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10 Best Tried and True Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners in 2022 (Hair and Makeup Artist-Reviewed)

Japanese waterproof eyeliners are a must-have in during the summer, or when you're at the beach or swimming pools. However, cosmetics companies and brands like Cezanne, Kanebo, Shiseido, and Imju, to name a few, have come out with tons of waterproof eyeliners. There are also a variety of types of waterproof eyeliners: liquid, pencil, gel and more, making it feel like it's nearly impossible to decide between them all!

So to figure out the best Japanese waterproof eyeliners, we gathered the 38 best-selling waterproof eyeliners from Japan’s e-commerce giants like Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo! Shopping and @cosme Shopping and tested them all.

We tested each product for the following:
  1. Smudge Resistance
  2. Finish
  3. Removal
  4. Feel

We then scored each product based on how they performed in our tests, and compiled a ranking of the 10 best Japanese waterproof eyeliners. We also enlisted the help of makeup artist Atsushi Takatori, who assisted us in evaluating the finish of the products and gave us some helpful insight on how to choose a Japanese waterproof eyeliner.

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What Makes Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners Different?

What Makes Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners Different?

As the name implies, waterproof eyeliners are durable against moisture. Not only does this make them great for the summer, when we get sweaty, but also for beach or pool days, as well as for those whose eyes tend to get watery from allergies


What makes Japanese waterproof eyeliners different, though, is that unlike their Western counterparts, Japanese waterproof eyeliners are also smudge-proof and resistant to friction, making them functional and long-lasting, especially when you plan on having your makeup on for extended periods. 


Compared to non-Japanese waterproof eyeliners, many users claim that Japanese waterproof eyeliners stay on longer throughout the day as well as feature narrower tips that make it easier to draw thin, precise lines. They also often offer vibrant and bold colors, as well as are easily removed with the appropriate makeup remover when it comes time to take it off.


Keep reading to learn more about the best Japanese waterproof eyeliners!

How to Choose Japanese Waterproof Eyeliner – Buying Guide

Here, we want to introduce four points you should look out for when picking out a Japanese waterproof eyeliner.

Consider the Finish You Seek

Broadly speaking, eyeliners are either liquid, pencil, or gel. They might all be waterproof, but the form an eyeliner takes will have a big effect on its finish.

Liquid Eyeliners Help Draw Attention to Your Eyes With Bold Lines

Liquid Eyeliners Help Draw Attention to Your Eyes With Bold Lines

Liquid eyeliners allow you to draw bold, sharp lines, drawing attention to your eyes. They also feel smooth when applied, with minimal friction felt.


Liquid eyeliners can broadly be split into two groups; brush or felt-tipped


Brush-tipped liquid eyeliners have brushes with incredibly fine bristles with a diameter ranging from 0.01 to 0.1 millimeters and feel soft and supple. While you can draw both thick and thin lines with brush liquid eyeliners, the brush can move in all sorts of directions, so you'll need to adjust the amount of pressure you apply when drawing.


Felt-tipped liquid eyeliners are designed similarly to a marker, where the liquid is absorbed by a felt tip. These products allow you to easily draw steady lines and are beginner-friendly. However, since the felt tip doesn't flex much, it can be difficult adjusting the thickness of your lines.

Atsushi Takatori
Hair and Makeup Artist
Atsushi Takatori

When using a liquid eyeliner, don't draw your eyeliner in one long stroke


Instead, angle the brush so it's a bit more flat against your eyes, and draw using shorter strokes, connecting shorter lines.

Pencil Eyeliner Comes Out to a Natural Finish

Pencil Eyeliner Comes Out to a Natural Finish
Even in the world of waterproof eyeliners, pencil eyeliners are a bit more prone to smudging than gel and liquid. However, they’re still more than enough for a day out in the city or at work; if you want something to use on a day-to-day basis, then go with a pencil.
There are eyeliners that you have to sharpen like a traditional No2 pencil; others have refillable cores that you can twist out. Pencil liners are relatively easy to use, which makes them more beginner-friendly

Even if you mess up, you can blur, erase, and adjust the line to a certain extent. They also come out to a softer, more natural finish.

Waterproof pencil eyeliners are not only good for drawing lines, but they're also versatile, and can also be used to color in your eyebrows. You can also use your finger to intentionally smudge the pencil eyeliner a bit to blend it in. Moreover, while most think that pencil eyeliners tend to catch their skin, causing lots of friction, there are plenty of products that you can draw smoothly with.


