AYSWE Formosa Charms Skincare Line Review

I won a facial oil a couple of months ago, along with AYSWE’s latest sheet masks as this is a brand new line.  This line of products will be called Formosa Charms ~ Formosa meaning “The Beautiful Island” in Portoguese. AYSWE is a 🇹🇼Taiwanese brand, focusing esthetician-developed formulas, locally sourced ingredients,  vegan and cruelty free. Formosa Charms is a new project that was partially subsidized by Taiwan’s National Research Institute, promoting Taiwan’s natural plant resources and providing natural researchers and doctors to help developing products.⁣

Skin Type/Concerns:  Oily, dehydrated, blemish prone, aging skin with hyper-pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles

  Some products were complementary to review and was not paid.  All reviews are my own honest opinion and  I never have been asked to write copy for a brand.  This blog post might contain promo codes, affiliate and referral links, which using my links will help generate a small commission that helps support my blog at no extra cost to you. 

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Hydrate and 🌟Glow Face Oil with Squalane   ~  Okay, let’s get started with my review on this AMAZING OIL! I have oily, dehydrated skin and this oil is wicked good ~  perfect for my skin type. Made with 91.28% ingredients from natural sources, this uses honey aroma black tea, which doesn’t contain honey, but it has a unique honey scent and  flavor after it ferments. This isn’t a black or oolong tea, but a hybrid and is grown on the east coast of Taiwan.  Tea has polyphenols which has strong antioxidant effects, helping to combat free radicals and protect your skin from free radical damage. ⁣

Anjenjo aka crossostephium Chinense, Chinese wormwood or lotus daisy  has been used to treat wounds and aid in healing for centuries with TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). ⁣Sugarcane derived squalane helps form a moisture film on your skin while antioxidant-rich babassu nut oil ~ this lightweight oil is an anti inflammatory, retains moisture and regenerates skin cells. Argan oil is chock full of nutrients, such as fatty acids and vitamin E. Its antioxidant properties help restore skin elasticity, leaving your skin feeling softer and plumper. ⁣

Vitamin E provides antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to facilitate radiant healthy skin, while helping to heal scars and skin issues. This also has natural fragrance essential oils of lavender, citrus and cedar, to help soothe your senses. ⁣

This is such a lovely oil ~ it comes in a semi-frosted glass bottle with a pump applicator that is very forceful on its first pump of the day.  Don’t do what I did and remove the top completely ~ the cap is firmly in place and you might think this is an dropper applicator but it isn’t.  Just tug on that cap and you will be rewarded with the pump applicator. The texture is very lightweight, almost watery in its texture but with that slippery slide-y feel of an oil. I can smell a sweet lavender scent, it isn’t overpowering but very calming. ⁣

This oil absorbs rapidly into my skin and leaves no greasy, shiny or tacky residue. It leaves my skin very supply, soft and hydrated and the finish is a semi-matte. I am so confident in this oil with my own oily skin that I use it during the daytime and it doesn’t cause any blemishes or breakouts. My skin is plumped up, isn’t irritated or red and it really doesn’t feel like an oil AT ALL. This is the oil for people who are scared of oils!! ⁣

From the Box Ingredients:***Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,* Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Babassu Oil, Isohexadecane, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate (Plant Derived), Squalane (Sugarcane Derived),*Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Honey Flavor Black Tea (from organic farming), Hydrolyzed Crossostephium Chinense (Chinese Wormwood) Extract, Polysorbate 20, **Cupressus Funebris (Chinese Cedarwood) Wood Oil, **Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil ****  cosDNA w/chamomile cosDNA w/o chamomile

  • * Certified organic by EU organic verification bodies
  • ** From natural essential oil
  • *** Listed natural ingredient by EU organic verification body
  • **** Ingredient is not list at their website but is on the box

Marine Luminous Hydrating Mask with Ultra-thin Transparent Sheet  This high-performance sheet mask is all about hydration!   Its key ingredients are crossostephium Chinense  ~ once again, this ingredient pops up in the Formosa Charms line ~  This antioxidant powerhouse will help hydrate, protect and  refreshen your skin.  Snow fungus is a tropical mushroom, not an arctic one and it helps draws water to the skin, just like hyaluronic acid, helping keep your skin hydrated and moist, plumping up fine lines and wrinkles. Its particles are smaller than hyaluronic acid, so it penetrates your skin better and more easier. Snow fungus is a natural organic alternative to hyaluronic acid and it also contains vitamin D and is an antioxidant, helping combat and reserve free radical damage, including lightening of hyper-pigmentation spots.

Sea water helps maintain oil and moisture balance for dehydrated oily skin as it provides deep mineral-rich moisturization to your skin without being greasy or oily. Some other hydrating ingredients include trehalose, which supplies concentrated moisture to your skin and helps retain moisture, preventing your skin from drying out. Glycerin will moisturize and hydrate the skin, leaving your face feeling smooth and soft while hyaluronic acid helps supply nutrition and strengthen your cell barrier and will penetrate deep into your skin, while retaining moisture.

Codium tomentosum is an algae that helps balance your skin’s moisture level and quickly hydrates your skin with long lasting effects.  Antioxidant pumpkin seeds are packed with vitamins ~ A, C and E ~ helping to repair and reverse free radical damage, moisturizing, softening and soothing your skin, controlling excess oil and preventing new blemishes.  AHA lactic and citric acids will gently exfoliate the surface of your skin, removing dead skin cells, refining skin texture while softening and brightening. 

