Best Korean Beauty Products You Need to Try

by Dawn Chen and Claudia Tan
LIFESTYLE  |  June 26, 2018
  • All the K-beauty items to get right now
    1 / 25 All the K-beauty items to get right now

    Trust the Koreans when it comes to skincare or makeup. Here’s a roundup of the best K-beauty products we’ve been using and loving this year. Time to *add to cart*!

    (Also Read: Confession – “I’ve Been Using A Face Mask Every Day For The Last Three Years.”)

    All photos provided by the respective brands.

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  • Blithe Hydro-Priming Cream ($56 for 30ml)
    2 / 25 Blithe Hydro-Priming Cream ($56 for 30ml)

    Blith’s Inbetween line was formulated to be the step between your skincare routine and makeup application. It smoothens your skin texture to prep your skin for your makeup to go on flawlessly. We are amazed by the water-cream hybrid texture of the primer. Upon application, it gives you a hydrated and silky finish for your makeup to last throughout the day.

    Available at www.sephora.sg 

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  • Caolion Magic Black Powder Sheet Mask ($12 for 1 sheet)
    3 / 25 Caolion Magic Black Powder Sheet Mask ($12 for 1 sheet)

    It’s never too late to get started on anti-ageing skincare products. Pamper your skin with the Caolion Magic Black Powder Sheet Mask that’s jam-packed with nutrients to smoothen fine lines and improve your skin’s elasticity. It is infused with graphene, evening primrose oil and raspberry oil extract that tighten pores and deliver intense hydration.

    Available at www.sephora.sg 

    (Also read: 3 Easy Ideas to Shrink Large Pores and Banish Blackheads)

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  • Mamonde Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip ($18)
    4 / 25 Mamonde Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip ($18)

    We love these vibrant shades of reds, corals, pinks and oranges these lippies come in. It gives you velvety finish that is long-lasting. Infused with Mamonde’s signature rose water, the Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip is able to fill in the fine lines of your lips. The result? Plump and hydrated lips.

    Available at Mamonde Boutique at Takashimaya and Mamonde counters at Tangs Vivocity and Isetan Tampines and www.lazada.sg 

    (Also read: Do These 4 Easy Steps to Ensure Your Lipstick Lasts All Day Long)

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  • Innisfree Smart Drawing Blusher ($12.50 for 12ml)
    5 / 25 Innisfree Smart Drawing Blusher ($12.50 for 12ml)

    A little bit goes a long way with Innisfree Smart Drawing Blushers. It is highly pigmented so start with a small amount and build your desired intensity from there. It gives you a satin-like finish that stays vibrant throughout the day. A fine haired brush is attached to the tube for fuss-free application. We can’t decide on favourite. Whether it’s Daisy Pink, Cherry Blossom Pink or Peach Coral, they all give a super flattering, natural flush.

    (Also read: Easy Tips to Apply Blusher So You’ll Have a Natural, Rosy Glow)

    Available at all Innisfree Singapore stores.

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  • The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit To Go ($39 for 15g)
    6 / 25 The Face Shop Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit To Go ($39 for 15g)

    This high coverage foundation gives you a semi-matte finish with a subtle glow for your complexion to look fresh and radiant all day. The compact packaging comes with a pump in the middle to ensure you dispense just the right amount of product. It covers all your blemishes without the cakiness. We love how you can take this on your travels or apply it on-the-go. If you’re not a fan of compact cushions, the same formula also comes in a bottle ($31 for 30ml).

    Available at The Face Shop stores.

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  • Aprilskin Rose Water Modeling Mask ($8 for 55g)
    7 / 25 Aprilskin Rose Water Modeling Mask ($8 for 55g)

    This is a fun DIY mask we’d totally love to bring to sleepovers with girlfriends. It comes with a spatula for you to mix the contents together to get a jelly-like texture that sits comfortably on your face. The hydrating rose water penetrates deep into your skin to soothe irritation and moisturise. After 20 minutes, gently peel off the mask to reveal soft and supple skin underneath.

