The Top Cult Korean Beauty Products

Cosmetics on display in South Korea
Cosmetics on display in South Korea | © Mimsie Ladner
Mimsie Ladner

New to K-beauty? From multi step cleansing products and animal print sheet masks to colorful cosmetics and BB cream, these are the cult-favorite Korean beauty items that you absolutely must try.

Banila Co. Clean It Zero

This bestselling cleanser is in a semisolid form when you scoop it out, but melts into an oil type makeup and residue remover as you apply it to your face. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, but powerful enough to rid of pore clogging impurities with no oily residue.

Neogen Green Tea Foaming Cleanser

Many liquid cleansers out there are primarily made up of water and detergent, but this one contains mostly fermented actives, like green tea leaves that contain antioxidants that protect and nourish as they cleanse. Another advantage of this cleanser is that it not only washes away dirt and sebum, but leaves the skin feeling soft and supple rather than tight and dry.

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel

Although Dr. Jart+ is now a household name worldwide, their recently released Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel is one of their best products yet. Made from coconut milk, the peel is not only helpful in exfoliating for softer skin and minimizing pores, it’s also incredibly gentle on sensitive skin.

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off

Koreans understand the importance of weekly exfoliating. It allows your skin to better absorb skincare products, promotes blood circulation and removes excess residue that leads to breakouts. This wash off mask’s black sugar ingredients help to nourish and hydrate the skin, while its natural texture gently removes dead skin cells.

SNP Animal Masks

Made with natural pulp and moisturizing coconut water, these masks are as hydrating as they are adorable. Each animal mask boasts a uniquely designed pattern, each with its own special properties such as brightening or wrinkle care. Replenish your dry skin while looking as powerful as a dragon or as loveable as a koala.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum

This lightweight serum utilizes green tea leaves and seeds from Korea’s Jeju Island to add suppleness to the skin. Apply it to your bare face immediately after washing to lock in moisture and enhance the effects of masks, creams or other skincare products you might use.

Missha The First Treatment Essence

This holy grail of K-skincare has become a must-have product for Korean beauty addicts worldwide. Every night and every morning after cleansing and toning, dab this essence onto your face, let it soak in, and watch your skin get brighter and more supple in just a few weeks.

Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk

Unlike most sunscreens, this one is surprisingly light and absorbs into the skin quickly and effortlessly, without leaving any white cast behind. The SPF50/PA+++ provides broad-spectrum protection to minimize wrinkles and sun damage, while the essence moisturizes and nourishes your skin.

Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream

This five in one egg white cream takes care of all your skincare needs simultaneously: serum, moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream and overnight mask. It doesn’t get any more egg-celent than this.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

Don’t let its name put you off. Snail mucin is actually a pretty amazing skincare ingredient that’s packed with nutrients that stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin (bye bye, wrinkles), repair damaged skin and restore hydration. This cream in particular is packed with the stuff, is lightweight and, as an added bonus, has a refreshing scent.

IOPE Air Cushion XP

The IOPE Air Cushion, the first cushion compact on the market, is a product that will undoubtedly change your world. The unique, formula soaked sponge has all the advantages of a BB cream, anti-aging, moisturizing, even skin coverage and SPF protection, but also comes with a non absorbing puff that wicks the formula off the sponge and applies seamlessly onto your face.

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++

With over 30 million sold worldwide, this BB Cream is one of the most popular on the market, and for good reason. It provides anti-aging benefits and UV protection, while smoothly concealing dark spots and blemishes.

Clio Waterproof Pen Liner

This multifaceted liner is available in both black and brown, and provides the drama of a liquid liner with the accuracy of a pen, not to mention it doesn’t smudge. With a quick swipe, make thick or thin lines that will stay on and define your eyes all day long.

Skinfood Tomato Jelly Tint Lip

While this sheer lip gloss/balm hybrid has the magical ability to look great on everyone, its formula is really what sets it apart from the rest. Tomato seed oil works to hydrate your lips, keeping your pout as pretty as the three colors it comes in.

Tony Moly Crystal Blusher

Available in over 10 shades that either create a rosy blush or contour the face, Tony Moly’s Crystal Blusher series defines and adds dimension to your look. With just a few simple strokes, the velvety blush adheres to the skin smoothly and adds a natural tone.

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