Koh Gen Do, Skincare infused makeup product reviews & swatches

Huge thanks to the wonderful team at Koh Gen Do, I was able to test these skincare infused makeup products. They sent over their famous Aqua Foundations, along with their Pressed Powder, Moisture Fit Concealer, and Makeup Color Base.

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The Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation has a total of 10 shades (see below shade swatches from their website). According to their website, The coveted Aqua Foundation, known for giving skin the same youthful glow you experience right after a facial, is redesigned for increased coverage, radiance, hydration and longevity. Formulated with signature Gloss Film Powder, the light-diffusing minerals brighten and minimize pores, while resisting sweat and oiliness. This breathable serum foundation contains weightless skin-conditioning emollients that improve the hydration and health of skin for a flawless and comfortable complexion all day.

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They sent me two shades, 013 and 113. The shade 013 appears a little too pink for my yellow/warm skin tone. The shade 113, which is their lightest warm shade, seems to be a good match for my MAC’s NC15 skin tone. Below, you can see my arm swatches comparing to the MAC’s NC25 and NC15. I have mostly normal skin, sometimes dehydrated if I don’t consume enough water.

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For your reference, I have listed all of my other foundation shades here:

https://luvsummeikup.com/2017/05/12/list-of-my-foundation-shades/

The first day, I applied with a Kabuki foundation brush, it gave me a medium coverage with 2 layers of applications. I used the Makeup Color Base primer they sent me; it’s in the shade Lavender Pink. As you can see from below photo that I pulled up from their website, they have 3 other shades, which are Green, Yellow, and Pearl White. It might have been a better shade if they have sent me the yellow instead, because the Lavender Pink appeared to be too pink for me, and it made my skin tone half a shade to a shade paler. However, it did give my skin a smooth canvas; the foundation went on smoothly and gave a nice natural finish. I also set with the Pressed Powder; it’s the only shade available.

primer swatch

The powder is too white for me (below, you can see the swatches of the powder), it made my skin a shade lighter than it is; with the Lavender Pink base, I was almost 2 shades lighter. However, the powder sets the foundation pretty well; it gave me a matte finish, and the bronzer and highlighter went on smoothly. If I have the right Color Base shade, I think I would like this combination, because it lasted a good 7-8 hours. At the 8 hour mark, the makeup still looked fresh; I didn’t see any creasing or separation, not greasy either.

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On the second day, I applied with a round top Kabuki foundation brush again, this time I used the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, and then used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffuse Light to set. This combination made my skin look quite dewy, and it slightly enhanced my pores around my nose. The foundation itself provided light to (buildable) medium coverage; it covered the redness on my cheeks but not my pimples. The bronzer and highlighter went on smoothly. I actually quite liked the natural look it gave me; it didn’t exaggerate pores, but didn’t diminish either. At the 5 hour mark though, the center of my face became a little greasy, as well as some separations around my nose, and the foundation came off my chin a little bit too. Hence, this wasn’t my favorite combination.

 

On the third day, I used a BeautyBlender to apply. This time I used the SmashBox Photo Finish Primerizer; it only gave a light medium coverage with 2 layers of applications. I set my face with BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder; the bronzer and highlighter also went on smoothly. It gave my skin an extra smooth complexion, and a natural finish. My pores looked the smoothest with this combination; even my nose looked pore less. My skin still looked very fresh even after 8 hours of wear; no dry patches, no creasing, no greasiness. This is by far the best combination.

 

I also tried to wear this foundation with no primer and no powder. It gave me a light medium coverage with BeautyBlender, and medium coverage with a Kabuki foundation brush (2 layers). They both provided with natural finish; a little bit dewier using the BeautyBlender. I waited about 5 minutes before putting on bronzer and highlight; surprisingly, although it felt tacky, they blended on top of the foundation nicely. After 4 hours of wear, my skin became a little bit oily, especially around my nose area; however, there was no separation and still looked pretty good from a conversational distance.

