Skip To Content

    40 Gifts For Anyone Obsessed With Korean Beauty

    *debates saving yourself the hassle of wrapping all of these presents and just writing "From me, to me" on all of them*

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pack of practically invisible CosRx Clear Fit Master Patches that are meant to be worn more during the daytime and are thinner than the original Master Patches — armed with both, they can fight and deflate nasty whitehead pimples all day long.


    These babies go perfectly under makeup, if you wear it, and form a ~protection bubble~ around the pimples, so they're not exacerbated by your foundation.

    Promising review: "Truly rids my skin of the discomfort that comes with pimples! These patches gets rid of them with ease and saves me from scarring!" —Mark A. Kaplan

    Get a single pack of 18 patches from Amazon for $4.90.

    2. A ~killer~ felt tip Clio liquid eyeliner for possibly the most precise cat eyes of their lives — it dries down to a matte finish almost straight away and its waterproof formula stays put all freaking day.


    Promising review: "I could write a sonnet on my eyelid with this pen. The formula stays put when I want it to and comes off easily with cleansing oil when I want it to go away. Most of the time I apply this without a primer and it looks amazing. It is super easy to draw wings and, before it dries, it is easy to remove and make corrections. I find the felt tip easier to use than most liquid liners, but as with any new style of product, there is a learning curve. Fortunately, this one is simpler than most, so I went from a slightly shaky line to perfect liner every time with very little trouble. I hope they never discontinue this because it is the only liner pen I ever want to use." —Cait Quinn

    Get it from Amazon for $13.20+ (available in black and brown).

    3. A Huxley brightening essence with antioxidant-rich, pollution-fighting ingredients like prickly pear cactus seed oil sourced from the Sahara — they’ll drip, drip, drip their way to dewy skin!

    Promising review: "The texture of this is in between an essence and a serum — and it is so heavenly. It was the perfect layer for my dehydrated skin from all of this extra wintery weather. Not too overwhelming either. It will definitely be a nighttime staple for a long time. My pores tend to get congested but that wasn't the case with this — it never broke me out! I've always heard good things about Huxley and I now agree!" —AlexandraClaire1212

    Get it from Nordstrom for $58.

    4. An adorable Belif Winter Waterdrop Kit, a travel-friendly set of super hydrating products that'll leave the driest and tightest feeling skin feeling soft to the touch.,

    This set includes:

    Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist

    Hungarian Water Essence

    The True Cream Aqua Bomb

    Moisturizing Eye Bomb

    Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask

    Promising review: "I’ve been interested in Belif products for a long time now, and I’m so happy I invested in this kit! My skin looks and feels better than ever. I normally don’t try new things since my skin is so sensitive to breakouts/allergic reactions, but these didn’t cause me any problems. Surprised by the cleanser — it feels nice and doesn’t strip the skin. And the Aqua Bomb, combined with the serum, is gold — the serum adds an extra hydrating boost while drying down weightlessly. Although I’m not seeing immediate changes with the eye cream, it’s a nice way to hydrate around and under the eyes. This kit is an excellent way to try their products, and I will be buying full sizes of some." —jazzyj25

    Get it from Sephora for $22 (valued at $48).

    5. A plump Holika Holika x Gudetama makeup sponge that, despite its lazy persona, actually buffs in foundation and concealer super effectively and perfectly — that way, they'll be able to start off each day with a dose of cuteness!


    Beautyblender could never.

    Promising review: "I'm a bit of a makeup snob and bought this for the novelty factor, not thinking it would do such a good job. But it actually performs well! And it's a really large sponge, which I love, so I will be buying more!" —LoveShopping123

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    6. A collection of Dr. Jart Cicipair tiger grass products — color correcting treatment with SPF 30, serum, cream, camo drops, and night masks — that are holy grail products for people who deal with constant redness, acne flares, and uneven skin tone.