Pencil eyeliners can be broken down into two types: standard pencils and twist-out core pencils. 


Standard pencil eyeliners require you to sharpen them like a regular pencil you'd use to write or draw on paper and depending on how you sharpen them, you can adjust the thickness of your lines. However, some pencils have a pretty hard lead which might be less pleasant to use when drawing your eyeliner.


Twist-out pencil eyeliners often have soft lead and can be used to smoothly draw lines. Since you don't need to sharpen them, they're great for those who don't like spending too much time prepping their makeup products or for beginners. However, if you twist out too much of the lead, it can break. Some products don't even let you retract the lead that you twist out, which can also make them difficult to use.

Atsushi Takatori
Hair and Makeup Artist
Atsushi Takatori

Pencil eyeliners can be easy to use with one simple trick: use your other hand to tug your eyelid to give it some tension, making it easy to draw neat, fine lines.


Also, when drawing the outer corner of your eye, try to start by drawing from the outside, moving inwards to prevent your eyelids from catching onto the pencil.

Gel Eyeliners Have a Soft Finish and Smooth Feel

Gel Eyeliners Have a Soft Finish and Smooth Feel

Gel eyeliners have a smooth, buttery feel to them, and offer a slightly fuzzy finish that looks a bit like a crayon, allowing you to create fashionable eyes with little to no skills.


Gel eyeliners are broadly separated into either pencil gel eyeliners or jarred gel eyeliners


Most pencil gel eyeliners are the kind where you twist out and can be used to draw the outline of your eyeliner as well as to color in the spaces between your eyelashes. However, since they have a soft core, they can easily break.


Jarred gel eyeliners are applied using a brush, which may or may not be supplied with the product. While they can be used to draw intense, bold lines, the gel can also easily harden. Moreover, jarred gel eyeliners are a bit more difficult to adjust the amount you want to use, requiring a bit more skill and experience.

Atsushi Takatori
Hair and Makeup Artist
Atsushi Takatori

Filling in the space between your eyelashes can give you a neat finish.


However, if you blink before the eyeliner dries, you might get some color onto places where you don't want it to go, so be sure that it dries.

See if It’s Been Identified as Smudge-Proof

See if It’s Been Identified as Smudge-Proof
You can be sure waterproof eyeliner will be water- and sweat-resistant, but we can’t say the same about oil. Therefore, if you secrete a lot of sebum around your eyes or are physically active, you want an eyeliner that is both waterproof and smudge-proof.

Waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliners will likely last you all day, saving you the hassle of constant touch-ups.


Smudge-proof eyeliners are resistant to sebum and can help your eyeliner stay on even when you have oily skin or if you use liquid foundation or concealer around your eyes.


However, smudge-proof eyeliner can only protect against sebum, and won't hold up against water, friction, or even humidity. If you want to protect your eyeliner from friction, look for products formulated for friction resistance.

Check How to Remove the Eyeliner

Check How to Remove the Eyeliner
You might be worrying that waterproof eyeliner will be a pain to remove, but this isn't always the case. Generally speaking, there are two ways you can remove waterproof eyeliners (which, of course, depends on the particular formula): with warm water or with eye makeup remover.

Eyeliner that comes off with warm water doesn’t react to sweat or lukewarm water, but as soon as it comes into contact with water around 100℉, it starts to come off, making it gentler on the skin.


Waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner has a higher adhesion to the skin, so even if the manufacturer claims they can be removed with hot water, it may be difficult to remove entirely.

When you rub at your eyes to remove eyeliner, you're paving the way for hyperpigmentation and will develop a dull, sunken-eyed look, so it’s important that you find an eyeliner that’s easy to remove.


However, as we found out from our tests, no matter what the product is, it's best to use a makeup remover anyway to be sure that your eyeliner is completely removed.

Consider How it Feels to Use

Consider How it Feels to Use

Even if you find a brand or a color that you like, if the eyeliner is inconvenient to use, it may affect your finish. Be sure to check how the eyeliner feels to use, especially how it feels on your skin and how easy it is to hold.


