Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. is recalling 54 skincare products sold in Japan and in some of the brand’s overseas markets. Most of them are marketed as skin brightening/whitening products. (Read the official notice released by Kanebo on July 4th in Japanese and in English regarding the voluntary recall in Japan.)

The brands and ranges that include these products are Blanchir Superior, Suisai, Twany, Impress, Aqualeaf, Lissage, RMK, and SUQQU. (Lissage Ltd. and E’quipe Ltd. (which owns RMK and SUQQU) are affiliated with Kanebo Cosmetics Inc..) See the notice for the full list of products.

All the products being recalled contain rhododenol 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanol. According to Kanebo, this ingredient was approved by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2008. It is important to note that a direct link between the ingredient and the skin condition mentioned in the notice (appearance of white blotches on the skin) has not been established. The recall is a precautionary measure to alleviate consumers’ concerns.

According to Taipei Times, 450,000 from the 54 affected products have been sold in Japan, where there have been 39 reported cases of the condition since May. The report also mentions that the recall covers Kanebo’s overseas markets in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

According to official statements from Kanebo Taiwan and Kanebo Hong Kong, there has not been any report of the condition from any of Kanebo’s overseas markets.

My readers in the UK might be concerned about the brightening/whitening items from SUQQU and RMK. According to the global websites of the two brands, the sale of the items containing rhododenol has been suspended as a precautionary measure. I assume the suspension applies directly to the UK as the UK is the only market for both brands outside Asia. (Read the official notices from SUQQU & RMK.)


Kanebo Lissage Fall 2011 Makeup 1(image/info from cosmetics-medical.com/mcs)


Lissage will release its fall 2011 makeup collection in Japan on August 16th. The collection includes:

[Click to continue reading…]


(continued from Part 1)

6th: THREE

Three Spring 2011 Makeup Top 10 1(image from www.threecosmetics.com)


THREE’s spring 2011 makeup collection features the brand’s first range of eyeshadow palettes, 4D Eye Palette. I like the interesting color combinations of neutral shades and a pop of color. These items continue to give the brand a distinctive look.

[Click to continue reading…]


Kanebo Lissage Spring 2011 Makeup 2(images/info from www.cosme.net)


Lissage will release its spring 2011 makeup collection in Japan on February 16th. (This collection is different from Lissage White’s spring 2011 makeup collection.)

The collection includes:

[Click to continue reading…]


Kanebo Lissage White Spring 2011 Makeup 2(images/info from www.lissage.jp)


Lissage is a Japanese beauty brand which is owned by Kanebo. (See Lissage’s brand profile here.) Lissage White is the whitening/brightening skincare range of the brand, and, for spring 2011, there will be a limited-edition point makeup collection under the range. The makeup shades in this collection are designed to showcase one’s translucent and luminous skin tone.

The items in this collection include:

[Click to continue reading…]


(image from www.lissage.jp)

It has been quite a while since my last Japanese Cosmetics Focus post. Today, I bring you Lissage.

Lissage was launched in 1992 and is owned by Lissage Ltd., which also owns ECM (which I talked about earlier) and Bath Tours. (Lissage Ltd. is currently owned by Kanebo Corp..) The brand currently carries skincare, makeup, fragrance, bodycare, and haircare products. (The haircare line seems remarkably extensive for a high-end Japanese beauty brand.)

Lissage used to focus on skincare, but the launch of the revamped base and point makeup ranges in 2007 (partly to celebrate the brand’s 15th anniversary) has re-positioned the brand in the Japanese beauty scene. Items like the foundation bases, Face Up Creamy Pact (compact cream foundation), Brush Up Foundation (powder foundation) and the multi-colored Blush Veil have been getting considerable magazine coverage in Japan.

(Face Up Creamy Pact)

(items from Lissage’s
Collagen Maintenance skincare range)

Lissage reminds me slightly of Twany Glamacy, another Kanebo line. The brand image and product packaging are never showy (and some would say very plain), but the simplicity and the low-keyness do have a subtle appeal for me.

Lissage is currently available in Japan (only) and the official website is for information only. In Tokyo, Lissage can be found in department stores such as Keio Shinjuku, Seibu Shibuya and Seibu Yurakucho.

You can see the post on Lissage’s fall 2007 makeup collection here.

Profiles on other Japanese brands:


Sony Vecua



(part of Lissage’s fall 2008 collection)
(image from www.nikkei.co.jp)

The currently Kanebo-owned Lissage was launched in 1992 and remained a predominantly skincare-focused (high-end) brand. (The pricings are similar to Lunasol’s.) Last fall, the brand went through a revamp and a readjustment of brand focus, and its products have been getting more print media coverage in Japan.

(Lissage Ltd. also owns ECM and Bath Tours. I will post more detailed brand profiles of Lissage and ECM later on.)

On August 16th, Lissage will launch its fall 2008 makeup collection, which includes:

Nuance Fit Eyes (eye palette): 4 variations
Long Curl Mascara: 1 shade
Long Curl Mascara Base: 1 shade
Contrast Eyeliner: 2 shades
Slim Eyebrow: 3 shades
Creamy Fit Rouge: 6 shades
Lip Base Liner: 3 shades
Lip Repair Serum
Blush Veil: 2 new shades

(The holders of Contrast Eyeliner, Slim Eyebrow and Lip Base Liner refills are sold separately.)

(Lissage Blush Veil for spring 2008)
(image from www.lissage.jp)

Many Japanese makeup lines are quite specific about the consumers they are trying to appeal to. Somewhat similar to Twany Glamacy, the Lissage point makeup line focuses on understated basics that suit makeup-wearing consumers in corporate settings in Japan that tend to go for clean and low-key colors (as well as packaging).

Items of these two brands might not look as impressive on magazine pages as those from the dreamy Jill Stuart and the trend-setting Dior, but I think they do have a reasonably wide appeal to those who (have to) wear makeup on a daily basis but don’t necessarily use makeup to express themselves in certain sterile office environments. If you regularly stock up trust-worthy essentials, this line is worth following up on.

Fall 2008 collections from other Kanebo-owned brands/lines:




Coffret D’Or (early fall 2008 collection)