Cute Japanese Design Face Cream Tins Releasing by Sonotas and STEAMCREAM

13.June.2020 | FASHION

Sonotas is teaming up with Japanese facial cream brand STEAMCREAM to release two new tins of moisturising cream in collaboration with Edo Kiriko cut glass brand Hanasho and hand towel brand Todoya Shouten. The tins will be released on June 10, 2020 in limited quantities.

 

Since STEAMCREAM was established, it has collaborated with many different artists and businesses, both old and new, Japanese and overseas, for them to create artwork for their makeup packaging.

 

Hanasho’s Kiriko Mouyou hand towel design

Established 70 years ago, Hanasho is a company that manufactures Edo Kiriko cut glass. The brand’s high level of artistry and skill has led their products to be used as gifts to state guests to Japan, and event at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. The company also sells hand towels that combines Hanasho’s unique ideas with cut glass designs. These designs are then cut and patched together by Todoya Shouten.

KIRIKO MONYOU (75g): ¥1,680 (Before Tax) *Limited edition

This design, which combines Hansho’s original pattern ideas spliced together by Todoya Shouten, is being used for a tin from STEAMCREAM. The tins elicit the beauty of Japanese tradition and artisan skill.

KINGYO NO MAI (75g): ¥1,680 (Before Tax)

A previous design from Todoya Shouten is also being re-released in limited quantities. This one has a Japanese summertime feel to it.

 

These tins are a representation of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and make for a great souvenir from Japan.

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    Naomi Watanabe | Comment

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    Ginger Lipstick Glow

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    The Lipsticks

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    Cream Eyeshadow

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    Lip Gloss

    3 Colours: #11 PINK, #13 L.RED, #16 RED | ¥790 Each (Before Tax)

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    Multi-Palettes

     3 Colours: #11 PINK, #26 ORANGE, #72 PURPLE | ¥1,490 (Tax Included)

    Soft powder is used for the multi-palettes which ensures a consistent and balanced spread. Colour trends are used and can be used both on your cheeks and around your eyes.

     

    #4me by GU is made in Japan using high quality Japanese ingredients. Where possible, the ingredients used are ones that do not cause irritation to the skin, and all items are made with natural moisturising ingredients including the following essences: tea leaf, East Asian Cherry, camellia, saxifraga stolonifera, and ashitaba.

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    Digiskin Tester (Makeup)

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    SHISEIDO Ultimune™

    SHISEIDO Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate N – Ginza Flagship Store Limited Edition (75ml) | ¥16,000 (Before Tax) *Available in-store only

    The building consists of three floors serving all things SHISEIDO, from their full line-up of makeup and skincare products to items exclusive to the flagship store.

     

    They are taking all the necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19 so that customers can continue to enjoy the beauty experience. This includes practicing social distancing, providing alcohol gel, disinfecting tester products, having staff and customers wear masks, and so on.

     

    Ultimune Essence Auto-Tester

    Customers can use special dispensers set up in-store which lets them try out products without having to come into physical contact with other people.

     

    SHISEIDO has also launched a “virtual store” on its official website so that customers can still enjoy SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE from the comfort of their own home. Customers use VR to walk around the shop and watch help and advice videos on makeup.

     

    Discover your inner and outer beauty at SHISEIDO GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE in Ginza.

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