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27 Life-Changing Korean Beauty Products People Actually Swear By

In gushing reviews we trust. Hello, cushion compacts, moisturizers, peeling gels, and other K-beauty makeup/skincare treasures for days! The products in this post were updated in June 2018.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
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We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite K-beauty products. Here are the makeup and skin care game-changers:

1. Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is actually skin care wizardry that removes oodles of gunk and dead skin and leaves your skin glowing like a cherub's.

"That stuff is life-changing. It's very gentle and the price is so affordable."—Brettney BarlowCheck out more glowing reviews by BuzzFeed editors!Get it from Amazon for $12.69 or Glow Recipe for $28.
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"That stuff is life-changing. It's very gentle and the price is so affordable."

Brettney Barlow

Check out more glowing reviews by BuzzFeed editors!

Get it from Amazon for $12.69 or Glow Recipe for $28.

2. Skinfood Peach Sake Serum helps keep excess sebum at bay and also makes you want to say, "cheers, pores — you're going down!"

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Yes, peach and sake extracts are actual ingredients, which is all I need to know. #takemymoney

"I have large pores and this product visibly reduces them overnight — it also smells amazing." —Stacie Johnson, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $18.65.

3. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is a holy-grail balm-to-oil cleanser that breaks down and dissolves all of your makeup in no time flat.

"It's the only thing I use to remove makeup and it's the best!" —junginymGet it from Soko Glam for $16 or Amazon for $17.32.
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"It's the only thing I use to remove makeup and it's the best!" —junginym

Get it from Soko Glam for $16 or Amazon for $17.32.

4. Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick has a low pH safe to use on all skin types, 13 natural oils to break down makeup, and crushed green tea leaves to gently exfoliate.

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"My face doesn't feel tight or like it's been depleted of its natural moisture levels after using this, especially if I just use it on its own. It's also the perfect size and form for traveling (TSA, what's up?) and effectively covers both steps of the double-cleanse routine, so you can save both time and suitcase room. I'm a big fan of green tea products because they're so gentle and make me feel like I'm really doing something good for my skin." —Sarah Han

Get it from Amazon for $17.93 or Soko Glam for $22.

5. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Mask deep cleans your pores like no other and automatically absorbs sebum that never stood a chance — and yes, you can totally say your skincare routine is inspired by actual volcanoes.

—vermicelliGet it from Amazon for $12.90.
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vermicelli

Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

6. Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off and Rice Mask Wash Off are delicious-smelling crowd favorites that gently exfoliate your face to reveal a baby-soft mug.

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"These two masks make my skin feel great! The rice mask is super hydrating and great for my dry cheeks. The black sugar mask helps to gently exfoliate and gives me a healthy, dewy glow (it also smells like Coke, which is an added bonus)." —Holly H.

Get the black sugar mask from Amazon for $8.33+ or Soko Glam for $10 and the rice mask from Amazon for $8.95+ or Soko Glam for $10.

7. Clio Kill Black Waterproof Eyeliner makes it super easy to draw and flick out a killer cat eye that you *know* will stay put all day.

"One of my favorite liquid eyeliners ever. The tip is precise, not too thick or thin, and also not so harsh that it feels like I'm dragging a sharp edge across my eyelid (trust me, I've felt this before). It's super pigmented and doesn't end up in splotches by the end of the day — can't ask for much else. Plus, it's called 'Kill Black,' which makes me feel badass as hell." —Sarah HanGet it from Amazon for $12.80+ (available in black and brown).
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"One of my favorite liquid eyeliners ever. The tip is precise, not too thick or thin, and also not so harsh that it feels like I'm dragging a sharp edge across my eyelid (trust me, I've felt this before). It's super pigmented and doesn't end up in splotches by the end of the day — can't ask for much else. Plus, it's called 'Kill Black,' which makes me feel badass as hell." —Sarah Han

Get it from Amazon for $12.80+ (available in black and brown).

8. Peripera Peri Ink is a feels-like-nothing lip tint that delivers serious pigmentation and all-day stay without drying out your lips.

