What brand do you most wish was available in your country?

Right now, I’d say Clionadh or Lethal Cosmetics–I think they’re great brands that have good offerings, and while you can absolutely get them shipped to the US, shipping is steep enough where I wish they had a US distributor!

— Christine


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Lethal Cosmetics Avatar

That’s so great to hear! Thank you! We’re super thrilled to announce that Lethal is coming to Camera Ready Cosmetics real soon! Stay tuned :-*

Erica Avatar

I agree, Clionadh , for sure and the shipping is what is keeping me from exploring the brand. There are too many great brands available in the US for me to spend a ton getting an indie brand from another country. Sorry not sorry

Cameron Avatar

Brands I like: rom&nd, Kaleidos, Lethal
Brands I want to try: Suqqu, Hera, Espoir

The shipping from overseas bothers me, but some of those sell to Asia only and unless they pop up on an English website then the chances of me getting it is zero.

Maggie Avatar

I completely agree: I don’t know how it works in other countries bc they’re able to make effective sunscreens without being regulated as drugs. However, I know PART of the reason the sunscreen filters are regulated as drugs in the USA is to help ensure formulation quality and even distribution.

For example, niacinamide is an ingredient that’s NOT considered a drug, so if you buy a 10% niacinamide serum made in USA, there is no legal onus to demonstrate that the niacinamide is evenly distributed and that the formula will effectively deliver the active ingredient (there could just be a clump of it somewhere in the bottle, leaving the rest of the formula relatively niacinamide-free). You’re completely trusting the brand to do it effectively with no legal onus to prove it to a regulatory body. That’s not the case with sunscreeens.

Emma Avatar

What a question.

Although the UK has had an influx of american brands over the past couple of years, i’m still massively envious of your Sephora stores.
I’ve learnt to get over it (kind of) and now just wish that I could get Bite Beauty, Colourpop and SG makeup here without having to spend money on not only shipping, but also taxes/ fees from the customs unit (give me my damn makeup!).

Oh I almost forgot about Youth to the People – Jamie Page, I blame you for this whole in my chest.

Brian Avatar

The Canadian drugstore brand Quo. I’ve seen a number of reviews of some of their products since their big rebrand and they look so good I wish I could get my grubby little hands on them. Especially the cream/liquid blushes.

kjh Avatar

O’Naomi bath products. Once at local Asian marketplace, never again, and not in area Asian stores. Amazon has hair care, but no bath. Yesstyle attempts have shut down my cards, and given me agita. Amazon card seems to work, but my apprehension leads to one order a year. Most of the European brands I’ve liked, such as Kneipp (bath again), Fusskraft, and Zoeva have greater availability these days. I could indulge in Lise Watier and miss Bourjois.

Sarah Avatar

I’m in the Netherlands, so a lot of North American indie brands. Sydney Grace is the biggest one – I’ve ordered and had stuff sent to my parents in the US before. Ditto for Clionadh. Colourpop would be nice, but honestly their singles haven’t impressed (looove the supershocks, though). Milk isn’t here, nor Glossier, and I’ve been curious about both.
Sephora brands: I want to try new Fenty and Marc Jacobs! They had a store-in-store presence here for a few years but withdrew, so all of their brands are mostly inaccessible now too, unless I cross into Germany or France, and we’re only allowed to shop from the French site.

I hope that more brands, as they expand, will offer prepaid taxes as an option, or use FedEx for shipping (since they only collect taxes and don’t add administrative fees, which add up). I don’t mind paying them – it’s the fees on top of them that really break me. (For example, DHL charges a €25 administration fee + the Dutch tax department’s €17.50 administration fee + 21% tax + international shipping, which makes a $50 palette prohibitively expensive.)

So this turned into a bit of a rant… I’m American, over here for 15 years now, and when I go visit family I tend to go a little overboard in Ulta/Sephora.

Genevieve Avatar

I know exactly where you are coming from Sarah – not only is our Australian dollar woeful against the US dollar, but we also have a cosmetic tax, GST etc etc. International shipping rates are highly expensive too.
We have Sephora here – but they are so, so expensive and we don’t get a quarter of the products that the US stores get, plus none of the great sales and deals.
If I were visiting the US, I would definitely be going overboard at Ulta and Sephora.

Ana Maria Avatar

As a Romanian, I wish the amazing brand Gerovital was more available in US (you can find some products in Eastern European specialty stores). Ana Aslan was one of the pioneers of anti-aging skincare and her products need more attention. They also have a couple of makeup products.

Also, more French pharmacy skincare brands, not just La Roche Possay and Avene.

Nancy T Avatar

You know how we have MAC Pro Stores here? You can just pop in and pick out your Pro Pan singles? I wish there was freestanding Clionadh and Lethal stores where I could do EXACTLY that! I’d love to make my own custom e/s palettes that way.
And also, to echo what Lesley stated: could we PLEASE have easy, ready access to the much advanced Asian and European sunscreens here? It’s not as if I’m fair skinned or even close, but I DO want cleaner sunscreens that are not necessarily mineral based to protect my face and neck from the aging effects of too much sun. Is that too much to ask for?

Mariella Avatar

^^^^^THIS – what Nancy said! It’s interesting to see so many here mention Clionadh, which is Canadian, because it’s a bit “the shoe is on the other foot” because for us Canadians, issues like shipping and exchange are a huge item for so many of the “online only” products to which Americans have easy access. But I just wish both Clionadh and Sydney Grace had “bricks and mortar” locations or at least stores that carried their products. I simply don’t like the whole online shopping experience when it comes to makeup.

The whole sunscreen issue is another thing for me. I finally, FINALLY found an eye cream with SPF that was wonderful (from Origins). It was available for a brief time and now – pfffft – it is GONE!

Sarah Avatar

I have actually emailed them asking to bring Full n Soft to the European market… Never got an answer. I usually go to the US once a year to visit family and regularly buy four at a time to get me through to the next trip.
The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara is actually kind of close (the mini, anyway) but I definitely need waterproof.
There’s some in a box my mom just mailed. I think I’m more excited about that than the other stuff in there.

Genevieve Avatar

Up until about 5 years ago – Australia was a makeup desert – no UD, Too Faced, Tarte, Fenty, Stila, Nars, bareMinerals etc. You either had the highly expensive HE products like Dior or the junk DS products, nothing inbetween.

Now I do wish that Colour Pop, Milani, SG, Charlotte Tilbury would come here so that I can, at least, check out their products in person.

Christine Too Avatar

ArtDeco Cosmetics!! They do have a US website but the products are extremely limited and never up to date. Their German site, Artdeco.de, is their main one but they do not have online shopping.

Moxie Avatar

No brands specifically, more so stores that carry the brands I love/want to try: French pharmacies which are delectable in their choices and prices, and Daiso stores or marts that carry all of the major Asian brands in one place.

I live several hours drive from NYC and would visit simply to go to Koreantown, and go insane splashing money out on everything. I live several hours drive from Montreal in the other direction and would love to visit for their access to French simple beauty products.

Mariella Avatar

INGLOT!!!! I loved it when I could get INGLOT in Montreal (I loved it when I could GO to Montreal!) I think there might still be an Inglot store in Toronto but I get to Toronto so rarely and it’s never when I have time to go to where their store is (or was) to buy stuff. And also KIKO.

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