Love or Leave? Koh Gen Do Fresh Face 101 Coral Pink Blush (Review)

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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