As we all know, the Korean beauty industry is often miles and miles ahead when it comes to creating innovative and effective beauty products. This, of course, begs the question: what are the best Korean beauty products out there, then? If you’re curious (or looking to add some things to your shopping cart, wink wink), Daily Vanity has you covered.
Without further ado, here are the 30 best Korean beauty products you should definitely try out.
- Best Korean beauty products: Cleansers
- Best Korean beauty products: Toners & essences
- Best Korean beauty products: Masks & exfoliators
- Best Korean beauty products: Moisturisers
- Best Korean beauty products: Sunscreens
- Best Korean beauty products: BB creams & cushion foundations
- Best Korean beauty products: Brow products
- Best Korean beauty products: Eyeliners
- Best Korean beauty products: Contour & highlight
- Best Korean beauty products: Mascara
- Best Korean beauty products: Lip tints
Best Korean beauty products: Cleansers
1. COSrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
A super gentle cleanser that thoroughly clears your face of impurities all without making your skin feel tight or dry, the COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a big hit amongst netizens for good reason. The affordable price point is also a definite plus in our book.
COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is available at selected Watsons outlets such as at Bugis Junction and Raffles City. It retails for S$14.90.
2. Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Foam Cleanser Duo
A cleanser duo that is meant to be used together, this Caolion Pore Blackhead Steam Foam Cleanser provides a ‘steaming’ effect as it exfoliates and deep cleanses pores. The Pore Tightening Cooling Foam Cleanser then goes on to depuff, soothe, and soften skin. Only Korean beauty products can be quite so innovative, really!
Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Foam Cleanser Duo is available at selected Sephora outlets, such as VivoCity and ION Orchard. It retails for S$36.
3. Banila Co. Clean It Zero
Ideal for all skin types, this cleanser by Banila Co. has a sherbet, gel-like texture that effectively melts oil-based makeup like a dream. It is also great at coaxing blackheads and other impurities out of clogged areas, with the winning concoction of Raspberry Leaf Extract and Papaya preventing your skin from feeling too tight or dry after use.
Banila Co. Clean It Zero retails from S$17.90 to S$44.90 on Banila Co.’s website.
Best Korean beauty products: Toners & essences
4. Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin
Lauded as one of the best K-Beauty skincare ranges out there, the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin is definitely a star product from the line-up. A balancing toner that is moisturising and nourishing for skin in equal measure, it also happens to be suitable for all skin types and comes in a lightweight, gel-like texture that absorbs easily into skin.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin is available at all Innisfree outlets and retails for S$24.
5. Son & Park Beauty Water
A multitasking toner and cleansing water, this Korean cult product from Son & Park cleanses and preps skin thoroughly for makeup application. Lavender water, Rosewater, and Orange Extract hydrates and keeps skin nourished while Willow Bark and Papaya Extract rids skin of dead skin cells, revealing a brighter and more radiant complexion after.
Son & Park Beauty Water retails for S$22 on Hush.sg.
Best Korean beauty products: Masks & exfoliators
6. Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
This exfoliating black sugar mask is a definite cult favourite amongst K-Beauty junkies. (Just do a quick google search of best Korean beauty products and see for yourself: this baby always makes the list.)
Featuring organic black sugar enriched with vitamins and minerals, this wash off mask leaves your face feeling squeaky clean all without stripping your skin of its natural oils. It has even won Best Budget-friendly Purifying Mask at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2018.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off retails for S$10 on Amazon.sg.
7. Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine
Looking for something a little more convenient and less time-consuming when it comes to exfoliation? Then the Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine is the one for you.
Cited to be one of the best Korean beauty products this year, these exfoliating pads provides a gentle yet effective exfoliation, sloughing off dead skin cells effortlessly. No mess, fuss, or wash offs required.
Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine retails for S$45 YesStyle.
8. Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit
Ah, blackheads. Everybody has them. The ones clogged around your nose area are the hardest to remove especially, but that’s where this blackhead removal kit from Korean brand Holika Holika comes in to save the day. With three steps, this blackhead treatment softens, removes, then prevents any more excess oil and dirt from clogging up your skin once more.
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit retails for S$2.40 per kit and is available on Althea.kr.
9. Dr. Jart+ Rubber Mask Clear Lover
We’re sure you’ve seen this creepy-looking rubber mask all over your Instagram feed— and for good reason! The Dr. Jart+ Rubber Mask Clear Lover definitely holds rank as one of the best Korean beauty products of all time, with the two=step system helping clear up troubled skin and fight breakouts.
A quick search online for reviews also shows that the other masks in the line exhibits equal levels of effectiveness, with users claiming that they have purchased it multiple times and intend to continue to do so in the future.
