The ultimate guide to Korean and Japanese cosmetics shops
Asian beauty products have taken the world by storm. Korean beauty products are extremely popular, though Japanese and Chinese beauty products have their fans as well. It can be difficult to find information about where to buy Asian beauty products in Melbourne, with many preferring to make their purchases online rather than traipse around the city in search of that small shop that you remember going into one time and have never been able to find again. Here is a list of Asian beauty shops in Melbourne, both obscure and mainstream:
The Face Shop The Face Shop is the first stop for those in search of Korean beauty products. They are renowned for being affordable and for having natural or nature-inspired beauty products. The Face Shop is best for skincare products such as cleansers and masks. The Face Shop has three locations in Melbourne- at Melbourne Central, Highpoint, and Eastland shopping centres.
Yuki House Yuki House at 206 Bourke Street is a pink paradise. Within its bubblegum coloured walls, you can buy cosmetics and clothing, and get your nails done. In terms of makeup, they specialise in Korean and Japanese products at a wide range of price points. Yuki House has a prominent online presence. You can keep up to date with new products on their Facebook page.
Yuki House stocks a large range of Japanese and Korean cosmetics, and has an attached beauty salon. Image: 206 Bourke St.
Hello Day Hello Day is located at 185 Bourke Street, not far from Yuki House. It stocks a range of imported Japanese products, including makeup and skincare. They carry sought-after brands including Pola, SK-II, and Cosme Decorte. Hello Day is set apart from other Asian beauty outlets by stocking products on the more expensive side. Hello Day also stocks Japanese supplements and weight loss products (paradoxically, they also sell delicious Japanese snacks).
Cosme Queen Cosme Queen in Box Hill Central stocks Japanese and Korean cosmetics at affordable prices. They carry a range of well-known brands such as Shiseido, Anna Sui, and Shu Uemura. There are also bargains to be found on their brightly lit shelves. The Cosme Queen store is near where MISSHA, a much loved but now closed Asian beauty shop, used to be located.
MyBBCream MyBBCream is a Korean cosmetics shop which, as the name suggests, specialises in BB creams. They are primarily an online retailer, but also have physical stores in Melbourne and Sydney. The Melbourne store is located on Swanston Street. MyBBCream stocks top Korean makeup brands including Missha, Tony Moly, and Etude House.
MUJI Muji is a Japanese homewares store with simple and well-designed products. They have a range of skincare, including products for sensitive skin and plant-based anti-ageing products. They do not sell makeup, though they do stock affordable accessories such as makeup brushes. Muji also sells a range of acrylic storage containers which are perfect for displaying your makeup collection.
Daiso You may have been to Japanese two dollar shop Daiso for their homewares, toys, and snacks, but did you know that they sell cosmetics as well? They have quite a substantial range, all priced at a mere $2.80. The beauty products at Daiso are unbranded, as you might expect at such a low price point. You could put together a full face of makeup for mere pocket change, with foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, false lashes, makeup applicators and more all available. They also stock skincare, such as face masks, charcoal cleansing cream, and face gel. Daiso has stores located centrally around Melbourne, including QV, Chadstone, and Dandenong.
Japanese discount store Daiso sells cosmetics and accessories, such as this cult favourite makeup brush cleanser. Image: Daiso Australia.
Sephora Sephora may not be the first place you think of when you want to buy Asian cosmetics. However, with such a huge range of brands, it is no surprise that they carry Korean cosmetics. At Sephora, you can find popular Korean makeup and skincare brands such as 3CE, Dr Jart , Caolion, and Moonshot, as well as a few Japanese brands including Shu Uemura and SK-II. Sephora is a great starting point if you would like to try out high-quality Asian beauty products, as you can be sure of their authenticity. However, they tend to be more expensive than smaller shops.