Taiwan is not only known for its milk tea; it’s also home to many cult fave beauty products. So if you’re heading to Taipei anytime soon, be sure to have these on your list! Below, we curate 10 of the most popular and beloved makeup and skincare products you shouldn’t miss.
10 Best Taiwanese Beauty Products to Buy Now
1. My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Sheet Mask
Have you really been to Taiwan if you haven’t stocked up on sheet masks? Don't get overwhelmed with the wide array of selections and instead make a bee line straight to My Beauty Diary's Black Pearl Mask. This particular variant is a cult fave for its brightening properties—it's rich in amino acids, hydrolyzed collagen, and lemon extract—that hydrates dull and tired skin. If you need a quick skin perk after long-haul flights or just to rejuvenate your skin, this one will do the job in a snap.
2. Naruko Raw Job's Tears Night Gelly
This sleep mask is made from the extracts of Job's Tears plant, traditionally used in Chinese medicine over the years. Like its original function, which is to restore the body, Naruko's popular jelly mask works miracles on your skin. Use it as a final step on your sleeping mask and seal in your layers without adding extra moisture. Wake up beautiful with tight pores and bright skin tone. Oh, and did you know you can also use this to soothe inflamed and irritated skin? It's a handy product for beach-goers who suffer from sunburnt skin.
3. Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum
When in Taiwan, pick up a bottle or two of Dr. Wu's Mandelic Acid Renewal Serum. This serum is concocted with a gentle formula that combines three acids. And its star ingredient? Mandelic Acid! It's a gentler AHA compared to glycolic acid but will penetrate your skin deeper and faster for immediate skin regeneration. Say bye-bye to acne, blackheads, large pores, and rough skin with this wonder serum!
4. Miss Hana Gel Pencil Eyeliner
Your search for the perfect gel eyeliner will promptly stop in Taiwan. Stock up on Miss Hana's Waterproof Gel Eyeliner and you'll surely toss out your liner pots and brushes right away. This gel liner pencil provides a deep and true black formula to outline your eyes. Now, since we live in a tropical country and smudging is a real concern, this product won't let you down. It sets quickly and is also water- and oil-proof.
5. 23.5°N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask
This Taiwanese beauty brand is named after the country's location on the map. 23.5°N is right on the Tropic of Cancer, where the sun can be directly overhead. Hence the countries here (including Taiwan) has many hot days that easily grow foliage and vegetation. Helen Ho, 23.5°N's founder, found this opportunity to produce farm to face products, following an all natural and back-to-basic skincare. Among its four lines, stock up on Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask, which is derived from a plant native to Taiwan. It's an easy solution for oily and acne-prone skin that will also minimize visible pores.
6. For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Surge Cream
For Beloved One is Margaret Wu's brainchild that uses science to give you your best skin yet. Pick up a tub of their Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Surge Cream that instantly hydrates the skin without the sticky feeling. It boasts of its unique texture that turns cream into micro-water molecules once in contact with skin, giving you fresh skin sans the greasy feeling for 24 hours straight!
7. Kuan Yuan Lian Luffa Spring Water Toner
Don't be fooled by its humble packaging; locals swear by this Spring Water Toner for its quick hydration and soothing effect, especially on skin that's been exposed to ACs the entire day. It's extremely cooling and leaves no sticky residue afterwards, too, perfect for hot summer days.
8. 1028 Visual Therapy Extend Curl Waterproof Mascara
This mascara is a must-buy when you're passing by Taiwan. It comes from a drugstore brand developed by Asian celebrity makeup artist Xiao-Kai, and it promises to give you a natural-looking lashes that holds the curl the entire day. Its slim, cone-shaped brush deposits the jet-black formula in an extremely precise and smooth application. Bid adieu to clumpy lashes and smudging when you use this products. What's more, it contains Vitamin B5 and Collagen for moisturizing and strengthening your eyelashes.
9. L'Herboflore Tremella Moisturizing Eye Mask
L’Herboflore Eye Masks are famous for their unique wing shape that is especially designed for your delicate undereye area. This specific variant has Tremella extract that is known for its moisturizing effects. This also has ceramide and hyaluronic acid that effectively nourish and brighten dull and dry skin.
10. Bonanza Active-Moisture Membrane KUM Gel Mask
It's no surprise that another gel mask lands a spot in our list. Don't miss out on Bonanza's cooling, moisturizing, and brightening skin mask. It can also hydrate your parched skin and help it retain moisture and elasticity. Best way to use it? Stick it in the fridge for a while before intended application for a more refreshing experience!