Warning: Photo dump post/cosmetic porn ahead.
I’ve been living in Chinatown/LES Manhattan for almost 3 decades and I’ve seen my neighborhood transform from humble mom and pop shops to retail giants and new condo developments moving in. Before Asian beauty products ever came to the attention of Westerners, local Chinatown pharmacies and facial places would stock up on our home country’s beauty essentials.
I noticed that an old supermarket favorite, New Kam Man, has been getting a lot of attention because of it’s heavenly second floor of Asian beauty goods where I used to peruse in high school (more for the Hello Kitty products). They first opened in the early 1970’s as the largest Asian supermarket and operate 3 floors of beauty, food and home/kitchen goods. I went to Yelp to see if anyone has done this place any justice and while there were only a FEW photos of the beauty selection, it doesn’t give someone a good idea of all the offerings or price points. So, I went to do a visit and came back with drool-worthy EYECANDY. Check out my photo dump after the jump!
New Kam Man, 200 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
If you need a point of reference, the entrance to Little Italy is on Mulberry and Canal and it’s in between Mulberry and Mott Street. **EDIT 5/4/15** I went back 2 weeks later to retake some photos and add more since I realized there were STILL some things I missed! I missed the entire Haba Labo section, My Beauty Diary wash-off packs and non-sheet masks items and looked closer into LuLuLun sheet masks from Japan. Enjoy the revised entry!
Another angel of the store, walking from the 6, N, R train station on Canal Street.
The window display give you a sneak preview of the second floor. Hada Labo, DHC, Kracie, Dolly Wink, Shisheido…
My Beauty Diary masks spotted!
And if you love Hello Kitty knick knacks too.
Once you enter the doors, go straight up to the second floor! Stairway to heaven!
Yepp! Pure Smile masks front row and center!
There were grab bags they were selling, but I wouldn’t gamble on these. Shiseido Tsubaki shampoo and conditioner sets underneath.
$1.99 each. Pure Smile CHOOSY lip masks and point pads
$1.99 Pure Smile sheet masks. I got the Milk Series!
Its Skin Power 10 ampoules, $18 and $21.50 depending on which type.
It’s Skin masks, $4.95 is pricey.
YES. My Beauty Diary WALL. Sorry for the blurriness. Closeup of prices below.
Special, buy 3 boxes for $32.99.
Newest MBD series of sheet masks. 2-Step Masks, Lifting Line Masks, and Eye Patch Masks.
Also, popular Japanese sheet masks to the left of the MASK WALL.
This 2-Step Mask is not the type with the packet of serum that you spread onto your face beforehand, instead it looks like it comes with cream for AFTER you use the mask. I got excited until I read the box.
The 2-Step masks were on sale for $10.99 each. I might go back and grab a box…
2-piece V-Up masks, $16
The $7 is for something else, this special “Top Selling Set” is $9.99
oOohhh. These My Beauty Diary masks series were featured the popular Korean Beauty show, “Get it Beauty” in 2013. These are going for $20 on ebay and Beauteque but they’re only $9.99 here! The show recommended the Grommage Peel and the Honey Heating one.
I want to look up some more reviews before buying one but it’s definitely a consideration. The ingredients look packed full of good skin savers!
My Beauty Diary makes their own Cleansing Water too! And Vanilla Souffle Face Scrub. Have no idea if these are recommended but I have homework now!
All the way to the end of the wall, you’ll notice that you can buy masks individually so you can try before getting a whole box.
Yikes, this is what that white glare was because. Never heard of this brand, HABA HABA? Are they a big deal? Seems like it if they have their own lighted part of the aisle…
Same with this brand, Ozeki Macerage. Very pricey.
Kracie sheet masks are apparently No.1 best selling in Japan.
These Kracie 3-D masks are also worth a try.
Sheet masks by the bulk! 30 sheet masks in one pack!
Try out ONE mask if you’re not sure about how you’ll react.
Popular Japanese sheet masks by the bulk. There are maybe 30-40 in each resealable and because this saves on packaging, these are way cheaper than buying individually sealed masks but more germaphobic people might not like it. I wouldn’t have a problem with these but I’d want to check out the ingredients first.
More of the bulk sheet masks in resealable bags.
