Everyone knows that Taiwan is a haven for mouth-watering street snacks and numerous other food options. But did you know that there is also a bustling beauty industry in Taiwan? The spotlight on Korean beauty products may have hidden the Taiwanese market from view, but here are 10 beauty products that even locals swear by – that’s how you know they’re good!

1. Ladurée makeup

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Say whaaat? Our favourite macaron maker has branched out into the world of beauty with Les Merveilleuses Ladurée, a makeup range so pretty you could almost eat them. Packaging is key here with these products, but we hear the quality isn’t too bad either.

We highly recommend the Face Colour Rose Ladurée, which is blush in the form of rose petals that come in an elegant container. You’re going to feel like a real-life princess, we promise!

With only three stores in Asia, make sure you drop by the one in Taipei if you go there on holiday.

Where to buy it?

There is only one Les Merveilleuses Ladurée counter in Taipei city, located in SOGO Department Store along Zhongxiao E. Road.

2. Miss Hana waterproof eyeliner

It’s made it onto a number of Taiwanese beauty talk shows, including 女人我最大 (Queen), the authority on all things beauty. This eyeliner from the brand Miss Hana comes in four shades (two matte, two glittery) and is budge-proof! Even on the oiliest lids, they’re said to stay put throughout the day. Removing them at the end of the day is a breeze though, as long as you use a makeup remover for eyes.

Where to buy it?

You get buy Miss Hana makeup products from 86 shop, a Taiwanese beauty store.

3. Bonanza Cosmetics gel mask

Taiwanese girlsswear by these Bonanza gel masks, which come in two sizes in more than seven versions. The blue Zymo-excitative Membrane KFM and purple Active-Moisture KUM are the most popular versions, and they focus on whitening and hydration respectively. While you might be able to spot these online, your safest bet is to get them in person when you go to Taiwan because these are so popular that they have spawned counterfeits on the market.

Where to buy it?

Bonanza Cosmetics gel masks are available in most Taiwanese beauty stores, such as Paris Strawberry or Little Three.

4. Heme Baby Q silicone sponge

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An easy to clean, zero product wastage, and cheap alternative to the Beauty Blender? This silicone applicator claims to be the next big thing in makeup application, providing several benefits over traditional blending sponges. Check out our article here which compares silicone puffs to sponges like the cult-favourite Beauty Blender and lays out the pros and cons.

Where to buy it?

The Heme Baby Q sponge is only available in Poya stores in Taiwan.

5. Pearl powder

This is a more traditional “secret” ingredient that dates back to beauty routine thousands of years in the past. If your grandma says it works, it probably works, right? Pearl powder is rich in amino acids and calcium, and can be consumed directly. Otherwise, mix some pearl powder with rose water to create your own hydrating mist or use the powder as finishing powder after makeup.

Where to buy it?

Most traditional Chinese medicinal halls are likely to carry pearl powder.

6. Dr. Douxi Essence of Eggshell bar soap

This Taiwanese gem is a cream-based bar of soap that is meant to be used as face wash. Containing eggshell and silk proteins, this mild cleanser is touted as the solution to any anti-ageing concerns you may have. It also moisturises and repairs your skin while ridding your skin of impurities in 15 seconds. Talk about a multi-tasker!

Where to buy it?

Dr. Douxi products are available in most Taiwanese beauty stores.

7. L’Herboflore eye masks

These eye masks are uniquely shaped to adhere snugly around the eye area so as to properly nourish it. Ingredients such as tetrapeptide, sorghum extract, trehalose, hyaluronic acid, and sodium hyaluronate ensure that your peepers are well-pampered and ready to take on the day.

Where to buy it?

L’Herboflore eye masks can be purchased in Cosmed stores in Taiwan.

8. 1028 Visual Therapy makeup

Makeup-wise, 1028 Visual Therapy is a local label created by Xiao Kai, a Taiwanese celebrity makeup artist. The products here are designed for the Asian consumer in mind, which is always a plus. On top of that, 1028 Visual Therapy’s formulas include skincare ingredients that help to improve your skin condition, making them true multi-taskers.

Where to buy it?

1028 Visual Therapy products can be found in selected Watsons stores. However, their product range is more extensive in Taiwan beauty stores.

9. Melvita floral waters

This French brand specialises in organic beauty care and handpicks natural ingredients to be used in their products. Carrying a wide range of products to suit different needs, from face care to hair care, and from fragrances to body care products, Melvita offers a one-stop-shop for all your grooming needs.

 

If you’re at the Melvita store, check out their floral waters. While many brands out there offer just one or two variants of floral waters, Melvita carries six different types that cater to different skin concerns. These organic floral waters from Melvita are popular because you can use it as a toner or as a spraying mist throughout the day.

Where to buy it

They have one standalone store located at No. 230, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City.

10. Buly 1803

This more than two centuries old French brand became famous in the 18th century because of the perfumes and scented vinegars they produce. They later ventured into skincare lotions and have also achieved success.

The brand tap on their ancient recipes while also drawing on innovative techniques to offer everything from skincare to fragrances. If you were to visit their store, you should definitely check out their water-based perfumes that they say doesn’t stain, parch, or unbalance skin, as well as their oils, which are made with ingredients sourced from all around the world.

Today, Buly 1803 is available outside of France. Their first overseas branch? In Taipei!

Where to buy it

No. 263, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City

11. Bonus! Hot springs in Beitou

The bonus item on the list isn’t exactly a beauty brand or product, but is an often recommended must-do when in Taiwan. Spas and hot springs in the Beitou areas are easily accessible from Taipei via the city’s MRT system, making a relax-cation just half an hour away. This area is supplied naturally by geothermal energies from an active volcano, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a quick soak or a stress-reducing massage. Bathhouses here are also affordably priced, and are guaranteed to leave you feeling more refreshed and energised to continue your shopping and street food hunting back in Taipei.

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