Hey guys, I’m so excited to share with you my latest haul, from the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan!! I didn’t go myself (I wish!) but a friend of mine was visiting Japan and offered to pick up a few things for me, how fortunate, right?!
Granted, I was *supposed* to be on a no-buy, but it’s not every day I can ask a friend to walk into a shop in Japan and pick up some things for me. I gave him a budget of around 5000 Yen (~$53 USD) and a few specifications. I didn’t feel too picky because no matter what he bought I was sure I’d like it (if not, I could trade it). I was not disappointed!
One thing to note with Japanese brand makeup and nail polish is that a lot of the products are MUCH smaller size/amount than what you may be used to. In a way, I like this model better, because I rarely hit pan with my makeup, and if you have so much left when it goes bad it feels truly wasteful to throw it out. Also, every time a new product line or color comes out I always want to try them, so if portions were smaller I’d waste less and I’d get to try more stuff.
See what I got:
1. Kanebo Kate white nail polish (WT-5) 5ml 400¥
2. Majolica Majorca Speedy and Glossy lilac nail polish (Vl311) 4.5ml 380¥
3. Majolica Majorca Speedy and Glossy light chartreuse (GR714) 4.5ml 380¥
4. Majolica Majorca Honey Pump Gloss Neo (PK247) 6.5g 480¥
5. Kanebo Kate Concealing Color Powder Foundation for Cover (color unknown) FREE
6. Kanebo Kate Goldish Eyes (PK-1) 3.5g 1600¥
7. Kanebo Kate Cheek Color (PK-1) 2.7g 1300¥
8. Kanebo Kate Cheek Color (OR-1) 2.7g 1300¥
9. K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h 1 Day Tattoo Super Black (SB101) ~1200¥
10. Rohto Lycee eyedrop (non-contacts formula) 8ml (not sure price, avg seems to be ~700¥)
11. Sentimental Circus tissues FREE
The first thing you may notice other than how cute their packaging is in general (#11 how cute!!), is that my friend bought a lot more than 5000¥ worth of products. I think some of the products may have been on sale or buy 1 get 1, but still a great selection of makeup, don’t you think?
Based on how light these colors are, I thought they’d have low payoff.
In fact, a little goes a long way and the color really shows up!
I wasn’t sure I’d like them but I love these Kate blushes!
A lot of things go wrong with my eyes because of Lyme Disease.
I’ve had 3 facial paralyses (*Yikes*) and so my eyes don’t make moisture too well now.
Western eyedrops are ugly and medical looking,
but what a mood boost to use eye drops that are so pretty!
The pink is a natural color from the B vitamins and not a dye (;
New cute lilac from my beloved Speedy and Glossy line by Majolica Majorca.
If you guys remember my birthday nails were a teal jelly from this line,
but this one is more of a cream.
(read here to see MM’s teal jelly compared to the skinfood nail vita bl514).
It’s very easy to use, smooth like satin.
Great color payoff and perfect for spring (if it ever gets here!)
This green was impossible to photograph,
it’s a lovely and cute spring chartreuse and in the pics I took it looks too mossy.
Photo courtesy of Polish Police because she took a better photo than me.
I think the true color is actually a bit lighter than this photo though.
Check her blog out for more swatch photos
I’ve played with the Kate palette a little, and the gold and pink are a light wash of color
while the white and brown are more pigmented.
You can layer the pink and gold on top of other colors
and you can wear them alone for a subtle look. So far enjoying this palette.
As for the cover powder concealer I haven’t tried it much,
but it has a very nice finish upon swatching.
This was one of my MUST HAVES, and my friend luckily was able to find it despite knowing no Japanese and having no experience with beauty products at all.
SO MUCH SQUEE.
You guys, so far I am NOT disappointed: it glides on easily, easy to control, looks very pretty! Because my hands are weak and disordered eyeliner is hard for me but now I can do it. I will keep buying these pen-type eyeliners and recommend them to people with neurological problems, arthritis, or weakness like I have or even if you can’t draw and just want a convenient eyeliner ^_^.
This one is the saddest, I haven’t opened or swatched her even. Poor thing. Mostly waiting because I have too much lip goo right now, and I want to wait until I run out of something before opening so it has a longer shelf life.
That’s my haul! First time ever getting a lot of makeup from Japan like this, and for some of the products it’s the first I’ve tried of Japanese brands ^_^ I read a lot about them but it’s so much better having them in person to use and try different looks.
I know a lot of people won’t love Japanese brands even if the quality and colors are great because most products are such a small size. What about you? Do you think big sizes are good or are small better in some ways?
And a fun question for everyone:
If makeup generally came in smaller sizes would you still want to buy it (even if it were priced the same)?