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5 Must-Buy Cheap Cosmetics Brands in Japan

By Yae Aug 8, 2017

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What cosmetics brand comes up first in your mind?
CHANNEL? LOREAL? DIOR? Quite expensive, but they have a reputation that makes them sell.
Well, if you’re living in Japan or come to Japan as a tourist, you should also try checking out some Japanese cosmetics.
We have relatively inexpensive cosmetics brands that are regarded highly by the Japanese. These brands are famous and can also be bought buy in your everyday drug store.

Here are our recommended best-selling products for each of the brands CANMAKE, Muji, Cezanne, KATE, and MAJOLICA MAJORCA.



1. CANMAKE (Cute and Colorful)


Average Price: 500yen~1,500yen
Cute Level: ★★★★★
Sexy Level: ★★☆☆☆


CANMAKE cosmetics have cute colors to give you feminine vibe.
Why can this brand offer such a low price? They don’t have any commercials on TV, do not give out any free trial samples, and their package is very simple to save on costs.

Here are the top 3 ranking CANMAKE cosmetics as follows:



NO3. CANMAKE Cream Cheek


Price is 580yen and one great point is that girls can mix several kinds colors together to match their original cheek color.
Many girls like this since it looks much more natural than the look you get from heavy make-ups.


NO2. CANMAKE Marshmallow Finish Powder


Price is 940yen and this will give clear skin when applied after other make-up.
UV protection is SPF26, PA++. If you need baby skin, this is the one for you.


NO1. CANMAKE Jewel Star Eyes

Price is 580yen and if you put this on your eye shadow, you will have stunning eyes with sparkling glitter.

You can also enjoy mixing assorted colors to create the original eye shadow.



2. Muji (Simple and Elegant)


Price Average: 300yen~1,500yen
Cute Level: ★★☆☆☆
Sexy Level: ★★★☆☆


When you hear Muji, you may think about stationary, household goods, etc.
But did you know they also offers cheap cosmetics as well?
Muji offers cosmetics fragrance-free, with no artificial coloring added, and no mineral oils.
People love this brand since they feel safe using the products.

Here are the top 3 ranking Muji cosmetics as follows:



NO3. Muji Eye Shadow 4 Colors



Price is 750yen and you can make beautiful chic gradation with 4 colors.
Pearl is included in this eye shadow so it makes you elegant with glitter.
There are 7 kinds of colors that you can employ to tinker with your aura.



NO2. Muji Moisture UV Lip Stick Rose01



Price is 945yen and it has great moisturizing power.
Muji offers matte lipsticks, but no need to worry about having chapped lips.
UV protection is SPF13, PA++1.6g, and you can smoothly apply this lipstick with total comfort.



NO1. Muji Base Make-up Foundation


Price is 879yen for 30g. There are 3 different base colors: pink, yellow, and blue.
UV protection is SPF22, PA++ so you can use it easily in your daily life.
This emphasizes your features for those of you with smaller faces.



3. Cezanne (Kind and Spring Atmosphere)


Price Average: 500yen~1,400yen
Cute Level: ★★★★☆
Sexy Level: ★★★☆☆


The brand Cezanne is very popular among people of all ages for daily use, but professional make-up artists love using this brand as well.

Here are the top 3 ranking Cezanne cosmetics as follows:



NO3. Cezanne Highlight Concealer


Price is 680 yen and mixed with red, blue and gold pearl polarized light materials to hide skin dullness.
If you have a problem with dark shadows under your eyes, this concealer will solve the problem for you.



NO2. Cezanne Eye Liner N


Price is 400 yen and 100% waterproof. If you are staying in Japan during this humid, hot summer, you need this eyeliner. You will forget any worries you have about sweating and ruining your beautifully manicured eyes.


NO1. Cezanne Eyebrow with Eyebrow Brush

Price is 450 yen and there are many options with 6 kinds of colors. With this cosmetic, you can have natural and soft eyebrows.
A screw-type brush is also attached with this eyebrow cosmetic for fixing the your eyebrow shape.



4. KATE (Elegant and Asian Beauty)


Price Average: 500yen~1,600yen
Cute Level: ★☆☆☆☆
Sexy Level: ★★★★★


KATE is the brand produced by Japanese cosmetics company Kanebo, and has high reputation among Asian beauty make-up brands.
If you want to use cool and sexy make-up, check out this brand.

Here are the top 3 ranking KATE cosmetics as follows:



NO3. KATE Designing Eyebrow N


Price is 1,200 yen and there are 3 kinds of colors in one set.
You can use gradation and get a three-dimensional effect.
By coloring or mixing 3 colors, you can create natural eyebrows as well. This is a long-selling item that people have been falling in love with for years.



NO2. KATE Dual Blend Eyes


Price is 1,300 yen and there are 2 kinds of colors in each set to make your eyes sparkle.
Mixture of light and dark color, producing exotic color.
There are 8 different color sets, so you can try it out on different occasions.



NO1. KATE Flame Impact Volume Mascara


Price is 1,500 yen and it will increase your eyelash volume. If you want to have cat eyes, try this magical mascara. You’ll get no lumps and beautiful eyelashes.



5. MAJOLICA MAJORCA (Cute and Gorgeous)


Price Average: 500yen~1,500yen
Cute Level: ★★★★☆
Sexy Level: ★★★☆☆


This brand is produced by the Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido.
If you want to make yourself both cute and gorgeous, this brand is for you.

Here are the top 3 ranking MAJOLICA MAJORCA cosmetics as follows:





Price is 892 yen and the package looks like a manicure kit, but it’s actually liquid kind of cheek cream.
Since it matches great with your skin, you will look like you have your original, healthy pink cheek.





Price is 950 yen and it will moisturize your lips with its olive oil ingredient. Besides, the strawberry fragrance makes it nice and sweet.



NO1. MAJOLICA MAJORCA Pressed Pour Cover


Price is 1,836 yen and it’s a foundation powder that will prevent your make-up from getting ruined.
If you’re out on a sunny day and worried about sweat, this magical powder keeps your make-up perfect all day.




As you can see, there are several types of affordable cosmetics options in Japan.
Buying expensive brand cosmetics is great, but if you are willing to try using these reasonable products, you can enjoy many more types of make-up without puncturing your wallet.


Be sure to try out these amazing Japanese cosmetics!