Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Color Base Yellow Review & Swatches

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Koh Gen Doh Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Yellow

I’d never really paid much attention to the brand Koh Gen Do, but over the past few months, I started to hear more about them – mostly good things about their Aqua Foundation.  Not all Sephora stores carry the line, but luckily I live near a few stores that do, so I got samples of both the Aqua Foundation and the Maifanshi Color Base in yellow, which is the product that I liked best when playing around with the products in-store.

Note: Sephora’s website says this product is “Available online and at Sephora’s NYC Meatpacking District store” – and I’m sure that’s true, but it’s also available at two stores in Los Angeles, so is probably available at more stores than that!

Koh Gen Doh Maifanshi Color Base Yellow Swatch

 The Maifanshi Yellow Color Base is a pale yellow. It easily blends to become completely invisible on my skin, which is why I didn’t photograph a fully blended swatch – you wouldn’t be able to see anything at all (though I think you will be able to see a difference in the before/after pictures below).

This is a silicone-based primer – the first ingredients after water are cyclopentasiloxane and cyclomethicone – but it doesn’t have the same thick, silicone-y texture of say, the Smashbox primer.  Instead, it’s thinner, creamier, and more emollient.

The Maifanshi color base comes in four colors; green (to tone down redness in pink-based skin tones), yellow (to tone down redness in yellow-based skin tones), lavender-pink (to correct dullness) and pearl white (to brighten and illuminate; not meant to be used all over).

The effect is subtle, but I do notice a difference. The yellow shades reduces the surface redness of my skin and also blurs pores. Because the base makes my skin looks smoother and the color more even, I can wear a sheer foundation over it and my skin looks as good as when I wear a medium coverage foundation with no primer.

Koh Gen Doh Makeup Color Base Yellow Comparison

Moisturizer only // with Koh Gen Do yellow base

Koh Gen Doh Makeup Color Base Yellow Comparison-2

Moisturizer only // with Koh Gen Do yellow base

This primer is supposed to extend wear, but I haven’t noticed much of a difference; most foundations generally last well on my skin anyway.  If silicone-based primers usually help your foundation last, I would expect that this one would help too (but of course, get a sample if you can!).  And of course, I can’t speak to oil-control.

Overall, I am really loving this primer; it does exactly what I want from a primer, which is some color correcting and a bit of pore smoothing.  I’m very happy with this purchase, and would definitely recommend this product to anyone who they same skintype I do!

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  • does it itch? i had it once with a primer, im only using the wet and wild fegie atm.

    • Nope – no itching. I’d definitely mention something like that in my review if I had that kind of problem 🙂

  • Thanks for the before/after photos, Emi! I can see the difference! I’ve heard good things about Koh Gen Do. I think my best hope of seeing the line is waiting for the brand to be available in Taiwan though 🙂

  • wow, that does make a difference! I’m loving everything i’ve tried from them so far. Ive been using the moisture foundation a ton!