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15 Must-Buy Beauty Products If You're Heading to Japan Anytime Soon

Add these J-beauty products to your shopping list, stat!
15 Must-Buy Beauty Products If You're Heading to Japan Anytime Soon
IMAGE Cezanne, Cle de Peau, DHC, Kate
Add these J-beauty products to your shopping list, stat!

In case you're heading to Japan for your next holiday destination, make sure to explore their drugstore aisles and department stores for some must-have Japanese skincare and makeup products. To give you an idea on what to expect, semi-matte skin and bold eyes are the trend in Japan. Hence, they have everything from long-lasting eyeliners, volumizing mascaras, clear face powders, to oil-controlling skincare. There's more where that came from, of course—ahead, we list the 15 J-beauty products you should include on your shopping list:

10 Best Beauty Products to Buy in Japan

1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

This one-step Japanese oil cleanser melts away makeup (yes, even waterproof mascara!) and dissolves grime, leaving your skin clean, soft, and radiant. Enriched with antioxidants such as organic oil, rosemary leaf oil, and vitamin E, this product maintains the skin’s moisture barrier and protects skin from free radicals.

PHOTO BY DHC
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2. Kosé Sekkisei Emulsion Excellent

This lightweight and hydrating emulsion provides the ultimate glow while protecting skin from premature signs of aging. It also has brightening ingredients that lightens age spots and scars.

PHOTO BY Kose

3. Rohto Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence

While Rohto is known for their eye drops, they also have this essence that treats acne scars, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation with its vitamins C and E derivatives. This also has Dipotassium Glycyrrhizte and Thymol that reduces redness and kills acne-causing bacteria.

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PHOTO BY Rohto

4. Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Wash

This facial cleanser comes in a powder form that contains two different enzymes and amino acid cleansing ingredients. The powder wash will exfoliate your skin by removing keratin plugs and residue in pores, revealing smoother skin.

PHOTO BY Kanebo
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5. Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof

This ultra long-lasting mascara adds curl and length to lashes. Its superb waterproof formula delivers up to 10 hours of wear, but is easily dissolved with makeup cleansing oil or makeup remover. It boasts of polymer fibers that lengthen strands up to 120% to achieve doll-like lashes!

PHOTO BY Heroine make
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6. Clé de Peau Beauté Beaute Concealer SPF 25

Despite the French-sounding name, this cult-favorite concealer actually originated from Japan. It's known for its high coverage and additonal SPF to provide sun protection throughout the day. This also has its brand’s signature skincare ingredient called Illuminating Complex EX that helps diminish the appearance of dry skin. Lastly, it uses chestnut rosa fruit extract and green tea extract to prevent oxidation.

PHOTO BY Cle de Peau
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7. Dolly Wink Koji Liquid Eyeliner

This long-lasting eyeliner, produced by Japan's top model Taubasa Masuwaka, is one of the favorite beauty purchases in Japan. Its deep black color makes your liner's strokes appear more opaque, giving the eyes more defined effect.

PHOTO BY Dolly Wink

8. Shiseido Spots Cover Foundation

Shiseido Spots Cover Foundation has a soft, creamy texture that is recommendable for those who want a skin-like finish, but it has a high coverage formulation to cover stubborn acne scars. Their darker shades can be used as a cream contour, while the lighter shades can be used as a highlighter, too. 

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PHOTO BY Shiseido

9. Kate Tokyo Designing Eyebrow 3D

Kate Tokyo’s Designing Eyebrow 3D is a powder palette that creates the impression of deep-set eyes. With its versatile trio of colors, they can be used to fill in your brows or give a subtle definition when contouring the sides of the nose. 

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PHOTO BY Kate

10. Kosé Make Keep Mist

Whether you sweat or cry, Kosé Make Keep Mist is a face mist that will seal in your makeup—simply spray it on to set your look. Rest assured that your best face will stay on all-day long!

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PHOTO BY Kose

11. Shiseido MAQuillAGE Liquid Rouge Lip Gloss

MAQuillAGE Liquid Rogue Lip Gloss is delivered by Japan Original Shiseido. This tint-type rouge with its water-based three-layer separation technology gives you a nice shade similar to your natural lip color while giving your puckers a long-lasting luster.

PHOTO BY Shiseido
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12. Cezanne UV Clear Face Powder

This sheer face powder gives a natural matte look that lasts for eight hours, sans retouch. What's more, this product does not cling on to any dry spots nor will it turn patchy on oily skin. With added SPF, it also protects your skin from sun damage while mattifying it—go shine-free all day!

PHOTO BY Cezanne
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13. Rohto Mentholatum Melty Cream Lip Balm

This metholated lip balm by Rohto gently melts onto your lips with the help of your own body heat, providing moisture on your puckers all day long. It has moist bank technology that reacts with moisture in the air to protect your lips from dehydration.

PHOTO BY Rohto
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14. Daiso False Eyelashes by Miche Bloomin

The Miche Bloomin collaboration with Daiso has false eyelashes that are soft and are less likely to hurt even wearing them for a long period of time. These lashes are designed to look natural, while giving a light, soft, and feathery look.

PHOTO BY Daiso
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15. Ettusais Oil Block Base Spot Primer

This non-comedogenic and spot makeup primer goes on lightly with its own brush applicator. It covers pores and unwanted shine in the T-zone and other oily areas. It delivers a matte and translucent veil, which can cover large pores, while controlling excess sebum production.

PHOTO BY Ettusais
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