 

According to their website, the Moisture Fit Concealer has 3 shades, which are 02, 03, and 04 (see photo below). They sent me the shade 03, which is darker than my NC15 skin tone. You can see swatches from below photo for shade comparison with the MAC foundations; so I can’t use it for my under eyes for brightening. I tried using it to cover my pimple scar, but the coverage is too light for that. However, when I used it on top of my cheeks after 1 layer of foundation, it enhanced the coverage by covering my redness on my cheeks.

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Overall, I recommended the Aqua Foundation if you’re a fan of a natural finish, buildable to medium coverage foundation. I have been using this foundation since I received it 2 months ago, with the SmashBox Primerizer and BECCA Hydra-Mist; it lasts the longest with beautiful natural finish. I would use it with their Makeup Color Base too if I have the Yellow shade instead of Lavender Pink, since it does provide a nice smooth canvas.

 

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Koh Gen Do; however, all of my opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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LuvSumMeiKup: List of my Foundation Shades

Skin tone: My face has neutral undertone while my neck and the rest of the body has light yellow. My face is also naturally one (1) shade lighter than my neck. I tend to pick the shade that has yellow/golden undertone that’s closest to my skin tone, so it matches the rest of my body. But if the yellow/golden shade is too light/dark or unavailable, I would pick the closet neutral shade, which usually works as well.

I wear MAC Cosmetics’ MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in shade NC15. It’s my perfect shade when it’s freshly swatched, but it turns slightly darker when it’s dried.

List of my Foundation Shades:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: Ivory
Bareminerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Warm Light 07 & Golden Ivory 08 (mixed ratio 1:1)
BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation: Sand
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick: Warm Ivory 1
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation: Light Beige 010
Covergirl COVERGIRL Healthy Elixir Liquid Foundation: Ivory
Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation: L30 Golden Ivory
Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation SPF35: 015 Tender Beige
Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation: 015 Tender Beige
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup For Face and Body SPF 15: 2N1 Desert Beige
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF30: 1N2 ECRU
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup: 1W1 Bond
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25: 1W2 Sand
Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation SPF 20: Warm Beige
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation: 150
Flower Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation: L1 Porcelain
GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Luminous Silk Foundation: 4
GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation SPF25: 3
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation: 150G Crème Brulée
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free: Porcelain
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick: Linen
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+: Fair & Light (mixed ratio 1:1)
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Cream with SPF50: Fair & Light (mixed ratio 1:1)
Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation: Linen
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation: 113
La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF20: 03 Crème
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Longwear Foundation SPF15: 140 Ivorie (N)
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50: 140 Ivoire N
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21: 140 Ivoire N
Laura Mericer Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation: 1W1 Ivory
Loreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation: 130 Vanilla
Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: 201 Classic Ivory & 205 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: 101 Classic Ivory & 105 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
Loreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation: 301 Classic Ivory & 305 Natural Beige  (mixed ratio 1.5:1)
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation: NC20 & NC25  (mixed ratio 1:1)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF15: NC15
MAC Waterweight Foundation SPF30: NC25
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation: 117 = Y225 – Marble
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation: 117 = Y225 – Marble
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation: F6
Milani CONCEAL + PERFECT 2-IN-1 FOUNDATION: 00B Light
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: Fiji
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation: Light
Stella Limitless Foundation: S01
Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation: 150
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15: Fair-Light Neutral
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation: Fair-Light Neutral
Tarte Water Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: Fair-Light Sand
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick: 2.5 Linen
Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15: 2.5 Linen
Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation & Concealer: 2.5 Linen
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: Ivory
Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation: Almond
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation: 2.0
YSL All Hours Longwear Natural Matte Foundation: BD20 Warm Ivory
YSL All Hours Stick Foundation: BD20 Warm Ivory

This is the List of my current shades for the foundations that I have tried so far. I will keep adding new shades as I try out new products; please check back later for more.