These LuLuLun sheet masks were really hyped up in Asia. I read reviews and there were some complaints on how fast these dried out and how thin the sheets were to pull out (and they would tear) but other reviews said that leaving it on for 10-15 minutes is instructed (not for 30-40 mins) and they had no problems with managing the sheets out of the bags. Only way to know is to buy and try! These $6.99 bags have 7 sheets in them and nearby they have the LuLuLun mini box packs with 30 – 40ish of them!
Here are the LuLuLun big packs at $23.99
Korea’s #1 sheet mask brand, Leaders Insolution in the house! $25 a box or you can buy individually to just try the different types! Ranges from $2.50 – $3.50 each. Great way to try then buy (in bulk).
Japanese heating foot patches for those tired arches!
How did I miss this HUGE Hada Labo display!!!! OMG.
Nice, they have this helpful sign.
More from Japan. I’m interested in this SANA Honeyshca product… I’ll look up some published reviews for this.
Some more popular facial cleansers from Japan. I had the Age Care one, brand is called Mandom Bifiesta
A small wall of select BB creams and below are miscellaneous lotions
More foot masks.
Choice of makeup isn’t really good. Come here for skincare, sheet masks and hair care for sure.
Missha BB creams, $30 each. Test your shade!
Dr. Jart – $39.99 – $44.99
IPKN – $35 – $38
Japanese brand, KOSE
Ugh, too blurry sorry but SHAMPOOS!
I like these try’on lash wands, but be careful so it doesn’t actually touch your eyes…
Famous Isehan Heroine Kiss Me Mascara from Japan (fiber mascara) – Volume and Curl or Long and Curl – make sure you read the label with the price! OR at least know the difference between the pink vs purple packaging! If you can wait to go to Japan to haul these, I would wait… $19.99 is expensive.
They don’t have a black version of this Fairy Drops mascara – this one is a SILVER GREY!!!
World famous Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Hair Care Oil on sale for $16.99, that bottle is the tester size, the real bottle is the nicer tapered bottle pictured on the blue card.
Shiseido’s Perfect line, be warned though that the Perfect Whip line has a pH of 8.
Another cult favorite, Cure’s Peeling Gel.
Skin Food’s most popular scrubs and wash-off packs at $19 though, it’s overpriced in my opinion.
Men’s hair product. Don’t ask me which is good, I haven’t used these and I’m not familiar with these but it makes me curious to look into the reviews.
Charcoal Konjac sponges, velcro hair holders, beauty sponge replacements and pumice stones.
MEDIHEAL MASKS!!! Looks like $21.99 for a box of 5
DUP Wonder eyelid tape that comes with an “eye-opening” wand. Looks like a bestseller.
This Bioderma Cleansing Water looked like a big deal to me even though the packaging is quite plain. So I took the time to look up some reviews, Beautiful Buns and Paula’s Choice reviewed it both with two thumbs way up.
A whole aisle bumper of It’s Skin! The Prestige Snail and Ginseng family is here! Non-blurry pics below.
See the entire It’s Skin line here, English site.
It’s Skin Mini Bebe hand lotions $3.95
Naisture masks? I can’t even read my own photos… $12.95 for a pack of 10 (?) don’t quote me on that.
It’s Skin YE Effector and Toner (the one with Yeast Extracts)
It’s Skin Mimi Bebe Facial Mists $8. Ugh, blurriness!! Mind you, if you didn’t count, there are over 100 pictures here!!!
I really want to try these new Butterfly Eyes masks!!!!! On the Korean etailer sites that ship from Korea, it’s only 1,000 KRW (less that $1 USD).
Great range of Japan’s long standing brand, DHC. I remember getting their paper catalog when I was in high school 15 years ago and trying their cleansing oil for the first time – yepp, it’s been around for THAT long.
DHC’s cult favorite cleansing oil from Japan in the green box and marked as a must have item is at $27.99 for 6.7 fl. oz. (200 mL). The smaller size next to it is at $12.50
More It’s Skin creams.
More It’s Skin Power 10 Toner and Emulsion
I remember seeing this brand, Onl, when I was in Korea – no brainer that this must be the store’s bestseller. Potato is surprisingly a really good ingredient for skin, I mentioned it in my Clio store visit.
I guess this is a really good brand for sun block? I never personally heard of it.
More high end masks from that Naisture brand from before. I should research more on this brand and well as the brand below it, Herborist.
Whoops, hey, I tried.
