Ultimate Hong Kong Beauty Guide – Quality Products & Services for Less

by | Feb 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Shocked by the prices of beauty maintenance regimes in Hong Kong? Not sure where to compromise on your beauty products while you’re living here? 

We know that sinking feeling all too well. Since we’ve been there and done the product hunting already, we’ve put together this ultimate guide to beauty in Hong Kong. 

From your hair, brows, and lashes, down to your shellac’d toes, we’ve got everything you need to know about keeping beautiful in this boisterous city. 

Our beauty tips and hacks will have you floating around Hong Kong preened, perfect, and fabulous. You’ll be coiffured, manicured, and still with a healthy bank balance

Here’s our lowdown on everything beauty-related in Hong Kong, covering:

  • Buying makeup in Hong Kong
  • Our favorite 10 makeup products from Cult Beauty
  • How to find high-quality shampoo at better prices
  • The best hairdressers in Central 
  • Finding a dentist that’s not going to cost the Earth
  • Our recommendations on Botox injections

and more, leaving you ready for the best beauty products and best beauty services in Hong Kong? Let’s do this.

Beauty – Where can I buy high-quality, well-priced makeup and beauty products in Hong Kong?

There is a lot of makeup available for sale in Hong Kong, but we can make it easier for you to figure out how to find the best deals in the city.

What you need to know:

  • Our personal favorite makeup products, like Nars blush and Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear, are pricey, to say the least, but we’ve found ways to get these favorites at good prices in the city. 
  • We’re all about a balance of price and affordability – your face isn’t somewhere you want to cut corners, but we’re also super conscious about paying for the product rather than mindlessly buying these products at department stores.
  • Buying makeup in Hong Kong can take some learning – here at Savvy we’ve accumulated years of beauty shopping experience that we share with you in our guide to Hong Kong makeup shopping.  

The beauty stores we like: 

  • Cult Beauty is an awesome UK website that sells top-class makeup from some of the biggest brands in the biz. Shipping is quick and the website is super user-friendly, stocking names we love like Hourglass, Huda Beauty, and Benefit. 
  • Want to walk into a shop and test shades? Kiko Milano is up there with the likes of NARS and MAC for quality beauty and makeup gear, but it’s a fraction of the cost. Check out one of its four locations across the city. 
  • Another UK brand, Selfridges, stocks some of the top luxury and high-street brands like Chanel, bareMinerals, and Kylie by Kylie Jenner. Even better, you can get your beauty and makeup products shipped for free with the Selfridges+ Global membership – for just $420 you get international shipping at no extra cost for a year.  
  • For Western and Asian high street brands at great prices, check out Strawberrynet. The site is pretty full-on and needs patience to pick your way through but there are bargains to be had with brands like Stila, Covergirl, and Urban Decay. 
  • Sasa is a local website selling global brands from the USA, Australia, and Europe at the same prices you’d expect back home. You can shop online or head to one of their many, many stores dotted around Hong Kong to check the testers for yourself.
  • Want to have a general browse for new shades, tones, and ideas? Head down to the Argyle Centre in Mong Kok for brand outlets and discount makeup and beauty products. Be ready to pounce here, there are new arrivals each week. 

Summary:

  • You can end up paying through the nose for designer makeup and beauty products in Hong Kong, but you can avoid the huge price tags with the right websites and some local knowledge about where’s worth checking out.

Why do we like Cult Beauty so much, and what are our 10 favorite makeup products? 

You can buy Charlotte Tilberry makeup from Cult Beauty UK. We especially love her Pallette of Pops - Dazzling Diamonds eyeshadow palette.

What you need to know:

  • When we first landed in Hong Kong, we went shopping for makeup, as you do. The prices in the big brand stores were pretty horrifying so we had to find a better alternative. 
  • Obviously, we can buy online and there are no import taxes in Hong Kong, which helps, but finding a reliable source of brands at prices that won’t make your eye water, and that ships to Hong Kong? It’s the holy trinity of Hong Kong makeup and beauty shopping. 
  • In our searching and testing – years before Savvy became a thing – we found Cult Beauty, a London-based online store that hit all the buttons. 

