Japanese Cosmetics News in Brief

by PJ on Wednesday, March 5, 2008

in -Anna Sui, -Jill Stuart, -Shiseido, 2008 Spring, all about Japanese cosmetics, haircare

— For those following Jill Stuart’s Launch in Taiwan, see the initial price list of some of the items. As predicted, the retail prices in Taiwan are cheaper than those (including sale tax) in Japan. Most items are about 7% cheaper.

— Have a look at a large photo of Anna Sui’s new Oil Control Paper case on a Japanese blog. Check out the details and the enclosed mirror.

Uno is Shiseido’s well-known male haircare/skincare drugstore line. Recently, Orlando Bloom has been their spokesperson and you can see some of the TV commercials on Uno’s website. Here is the latest mini-movie version:

(from http://www.shiseido.co.jp/uno/
via acdticojp at Dailymotion)

I know it is a little predictable…but I don’t mind. It’s Orlando Bloom.

(The actress in the commercial, Kuriyama Chiaki, is one of the four brand ambassadors for Shiseido Maquillage.)

You can see another extended TV commercial posted by The Punk Cat.

Related Posts:

Must-Try Look for Spring 2008
(featuring another Japanese TV commercial)

Loving Japanese Brand – Jill Stuart
(See part of my stash.)

Anna Sui’s Sui Lip Gloss in 100
(the latest addition to my blue bonanza)

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

the Muse Wednesday, March 5, 2008

aw *sniffle* so romantic!

As cute as it was I really love the super spy ones better ;) Hehe with him changing his appearances!

he’s hawt that’s a fact :) Makes me want to buy hair products!

Your interrupting my work flow with hot OB videos!

Stops it!



sesame Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Love the ad when I saw it earlier! Orlando Bloom looks great and I like the ending tune.


Kng Suan Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hi PJ, you mentioned that Jill Stuart is cheaper in Taiwan than in Japan.

Do you know in general, issit cheaper to get Japanese cosmetics (eg. Lavshuca, MM, Sofina, Shiseido, Kanebo etc etc) in Taiwan or Hong Kong as compared to Japan??


PJ Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hi The Muse,

Sorry to have interrupted your work, but I was sure you would enjoy it! :)

I like both commercials, but I do watch the spy ones just to listen to the music…

I don’t usually post commercials…but I thought I’d have a little bit of Orlando on A Touch of Blusher…

Thank you for commenting! :)


PJ Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hi Sesame,

Orlando does look good in the commercial, and I like the ending tune as well, which is why I also like the one posted by The Punk Cat.

Thank you for visiting my blog again! Keep up the great work with your blog! :)


$wEeT T!raMi$u Thursday, March 6, 2008

Aww.. That was such a romantic video especially it took place in Prague! N that was Charles Uni, I was there for 2 months last yr n this reminds me of the beauty of that city. And I love Orlando, he has such a sweet face!

Thanks again for bringing this up :)


Wieniawski Thursday, March 6, 2008

PJ, I love it that you update so frequently! The Chanel lilac shadow looks so pretty! It would be nice if you have a sequel after the lilting lilac.

lol, that Orlando Bloom CM was so random (the spy one), the artist one was cute…although I still don’t get the point of the story ( At first I thought UNO makes the girl came back to him…but then wasn’t he using it *all* the time ?)

I was thinking about the blotting paper case too. If I do ended up buying that, it would be one of the least practical Anna Sui item I own so far since it’s a bit to much to carrying a 30$ case for a $5 blotting paper ( I use some other random Japanese brand, seriously $10 for 50 pieces of blotting paper is a killer price)

The loosed powder case is cute but I wouldn’t get that since I just got a white protective foundation case that looks a lot like the loose powder UV case, the one with a white rose in the center. (It has silvery sheen all over it instead of the pinkish lavender tone on the brightening one).

I guess I might post the Anna Sui mega-review next week over spring break, I started typing the review last weekend on word2007 using the typical Times New Roman and 12 font…guess what, it’s already 5.5 pages not including the pictures…I probably need to break it into 2 or 3 parts and/or stop blabbing as much.


PJ Friday, March 7, 2008

Hi Kng Suan,

I think, in most cases, the Japanese cosmetics items sold in Taiwan and Hong Kong are a little bit cheaper than in Japan. But they are not too much cheaper. I’d say generally it is about 5-7% cheaper. So it is a little like buying them tax-free. (I think it is still the case that tourists in Japan have to pay the 5% sales tax on cosmetics and can’t get the amount refunded.)

Thank you for your question again! :)


PJ Friday, March 7, 2008

Hi $wEeT T!raMi$u,

Thank you so much indeed for telling me the location of the commercial shoot! :) I have never visited Prague, but I have always thought it is so beautiful.

Orlando is not too bad either! :)

Thank you for stopping by my blog again! :)


PJ Friday, March 7, 2008

Hi Wieniawski,

It was supposed to be a secret, but, yes, I have already been planning the return of the Lilting Lilac. I haven’t set the date yet, but it will probably be a couple of months later…:)

As for the CM, I am sure we can all have our own interpretations…:)

I think I might get the loose powder compact. I don’t have the round white one that you mentioned, so I have been thinking about buying this one…

I look forward to your Anna Sui reviews. I can understand that you must have a lot to say about things you are passionate about. But do break them to small parts so they are perhaps much easier to follow. :)

Thank you for stopping by again!


Kng Suan Friday, March 7, 2008

Hi PJ,

You’re right. The last time I was in Japan, cosmetics are not eligible for tax refund. Thanks for the input!


PJ Saturday, March 8, 2008

Hi Kng Suan,

Thank you for confirming that!

Have a great weekend! :)


Eru Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hey PJ!
I just noticed today the link to my blog! Thanks!!
I´m preparing another Commercial post, hope you can check it when ready. :)
Eru :3


PJ Monday, March 24, 2008

Hi Eru,

Great to hear from you again!

I have updated the link to your blog in my “Loving These Sites” list as well. :)

I look forward to your next TV commercial post!

Thank you very much for visiting my blog again! :)


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