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I don’t because usually shipping prices are horrid, and I imagine I would have a very difficult time returning things. Even if I like something in store, if I find after 30 days I’m not so fond of it as I thought I would be, I generally return it.

Lol – all the time! I don’t know … I just seem to really like things that are hard to get.
I used to go to Paris for M.A.C. and Benefit, but no that both brands are available (in my own city!) I shop less XD

Yes! So far not many but my HG mascara is the Kiss Me Heroine Long & Curl which is a Japanese drugstore mascara. Though… it is available at my local Marukai Market. I have one P&J blush. I also have an Asia exclusive Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited and a blush which I believe was an Asia exclusive from a few years ago. I adore both. I’d love to be able to try more Asian brands in general, especially Lunasol, Jill Stuart, and Paul & Joe (which is so limited in availability in the US it might as well be Asia only).

Of course!

My favourites are from Japan and America! CandyDoll and NARS!
All these aren’t available in Singapore but hey, there’s nothing a shipping service can’t do.

My mom got both (Missha and Etude) from the Asian mall here in Canada. I haven’t used them yet, but they seem pigmented from what I swatched.

YES! every time i travel out of my country i try to get as much foreign stuff as i can. i mean usually i am good about getting things i like, but if i don’t like (ie the quality sucks) i give it to my little cousins as play makeup.

I do. we have much famous brands in Switzerland, like Mac, Lancome, Guerlain and so on. But we don’t have brands like illamasqua, urban decay.
furthermore the prices in switzerland are very expensive. despite the high shipping costs, i pay less if i order stuff from us.
unfortunately, only benefits ships to switzerland. i do not know any other store which ships brands like Mac, Urban Decay or Nars.

I want to try some a couple Korean brands but hesistant about purchasing because I like to see the product in person.Think I could do a lip gloss or bath product but likely not skin care products.

yea, im guilty of buying asian cosmetics for the extremely cute packaging (etude house, missha, VOV, thefaceshop, lavshuca) and for most of the products i’ve tried, the pigmentation and last-ability has been really great. you’ll have a very hard time finding a matte eyeshadow though, shimmer is THE THING in asia. i think the mascaras are waaaaayyyy better in asia, all the formulas are near-waterproof and can actually hold a curl, and once again…..SUPER CUTE PACKAGING!!!

[i dont purchase online/overseas, i just binge when im actually in the country]

The mascara is probably really good there because asians often have tiny, straight lashes (unfortunate for me)! XP

Yes I do, because I kind of have to. I live in a small town and MAC is avalible in a total number of 3 counters across the country. The closest to me is approxmently 200km and some pricey traintickets. Same thing with the bigger brands like and if you’re out of luck they’re only avalible in Stockholm if even that, wich is 420km away and even more expensive tickets.

So even if the shipping and such gets expensive it probably is cheaper for me in the end of the day to get it all shipped right to my door. And if I don’t like what’s on my doorstep I can always sell it on ebay.

Here in Italy we don’t have many brands like NARS, NYX, UD and so on, so I usually shop online and I never had problems with it. When I go abroad I always buy foreign stuffs just to try them, I’m a makeup curious junkie 🙂

I don’t like to buy without testing either, but I’m in love with the formula of Helena Rubinstein lipsticks, which I load up on whenever I go to Shanghai, which is usually 2 or 3 times a year. I’d love to try Le Metier de Beaute, Edward Bess, and Kanebo Sensai products, but they’re not available in either Australia or China, and the shipping prices of the US department stores make me cringe.

I do! otherwise I would have never discovered Bobbi Brown, NARS Becca… just to name a few, that are not available in my country!!

I do buy stuff from other countries a lot! Mostly from USA, because even with postage it is mostly cheaper (eg. OPI, China Glaze, CND, Urban Decay, etc.)

Well technically I almost use foreign brands only since I have to go abroad (France) to have access to UD, Bobby Brown, Laura Mercier, Benefit, Nars and all that jazz. So that’s a lot of driving or online shopping for me!

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