What makes an eyeliner feel good to use:

  • The cap isn't too firm or too loose
  • The tip (brush, felt, or lead) is flexible and gentle on the skin
  • It doesn't apply too much or too little color at once
  • It dries quickly
  • The body is thick enough and can be held easily

Be sure to watch out for eyeliners that feel abrasive, as this can cause the delicate skin around your eyes to become rough. Also, eyeliners that take forever to dry can possibly lead to the eyeliner getting on places you don't want it to.

10 Best Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners

We gathered the 38 bestselling waterproof eyeliners from Japan’s e-commerce giants like Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo! Shopping and @cosme Shopping and tested them all.

We tested each product for the following:
  1. Smudge Resistance
  2. Finish
  3. Removal
  4. Feel

※Some of the prices have been converted to dollars from the original Japanese price for easier viewing.


※※Prices were gathered from respective EC sites on July 15, 2022.

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Cezanne Cezanne Gel Eyeliner 1

Cezanne

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Kanebo Cosmetics Kate Rare Fit Gel Pencil 1

Kanebo Cosmetics

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pdc IBERIS PMEL Cream Shadow Liner 1

pdc

4
Bandai The Rose of Versailles princess Antoinette Gel Pencil Eyeliner 1

Bandai

5
Shiseido Integrate Snipe Gel Liner 1

Shiseido

6
Imju Déjà Vu Lasting Fine Cream Pencil 1

Imju

7
IDA Laboratories CAMMAKE Creamy Touch Liner 1

IDA Laboratories

8
I-ne CAROME. Liquid Eyeliner 1

I-ne

9
Sanzen Stage Liner 1

Sanzen

10
Cuore K-Palette Real Strong Eyeliner 24hWP 1

Cuore

Name

Cezanne Gel Eyeliner

Kate Rare Fit Gel Pencil

IBERIS PMEL Cream Shadow Liner

The Rose of Versailles princess Antoinette Gel Pencil Eyeliner

Integrate Snipe Gel Liner

Déjà Vu Lasting Fine Cream Pencil

CAMMAKE Creamy Touch Liner

CAROME. Liquid Eyeliner

Stage Liner

K-Palette Real Strong Eyeliner 24hWP

Features

Excellent Finish That Is Smudge Resistant But Also Easy To Remove

Quick-Drying Eyeliner With Deep Color That Sticks To The Skin

Easy Application With Steady Color With No Budge

Rich Color That Is Gentle on The Skin And Easy To Grip

A Smooth Gel Eyeliner That’s Resistant to Water, Oil and Friction

Its Soft and Smooth Oval Core Makes It Easy to Draw and Easy to Remove

Resistant to Water And Oil But Hard To Draw

Easy To Draw Delicate Line But Smudge With Water + Rubbing

Deep, Vivid Color But The Liquid Drips

"Great Finish But Takes Time To Remove "

Price$4.17$8.90$10.01$6.81$5.63$10.02$5.43$11.69$6.47$28.92
Japaneseセザンヌ化粧品 ジェルアイライナーカネボウ化粧品 ケイト レアフィットジェルペンシルpdc イベリスピメル クリームシャドウライナーバンダイ ベルサイユのばら ジェルペンシルアイライナー資生堂 インテグレート スナイプジェルライナーイミュ デジャヴュ ラスティンファイン クリームペンシル井田ラボラトリーズ キャンメイク クリーミータッチライナーI−ne CAROME. リキッドアイライナー三善 ステージライナークオレ K-パレット リアルストロングアイライナー24hWP
TypeGel and pencil typesGel and pencilPencil and roll-out typesGel and pencil typesGel and pencil typesPencil and roll-out typesGel and pencil typesLiquid and brush typesLiquid and brush typesLiquid, brush type
Available colorsBlack, Brown, Burgundy, Pink Beige, Orange BrownHigh black, bitter brown, brownDeep brown, natural brown, red brownBlack, brownBlack, brownReal black, dark brown, mauve brown, cassis brown, khaki blackDeep black, dark brown, medium brown, garnet burgundyBlack, brown, natural brown, burgundy, smoky grayBlack,brown, red, whiteSuper black, brown black, deep brown, retro brown, classic burgundy
Color tested10 BlackHigh blackDeep brownBlackBlack, brownReal Black01 Deep blackBlackBlackSuper black
Smudge-proofNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Overall score3.863.683.63.533.53.493.463.453.433.42
Smudge Resistance3.84.33.33.83.83.33.83.25.03.4
Finish5.05.05.03.43.33.83.34.33.25.0
Removal3.83.13.83.33.43.83.43.83.33.1
Feel3.23.43.33.63.83.53.23.53.13.4
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Japaneseセザンヌ化粧品 ジェルアイライナー
TypeGel and pencil types
Available colorsBlack, Brown, Burgundy, Pink Beige, Orange Brown
Color tested10 Black
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.86
Smudge Resistance3.8
Finish5.0
Removal3.8
Feel3.2
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Kanebo CosmeticsKate Rare Fit Gel Pencil