    Dr. Jart,,,,

    Its green-to-beige formula also protects skin from environmental aggressors and restores moisture levels. BRB, dousing my whole face in these.

    Promising review: "I have dealt with a ruddy and red complexion my whole life. I was introduced to this product during a 45-minute makeover at my local Sephora store — immediately, my skin felt hydrated and the redness was drastically reduced. The product is slightly thick but a little goes a long way, so I am not concerned about having to pay $50 frequently; this will last a long time. This has enough redness-reducing powers that I can even wear it without foundation, something I would never do before, with the added benefit of not giving off a green haze." —J137B

    Get them from Sephora: the color correcting treatment for $18+, serum for $46, cream for $48, camo drops for $46, and a 30-pack of masks for $48 — or as a full, deluxe sample set for $36.

    7. A petite, travel-friendly Enature Birch Juice Hydro Kit for an intensely moisturizing and soothing skincare sesh that'll restore their ~glow~ overnight.

    Birch juice is SO GOOD for all skin types, but especially dry skin. Instead of filling up their products with a boatload of water, these Enature products contain 70–78% birch tree sap (hello, lightweight, milky consistency!!) to soothe and nurse your skin back to full health — birch juice is known to ~mimic~ your skin’s natural moisturizing factor, which helps not only to retain moisture but to maintain a positive moisture-oil balance in the skin. There's also chamomile and plantain seed extracts for extra nourishment. It's the perfect nighttime routine for stressed out, traveling skin!

    This set includes:

    Birch Juice Hydro Essence Skin

    Birch Juice Hydro Emulsion

    Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    If sheet masks are more their thing, shop for them on Free People!

    8. A TonyMoly Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack to boost super fine hair or bring overprocessed, fried hair back from the bleach graveyard and nix the tangledness, while making their entire head look shiny and healthy from root to tip!,

    Promising review: "I love this deep conditioner waaaaay more than I expected to! Not only does it make my fine hair soft and manageable, but it makes it shine even better than styling products. It works great applied to freshly washed hair and then covered with a plastic cap. I occasionally sleep in it for extra deep conditioning. The scent is nice too (nothing like mayonnaise)." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    9. A 70-pack of propolis extract– (a naturally-occurring antiseptic!) and hyaluronic acid–filled CosRx One Step Moisture Up Pads so they can soothe stressed out skin, remove irritants and dead skin cells, and prep the skin for smooth makeup application (so their foundation blends in seamlessly and actually looks like it's their real skin).


    Promising review: "I got this the other day because of a friend’s recommendation. I love it! My face was feeling somewhat dry and when I put makeup on, it seemed like the makeup wasn’t 'settled in' and more 'sitting on top of my skin.' When using this, it helps makeup to set in, and my skin looks so much smoother!" —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $14.76.

    10. A Peripera Ink Airy Velvet lippie for super flattering pigment that *actually* lasts all day — whether they apply it evenly all over or decide to go for the ~blotted lip~ lewk, they'll be ready to tackle on whatever the day brings and look fabulous doing it!,

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a good, long-lasting tint for a while now and have been disappointed nearly every single time. Most of the products I've tried would fade or wipe off, or go on really unevenly, causing me to have to reapply multiple times throughout the span of just a few hours.

    Not these! These stay on through both food and drink (I've tested them with sandwiches, soup, soft drinks, water bottles, etc.), come in a pretty good selection of colors, AND smooth over any dry areas on your lips to make them look really soft and not chapped at all. The applicator also makes it really easy to get the product exactly where you want it. There is a bit of transfer at first, but after it dries the color itself stays put. I have long days from 6 am to 10 pm and I usually only re-apply once or twice — and even then, it's only necessary when I've been doing some hardcore stress eating. All in all, I've finally found my holy grail lip tint!" —Wendy K.

    Get them from Amazon for $7+ each (available in 15 shades).

    If you want something a lil' more substantial and/or unique, check out this collection of Peripera products housed inside a lil' fridge!

