Ballerina Beauty: Japan's Chacott Makeup Comes Stateside

My career as a ballerina was short-lived. The combination of a Dorothy Hamill haircut and all that frilly lace just didn’t mesh on my awkward little body.

Thankfully, for me at least, you don’t have to be able to plié with perfect form to use Chacott professional makeup, which originated in Japan in the 1950s as a maker high quality pointe shoes, but has since expanded to include stage and HD quality cosmetics for, you guessed it, ballerinas. Most recently, Chacott opened an American outpost in New York's Flatiron district, but you can shop a selection of items on

I got a chance to try two of their most popular products, the Finishing Powder and Quick Eyeliner in Brown.

Finishing Powder

For a greaseball such as myself, finishing powder is a MUST. It keeps my makeup on my face and it prevents my skin from gleaming like a cheesy slice of pizza. Chacott's finishing powder is truly top notch! It's far cheaper than Make Up For Ever and you get twice the amount of product.

The powder is milled extremely fine, which is key to avoiding camera flashback. Lest we forget this stuff is made to keep sweat and shine at bay on hard-working ballerinas. It left my face nicely matte and not at all cake-y. And FYI, the regular size product is 30g, but if you try it and like it, a whopping 170g jar is only $30.

Quick Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner was my go-to as a tear-prone preteen with frequent mental breakdowns, so I know how to use it well, but pen applicators are relatively new to me. With this one, using thicker strokes to create a cat-eye was a breeze. The color is a warm cocoa that isn’t too harsh and stands out from my super dark lashes, which I loved.

This product also has an off-label use that I'm super into: it doubles as a brow pencil. I usually have a heavy hand with brow powder and wax, but this pen allowed me to literally draw tiny lines in between hairs and fill in the places that needed it, without being too dramatic or opaque.

Chacott is breaking into the U.S. market, and I can certainly see why. When a product is suitable for use on high definition video or even children, its performance as well as its kindness to skin is hard to ignore.

Anyone else take ballet as a kid? Have you heard of this brand? Better yet, who knows (or is) an actual ballerina and has beauty secrets to share?