If you’re a beauty junkie, you must know about the Ladies, First (女人我最大) variety show! Featuring innovative and trendy cosmetics and skincare products each week, the series has garnered a religious following of fans who swear by their recommendations. In case you haven’t had time to compile a list, we’ve done it for you. Here are the top beauty products and brands you should pick up when you go to Taiwan.
Taiwan Shopping Guide: Beauty & Skincare Edition
This Taiwanese brand is a hit for its super cute cartoon packaging, as well as its use of all natural ingredients. The masks are made of Japanese silk and bamboo fibers, and the skincare formulas are free of mineral oil, parabens, alcohol, and even animal ingredients (they are cruelty-free!).
You’ve probably watched viral videos of their makeup reviews, and maybe even seen them at local drugstores. Although available locally, MKUP is much cheaper in Taiwan–it goes for almost 30% off! We recommend the high coverage BB cushions, as well as the popular Complexion Cream.
#3 LoveMore face masks
Also using silk sheets, these masks are known for using premium deep ocean water as the base for the mask serums. They come in natural, oriental herb flavours (ingredients) like Pearl & Red Barley, Loofah & Aloe Vera, and more.
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#4 L’Herboflore charming eye masks
These super thin, wing-shaped eye masks are a joy to put on! They’re comfortable, and come in pretty packets. Each product has specially commissioned illustrations, making it perfect for souvenirs—if you can bear to give them away, that is!
#5 Buly 1803
Alright, we admit–Buly 1803 is not actually from Taiwan. It hails from France, but the Taiwan branch is its first overseas outlet. The brand is two centuries old, and uses ancient recipes to formulate their skincare and fragrances.
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#6 Miss Hana
Now that we’ve spent all that time recommending face and eye masks, it’s time to talk about dolling up those peepers. Keep that cat-eye on fleek with Miss Hana’s eyeliner, which is known to be super water- and sweat-proof. It is especially great for our hot and humid weather!
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#7 Lam Sam Yick beauty brushes
Think the name sounds like it sells traditional Chinese products? Well, you’re not entirely wrong. Lam Sam Yick used to sell calligraphy brushes in Fuzhou, but after the decline of that industry, they relocated to Taiwan to sell makeup brushes. The brushes come in adorable shapes (like pink heart bristles), and are luxuriously soft to the touch.
#8 Kai Deluxe
A line by celebrity makeup artist Xiao Kai Lao Shi, Kai Deluxe is one of Taiwan’s best-selling cosmetic lines! Especially popular is the air cushion blusher, which comes in two shades that flatter the Asian skin tone.
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#9 Dr Cink Serums
With the current trend of focusing on dermatologically certified formulas, there are tons of “Dr” brands in Taiwan! Dr Cink is one of the more well-known ones, and the top-selling products are the serums! The Hydrating and Restore Replenishing Night Serums are the bestsellers—the former was apparently first formulated as a surgery aftercare product.
#10 Bevy C. skincare
Bevy C. takes an unconventional approach to skincare: Instead on focusing on flawless skin, the brand has come up with products to enhance the lasting power and appearance of your regular makeup. Meant as a pre-makeup regime, the creams and serums actually protect your skin from harmful makeup ingredients. For translucent skin, try the Lumiwhite range.
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