Truth be told. Blogging expanded my makeup arsenal, to include products that garnered rave reviews overseas. Koh Gen Do, as most of you makeup aficionados know, is a high-end Japanese skincare and makeup line. I purchased few items when it was featured on Hautelook {invite link} a month or two ago. Love or leave? read on.

I was excited to try this blush from the Fresh Face collection (regular retail price $41, 0.10 oz/ 3g). Available in three shades, I picked up 101 Coral Pink.


Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Dimethicone, Zlnc Laurate, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Magnesium Myristate, Tocopherol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dlmethicone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Trimethylsiloxysilicate,Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Methicone, Ultramarines, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

What it is: A blush that uses natural ingredients. It has emollient oils that provide long-lasting moisturization to the skin. The disc-shape powder adheres itself to the skin while the round powder smoothes the face.

Much as I like loose mineral powders because they claim to be more natural, I am not a fan of messy fallouts. I know you OCD people can relate. So when I saw how cute and clever the packaging was, I thought this would solve my whole ordeal. Another triviality, what more can I say, hahaha!

While I like the subtle coral pink this blush gives, I am disappointed with the “novelty” of the packaging. It won’t even dispense the powder without me tapping it with all might and power! It’s too much work for moi! So I tried applying it in two ways:

(1) Tapping it on my wrist, then pick up some powder with a blush brush. It hardly picks up anything! Fail # 1

(2) Directly tapping onto my cheeks. Ouch, I don’t want bruised cheeks! Again, it won’t dispense unless I tap hard. Fail # 2

I also found it unsanitary to be directly using the puff to apply and blend the powder. I should’ve thought about this even before making a purchase (Geez, common sense where art thou when I needed you the most?!!) Also, because of the vigorous puff tapping and cheek-blending, it sort of erases my foundation. Packaging malfunction? Your guess is as good as mine.

So I’ll keep it short but not sweet, I am not impressed with this blush. Will it stop me from exploring the brand more? No. One bad egg does not spoil the fun that is makeup. In fact, I have another Koh Gen Do review coming up soon so stay tuned for that.


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