If you love beauty products, Japan is one of those shopping havens and Matsumoto Kiyoshi is one of the best places to shop at. It is a drugstore that can be found in many places in Japan and stocks major Japanese brands like DHC, Kanebo, Kose and so on. Tip – shop at the outlet in Shibuya, just opposite of the station at the Hachiko exit, they provide a tax-free service. Just remember to bring your passport with you.
Japan is lash haven, and you’ll be able to find all kinds of lashes and all kinds of price points, their skincare is really good too and more affordable than buying out of Japan. However, I was really good this time round and mostly only bought stuff that I needed to replenish.
My main aim was to stock up on the K-Palette 24-Hour Tattoo liquid eyeliners in Super Black. I love this stuff and it’s one of the best liquid liners I’ve ever used. It stays on my oily eyelids without priming and doesn’t smudge nor wear off, even through exercise sessions. I can find it in Singapore, but it’s definitely cheaper in Japan, so I bought 3.
The last time I was in Japan, I bought the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (way cheaper than in Singapore) and liked it. While I don’t feel like it does anything really fantastic, it does remove my makeup pretty well and it doesn’t break me out, but I refuse to pay the price for it in Singapore. So when I saw this limited edition Disney princess version with 2 of my favourite princesses, Ariel and Belle, I couldn’t resist. So freaking cute!
Also for replenishing was the Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder, which is a really good cleanser, my skin feels really clean but without that tight feeling. But mainly, I like it for travelling, because it means that I can dump a couple of pods into my bag and not bother about leakages and bulky cleansers.
What was new to me were the K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Essence in Shadowliner (I know, what a name right?). It’s a eyeliner on 1 end and a shadow on the other. I figured if I hated the shadow, I can at least use the liner, since I already know I love the tattoo liners. But it turns out that the shadow, which I got in brown, is really pretty. It’s a medium brown with multi-coloured flecks and swatches really nice and buttery. Edit: I tried this on today and I lurve it! It’s easy to blend and it stays on my eyelids without turning into a blotchy mess at the end of the day. Something that happens with a lot of eyeshadows even with primer on.
I got the Rimmel Speedy Finish nail polishes because I needed them and we can’t get Rimmel in Singapore anymore. Loved the dark blue in 905, hate hate the baby blue in 906. It frustrates me when 2 nail polishes in the same line can perform so drastically differently. The dark blue went on smoothly but the baby blue was streaky and it was still visibly streaky after 3 coats. Removed it after a day because I couldn’t stand it anymore.
So that was my beauty shopping in Tokyo this time round, not a lot at all and all things which I’ll actually use (with the exception of that dratted Rimmel polish) *pat myself on the back*