$8.90

Japaneseカネボウ化粧品 ケイト レアフィットジェルペンシル
TypeGel and pencil
Available colorsHigh black, bitter brown, brown
Color testedHigh black
Smudge-proofYes
Overall score3.68
Smudge Resistance4.3
Finish5.0
Removal3.1
Feel3.4
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pdcIBERIS PMEL Cream Shadow Liner

$10.01

Japanesepdc イベリスピメル クリームシャドウライナー
TypePencil and roll-out types
Available colorsDeep brown, natural brown, red brown
Color testedDeep brown
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.6
Smudge Resistance3.3
Finish5.0
Removal3.8
Feel3.3
4

BandaiThe Rose of Versailles princess Antoinette Gel Pencil Eyeliner

$6.81

Japaneseバンダイ ベルサイユのばら ジェルペンシルアイライナー
TypeGel and pencil types
Available colorsBlack, brown
Color testedBlack
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.53
Smudge Resistance3.8
Finish3.4
Removal3.3
Feel3.6
5

ShiseidoIntegrate Snipe Gel Liner

$5.63

Japanese資生堂 インテグレート スナイプジェルライナー
TypeGel and pencil types
Available colorsBlack, brown
Color testedBlack, brown
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.5
Smudge Resistance3.8
Finish3.3
Removal3.4
Feel3.8
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ImjuDéjà Vu Lasting Fine Cream Pencil

$10.02

Japaneseイミュ デジャヴュ ラスティンファイン クリームペンシル
TypePencil and roll-out types
Available colorsReal black, dark brown, mauve brown, cassis brown, khaki black
Color testedReal Black
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.49
Smudge Resistance3.3
Finish3.8
Removal3.8
Feel3.5
7

IDA LaboratoriesCAMMAKE Creamy Touch Liner

$5.43

Japanese井田ラボラトリーズ キャンメイク クリーミータッチライナー
TypeGel and pencil types
Available colorsDeep black, dark brown, medium brown, garnet burgundy
Color tested01 Deep black
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.46
Smudge Resistance3.8
Finish3.3
Removal3.4
Feel3.2
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JapaneseI−ne CAROME. リキッドアイライナー
TypeLiquid and brush types
Available colorsBlack, brown, natural brown, burgundy, smoky gray
Color testedBlack
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.45
Smudge Resistance3.2
Finish4.3
Removal3.8
Feel3.5
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Japanese三善 ステージライナー
TypeLiquid and brush types
Available colorsBlack,brown, red, white
Color testedBlack
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.43
Smudge Resistance5.0
Finish3.2
Removal3.3
Feel3.1
10

CuoreK-Palette Real Strong Eyeliner 24hWP

$28.92

Japaneseクオレ K-パレット リアルストロングアイライナー24hWP
TypeLiquid, brush type
Available colorsSuper black, brown black, deep brown, retro brown, classic burgundy
Color testedSuper black
Smudge-proofNo
Overall score3.42
Smudge Resistance3.4
Finish5.0
Removal3.1
Feel3.4

How We Tested The Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners

How We Tested The Japanese Waterproof Eyeliners

We gathered 28 popular Japanese waterproof eyeliners from Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme and tested them for their smudge resistance, removal, finish, and application.

Test ① Smudge Resistance

Test ① Smudge Resistance

In choosing a waterproof product, the most important thing to consider is its durability.

First, we tested how water-resistant the product is. We applied the liquid eyeliner to synthetic leather and let it dry for 30 seconds, and then sprayed it with exactly two sprays of water. We left it in that state for 30 seconds, rubbed it once with a cotton swab, and checked how much color came off


After that, we reapplied the eyeliner, replaced the water with horse oil, and tested its resistance to oil using the same process.

We then graded each eyeliner on a five-point scale from 1.0 to 5.0 and gave a perfect score to the ones that refused to come off at all with both water and horse oil.

