Imagine asking a group of people passionate about Asian beauty products what they would pick if they were only allowed five Asian beauty products.
That is exactly what one Reddit user asked the r/AsianBeauty subreddit.
The subsequent Reddit thread was set ablaze, garnering 149 detailed comments of people sharing the products they can’t live without.
These are the top Asian beauty products that kept coming up in the responses.
- 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 Soon Jung 10 Free Emulsion
- 12. Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence
- 13. Tony Moly Wonder Ceramide Mocchi Toner
1. Kikumasamune High Moist
An ultra-hydrating toner made using sake, it is rich in amino acid, so it hydrates, soothes, smooths, and brightens the skin. It also includes other ingredients such as ceramides, arbutin, and placenta essence.
Many Redditors love this toner, especially those with dry and sensitive skin. One Redditor shared that she uses it as a lightweight hand cream, and another said this doubles up as a sheet mask.
The Kikumasamune High Moist retails for RM43.90 on Shopee.
2. Rom&nd Juicy Lasting Lip Tint
We were curious to see why this specific lip tint shone against other beauty products, especially since one would expect skincare to come before makeup.
In fact, some Redditors included several shades of this lip tint in their top list! It may be due to the vibrant colour payoff and how comfortable it feels on the lips.
The Rom&nd Juicy Lasting Lip Tint retails for RM45 on Shopee.
3. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
This is light-weight essence comprised 96.3% snail secretion filtrate, which helps protect the skin from moisture loss while soothing sensitive skin.
It’s considered a cult-favourite, so we weren’t that surprised to see it high on the list. More than one Redditor shared that it is able to care for their sensitive skin.
The Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence retails for RM87 on Shopee.
4. Illiyoon Ceramide ATO Concentrate Cream
Free from animal-derived ingredients, mineral oils, artificial colourings, fragrances, and parabens, this cream has a non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula that is suitable for the body and face.
Some Redditors with sensitive skin shared that they love this cream, especially for dry, winter seasons when they need that extra boost of moisture.
The Illiyoon Ceramide ATO Concentrate Cream retails for RM75.90 on Shopee.
5. Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil
A Japanese cleansing oil, it dissolves makeup and pore-clogging impurities gently and quickly while leaving no oily residue. It contains a luxurious blend of olive oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, and shea butter.
This cleansing oil is a long-time holy grail for one Redditor, who describes it as “so basic yet so good”, while another Redditor shared that it has been in their routine for more than seven years now.
The Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil retails for RM45.90 on Shopee.
6. Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion
We’ve always been big fans of this toner, which contains four types of hyaluronic acid to absorb, lock-in, store, and replenish water.
While it seems that Redditors really like Hada Labo products, it is the lotion that stood out, as it seems suitable in both dry and humid weather.
The Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion retails for RM66 on Shopee.
7. Melano CC Essence
Melano CC Essence is marketed as Japan’s No. 1 whitening essence. It uses pure vitamin C, vitamin E, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, and Alpinia seed extract to lighten acne marks.
Several Redditors enjoy the Melano CC Essence, and even those who didn’t include it in their top five list said that it was tough dropping it.
The Melano CC Essence retails for RM59 on Shopee.
8. B-Lab Matcha Hydrating Cleanser
This cleanser contains green tea and centella to soothe the skin while hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and glycerin give extra moisture.
The general consensus for this product is that it doesn’t dry out the skin but instead leaves your skin feeling hydrated.
The B-Lab Matcha Hydrating Cleanser retails for RM43 on Shopee.
9. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
A three-in-one cleansing balm, it transforms from a sherbet-like texture into a smooth oil when applied to your skin. It removes waterproof makeup and skin impurities without stripping the skin.
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 RM62 on Shopee.
10. Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics
This is a SPF 50+ PA++++ chemical sunscreen that applies gently on the skin without pilling or leaving a white cast. It contains rice extract and grain probiotics complex to nourish the skin.
While some Redditors don’t enjoy the dewy finish, others do and have listed it as their top products as it applies like a dream and has decent protection.
The Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics retails for RM47.50 on Shopee.
11. Etude Soon Jung 10 Free Emulsion
Etude’s low-irritant Soon Jung line is quite popular on Reddit. Containing panthenol and madecassoside, this emulsion calms down and soothes skin irritations.
We suspect Redditors 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 RM84.50 on Shopee.
12. Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence
This essence brightens, softens, and hydrates the skin while balancing its oil-water levels. It is formulated with a ferment complex and biomimetic formula.
One Redditor only listed two products instead of five, of which this essence was one – that’s because she has been amazed at the effectiveness of the product.
The Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence retails for RM192 on Shopee.
13. Tony Moly Wonder Ceramide Mocchi Toner
You’ll gain bouncy, mochi-like skin thanks to this toner’s hypoallergenic, alcohol-free formulation that strengthens and protects the skin.
This product contains many hydrating ingredients such as vitamin B and hyaluronic acid. Redditors love the toner because of its viscous texture and moisturising properties.
The Tony Moly Wonder Ceramide Mocchi Toner retails for RM39.90 on Shopee.
Featured image credit: @yeoonastore & Joyce Lau