    Available at selected Guardian stores

    (Also read: 6 Rose-Infused Skincare Products For A More Radiant Complexion)

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  • Mamonde Rose Water Toner ($22 for 250ml)
    8 / 25 Mamonde Rose Water Toner ($22 for 250ml)

    Dehydrated skin will lap up this soothing and nourishing toner that’s made with a high concentration of Bulgarian Damask rose water. Use this as a face mist to hydrate skin throughout the day or as the first step in your skincare routine. You’ll also love the natural floral scent that this has.

    Available at Available at Mamonde Boutique at Takashimaya and Mamonde counters at Tangs Vivocity and Isetan Tampines and www.sephora.sg 

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  • Cremorlab Eau Thermale Serum Cushion ($56 for cushion + one refill)
    9 / 25 Cremorlab Eau Thermale Serum Cushion ($56 for cushion + one refill)

    Give your skin a flawless appearance with this anti-ageing cushion. The formula contains active plant stem cells and a high concentration of ginseng berry extracts to improve skin firmness. It also boasts the brand’s trademarked mineral-rich T.E.N water that’s sourced from deep-sea hot springs so skin will be well hydrated all day.

    (Also Read: 9 New BB Cushions And Foundations to Give You The K-Glow You’ve Always Wanted)

    Available at www.cremorlab.com.sg

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  • Belif The True Cream – Water Bomb ($58 for 75ml)
    10 / 25 Belif The True Cream – Water Bomb ($58 for 75ml)

    Hydrate parched skin with this refreshing moisturiser. Upon application, it lowers skin temperature by up to 2.87degC and drenches it with a burst of moisture.

    Available at www.hermo.sg 

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  • Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo ($24)
    11 / 25 Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo ($24)

    Get that naturally sculpted look in a pinch. This double-ended contouring stick comes with two complementary shades to make all your highlighting dreams come true. Comes in six varieties to suit all skin tones.

    Available at Etude House stores

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  • Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch ($5.90 for 24 pieces)
    12 / 25 Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch ($5.90 for 24 pieces)

    Say goodbye to stubborn pimples with these acne patches. They’re formulated with salicylic acid to kill bacteria and speed up healing so that zits will look less angry by the next day.

    Available at www.watsons.com.sg 

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  • Laneige Time Freeze Essence EX ($90 for 40ml)
    13 / 25 Laneige Time Freeze Essence EX ($90 for 40ml)

    The brand’s popular anti-ageing serum was given an upgrade earlier this year to boast even better results and efficacy. The lightweight formula has a new Skin Fit Up technology that harnesses the power of multiple botanical ingredients to stimulate and enhance collagen production.

    Available at Laneige stores and Laneige counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask ($72 for five sheets)
    14 / 25 Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask ($72 for five sheets)

    Treat yourself to a mini facial at home: Each pack of this nourishing sheet mask contains one-third a bottle of the brand’s bestselling First Care Activating Serum EX to instantly hydrate and soothe stressed skin.

    Available at Sulwhasoo stores and Sulwhasoo counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule ($30 for 25ml) and Effectors ($8 for 7ml)
    15 / 25 Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Boosting Ampoule ($30 for 25ml) and Effectors ($8 for 7ml)

    Customisable skincare is still big this year. Tailor this ampoule to suit your skin’s needs by choosing from five different effectors to address concerns like dull skin, loss of firmness or enlarged pores. You can mix two effectors into the moisturising and anti-ageing ampoule for faster results.

    Available in Innisfree Singapore stores

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  • Dr Jart+ Rubber Mask Clear Lover ($18)
    16 / 25 Dr Jart+ Rubber Mask Clear Lover ($18)

    This two-step mask is infused with algae and seaweed extracts to calm irritable skin. To use, apply the ampoule pack that’s included in the box evenly to skin then fit the rubber mask over to allow for better penetration of the active ingredients.

    Available at www.sephora.sg

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  • Yakson Lifting Program Pack ($30 for five sheets) and Band ($79)
    17 / 25 Yakson Lifting Program Pack ($30 for five sheets) and Band ($79)

    Non-invasive Korean aesthetic centre Yakson launched their new range of homecare products this year with the aim of helping others achieve that coveted V-shaped face. The brand’s Lifting Program Band is a silicon belt that comes with strategically-placed nodules to stimulate pressure points on the face. This encourages an acupressure-like massage to reduce water retention and give your complexion a lifted appearance.

