Monday, October 1, 2012

Foundation Review: Koh Gen Do

I'm delighted to finally be getting my review of Koh Gen Do, (pronounced, "ko-ken-do") foundation to you makeup savvy readers. I discovered this beautiful, Japanese line during my search for bigger and better, BB creams and innovative, new products a couple of months ago. 
So what makes Koh Gen Do so different from other foundations on the market? 
Basically its pedigree comes primarily from Koh Gen Do's mainstay product, the Moisture Foundation, which has been on the market for over 20 years. The product purportedly uses "two types of light-reflecting powder particles working together to diffuse fine lines, pores and uneven skin surfaces. It's also formulated with finely milled 100% mineral pigments that are specially coated for a color-true effect and moisturizing botanicals to support the skin for long hours of wear." The entire line is based on traditional, Japanese plant extracts and uses a number of organic products to boost the skin and suffuse it with light.
In a nutshell, Koh Gen Do's Moisture Foundation has been doing what many, new, "Hi-Def" lines have just begun to adjust their formulas to for over two decades. (Which is essentially using various pigment technologies on a water basis to create a very sheer, watercolor effect on the skin, while still suppying coverage).
But don't take my word for it, check out the results: Here is this morning's routine with a dab of Koh Gen Do. I began with 2 drops of color #023 and my favorite buffing brush. Oh and of course, my morning latte.
I got to work by applying a drop on the forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. Than a swift, swirling motion with the  buffing brush to set it in place.
Here is the finish, with no other products. Just the look of clean, bare skin, seen above.
A little setting powder and blush and I'm good to go. No extra concealer or contour needed today!
If you're interested in the Koh Gen Do line you can find it at, Barney's, Nigel's Beauty Emporium, and many other, discerning boutiques. At $62.00 a tube, it's a tad pricey, but two drops in the am go a VERY, long way!
With Love,

Noa B

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