Gel and Pencils Were the Most Durable, Liquid Eyeliner Wasn’t as Tough

Gel and Pencils Were the Most Durable, Liquid Eyeliner Wasn’t as Tough

The products that earned a score of 4 or above in this test didn't lose any color even after water, oil, and friction were applied. Of which, they were mostly gel or pencil waterproof eyeliners, meaning that if you want something that can withstand most things, consider a gel or pencil.


On the other hand, liquid waterproof eyeliners either lost color or became runny and wore off when water, oil, and friction were applied. While the liquid eyeliners withstood water and oil, they couldn't stand up to friction. If you have allergies and tend to rub your eyes frequently, consider a non-liquid waterproof eyeliner for best results.

Test ② Finish

Test ② Finish

Next, we tested the finish of the waterproof eyeliners. For this test, we asked makeup artist Atsushi Takatori to evaluate and comment on the finish of all waterproof eyeliners.

The products with the best finish from an expert's perspective were given a score of 5.0.

Kate Rare Fit Gel Pencil Earned the Highest Score in the Finish Test With its Intense Color and Easy Application With a Single Stroke

Kate Rare Fit Gel Pencil Earned the Highest Score in the Finish Test With its Intense Color and Easy Application With a Single Stroke
In this test, 16 products received a score of 4.0 or higher. In addition to their solid, vivid, and beautiful colors, all these products had deep colors, were easy to use, and dried quickly. Bold color allows the products to fill in the gaps between fine creases on the eyelids and allow you to draw a line with a consistent thickness without smudging.

In addition, those that don’t dry quickly after applying will affect the finish. For best results, look for a product that dries quickly and adheres well to the skin.

Moreover, consider a waterproof eyeliner that has a firm grip so you can draw a steady line.  When purchasing in-store, make sure to check how vivid and deep the color is as well as how easy it is to draw a line.

Test ③ Ease of Removal

Test ③ Ease of Removal

Next, we looked at how easy each eyeliner was to remove. Even with waterproof eyeliners, you ideally want a product that comes off easily when it's time to take them off.

We applied all the products onto our arms and then we tried removing them using three types of makeup removers (water, gel, and oil) and checked how easily the waterproof eyeliners came off. We gave a perfect score of 5.0 to the ones that came off with all three types of makeup removers.

Don’t Be Fooled by Products That Claim to Be Easily Removed With Warm Water

Don’t Be Fooled by Products That Claim to Be Easily Removed With Warm Water
Unfortunately, most eyeliners that claim to be easily removed turned out to be not as easy to remove as the manufacturers want us to think.

Out of the 38 total products we tested, only six products earned high scores for removal, and they were mostly gel or pencil eyeliners. Moreover, five of those six didn't claim to be removable with hot water not claim to be easy to remove.

On the other hand, a handful of the 20 products that were hard to remove or could only be removed with a specific type of makeup remover claimed that they can be removed with hot water. In short, regardless of the product, it's best to always use a makeup remover, even if the product claims that it's not necessary.

Test ④ Feel

Test ④ Feel

Finally, we tested the feel of the products.

We gathered several Japanese staff from mybest's editorial team, all with different eye shapes, and had them use each waterproof eyeliner to test how they felt, including how easily they applied and how hard the caps and brush tips are. 


We gave a perfect score of 5.0 to the ones that were easy to apply and felt great to use.

Heroine Make Products Earned Top Scores in Feel With Their Versatile Brush Tips

Heroine Make Products Earned Top Scores in Feel With Their Versatile Brush Tips
Among the 30 products that earned a higher-than-average score, while it didn't make it onto our top 10 list, Heroine Make's Smooth Liquid Eyeliner received the highest scores in the feel test for its secure cap, flexible brush that feels soft against the skin, and ability to draw lines exactly how we wanted.

Other products that performed well had the following in common: they had flexible brush tips that were easy to draw with, and also felt soft against the skin. The flexibility of the brush and brush core made it easy to draw both thin and thick lines.

On the other hand, products that received lower scores had a brush tip that was hard and felt rough against the skin. Gel and pencil eyeliners were either too hard or too soft that they bent or even broke easily. Finally, liquid eyeliners were rated poorly because the liquid tended to come out too much at once and were also harder to use due to the particular shape of the brush.

