Taipei shopping guide: beauty products edition

If you want to buy J-beauty, K-beauty, and T-beauty products, you can’t beat the selection and prices in Taipei.

Author: Jenny Wu
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  1. James says:

    Hello! Does Taiwan carry British M Hydrate Hair Butter? (it’s a Korean brand) I am visiting Taiwan soon and wonder if I should bring as a gift, or if Taiwan already has this. Thank you!

  2. May Lani Tjan says:

    Thank you for sharing your information. I was in Taiwan in 2018. Not sure, when i will be back again, but I miss the food, the shopping and taiwanese friendliness a lot! pLease keep it up with your posting!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Thanks Jenny for your post. I’m planning to go to Japan & Taiwan soon. Wonder if cosmetics and skincare are cheaper on Taiwan than Japan. Please give me some advice on what to buy from each country (skincare, cosmetic, and souvenirs). Thanks mich.

    • Jenny says:

      If you’re buying Japanese brands they will be cheaper in Japan, and you can find them stores like Matsumoto KiYoshi, Ainz & Tulpe, PLAZA and LOFT. I’ve only been to the Ainz & Tulpe in Shinjuku but I really like how organized the store is and their product selection. As for Taiwan, I’d buy their sheet masks. All my beauty product recommendations are already in the post, but if you want food related souvenirs make sure to buy pineapple cakes and milk cakes in Taiwan.

  4. Great post. Thank you so much for this useful information and detailed post.

  5. MissLaven says:

    I’d love to visit Taipei and use your shopping guide. Some day I will go and this list will be my go-to-list :D

  6. Thanks for this post! I’m possibly visiting in a few months so it would be great to actually bring back some great skincare as well. What are your recommendations for Suqqu products? Although I may actually get to Tokyo and can try to get it there though.
    I would definitely hunt for those masks and get some brightening lotion. Cosmed also sounds like a cool store!

    • Jenny says:

      I’ve only tried samples of Suqqu’s skincare, specifically their cleansers, and I wasn’t too impressed. I recommend their lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, and brushes if you really want to splurge! Their foundation is also really nice, but the shade range is extremely limited.

  7. Gabrielle says:

    Once again I’m smitten with the way you design your blog posts; the layout is always so pretty and aesthetically pleasing! This is a completely new introduction for me, having never heard of any of these brands… so I’ve learnt something new today! :) x

  8. Jennifer Q says:

    Great post! I would love to shop at one of these locations.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  9. Naya says:

    What an interesting post, Jenny! I must say that I’ve never been to Taiwan, but would absolutely love to check out every single place you mentioned. There is something so fascinating about Asian skincare/makeup, so thank you for the valuable tips! xx


  10. Carol says:

    I havent been to Taiwan in soo long! Gosh, I used to be obsessed with MBD sheet masks! But wait— that’s when i was still so young and innocent ヾ(`・ω・´)ノ and it was probably my first discovery of sheet masks. Now I’m completely over them ( ╹ਊ╹)

    Ohhh, have you tried SK-II products? I’m quite curious about them because of all the ravings, but then I’ve also heard friends say that it’s for more mature skin, or things like if you start using them, you can’t stop or else blah blah blah. What are your thoughts?

    • Jenny says:

      Haha, yeah, there are definitely better sheet masks out there, though I’m still a fan of their Imperial Bird Nest formula! And yes, I actually use SK-II’s essence, serum, and moisturizer in my routine right now. I definitely didn’t like their stuff as much when I was younger, but now I’m getting great results (the GenOptics serum is incredible for brightening!) and I can’t be without them, so yes, you may get addicted, haha. I definitely recommend getting samples or travel-sized products first and see how your skin reacts to them!

  11. Watsons is huge in Malaysia too and they do carry decent beauty stuff. The one I am most desperate to get my hands on is Suqqu….I wonder if I can get the brand at Taipei airport?

    • Jenny says:

      No, unfortunately you’ll have to go into the city to get them :( If you have a really long layover you might have time to go into the city, cabs are fairly reasonable ($60 roundtrip I think) and it’s just 30 minutes away!

  12. Rowena says:

    I’m so glad you highlighted the beauty of shopping in Taipei since it’s usually less thought of as a beauty shopping destination than Seoul, Tokyo or Hong Kong and it certainly sounds like there are many viable options :) I lived in Taiwan for a few years as a child and I really want to go back to visit and my husband needs to go visit his family as well. I will certainly bookmark your guide for future reference when that finally happens. Looking forward to your other guides Jenny :) Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you Rowena, hope you had a nice long weekend too! Taipei has changed so much from when I was a kid, and while locals complained that prices have gone up, I think it’s still cheaper compared to other major cities in Asia! I’m sure you’ll have a great time when you go back :)

  13. I don’t think I will visit Taipei sonn, but I will make sure to check back to this blog post if I do. To be honest, I haven’t really heard of most of the brands you mentioned, with the exception of Missha and Suqqu and the ones available in Europe of course.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

    • Jenny says:

      It’s strange how quickly Korean brands have entered the Western markets, but Japanese brands, many of which have been around for longer, are still so difficult to find outside of Asia. Personally I prefer the simpler and gentler formulas of Japanese products, so I always stock up on my staples when I’m back visiting family!