A few weeks back I discovered that sephora.com had now started shipping to a few other countries besides the US including Japan (others being UK and South Korea). I was really excited and placed my order on April 7th. It was shipped on April 9th and I received it on the 11th! I am quite elated with the whole experience even though I paid a pretty penny for shipping + taxes but considering the price of makeup in Japan, it actually turned out cheaper than buying makeup here. I also got to try brands which I’ve wanted to try for a while but couldn’t get access to. Check out my haul below –
- Clinique SuperPrimer : Universal (JPY 2976 = Rs 1755)
- Clinique Cheek Pop Blusher : Peach Pop (JPY 2314 = Rs 1365)
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Flush (JPY 2865 = Rs 1690)
- Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings (JPY 2204 = Rs 1300)
- Benefit Go TropiCORAL Lip & Cheek Kit (JPY 3086 = Rs 1820)
Free Samples with the purchase :
- Benefit The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine with Brush
- Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser
- Murad Clarifying Wipes
- Lancome Definicils Mascara
Even though the whole shopping experience was really quick and convenient, I wish the shipping was a little lower. I paid a total of JPY 1500 + 738 (Rs 1320) for shipping + taxes/duties. What I did like though was that it came via DHL and I could track it every step of the way right to the point where it was sent out for delivery.
Coming to the products themselves, I was a little surprised when I saw the color of the Tarte Blush. I had seen Flush on countless blogs and it was a really unique dark berry plum color. But Tarte seem to have reformulated it to a light plum rose color. I checked on the Tarte website and it shows this lighter color for this shade. I’m sure it’ll still look nice when worn but I was really excited for the previous version of Flush, I didn’t have anything remotely like it in my stash.
I have only tried the Benefit kit so far from my haul and I love Cha Cha Tint – it looks absolutely stunning on the cheeks! I’ve used the Clinique Superprimer before in a sample and really liked it, wanted it for a long time. As for the blush, I wanted these since they launched in Japan but they are priced at JPY 3150 and I’m glad I didn’t pick one here! I wanted Ginger Pop but it was sold out so I went for Peach Pop instead. This is the first time I’m trying out something from Too Faced and I thought a small kit would be a great place to start!
[note color=”#FFE4C4″]What do you think of my haul? Have you tried any of the products featured here? Share your comments below! [/note]