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10 Korean beauty brands every beauty junkie should know about

These are the brands and products you absolutely have to try.

The popularity of Korean beauty products in the Western market is not new - beauty babes all over the world have been enjoying the innovation and quirkiness that comes with Korean Beauty brands for years. You know those cool cushion foundations? They're originally a Korean design. What about those amazingly hydrating sheet masks? Yep, they're Korean too.

But there are still some who have yet to jump on the K-Beauty bandwagon. For anyone who's not sure where to start and what to buy, we've got you covered.

Here's a list of K-Beauty brands every beauty junkie should know and the must-have products that prove Korean Beauty is worth its weight in gold.


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1. Laneige

Laneige was created off the back of 20 years of research focusing on the relationship between water and skin. The brand now has its own technology coined "water science". The brand's skincare products focus on achieving plump, supple and wrinkle-free skin. Laneige also has a range of colour cosmetics designed to enhance the natural radiance of beautiful skin.

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2. Moonshot

This beauty brand celebrates individuality and playfulness. Basically, Moonshot wants to make those bold, eye-catching Instagram looks accessible to everyone, not just talented makeup artists. The easy-to-use colour cosmetic products are colourful, striking and multipurpose - the lip tints can be used on your cheeks and eyes and the eyeshadows can be used on your lips and cheeks. In addition, Moonshot has a range of skincare products that help you achieve the perfect makeup base: flawless and youthful skin.

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3. IOPE

Pioneers of the cushion foundation compact, IOPE is a cosmetics and skincare brand utilising bio-technology and plants science to create skincare solutions. IOPE is led by an extensive research team that isolates plant compounds and plant stem cells, believing the secret to beauty is in nature. In 2008, IOPE created the Air Cushion foundation which drew global attention and made the brand a household name.

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4. Amore Pacific

This premium skincare brand is unlike anything you've ever seen before. Amore Pacific's skincare uses compounds derived from the Asian botanicals found in the Jeju gardens on the "Island of the Gods". This volcanic island has some of the most nutrient-rich soil in the world and the green tea, bamboo and ginseng that grow there are the secrets to the efficacy of Amore Pacific. The brand was the first in the world to stabilise the potent anti-oxidant in green tea and utilise its power in skincare.

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5. Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo is a skincare system that adopts the holistic philosophies of Korean Herbal Medicine. According to these philosophies, skin goes through an energetic change at the age of 35 and becomes prone to dryness and ageing. Drawing on ancient wisdom, Sulwhasoo skincare balances the energetic changes in the skin through the blends of indigenous herbs and medicinal botanicals. In case you think this all sounds a little far-fetched, it's worth noting that this skincare brand is stocked by Bergdorf Goodman, the most luxurious department store in New York.

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6. 3CE

Korean blogger StyleNada is the brains behind this conceptual colour cosmetics brand. 3CE or 3 Concept Eyes is about expressing personality and individuality through makeup. With a base of three colours, pink, orange and beige, 3CE believes you can customise and create the natural but striking look of your choice.

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7. Caolion

Caolion was created by founder Jinyoung Joo as a solution to her very sensitive skin. These skincare products are not about defying age with harsh chemicals as Caolion believes ageing is a natural part of life and is not something we should be ashamed of. Instead, Caolion focuses on a "back to basics" strategy and creates natural, hypoallergenic skincare - without alcohol, fragrances or colouring - that can be used by anyone with any skin type.

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8. Dr Jart+

Dr Jart+ was created when a young entrepreneur met a young dermatologist and pledged to bring his innovative and super-effective skin formulas into the mainstream. After three years the pair finally launched Dr Jart+, a skincare and cosmetic brand committed to constant and consistent research into skin science and beauty innovation. In it's short years, this brand has already delivered several innovations that changed the beauty world entirely. You know BB creams and CC creams? Those were created by Dr Jart+. So were the very popular sheet masks that we can't live without.

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9. Skinfood

Drawing on the old philosophy "you are what you eat", Skinfood believes that healthy, bright skin starts with healthy food. Skinfood understands that nutrients, anti-oxidants and goodness from wholesome food are the secret to a beautiful complexion. The brand sources its specialist ingredients from sustainable farmers all over the world, using only the best, freshest and most ethical plants and foods to create its skincare products.

