Imagine a place where you could only discuss Asian beauty products, and said place is filled with beauty enthusiasts. Now let’s say someone went to these passionate people and asked them what would they pick if they were only allowed five Asian beauty products?
Well, that is exactly what one Reddit user asked the r/AsianBeauty subreddit.
The Reddit thread in question was set ablaze, receiving 149 detailed comments of people listing their favourite products they could not do without.
So, we present to you the top Asian beauty products Redditors could not live without.
- 1. Kikumasamune High Moist
- 2. Rom&nd Juicy Lasting Lip Tint
- 3. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
- 4. Illiyoon Ceramide ATO Concentrate Cream
- 5. Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil
- 6. Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion
- 7. Melano CC Essence
- 8. B-Lab Matcha Hydrating Cleanser
- 9. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
- 10. Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics
- 11. Etude House Soon Jung 10 Free Emulsion
- 12. Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence
- 13. Tony Moly Wonder Ceramide Mocchi Toner
1. Kikumasamune High Moist
This is an ultra-hydrating toner made using sake, so the smell can be quite strong. It is rich in amino acids, so it hydrates, soothes, smooths, and brightens the skin. Other ingredients include ceramides, arbutin, and placenta essence.
Many Redditors with dry and sensitive skin love this toner. One Redditor shared that she doubles it as a sheet mask, while another said she uses it as a lightweight hand cream.
The Kikumasamune High Moist retails for S$29.90 on Shopee.
2. Rom&nd Juicy Lasting Lip Tint
We expected skincare to come before makeup, so we were surprised and curious to see a lip tint so high up on the list.
Actually, several Redditors included more than one shade of this lip tint in their top five Asian beauty product list! We believe this could be due to the vibrant colour payoff and how comfortable it feels on the lips.
The Rom&nd Juicy Lasting Lip Tint retails for S$12 on Shopee.
3. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
A lightweight essence, it is comprised of 96.3% snail secretion filtrate which helps to protect the skin from moisture loss while soothing sensitive skin.
We weren’t that surprised to see it high on the list as it is considered a cult favourite. Several Redditors shared that it keeps their sensitive skin looking more normal.
The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence retails for S$15.90 on Shopee.
4. Illiyoon Ceramide ATO Concentrate Cream
This cream is a nongreasy, fast-absorbing formula that is suitable for the body and face. What’s great is that it is free from animal-derived ingredients, mineral oils, artificial colourings, fragrances, and parabens.
Those that shared this cream explained they love this cream for dry, winter months when their skin requires more hydration.
The Illiyoon Ceramide ATO Concentrate Cream retails for S$15 on Shopee.
5. Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil
Containing a luxurious blend of olive oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, and shea butter, this product dissolves makeup and pore-clogging impurities gently and quickly while leaving no oily residue.
It is a long-time holy grail for one Redditor, who describes it as “so basic yet so good”. Other Redditors seem to share the same enthusiasm for the product, with one sharing that it has been in their routine for more than seven years now.
The Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil retails for S$11.90 on Shopee.
6. Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion
We’ve always been big fans of this toner. It contains four types of hyaluronic acid to absorb, lock in, store, and replenish water.
It seems that many Redditors really like Hada Labo products, but the lotion is considered the most popular, as it seems suitable in both dry and humid weather.
The Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion retails for S$12.80 on Shopee.
7. Melano CC Essence
Marketed as Japan’s number one whitening essence, it is formulated with pure vitamin C, vitamin E, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, and Alpinia seed extract.
This essence is favoured by many, and those that did not include it in their top five still gave the product an honourable mention.
The Melano CC Essence retails for S$16.90 on Shopee.
8. B-Lab Matcha Hydrating Cleanser
Gentle and soothing products continue to be the theme here. This product uses green tea and centella to soothe the skin while hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and glycerin provide extra moisture.
Redditors love this product because it doesn’t dry out the skin and instead leaves your skin feeling hydrated.
The B-Lab Matcha Hydrating Cleanser retails for S$9.88 on Shopee.
9. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
This three-in-one cleansing balm removes waterproof makeup and skin impurities without stripping the skin. It transforms from a sherbet-like texture into a smooth oil when applied to your skin.
Many Redditors adore this cleansing balm because of how easily it washes off even the most stubborn of makeup.
The Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm retails for S$17.90 on Shopee.
10. Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics
An SPF 50+ PA++++ chemical sunscreen, it applies gently on the skin without pilling or leaving a white cast. It nourishes the skin using rice extract and grain probiotics complex.
Most Redditors enjoy the dewy finish that it gives, how it applies like a dream, and has decent protection.
The Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics retails for S$33.80 on Shopee.
11. Etude House Soon Jung 10 Free Emulsion
Redditors love Etude House’s low-irritant Soon Jung line. This emulsion calms down and soothes skin irritations using panthenol and madecassoside.
Redditors likely enjoy this product as it is free of 10 additives including animal materials, mineral oil, colour additives, synthetic perfume, polyacrylamide, silicone oil, imidazolidinyl urea, triethanolamine, PEG surfactant, and paraben.
The Etude House Soon Jung 10 Free Emulsion retails for S$27 on Shopee.
12. Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence
Formulated with a ferment complex and biomimetic formula, this essence brightens, softens, and hydrates the skin while balancing its oil-water levels.
One Redditor praised the product so much that she only listed two products instead of the usual five as she was convinced of its efficacy.
The Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence retails for S$63.99 on Shopee.
13. Tony Moly Wonder Ceramide Mocchi Toner
This toner promises you bouncy, mochi-like skin thanks to its hypoallergenic, alcohol-free formulation that strengthens and protects the skin.
Many Redditors love the toner due to how viscous and moisturising it is. We can see why as it contains many hydrating ingredients such as vitamin b and hyaluronic acid.
The Tony Moly Wonder Ceramide Mocchi Toner retails for S$21.75 on Shopee.
Featured image credit: @yeoonastore & Joyce Lau