Isetan Limited in June- RMK and Laduree

Hi Everyone, 


Tsuyu (rainy season in Japan) has not come to Tokyo yet, but it is raining every day.  I wonder which is better,  33C sunny & humid day or rainy day.
In July and August, Japan has very little rain except for Typhoon. 

This summer will be even more difficulty as people wear a mask.


I have been to Isetan a lot these days.  They provide good service, and they have many limited products to Isetan.

(Isetan and Hankyu have many own limited products. )

Besides, fewer people are shopping at Isetan than before, and I can buy products quickly and comfortably.


This is Isetan limited RMK products – Ukiyoe Modern. 


Ukiyoe is painting that was very popular during Edo Period (1603-1867). It is made from woodblock prints, so that it was easy to copy the original. 
People were able to buy them at a reasonable price, and it became popular among people.

(This is a painting by Utamaro)


These are Laduree limited.

Lasting Pressed Powder 4800 yen

Glittering Eye Color 3000 yen

Pressed Cheek N Mini 3600 yen

Please let me know if you are interested in these limited products.


I had  a call from Laduree shop manager, who will be on her maternity leave.


That was nice of her, and maybe only second or third time to get a call from shop outside business.

Only one company called me after the ‘stayhome.’ It was Mikimoto, and it really impressed me )

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EMS is not still working.
I am talking to DHL and FedEX now. I will try using DHL this week!


Thank you for reading.

Toshiya

Are Tom Ford brushes made with natural hair?

Hi Everyone,

The other day I was asked if Tom Ford still makes brushes with goat hair.

I received a similar question for Shu Uemura. They use to make Kolinsky brushes, but don’t make brushes with natural hair anymore.

The Shu synthetic brush prices are similar to those of natural hair, which I reckon disappoints some brush lovers.

As Tom Ford brushes look very similar to Hakuhodo brushes with goat hair, I had imagined that it was goat hair.

Tom Ford opened its first shop in Shibuya so I visited there.

A salesperson did not know so she went somewhere to check. And she came back with the other person.

This person was so open that she told me that their brushes used to be made by Hakuhodo with goat hair. But not anymore.

It is not made in Japan either. Actually, it seems to be a trend. Dior told me that their brushes were not made in Japan anymore.

Still, Kumano brushes provide many brushes to cosmetic companies.

Chikuhodo makes brushes for Kanebo and its group companies.
e.g. SUQQU, RMK.

But, most companies don’t reveal which cosmetic companies they provide with brushes. In most cases, it is a secret.

But, sometimes it is obvious.

Personally I think RMK sells good natural hair brushes for the values while most makeup companies sell brushes with synthetic hair. (the picture above)

It is true that I rarely get an order for brushes of makeup brands. People prefer Kumano brand brushes.

Also, makeup brands’ brushes are probably more expensive with advertising and personnel costs than Kumano brushes.

SUQQU has an interesting situation.
SUQQU at UK department stores sell brushes less expensive than in Japan, I guess, due to the currency exchange rate.

Some of you know this but you may want to check it)

I will ask more about brushes when I visit makeup brands.

Thank you for reading,
Toshiya

Hakuhodo Mitsukoshi sets

Hi Everyone,

It is almost 2020. Most companies entered into New Year holidays.

Dec 28 to Jan 5. It will be more than one week.

It is said to be the record number of people flying from Japan to overseas. You will see many Japanese in your country)

As people can take a long vacation, it seems they go on a long trip, according to a big travel agency. Here are where the Japanese go.

  1. Taiwan
  2. Italy
  3. Spain
  4. China
  5. Egypt
  6. Germany
  7. Austria
  8. Viet Nam
  9. France
  10. England

I remember Hawaii was No. 1, but maybe it has changed.

I made a short trip myself. To Ginza, LOL.

Ginza, as you may know, is a shopping street of high – end brands.

I visited Hakuhodo and here are four sets they have now.

Please reply to this email, if you are interested.

Elegant set – 15600 yen

Make set 26040yen

Compact light pink set 10800 yen,

J601, J5523, G5514 and push up lip PmA and cloth.

Beauty set 20400 yen

F3210, J110, J5523, J5529, K005, K015, Cloth and Soap.

Thank you for reading,

Toshiya

There are some makeup shops I don’t want to visit

Hi Everyone, 

As you may know, I am located in Shibuya, so three or four department stores are within a walking distance. 

It sounds easy, right?

But, it takes some energy to go to the makeup sections of the department stores. I can feel that male customers are not welcomed, as we don’t look like regular buyers.

A new place is especially difficult as shop employees wonder what I want.  Sometimes they ignore me.

They don’t think I would buy high-end cosmetics though most shops say there are many male customers. Is it true? I seldom see men alone there.

At the shops I regularly go to, I have explained to them that I send Japanese brushes and makeup to overseas so  I  have an easier time.

Actually, many are very nice. 

Of course, it depends on a person. I have some people easy to talk to and difficult to talk to. 

I googled some surveys on which brands are friendlier and which are less.

I can see that some or many Japanese women feel pressured to visit a department cosmetic section as they are more expensive than drug stores and also they sit and receive a touch-up. 

These are what I found.

Good : Albion and Decorte are friendly. 

MAC shop employees don’t look friendly,  but actually they turned out to be great, LOL.

Ok: IPSA, Dior, ADDICTION has mixed opinions.

Maybe no good: NARS (I haven’t bought much there so I don’t know…)

I know I cannot generalize brands’ images, as they totally depend on a person whom a customer talks to.

Here are the rankings based on my experinces:

Good!

Albion, Decorte, SUQQU, Jill Stuart, Laduree, Paul and Joe, RMK

Chicca ( sorry they will close)

Mixed feelings??

ADDICTION,   Tom Ford,  Shiseido 

I don’t want to go….

Chanel

Armani 

Shu Uemura (except for one person, LOL)

At the last three brands, I try to spend as short time as possible, lol.

In general, shop employees are well trained, and I may be just demanding and spoiled.

I will update these rankings from time to time)

Thank you for reading!

Toshiya


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