—veenationCheck out my full review (#1)!Get it from Amazon for $7.84+ (available in five shades).
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veenation

Check out my full review (#1)!

Get it from Amazon for $7.84+ (available in five shades).

9. Dr. Jart Dis-A-Pore BB Cream smoothes over your pores and won't leave your skin feeling like an oil slick halfway through the day for combination or oily folks.

And it has SPF 30!"I have oily skin and this is the only BB cream that has worked for me without me getting oily throughout the day." —Zhang X.Get it from Sephora for $36 (only available in one shade, so I'd recommend the Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 as an alternative, which has three shades) or Amazon for $40.
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And it has SPF 30!

"I have oily skin and this is the only BB cream that has worked for me without me getting oily throughout the day." —Zhang X.

Get it from Sephora for $36 (only available in one shade, so I'd recommend the Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 as an alternative, which has three shades) or Amazon for $40.

10. Etude House Face Blur adds a slightly pinkish glow to your complexion and works perfectly as a primer/moisturizer that lets your foundation and/or BB cream just ~glide~ on.

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"It's one of my faves. Makes your skin look so great!" —Erica H.

Get it from Amazon for $12.39.

11. Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is a total game-changer for getting rid of blackheads (duh), hyperpigmentation, and never-ending acne.

"I use this product twice a week and have noticed a MASSIVE decrease in my adult acne. It helps control oil and your skin will feel baby smooth the next morning! —Abbey M.Get it from Amazon for $14 or Walmart for $16.99.
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"I use this product twice a week and have noticed a MASSIVE decrease in my adult acne. It helps control oil and your skin will feel baby smooth the next morning! —Abbey M.

Get it from Amazon for $14 or Walmart for $16.99.

12. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel will be your to-go solution whenever your skin rears its horns and breaks out fiery red patches.

"It hydrates my skin, keeps acne breakouts at bay, and lightened up my acne scars!" —babyriceCheck out a BuzzFeeder's full review for more deets (#1)!Get it from Amazon for $7.30 or Jet for $12.64, or a two-pack from Amazon for $14.55.
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"It hydrates my skin, keeps acne breakouts at bay, and lightened up my acne scars!" —babyrice

Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for more deets (#1)!

Get it from Amazon for $7.30 or Jet for $12.64, or a two-pack from Amazon for $14.55.

13. J.One Jelly Pack is a thick and gooey clear gel that feels sticky upon application but finishes off super smoothly when you pat-pat-pat it into your skin.

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"It's my holy grail primer! It has a thick gel-like texture that creates a super smooth canvas for your makeup and makes sure your foundation doesn't budge all day. Plus, it's super hydrating and helps create that perfect K-beauty dewy skin look!" —Sana K.

Get it from Sephora for $42.

14. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream can be used on your entire face for all-around sensitive skin or as a targeted spot treatment for especially stubborn areas.

"It's an amazing moisturizer for sensitive and irritated skin. My skin has never looked better." —kadamonyGet it from Jet for $20.14 or Soko Glam for $24.50.
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"It's an amazing moisturizer for sensitive and irritated skin. My skin has never looked better." —kadamony

Get it from Jet for $20.14 or Soko Glam for $24.50.

15. O.R.G Mineral Peel Face's powerful but gentle enzyme formula takes only three seconds to absorb, so you can go right to town removing all that dead skin.

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"I love that this is a spray and not something thicker like a scrub, so there's less to clean up afterwards. The white debris that appears the instant you start rubbing your face is so immensely satisfying and only slightly gross-looking. Skin care is usually a long-term game, so anything that immediately gratifies is a winner in my book." —Sarah Han

Get it from Amazon for $19.19.

16. Leaders Seven Wonders Sheet Masks are super rich in antioxidants that work to target specific skin issues, like irritation, environmental stressors, pores/fine lines, and dullness.