Dr. Jart+ Rubber Mask Clear Lover is available at all Sephora outlets and retails for S$18.
10. Blithe Patting Splash Mask Soothing & Healing Green Tea
A splash mask? Nope, you’re not reading that wrong. Inspired by the Korean bathhouse tradition of splashing botanical steeped water onto the face, this mask is a treatment that you use while you’re in the shower.
Simply pat the formula onto skin while you’re lathering up to see close-to instantaneous results! (Seriously, splash masks reportedly only take 15 seconds to show effects.) This particular formula comes packed with Green Tea and Tea Tree Leaf Oil that helps soothe and calm irritated, acne-prone skin.
Blithe Patting Splash Mask Soothing & Healing Green Tea is available at all Sephora outlets and retails for S$54.
Best Korean beauty products: Moisturisers
11. Erborian Yuza Double Lotion
A light and refreshing moisturiser, the Erborian Yuza Double Lotion allows your skin to exude a healthy, radiant glow. The secret to this moisturiser’s effectiveness? The fact that it is a water-in-oil emulsion, with the aqueous phase effectively boosting skin’s radiance while the oil phase nourishes dry, dull skin. Talk about the best of both worlds!
Erborian Yuza Double Lotion is available at all Sephora outlets and retails for S$52.
12. Mizon All-In-One Snail Skin Repair Cream
You can’t say ‘best Korean beauty product‘ without thinking of the Mizon All-In-One Snail Skin Repair Cream. An award-winning, best-selling formula that has already sold millions across Asia, this cream truly does a whole lot: it hydrates, helps improve the appearance of fine lines, as well as reduces the likelihood of acne scarring and blemishes. Now that’s a powerhouse of a product!
13. iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream
Infused with 72% centella leaf water and 10% tea tree leaf water, this lightweight gel-cream soothes and clarifies skin, leaving it refreshed and moisturised. Broccoli extract, licorice root extract, and wheat germ extract are rich in antioxidants and work to brighten the skin as well as treat blemishes and reduce fine lines.
This oil-free formula is great for all skin types, particularly oily and sensitive skin.
iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream retails for S$16.90 on Shopee.
Best Korean beauty products: Sunscreens
14. Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel
We all know how important sunscreen is (especially considering Singapore’s weather!) so make sure to invest in some good sun protection, like the Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel, for instance.
A milky, lightweight sun gel with SPF50+, it also helps counteract the damage caused by hot infrared waves and radiation by cooling down your skin’s surface. Say what? Yup, it can be used under makeup as well, and serves as a great primer. With a reputation like this, it’s no wonder this baby is considered one of the best Korean beauty products by many.
Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel is available on Shopee. It retails for S$24.
15. Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel
A sunscreen that gained social media fame thanks to Charlotte Palermino‘s recommendation, the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel offers SPF 50+ PA++++ protection to shield your skin against harmful UV rays.
Formulated with ceramide and eight kinds of hyaluronic acid, it moisturises and firms the skin as it leaves you with the most beautiful dewy finish. You won’t have to worry about a ghastly white cast with this one too.
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel retails for S$16.61 on Shopee.
16. Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun
This may be a new Korean sunscreen, but the verdict is in and plenty of beauty experts and enthusiasts are singing its praises!
Formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 50+ PA++++ to fend off UVA and UVB rays, this organic sunscreen has a lightweight and fast-absorbing texture that doesn’t leave a white cast. Rice extract and grain-derived probiotics also help to keep the skin supple and hydrated.
It’s great for all skin types, particularly those with sensitive skin.
Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun retails for S$20.12 on YesStyle.
Best Korean beauty products: BB creams & cushion foundations
17. Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion
If we’re talking about the best Korean beauty products out there, the iconic BB cushion compact definitely comes to mind. A cult favourite amongst netizens? The Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion. This one helps give a flawless, matte finish all whilst keeping skin moisturised and fresh all day long.
Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion is available at all Sephora outlets as well as at its boutiques such as at ION Orchard and Jurong Point. It is also available at its beauty counters in major departmental stores such as Isetan, BHG and Metro. It retails for S$59.
18. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense
It’s never too early to start on anti-ageing products, right? It is precisely this line of thinking that has made the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense such a big hit with users of all ages, really. Fans rave about how this BB compact gives skin a healthy, translucent glow that conceals flaws subtly and naturally, making it seem as if you’re genetically blessed with flawless skin.
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense is available at its boutiques such as ION Orchard and Westgate. It is also available at its beauty counters in major departmental stores. It retails for S$80.
19. 3CE Back To Baby BB Cream
Packed with illuminating ingredients such as crystal water, diamond powder, and pearl powder, this BB cream from 3CE applies like second skin, giving skin a translucent, radiant glow. This one even comes with hydrating ingredients for an extra moisturised finish, ensuring no flaking or cracks throughout the day.
