Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Review

Back when I first dipped my toes into the beauty community years ago, Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Foundation featured heavily in Beauty Gurus favourites lists.  It has been a product that I have always wanted to try, however, being bombarded with new makeup releases weekly, made this little gem fall slowly by the wayside and forgotten about. Fast forward to now, and I was lucky enough to be gifted a generous parcel of KGD goodies; Finally, the coveted Aqua Foundation made it into my hot little hands. Being reformulated and highly raved about, I was really excited to see if this cult classic lived up to its reputation.

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation REVIEW

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 our 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.

Key Points

  • The mineral formulation is kind on skin
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Sheer to medium coverage
  • Dewy finish
  • Contains Jojoba Oil, Squalane and Shea Butter
  • Cruelty-free
  • Available in 10 shades
  • $70 for 30ml

Packaging and Formula

Koh Gen Do are known for their bold pops of statement red across their entire range. The Aqua Foundation doesn’t disappoint. Housed in a chic skinny glass bottle with a red bottom, this foundation is bang on brand. The product is delivered through a practical and super hygienic pump.  The formula is light and quite similar to a serum. Not watery, nor is it thick, just a lightweight easy to spread consistency.

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation REVIEW

How Does Aqua Foundation Apply?

Aqua Foundation applied well via all methods (brush, sponge, and fingers). However, my preferred application, as with most foundations at the moment, is by applying it with my fingers. The warmth combined with the precision allows the formula to sink into the skin creating a seamless and flawless natural-looking application.  The coverage is really quite sheer at first but is so easily built up to a medium finish without any caking or patchiness. The foundation acts as a second skin and looks just beautiful, natural and fresh. It doesn’t sink into lines but instead gives my skin this soft-focus like finish that blurs out imperfections while still highlighting the best features of my face. Unlike many dewy foundations, it isn’t tacky nor does it transfer.

How Does Aqua Foundation Perform?

When words like luminous, dewy and radiant are used to describe a foundation, I get a little nervous.  While they usually look good initially,  these foundations can tend to get into hot mess territory pretty quickly, but not Aqua Foundation. Despite having oily skin, this foundation sits beautifully all day long. It gives me the radiance that I so desire, without breaking up, melting off or making me look like a shiny beast. Aqua Foundation lasts easily through a long work day, and beyond. The longest I managed was about 10 hours, and it still looked fresh. The pigment didn’t separate or collect in areas of my face. When I wear this, I often catch myself in the mirror really impressed with my reflection, and that doesn’t happen much at all. This foundation makes me feel really good about myself.

Final Verdict

This foundation is utterly beautiful. I am obsessed. There is just something so magical in the way it blurs out any pores, wrinkles or blemishes. It’s feather-light, ridiculously natural looking while giving me the most beautiful youthful radiance. A foundation that truly makes me feel good and gives me confidence is worth its weight in gold. This is everything I want in a foundation and more. While I might reach for something a little heavier on special occasions, Aqua Foundation is right up there with my favourite foundations of all time. Could it be a contender for wedding makeup? Most definitely.

A little while ago, I bought the Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation expecting results similar to this. Unfortunately, it did not work for me at all. But Koh Gen Do has filled that foundation sized hole in my life and I couldn’t be happier or more impressed.

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation REVIEW

Do You Need It?

If you’re a fan of looking lit-from-with, youthful, healthy and fresh, then yes. yes, you do. No questions about it.

You can buy the Koh Gen Do range from Adorebeauty and Beautylish. Is the Aqua Foundation on your wishlist?

Chat soon,

Camille x


*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation REVIEW


  1. May 29, 2019 / 11:05 am

    Wow, that foundation is gorgeous! I see why it gets so many great reviews!

    • onabeautybender
      May 29, 2019 / 11:18 am

      It has blown my mind. So gorgeous x

  2. Luisa
    May 29, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I am still so sad that the Armani didn’t work for you but ecstatic with this review! It sounds superb, one is LOVE to try because it’s exactly the coverage and finish I chase. I can’t do full coverage it’s too heavy for me but finding a skin like dewy youthful foundation that hangs around without breaking down is not easy.. I’ve never heard of this brand and so interested to find out more . Thankyou another great review

    Lu xx

    • onabeautybender
      May 31, 2019 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks Lu. I think you’d like this one – very glowy. x

  3. June 2, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    This is such a blast from the past! I haven’t heard anyone talk about this in ages!

    Emily: emmiesbeautylife.com

    • onabeautybender
      June 3, 2019 / 8:01 pm

      Oldie but definitely a goodie.

  4. Angela Sch
    June 8, 2019 / 12:06 am

    Sounds amazing and love that it worked on your oily skin. I’d really like to splurge on this one.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    • onabeautybender
      June 12, 2019 / 4:19 am

      I was so sure it wouldn’t. Very surprising x

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