The beauty items we like: 

  • Born This Way Matte 24 Hour Long-Wear Foundation is a great makeup bag staple from Too Faced – it’s waterproof, lasts all day and night when you’re off for cocktails after work, and has 35 shades to choose from.
  • Huda Beauty is a favorite of ours and we love their New Nude Eye Shadow Palette. It features 18 shades from true neutrals to shimmer and glitter hints in ruby. Have this in your bag to take your eyes from daytime to drinkies. 
  • Another Huda Beauty product from Cult Beauty we love is the Power Bullet Matte Lipstick, which comes in 24 shades and should last for at least seven to eight hours before you need a touch-up, so no worries if you forget to throw it in your bag for work!
  • We love the look of all the Charlotte Tilbury Palette of Pops range of eyeshadows, but the one that we always seem to reach for is The Golden Goddess. It blends really well and can take you from day to night with the shimmery elements. 
  • The Lash Dream Team Mini Mascara Trio is a cute little set of Benefit mascaras that should see your lashes right no matter the occasion – and they’re a perfect size for traveling. You get the Roller Lash, BADgal BANG! and They’re Real! Magnet in the set. 
  • A key element of makeup and beauty is using the right brushes, and we can’t get enough of the Cult Beauty Morphe Face The Beat 5-Piece Face Brush Collection. They’re durable, soft, and have a super handy case so they don’t get mangled in your bag. 
  • To get a flawless base, you need a good beauty regime and some fantastic sponges, which is where the Beauty Blender Rosie Posie comes in. They’re soft on your skin and get your foundation, concealer, or moisturizer everyone you need. 
  • The six shades of Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder give a great glow and very nearly perfect coverage and it’s not going to irritate your sensitive skin. 
  • Protect your makeup throughout the day with the Hourglass Setting Spray – Veil Soft Focus. It keeps your foundation in place and gives you a soft dewy glow whilst preventing excess oil production.
  • For special occasions, we recommend Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. You get an intense, matte finish. It doesn’t crease and sets your foundation perfectly. 

Summary:

  • You’ll pretty much always find exactly what you want at Cult Beauty in terms of brands and products. 
  • Because you’re shipping to Hong Kong, you can knock 20% sales tax off the price, it’s like a sale every day!

Beauty – Where to buy affordable, quality shampoo and haircare in Hong Kong?

If you're looking for affordable hairdressers in Hong Kong, we have you covered. You don't have to give up on your regular beauty regimes like blow-drys, just read our article.

It’s not cheap to buy high-quality shampoo anywhere in the world, but Hong Kong, true to form, is more expensive than most.

Frustrated with pricing, we went on a mission to find out how to get our hands on high-quality shampoo at better prices in Hong Kong.

We found 5 ways to purchase shampoo in Hong Kong.

  1. Shampoo.hk: They have bricks-and-motor stores and stock professional ranges with more than 1,500 products to keep your tresses content. The staff are very knowledgeable and give great advice on which products might be best for your hair, too.
  2. Strawberrynet: Offers discounted prices on select brands and products. Brands they sell include; Aveda, Goldwell, Joico, and Living Proof.
  3. Lookfantastic is a great option if you have hair with specific needs. Having tight curls, strong colors, or afro hair can pose challenges in Hong Kong when it comes to getting the right haircare range. Lookfantastic.com carries loads of specialist brands that’ll make looking after your unique hair type as easy as it was back home.
  4. Hunting for natural and organic shampoo in Hong Kong? iHerb is the place to shop. The health food shop has a diverse range of products, with brands like:
    • Avalon Organics
    • SheaMoisture
    • Giovanni

    Along with plenty more to cater to all hair types, whether you’ve got a sensitive scalp, frizz, curls to care for, or any other specialist hair need. The prices are as great as the choices you have – definitely worth checking out.

  5. If you need to urgently pick up some shampoo, head over to one of the more than 100 Sasa outlets in Hong Kong. While they have a rather limited range of shampoo, what they do sell tends to be high-quality at good pricing.

For the full guide to where to buy the best affordable shampoos, no matter your hair type, check out our detailed article on the topic.

Beauty: Where are the best hairdressers in Central Hong Kong?

As much as we always encourage you to step outside of Central to get the best prices, sometimes you just want the convenience of having good prices on your doorstep.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best and most affordable Central hairdressers in Hong Kong.

It ain’t cheap to look good, but there’s nothing wrong in demanding your money’s worth.

In this article, we highlight the 7 best hair salons in Central Hong Kong, and we tell you the pros and cons of each. Hopefully, this article will help you decide where to go for a quick trim, a root-color, a blow-dry, or a Brazilian Blowout.  

We’ve put our hair on the line and pulled together a list of the best hair salons in Hong Kong. The full details are in our article Best Affordable Hairdressers in Central Hong Kong, and we’ll drop a few of our suggestions here to give you a taster.

  • For a trim, a tidy-up, and a very decent blow-dry, check out Michele Rene in Central. It’s run by a brother and sister team, and they do a blow-dry for just $158 – a great way to refresh for after-work drinks or to send you on your date without having to go home first.
  • Mina Dev’ Will offers a fun salon vibe. For a set of highlights, the prices start at just $500, which is a rarity in this part of town.
  • If you’d like a more luxurious salon, you can’t go past Glow. This is a beautiful salon offering a full array of beauty services. You can trust you will be getting only the best at this salon. Sioban, the owner, is committed to service and demonstrates her commitment to service daily.

