Buying Used Makeup: Is It Gross Or Practical? | Clozette

With the rise of reselling websites such as Carousell, buying secondhand items has never been easier. It's a practice that used to be widely stigmatized; something that we think is reserved for those who can't afford to pay the full price. But now, thanks to a perfect storm of several factors, thrifting for used clothes or buying anything pre-owned is becoming a norm. 

However, there's a growing sector in the used items economy that's been raising some eyebrows: selling used makeup. Unlike skincare items, which often come in resealable (sometimes airtight) packaging, used makeup products came directly in contact with the previous owner's skin — and that can be highly unsanitary. 

Makeup Flatlay

But here's something you wouldn't believe: buying used makeup is now becoming popular among the Japanese youth, according to a report by Business Of Fashion. It's quite ironic for a culture that puts a strong emphasis on cleanliness (remember that unbelievably clean floodwater?) to have a thriving buy and sell market for used makeup. The key to its success, as discussed in the same article, is the "mutual understanding, and high level of trust and consideration between buyers and sellers". 

This is also the case for other countries in the region. In Thailand and the Philippines, social media groups are dedicated to buying and selling used makeup among users. Most of the time, these groups are governed by a strict set of guidelines that you need to follow. If you want to post an item that you want to sell, you have to submit it to the moderators of the group for evaluation. Sometimes groups will even require you to present an identification card before you can be admitted to the group to avoid fraud. 

Makeup Flatlay

With these parameters in place, buying used makeup seems to be not as gross as one would initially think. In fact, most of the pre-owned makeup for sale are barely used. Sometimes, it's only been swatched once or twice! And the bonus is, you can score some luxury items for a much, much lower price.

Buying used makeup is also a great way to test out expensive items. Sellers also benefit from this practice; it's more practical to get rid of makeup that you don't use anymore by selling it instead of just tossing it in the trash. 

Lancome Lipstick

Unlike China's "sharing economy" which includes makeup-sharing booths, the buying and selling of used beauty products, to me, is a much more sound and sanitary alternative. At least, you can personally clean the makeup you used by scraping the top layer of the cosmetic (for example, cutting the top part of the lipstick).

As we become more aware of the effects of overconsumption both on ourselves and the environment, the secondhand economy will continue to thrive in the next years. Participating in it does involve some risk, but there are also some huge benefits to it. It boils down to following the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. So think twice before selling expired items; you wouldn't want to buy one, would you?



These days, comfortable style is what's hot. The popularity of athleisure fashion, fanny packs and Teva sandals — styles that were all once deemed passé — is a testament to this. Even if you look at what teenagers would consider cool right now, the looks all put a premium on comfort. We're talking about oversized tees, crocs, and sporting a Fjällräven Kanken. And just recently, a new comfortable piece is entering the mainstream scene. Meet the knitted flats! 

It's designed like a ballet flat but the difference is in the material used. What makes it so comfortable is it's made from high-quality yarns that, for most brands such as Rothy's, are made from recycled plastic bottles. According to the brand's website, they have "transformed over 30 million plastic water bottles into stylish flats." As you can see, it's easy to understand the hype and love for this piece because it's stylish, comfy and sustainable.

If you want to snag a pair of knitted flats, here are some options in our region. 

Otto Shoes

Knitted Flats

Otto Shoes Stripe Knitted Flats, PHP1199/~USD23 (

If you live in the Philippines, you can check out Otto Shoes' knitted flats. You can drop by at their branches or browse through ZALORA Philippines to look at their selections. We particularly love the very versatile Stripe Knitted Flats in blush pink. It's made with a custom-engineered knitted soft fabric upper and a lightweight rubber outsole. 

Twenty Eight Shoes

Knitted Flats

Twenty Eight Shoes Knit Flats JD20, SGD84/~USD60 (

A homegrown brand in Hong Kong, Twenty Eight shoes have also released a few pieces featuring knitted material. Unlike most brands selling knit flats, they also have other designs aside from the block colours. However, if you're like us who love classic looks, then you'd like the JD20. This casual pair of knitted flats has a supportive back counter and memory foam socking which makes it comfier than the average shoe.


Knitted Flats


Originating from Singapore, PAZZION Shoes has expanded their reach across Asia to countries like China, Japan and Thailand. Over the years, they have released classic designs and on-trend items like knitted flats. Looking for something that can be worn in professional settings? Check out the Blue Knit Effect Pointed Leather Pointy Flats. It will add a pop of colour to your ensemble without going over the top.

Skechers Gowalk Lite

Knitted Flats

Skechers GOwalk Lite in Romance, USD65 (

If you want knitted flats with an athletic touch, look no further than Skechers' GOwalk Lite collection. Out of all the designs, the Romance is the one that caught our fancy with its classy bow detail and nude colourway. We also love how versatile it is. You can wear it to both your next workout session and brunch date with your girlfriends!



Another week has gone, and with it comes a whole new slew of beauty and tech news. Before we say hello to the weekend, let's quickly go through the goings-on in the beauty, tech, and food industries. From restaurant openings to recent developments in e-commerce, we’ve got you covered with this week’s Insider Roundup.

Taobao just opened its very first store in Southeast Asia

Taobao by Virmall, the first Taobao Store in SEA

In partnership with Virmall, the first Taobao Store in Southeast Asia can now be found in Funan in Singapore. The 6,000 sq. ft store houses around 300 Taobao products, ranging from furniture and household items, textiles, fashion, and more. The store also features a Virtual Reality (VR) service for Singaporean shoppers, allowing them to visualise a particular piece of furniture in their own living spaces which are generated based on actual measurements of a room or even the entire house. Purchases can be made in-store via QR code and paid through the Taobao app.

Shopee has a new regional office in Singapore

Shopee's New Regional Office in Singapore

After announcing Cristiano Ronaldo as their newest ambassador in August, leading e-commerce platform Shopee announced last Tuesday that they’re opening their new regional headquarters in Singapore at Kent Ridge. The new office is designed to facilitate a more collaborative and creative working environment, including a marketing studio where Shopee LIVE and Shopee Quiz will be filmed, as well as a gym and fun zone for their employees. This move “reaffirms our long-term commitment to the country and elevates Singapore’s attractiveness as the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia,” says Zhao Junjie, Shopee’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Yabu just opened a new branch in SM Aura

Yabu: House of Katsu SM Aura Opening
(Photo from: amandamaziiing)

Yabu: House of Katsu just opened its newest branch in SM Aura last Tuesday, 2 September. Their menu filled with signature katsu dishes comes with unlimited servings of rice, fruits, veggies, and soup. 

The new Urban Decay NAKED Honey palette is coming soon

Urban Decay Cosmetics’ new NAKED palette is making its way to Singapore on 13 September. It features warm brown tones and shimmery gold hues, making it the perfect palette for ladies with tan skin. It’s a versatile palette that can take you from day-time glam to night-about-town with its colour selection. It will definitely be a sweet addition to your vanity table. Get it when it drops in Sephora, both online and in-store, next week.

A new Facebook data leak exposes users’ cellphone numbers

Insider Round-Up: Facebook Data Leak

(Source: @zackwhittaker)

Though Facebook has already restricted public access to users’ phone numbers, a server was recently found to contain data from different databases from different countries. According to TechCrunch, the numbers go up to more than 400 million, with US users being affected the most, followed closely by the United Kingdom. Some records also showed pertinent information, such as the user’s name, age, gender, and location by country. This leaves users susceptible to scam calls and hacked accounts, as Facebook passwords can be changed via phone number. This latest data exposure is the most recent occurrence of data stored online, unprotected by a password.

(Cover photo from: Taobao)

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