    (Also Read: What to Expect During Yakson’s Small Face Care Golki Therapy)

    Available at Yakson #05-12A Wheelock Place, #02-17 Harbourfront Centre and #B1-24 The Star Vista. Visit www.yakson.com.sg

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  • Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick ($38 for 80g)
    18 / 25 Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick ($38 for 80g)

    There’s a reason why this cleansing stick is perpetually sold out – it reportedly has amassed long waiting lists in Korea. This gentle cleanser is made with over 90 per cent natural ingredients, the key being handpicked Damascus rose petals. To use, apply this directly to skin in circular motions and massage into skin to thoroughly remove impurities.

    (Also Read: 7 Skincare Cleansing Sticks That Are Perfect For Gym or Travel)

    Available at Tangs at Tangs Plaza, Vivocity and Isetan Tampines

     

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  • Kocostar Foot Peeling Pack ($15 for 40ml)
    19 / 25 Kocostar Foot Peeling Pack ($15 for 40ml)

    You’ve got to leave this on for quite a long time – 90 minutes – but the results will be worth it. This foot mask is packed with botanical extracts that help to soften and exfoliate rough feet. After use, dead skin cells will naturally be exfoliated so that your feet will be softer and smoother. Sounds gross but trust us, it’s weirdly addictive seeing all the gross stuff fall off.

    Available at www.sephora.sg

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  • Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo ($45 for 50g)
    20 / 25 Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo ($45 for 50g)

    Clear out the gunk in stubbornly clogged pores with this two-step mask duo. The first is a self-warming mask that opens and deep cleanses pores. It helps to extract excess sebum and rid dead skin cells when washed out. Follow with the second mask which gives off a cooling effect to help calm skin and tighten enlarged pores.

    Available at www.sephora.sg

     

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  • Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick ($25 for 18g)
    21 / 25 Aprilskin Magic Snow Sun Stick ($25 for 18g)

    No more excuses for forgetting your sunscreen. This refreshing sun screen comes in a stick format that can be easily rolled on over or under makeup. Its key ingredients include antioxidant-rich centella asiatica to ward off free radical damage and aloe vera leaf extract to soothe skin. Comes with SPF50+/PA++++ protection.

    Available at Guardian

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  • Su:m37 Water-full CC Cushion Perfect Finish ($67 for 15g and 1 refill)
    22 / 25 Su:m37 Water-full CC Cushion Perfect Finish ($67 for 15g and 1 refill)

    Score dewy, glowing skin with this hydrating cushion that’s filled with the same key ingredients as the brand’s premium moisture care line. Comes with SPF50+/PA+++ UV protection.

    Available at Tangs at Tangs Plaza, Vivocity and Isetan Tampines

     

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  • Blithe Patting Splash Mask Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey ($54 for 200ml)
    23 / 25 Blithe Patting Splash Mask Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey ($54 for 200ml)

    This is the easiest and fastest face mask you’ll ever use. It’s formulated with citrus extracts and lactic acid to instantly exfoliate skin and reveal a brighter complexion. Add a few drops to a cotton pad and swipe over cleansed skin or pour out half a cap onto your palms and pat into skin while in the shower.

    (Also Read: 7 Face Masks That Work In Five Minutes Or Less)

    Available at www.sephora.sg 

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  • Sulwhasoo Essential Lip Serum Sticks ($50 each)
    24 / 25 Sulwhasoo Essential Lip Serum Sticks ($50 each)

    Girls with drier lips are sure to appreciate these hydrating tinted balms. Each contains apricot kernel oil and safflower extracts to keep your pout plump and hydrated while washing it in a soft hint of colour.

    Available at Sulwhasoo stores and Sulwhasoo counters at leading departmental stores

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  • Aprilskin Signature Soap Original ($20 for 86g)
    25 / 25 Aprilskin Signature Soap Original ($20 for 86g)

    This organic soap bar boasts 100 per cent natural ingredients like olive oil, shea butter, charcoal powder, lavender oil and tourmaline to unclog your pores without stripping skin dry. The convenient format also makes this perfect for gym sessions or travels.

    Available at Guardian 

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