"I have tried a lot of sheet masks, all ranging in price, but these are seriously worth it. The actual mask is made of bio-cellulose, which is great for adhesion to the face, unlike some cotton masks which I find tend to fall off after they start to dry up. The serums in the mask are super hydrating and legit make my skin glow. Definitely some of the best sheet masks I've ever tried." —Holly H.Get them from Anthropologie or Ulta for $6 each (available in six varieties).
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"I have tried a lot of sheet masks, all ranging in price, but these are seriously worth it. The actual mask is made of bio-cellulose, which is great for adhesion to the face, unlike some cotton masks which I find tend to fall off after they start to dry up. The serums in the mask are super hydrating and legit make my skin glow. Definitely some of the best sheet masks I've ever tried." —Holly H.

Get them from Anthropologie or Ulta for $6 each (available in six varieties).

17. Etude House Dear Darling Tint (in Vampire Red) paints a shiny but very wearable gloss that feels like nothing but imparts a devilish red that won't come off unless it's good and ready.

—vyl41b46de8dCheck out a BuzzFeeder's full review (#2)!Get them from Soko Glam for $5 each (available in seven shades).
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Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review (#2)!

Get them from Soko Glam for $5 each (available in seven shades).

18. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a powerful serum with 5% ascorbic acid* to help fade pigmentation, brown spots, fine lines, and generally keep the skin looking young and bright.

*AKA stabilized Vitamin C"It's so great for lightening acne scars in less than a week." —Dexter StephenGet it from Soko Glam or Urban Outfitters for $23.
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*AKA stabilized Vitamin C

"It's so great for lightening acne scars in less than a week." —Dexter Stephen

Get it from Soko Glam or Urban Outfitters for $23.

19. Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam contains calming ingredients like seaweed and algae extract and has an addicting milky texture that is super effective at removing dirt.

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"I'm addicted to the way the ~tiniest~ amount of product instantly lathers up to this massive pool of fluffy cloud face milk. The smell is heavenly too! My face never feels tight or like I need to run to my room and apply toner IMMEDIATELY afterwards to perform pH-restoring CPR. Besides seaweed and algae extract, the cleanser also boasts ~30 other calming oceanic plant extracts, which is very important for easily-reddened skin like mine. And I feel like my face does actually look a tad brighter because of the pearl extract.

I'm not the biggest fan of taking my makeup off and cleaning my face, but this foam makes it a tad less of a chore. Sometimes...dare I say, I even enjoy it." —Sarah Han

Get it from Soko Glam for $30.

20. Skinfood Rice Brightening Cleansing Tissues are formulated with nourishing rice bran water that helps to *very gently* remove makeup and excess dirt.

"I have multiple cleansing oils and foams but usually I'm a lazy bum who can't be bothered to drag her butt over to the bathroom and do a proper cleanse — in fact, I'm sometimes so lazy that having to wet a cotton pad to use with cleansing water (like this one that I love) seems like a huge hassle. Don't judge. Anyways, I recently picked up two kinds of makeup wipes from Cetaphil and NYX that just DID NOT cut it. The Cetaphil wipes irritated my skin (even though it's supposed to be one of the gentlest brands) and the NYX wipes were too dry to even pick up much makeup at all (which also led to harsher rubbing). Enter these wonderful Skinfood wipes — they're effective at removing all of my makeup without needing much pressure or tugging AND super soothing (no redness!) at the same time, and they come in a snap-top container (which is 1000x better than those sticker-like openings). They also smell super clean, but not in the chemical-y way." —Sarah HanGet a container of 80 sheets from Soko Glam for $12 or a three-pack (240 sheets total) from Jet for $43.96.
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"I have multiple cleansing oils and foams but usually I'm a lazy bum who can't be bothered to drag her butt over to the bathroom and do a proper cleanse — in fact, I'm sometimes so lazy that having to wet a cotton pad to use with cleansing water (like this one that I love) seems like a huge hassle. Don't judge.

