10 Lesser-Known Beauty Brands You Need To Try

by Joyce Cheo
LIFESTYLE  |  January 24, 2019
  • Bored of common beauty brands? You should check out these under-the-radar brands for some fresh skincare.
    1 / 11 Bored of common beauty brands? You should check out these under-the-radar brands for some fresh skincare.

    From all-natural brands that use only ethically sourced botanical oils to supercharged formulas backed by experienced doctors, here are the top lesser-known beauty brands you need to know about in 2019.

    (Also read: Under-The-Radar K-Beauty Brands You Need to Try)

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  • Vanderohe
    2 / 11 Vanderohe

    It took founder, Olivia Thorpe, over a year to sample botanical oils from suppliers all over the world before she arrived at a trusted list of sources that could guarantee the finest quality of oils using sustainable farming methods.

    You can be sure that your skin is getting the very best from all four products in her tightly edited line. Beyond top-grade botanical oils that are rich in fatty acids and vitamins to restore skin to its optimum state, all products (except its Exfoliating Powder) are also enriched with essential oils for a therapeutic effect on your mind.

    Get your hands on the Nourishing Face Serum ($170 for 30ml), which packs apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil and vitamin E to hydrate, strengthen and protect skin. Or try the new Purifying Cleansing Oil ($132 for 100ml), which melts away makeup, conditions skin with safflower and sweet almond oils, as well as uplifts your mind with its carefully blended scent.

    Where to buy: Maisonne, 25 Yong Siak Street and www.vanderohe.com

    (Also read: 9 Cleansing Oils With Skincare Ingredients That Cleanse And Nourish Skin Effectively)

    Photo: Vanderohe

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  • Esker Beauty
    3 / 11 Esker Beauty

    Specially formulated to be gentle enough for face and body, all of Esker Beauty products are suitable for all skin types and are vegan. With a sensorial range of body oils and body washes, those with dry and scaly patches will love the lavish Restorative Oil ($96 for 120ml). A nourishing and antioxidant-rich blend of squalane, primrose and jojoba oils, it hydrates, softens and protects skin against free radicals and loss of moisture. Plus, it features a divine scent that delights your senses, thanks to its combination of rosemary, ylang ylang, bergamot and frankincense essential oils.

    Where to buy: www.net-a-porter.com

    (Also read: 5 Antioxidant-Rich Products For Soft, Supple Skin And What You Need To Know About Them)

    Photo: Esker Beauty

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  • La Bruket
    4 / 11 La Bruket

    Developed to withstand the harsh conditions in Sweden, La Bruket is a non-toxic brand which harnesses the restorative properties of natural ingredients to keep skin healthy. Try the 063 Seasalt Scrub Sage/Rosemary/Lavender ($66 for 420g), which gently polishes away dead skin cells with its fine salt granules while its combination of almond, rapeseed and safflower seed replenishes parched skin with essential nutrients for soft and supple skin. Naturally scented with rosemary, lavender and sage essential oils, it makes for the perfect DIY spa session in the comfort of your own home.

    Where to buy: Escentials stores and www.escentials.com

    (Also read: Best Face Masks To Deal With Sudden Breakouts)

    Photo: La Bruket

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  • Osea Malibu
    5 / 11 Osea Malibu

    Founded by archaeologist turned holistic healer, Jenefer Palmer, Osea Malibu combines mineral-rich seaweed with organic essential oils to rejuvenate and rebalance all skin types.

    Responsibly sourced from the pristine waters of Patagonia, Osea Malibu’s seaweed extract is bio-available, which means that it is readily absorbed into the skin for optimum results. Plus, the brand has also been an active advocate for plant-based, vegan skincare since more than 20 years ago, and that passion continues till today.

    Fan favourites include Osea Malibu’s Ocean Cleansing Milk ($75 for 150ml), which gently removes makeup and dirt, calms redness, and softens the appearance of fine lines; and Ocean Lotion ($58 for 180ml), which nourishes dry, flaky patches and improves skin elasticity. Or try the latest Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish ($175 for 56.7g), which contains Fermented Pomegranate enzymes and bamboo and rice powders to buff away dead skin cells while vitamin C and probiotics reduce the appearance of pigmentation for clearer, brighter skin.

    Where to buy: Pure Tincture stores and www.puretincture.com

    (Also read: 6 Best Vitamin C Serums For More Radiant Skin)

    Photo: Osea Malibu

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  • Sigi Skin
    6 / 11 Sigi Skin

    As one of the latest local skincare brands to hit the scene, all eyes are on Sigi Skin, and its pared-down approach to skincare. Placing an emphasis on giving your skin exactly what it needs (nothing more, nothing less), all Sigi Skin products are vegan, cruelty-free and made in Korea to feature cutting-edge technology with high-performance ingredients.

    Our top pick is its Pink Nectar ($62 for 30ml). Made with five molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid, peach extract, propolis, vitamin E and niacinamide, it has a lightweight texture that melts into skin upon application to smooth, firm, brighten and depuff the under eye area. The Morning Glow Physical Sunscreen ($58 for 50ml) is another must-try – the lightweight formula glides on smoothly without any white tint and smells heavenly.