Want to know more? Check out our article; we clearly state why we selected each of the salons, the pros and cons of each salon, and our overall summary of each salon.

Beauty: Where are the best-priced dentists in Hong Kong?

Dentists are notoriously expensive in Hong Kong, but when it comes to beauty, beautiful teeth are essential. Check out our favorite affordable dentists in Hong Kong.

Maintaining a perfect smile gets costly, especially in an already expensive city like Hong Kong. Dentists’ prices here tend to range from pretty expensive to crazy expensive.

For a super convenient location, bright, spacious, and wonderfully designed clinics, you’re going to be paying top dollar.

However, it is possible to find well-qualified and experienced dentists that don’t have super-shiny offices but still provide fabulous teeth-care. Without fancy clinics, the prices come down a lot.

We took the time to put together a pricing matrix on different services, including consultation, x-rays, and teeth-whitening. Click here to see the details.

We’ve looked at some of the best-value clinics in Central and beyond. Here’s some of the best we’ve found:

  • Caritas Dental Clinic: a non-government organization providing services at reasonable prices. You can expect to pay around $100 for a check-up.
  • Smart Dental Centre has 11 locations across the city, including in Central. You’ll get the same treatment, whichever one you go with standardized practices. Simple stuff like fillings and extractions can be done at any of their locations, whilst their Smart Dental Specialist Center will do your implants, veneers, and orthodontics.
  • Smith & Jain Dental and Implant Practice was set up by a dentist from New Zealand and is well-known in the ex-pat community. Dentists here are multilingual, with Spanish, German, and Greek plus English being spoken.
  • Well Being Dental Services: 5 clinics with one in Central. This clinic’s goal is to provide high-quality dental healthcare at affordable pricing. We found this dental clinic to have the cheapest in-clinic Zoom whitening treatment.

A complete list of Central dentists that aren’t going to break the bank is available in our article about the best value dentists in Central Hong Kong.

Beauty: Where do I go to get safe and affordable Botox in Hong Kong?

Getting Botox injections in Hong Kong is considered a standard beauty practice. We tell you how to get Botox injections done for less.

Botox is a chemical you can have injected under your skin to stop your facial muscles from moving around. No more facial movement means lines aren’t going to develop in the first place.

It’s a popular preventative beauty treatment.

Another great thing that Botox can do is stop you from sweating in certain places. Sweaty feet got you sliding through your stilettos? Want to avoid the underarm sweat patch in your designer dress at a gala dinner?

You can get Botox injections to stop your sweat glands from working for a few months. 

Getting Botox injections is a medical procedure, and we’ve got some great clinics here in Hong Kong. You still need to be safe, though. In our guide to getting Botox in Hong Kong, we cover everything you should be checking before you let anyone inject you.

We’ve got two favorite places to get Botox in Hong Kong.  

We go into more detail about it them in our guide, but to give you an overview of our favorite places to get facial injections:

  • Medik Pro has a few locations across the city, and which location you go to won’t change the pricing. A fully qualified doctor does injections, so you get peace of mind you’re working with experience, too.
  • Medispa has different Botox brands to choose from, in case you have a preference from experience. Never had Botox before? Dr. Winnie Mui is known for looking after first-timers particularly well.

We also highlight two well-renowned clinics in Hong Kong that are famous for Botox injections. Yes, this will cost you more. Read our complete review of getting Botox injections in Hong Kong and make the decision that suits you best!

Beauty: Where should I go for dermal filler injections in Hong Kong? 

Botox stops wrinkles from forming, but when the world catches up with you, it’s time for fillers. As we age, our skin starts to lose its plumpness and firmness.

You can easily top it back up with dermal filler injections, though.

Fillers have lots of different uses all over your face. They can work on increasing volume around your:

  • Mouth
  • Eyes
  • Jawline
  • Cheeks
  • Lips

Making your looks more youthful and voluminous. Add the “bee-sting” look to your lips or enhance your cheekbones without having to contour every day by having fillers injected.

Just like with Botox, you need to be cautious when choosing where to get your dermal filler injections. Getting a good price is always satisfying, but you should never sacrifice safety and quality to save a few dollars.

This is your gorgeous face we’re talking about here!

Our guide to dermal fillers in Hong Kong gives you all the information you need to know about what to be asking and what to look out for.

As you’ll have figured out, many price issues are related to location when it comes to beauty products and services in Hong Kong. When you’re prepared to head away from fancy places right in the heart of the city, you’ll see much fairer prices.

The same is true for your dermal filler clinics in the city.

You already know we rate Medik Pro and Medispa for their Botox work, and it’s no surprise these are the exact same places we recommend for fillers. The doctors know what they’re doing and can help you choose the right treatments for different areas of your face.

