Friday, December 9th, 2011

By Samantha, Asia/Hong Kong Contributor

Sam is a 16-year old junior with a passion for all things beauty, though she has a soft spot for lipstick and blush. She started off her collection with mostly Western brands but began to get more interested in Asian brands because they were so much more accessible.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sam speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, a little German, and, of course, English. In her free time, she enjoys photography, craft projects, and spending time with family and friends. She’s studying for the SAT this year and looks forward to applying to universities in the U.S. next year.


5 Must-Have Favorites from Hong Kong

As a high school junior, I stay up late doing homework and wake up early for school. I typically go for a fresh and polished look and look for products that are quick and fail-proof when I’m stumbling around at 6am, as well as long-wearing to make it through long days. I have luckily been able to find these qualities in products by brands that are locally available to me.

I’m lucky to have pretty good skin so since I do not need coverage all over, I prefer to spot conceal.  Canmake UV Stretch and Protect Concealer (1,000 yen) has a thick, cream consistency and is housed in a long tube with a doe-foot applicator. Its consistency covers amazingly well without being drying or looking cakey, whether I’m using it to conceal redness, blemishes or under-eye circles. This is the most long lasting concealer I have ever used, holding up exceptionally well at parties, concerts and even when swimming. When I remove my make up at the end of the day, I can count on this still being on my skin.

Marker-styled liquid liners usually have a felt tip applicator, but the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner ($13.50) actually has a brush that tapers off like felt tip applicators do. The thin brush tip makes creating really fine lines right by the lash line a breeze, but apply a little extra pressure and the brush flattens, creating a thicker line. The long, thin packaging gives you great control and makes winged liner quick and fuss-free.

Fairydrops Mascara ($18.00) has a very unique wand that resembles the wand of Rimmel Sexy Curves. I have to say, the first time using this was tricky and quite frankly, a little intimidating. The wand has three circular bumps that grabs my lashes, gives them a good coat of mascara, and deposits a lot of product near my lash line, making my lashes look fuller and my eyes more defined. The waterproof formula is creamy but dries quickly, so the occasional clump must be brushed out quickly, and does not smudge or flake on me.

You can spot Hope Girl from a mile away by its tell-tale leopard print packaging. The Milky Balm Lipstick in RD102 Watery Red (12,900 won) is a great, moisturizing sheer red that adds brightness and color to the face. It is a neutral red which should work well on a variety of skin tones and is extremely easy to wear, although it can also be built up for a stronger payoff. It does not stay on for very long, but as a sheer lip product, I don’t really expect it to. I can swipe this on without a mirror and use it to transition my look from day to night, making it a great lipstick for on the go.

Similar in concept to Benefit Benetint, I think that Lioele Blooming Pop Tint in Cherry ($13.60) multi-tasking lip and cheek stain is one of Lioele’s star products. The main thing that sets the Blooming Pop Tint apart from other lip and cheek stains I have used before is that it has a gel-like consistency, giving you more blending time before it sets. The stain just sinks into the skin, leaving a rosy flush that looks very natural and not streaky or patchy at all.

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20 thoughts on “5 Must-Have Hong Kong Favorites

  1. i just bought the dollywink liner. excited to try it out!

  2. I like this article because every year in the summer I go to Hong Kong! :D

  3. lily

    THANK YOU for linking to where I can buy the products.

  4. romina

    Love your article If you have any or all the Majolica Majorca eye shadows or all Japanese makeup you think is worth to show off… Please do so. I know Japanese makeup is of the best quality.

  5. S

    Are there no brands that are Hong Kong in origin though? These are all Japanese/Korean….

    • She is our Asia contributor, S!

    • Samantha

      There are actually very few, if any, cosmetic brands that are Hong Kong in origin. There are brands that originate from China, but most of them are on the obscure side. RIght now, Japanese and Korean brands are really dominating the Asian cosmetics market!

  6. I bought my Fairydrops mascara at a Sasa in Hong Kong this past summer (it cost much less than what it’s sold for on Yesstyle), but the Sasa website does have the original Fairydrops anymore. Do you know if the original Fairydrops has been discontinued?

    • tm

      It seems like there’s a bunch of new Fairy Drops mascaras, but the original pink one is either out of stock or not even listed on most sites that sell Asian cosmetics. I know Sephora carries the line, but haven’t checked to see which ones they sell.

      • I know Sephora carries the Fairydrops Scandal Queen mascara, but I don’t own it as it is way out of my budget.

        Yeah I’ve also seen the new Fairydrops mascaras, but I think all of them are fiber mascaras except for the original? I’m hoping to be able to find the original in Taiwan. We’ll see.

  7. tm

    I hope we’ll hear more from you! Even though I don’t live in Asia, I find most Japanese and Korean cosmetics to be so much better than American products, especially mascaras.

  8. I hope you start sharing or start shopping for more Japanese Brands…..Jill Stuart, Shu Uemura, and all the Japanese brands I havent listed…….want something different than UD, Nars, Guerlain, Nars all day and all night.

    • Hi Stacey,

      This post was written by a contributor! Unfortunately, I have very, very limited access to products outside of the U.S.–not to mention I have my hands full reviewing those brands! :) I encourage you to check out other blogs who are written by those who have a passion for Asian beauty brands or are located in those regions :) I’m only one person, so I can never make everyone happy!

  9. kiwikeely

    I’m suprised you didnt talk about some relatively more accessible japanese/korean drugstore brands, such as Lavshuca, kanebo kate or the face shop. Where do you get hope girl, or Lioele (without using the internet)?

    • Samantha

      I’ve tried products from a variety of asian brands, but it just so happens that my top 5 favorites are from smaller brands. Hope Girl and Lioele are available at several beauty boutiques in Hong Kong, including Sasa, Colourmix and Bonjour. The stock does vary from shop to shop though, so you may have to visit a few!

  10. rei

    im from hong kong too! my favorite japanese brand would be jill stuart (for high end) and majorlica majorca (drugstore). ive used fairydrops mascaras before but its soooo clumpy that i stopped using it after a couple of times :/ canmake is pretty good for a drugstore brand :)

  11. Leah

    I currently live in Shenzhen, China, right next door to Hong Kong. I usually save my beauty shopping for when I’m in Hong Kong, so this post makes me super happy. The western brands run so pricey, it’s nice to know about the other options. Thanks for the suggestions!

  12. Adriana

    By the description, the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner seems pretty much like the Clarins Eyeliner (red tube with silver cap). I’ve never tried the Dollywink, but I love the Clarins one a lot! It’s got a lovely tapered brush tip which glides on perfectly and allows for a very precise application.

  13. Yay! All products that I can easily buy in Singapore! I’ve heard so much about the dolly wink products! I really should pick up an eyeliner from them, I need a decent liquid one!

  14. Vanessa

    I swear by the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. It is a fantastic formula, and doesn’t budge all day. Gonna buy my back up of it when I head back to HK this x’mas. Great post! :D