    11. A sensitive-skin-friendly Skinfood Black Sugar Mask to exfoliate away of the dullness, dark spots, and general dead skin cells plaguing your face using mineral-rich Brazillian black sugar granules — in just 10 to 15 minutes, they'll experience smoother, softer skin!

    Promising review: "Amazing experience with this product. Not only did it help clear up any dark marks on my face, but it also gives me a natural, healthy glow." —Jus Solo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of the strawberry-scented version of this wash-off mask, "This Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Is Basically Heaven For Your Skin," to find out why you need this in your skincare arsenal ASAP!

    12. A magical, texture-changing CosRx Light Fit Real Water Toner To Cream with a satisfying, airless pump and a unique water drop texture that allows the ingredients — which include sea water, Vitamins C and E, and niacinamide — to dive deeper into the skin for long-lasting moisture. But let's be real: it's so addicting to watch the formula disperse into droplets!,

    This texture is unreal, y'all! I've tried this firsthand and wowowow. I love that this product is truly ~weightless~ when it's rubbed in, so that my skin can soak up all of my other skincare products in a snap.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.

    13. Pantone-inspired Tony Moly lip balms for giving their dry, cracked lips major relief this winter — thanks to nourishing blends of camellia/rosehip/peppermint oils, shea butter, and manuka honey.

    Promising review: "I have NEVER used a chapstick or lip moisturizer that works as well as this does. My lips have never felt and looked so soft and smooth as they do after using this. It’s completely worth the cost, no question. I love the rose scent too, it smells like an actual rose, but it’s not overpowering. I’m never using any other chapstick again!" —Allison

    Get them from Amazon for $10 each (available in three shades/scents).

    14. A multitasking Neogen Vita Duo Cream made up of surprisingly lightweight, calming, and redness-reducing Joan Day (green tea and Vitamin C) and Joan Night creams (lavender and Vitamin E), perfectly nestled together in their separate halves for literal 24-hour hydration and protection.,

    Promising review: "I'm always skeptical of 'influencer' lines of popular brands, but being a big fan of Joan Kim's I had to try. And I am so happy I did! I have combination skin with hormonal breakouts and rather sensitive/partially dry skin. It's hard for me to find a moisturizer that will hydrate me all day *and* won't break me out. I have finally found my holy grail product. The duo pack is genius. The day cream calms down my morning redness and feels so creamy and hydrating on the skin but is so lightweight at the same time. And the same with the night cream! The lavender scent for the night cream is the perfect touch for the gel-like cool moisturizer. All in all, I would recommend this to anyone with any skin type, but especially for people like me who have had a hard time finding the perfect moisturizer for the troublesome skin. 10 out of 10." —Delaney Spicer

    (BTW, did you know Vitamin E helps stabilize Vitamin C and make it work even more effectively? I learned that recently, and now you know too!)

    Get it from Amazon for $27.

    15. A Soko Glam Slumber Party Skincare Set to arm them with everything they need to pamper their skin and have a relaxing night in — all they need to do is add Netflix.

    16. A 97% hyaluronic acid Elizavecca Hell Pore Control Serum that actually keeps hydrating and restoring their moisture barrier well after the initial application — while also affecting long-term improvements, like fading dark spots, lessening the appearance of wrinkles, and preventing new batches of acne or redness from popping up.


    Promising review: "I have been using this almost every day for the past two weeks and I can tell my face is clearing up. Lately on my right cheek I've been getting huge pimples, the ones that look like mountains without the pus (sorry to be graphic). However, since using this product, I haven't gotten them and I also noticed that it's helping fade the scars I have. (About to be graphic again) I tried to pop the pimples I got and I usually ended up with a dark spot afterwards, and since I get the same pimples in the same spots, the dark spots haven't gone away. I noticed that those dark spots are getting smaller as well. The skin soaks the product up quickly so you don't have to worry spending too much time massaging the product into the skin." —Cathy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

    17. A redness-neutralizing Erborian CC Cream infused with centella asiatica to seal in moisture and protect skin — any friends with hyper-sensitive skin or rosacea would love this!

