If you are a beauty junkie who absolutely loves K-beauty, you would be familiar with Olive Young, which is undoubtedly one of the top drugstores in South Korea. The ubiquitous health & beauty store can be found in almost every corner of the country, particularly in Seoul.
However, if you aren’t planning on visiting Korea any time soon, fret not. We can still purchase products with a few quick clicks on the Internet.
To make your virtual shopping experience a much less overwhelming one, we’ve compiled the top bestsellers from Olive Young that you should check out. Here’s what to buy from Olive Young’s online store (or when you’re shopping in Korea)!
What to buy at Olive Young: Makeup
rom&nd Juicy Lasting Tint
K-beauty is never short of amazing lip stains, and the rom&nd Juicy Lasting Tint is no exception.
This lip tint has the shine of a lip gloss and the colour payoff of a lipstick. Top that with the long-wearing power of a lip stain, and you’ve got yourself a star product.
The Juicy Lasting Tint is available in 12 shades, so you can switch up the summery hues depending on your mood. Each lip tint has a fruity, tropical scent too – just remember not to eat it!
What to buy at Olive Young: rom&nd Juicy Lasting Tint, which retails for US$11 (approximately S$15) at Olive Young.
eSpoir Pro Tailor Foundation Be Velvet
Velvet skin, or Korean “milk skin”, is set to be the new glass skin in 2023, according to makeup artists and as spotted on K-pop idols like NewJeans’ Haerin!
eSpoir is a mid-range K-beauty brand that is loved and recommended by professional Korean makeup artists for its high quality, and its Pro Tailor Foundation Be Velvet is what’ll get you sporting “milk skin” with ease.
eSpoir’s Pro Tailor Foundation Be Velvet is a semi-matte foundation that gives a velvety, powdery finish, emphasising the skin’s plumpness without a dewy shine. Besides lasting all day and providing excellent coverage, this Korean foundation doesn’t dry out the skin either.
What to buy at Olive Young: eSpoir Pro Tailor Foundation Be Velvet, which retails at US$44 (approximately S$58) at Olive Young.
JUNGSAEMMOOL Essential Skin Nuder Cushion
Cushion foundations are staples for achieving a Korean-worthy porcelain glow, and the JUNGSAEMMOOL Essential Skin Nuder Cushion is definitely one of the top few to reign in this category.
Proof? K-pop girl group TWICE’s makeup artist Won Jung Yo (원정요) has revealed that this cushion is one of her picks when it comes to foundations.
The cushion foundation provides medium to full coverage and gives a dewy finish, at the same time, it provides some protection against harmful UV rays as it’s SPF50+ and PA+++. Reviewers love that it gives a very natural, skin-like glow rather than being too matte or too shiny.
It also comes in six shades, ranging from Fair Light to Medium Deep, with the darkest shade being darker than that of many other Korean beauty brands.
What to buy at Olive Young: JUNGSAEMMOOL Essential Skin Nuder Cushion (14g + refill), which retails for US$44.80 (approximately S$58) instead of US$56 on Olive Young.
HANSKIN Blemish Cover Light Fit Concealer
For the days you don’t feel like applying full-face makeup, but still need to cover those spots, HANSKIN Blemish Cover Light Fit Concealer is the go-to product.
The soft, creamy concealer is easy to apply, and its lightweight texture allows your skin to breathe – almost as though you haven’t applied anything at all. The Blemish Cover also boasts anti-wrinkle, brightening, and moisturising effects, so that you can heal your skin while covering up the acne.
What to buy at Olive Young: HANSKIN Blemish Cover Light Fit Concealer, which retails for US$14 (approximately S$18) at Olive Young.
LUNA Long Lasting Tip Concealer
Some beauty fans call this a dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s not just the design that is similar: even the coverage and texture are comparable!
At just a fraction of the price of its NARS counterpart, the LUNA Long Lasting Tip Concealer has a texture that is easy to spread and blend out, which is great to use as an under-eye concealer.
The coverage is also well-loved by its loyal fans, so you can be sure that it will work in concealing those stubborn zits and red spots.
What to buy at Olive Young: LUNA Long Lasting Tip Concealer, which retails for US$19 (approximately S$25) at Olive Young.
Merzy The First Pen Eyeliner
The high-pigment, waterproof eyeliner stays put for 12 hours, with no sign of fading or smudging at all.
You will love the superfine and flexible brush tip that glides easily across the lash line. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this one from Merzy will not fray, so you can always achieve a precise winged look.
Best of all? The brand is vegan-friendly, with no usage of animal-derived ingredients or tested on animals.
What to buy at Olive Young: Merzy The First Pen Eyeliner, which retails in Olive Young at US$10 (approximately S$13.48).
WAKEMAKE Water Blurring Fixing Tint
Looking to achieve the gradient lip look, but never managed to find a lip product that can do the trick? The WAKEMAKE Water Blurring Fixing Tint will do just the trick.
This lip tint is immensely popular with customers for its long-lasting colour and blurry, soft-focused finish that’s characteristic of a semi-matte gradient lip.