Check Out These Other Great J-Beauty Eye Makeup Products

There are plenty of other Japanese eye makeup products out there for you to try! We've tested them all, gathered information from experts, and created handy buying guides for you to reference if you're looking for more.

Author: Rio Sasaki/Translation: Jasmine Li, Mitsuki Nagasawa, Izumi Taneda/Images: Anan Ma


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    Got a dry, rough beard? It might be time to moisturize your facial hair with either a beard balm or oil! They're also often packed with nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, avocado oil, or coconut oil that deeply condition your facial hair and leave it soft to the touch. Not to mention that some products are infused with protein-rich botanicals that can encourage hair growth and make your beard thicker and fuller.After combing through various products, we've narrowed down the 10 highly-recommended products that can help you achieve a good-looking beard. Honest Amish's Beard Balm is one of the highlights in our list of favorites since it's packed with nut butter and essential oils that can deeply hydrate your beard while calming painful skin irritations. If you're curious about other products on our list, keep reading! There's also a buying guide at the end to give you some tips in choosing the most suitable product for your beard.
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  • 10 Best Fragrance-Free Body Lotions in 2022 (Dermatologist-Reviewed)
    10 Best Fragrance-Free Body Lotions in 2022 (Dermatologist-Reviewed)
    For those with sensitive skin, fragranced body lotions can be quite irritating. In fact, the added fragrance in many regular lotions is usually made of chemicals like acetone and alcohol, which can potentially trigger allergic reactions. So to be on the safe side, go for a fragrance-free product! It is less likely to cause irritation and will give your skin the nourishment it needs. To save you some time researching, we scoured the internet for the best fragrance-free body lotions online. Among them, Lubriderm's Daily Moisture Lotion truly impressed us with its ultra-hydrating formula that contains vitamin B5, glycerin, and dimethicone. Want to know more great options? Continue reading our list of top 10 best products! We've also compiled a buying guide at the end to help you find the best fragrance-free body lotion that works for your skin.
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  • 10 Best Aluminum-Free Deodorants for Men in 2022 (Dermatologist-Reviewed)
    10 Best Aluminum-Free Deodorants for Men in 2022 (Dermatologist-Reviewed)
    Frustrated with the yellow stains on the armpits of your favorite white shirt? Or perhaps you have sensitive skin and want to avoid chemicals commonly found in regular antiperspirants? It's time to switch to aluminum-free deodorants! They can keep your underarms smelling fresh for a long time by attacking odor-causing bacteria or using ingredients like magnesium to block sweat. After searching online, we've tracked down 10 highly-recommended products that can help you fight off your pit odor. Among them, Schmidt's Charcoal and Magnesium Deodorant was our favorite, as it's formulated with ingredients that fight odor-causing bacteria, absorb sweat, and keep your skin smooth and healthy. Curious about other products on our list? Keep scrolling down! There's also a buying guide at the end, reviewed by a board certified dermatologist, that gives you some tips on choosing the most suitable product.
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  • 10 Best BB Creams for Dark Skin in 2022 (Makeup Artist-Reviewed)
    10 Best BB Creams for Dark Skin in 2022 (Makeup Artist-Reviewed)
    BB creams, or blemish balms, are super versatile and can act as a primer, foundation, and moisturizer. If you're in search of natural, quick makeup, having a BB cream is a good option! But picking out the right BB for dark skin is not easy. BB creams come in many different shades and finishes, and not all of them are suitable for dark skin. If you need some suggestions, take a look at our list of favorites. Black Radiance's True Complexion BB Cream won first place on our list, as it has a lightweight, non-greasy texture and boasts a nourishing formula that keeps your skin healthy. There are many more products on our list, so give them a look! We have also compiled many tips to help you choose a BB cream that suits your dark skin tone. 
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  • 10 Best Korean Night Creams in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    10 Best Korean Night Creams in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    If you're a K-beauty fanatic, you know that ingredients in Korean skincare can do a body good. When it comes to your nighttime routine, night creams are the perfect tool for ensuring a great beauty rest! That's why we went out of our way to research and compile a list of our absolute favorite Korean night creams.In our opinion, Neogen x Joan Kim VitaDuo Day and Night Cream is among the great Korean skincare products that provide great hydrating and moisturizing effects. Aside from being effective, it's also very innovative as it contains two creams - intensive day cream and night cream - in one container. Check out what more skincare products are a good addition to your night skincare routine! And if you're still full of questions, check out our buying guide with tips from aesthetician Devan Jesmer.
