From lightweight moisturisers to longlasting mascaras, these are the newest Japanese beauty launches we are seriously loving now.
Whitening UV Sunscreen Gel SPF 50+/PA++++, $32.90, from Anessa
This lightweight, gel-textured sunscreen is said to be water and sweat-proof. It is also made with 50 per cent skincare ingredients including the brand’s Super Hyaluronic Acid, glycerin and collagen to hydrate and protect skin against sun damage and ageing. It is even formulated with a unique brightening essence that helps to suppress melanin production to slow down and prevent the formation of dark spots.
Perfect Whip Collagen-In Facial Cleanser, $8.90, from Senka
Formulated with Shiseido’s (read: they are both sister brands) moisture-boosting Aqua-In-Pool, it strengthens skin’s barrier function and protects against sun damage. It also contains Senka’s signature Silk Cocoon Essence to improve skin’s resilience for longlasting moisture. Lastly, it features 60 per cent of the brand’s Beauty Serum and Collage, which improves elasticity, tightens and slows down signs of ageing.
iP Dodai Base Essence, $85, from Sofina
Used as a first step in your skincare regime, this carbonated serum has the ability to instantly penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin to enhance blood circulation. This will effectively deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin, giving you a hydrated and firmer complexion. It also increases the rate of penetration of toners and other skincare products that follow.
Treatment Cream, $130, from Three
With a smooth non-sticky texture, this locks in moisture while protecting the skin against harmful external aggressors and airborne pollutants, leaving it feeling silky smooth. It also contains a host of botanical oils such as yuzu seed oil, which contains three times the amount of vitamin C to brighten and restore skin’s healthy balance. Sesame oil is enriched with antioxidant-rich vitamin E and K to hydrate and protect.
Essential Energy Moisturising Gel Cream, $80, from Shiseido
Targeted at women aged 25-35, this is inspired by neuroscience to help boost skin’s responsiveness. It contains tea, pearl and citrus unshiu peel extracts to hydrate and suppress carbonylation (the oxidation of protein side chains) in the skin, boosting overall radiance and luminosity. Taking cues from traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, the lightweight packaging evokes the forms of handcrafted Japanese tea bowls, designed to fit naturally in your hands for a sense of comfort.
Elegance Full Extension Mascara, $54, from Albion
Made using a duo of fibres, this mascara adds density and length to each strand of lash as you apply it. The formula also features a quick-drying ingredient and keeps the curls for hours.
Flarosso Luci Blush, $55, from Astalift
Available in five flattering shades, this has got to be one of our favourite blushers. It gives great, buildable colour payoff with a translucent and luminous finish without any powdery residue.
Sunscreen Powder, $40, from Orbis
Ideal for travelling, this pocket-sized sunscreen powder features an updated formula that now comes with a higher level of SPF protection (SPF50+/PA++++, to be exact).
The key ingredient, Sheer Fit Protector EX, ensures the powder molecules adhere closely to each other so that they fit snugly on the skin with fewer gaps. Thus, protecting the skin thoroughly from harmful UV rays. It also contains the brand’s Sebum Clear Powder, which absorbs excess sebum so that skin remains smooth and clear throughout the day even under harsh conditions. Available in two shades (natural and lucent), this comes in a waterproof formula that makes touching up a breeze.
Ultimune 2.0, from $110 for 30ml, from Shiseido
Since its release in 2014, Shiseido’s famed Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate has long been a hit with beauty junkies.
This time round, the new formula helps to shelter the skin from environmental factors like UV rays and air pollution to keep it from breaking out.
Text: Sofia Kim/FEMALE Additional Reporting: Atika Lim