I got an email from the lovely Stephanie at Polish Addict regarding Japan-only nail polishes. As some of you may know, I’m in Japan so I can see these goodies on a daily basis.
So what’s the difference between Japanese nail polish and U.S./European versions?
1) The Japanese nail polishes are cute and pastel. In the Japanese OPI Designer Series, there is not one dark color like DS Glamour. They are all pastel. There are extremely few vampies or bold colors to be had here, except red. Most brights on the market are imported from the US at a steep price.
2) Price. How steep? A regular bottle of OPI is around $25 US, Designer Series OPI runs $35 US, Color Club is $12 US, China Glaze is $16, and Chanel is $40. These insane prices are actually one of the big reasons I started frankening.
There are some local high-end Japanese brands, like Shu Uemura and Shiseido, both run around $18 per bottle but the quality tends to be pretty good. The colors can be a snooze-fest, but they seem pretty nice in general. I don’t actually own any.
Some Japanese drugstore brands are pretty nice like Estimo TiNS, Pa, Majorca, and even some good dollar store polishes can be had. I do most of my frankens with el-cheapos, and I get good results and pretty good wear. I change colors often, but I do a lot of typing and I rarely chip.
So, ladies, if you want to get unavoidable envy for Japanese polishes, I am providing you with an online catalogue for a major Japanese nail polish supplier. You can zoom in on the catalogue and flip pages, just hold your cursor to the bottom left or right corner of the page. I’m sorry it’s all in Japanese, but it’s one of the most extensive collections I’ve seen on the Web for Japan polish. The company is called Red Nails, based in Tokyo. Some of the polishes are Japan-only, others you will recognize from the US or Europe.
There are 15 pages of polish to ogle over.
For the prices, it’s easy to convert to US dollars, anyway. 1,575 yen (written as ￥1,575) equals roughly $15.75 US. Be prepared for sticker shock!
I hope you enjoy it!