Japan Haul

May 22, 2013

I am finally getting around to doing my Japan haul! I was in Japan for two weeks, and I was planning on buying a few Japanese makeup products while I was there, but to be honest Japanese stores can be a little hectic and confusing so I mainly just stuck to high end brands that were in department stores. Makeup in Japan isn't as cheap as the US, but it is definitely a lot cheaper than in Australia.

I also did a haul video, which I will instert at the end of this post.

The first things I picked up were from Shu Uemura, which is the only Japanese brand I bought. I bought the Skin Purifer Cleansing Oil in the 450ml bottle. I am coming to the end of the current Shu Uemura Fresh (pink bottle) Cleansing Oil that I am using at the moment, and I was really happy to buy this in Japan because it cost around $75, which is $30 cheaper than in Australia, and if I had to pay $105 to replace my current bottle then I probably would have put it off for quite some time. I decided to try the Purifier version instead of getting the Fresh one, because I initially bought the Fresh version (which is for oily blemish prone skin) because I was worried that my oily combination skin won't respond well to a heavier cleansing oil... now that I know that my skin is fine with it, I decided to go for the original Purifier version. A large bottle of this oil will last me around a year.

I also decided to pick up a Shu Uemura eyelash curler, as these are raved about by people like Lisa Eldridge. These cost $40 in Australia but this cost around $12-$13 in Japan. I haven't used this yet, but I will probably review it some time soon. The people at the Shu Uemura counter also threw in a little sample pack of four cleansing oils. It's actually quite fun sampling each different oil.

I picked up two Revlon mini nail polishes while the boyfriend was buying mouthwash at a pharmacy. These cost $7 each and I got the shades 430 Whimsical and 77 Heavenly. Both these shades are not available in Australia so I was excited to try them. I am currently wearing Whimsical and to be perfectly honest, I find that it is too sheer. I am wearing 4 layers of it and it's not super impressive. I will have to do reviews of these polishes soon.

MUFE Aqua Brow, BB Lilac Sparkle Eye Shadow, NARS Luster, Albatross and Mekong

While I was in Tokyo I saw a Make Up For Ever stand in a department store. I have never ever seen MUFE in any store so I was pretty happy swatching and trying each product. I ultimately only bought one thing, mainly because I didn't want to blow my budget in the first week of my holiday, but I ended up getting the Aqua Brow in the shade 25. This is a product that has been on my shopping list for ages because I love brow products and this is quite a unique product... and its also waterproof! I will definitely review this when I have worn it more. This cost $30.

Whenever I was in a department store and I saw a Bobbi Brown counter, I had to swatch the Lilac Sparkle Eye Shadow from the Spring Lilac Rose collection. This is not an eyeshadow that I would normally buy, but it was so pretty and I kept thinking about it after I left the store, so I ended up going back and getting it. It cost $32, but costs $44 in Australia.

Lastly I went to NARS with the intention of buying a blush. I had a short list of a few blushes but decided in store to get the Blush in Luster, mainly because I don't have any peachy blush shades in my collection. I also decided to get the Highlighting Blush in Albatross because I was looking up NARS reviews and a lot of people were saying that if you were to get one cheek product by NARS, it should be Albatross. Each of these cost $30, instead of $45 which is what they cost in Australia.

I wasn't planning on getting an eyeshadow, but while I was swatching the blushes, I was fell in love with the eye shadow in Mekong! It is so pigmented and beautiful and you can always use a warm shimmery brown in your collection! Eyeshadows normally cost $39 in Australia, but this cost $25 in Japan.

Here is my haul video!

So that's all the makeup I bought, I really wish I bought more NARS products since each product is only $1 more than what they charge in the US! Ah well, I will save up more money for next time I visit Japan!


  1. Lovely haul - I'm very jealous! I also picked up the Shu Eyelash curlers whilst I was in Hong Kong for about the same price - they are so overpriced in Aus! It's a shame Whismical is so sheer, though I suppose if you layered it over another light blue polish it would turn out better :)

  2. amazing haul, you got a lot of interesting stuff here, especially the Shu Uemura cleansing oil...

  3. Great haul! I love Japan
    Love Shu Uemura and you not be disappointed with the cleansing oil and it lasts for ages!

  4. Great haul. I also picked up my Shu eyelash curler in Japan, so cheap there!! I never got any of the oils at the time, but wish I had!

  5. Great haul! The items you got look lovely :)
    I think anywhere is cheaper than Australia -.-

  6. Oh wow that was an awesome haul. Must say, even though that make up looks amazing, I'm jealous that you got a Chip the tea cup and Al!!
    What was your favourite part of Japan and where did you stay?
    So jealous that you got to go to Japan!!!
    Paris x

    1. I didnt have a favourite part, but we went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. I'll have to go again next year!

  7. Ohh great haul! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Japan soon, so I can't wait to pick up some of those goodies! xx

  8. I have the high performance one as well and I absolutely love it! It's a shame it's so expensive here though.
    x Court

    1. I will have to try it next time!

  9. Lovely products, especially the Revlon polishes :)

  10. Love your haul! I would have though Japan would be a bit expensive so I'm surprised they're cheaper than Australia. And I lovee the Shu Uemura eyelash curler!


    1. Japan are expensive with clothing and everything else :P I was surprised to see that makeup was cheaper too!

  11. Ah, amazing purchases! Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil is a staple in my routine- great that you got it for such a good price! And those Revlon polishes look incredibly pretty! xo


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