    Where to buy: www.sigiskin.com

    (Also read: 6 Best Under Eye Concealers to Hide Dark Circles And Brighten Your Eyes)

    Photo: Sigi Skin


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  • Lancer Skincare
    7 / 11 Lancer Skincare

    Founded by Beverley Hills-based dermatologist to the stars, Dr Harold Lancer, he created the famed “The Lancer Method”, a three-step routine which includes exfoliating, cleansing and nourishing to maintain skin’s healthy glow.

    If trying the entire three-step routine is too much of a commitment for you, at least experience its first step, The Method: Polish ($120 for 125ml). Guaranteed to make you rethink exfoliation, this face scrub uses finely grounded pure quartz crystals to lift dead skin cells, salicylic acid to dissolve stubborn oil plugs while Zeolite provides a pleasant warming sensation. Simultaneously, a host of algae and fruit extracts infuse skin with vitamins and minerals to improve oxygenation of skin cells for improved vitality.

    Where to buy: Escentials stores and www.escentials.com

    (Also read: 7 Best Daily Habits That Will Give You Naturally Glowing Skin – Without Makeup)

    Photo: Lancer Skincare


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  • Huxley
    8 / 11 Huxley

    As the latest K-beauty brand to arrive on our shores, Huxley’s reputation precedes it. Known for its use of Prickly Pear Seed Oil in its products, this botanical oil contains exceptionally high levels of vitamin E, which replenishes skin with moisture, keeps bacteria at bay and protects against free radical damage – no wonder its fans are loving it.

    Try its Oil & Extract Mask ($35 for a box of three), which is soaked in a synergistic combination of Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Cactus Extract for powerful antioxidants and skin-plumping benefits. The sheet mask is also made of ultra-soft microfiber, which adheres closely to the skin for optimal absorption. Dull and dry skin gives way to a plump and radiant complexion in just one use.

    Where to buy: Metro Centrepoint and www.huxley.sg

    (Also read: 11 Skincare Products to Brighten Your Dull Skin Instantly)

    Photo: Huxley

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  • 111Skin
    9 / 11 111Skin

    Founded by cosmetic surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides, he started off by handing out tiny samples of a regenerating serum to help his patients heal post-procedure. And before he knows it, he was asked to create a skincare line for Harrods and that’s how 111Skin was born.

    Featuring the proprietary compound, NAC Y2 (which was developed in collaboration with NASA) all 111Skin products work by triggering glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that is naturally found in skin cells to neutralise free radical damage for healthier, younger-looking skin. Since its arrival in Singapore earlier this year, the brand has won over discerning fans.

    Get your hands on its latest innovation, the Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Mask ($280 for a box of four). Each part of the three-piece mask contains a unique formula to specifically target the respective signs of ageing. For example, the upper mask contains glycopeptides to relax frown lines and wrinkles; the lower mask stimulates collagen production to help ageing skin while the neck mask uses Progeline, a biomimetic peptide to firm and smooth the decolletage.

    Where to buy: Robinsons The Heeren and www.robinsons.com.sg

    (Also read: 10 Anti-Ageing Face Creams That Will Get Rid of Wrinkles And Fine Lines)

    Photo: 111Skin

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  • Antipodes
    10 / 11 Antipodes

    Combining nutrients-rich pure, organic ingredients with scientifically proven anti-ageing results, the New Zealand-based brand proves that you don’t have to choose between nature and science. Opting for organic raw materials wherever possible, Antipodes believes that skincare made from these pure sources not only benefit the skin but also the earth as it minimises chemical pollution.

    Try the Divine Face Oil ($38.65 for 30ml), which contains avocado, rosehip and macadamia nut oils to hydrate, rebuild skin barrier, stimulate collagen and accelerate cellular regeneration for improved elasticity and resilience.

    Where to buy: Selected Guardian stores and www.guardian.com.sg

    (Also read: 5 Best Anti-Ageing Beauty Tools That Actually Work)

    Photo: Antipodes

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  • Dr Dennis Gross Skincare
    11 / 11 Dr Dennis Gross Skincare

    The brainchild of Manhattan-based dermatologist, Dr Dennis Gross, his eponymous line of skincare feature medical-grade formulations with advanced combinations of potent ingredients, and are designed to help women improve their skin conditions without visiting the doctor’s office everyday.

    As one of the pioneers of at-home face peels, one of the brand’s must-haves is definitely the Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel ($120 for 30 treatments), which renews skin and refines pores gradually and gently. Or try the Net-A-Porter exclusive BioC Brightening Treatment Mask ($165 for a box of eight), which delivers a potent dose of vitamin C to instantly brighten the complexion.

    Where to buy: www.net-a-porter.com/sg

    (Also read: These Things Make You Look Older And Dull Your Skin Without You Realising)

    Photo: Dr Dennis Gross Skincare

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