Christmas time is here, and most of us are in the midst of Christmas shopping for family and friends. It may come as a surprise to those of you who have not visited Tokyo at Christmas time, but it is a big deal here. Stores in Tokyo are completely decked out in Christmas decorations, carols are playing, there are beautiful illuminations across the city, and of course there are plenty of Christmas gifts to choose from.
In the world of beauty, Christmas time means gift sets, limited editions and collaborations, and the Japanese beauty brands do this so well! There are so many great Christmas gift packs to choose from that I am going to break this into two posts. Starting this week with the Japanese luxury beauty brands and next week drugstore brands!
Clé de Peau Collection Le Annees Folles
Inspired by the glamorous roaring twenties woman the Clé de Peau Limited edition collection is beautifully decorated with illustrations from claimed artist Ashley Long Shaw.
Price start from ¥6,000 for the Lip Palette Couleur, ¥12,000 for the 8-colour set eyeshadow palette, ¥18,000 for the Maquillage brush set and ¥60,000 for the uber- luxe La Claim high performance cream.
Shu Uemura x Murakami “Cosmic Blossom” 2016 Holiday Collection
Shu Uemura has partnered with famous Japanese contempary artist, Takashi Murakami, to create the happiest and most widely coveted limited edition beauty products of the season. In fact, the Murakami designed cushion cases have already sold out!
But don’t worry the Shu Uemura x Murakami collection is extensive, so there are still plenty of kawaii skincare and beauty produtcs to buy at Shu Uemura stores and department store. Starting from ¥2,000 for the iconic Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler through to ¥9,600 for the award wining Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil.
Suqqu x Ayaki Nishi Christmas Makeup Kits
Sophisticated Tokyo brand Suqqu has collaborated with Ayaki Nishi, a Japanese makeup artist based in New York, to create two elegant makeup kits (¥9,200 each). Inspired by both traditional and modern Japanese colours, these gift sets are guaranteed to please.
Koh Gen Do Glossy Colour Gift Set
Just in time for the holidays Koh Gen Do have launched a new range of cosmetic products, which include the Maifanshi mineral eye shadow palette, Maifanshi mineral blush palette and the Maifanshi Long Lash Treatment Mascara. To celebrate they have created the incredible “Glossy Colour” gifts set (¥10,800), which includes each of the 3 new Maifanshi products (full size), a trial size lip gloss and a chic black and gold cosmetic case. The beauty of Koh Gen Do cosmetics is that their wearable neutral shades are almost universally flattering.
RMK 2016 Christmas Collection
This year RMK have partnered with illustrator Idola Montero to great the whimisically beautiful Christmas collection. There are 3 beautiful sets available.
Christmas Makup Kit (¥8,700) with contains a beatifully designed eyeshadow and blush palette, lip gloss, nail polish and exclusively designed makup pouch .
Base Make up set (¥8,600) the perfct way to trial the RMK base makeup range with a full size RMK Colour Control in Purple (ideal for boosting radiance), as well as 4 trial size products from the popular RMK base makeup range.
Nail and Hand Cream set (¥3,000) contains three limited edition scented nail and hand creams in Lemon Mint, Fruity Floral and Black Vanilla.
Three Skincare Greeting Kit
For any skincare lover this kit of Three skincare would be a dream gift! Containing the brands Balancing range, this special edition kit (¥16,000) has everything you need to try the natural skincare maestro’s products for yourself. Including a full size Balancing Cleansing Oil and a trial size of the newly released outline masks.
Addiction Winter White Collection
Inspired by the depths of winter snow, this colour collection from Addiction by Ayako contains an eyehadow and blush powder compact (a combination of gradiated browns and pale pink), cool pale pink nail polish, tingling lip essence and textured white cosmetic pouch (¥7,400).
Where to buy these products in Tokyo?
Clé de Peau– Japanese department stores.
Shu Uemura– At their flagship store in Aoyama and Japanese department stores
THREE– At their flagship store in Aoyama and Japanese department stores
Suqqu– at Japanese Department Stores like Mitsukoshi and Isetan
Koh Gen Do– Flagship store in Azabu Juban
RMK– At their flagship store in Aoyama and Japanese department stores
Addiction by Ayako– at Japanese Department Stores like Seibu and Isetan