[Makeup Review] Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation SPF 25 PA++

What is classic may never die.

There were tonnes of new foundation releases from the year 2016-2017. It was overwhelming to see that most bloggers and beauty YouTubers could afford to buy all of the new releases, if not being endorsed by the PR of the respective companies. Soon, your lovely foundation was outdated.

It was the year of 2014 when I saw frmheadtotoe listed this foundation as her favourite, along with the bareMinerals one. Most bloggers listed it as the higher-end foundation. Of course, that was not until the US $250 La Prairie Foundation came out. Sephora in the US retailed the foundation for a ridiculous price of $62. Therefore I was excited when I saw the foundation in Japan, retailed for JPY 4600 (US $42.13) with no taxes (if you shopped for more than JPY 5000).

One thing about shopping for cosmetic products in Japan: There’s no manufacturing date and expiry date embedded on the package. All of the cosmetic companies would usually change the products’ packaging in every 2 years, so you’ll have no worries.

Product description: Formulated with minerals from the deep waters of Bretagne and botanical emollients and extracts, this skin-conditioning foundation smoothes and covers imperfections while feeling weightless and comfortable.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diphenysiloxy Phenyltrimethicone, Mica, Hdi, Trimethyol Hexyl-Lactone Crosspolymer, Isononylisononanoate, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Diglycerin, Sorbitan Sesqullsostarate, Phytosteryl, Octyldodecyllauroyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Squalane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sea Salt, Acrylate, Polytrimethul Siloxymethacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil) Seed Oil, Nylon-12, Talc, Zirconium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Polymethysilsesquioxane, Isostearyl Sevacate, Zinc Myristate, Aluminum Dimyristate, Alumina, Butyrospermum Parkll (Shea Butter), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Disodium Stearoyl, Glutamate, Flucosyl Herperidin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Hesperidin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Kjellmaniella Gyrate Extract, Alpha-Glucan, Algae Extract, Alpinia Speciosa Leaf Extract, Glucosyl Ceramide, Hydrolyzd Conchiolin Protein, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8.

I grabbed the shade #113 since it was the darkest one available in the store. The store’s lighting was poor; I needed 15 minutes only to pick the right shade. Turned out after it has a little more of pink undertone. It’s quite alright, tho.

The packaging itself is simple and elegant. Glass foundation bottles always give you a feeling of the product being more expensive than they are. The pump that came with it was great. I could never dispense the wrong amount of product.

Product texture’s watery, as expected. Very lightweight, I might say. This is the result when I was using a Beauty Blender to apply the product:

Before. I’m using no primer.
One layer of foundation.
Two layers of foundation
Three layers of foundation.


Very nicely spread; it didn’t take me a long time to get it even. It doesn’t dry my skin, nor does it cling onto the dry patches on my nose. The coverage is very low; it will have a finish that is just like your natural skin, with all of the redness and pores blurred out. Personally, I’m all about low coverage right now. Nevertheless, its build-ability is top-notch. You can build 3 layers to gain the medium to high coverage look, while still looking like you’re only applying one layer of medium to high coverage foundation. Unfortunately, you’ll waste a lot of product if you’re gonna do that.

The finish is semi-dewy, I might say. You’ll notice an amount of small glitters on your hands after you spread the product. Although, the oil control is pretty great (yes, my face would become oily if I applied sunscreen lotion beforehand). It’s so lightweight I do not feel as if I’m wearing any foundations at all. After a while I notice that it gets more evenly sit on the skin. However, it faded away after 6-7 hours of usage, even after setting it with my RCMA powder.


Final Verdict:

Score: 4/5

Price: JPY 4600 (US $42.13)


  • Semi-dewy finish (not great for some people, I guess?), thus natural.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Build-able coverage.
  • Great pump.


  • Low coverage, thus more product needs to be used.
  • Not great longevity.


Thank you for reading my post. Have a great day! 🙂

Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored by the product’s company nor by the shop that I bought it from. Any writings are solely based on my honest opinion. I do not hold responsibility for those who have different opinions about this product. All of the photos were taken by me using Nikon D5500 and iPhone 5S. Please credit me (harevaden.wordpress.com) and inform me through grace.then@hotmail.com if you want to use my photos. Colour results might differ from the real shade due to photography lighting and editing process.

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