Japan is a makeup paradise. Buying cosmetics was something I was really looking forward to. Even before flying I made a pit stop to DFS Changi to get just one item which was the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Mist. I have been dying to try it out.
On the second day of being in Shinjuku, I made my boys hunt for Isetan. Isetan has all the big Japanese brands, namely, Suqqu, Addiction, Three and Laduree that we can't find in Singapore. I told myself that since I was in Japan I will only get Japanese brands. I skipped Laduree and Jill Stuart (which can be found at Takashimaya) because they were too princessy for my liking.
At Three, I only wanted the Flash Performance Eyeliner pencils. I have to be honest, I bought No. 08 Eye On before and didn't like it because it smudged on me. Don't ask me why I bought it again, I can't explain it myself. (Hides in a corner in shame.) My fingers happened to wander over to the eye palettes and I fell in love with 09 Star Guitar. I could not resist that plummy shade.
This was my haul at Addiction on my first trip to Isetan. This loot subsequently grew to include another two palettes when I visited setan for the second time. Two of these palettes are gifts for friends.
The final damage!
On the second last day, I had the day to myself while my boys did boy stuff. I took a leisurely stroll to Isetan yet again. The first trip was harried with two impatient boys bored out of their minds. This time around I could explored the whole store in peace. My impression is that the Japanese ladies are much more into cosmetics than the ladies here. On the two days I was at the beauty floor, I saw many ladies crowding around the various beauty counters. This was on weekdays in the mornings. I even had to take a queue number to be served at the Three counter. Usually in Singapore, the counters are deathly quiet.
Anyway I found the Jo Malone counter and indulged in two of the Intense Colognes. At Suqqu, I was colour matched for the Frame Fix Cream Foundation N.
There was a drugstore cosmetics everywhere. I was lucky to happen upon Matsumoto Kiyoshi on my way back to my hotel on my solo shopping trip. I popped in for a look. Three floors of Japanese skincare and cosmetics. Mind boggling. I also picked up stuff from Tokyu Hands and The Loft while I was at Sapporo. Here is my collective haul.
You know what, at the airport I had a few extra yen to spend and "cough cough" I bought more stuff.
My mission to completely burn my wallet was a success. Okay no more buying, I need to stop, seriously. My one regret, not being able to visit a Hakuhodo store.
Detailed reviews coming soon.