Gone are the days where we have to idly sit by, with creepy sheet masks on, waiting to jump the mailman for our hauls from the wonderlands that are TesterKorea, Jolse, and RoseRoseShop. A few weeks ago, it was announced that Aritaum USA is expanding their footprint in the U.S. and Canada with 60-70 stores opening in North America. Of course I took the opportunity to check out a store for myself.
The In-Store Shopping Experience
My particular Aritaum store is a converted Amore Pacific store in a local Korean grocery nearby Chicago. It's a small hole-in-the-wall that carries brands like Amore Pacific, IOPE, Laneige, Mamonde, and Aritaum. They also carry hair products from companies like Mise En Scene and Ryeo. The actual store is super tiny and they carry about a third or a half of what is available at a Korean Aritaum store. There is one salesperson at the store and everything is within arm's reach for her, that's how small the store is. With that being said, the store is bright and cheery with all of the products organized and lined up in a row as though to say 'haul me'. Obviously JK, but the store is easy-to-shop and the salesperson is very knowledgeable. There are often one or two deals going on in store (the one at the store I visited was a free Aritaum Water Sliding Tint with a premium lipstick) and of course there's some sample service as well.
The Damage Done
So here are the results from my little stopover at Aritaum:
2 Salon Esthe Cel:Cushion Masks in Ceramide
2 Salon Esthe Bio Cellulose Masks in Hyaluronic Acid and Brightening Pearl
Mamonde Vivid Touch Moisture Lipstick in 08 Orange Flower
Aritaum Water Sliding Tint in 06 Wild Strawberry
Aritaum Sugarball Velvet Blusher 04 Peach Crush
1 Free Sample: Cleansing Special Gift Set with the IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam Whipping Brightener, IOPE Moisture Skin Cleansing Cream, IOPE Moisture Skin Soft Peeling Gel
The Salon Esthe masks I've been meaning to try for awhile now and the makeup bits are for a tutorial in the future. :-) I'm also super pleased with the free samples as I'm saving them up to use when traveling in the future.
Look out for some new reviews, tutorials, and swatches in the next few weeks. :-)
Have you many Kbeauty stores near you? What is your preferred way to do your skincare shopping?
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