Where will you get the surefire bang for your buck? Where will you find the in-demand brands you once needed to fly out of the country for? Here, we break down these and more for you. From Korean skincare products to American cult classics, scroll through for the beauty stores you should check out before your next beauty haul.
With almost 20 brick and mortar stores scattered across Metro Manila, Beauty Bar is one of the more well-known and trusted beauty retailers in the country and one of the first to bring in a diverse selection of Asian beauty brands. There’s comfort in knowing they have an online counterpart to make the shopping experience easier now, too.
If you’re after affordable, authentic beauty products and don’t mind a three-week wait to get them in the mail, then Pretty Girl Manila is your best bet.
Products here are sold on a pre-order basis, which means all you have to be mindful about is the regular monthly cut-off. When you do decide to place an order, you have the option to either pay 20% of your total bill and settle your balance once your package arrives or pay for it in full. This kind of flexible payment scheme means you can go ahead and treat yourself, but give your wallet a holiday, too.
All your K-Beauty favorites (and then some) in one place: that’s what you can expect when shopping at Althea Korea. It’s home to popular beauty brands like Nature Republic, Holika Holika, Missha, Skinfood, Huxley, The SAEM and the Althea brand itself.
It goes without saying that Calyxta has an extensive library of beauty brands (at different price points, too), but perhaps the most impressive thing about this online retailer is its roster of high-end labels. Avène, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Lanvin, Charlotte Tilbury, Clinique and Giorgio Armani are just some of the luxury names you’ll see on the site. Calyxta also has an impressive selection of Korean beauty brands perfect for those who subscribe to K-Beauty skincare routines.
Suesh (pronounced soosh) is a world-renowned makeup brand known for their professional tools and accessories for makeup artists. You can get airbrush equipment, brush sets, all the way to makeup station essentials from this store, which makes Suesh a professional makeup artist’s dream shopping destination.