Koh Gen Do is a boutique-y cosmetics brand, unique, and very upscale.
Koh Gen Do cosmetics were recently introduced to Barneys in New York & Los Angeles and on the Barneys Web Site Many of the items feature “Maifan,” a mineral rock used in Chinese medicine to treat various skin diseases. It is produced in the valley streams of porphyritic pea gravel, called Maifanshi in ancient China (because their appearance looked like a brown, rice ball). I tried three of their excellent products:
A good foundation is a must-have for flawless makeup. Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation is a fashionista’s choice. It’s a Paraben-Free Moisture Foundation made for 3D (that’s High Definition). If you want to be really ready for your close up(s) these days, you need something that is lightweight but covers flaws without clogging pores.
You also don’t want to look like you have applied a surreal, opaque mask. And, it has to be gentle and good for your skin. If that sounds like a tall order, you’ll be extremely pleased with Koh Gen Doh’s lightweight cream in a tube (so it’s good for travel at 0.71 fl. Oz). The foundation comes in a dozen colors, in three tones ( ivory pink/ochre and dark).
The lightest colors are very very light, but you can blend the product down into a sheer formula. If you flub the exact color you need, you can still get a natural look, even if you’re off a tone or two. I tried 012. and 013. As you can see from the color chart, 013 looks pretty deep, but it wasn’t (and I have fairly fair, skin). O12 looked like the type of ivory I’d normally wear, and it was too light.
Scrutinize the color chart or even better, go into Barneys if you can get there, and try the foundations on your own skin. The foundation formula is exceptional. It is a mineral makeup cream foundation that turns into liquid foundation when applied, with 60% water encapsulated into the formula to give you the superior coverage of a cream foundation and a smooth, sheer finish like a liquid foundation.
One of the things I really like is that although it blends, beautifully, there is not too much silicone in it to clog pores. The minerals also help reflect light so it appears that your skin is more flawless than it really is (no one’s skin is naturally flawless). You also don’t need that much of the product, (and at $55.00 for 0.71 fl. oz. KohGenDo Maifanshi Moisture Foundation is expensive).
Another plus is that the foundations’ 100% minerals are used in the 4 colors of red, yellow, black and white (the undertones) . You may be going out to greet the day, and not under the lights of a studio and high definition cameras, but the formula will stand up to heat and humidity without feeling at all heavy, and that’s a real plus if you are busy all day long and can’t stop to touch up. Finally skin nourishing ingredients such as jojoba, Shea and olive oils keep skin hydrated. This may be a pricey product, but I love it–Koh Gen Do really performs, on all levels.
Lovely Lip Balms
My lips are constantly chapped, so I like to use a product that is a balm, as well as a beautifier. Koh Gen Doh’s Maifanshi Lip Gloss $21.00 is a beautifying treatment that soothe lips and comes in five, subtle shades that help neutralize redness from chapped lips and turn them back into a healthy pink.
I tried two of the five: The Clear is a juicy clear, and the Blush Pink adds just the merest hint of tint with tons of shine. The slant-tip squeeze tube only holds 0.25 fl. oz, but the formula is so hydrating (and on the thick side) that you may not have to apply it so often. You’ll see: a little will go a long way.
Shea butter, jojoba seed oil, olive squalane, perilla ocymoides seed oil, yogurt extract, and honey, soothe, heal, hydrate, condition, soften and balance. That’s a lot for a little product to do, and this lip gloss does it all very well. My only complaint, (if you can call it that) is that I’m used to slippery glosses. They feel luxurious, but they may not stay on your lips for long. This one is thick and sticks around.
Once you put makeup on, there’s also a time when you have to take it off. The Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water is a mineral-rich liquid makeup remover that, at $35.00 for 10,5 fl. oz, may seem a bit pricey. However, it does more for your skin than just remove stubborn makeup (even waterproof products).
If you come home late at night and don’t feel like washing your face (although you always, should), all you need to do is saturate a cotton pad with this product and you don’t have to wash or rinse it off. It’s the ultimate cleanser for people who just can’t face the sink and mirror after midnight. The product doesn’t have any scent, and it feels light and cooling, not stringent or greasy.
The clear liquid cleanser in a flip-top plastic bottle, comes from the Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan. White Birch Sap, harvested only three weeks in early Spring, contributes an abundance of minerals. This, plus xylitol, nourishes as it lifts off makeup, oils and residue. No washing or rinsing required! That by itself should get your attention, but what really got mine is that is is an oil-free, alcohol-free formula that is safe for contact lens wearers.
This cleanser didn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, like a lot of makeup remover do. The product is infused with six essential herbs to protect and nurture skin: extracts of rosemary Leaf. Sage Leaf, Lavender, Artemisia Princeps Leaf , Perilla Ocymoides Leaf, and Ginger Root.
There’s no rubbing, no scrubbing. How can you not want to have this? It is the ultimate little indulgence, and a must-have if you are a late night party animal. Great for vacation too, especially if you are wearing makeup with no real way to thoroughly cleanse your skin (e.g. on safari or closer to home, on a camping trip). Koh Gen Do’s Cleansing Spa Water will feel like a necessity.