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Hi guys, Jordan here! Ah Spring…the moment when everyone finally has time to embrace the wanderlust that has been taking over their Instagram and Pinterest feed. You may be wondering what makeup brands have to do with wanderlust so let me enlighten you.


If you travel, you’re incredibly likely to see the major companies who have taken over the market for makeup in recent years. I just got back from Madrid and I found the typical stores…Sephora, M.A.C., etc. Along with those stores, I also came across some other smaller companies who have blown me away. With travel comes enlightenment about smaller brands, so today, I’m here to tell you about the top 5 international makeup brands that you may not know about!

1. Kiko Cosmetics

The Top 5 International Makeup Brands You've Probably Never Heard Of

Photo by London Beauty Queen

Kiko Cosmetics is one of the brands that I came across during my time in Spain and now that I’ve found it, I may never buy eyeshadow from Sephora again. They ship to the US so it’s about to be on! They also have the most amazing colors for everything from nail polish to eyeshadows. As a European company, foundation may not be the easiest to find, but I am a fan of every other bit they sell.

2. Shiseido

The Top 5 International Makeup Brands You've Probably Never Heard Of

Shiseido is a Japanese makeup and skincare company that actually can be found at Sephora. Shiseido is an amazing company to find skin care products and I’ve heard amazing things about the firming eye creams.

3. Mecca Cosmetica

Mecca Cosmetica

Photo by The Style Press Co.

Mecca Cosmetica is almost like Sephora, but on a smaller scale. You can find your Urban Decay palettes, but you can also find Mecca Cosmetica products that are known for their rejuvenative qualities. It’s an Australian based company, so shipping may be more expensive, but your skin is worth it.

4. The Face Shop

The Face Shop

Nooo, not The Body Shop, The FACE Shop. The Face Shop is a South Korea based cosmetics company that has personally blown me away. I tried their pumice stone and it has completely changed how I feel about my skin. Unlike other stones, my skin was not rubbed too far and has become softer with each consecutive use. Everything from their pumice stones to their face masks soothes and helps the skin, garnering their amazing reputation.

5. Palladio Cosmetics

The Top 5 International Makeup Brands You've Probably Never Heard Of

Palladio Cosmetics is one of those companies that has it all. If you’re searching for eyeshadow palettes, a new lip balm, or lipstick, Palladio is your go-to. This company may have not been on your radar, but with their breathtaking prices, I honestly believe that you need to put it on your radar, ASAP.

I hope that you get a chance to explore the world and find new beauty and cosmetics company. And if you know any more international beauty companies, leave a comment below so we can all check them out too.


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