Anyways, I recently picked up two kinds of makeup wipes from Cetaphil and NYX that just DID NOT cut it. The Cetaphil wipes irritated my skin (even though it's supposed to be one of the gentlest brands) and the NYX wipes were too dry to even pick up much makeup at all (which also led to harsher rubbing). Enter these wonderful Skinfood wipes — they're effective at removing all of my makeup without needing much pressure or tugging AND super soothing (no redness!) at the same time, and they come in a snap-top container (which is 1000x better than those sticker-like openings). They also smell super clean, but not in the chemical-y way." —Sarah Han

Get a container of 80 sheets from Soko Glam for $12 or a three-pack (240 sheets total) from Jet for $43.96.

21. April Skin Magic Snow Cushion provides super light coverage that evens out your blemishes and protects your face against the sun (with SPF 50) all in one.

"It goes on so light and matches my skin very well. I am of fairer skin and use the lightest shade (light beige). Doesn't make me break out and covers up blemishes really well. The cushion lasts a very long time and a little goes a long way! You don't even need powder afterwards." —Casey S.Get it from Yes Style for $18.76 or Amazon for $21.12+ (available in three shades).
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"It goes on so light and matches my skin very well. I am of fairer skin and use the lightest shade (light beige). Doesn't make me break out and covers up blemishes really well. The cushion lasts a very long time and a little goes a long way! You don't even need powder afterwards." —Casey S.

Get it from Yes Style for $18.76 or Amazon for $21.12+ (available in three shades).

22. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb is a lightweight gel-cream that contains a blend of apothecary herbs and might just give you the most elastic, supple skin of your life.

—Kim H.Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in three sizes).
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Kim H.

Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in three sizes).

23. IPKN Radiant Creamy Primer creates a smooth canvas with ingredients like rose extract, pearl powder, and a multi-fruit complex.

"Actually works miracles." —D.Get it from Amazon for $26.65 or Nordstrom for $28.
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"Actually works miracles." —D.

Get it from Amazon for $26.65 or Nordstrom for $28.

24. Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains a whopping 96% filtered snail mucin to replenish dull, stressed, and dehydrated skin.

"SNAILSSSSS. Seriously though, it makes my skin glow like a Victoria's Secret angel's post-Photoshop — it's a must-buy for me! For real though, it really helps with keeping my face hydrated/moist and glowy for a pretty decent price." —Rachael Tann, FacebookGet it from Soko Glam for $19 or Ulta for $21.
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"SNAILSSSSS. Seriously though, it makes my skin glow like a Victoria's Secret angel's post-Photoshop — it's a must-buy for me! For real though, it really helps with keeping my face hydrated/moist and glowy for a pretty decent price." —Rachael Tann, Facebook

Get it from Soko Glam for $19 or Ulta for $21.

25. Missha The Original Tension Pact Compact is a floofy SPF 37-packed BB cream that uses a cushion (surprise) to pick up a sheer but super buildable dose of product that will make your skin look dewy and fresh.

"It has great coverage and a lot of product inside." —yasjiminisbaeGet it from Amazon for $15+ (available in three shades).
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"It has great coverage and a lot of product inside." —yasjiminisbae

Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in three shades).

26. Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment instantly calms down rogue redness with color-changing capsules that blends into your skin tone, protects against UV light with SPF 30, boosts fatigued-looking skin, along with many other benefits.

"I don't need any foundation or concealer when using this! It's just SO GOOD." —Viivi K.Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review (#10)!Get it from Sephora for $18+ (available in two sizes).
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"I don't need any foundation or concealer when using this! It's just SO GOOD." —Viivi K.

Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review (#10)!

Get it from Sephora for $18+ (available in two sizes).

27. Tony Moly Banana Sleeping Pack is a cute custard-like superfood (made with banana and chamomile extracts) for your skin that hydrates and soothes overnight.

"I have pretty dry skin and acne, but after I first started using this, my skin cleared up and it felt so hydrated! I use it every night after I shower! —Mady OliviaGet it from Amazon for $16.50.
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"I have pretty dry skin and acne, but after I first started using this, my skin cleared up and it felt so hydrated! I use it every night after I shower! —Mady Olivia

Get it from Amazon for $16.50.

*uploads a million selfies to Instagram*

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