If you didn’t already know, Bangkok is one of the best places to source for quality affordable makeup and skincare!
Ranging from drugstore to unique one-of-a-kind brands, it’s little wonder that some of the prettiest girls (transgender or not) can be found right here in Thailand.
The famous Snail White concentrated serum used to be all the rage maybe 5 years ago, and there’s even more great brands to discover now.
Wondering what are the best places to explore makeup and skincare in Bangkok? Here’s a quick list of the best places to find great new products!
3. Beauty Buffet
4. The local Boots drugstores
Read on to find out more about 31 great brands to check out – where you can add new products to your collection – and maybe update your daily makeup/skincare rituals too.
1. It’s cute, it’s affordable, and it’s definitely quality! – Cathydoll
One of the first things you may recognise Cathydoll for, are the blackhead masks sold in all 7-11 stores for a mere 20 Baht. (It really grips onto the nasty dirt and blackheads stuck in your pores and cleans your skin thoroughly.)
This Korean brand also offers a wide range of cosmetics from primers to mascaras, and we personally swear by their waterproof, smudgeproof eyeliners.
2. One of the best affordable brow-liners out there – In2it
Available in Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines, this Thai brand stocks easy-to-choose products like mascaras and browliners.
If you’re someone that struggles with the precise art of filling your brows, the in2it browliner is not only very natural looking, it’s also hard to mess up! (They come with an extra refill too!)
Other great products include liquid matte lipsticks (that has been compared to Kylie Jenner’s eponymous line of liquid matte lipsticks) and eyeliners too.
According to the brand, if you love experimenting with makeup, you’re down-to-earth and independent, this brand is for you.
3. Bye Luxola, thanks for everything – Sleek Makeup
If you’ve ever shopped on the now defunct online makeup and skincare site Luxola (it’s been revamped to Sephora.sg), you might’ve heard of Sleek Makeup.
Love the ever popular Orgasm blush by NARS? Well, Sleek Makeup provides an extremely affordable alternative, and there’s a good variety to choose from!
Whether it’s the Face Form Palette consisting of a blusher, highlighter and bronzer, or the Sleek Trio with 3 different shades of blush, Sleek Makeup is a delight to use and own.
Their packaging is quality and nice, and you won’t regret getting your hands on any of their products.
4. The Thai alternative to Etude House – Baby Kiss Thailand
With a strong online following, Baby Kiss Thailand is a well designed brand that’s very similar to Korea’s Etude House, and its very trendy to say the least.
For girls who enjoy really cute packaging, you won’t want to miss out on some Baby Kiss products.
From the Healthy Pop Cheek Cushion that adds a very natural flush to your cheeks, to other products like cupcake and mint chocolate body lotions and more – the delightfully girly concept and packaging is sure to put a smile on any face.
5. It’s basically M.A.C, but at a fraction of the price! – Gino McCray
Ever heard of Gino McCray? This particular brand is best known for their blushers and steadily growing range of different make-up products.
Most notably, their blushers truly resemble M.A.C blushers, from the packaging design to the quality of the actual blush – this is a good low cost alternative to consider trying! (A quick google will show you that beauty gurus love picking up Gino McCray products as a part of their travel make-up haul. :P)
You might want to consider picking up their eyeshadow palette, lipsticks or foundations too – a lot of beauty gurus love Gino McCray which is reason enough for us to give it a shot!
6. It’s a beauty blogger favourite for a reason! – Lansley
From stretchmark cream (we hear it’s not bad!) to nipple cream and Vitamin C serum, Lansley has a whole range of skincare options to treat yourself with!
7. Tons of options for every need – Scentio
Another beauty blogger favourite, Scentio has a wide, wide range of products to suit anyone’s tastes. There’s the ever popular whitening milk range that has soap, facial scrub, facial foam and more.
There’s also the white collagen range, tomato, rice, strawberry and MANY more – including an Egg series complete with peel-off mask, shampoo, treatment mask, lotion.
Seriously consider heading down to the nearest Beauty Buffet store to find your latest skincare obsession!
8. We love the liquid lipsticks – Seventeen
A great drugstore option, Seventeen caught our eyes with its fun vibrant design.
From the usual mascaras, eyeliners, cheek/lip stains and the cutest cheek stamps (read: blushers) available – one thing that really stood out were the liquid matte lipsticks in squeeze out tubes.
Great even application, and lasts quite awhile! The colours available are really pretty too – check it out if you’re in any Boots store!
9. A brand you know and love (with certain products unavailable back home!) – Soap & Glory
So, you might’ve definitely heard of Soap & Glory especially if you’re familiar with the range of brands available at Sephora – but did you know that some of their star products might not be available in your home country?
For one, Soap & Glory’s winning mattifying pressed powder ‘One Heck of a Blot’ isn’t available in Singapore!
Good news for us frequent BKK shoppers, the local Boots stores in Bangkok carries a good range of Soap & Glory products. Apart from ‘One Heck of a Blot’, we hear their bronzers ‘Wonderbronze’ and ‘Solar Powder’, and highlighter ‘Glow All Out’ aren’t too bad too!
Ranging from their all too familiar body scrubs (yes, including ones that might be unavailable back home), to a variety of make-up essentials like the ‘Pillow Plump’ (for lips) – we’re sure you’ll have a ton of fun grabbing some Soap & Glory products you’ve yet to try!
10. Thailand’s take on the cult must-have Benefits’ High Beam – Oriental Princess
Well packaged with a delightful blend of girly sophistication, Oriental Princess is one brand that truly knows their audience.
If you’re a fan of Benefits’ High Beam Liquid Highlighter, then you need to know that Oriental Princess has a highlighter (Dazzling Glow Twinkle Potion) that looks and feels almost exactly like it – but at a fraction of the price!
Other products available include contour palettes, eyeshadows, matte lip pencils, brightening complex creams, perfumes and even hair treatment essences.