I do most of my Asian Beauty shopping online, but customs charges mean I’m limited in what I can buy. Even if the seller has sales, and does offers on shipping I have to be mindful that I’ll be hit with customs charges if I go over a certain limit. It doesn’t matter if they mark it as a gift or not! There are still limits!
I’m sure there are other places to buy Asian Beauty products in person in the UK, but unfortunately I have been unable to find anymore than two shops in London’s Chinatown. It’s easy enough to get there. If you go down the main Chinatown road (Gerrard Street) in Soho and follow the curve, down Newport Court there are a few little shops there.
They first caught my eye with their window display full of Korean celebrities posters (Do Min Ju.. <3). I will warn you, their prices are extortionate. £3.99 for a single sheet mask, £6.49 for a hydrogel mask. The lady who was there was also super rude, I couldn’t touch anything without her sighing really deeply. I’ve been back a few times and there was no eye contact except to make sure I wasn’t stealing. Any questions I asked were met with derision, which was sad. The selection was slim, but they had limited edition things like Etude House Princess Makeup Tables (omgwantpls) but there was a huge markup they were just under £40 each. They had a few BB creams, some skincare sets, but altogether it wasn’t a very good selection. It mostly catered to cute, kpop idol stuff and more pricy sets like SK-II which were well into their hundreds. Absolutely not a place where you can bargain hunt in!
is opposite, and is more catered to Japanese products. Their prices are high, but still much more reasonable than the first store. Even though the layout was a bit mishmashy, the staff were so helpful and knowledgeable, plus there’s a tester area! The only downside is that they don’t give samples. I asked, she blinked and said what samples? Derp.
What’s also really cool is that they have a website with free shipping in the UK, or a small-ish fee with tracking.
I’ve searched for more brick and mortar stores, but I don’t know of any others that reliably sell Asian Beauty products. If you know of any, I’d absolutely love to check them out!