Japan is world-wide known for the quality of its beauty products. Not only high branded products in department stores here are amazing, but you can also find good ones in your average drug store or convenience store. Luckily, I have been privileged enough to be living in Japan and to try all their incredible beauty and make-up products that you can find in Tokyo. I use these everyday for the past year and my skin has not been happier! Here are the top five Japanese beauty products that I recommend you try:
1. Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation
This is my go to foundation every day, month and season of the year. Disappointed with alternative foundations from much more expensive brands, I decided to give Shiseido foundation a try and I was amazed by the texture. Not too creamy, yet not too thick, this product is easy to blend. It lasts the whole day and it does not make your skin look oily even during summer time.
The best part of this product is that it comes in a variety of skin tones, unlike other Japanese products.
One common drawback of Japanese products that no one told you about is that most of them are only available for light skin tones, which can be a problem if your skin has a darker tone and you are shopping for make up here.
Shiseido Synchro Skin is perfect to use any time, it has an easy to blend texture and it keeps your skin looking bright and fresh for the whole day.
WHERE TO FIND: You can generally find it in any department store that sells Shiseido products especially in areas such as Shibuya, Ginza or Shinjuku). If you’re in a rush, you can also order it online.
PRICE: Around ¥5,400 JPY
2. Biore Makeup Remover Cleansing Gel Easily Wash Away
With eyelash extensions it’s harder to remove my eye makeup. After many searches I found the right product, the Biore Makeup Remover Cleansing Gel. You will be surprised at how easily it washes away. Your skin is also becomes smooth after using this beauty product. So if you are an eyelash extension fan looking for a good makeup remover that’s gentle with your eyes, Biore Makeup Remover Cleansing Gel should be your choice.
WHERE TO FIND: You can find it in beauty stores and Don Quijote stores.
PRICE: Around ¥1,400 JPY
3. Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Wipes
I am a big fan of these make up removal wipes because of two main reasons: a) they can be found anywhere and b) they are effective even with the most stubborn waterproof products. This beauty product is perfect, especially if you are in a rush and you’re looking for something to quickly remove your makeup. These magical wipes will do the work instantly, leaving you with your skin moisturised as well.
WHERE TO FIND: You can generally find it any convenience store or drugstore.
PRICE: Around ¥700 JPY
4. Kao Sofina Lift Professional Beauty Serum
Want to look always young? The Sofina anti wrinkle serum from Kao is great in improving elasticity of your skin and for reducing wrinkles…and it has a nice scent! To see results, however, you need to use it constantly and to apply it twice per day, once in the morning and once before bed. Once you apply it, you need to massage your face while insisting on the wrinkled parts. To do my job easier, I apply two pumps of Sofina Lift cream on my face for each use and I massage it with the help of my Braun FaceSpa Pro, which has a special micro-vibration metal tonic head for a deeper application of creams and serum. If you want to keep your skin young, this magical serum from Kao is a must!
WHERE TO FIND: You can find it in beauty stores and drugstores.
PRICE: The serum costs around ¥5,500 JPY; the FaceSpa Pro can be bought online and it costs around ¥11,000 JPY
5. Lunasol Under Eye Concealer
This concealer is indispensable to my daily makeup. Its watery texture makes it easy for the skin to absorb it and gives a natural finish to your look. I really like how well it covers the dark circles under your eyes while keeping the area hydrated. Searching for a good concealer for the bags under your eyes (trust me, we all have the same issue here) ? Looking for the perfect finishing touch for your makeup? This Lunasol concealer will make you happy.
WHERE TO FIND: You can generally find it in any department store that sells Lunasol products especially in areas such as Shibuya, Ginza or Shinjuku). If you’re in a rush, you can also order it online.
PRICE: Around ¥2,600 JPY