However, we also provide information on two high-regarded clinics in Central that are very-well known for high-quality dermal filler injections.

Before getting dermal filler injections, feel free to quiz the doctor on their credentials and practices; no good clinic will be offended by you checking their qualifications.

Also, if you are unhappy with anything about Botox or dermal filler injections, be sure to tell your clinic straightaway. They will be very experienced in supporting you and making tweaks as necessary.

Beauty: Which are the best nail salons in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is home to plenty of spa salons offering manicures and pedicures at expensive prices. But, did you know that it is possible to find affordable manicures in Hong Kong?

Living in Hong Kong means getting regular pedicures and manicures is a must.

Yes, you can go to luxury spas for nail treatments.  However, the cost of this will quickly add up.

On the other hand, if you’re happy to forgo the tinkly music, a large array of magazines, and luscious cups of herbal tea, you can get great manicures and pedicures in Hong Kong for reasonable prices. 

We’ve written an article about the best and cheapest nail salons in Hong Kong because of our passion for finding quality at less expensive pricing. 

In our article, we highlight our favorite 5 budget nail salons:

  1.  Nail 20 in Sheung Wan is the place to head if you like long-lasting shellac nails. They will have you in and out in no time, your polish will last for at least 3 weeks, and the pricing will please you. The nail technicians are highly skilled at what they do, both in terms of nail work and the artistry of design. You’ll need an appointment; this place is usually packed!
  2. Nail and Beauty in Central is a good option if you’re in Central and need to get your nails done in a hurry. Kitty Le has been running the place for 13 years and has a huge fan base of returning customers. Even with her huge success, Kitty still runs happy hour promotions between 2-5 pm. If you’ve got a flexible schedule, it’s well worth going there for the discounts.
  3. Nail 88 is the place to go if you want the cheapest possible manicures and pedicures. You’ll be in and out quickly—locations in Kennedy Town, Wan Chai, North Point, and Sheung Wan.
  4. Queen’s Nail with two salons in Wan Chai is slightly more up-market than the other salons we mention in our article. Their salons and clean and quiet, and pricing is reasonable. They also offer other beauty services such as eyebrow shaping and eyelash tinting.
  5. Pikapika Nails is a quaint nail salon in Causeway Bay. They specialize in nail art, and if you’re a first-time customer, you’ll get a 30% discount.

Want an insider tip? If you’re cool with salon hopping, check out HKTV Mall discount offerings. You can find vouchers and offers for a range of nail services in locations across Hong Kong online.

Beauty: Where can I buy skincare products that offer effective results?

Cult Beauty is a fabulous website; they are renowned for selling only effective skincare and makeup products. Check out our review on our 5 favorite Cult Beauty skincare products.

Short on time, and wishing for superb quality skincare that is effective with simple-to-follow usage instructions? We have you covered in a review of our 5 favorite Cult Beauty skincare products.

Cult Beauty is a website started by two women who aspired to create a platform that only sells effective “cult” beauty products that have been tried and tested. They’ve achieved just that!

A lot of products sold on Cult Beauty come with simple instructions on the bottles.

For example, one of my favorite products from Cult Beauty that has really brightened my skin, “Versed: Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum,” has clear instructions on the bottle explaining;

  • Where
  • When
  • and how to use the product.

Simple. But so helpful.

Not sure where to start with Cult Beauty, or want to try out some classic beauty items before spending your whole monthly pamper budget on a haul from the site? We’ve picked out five of our favorite products that you can read about in detail in our 5 Best Cult Beauty Products 2020 article.

Here’s a sneak peek at what we feature:

  • Biossance Your Clean Routine – Overachievers Kit has an assortment of creams and moisturizers to rejuvenate your skin after a long day in the city. You get a small sample of five products for a complete skincare routine, ideal to know it’s going to work for you before investing in full-size items.
  • Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Juice Antioxidant Face Serum smells of delicious oranges and makes your skin moist and glowy. Stock up on a few bottles in your order – one will only last you a month.
  • Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel uses pumpkin enzymes to refresh your skin. You can use it as part of your makeup removal routine, and it even helps remove dead skin cells, leaving you looking fresh.

Best of all, the Cult Beauty website has a large number of honest reviews from its customers. You can easily see which products are highly rated, as well as the top pros and cons of each product.

This is skincare product shopping at its easiest. Shipping is fast and comes within a few days.

Finally

We are dedicated to helping make life in Hong Kong more affordable and more enjoyable.

We’ve really done our homework on beauty in Hong Kong. We have tried and tested many salons and products, and what we are bringing to you in this article is quality beauty products and beauty services at good pricing.

We hope our beauty tips help you look fantastic while living in this exhilarating city.

If we’ve missed any hidden beauty gems, please let us know in the comments below. We can’t wait to learn more.

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