It’s no secret that I love Japanese products, you’ve only got to see my hauls here, here and here to see that! But they are a nightmare to find in Europe, thus why I have my annual haul.
So when Kei from DeJapan got in touch, I was intrigued and excited. I’ve never used a buying service before, but here was my chance to test one out. They sent me a coupon to try out the service and buy a product.
So this is my review of DeJapan as a shopping service. With a bonus review of the product my first from the luxury brand SK-II.
DeJapan Shopping Service Review
Who are They?
DeJapan is a proxy shopping service for Japanese sites. You can make purchases from Rakuten, Yahoo! Auctions, Amazon Japan, as well as some smaller sites, but those are the big three.
I like the interface of the site, and I found it intuitive. It’s a pretty straightforward grid, which will be familiar to most online shopaholics like myself.
I cannot convey enough how much fun I had scrolling through pages of products, which I’ve never been able to find on my usual go to Asian Beauty Online Stores. Japanese brands are notoriously difficult to find on the usual sites, and they’re not as well known in the West I find.
One thing I found difficult was that a lot of products were still in Japanese, and had not been fully translated. So though I enjoyed looking at them, I was not entirely clear what I was looking at.
If you’ve already got a product in mind, then it’s straightforward. But for those looking to browse it takes more time to navigate.
They have got some categories on the front page, and you can search by stores such as Yahoo Auction and Amazon.
I would say it does require effort on the shoppers part to do their own research and explore the site.
Buying and Shipping
You select the products you wish to purchase and then choose which shipping type you want.
There are two payments you make. First is to buy the products and the second is the shipping once the product has arrived in the Warehouse.
If you’re buying from multiple stores you go to your “mypage” and select combine items, when they arrive at the warehouse they can be shipped together! This is where you make the second payment as well.
1) Find the items
2) Add items to the shopping cart
3) Checkout – Pick consolidation plan if needed. 1st Payment. Choose your country of residence.
4) Item arrives at Warehouse
5) Choose delivery option
6) Enter Address
7) 2nd Payment – Shipping
DeJapan have a great shipping estimate tool, which you can use to figure out how much delivery will cost: Shipping Estimate
They have multiple options, so depending on if speed or cost is most important to you select the right one. I chose the EMS shipping, and I got my parcel within 10 days which was great.
My Page is very easy to understand, and to navigate. I liked that I could track exactly where my parcel was at the different stages. It will even tell you how many days your item has been at the warehouse! You click on details next to your order to open it up and see your items.Though it doesn’t update for when your parcel arrives, thus my lotion being there for 89 days.
The great thing was, I accidentally chose the option to combine items at the Warehouse. And DeJapan got in touch with me and let me know my items arrived at the Warehouse and I needed to select combine items. I had got the notification that my item arrived at the Warehouse but hadn’t realised I’d made a mistake in shipping choice.
I was also emailed once I made my purchase, once when my items arrived at the warehouse and once when the items were shipped. So I was kept fully informed throughout the whole process.
5/5 for customer service.
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion Review
Water, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-150, Cellulose Gum, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben.Pitera
Pitera – AKA Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate – This is SKII trademark ingredient, and key selling point. It’s better known as Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate and is essentially a class of fermented yeast. It’s claimed that this helps to brighten the skin and is an anti-oxidant.
Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid – AKA AHA and BHA – These are chemical exfoliants which gently exfoliate the skin. I don’t believe there’s a high concentration in the lotion, given it’s not highly advertised and Pitera is the star ingredient. But there is some in the lotion, so will be gently exfoliating.
A key point of the ingredient list is that it doesn’t contain alcohol. So it’s perfect for those who find alcohol drying for their skin.
This comes in a solid glass container which is frosted, although turns clear when you apply wet hands to it as I discovered. Nice sturdy mirrored top, which you screw on/off. You dispense the product through a small hole in the top. Given it’s watery consistency be careful not to pour too much out at one time.
Product & Scent
This has a very watery consistency, which I was surprised by, which sinks quickly into my skin. There’s no real discernible scent that I can find on this product.
Directions of Use
I use this post cleansing and before sheetmasking/serums. It would go before your acids if you have acids in your routine. Given it’s watery consistency I usually apply via a cotton square, and gently sweep across my face.
This is my first foray into SK-II, and the higher end of the Japanese beauty market and I wasn’t disappointed. I would not term this a hydrating toner, I did not really feel that effect with this brand. However I did feel it was a good basic first brightener/exfoliation toner. The product sank quickly into my skin, which I love as in the mornings I don’t have the time to wait for my products to dry before layering.
Also I felt my skin in the last month has looked less dull, which has been an issue recently with me getting less sleep in particular. The exfoliation part is always hard to pin down with this type of product, but I’ve had less clogs and my skin is slightly smoother. Being acne-prone makes this difficult to judge, but the skin around my spots is smooth!
The sticking point is the price. For a 30ml bottle you can find it for £10, which is steeper than my HadaLabo go to or other toners on the market. The bottle is huge, and you don’t need much per usage, so will last a long time. But it’s not one I can recommend to those on a budget as a must-buy. If you have the budget then it’s a nice to have in your collection, but won’t change your skin-life.