Our beauty collection may be filled with the latest beauty products, luxury lipsticks, and clean beauty products but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t shop for great Japanese drugstore products whenever we get the chance to.
We’ve always made long shopping lists for them when we visit Japan (especially in April when the sakura blooms!)
But now that travelling doesn’t look to be possible in the short term, it doesn’t mean we can’t stave off that wanderlust by shopping for great Japanese beauty products online and have them ship to our homes. The best part? These high quality products we’re about to recommend are incredibly affordable – at under SGD15!
1. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
Arguably the most important item in your beauty stash, there are many options when it comes to sunblock in hot, hot Singapore.
This new water-based sunblock by Biore introduces an advanced micro defence formula – we’re talking sunscreen that evenly glides onto your skin surface without an uneven coating. With the increased reformulation of PA++++, it offers a smooth and light finish without the skin feeling sticky.
Bonus points as it also works great as a makeup primer!
The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence retails at ¥905 (~SGD11.30) and is available on Kokoro Japan Store.
2. Lululun Precious Green Face Mask
If you’ve been to Japan and lugged back beauty products, chances are that this mask was one of them. One of Japan’s best-selling masks with fans across the globe, the Lululun Precious Green Face Mask is all about rejuvenating the skin.
With premium moisturising ingredients that restore moisture within the skin barrier, the plant-derived cosmetic ingredients help strengthen skin’s immunity as well as keep the skin looking healthy and youthful.
It seems like there’s really no such thing as too much masking and this mask can be used daily to achieve its full potential!
The Lululun Precious Green Face Mask retails at ¥920 (~SGD11.50) and is available on Kokoro Japan Store.
3. Heroine Make Kiss Me Long and Curl Mascara
It’s time to bring on some serious volume and luscious curls with the Heroine Kiss Me Long and Curl Waterproof Mascara. The shape retention effect keeps the lash in place and its waterproof function preserves it from tear, sweat and water, keeping your lash looking on point all day long.
The best part? It’s perfect for Asian lashes, especially thin, sparse, and lightweight lashes while keeping it smudge-free!
The Heroine Make Kiss Me Long and Curl Mascara retails at SGD8 on Shopee.
4. Shiseido Eyelash Curler
Almost synonymous with the words ‘eyelash curler for Asians’, this bestseller perfects your eyelashes by enhancing the curls to withstand extreme conditions and give your lashes that extra volume and lift.
It’s the perfect fit for almost all eye shapes and the carefully designed elastic silicone rubber curls from the base without breaking the natural curl of your lashes. The stunning finish lasts all day long, and it does not destroy the eyelashes and eyelids. Time to rock that effortlessly curled eyelash look!
The Shiseido Eyelash Curler retails at ¥1,045 (~SGD13.10) at Kokoro Japan Store.
5. Canmake Cream Cheek
No one likes a blush product that’s just sitting on top of your skin and the Canmake Cream Cheek is designed to ensure you won’t have that problem. This cream colour melts into your skin as you blend it on smoothly, giving out a soft healthy glow to look like you’re radiating from deep within.
Simply adjust how you apply the product to get the desired intensity of colour. The Canmake Cream Cheek blush comes in various colours, and is suitable for all skin tones. It’s best applied with your fingers so you can also save on that extra blush brush!
6. Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil
Five luxurious organic oils await your skin in this deep cleansing oil. The ultimate cleansing system, it provides maximum moisture to ensure your skin feels soft and smooth after each use.
This cleansing oil contains ingredients such as oleic acid, which protects your skin from dehydration and dry patches, and Jojoba fruit extract, known for its excellent water holding capacity. You can be assured that each cleansing session will not dry out your skin.
The Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil retails at ¥1,154 (~SGD14.50) at Kokoro Japan Store.
7. DHC Lip Cream
No one likes dried and crusty lips and if you’re having issues with that, this lip product might just be your saviour at such an affordable price.
This lip cream contains olive virgin oil, aloe extract and other beneficial ingredients to give your pout that long lasting moisture. It also forms a protective film which captures moisture and gloss all day long.
Not particularly in need of a lip cream? You can also use this product on top of your lip colour for that extra glossy lip finish that’s also fragrance free!
The DHC Lip Cream retails at ¥809 (~SGD10.20) at Kokoro Japan Store.
8. Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
The Japanese equivalent of the very popular Korean essence, this lotion is almost like a treatment product and its main purpose is to deeply moisturise the skin – thanks to its high concentration of hyaluronic acid.
It also helps to minimise the appearance of volume loss in skin by infusing it with an extra shot of hydration and humectants for a temporary plumping effect for that youthful look that’s understandably highly sought after.
9. ITO Japan Facial tissue
It’s always handy to keep a stash of facial tissues on your vanity for when you make a boo-boo and need to clean up that XL winged liner you accidentally drew. This particular facial tissue is suitable for sensitive skin and has almost a silky feel to it, while remaining durable – it can even be rinsed under water and wrung out!
It’s also a fantastic alternative to paper towels, cotton pads, and other products as it significantly reduces energy and carbon emissions with its patented spun-lace non-woven technique. Good for your face and the environment? We’re loving it!
10. K-palette Waterproof Real Lasting Eyeliner
This top-rated Japanese eyeliner is famously loved for its waterproof and fast drying formula. To ensure that your eyeliner is on fleek, this product comes with a microfibre fine brush tip for that extra control and precise drawing. It’s also smudge-free and long-lasting, while being resistant to sweat, water, and oil.
Time to rock that perfect super black winged liner, despite Singapore’s heat!
The K-palette Waterproof Real Lasting Eyeliner retails at SGD11.95 on Shopee.
11. Biore Pore Strips
There are few things better than ripping a pore strip off your nose and seeing a little forest of pore junk.
Right up that alley is the famously loved Biore Pore Strips which deeply extracts your blackheads and unclogs your pores. It’s highlight has got to be it’s shape which is designed to fit into small creases to ensure every single pore is reached.
It also does not irritate the skin and leaves it soft after effectively removing blackheads. With continuous use, your pores are sure to be cleaner and less noticeable.
12. Bifesta Cleansing Water Eye Make Up Remover
Makeup removers are just as important, if not more, than the actual makeup itself. The Bifesta Cleansing Water Eye Make Up Remover removes stubborn and waterproof eye and lip makeup without disturbing the skin.
The lotion and oily emollient layer in this product helps melt away waterproof mascara and eyeliner, allowing it to easily rub off. No need to worry about it drying out your eye area as the moisturising ingredients it contains cleans while protecting the eyelashes and eyes keeping the skin moist.
The Bifesta Cleansing Water Eye Make Up Remover retails at SGD12.65 on Shopee.
13. Curel Intensive Moisture Cream
For some seriously dry skin in Singapore’s humid weather, this moisture cream is ideal with its intensely moisturising, yet airy texture. With moisturising ingredients such as eucalyptus extract which penetrates deeply into the skin, it helps protect your skin from any dryness.
The cream is smooth to touch, lightweight and easily spreadable, and is also perfect for acne-prone skin. Mild and gentle, it also promotes the production of Ceramides by your skin to improve your skin’s natural barrier function.
The Curel Intensive Moisture Cream retails at SGD13 (UP: SGD40!) on Shopee.
14. SOFINA Primavista Ange Long Keep Base
From a line that was the No.1 primer in Japan for 8 consecutive years, this new and improved product seems to be the real deal when it comes to Japanese products that make your makeup last long. It resists sweat and sebum at high temperatures and will help you maintain a shine-free foundation finish for hours.
This is due to their oil blocking formula that traps sebum to prevent it from spreading while giving your skin that long-lasting silky smooth finish that feels pleasant to the touch. The moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, and chamomile flower extract will also help the foundation adhere better to your skin all day.
The Sofina Primavista Ange Long Keep Base retails at SGD11.89 on Shopee.
15. Softymo Hyaluronic Acid Makeup Remover Sheet
For those really tired nights when you just want to remove your makeup in a fuss-free manner, you can reach out for these makeup remover sheets on your vanity that are effective, yet simple to use. Soaked in a gentle cleansing solution, these wipes effortlessly remove dirt and waterproof makeup.
No need to worry about whether it might be too harsh on your skin as these wipes feature mild cleansing ingredients derived from natural plants, making it suitable for even sensitive skin. Reviews rave about how thick and gentle the sheet is on the skin so we’re feeling quite confident about these!
The Softymo Hyaluronic Acid Makeup Remover Sheet retails at ¥856 (~SGD10.80) at Kokoro Japan Store.