Plus, it comes in so many different shades, ranging from wearable MLBB shades to bright hues of coral – all of which are perfect for every skin tone!
What to buy at Olive Young: WAKEMAKE Water Blurring Fixing Tint, which retails for US$19 (approximately S$25) at Olive Young.
CLIO Kill Cover Mesh Glow Cushion
Another cushion foundation must-have from Olive Young is the CLIO Kill Cover Mesh Glow Cushion.
This semi-glow cushion gives an ultra-natural finish that reviewers love, whilst still providing the coverage that you might need to cover some blemishes or dark spots on your skin.
If a soft glow is what you want, it’s what you’ll get with this popular Korean cushion foundation!
What to buy at Olive Young: CLIO Kill Cover Mesh Glow Cushion, which retails for US$42 (approximately S$56) at Olive Young.
MUZIGAE MANSION Object Liquid
We love it when our makeup looks cute, and the MUZIGAE MANSION Object Liquid checks that box. The liquid lip tint is housed in clear paint tubes that let you appreciate the luscious colour of each shade and feel ultra-special when sweeping the tint onto your lips.
Giving a velvet, airy finish, this lip tint will help you achieve a blurred, “just been kissed” lip look easily!
What to buy at Olive Young: MUZIGAE MANSION Object Liquid, which retails for US$24 (approximately S$32) at Olive Young.
What to buy at Olive Young: Skincare
CosRx Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner
If you have dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin, here’s a toner for you.
Packed with a whopping 72.6% of anti-bacterial propolis extract and 10% of honey extract, this essence-like toner is your best bet for glowing skin.
The formula feeds your skin with moisture and nourishment to firm your skin and leave it feeling fresh and supple. It may have a more viscous texture, but it sinks into the skin quickly without leaving a sticky residue behind.
You get 280ml of toner too, so this huge bottle will last you for quite some time.
What to buy at Olive Young: CosRx Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner, which retails for US$29 (approximately S$38) at Olive Young.
Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner
The cruelty-free brand may be unfamiliar to most of us, but it is very popular in Korea for its high-quality products that are formulated with natural ingredients that do not irritate sensitive skin.
Isntree’s Hyaluronic Acid Toner was crowned the #1 Toner by Koreans in 2016, and it’s not hard to see why: the product contains a whopping 50% of hyaluronic acid to replenish rough and dehydrated skin, making this a must-have for those who suffer from dry skin.
What to buy at Olive Young: Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner, which retails for US$22 (approximately S$29) at Olive Young.
isoi Blemish Care Serum Plus
isoi’s top-rated serum is highly-raved in the media as a holy grail for sensitive, acne-prone skin, having won awards for more than five years in Korea.
Users report significant fading of blemishes such as dark spots, sunspots, and blackheads with regular application of this serum.
The multi-functional skincare product is not only great for blemishes: it also hydrates dry skin, removes excess sebum to prevent acne, and reduces pore size. Sweet!
It comes as a set with a tube of the iso Blemish Care Spot treatment serum, to tackle pesky acne, head-on.
What to buy at Olive Young: isoi Blemish Care Serum + Blemish Care Spot Duo Set, which retails for US$77 (approximately S$103.82) at Olive Young.
Olive Young Care Plus Scar Cover Spot Patch
Most of us are familiar with the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, which makes those pesky pimples disappear overnight.
This acne patch from Olive Young works in the same way, and is incredibly popular with most locals and tourists. In fact, it has been voted 2,952,490 times as the #1 pimple patch in Olive Young, far ahead of its counterparts!
What to buy at Olive Young: Olive Young Care Plus Scar Cover Spot Patch (102 count), which retails for US$9 (approximately S$12.14) at Olive Young.
Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Toner Pad
Exfoliation of your skin can help to smooth rough patches, reduce redness, and fade blemishes over time.
While it is commonly believed that exfoliation should only be done about twice a week, this multi-purpose toner pad from Goodal actually encourages you to exfoliate daily instead.
The reason? Goodal’s Green Tangerine Vita C Toner Pad is soaked with a hypoallergenic vitamin serum that is effective in removing grime, but gentle enough to moisturize and soothe your skin. No wonder it is so popular with Korean beauty influencers!
What to buy at Olive Young: Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Toner Pad (two sets), which retails at US$42 (approximately S$56) at Olive Young.
Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine
Soko Glam’s founder Charlotte Cho touted this innovative exfoliating product as the ‘next big thing in Korean skincare’.
Besides the fact that it is made with red wine – an unusual skincare ingredient – Neogen Dermalogy’s pads actually do both mechanical and chemical exfoliation for your skin at the same time.
You will certainly be amazed by the brighter, softer skin achieved after simply swiping one of these pads.
What to buy at Olive Young: Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, which retails for US$28 (approximately S$37) at Olive Young.
I’m From Honey Mask
This premium wash-off mask contains 38.7% natural honey from Mountain Jiri in Korea. Most other skincare products that list honey as an ingredient actually contain only honey essence or extract, which is a diluted version.