    Promising review: "Thought this was too good to be true, but it exceeded my highest expectations!! I have been dealing with hormonal acne after giving birth and nothing has helped conceal redness until this! It goes on light green but immediately neutralizes redness while it blends in with my skin. I’ll be buying a couple more to make sure I never run out!" —texasjuls

    Get it from Sephora for $44.

    18. A beginner-friendly Etude House brow pencil so they can achieve the full but natural brows they truly deserve — and with just a few strokes, instead of some tedious pomade and angled brush routine., Amazon

    Promising review: "My brows were such a wreck, tbh. I’m not like a James Charles or anything, so I appreciate the ease and simplicity of this tool! I was just using a brush and pomade before which worked ok, but took so much more time. I’m so glad to have found a new quick and easy solution to have cute AF brows!" —Amanda

    Check out our deep dive, "Over 1,000 People Swear By This Under-$5 Eyebrow Pencil" to see what the hype is all about!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.15+ (available in eight shades).

    19. Colorful, fun-to-use TPSY lip markers they'll totally love scribbling in their lips with — hello, picture-perfect pout! And did I mention it's makeout-friendly? 😉 Where's the mistletoe??

    Promising review: "I am a total noob at lip coloring all around. Lipstick noob, liquid color noob, lip stain noob — all of it. This product is perfect for me. It's literally a marker. It goes where you put it and doesn't bleed outside the lines! Plus, it doesn't rub off on other stuff. I even made out with someone with it on, and he wasn't pink afterwards! Wooo!" —Maggie

    Get them from Ulta or Birchbox for $20 each (available in five colors).

    20. A 16-pack of Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Sheet Masks to give their faces a big 'ol dose of calming hydration anytime they need it — while keeping it fresh with variety and allowing them to discover what ingredients their skin reacts the best to., Amazon

    Promising review: "I feel pretty dumb wasting money on Sephora, Boscia, Dr. Jart's, etc., when these masks are SO much cheaper and of the exact same quality. And I've used a lot of masks, lol. I have very sensitive skin and actually have a lot irritating me right now — acne, raw skin near my mouth, etc. — and the Manuka Honey mask cleared EVERYTHING. It was so calming and relieved so much redness. Based on that alone, I'm super excited to use the other ones!" —Aidan Smith

    Get it from Amazon $20.47 (each mask comes out to $1.28).

    21. A charcoal and tea tree heavy Glow Recipe Clear Complexion Holiday Set that helps keep their breakouts under control — because they have plenty to worry about in 2019, and pimples and dull skin aren't going to be on that list!

    Glow Recipe

    This set includes:

    Charcoal Chai Pore Refining Glow Pads

    Leegeehaam Grow Tea Tree 70 Spot

    Leegeehaam Grow Tea Tree 95 Essence

    –Glow Recipe Pin Pack

    Get it from Glow Recipe for $62 (valued at $85).

    22. A gorgeous Peripera liquid eyeshadow to give their peepers a lovely ~dazzle~ without blinding every passerby — it's called subtle everyday sparkle, look it up!


    Promising review: "I love this liquid shadow! I get lots of compliments on it. It feels like high-end makeup and is a good dupe for the Stila shadows. Will definitely get all of the shades." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.81+ (available in five shades).

    23. A K-Beauty discovery kit by Sephora Play! that allows them to sample super popular products before committing to full sizes, and learn about K-Beauty as a whole with access to a free, exclusive online ~crash course~.


