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29 Life-Changing Korean Beauty Products People Actually Swear By

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

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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 Barlow

Check out more glowing reviews by BuzzFeed editors here!

Get it from Amazon for $14.75.


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

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 $19.99.

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.

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.,

"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 $18.89 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.


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.,

"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 $9.68+ or Soko Glam for $10 and the rice mask from Amazon for $7.98+ 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 Han

Get it from Amazon for $10.20+ (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.

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.

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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 (available in two shades) or Amazon for $36.50.


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.

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 $17.83.

12. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher comes in a squeezy tube + cushion format that is not only super fun to use, but also deposits the perfect amount of sheer but buildable product. / Via, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

"As someone who's barely worn blush in the past because I already deal with a little bit of redness around the cheek area, it's very important that the color is flattering and doesn't mimic my no-makeup situation (I use the shade Lava Martini, a rosy pink) and the product applies ~very~ lightly. I love the squeezing and dabbing involved with the tube and cushion because it really helps to control the intensity of the color and sheer out the color without having to use another tool or my fingers." —Sarah Han

Get it from Nordstrom for $23 (available in three shades).

13. 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!" —babyrice

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.


14. 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.

15. 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." —kadamony

Get it from Amazon for $23.50 or Soko Glam for $24.50.

16. 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.

@orgskincare / Via, O.R.G

"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 $29.05.

17. 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).


18. 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.

19. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a powerful serum with 5% absorbic 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 Stephen

Get it from Amazon for $23.50 or Urban Outfitters for $23.

20. 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.

Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

"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.

21. 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 Han

Get a container of 80 sheets from Soko Glam for $12 or from Amazon for $17.33.


22. 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 $21.66+ (available in three shades).

23. 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.

25. 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, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $15.24.


26. 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.

@misshaus / Via

"It has great coverage and a lot of product inside." —yasjiminisbae

Get it from Amazon for $11.93+ (available in three shades).

27. 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.

@drjart / Via

"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 here (#10)!

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

28. 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 Olivia

Get it from Amazon for $16.50.

29. LLang On the Skin Mask Sheets take you on a trip around the world so your skin soaks in only the best ingredients from Jeju Island, Hawaii, and France.

omgigi / Via

"I recently got into Korean beauty and LOVE sheet masks! My favorites have been from Tonymoly, Innisfree, or Leaders, but I recently came across LLang's On The Skin line and I absolutely love it! They come in five different varieties and help smooth the skin and make it super supple. They're also SOAKED in essence (I use the excess on my neck while I'm doing the mask) so that covers like two steps of the Korean beauty routine in one $1 mask (great if you're on a budget). I find them in my favorite K-beauty store in my town, but they're also online. I use and trust (US-based) and eBay buyers in Korea." —omgigi

Get them from Mask Sheets for $1 each — Truffle from France, Seaweed from Jeju, Deep Sea Water from Hawaii, Everlasting from Italy, and Tea from United Kingdom.


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