Cosmetics Hong Kong: How to Buy High-Quality Products for Less

by SavvyinHK
February 14, 2021

Want high-quality cosmetics but don’t want to pay sky-high prices?  Here at SavvyinHK, we feel your pain, and we’re here to help you smile while you reapply your lip-gloss.

Hong Kong and luxury cosmetics go hand in hand but, the prices can get rather expensive. Luckily, the city is full of affordable and quality makeup options, too.

We’ve rounded up a list of the best places to buy affordable yet high-quality cosmetic products both online and in-store. 

In this article, we will cover where to buy a variety of makeup, including:

  • Cult makeup products (clinically proven)
  • Long-lasting Italian makeup products
  • Designer makeup without Hong Kong prices
  • Korean and Japanese makeup

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1. Which can I buy cult makeup products at low prices?

Cult Beauty

Hula lipstick is long lasting and available in strong, powerful colors.

Are you looking for makeup products that are actually effective?  Cult Beauty is the insider’s guide to the world’s best beauty products, from skincare to makeup.

Each of Cult Beauty’s products is carefully selected for efficacy and stand-alone excellence.

Cult Beauty has a wide array of brands available, including BECCA, Benefit, Charlotte Tilbury, Huda Beauty, Laura Mercier, and NARS.

How can you know it’s the right shade? I’ve really appreciated Cult’s reviews – it cuts through these worries when you can check out what actual customers have said.

One more great thing; you can knock 20% off all the prices online! When you get your makeup shipped to Hong Kong, they knock off the UK VAT, which gives you a nice discount at the checkout. 

When I’ve ordered from Cult Beauty, I’ve not had problems; the products have arrived a few days later. Plus, when you put in an order of over £70, shipping is free.

Compared to Sephora, we have found from our own experience that you can expect to pay approximately 20% less for products bought at Cult Beauty

2. Which can I buy long-lasting inexpensive cosmetics in Hong Kong?

Kiko Milano

For high-quality inexpensive makeup products we absolutely love the cosmetics brand Kiko Milano. Their products are all clinically-tested with proven results.

Have you checked out the Kiko Milano makeup stores in Hong Kong?

These cosmetic products are gorgeous looking with a cool minimalist design that’s all about the products’ quality. I found the staff to be super helpful, and they really knew their products.

As a brand, Kiko Milano was created more than 20 years ago with the specific purpose of producing professional-grade makeup at reasonable prices.

The brand uses clinical tests to prove each and every Kiko Milano product’s effectiveness, so you can rest easy knowing that the products were made with care.

Specializing in high-pigment eyeshadow, long-lasting lipstick, and beautiful bronzers and blushes.

Check the products out in-store, and you’ll instantly understand the quality you’re getting. Unfortunately, you can’t buy these products online in Hong Kong but, if you stumble upon one of their 7 stores, do yourself a favor, go inside and try a few products.

If you’re not sure where to start, try these.

Our favorite Kiko Milano cosmetics products are:  

  • Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Stick  
  • High Pigment Eyeshadow 
  • Kohl-based Long-Lasting Eyeliner  

Importantly, Kiko Milano products are long-lasting. You can expect a similar quality to NARS and MAC Cosmetics but at less than 50% of these more well-known brands’ prices.

Kiko Milano Locations: 

KIKO – TUEN MUN – V City: Shop M77, MTR Level, V City, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, +852 2663 0655
KIKO – KWUN TONG – APM: UC-22, APM, Millennium City 5, Kwun Tong, +852 2328 5033
KIKO – MONG KOK: Shop G6, G/F, Ginza Plaza, No. 2A Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, +852 2310 2316
KIKO – TSIM SHA TSUI – Cameron Road: Shop 1, G/F, Tern Plaza, No. 5 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,  +852 2509 4678
KIKO – MONG KOK – LANGHAM PLACE: Shop 12, B1/F, Langham Place, No.8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, + 852 2895 1510
KIKO – TAI KOO – Cityplaza: Shop 132, 1/F, Cityplaza, No. 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, +852 2432 2662
KIKO – SHEUNG SHUI – Landmark North: Shop226, 2/F, Landmark North, Sheung Shui, +852 2388 1858

3. Which can I buy designer cosmetics at better prices in Hong Kong?

Selfridges

We’re huge fans of what Selfridges has to offer savvy Hong Kong shoppers, including their designer makeup brands at excellent prices. Looking for where to get the following makeup brands in Hong Kong?

  • Dior
  • Bare Minerals
  • Stila
  • Urban Decay
  • Yves Saint Laurent

Head over to Selfridges, where you can buy these and lots more for great prices.

What makes Selfridges one of our top picks is their international delivery membership, Selfridges + Global.

You pay a one-off $420 for a year of unlimited delivery to Hong Kong and 130 other countries. Plus, the prices are great.

Let’s look at an example. On Selfridges, you can pick up Bare Minerals barePRO™ Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20 30ml for $290, whilst on the Bare Minerals Hong Kong website, you pay $320.

4. Which online platform in Hong Kong sells discounted makeup and skincare?

Strawberrynet

NARS is a high-quality cosmetics brands that we love. Want to know where to buy this brand in Hong Kong at lower prices? Try StrawberryNet.

Another great online makeup store in Hong Kong is Strawberrynet. When you know exactly what you’re looking for, for example, an exact replacement for your favorite foundation, this is the site for you.

They have a huge range of brands, all at discounted prices.