3CE Back To Baby BB Cream is available at all Sephora outlets and retails for S$29.
Best Korean beauty products: Brow products
20. The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Style My Eyebrow
Available in four different shades, this eyebrow pencil from The Face Shop is considered one of the best Korean beauty products out there by many. It has a pigmented, creamy formula that glides on easily, with no tugging or yanking required.
The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Style My Eyebrow is available at all The Face Shop outlets. It retails for S$5.90.
21. Laneige Eyebrow Cushion-Cara
And just when you thought the K-Beauty sphere has come up with just about everything when it comes to cushions, Laneige releases a brow cushion compact. This one is relatively new on the market, but it has been getting rave reviews from users already. With a liquid to powder texture, this eyebrow cushion fills in brows seamlessly and naturally, lasting for hours on end no matter rain or shine.
Laneige Eyebrow Cushion-Cara is available at all Sephora outlets as well as at its boutiques such as at ION Orchard and Jurong Point. It is also available at its beauty counters in major departmental stores. It retails for S$36.
Best Korean beauty products: Eyeliners
22. CLIO Waterproof Brush Liner
Known as a holy grail item by many, this waterproof liner by Clio has amazing staying power, an insanely pigmented formula, and a flexible brush tip for drawing the thinnest, most precise of lines. Apparently, there’s no smudging or flaking even for those with the oiliest of eyelids, thus cementing this liner’s reputation as one of the best Korean beauty products out there.
CLIO Waterproof Brush Liner is available at selected Watsons outlets such as I12 Katong Mall, Ngee Ann City, and Plaza Singapura. It retails for S$27.90.
23. Tony Moly Backstage Gel Liner
Long-wearing and water-resistant, this gel liner from TonyMoly glides on smoothly and precisely with no fuss. With the brush applicator, it can even double up as an eyeshadow. Smudge it out slightly (but do it fast, because it dries quickly!) for a perfect smoky eye.
Tony Moly Backstage Gel Liner retails for S$19.90 at Amazon.sg.
Best Korean beauty products: Contour & highlight
24. Too Cool For School Art Class By Rodin Shader
This three-in-one contouring powder from Too Cool For School features remarkably easy to blend pigments in universally flattering shades. Opt for a single shadow or mix between the three before adding a light dusting over areas that you’d like to add more definition to. Being a bronzed goddess is just that much easier with this star product!
Too Cool For School Art Class By Rodin Shader retails for S$34.92 on iHerb.
25. Son & Park Highlighter Cube
Iridescent, luminous, and easy to blend, the Son & Park Highlighter Cube is adored by many. It gives more of a subtle sheen than the bold strobe effect as seen on your Instagram feed, adding a nice pop of colour to your makeup without stealing the limelight.
Son & Park Highlighter Cube retails for S$26.90 on YesStyle.
Best Korean beauty products: Mascara
26. ETUDE Curl Fix Mascara
With a 24-hour smudge-proof formula containing feather-light fibres that help lengthen your lashes, this mascara by Etude House is the mascara of dreams. It is also sweat-resistant, water-resistant, and promises to keep lashes looking curled and fresh all day. We’re sold!
ETUDE Curl Fix Mascara retails for S$24.90 on Shopee.
27. innisfree Skinny Microcara Zero
Boasting a micro 1.5mm brush, the innisfree Skinny Microcara Zero gets every single lash and neatly curls your eyelashes without clumping up.
This mascara is seriously waterproof. One reviewer said she tested it out by watching sad K-drama scenes – she cried so much, but her mascara didn’t budge!
innisfree Skinny Microcara Zero retails for S$12.73 on YesStyle.
Best Korean beauty products: Lip tints
28. PeriPera Peri’s Ink Velvet
It’s not a best of Korean beauty products list if we don’t include lip tints on here, right? This one by PeriPera is a favourite, with it delivering on pigmentation all while staying lightweight on lips. It also comes in a variety of shades and finishes that are sure to please even the most discerning of shoppers.
PeriPera Peri’s Ink Velvet retails for S$12.90 on Shopee.
29. Chateau Labiotte Wine Lip Tint
A lip tint that tastes like wine? Yup, you’re not reading that wrong! Adorable packaging aside, this tint also provides a vivid colour payoff that lasts forever all without drying out lips.
Chateau Labiotte Wine Lip Tint retails from S$13 to S$15 on Shopee.
30. 3CE Velvet Lip Tint
This soft, velvet formula dries off to matte in an instant, delivering amazing colour payoff and staying on all day. It is also non-drying, and comes in a wide variety of shades for users to choose from.
3CE Velvet Lip Tint retails for S$19.54 on YesStyle.
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