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Toners in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Toners in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    The Japanese skincare routine has quite a few steps. There’s cleansing; then the first step after cleansing is toning. To help you ease into Japanese skincare, we ordered the 10 most popular toners from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and @cosme) and tested them all. We also invited a specialist and had her compare the following:Moisturization AbilityIngredientsFeelThis is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese toners. We also consulted our specialist about skincare–for example, we asked about how to properly put on toner and the order in which we should apply toner, lotion, and essences. We share all this information at the end of the article, so stay tuned.
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  • 9 Best Tried and True Japanese Hair Dyes in 2022 (Hair Stylist-Reviewed)
    9 Best Tried and True Japanese Hair Dyes in 2022 (Hair Stylist-Reviewed)
    Dyeing hair has been on-trend recently, but it can be expensive to do. Why not try an at-home kit instead of heading out to the salon? They're perfect for trying out different colors and getting a feel for dyeing hair in general. Japanese hair dyes, though formulated with dark, black Asian hair in mind, can also work great for other types of hair, but always make sure to conduct a patch test in case!To figure out what's best to use, we evaluated and tested 9 of the most popular hair dyes found on popular e-commerce sites in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping. We tested them based on three criteria: FinishHow long the color lastedHow it felt after dyingKeep on reading to find out which was our top pick for best Japanese hair dye!
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  • 10 Best Korean Sunscreens for Oily Skin in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    10 Best Korean Sunscreens for Oily Skin in 2022 (Aesthetician-Reviewed)
    Frustrated with all the sunscreens with rich consistency that won't sink into your skin and make your skin feel even oilier than it already is? Consider using a Korean sunscreen! Most have a lightweight consistency that can absorb quickly into your skin and provide optimal protection against the sun. Besides, some even contain ingredients that can help regulate oil production to balance out your oily skin and leave it feeling much more refreshed.After combing the internet, we've found 10 Korean sunscreens that can work like a charm for your oily skin. One of them is COSRX's Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, which is formulated with aloe leaf extract to soothe and lightly moisturize the skin. There are other products that are equally effective on our list, so give them a look as well!  And check out our buying guide and additional tips from aesthetician Devan Jesmer.
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Body Washes in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Body Washes in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    Have you ever wanted a body wash that doesn't have a strong scent? Or something that can moisturize your skin? Well, why not both? Japanese body washes are known for their gentle scents, formulas, and great feel. That's why we scoured popular e-commerce sites in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Kakaku.com to find the best body washes available online. Then we purchased some of the most popular products and tested them for the following:Cleansing abilityMoisturizing abilityIngredientsFeelKeep reading to find out our 10 best Japanese body washes available online.
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  • We Tried the 10 Best Japanese Whitening Serums in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    We Tried the 10 Best Japanese Whitening Serums in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    Whitening serums are essential for those who want to suppress melanin production and reduce the appearance of freckles and dark spots. However, with a wide range of products available, from brands such as HAKU, Chifure, and MUJI, to high-end brands such as Sunstar and Albion, as well as a dizzying number of active ingredients like tranexamic acid, kojic acid, and arbutin, it’s difficult to tell which ingredients are actually effective and which aren’t, as well as which products are best for sensitive skin.To determine the best whitening serums, we gathered the 48 best-selling whitening serums on e-commerce sites popular in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo! Shopping, and @cosme SHOPPING and tested them all.We tested each product for the following:IngredientsMoisturizing abilityFeelIn addition to our buying guide on how to choose a whitening serum, we'll also explain what you can expect from a whitening serum and answer your questions on whether or not they work on hyperpigmentation. Keep reading to find out more!
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Face Creams in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Face Creams in 2022 (Beauty Expert-Reviewed)
    Face creams (also known as moisturizing cream or beauty cream) are essential for keeping your face moisturized. There are so many different types of face creams, including those that are non-sticky, highly moisturizing, or even quasi-drugs that are suitable for preventing acne.Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten for the best face cream. We then chose the most popular products and tested them all.We tested the products for the following:MoisturizationIngredientsHow they feltStickinessWe then compiled everything you need to know to look for a face cream in our buying guide, including how to choose the best moisturizing cream for your skin type (sensitive skin, dry skin, etc.) and season. Keep on reading to find out more!
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