Strawberrynet sells makeup brands like:

  • Burberry
  • BareMinerals
  • Stila
  • Covergirl
  • Seventeen
  • Urban Decay
  • Yves Saint Laurent

All available for delivery across Hong Kong. The prices are reasonable, with around 30-40% discounts compared to the high street.

If you’re looking for online makeup shopping in Hong Kong or practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, here’s another incentive for you: purchases over HK $300 on Strawberrynet to get free delivery in Hong Kong.

With same-day delivery or standard delivery at around three days, your bathroom cabinet will be stocked and ready to help you look stunning in no time.

5. Where can I find high-quality cosmetics brands at a bricks-and-mortar store in Hong Kong?

Sasa

 

Maybelline New York Makeup Great Lash Lots Of Lashes Washable Mascara, Brownish Black Mascara, 0.43 fl oz

Looking for where to buy Yves Saint Laurent makeup in Hong Kong? Sasa is the website and store to check out.

Sasa sells a limited range of makeup brands, but there’s clearly been a lot of effort behind their stock choices. They have a great range of brilliant value, international, Japanese, and Korean makeup brands.

Check out the stock of Maybelline products. It’s a classic makeup brand that’s inexpensive but gets the job done – their mascara and eyeshadows are famous worldwide. If the great makeup wasn’t enough, they have a wide range of makeup brushes, sponges, and tweezers to get you well preened.

In lots of the stores, you can get the skincare brand The Ordinary. It’s a no-frills, high-quality brand that sells products with active ingredients such as acids, retinoids, peptides, and vitamin C. You can pick up products from The Ordinary for about half the price of other brands that have the same active ingredients.

Their makeup stores are all over Hong Kong, including quite a few in Tsim Sha Tsui. Sasa, more than 100 locations across Hong Kong.

6. Where can I buy Korean and Japanese cosmetics in Hong Kong?

Mong Kok Argyle Centre

Mong Kok’s Argyle Centre is a haven for purchasing quality makeup in Hong Kong, without the standard price tags. You might be surprised to know that the Argyle Centre is home to some really well-known and popular overseas makeup brands such as:

  • Tarte
  • Huda Beauty
  • Urban Decay
  • Sugarbox

The makeup is quite seasonal and often changes, so you’ll find something new during each trip to the Argyle Centre, and it’s always reasonably priced.

The Argyle Centre is also home to shops selling Korean and Japanese makeup brands that are worth checking out. These brands heavily focus on enhancing skin quality.

The best part is many of these products are reasonably priced.

Mongkok Argyle Centre Location: 688 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok, Kowloon. Use B2 exit of Kowloon MTR Station.

FAQs

Where can I buy The Ordinary products from in Hong Kong?

Mannings sells a limited range of the Ordinary products.

You can purchase a much more comprehensive range of The Ordinary products at Cult Beauty. We love Cult Beauty because they only sell proven and test cosmetics and skincare products. Also, pricing is lower than what you would pay in Hong Kong. The UK VAT will be removed from your final bill.

Where can I buy skincare in Hong Kong?

For buying skincare in Hong Kong, we absolutely love:

– Mannings: for professional dermatological brands at low pricing
– StrawberryNet: for well-known skincare products at low pricing
– Cult Beauty: for well-reviewed, clinically-proven skincare products at low prices
– Sasa: if you want to buy skincare in a brick-and-mortar store, this is a good option; they have a limited range, but what they do sell is of high-quality

What are the benefits of buying cosmetics from The Cult Beauty website?

The most significant benefits of buying products from The Cult Beauty website are:

– With a huge number of customer reviews, you’ll quickly get a sense of which shade will suit your skin tone.
– Each product sold on The Cult Beauty website has been selected for its quality and effectiveness.
– Pricing is lower than the standard pricing you will find in Hong Kong.

Where can I buy makeup in Hong Kong?

For buying makeup in Hong Kong, our favorite stores are:

Cult Beauty: for highly-rated internationally renowned cult-beauty products
StrawberryNet: for discounted items
Selfridges: for premium makeup brands at lower pricing than you’ll find in Hong Kong stores
Kiko Milano: for low priced Italian makeup that has been clinically tested and proven
Mong Kok Argyle Centre: if you want to buy Korean and Japanese cosmetics at low prices
Sasa: if you want to buy instore, they have a limited range but what they do have are good quality and value-for-money

Which makeup brands are cheaper in Hong Kong?

If you are looking for makeup brands in Hong Kong that are cheaper than elsewhere, you might be disappointed. However, if you head over to Mong Kok Argyle Centre, you will find some high-quality Japanese and Korean makeup and skincare at reasonable prices. We notice that the perfume price in Hong Kong can be lower than in other countries because Hong Kong does not add a duty to perfume products.

Does Hong Kong have Sephora?

Yes. In recent years, Sephora has opened 3 stores in Hong Kong. The flagship store is in IFC Mall, and the other stores are in K11 (TST) and Windsor House (Causeway Bay).

Finally

We are focused on providing recommendations on high-quality but more affordable beauty products and services in Hong Kong; we hope you found our tips on where to buy cosmetics helpful.

Thanks to the city’s prime location in Asia, we can get access to affordable Asian beauty products and well-known international brands.

If we’ve missed any tips on buying affordable beauty products in Hong Kong, please let us know in the comments below.

If you’re looking for more information on how to save money on beauty without compromising on quality, check out The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Hong Kong.

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