As beauty lovers, we’re always on the lookout for new beauty finds. A great tip when we don’t know where to start is to turn to dupes of our current favourites. What we have our eyes on at the moment are Japanese beauty picks that are great alternatives for well-known Western beauty brands — without losing their unique benefits and identity, of course. Curious about our findings? Check out our curation of J-beauty dupes for your current Western favourites below.
Base: NARS Radiant Finish Foundation and Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
Full coverage foundations reigned a couple of years ago, but dewier, skin-like finish bases like the popular NARS’ Radiant Finish Foundation has toppled them recently. Its easy-to-blend formula and impressive longevity are definitely to beat when it comes to the sheer and luminous foundation department.
But did you know that Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Moisture Foundation works just the same, if not better? Since Japanese beauty is all about mochi-mochi skin that looks plump, fresh and youthful, this foundation gives a fresh luminous finish that’s perfect for achieving natural-looking makeup, with some coverage to boot.
It’s also infused with the brand’s signature blend of jojoba oil, olive squalane and shea butter, which leaves the skin soft, supple, and well-cared for even under makeup.
Powder: Guerlain Meteorites Compact and Canmake Shiny Aquamarine Transparent Finish Powder
Guerlain’s Meteorites Compact is known for two things: a classy packaging and the ethereal-looking glow it gives to the skin. But there’s no denying that it’s not exactly the friendliest on the pocket.
Thankfully, Japan’s globally known drugstore brand Canmake offers a very similar product at a much lower price point. The Canmake Shiny Aquamarine Transparent Finish Powder definitely goes head-to-head with Guerlain with its multi-coloured pressed pan that transforms into a glow-giving translucent powder once applied to the skin. Its fine, shiny specks blend perfectly onto any base, giving the skin a natural highlight while keeping oiliness at bay.