It’s Skin foaming cleansers – $6 for a reason, the forums say these have really high pH of 8. If you have normal skin, you may be able to handle these but not dry skin.
It’s Skin Blackhead Clear line more info found on their official site
It’s Skin Aloe line
Founding rounding out of the store, Kracie, a Japanese drugstore line.
Hmmm Sana Miss Eve Baobab Oil. I have baobab oil for my hair. Looks like this Super Lift Baobab Oil is facial oil? Interested to research more into this.
This captured my attn as the store made an effort to show case it. I can’t read the signage to get a name but I’ll go back and retake a pic.
Again, never heard of this KOSE line of skincare called Sekkisei but it’s expensive stuff. I have a whole lot of other skincare I rather buy and try first before I ever get to this but hey, I’ll always know it’s here.
Finally! That is the end of the photo tour!!!!!!!!!! This post has over 100 photos of eye candy and I thought I would help everyone by giving you the best idea of what they stock here! I came out with some Pure Smile sheet masks as I couldn’t help resist their Milk line, $1.99 each. I didn’t need anything at the moment but after some research on some “new-to-me” products, I might come back for more.
If you’re DONE with looking at beauty, go downstairs to the main floor and buy some Asian snacks! They have Cafe Du Monde coffee, shrimp chips, Bin Bin rice crackers, green tea Pocky Sticks as well as the Japanese Kit Kats (green tea and strawberry) at decent prices.
Even though New Kam Man has always been in my hood, I always have a reason to go back and check out their newest arrivals and support local business before this store also gets pushed out from high rent or big developers. Scroll down to see my K-BEAUTY SHOPPING GUIDE IN CHINATOWN, NYC.
CHINATOWN K-BEAUTY SHOPPING GUIDE
If you’re making an effort to come to Chinatown for K-beauty/Asian Beauty shopping visit these other stores that are in the same area. I’ve listed it in this particular order for best efficiency if you’re coming out of the Canal Street subway station 6, N, R, Q or Z trains. I plan to keep adding to this guide and eventually make a map for easier routing. Bookmark/subscribe to my blog for updates!
- Nature Republic, 151 Centre St, New York, NY 10013 (b/t Walker St & Canal St)
Notes: Closest to the train station, starting here makes the most sense. I will hopefully do a Photo Tour of this store as well.
- Tony Moly (Chinatown), 234-238 Canal St, New York, NY 10013 (Inside New Land Plaza building)
Notes: Across the street from Nature Republic.
Official US Site: http://www.tonymolyus.com/
- New Kam Man, 200 Canal St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013
Notes: I did a Photo Tour post here with over 100 photos!
Official Site: http://www.newkamman.com/
- oo35mm, 81 Mott St, 2nd Fl New York, NY 10013 (b/t Canal St & Bayard St)
Notes: This store has a lot of photos on yelp already
Official Site: http://www.oo35mm.com/
- The Face Shop, 6-B Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013 (b/t Canal St & Bayard St)
Official Site: http://international.thefaceshop.com/english/thefaceshop/brand.jsp
- Amore, 7 Catherine St, New York, NY 10002
Notes: They carry IOPE, Laneige, Sulwhasoo and a few items from Aritaum and Mamonde! There’s no real official Amore store website however the Aritaum site advertises that it’s products are sold along with its brothers and sisters under this operation name. Although “Amore” hints that it might carry the Amore Pacific line it doesn’t and instead carries the company’s sub-lines. However you can find Amore Pacific at Sephora or Bergdorf Goodman. There are a bunch of these Amore stores in Flushing in one in 8th Ave Brooklyn but this Amore location in Chinatown is the newest one opening in 2013. I plan to do a small photo tour in this store for a coming post!
Official Site: http://us.aritaum.com/
- The Yeon, 55 Division St, Manhattan, NY 10002
Notes: If you want to trek off the touristy/Canal St area. You would walk past the Confucius statue, and walk straight onto Division St. along the gated area of Confucius Plaza. It’s across the street from The Yung Wing School (where I used to attend 😀 ). I feel like The Yeon is a lesser known kbeauty establishment but they are known for their Jeju Hallabong line (cute giant orange shaped creams/peeling gels), BB Foundation Stick, Jeju Canola Honey Serum, Style Y Color Fit Basic Lipstick and Snail 80 sheet mask. Photo tour planned for this one too.
Official Site: http://theyeon.net/en/