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10. Innisfree

Sourcing rare ingredients from the Korean volcanic island of Jeju, Innisfree believes beauty comes from nature. The island of Jeju is said to have "the four energies of pure nature", that is clean air, warm sunlight, fertile soul and pollution free water - thus making it the ultimate source for beauty enhancing and age defying botanicals. And it is naturally grown plants that are the secret to the success of Innisfree. Committed to sustainability and eco-consciousness, Innisfree pushes for a natural and recyclable approach to life.

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Signature K-Beauty products

IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist BB Cream SPF33
IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist BB Cream SPF33

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Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Cream
Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Cream

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Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Hydration Ampoule
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Hydration Ampoule

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Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Serum
Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Serum

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Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream

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Sulwhasoo TimeTreasure Renovating Eye Cream EX
Sulwhasoo TimeTreasure Renovating Eye Cream EX

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Sunkissed Medium Glimmer Compact
Sunkissed Medium Glimmer Compact

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Caolion Premium Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack
Caolion Premium Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack

Sephora

Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask
Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask

Sephora

Dr Jart+ Mask Intra Jet Firming Solution 5 Sheets
Dr Jart+ Mask Intra Jet Firming Solution 5 Sheets

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Skinfood Royal Honey Nutrition Essence
Skinfood Royal Honey Nutrition Essence

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Skinfood Platinum Grape Cell Emulsion
Skinfood Platinum Grape Cell Emulsion

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Innisfree Green Tea Pure Cleansing Water
Innisfree Green Tea Pure Cleansing Water

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Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask - Pomegranate
Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask - Pomegranate

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

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Directory of Korean Beauty Brands

Want more from Korean Beauty? Check out our directory of Korean Beauty brands.

# C Escada J Mamonde Re:NK Ten Seconds
3CE Caolion Esmedic Ja Seng Su Manefit RE:P The Face Shop
A Carezone Espoir Jadilla J May Coop Rita Rove W The History of Whoo
A.C. Care Cathy Cat Essential Extra Jaminkyung Mediheal Rose by Dr. Dream The Lotus
A:TURE Charm Zone Esthaar Jayeonmaeul Memebox Rosee The Saem
A3F Chosungah22 Etude House K Midaskin Ryeo Tony Moly
Aery Jo CJ Lion F Kameria Miracosmetic S Too Cool for School
AHC Clamue Foodaholic Kelly Water Mise En Scene Sally's Box Tosowoong
Amore Pacific Clio G Kemuel Missha Sanshim Touch In Sol
Ameli CNP Gaeam KeraSys Mizon Scandal U
Ani Place Colourplay Gatsby Kicho MJ Care SCINIC UKA
A'pieu Coogi Goeunsenag Klairs Moonshot Secret Key V
April Skin Coreana Goodal Kocostar Mora Savina Senite VDL
Aritaum Cosam Green Wonil Koh Gen Do Morihata Serazena Verite
Ariul Cosline Prielry H Kwailnara MULE Shangpree VOV
Aromatica Cosrx Han Kyeong Hee L N Skin Inc W,X,Y
Assoter Cremorlab Hannule Lacvert Nature Republic Skin79 Y.E.T.
Atopalm D Hanskin Lady&Skin Neogen Skincure Yadah
B Danahan Happy Bath Lagom Niveola Skinfood Yeondukong
Banila Co Dantrol Hera Lalavesi Nokdu Skinmiso Yuhwayeon
Bare Blanc Dermal Herbolle Laneige Noni Sangji Skylake Z
BBIA Dengimori Holika Holika Lavida O SipJangSaeng Zain
Be The Skin Donginbi Hope Girl Leaders Clinic O Hui So Natural Zamian
Beauty Credit Dr. Jart+ Hyosiah L'Egere Odyssey Son&Park Zeniswell
Beauty People Dr. MJ I LG Care Organic Somang
Belif Dr. Pharm IASO Lioele OOTD Songak
Benton E Illi Lirikos Organia Songwol
Beyond Edgefit Imselene Lisange P Sooryehan
Bi Hui Gai Elicina Innisfree Llang Peripera Sua Young
Bichigain Elisha Coy IOPE Locomotion Point Sulwhasoo
Biodefense Enature IPKN Lolita Lempicka Primera SU:M37
Born Skin Enprani Isa Knox Lotree Puretem T
BRTC Entia Global Isoi M Q-R Tears
Bycream Erborian It's Skin M Line From Mizon Re-en TeenClear

Have we missed a Korean Beauty brand? Let us know in the comments.


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