    This set includes:

    Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

    Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

    Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

    Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

    Erborian CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector (Fair or Medium/Tan)

    Saturday Skin Rub-a-Dub Refining Peel Gel

    –Reusable beauty bag

    Promising review: "Great gift for winter for yourself or friends. This kit is also great for teens, as most of the items are moistures/masks of some sort. The kit is full of items that give your skin some extra moisture, while not being heavy or pore-clogging. My skin never matches the tint shades, so I mix in a few drops of white primer or some of my foundation and illuminating drops, as needed. I then end up with a custom-blended, beautiful result. Even if you don't end up using the CC cream, the other items more than make up for it." —PrettynPiedmont

    Get it from Sephora for $15.

    24. A non-sticky, lip-gloss-alternative Nooni appleberry lip oil for hydrating, soothing, and gently exfoliating dry, cracked lips that are in need of some serious TLC — and it adds just the perfect tiny flush of pinky red color! Pucker up!

    Amazon, AnaMaria Glavan / Via

    Promising review: "Unlike chapstick, this product actually moisturizes my lips. I put it on throughout the day. At night I apply it, and follow it up with a petroleum-based lip mask to seal it in. My lips have never been softer." —Karlee

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review of the lip oil to learn more!

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in three varieties).

    And check out their Applebutter Lip Mask for a heavier hit of overnight moisturizing!

    25. A gentle Sulwhasoo cleansing foam formulated with unique botanical ingredients like duckweed and chestnut shell extracts to remove dead skin cells with overstimulating their skin, simply leaving behind smooth and supple skin — and that rich lather will make them feel like they're being cuddled by a cloud!

    Promising review: "Recently I had a negative reaction to a product I had used previously for years — I was distressed and decided to try a completely new line. I was pleasantly surprised that the bottle was larger than I expected. Then I opened the bottle to smell it and was delighted at the mild piney scent — so refreshing and clean. When I used it on my face the first time, I could not believe how baby soft and smooth my face felt. It is truly amazing and I have recommended it to my friends who say they have very sensitive skin. I am hooked for good!" —Suzue

    Get it from Nordstrom for $36.

    26. A Facetory sheet mask subscription box (or multiple — it automatically renews each month and you can cancel anytime) to supercharge their skin with consistent hydration — so they never have those "OMG, my skin is so tight and uncomfortable moments" ever — and for the busy folks in your life, it's truly a gift of ~down time~.,

    I love sheet masks and this box introduces me to brands I would've never heard of otherwise, or been able to buy easily. Each kit comes with a detailed info card explaining the benefits of each mask too — so you know the goodness you're putting on your face.

    Promising review: "It's fun to try out new masks that a well-reviewed by experts (I'm definitely no expert), and I love the subscription model! This weekly face mask tradition has helped banish the Sunday scaries this fall/winter." —Emily Berglund

    Get a curated box from Amazon for $8.90 ($6.23 for the first box; includes four entry-level* masks) or $19.90 ($13.93 for the first box; includes seven premium* masks), both with free shipping.

    *Entry level masks means mostly fabric masks made out of cotton or cellulose, while premium masks include hydrogels and multi-step masks.

    27. A BomiBox subscription box to fuel their K-beauty obsession with brands and products they might've never discovered otherwise — hello, clear skin and shiny hair!


    Promising review: "I'm rather clueless when it comes to skincare and beauty products — I had clear skin all through my teen years and never needed a skin care routine, but in recent years, I began having breakouts and problem areas. I was hesitant to spend money on full-sized items in the store, so I love that I can sample different products with this box. And so far, frankly, I've loved all of them! I had tried a different box first and the items in that were causing even worse breakouts. I haven't had anything but good results with Bomi Box. Softer, clearer skin, and fewer breakouts." —Kayla

    Get it from BomiBox on Cratejoy for $37.99+ (available in monthly or every-three-month subscriptions).

    28. A silky Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer their pores will legitimately have nightmares about because it glides over pores and instantly makes them vanish — because, quite frankly, they never stood a chance. The formula is also infused with soothing green tea extract and leaves an all-day matte finish!

