Top 10 Asian-Inspired Beauty Products To Try

Posted in Fragrance, Makeup, Skin on November 12, 2017 by

This excellent post has been sponsored by Westfield Chatswood.

When it comes to the beauty industry, Asia has undoubtedly always paved the way in terms of innovation. BB creams? Yep. Cushion foundations? You’ve got it. Cleansing oils and liquid essences? Well, you get what we’re saying… With a keen attention to detail and harmony and ancient experience in beauty rituals, it’s no surprise Asia has brought us some of beauty buys we can’t live without.

Here, we round up 10 of the best Asian-inspired beauty products – all available at Westfield Chatswood.



Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum (available from Aesop)
Inspired by: Japan

Whilst Aesop is an Australian beauty success story, the natural skin care giant has recently moved into fragrance; and Japanese Hinoki forests have been the inspiration no less for its latest scent, Hwyl. An intriguing unisex fragrance with a hint of eccentricity, it’s smoky notes descend into subtle spice and dark green, earthy accords.

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Powder Wash (available from The Body Shop)
Inspired by: China

With the new trend emerging out of Asia being “glass skin” – that is so skin so flawless, it reflects light like glass – we take note of any exfoliants designed to illuminate and even skin tone. A whopping 87% of women agreed their skin felt instantly smoother after applying this polishing powder, which contains Chinese rice and ginseng extract and is designed to be applied after being mixed with water. The less water, the stronger the exfoliation. Perfect for travel, too.


Shiseido Instroke Eyeliner in Shikkoku Black (available from MYER)
Inspired by: Japan

What liquid eyeliner shapes a brush like a Japanese inkstone? This newbie from Shiseido does. It’s designed to let you draw desired lines effortlessly, bringing out your eyes and confidence with every use. Arigatōgozaimashita.

Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser (available from MECCA Maxima)
Inspired by: Korea

Not just your average cleansing solution, this foaming formulation harnesses the unsuspectingly purifying ingredient of egg white extract to purify pores and revive skin. Papaya, sugarcane, orange and lemon also gently refines whilst egg white extract banishes dirt and impurities and hyaluronic acid draws in essential moisture. Not bad for the humble meringue ingredient, eh?

The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask (available from The Body Shop)
Inspired by: Japan

This new purifying face mask features matcha tea from Kakegawa, Japan to deeply purify, gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin from the weekly build-up of icky city pollutants and everyday impurities. Excellent for your skin – inside and out.


Shiseido WASO Quick Matte Moisturiser Oil-Free (available from MYER)
Inspired by: Japan

Japanese loquat leaf (otherwise known as (Biwa Cha) has an antioxidant effect that is known to help suppress sebum breakdown – and it’s the star in this mattifying moisturiser.  If you’ve got oily skin, this beauty buy is for you. Apply in the morning and enjoy oil-free and hydrated (not dry) skin for a whole 24 hours.

Tatcha The Essence (available from MECCA Maxima)
Inspired by: Japan

Fact: essences (liquid skin treatments) have been used after cleansing in Japanese culture for years. Tatcha (which is loved by celebrities including Kim Kardashian West) gives us this skin-softener and straight-up goodness for our skin. With a pure, fermented concentration of green tea, rice and algae plus lactic acid, this resurfacer leaves skin feeling plump, smooth and positively glowing.

SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence (available from MYER)
Inspired by: Japan

Known as ‘miracle water’ in Asia, this essence can be misted onto skin to hydrate, soften, encourage cell renewal and leave skin radiant and plump. Simply spritz and reap the (many) benefits.

22 Chosungah C&T Blend Fresh Mix Foundatio (available from MECCA Maxima)
Inspired by: Korea

Chosungah22 is founded by South Korea’s number one makeup artist, Chonsungah. The popular makeup artist has worked with all of the top K-pop stars and celebrities, and she’s responsible for shaping K-beauty into what it is today. She’s even collaborated with several major makeup brands, including M.A.C. She’s upheld her philosophy that “makeup should be simple and fun” for the past 24 years and carried that into her own line, Chosungah22. This foundation treats skin whilst effortlessly covers imperfections and envelops skin in luminosity for a healthy-looking glow.

Karuna Anti-Oxidant+ Face Mask (available from MECCA Maxima)
Inspired by: China

Enriched with Chinese green tea to help protect against free radicals, this all-natural fibre sheet mask is made from biodegradable wood pulp that retains 50% more moisture than synthetic material, ensuring pores fully absorb nourishing ingredients for instantly visible results. For extra absorption, soak the Sheet Mask in its sealed packet in a bowl of hot water for 3-5 minutes for warm compression.