito ka pa, check your shade if available. Check ka na lang ng shade swatches online. 🙂

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