Southeast Asia (SEA) is not the first region that comes to mind when considering beauty trends. While Japan and Korea arguably lead from an innovation perspective with Taiwan following a close third, its more tropically-located neighbours are generally considered industry laggards or consumers rather than inventors. This perception is slowly changing with the development of brands looking to solve niche gaps that address climate, price, religious concerns as well as fundamentals such as colour cosmetics that suits a diverse range of skin tones.
Watch Nicole Fall, Head of Trends at Five by Fifty present on the topic: Chinese beauty: myth or reality. We’ll discuss – has the dawn of C-beauty arrived? China is better known as a consumer of beauty and personal care goods but the tide could be turning as Chinese manufacturers demand their place at the global branding table. Will C-beauty join the likes of K-beauty and become a worldwide phenomenon?
Asian Consumer Intelligence analyses recent consumer, consumption and product launch behaviour to ascertain market trends, as well as define the characteristics that denote ingredient, marketing and packaging trends from the world’s most populous country.
We examine ‘suje’ – handmade Korean products with a
focus on room scents, the hype to ‘prosthetic’ cosmetics and what’s really driving this extreme behaviour, and we also look at how savoury ingredients are evolving in SEA in beverages.
Differentiating the new alphabet of Asian beauty – J, K and C-beauty – depends on a consumer’s demographics, expenditure and purpose. Asian Consumer Intelligence breaks down Japanese, Korean and Chinese beauty in our regular newsletter.