    Amazon, Sephora

    Promising review: "Even after only the first use, I was blown away by this primer. I honestly didn't think a primer could do what this one does. It went on very smoothly and didn't feel greasy whatsoever. All during my super long day at work (12 hour shift), my makeup didn't budge and my face looked so smooth and satin-y under my makeup. I have moderate to severe acne so my skin is generally fairly oily, but it's has also been very dry lately, and this primer made it so my makeup didn't crease at all or cling to dry patches on my skin. I can't emphasize enough how surprised I was every time I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror to see how smooth my makeup still looked." —MMkay13

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96.

    29. A blurring-effect Innisfree powder to seriously minimize the appearance of large pores with just a few pats — whether you apply it before or after makeup, it mattifies everything instantly and makes sure everything stays in place all day.


    Promising review: "I suffer from a VERY oily face and I've always been searching for a product/powder that would stop — or at least control — my shine. I can't leave my house without needing to blot or re-powder my face within two hours of getting dressed (this has been a lifelong struggle), and with this powder I didn't have to until later during the late afternoon/early evening. This powder is a godsend for me!" —Stina A.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

    30. A cutesy Kaja Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush that shows them just how much you ~heart~ them — BTW, it's hard to go overboard application-wise, since the lighthanded cushion formula spreads out the pigment and makes it a true, sheer-but-buildable product.,

    Promising review: "I've never really been a fan of cream blushes because I often feel like one application is WAY TOO MUCH, and then most of my time is spent blending it out. This stuff is sheer enough that you can really build and use as little or as much as you want. In love with this coral-y shade — it looks so beautiful with golden highlighter." —itsthecwolf

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in four shades).

    31. A ultra-gentle, cooling, and no-frills Etude House pH 5.5 Relief Toner to help calm down skin at the very first sign of irritation, repair the skin barrier, and as always deliver deep hydration — all by using simple ingredients like panthenol (closely related to Vitamin B5) and madecassoside derived from centella asiatica.


    Promising review: "I have a really bad habit of rotating a lot of different products around in my skincare routine. This is great because I get to test out a lot of products and figure out which ones are my favorite and work best for my skin type (oily-combination). But it's also a problem because it means that I can break out when testing out new products that have ingredients that my skin isn't fond of. I originally purchased this toner because it was recommended to me for the 5-step toner method — you pat the toner into your skin, let it dry, and repeat four more times. It doesn't have alcohol in it, so it's really good for that. This toner is perfect for when my skin is freaking out. I know that no matter what's happening with my skin, this is a product that I can rely on without worrying about irritations or bad skin reactions. This is the product I take with me (I put it in a smaller container) when I travel, which I think shows how much I trust it. I would highly recommend this product to anyone with super sensitive skin. I'll definitely be repurchasing this when I finish up my bottle!" —Melody Xu

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90.

    And check out our picks for best toners at BuzzFeed Reviews!

    32. A darling customizable Innisfree cushion compact with one of the widest shade ranges from a K-beauty brand to date* — cheers to gifting natural-looking coverage, easy touch-ups, and velvety smooth skin all day long!

    *Even with 16 shades, there's still plenty of room for improvement!

    With 100 different case designs to choose from (!!!), you'll want to gift one to each person on your list with whatever case matches their personality the best.

    Get it from Innisfree for $25 (available in 16 shades, as well as dewy and matte finishes).

    Other raved-about cushion compacts include: Missha M Magic Cushion, AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact, and Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion.

    33. A newbie-friendly Glow Studio Hydrated Glow K-beauty Routine Kit for normal to dry skin that's desperate for deep hydration that goes beyond the surface of their skin and retains moisture, so their effects last well beyond a full night's rest.


    The set includes:

    Make P:rem Black Cleansing Water

    Green Tea Serum Toner

    Make P:rem's In-Shower Face Pack

    Make P:rem Micro Tension Cream

    P.S. Check out all of these products on Glow Recipe, and wayyyy more!

