Put On a Good Face

Kanebo cosmetics and skin-care products

Finally, after 20 years, Kanebo cosmetics and skin-care products are available in the U.S., at New York's Bergdorf Goodman. Kanebo, a venerable Japanese textiles firm, produces lotions and potions that seasoned travelers are crazy about. They come in sleek glass bottles and jars. There are hair products; there's makeup, too.

One distinguished cinematic makeup artist swears by Kanebo's foundation ($55). It comes in a gray compact with interchangeable inserts so you can vary color. You can put it on wet or dry, with a sponge, puff, even your fingers—bliss when you're stuck in an airplane seat at 39,000 feet. You can take it off with another Kanebo lifesaver: the Sponge-Chief ($15). It's a washcloth-sized sponge that comes in a plastic pouch. Add water and it takes off all that travel grime and grit, whether you're watching polar bears on the tundra or plundering the Marrakech bazaar.

Kanebo's lipsticks ($30), which come in small, heavy gold tubes, stay on practically forever. The EX La Crème is a super-deluxe moisturizer that comes in a little gold pot ($500 for about 1.5 ounces).

Then there's Kanebo's 10-Second Awakening Essence, a heavy-textured liquid in a sleek glass pump. It's not yet available in the U.S., so savvy travelers rush to Harrods' cosmetics department in London to stock up—there are people who actually hoard this product. You squirt on a few drops and it's like a ten-second facelift when you're on the road. You feel you've been born again. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019; 212-753-7300. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London, England SW1X 7XL; 44-20-7730-1234.