At AsiaSpa, we get to review a seemingly endless supply of beauty products every month. While not every formula deserves a permanent spot in our beauty cabinet, we’re constantly unearthing new favourites.
With summer in full force, we’ve rounded up our latest beauty and skincare discoveries—WULT’s dreamy sunblock collection, Atelier Cologne’s juicy fragrance, Jurlique’s botanical facial cleansers and Hourglass’ ultrafine makeup setting spray are just a few examples.
Hourglass Veil Soft Focus Setting Spray
Have you ever spent a generous amount of time to perfect your makeup, only to find it sliding off your face a few hours later? You’re not alone.
That’s why we were thrilled to know that Hourglass has launched a new makeup setting spray, which doesn’t only lock your makeup in place but also finishes your look with a smooth, even and naturally radiant glow. Vegan and cruelty-free, the ultra-fine mist feels weightless on the skin and creates a veiling effect that softens the skin complexion.
Beach bums will love that it’s water-resistant, which translates to its incredible staying power for up to 24 hours.
Shop it at hourglasscosmetics.com
Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream
Before you decide to go sleeveless, backless or strapless this summer, Drunk Elephant’s natural deodorant will give you the confidence you need. Free of baking soda, essential oils and aluminum-derived ingredients, the deodorant cream has become one of our gym-bag essentials, keeping odour at bay even after a sweaty workout.
Suitable for sensitive skin, the cream-like texture also delivers a subtle yet pleasant scent from plant oils (marula, baobab and mongongo seed) and shea butters—which are effective in moisturising delicate underarm skin, too.
Shop it at sephora.hk
WULT Rainbow Sunfluffies
As much as sunblocks are a summer essential that we can’t skip in our skincare regime, they can be a hit or miss. Some chemical sunblocks irritate our skin, cause redness and breakouts. Even worse, some leave an unflattering white cast that makes us look like a vampire.
So imagine our joy at discovering WULT’s Physical Sunfluff SPF30, which comes in five shades: Blue Moon, Peachy Preach, Good Nood, Lavender Dilly and Honey Dew to even skin tone and reduce irritation. Our current favourite is the Honey Dew Sunfluff, which provides antibacterial benefits thanks to witch hazel extract, and reduces redness and blemishes in sensitive skin. The newly launched Rainbow Sunfluffies is a fabulous set of all five shades, each in 20ml, and comes with a baby pink cosmetic pouch that’s sure to catch attention at the beach.
Shop it at wokeuplikethisbeauty.com
Aman Grounding Smoked Body Butter
Since we can’t go to Aman right now (sob sob), we’re more than happy to have Aman come to us. And what better way than its indulgent spa body collection? The extensive range of Grounding, Nourishing and Purifying products are made to instil a sense of harmony.
We love the Grounding Smoked Body Butter for its unique balm-like texture (that melts into an oil on contact) and intoxicating scent (which comes from the smoke of black amber resin). A little goes a long way, even on the driest and itchiest skin, thanks to murmuru butter, beeswax and honey.
Shop it at shop.aman.com
Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis
There’s something addictive about Atelier Cologne’s travel-ready perfumes that make us want to collect them all. But this month we’ve been all about Pomélo Paradis, a fruity blend of pomelo, mandarin and vetiver.
The unisex scent is a perfect pick-me-up with its bracing citrus that settles into a powdery sweetness (at least in our case). The bright orange leather travel case only makes it more delightful.
Shop it at ateliercologne.hk
Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil
Let’s be honest, finding a cleanser that removes makeup instantly is no easy feat. You don’t want a cleanser that gets rid of all traces of makeup but dries out the skin; nor a cleanser that’s too gentle that barely does anything.
Using botanics harvested from its organic farm in Adelaide Hills, Jurlique has created a range of botanical cleansers in luxurious textures—a lush foam, a silky oil, a rich lotion and a gorgeously lightweight gel—that caters to every skin type. Our favourite is the Nourishing Cleansing Oil, which transforms into a rich cleansing milk when mixed with water to effectively remove waterproof makeup, impurities and pollution. Powered by softening black elderflower extract, it also optimises the effects of your serum and cream that follow.
Shop it at jurlique.com
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
We still remember when this cult skincare brand arrived in Hong Kong last year. It was tempting to try every single product, given how insanely cheap they are. But after working through a reasonable number of them, we always found ourselves coming back to this niacinamide and zinc blend.
Used after cleansing and before hydrating, it’s designed to balance sebum activity (a godsend in Hong Kong summers) and brighten skin tone. Now that it’s available in a 60ml size (as well as the original 30ml), we’re happy to know won’t be running out anytime soon.
There’s nothing quite like treating your skin to a facial mask at home, but do you know what mask sheet texture you should be using? Thanks to Skin Need’s customised mixology, we’ve learned to use skincare products with the right formula and texture to cater to each skin’s unique behaviour.
Skin Need’s Mix & Match Mask Series provides three face mask textures: biocellulose, protein and silk. Depending on your skin type, combine the sheet with Skin Need serum in the sachet and allow the mask to be activated for 30 seconds. The result? A bespoke beauty treatment that leaves our skin glowing for days.
Shop it at skinneed.com
Subtle Energies Aura Protection Body & Room Mist
It’s not easy picking a favourite from this Ayurveda-inspired aromatherapy brand. We’re already longtime fans of its face products (particularly the anti-ageing Facial Blend oil and Pure Rose Hydrosol mist), but given the world today we’re newfound fans of its Aura Protection Body & Room Mist.
Designed to “uplift, hydrate and center”, it has a sweet earthy aroma we love any time of day. The special blend of oils include Rhu Khus, which nurtures the heart chakra, and lime and rosewood to refresh, detox and calm nausea. It can even be sprayed in corners of the room or used to enhance meditation.
Shop it at Joyce Beauty
The Tides Wellness Bio Active Facial Oil
We discovered this Dutch wellness brand on—where else—IG (@thetideswellness) and immediately fell in love with its chic, ocean-inspired aesthetic. The products themselves go one step further, offering results-driven self-care treatments made from 100% natural and organic ingredients like sustainably cultivated algae.
Our favourite so far is the Bio Active Facial Oil powered by rose hip, sea buckthorn and seaweed. The honey-colored elixir has a faint floral smell and sinks into the skin beautifully, leaving only a soft glow. This is one we’ve been reaching for morning and night.
Shop it at thetideswellness.com