    Promising review: “Love this little kit! I'm always hesitant to try out new skincare because it's a lot of money and commitment to go for full-sized items and it feels like such a waste to return something other people can't use anymore — so I'm glad these come in travel sizes. I'm really enjoying the serum-toner, which has such an interesting texture, like a viscous (?) liquid. Also, the micro tension cream is wonderful — I love how rich it is and I like using it most at night, but a light layer sits well under makeup during the day too.” —Tamira

    Get it from Target for $13.79.

    34. A ridiculously airy Laneige Calming Mousse Moisturizer to ~whip~ up a gentle layer of deep sea water and lychee extract infused moisture that'll feel like a real treat for stressed skin and sit obediently underneath makeup.


    Promising review: "This is everything. I'm 26 and have struggled for 10 years to find a moisturizer that doesn’t irritate my skin and cause acne. I finally had some luck with Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask three years ago and have loved it ever since. However, I recently saw this product and was willing to give it a shot, and I am SO glad I did. It calms my skin, reduces redness, moisturizes, and seems to change the texture of my skin as a whole — my boyfriend even commented on it the first night I used this — all without causing any irritation or breakouts! I use this every night, allow it to dry down a bit, and then apply the Water Sleeping Mask and their lip mask. When I wake up my skin is clear, dewy, and plump. Please don’t ever discontinue these products, Laneige! Can’t wait to try their calming toner next!" —Ashnikk

    Get it from Sephora for $29.

    35. A mild but super effective The Saem peeling gel for performing the underappreciated but highly satisfying task of sloughing off surface dirt and dead skin cells — smooth skin, reveal yourself!


    Promising review: "No product has ever left my skin feeling this clean, soft, and refreshed. The scent is fresh and uplifting. Herbal perhaps? The product glides easily across the skin and washes off with dead skin cells just as easily without leaving a trace of residue." —Lawren Freebody

    Get it from Amazon for $16.74.

    36. A Then I Met You Cleansing Duo consisting of a oil-based balm and water-based cleanser that work together to melt every speck of makeup and pore-clogging bacteria, and all evidence of city pollution off of your skin — it's the perfect way to unwind and massage the day away.,, Then I Met You

    Did I mention it's for all skin types, cruelty-free, vegan, and free of parabens, artificial coloring, and synthetic fragrances? ✨

    To ~go deeper~, the Living Cleansing Balm removes oil-based impurities, such as sebum, makeup, and sunscreen and contains grape seed, olive, and seaberry oils — as well as persimmon extract to brighten and prevent photo damage. Step two, the Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel removes water-based impurities, such as sweat, and city grime. It's sulfate-free and has a non-irritating pH of 6 and contains licorice root, rice ferment filtrate, green tea, and tea tree leaf, and centella asiatica for a soothing, antioxidant-rich wash that leaves skin visibly brighter and smoother.

    Promising review: "This came out at the perfect time as the weather was starting to get colder in NY and I was looking for transitional products to keep my skin hydrated and supple. I have combination skin with mostly hormonal breakouts and consistent blackheads on my forehead. After only ONE use, my forehead was calmer, my cheeks hydrated, and pores looking minimized — I was hooked. I never thought I would find a cleansing oil/balm that didn't still feel oily after rinsing. The balm smells great, distributes evenly, and is really relaxing as I massage the day's impurities away. The cleansing gel smells great as well, feels calming on the skin, and I feel squeaky clean without that tight, dry feeling afterwards. Long story short, I love these products and I feel it will work wonders on any skin type and during any season. I plan on giving this as Christmas gifts to a few people." —Jenna

    Get the duo from Soko Glam for $68.

    37. A game-changing bottle of Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum to get them one step closer to achieving that coveted ~glass skin~, which simply means taking great care of their skin to the point where it looks as smooth and clear as a pane of glass!