Thanks to its formulation of real honey, I’m From’s Honey Mask provides skin with the full multitude of benefits derived from honey. These include anti-inflammatory properties to calm red and inflamed skin, anti-ageing and moisturizing effects, as well as an enhanced ability to rejuvenate from pollution and fatigue.
Mediheal TeaTree Care Solution Essential Mask EX
You can’t escape from buying sheet masks in Korea, and if you are looking to try the best mask without burning a hole in your wallet, this is the one you have to buy for sure.
Formulated with a mix of tea tree, pine needle, and portulaca oleracea extracts, this mask from Mediheal makes acne and spots heal really fast – perfect for the times you need to get rid of zits urgently.
Mediheal’s TeaTree Care Solution Essential Mask EX mask has been number one for 11 consecutive years based on sales in the Olive Young mask pack category, and it is constantly sold out across all drugstores in Korea.
If you see these in Olive Young, make sure to buy them ASAP, or you may not be able to get your hands on them again!
What to buy at Olive Young: Mediheal TeaTree Care Solution Essential Mask EX (20 packs), which retails for US$44 (approximately S$58) at Olive Young.
Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Lotion
Voted by Korean consumers as the top body lotion, Illiyoon’s Ceramide Ato Lotion is made from indigenous herbal ingredients such as ginseng to moisturize sensitive and dry skin.
Users attest that the lotion is effective in relieving and hydrating itchy and sensitive skin, and you’ll find this product to be particularly useful in the drier, winter months.
What to buy at Olive Young: Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Lotion (600ml), which retails for US$43 (approximately S$57) at Olive Young.
AESTURA Derma UV365 Barrier Hydro Mineral Sunscreen
If you have sensitive skin and chemical sunscreens irritate your eyes, the AESTURA Derma UV365 Barrier Hydro Mineral Sunscreen will be your best sun companion.
It has SPF 50+/PA++++ sun protection and provides barrier care for sensitive skin, passing the low skin irritation, no-chemical, and eye-irritation tests, making it a low-irritant and mild sunscreen for even the most sensitive skin!
The fresh and moist formula will also absorb comfortably and smoothly into your skin, leaving no white cast.
What to buy at Olive Young: AESTURA Derma UV365 Barrier Hydro Mineral Sunscreen (40ml) which retails for US$26.90 (approximately S$36.62) instead of US$41 at Olive Young.
What to buy at Olive Young: Hair care
Mise En Scène Perfect Serums
Many locals you see on the streets of Seoul always sport perfectly-groomed hair, and it’s not because they always go for hair treatment at the salon. Their secret to gorgeous hair? This serum from Mise En Scène!
This hair serum protects and hydrates with different kinds of oils, including argan, camellia, olive, and jojoba.
It promises to increase the elasticity and strength of your hair while reducing tangles in as little as three days – not a tall tale, considering that it has been given countless beauty and popularity awards.
What to buy at Olive Young: Mise En Scène Perfect Serum.
AROMATICA Rosemary Scalp Scaling Shampoo
AROMATICA’s scaling shampoo has been the #1 shampoo in Korea for a few consecutive years, and you would definitely want to bag that home and find out why for yourself.
Enhanced with natural oils to revitalize your scalp, this shampoo even promises to gently remove dandruff so that you can get healthy, beautiful hair.
The herb mint smell of Rosemary essential oil, a key ingredient in the shampoo, also works wonders in helping you feel refreshed after a long and tiring day.
What to buy at Olive Young: AROMATICA Rosemary Scalp Scaling Shampoo (special set), which retails for US$25.60 (approximately S$34) instead of US$32 at Olive Young.
UNOVE Silk Oil Essence
This highly-enriched oil essence is a godsend if you have severely damaged hair as it provides a silky coat over the surface of your hair to instantly nourish it and detangle with split ends, all without a sticky feel.
Featuring protein and amino acids to seal and moisturise your hair cuticle, the oil essence eliminates frizz and add softness and shine to your hair,
It’s also enriched with a blend of nourishing plant-derived oils like olive oil, macadamia integrifolia seed oil, argan kernel oil, sunflower seed oil, and camellia japonica seed oil to penetrate the hair shaft and locking in moisture.
What to buy at Olive Young: UNOVE Silk Oil Essence (70ml), which retails for US$19.60 (approximately S$26.68) instead of US$25 at Olive Young.
What to buy at Olive Young: Nails
Dashing Diva Magic Press Pedicure
No time to head to the salon for a pedicure? Dashing Diva’s magic press stickers make it so much easier to get perfect nails by yourself, even if you are not a professional manicurist.
All you need to do is pick a design that you love (the only tough part is when you see how many dazzling designs they sell), press the different designs on your nails, and viola – your ‘pedicure’ is done!
What to buy at Olive Young: Dashing Diva Magic Press Pedicure, which retails at US$20 (approximately S$26) at Olive Young at US$11 (S$15.08).
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