Marine Luminous Hydrating Mask is made with a super thin, transparent, silk-like sheet material called Bemliese ~ made from premium Japanese-made cotton linter ~ soft fiber around the cotton seed. ~ and it doesn’t tear or easily fall out of shape, despite its lightness and thinness.  It also hold 10 times the essence and adheres tightly around the skin.  The mask is packed between two other pearl sheets ~ those plastic protectors that help keep the sheet mask’s structure stable in the pouch, plus help with ease of application.  There is a white plastic perforated side and a thicker smooth side.  I first remove the white side and apply it towards my face with the thicker plastic sheet facing outwards.  Once I position the mask on my face, I gently peel away one side of the remaining protector, hold down on the actual sheet mask and finally remove the protector.

There is tons of this concentrated essence in here as AYSWE added 28 mL of it ~ almost a full serum bottle!  The mask has soaked up most of it so there isn’t a lot in the pouch.  The fit is fantastic for big faced people like myself ~ the coverage is amazing and there is a faint herbal scent with this, but it isn’t strong.  After 30 minutes, my skin was very hydrated, with no sticky or tacky residue at all. My skin looked bouncy and fresh ~ this is just a great dose of moisturize and I recommend it as a morning mask to kick start your routine with hydration  

Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate (Corn Derived), Sodium Anisate (Basil Derived), Hydrolyzed Crossostephium Chinense (Chinese Wormwood) Extract, ***Glycosyl Trehalose and Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (Corn and Tapioca Starch Derived), Polysorbate 20, Biosaccharide gum-1 (Polysaccharide), Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp (Snow Mushroom) Extract, Codium Tomentosum (Algae) Extract , Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), * Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder , Sea Water, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Citric Acid,**Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, ***Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, **Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Oil  cosDNA

  • * Certified organic by EU organic verification bodies
  • ** From natural essential oil
  • *** Listed natural ingredient by EU organic verification body 

Black Charcoal Balancing Mask with Organic Honey Aroma Black Tea is now one of my favorite masks!  Full of 99.37% natural, clean and vegan mountain sourced ingredients, this contains the organically farmed honey aroma black tea and white tea, full of antioxidant, anti-aging vitamins A, C and E, minerals, tannins, catechins and polyphenols, which help combat free radicals, soothing and calm your skin, reduce redness and acts as an astringent.  

Moringa is a purifying, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory ingredient so it helps with blemish and oily skin care, while  “The Tree of Life” baobab adds moisture to skin, helping it from drying out, softening and relieving irritated skin.   It also helps tighten and firm your skin.  Hydrating hyaluronic acid and organic aloe help keep the skin moist and supple. 

Ascorbyl glucoside is a good form of vitamin C and it helps to inhibit the production of melanine, which causes dark spots on your skin.   Vitamin C helps brighten your skin, adding a glow and evening out skin tone.  This also has AHA lactic acid, which helps speed up skin renewal, as it removes dead skin cells and tidies up the surface of your skin, leaving fresher, smoother skin behind. 

Black Charcoal Balancing Mask is made from a naturally derived bamboo charcoal/rayon sheet material  that is a little thicker than most masks, but it is soft and plush.  Charcoal is a fantastic ingredient as it helps draw out excess oil, dirt and gunk from your skin, purifying and detoxing without drying your skin.   Each mask contains 28mL of the scentless, lightweight watery essence and the mask is really juicy!  The mask has lots of cuts around the outer edges so you can custom fit it to your face ~ and for me, it is a great fit!

This mask is very cooling when I wear it and after 30 minutes, I removed it to reveal a more noticeable brighter face that was not as ruddy looking.  My pores were smaller in appearance as they were cleaned out and my skin is soft and supple ~ no sticky or tacky residue at all with this mask and I still felt the after effects of the cooling benefits on my skin.  Yeah for charcoal masks!  Love them and this is great for oily skin as it left a nice satin finish to my skin without making it look oily.  

Ingredients: Water, Honey Flavor Black Tea (from organic farming), Propanediol, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate (Corn Derived), Sodium Anisate (Basil Derived), Glycosyl Trehalose, , ***Glycosyl Trehalose and Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (Corn and Tapioca Starch Derived), Biosaccharide Gum-1 (Polysaccharide), Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Moringa Pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) , *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder , Lactic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C), Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate (Plant Derived)  cosDNA

  • * Certified organic by EU organic verification bodies
  • *** Listed natural ingredient by EU organic verification body 

Where To Purchase

As you can tell from my review, I am really loving this new line from AYSWE.  You can purchase these items at their global shop, where they are currently 10% off.  Their global site ships internationally and shipping costs vary, but right now they are having free international shipping as well!! 

Formosa Charms Full Line (click here)

AYSWE (click here) also has a site on PINKOI, which is a huge Taiwanese marketplace ~ what I like to call Taiwan’s ETSY.  They ship globally there and offer free shipping with a minimum purchase amount.  I have ordered many times from PINKOI without any issues and it is a great place to shop.  If you never shopped there before and are interested, I do have a referral link ~  https://en.pinkoi.com/inv/fb_1356071801081341


[ disclaimer: products received for review purposes and all opinions are my own ]

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