This is caused by a couple of things. 1) Japanese products are made for Asian skin types. A great majority of Japanese skincare products are designed to whiten the skin (big thing for Asian girls). No everyone needs that. 2) Japanese cosmetics can get pretty expensive. 3) The description is often only available in Japanese so you don’t always know what you’re buying. On the plus side, Japanese products are usually of very high quality and many of their drugstore brands match or exceed the quality of our high end products.
We all know and love Shiseido. It’s an amazing high end brand with great skincare and equally fantastic makeup range. But did you know that in Japan Shiseido has a drugstore makeup line? It’s called Integrate. I used many of their products and was never disappointed.
Above are two eye shadow quads. I don’t know if those shades have names as the description is only in Japanese. They come in a plastic box with a paint-by-numbers-like instructions on where to apply each of the colours. They are pigmented and really long-lasting! I often don’t even use a primer with these shadows. The colours in each quad complement each other well and look quite striking on the eyelid. The only negative comment I have is that the white in both quads is a bit too powdery.
If you’re travelling to Japan and want to pick up something from their drugstores I would highly recommend these eye shadows. I had them for 2 years now and they are one of my favourites. It’s a Shiseido quality for less than £7!
Friday: Made in Japan Week. Introducing Vise
Monday: Simple Christmas Mani