    Ok, listen up, folks. This superstar contains:

    –Peach Extract: full of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to help keep skin resilient

    –Niacinamide: helps quell inflammation, brighten, and provide antioxidative benefits

    –Asian Mountain Yam Extract: reduces flakiness

    –Madecassoide: derived from Centella Asiatica Extract, helps curb inflammation and stimulate collagen production

    –Hyaluronic Acid Complex: a proprietary blend of short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain hyaluronic acid molecules that moisturizes every layer of skin

    –Peptide Complex: signals collagen production, helping fill fine lines and deeply-etched wrinkles; firms skin overall

    Promising review: "I struggle with eczema and breakouts and brought this serum with me on a trip when I had an outbreak of both. Using just this along with a cleanser and moisturizer cleared up my skin and left it super smooth. Unlike some other hyaluronic acid serums, I did not notice an immediate plumping, but over several days of using it, it got rid of my irritation, inflammation, and bumps — and it smoothed my skin out as if I had been using an exfoliating product. This is a definite repurchase for me." —Sarah

    Get it from Ulta for $39.

    38. A luxurious jar of SMD Cosmetics Saromae Snail Secretion Cream, which harnesses of the power of 62% snail mucin and hits that sweet spot of being super effective, but not feeling slimy or tacky — plus, the addition of active botanicals like licorice root and peony root help brighten and fight free radicals!

    Soko Glam

    Snails are commonly used in skincare ingredients and their mucin is safely collected in a way that doesn't hurt the snails, or put pressure on them to produce said mucin. According to The Klog, SMD Cosmetics "keeps their snails [the Helix aspersa snail, to be exact] under the care of farmers in Chile who, the brand says, 'help the snails move at a slow rate to stimulate healthy and safe levels of secretion.'"

    Promising review: "As an esthetician I noticed my skin instantly absorbs the product and my face stays moist all day. My foundation glides on smoothly and gives my face a flawless finish." —Denise W.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $69.95 or Amazon for $74.99.

    39. An eye candy set of Saturday Skin products that comes with a *full size* bottle of their bestselling eye cream infused with date seed, avocado protein, and hyaluronic acid, which ALONE retails for the price of this kit — but lucky them, they get two minis of peeling gel and water cream too!

    Wide Wake Brightening Eye Cream

    Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel

    Waterfall Glacier Water Cream

    Promising review: "I have been searching high and low for a good eye cream — something that would depuff, lighten the darkness under my eyes, and make me look not tired and lacking sleep (which I often am, with three kids). I put it on, and after a few minutes of sinking in, I noticed an immediate difference. I looked fresh! Like I had gotten a good night's sleep! The best part of this set is it's beautifully packaged with the bag, confetti filling, and little samples of the Glacier Water Moisturizer and Rub-a-Dub peel mask to try out. And all for the same price if you purchased JUST the eye cream alone." —marzbar

    Get it from Sephora for $46.

    40. A curated Amorepacific Bamboo Me Beautiful set that works overtime to reveal the ~radiant glow~ that they yearn for — these green tea, papaya enzyme, and bamboo sap infused products ensures they have a complete "cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and repeat" routine!


    This set includes:

    Treatment Cleansing Foam

    Treatment Enzyme Peel

    MoistureBound Rejuvenating Crème

    MoistureBound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel

    Promising review (for the Treatment Enzyme Peel): "I've never reviewed a product before, but this is the best face product I have ever used. I have oily, blemish-prone skin with pores that are starting to look a little large on the cheeks. I also get blackheads and bumps, but this leaves my skin with tiny pores, the smoothest skin, and has kept me blemish-free ever since I used it! I can't say enough about it. I have the sample and am about to run out, so I went back to my old cleanser, and after two days, I had blackheads again. I'm purchasing this even though it is a bit more than I'd like to spend, but I can't live without it now." —SFMS

    Get it from Sephora or Amorepacific for $90 (valued at $135).

    Look at you, you skincare gifting fairy!


    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Ryan Pattie / BuzzFeed

    The reviews used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form