3 Places to Find Affordable Makeup in Tokyo

  • Tokyo has a reputation for having one of the most expensive lifestyles in the world. Products tend to be more expensive there than in any other part of the country. But, do you know that you can actually buy affordable, good quality makeup even in the country’s capital city? Here are some tips on how to do so!




    Many drugstores in Tokyo look like general health and beauty shops. At first glance, they may not even look like drugstores. There are so many cosmetics which seem to be prominent in their displays. Drugstores such as Matsumoto Kiyoshi and Kokumin are the places where you should start looking for affordable makeup. They have a lot of brands on display such as Cezanne and Canmake that provide products under 1,000 yen.

    Don Quijote

    If you ever want to do any late-night shopping for cosmetics or other items, you can head to Don Quijote. It is a popular chain of discount department stores which tend to close very late at night. You can find a lot of branches in most major locations in Tokyo: Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Akihabara and so on. Don Quijote has pretty much everything you need including makeup! Just like the drugstores, they also carry a variety of cheap, mid-range and high-end brands.

    Tokyu Hands


    Tokyu Hands is popularly known as a DIY shop. It is a place where you can buy crafting supplies and materials. However, it does have cosmetics too! The average Tokyu Hands branch has a floor devoted to health and beauty products. This is where you can find affordable makeup. Though drugstores tend to be cheaper, the products in Tokyu Hands are not expensive either. You can find some branches in: Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Kita-Senju, Toyosu, Ginza (near Yurakucho Station) and right next to Tokyo Station.

    If you have time to go shopping in Tokyo, don’t forget to visit these places. Go ahead and prettify yourself even if you’re on a budget!

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