All the Japanese products listed in RatzillaCosme are not distributed outside of East Asia. If you live outside of these countries, you will have to buy online. Many major brands are widely distributed in Hong Kong and Taiwan with some being available to Malaysia and Singapore — but, most remain Japan-exclusive.
Some important things to note:
- Japanese cosmetics made for the domestic market (i.e. Japan) do not have production nor expiration date printed. They are unnecessary in Japan since products are repackaged (and reformulated) on a near annual basis. If you see e-tailers listing them, they’re most likely lying!
- To ensure freshness and authenticity, buy directly from Japan.
- I only use official product names but be aware that many stockists (especially the ones based in Hong Kong) do not follow official information so names can greatly vary.
- Many major Japanese cosmetics brands reformulate their products for exporting to nearby countries, but keep the same packaging design and product name. They may appear identical but ingredients actually slightly differ.
Note of warning: RatzillaCosme provides information on Japanese cosmetics that are Japan-made for the domestic (Japanese) market only. Buyers beware!
Alpha Beauty Store (ebay store) — Hong Kong-Based – Shipping not included.
Adambeauty — Hong Kong-Based – Free international shipping but there is a mandatory $2 USD registered postage fee for each order.
Asian Fashion City — Australia-Based – Shipping not included.
Bring Bling JP — Japan-Based - Shipping not included *Will do custom order*
BoBoDave — Hong Kong-Based - Shipping not included and it is charged separately. Some items have free shipping.
CT Taiwan (ebay store) — Taiwan-Based – Free international shipping.
Evecare — US-Based – Shipping not included. Free US ground shipping over $49.99 USD.
Good Dealer — Hong Kong-Based – Shipping not included and charged according to weight.
Hong Kong Beauty Store (ebay store) — Hong Hong-Based – Free shipping on some items.
Hong Kong Wai Beauty (ebay store) — Hong Kong-Based
Ichibankao — Japan-Based – Free international shipping via regular airmail.
Japan Beauty — Japan-Based – Free international shipping via regular airmail.
Japan Variety Shop (ebay store) — Based in Japan.
Lunatu — UK-Based – Free international shipping via regular airmail.
Makeup Celebrity — Japan-Based - Free international shipping via regular airmail.
Pretty & Cute — US-Based – Shipping not included.
ShopJBP — Japan-based – Shipping not included. *Will do custom order*
Tokyo Wink — Hong Kong-Based - Shipping not included.
They generally have much larger selection and far better prices (no mark-ups) but placing an order can be complicated if you do not know the language.
Rakuten Global Market — in Japanese (with some English). *EMS/Airmail/SAL available depending on the store*
JpMon.com — in Chinese (Taiwanese) only.
Gmarket — in Korean (with miminal English). *EMS shipping only*
PC Home — in Chinese (Taiwanese) only. *EMS shipping only.*
With so many online retailers available, there’re tons of better alternatives than these online shops listed.
jbeautyme Store — Reason(s): Untrustworthy due to blatant plagiarism.
iMomoko — Reason(s): Untrustworthy due to blatant plagiarism.
Mihoko Shop — Reason(s): According to madeupstories on MakepAlley (Blog: Drivel About Frivol), site sold fake product yet blamed on “postal worker tampering” and refused to rectify.
NATTA Cosme — Reason(s): Untrustworthy due to blatant plagiarism.
Sasa.com — Reason(s): Overwhelming amount of old, expired products. Currently facing heap of legal troubles in Hong Kong for selling expired products in stores by changing expiration dates by relabelling, exchanging old outer packaging for new ones, and bundling them in trial/gift sets.
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