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    36 Life-Changing Korean Beauty Products You, Without A Doubt, Need Right Now

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to give us the scoop on Korean beauty products they totally can't live without! Brace yourselves and your wallets, because these are the treasures they raved about:

    1. Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains a whopping 96% filtered snail mucin to replenish dull, stressed, and dehydrated skin — pat your way to softer skin!, @cosrx / Via

    "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 $16.62+.

    2. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask packs in enough hydration to last you all night and then some (hello, eight-hour time-release moisturizing layer!), so you face the next day with cherub-like skin.


    "It retains my skin's elasticity and rehydrates it while I'm sleeping. The effect takes place as soon as you apply it. Been using it for over a year now and I have never been disappointed." —adindasyafri

    It also containing Calming Sleepscent™, which is infused with relaxing ingredients like orange flower, rose, and sandalwood to lull you to sleep.

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    3. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream provides medium-to-full coverage that hits it out of the park when it comes to disguising blemishes, evening out skin tone, and SPF (42, baby!).

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "A friend introduced me to it and I've never looked back!" —Holly T.

    It feels thick out of the pump but doesn't feel thick on your face, and makes me look airbrushed (that full-coverage life!!). Check out my full review of the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.25+ (available in six shades — I wear No. 23 Natural Beige, which is the second photo).

    4. Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid contains 7% glycolic acid to resurface skin, gently exfoliate, brighten skin tone, and reduce the appearance of whiteheads — bumpy textures, good-freaking-bye!


    "It singlehandedly fixed the texture on my face. I owe my life to it." —jackiemayuga

    Get it from Amazon for $12.38.

    5. Etude House Dear Darling Tints feel like nothing on your lips, but impart serious color that won't come off unless it's good and ready — I love applying them all over or going for that pretty blotted lip look!

    Sarah Han, Soko Glam

    "It is an absolute angel. The color is vibrant, but you can control that, whether you're going for a slightly more subtle tint or a bold lip. It stays on forever, but is easily removed with water. Also, if watered down slightly, it doubles as a blush."


    Read my full review of the Etude House gel lip tints for more deets (#1)!

    Get them from Amazon for $5.83+ (available in 12 shades).

    6. Innisfree My Real Squeeze Masks are the perfect anytime treat for your skin, providing a burst of hydration in delectable scents that all have their own unique skin-improving benefits.

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    Get a variety pack of 18 from Amazon for $17.20.

    7. The magic combination of Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner and Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence gets your skin many steps closer to ~honey skin~, thanks to licorice water, green tea extract, and naturally fermented ingredients., Soko Glam

    "This combination of using the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner and the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence has done wonders for my skin. The toner helps pick up everything my double cleanse left behind and the essence balances and moisturizes my skin. I probably could not have the skin I have now without it. —Dez C.

    Get them from Soko Glam: Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner for $18 and Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence for $38

    8. Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is actually skincare wizardry that removes oodles of gunk and dead skin and singlehandedly resets your skin — hello, satisfying skin care.

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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 $11.97.

    9. Etude House Face Blur adds a slightly pinkish glow to your complexion and double tasks as a primer and moisturizer that lets your foundation and/or BB cream easily ~glide~ on.


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

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    10. Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder makes shine vanish with a few pats of powder formulated with natural Jeju Island-sourced minerals and mint extracts.


    "It actually saves lives. It takes away shine on your face by absorbing it with natural volcanic minerals from Jeju Island, and it doesn’t make your face feel cakey. Plus, it smells really nice." —esbunker16

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    11. 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 seconds — and the formula's been revamped so there's good-for-you natural ester oil instead of mineral oil, yes!

    @banilacousa / Via, Soko Glam

    "It's the only thing I use to remove makeup, and it's the best!" —junginym

    Check out my full review of the original Purity formula (now the Purifying version, I believe) for sensitive skin (#1)!

    Get it from Soko Glam for $19+ (available in Original, Nourishing, Purifying, and Revitalizing; Original is available in two sizes).

    12. 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.

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    Kim H.

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

    13. Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence leaves your skin moisturized and balanced AF with galactomyces ferment filtrate, which contains proteins, folic acid, niacin, and Vitamins B1 and B2., Amazon

    "It singlehandedly changed my skin. It’s the only thing in my routine I never change." —Tara M.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    14. Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Masks stop redness and irritation in their tracks with star ingredient, centella asiatica — commonly known as tiger grass — so your skin feels calm and collected by morning.

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    "These has saved. my. life. I’m an aesthetician of almost six years, so I have access to high-grade products, but nothing works as well as this mask to get rid of red/patchy skin. I put it on at night over my serums and moisturizer, and then wake up the next day with an even, dewy complexion! The package says it’s a 30-day supply, but each packet has enough product for three uses, so it’s more like 90 days! All my sensitive guys/gals, you need this!!" —Shelby R.

    Get a box of 30 from Sephora for $48.

    15. And while we're on the same page, Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment also instantly calms down rogue redness with color-changing capsules that blends into your skin tone, protects against UV light with SPF 30, and boosts fatigued-looking skin, along with many other benefits.

    @drjart / Via, Kristin Harris / BuzzFeed / 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 of this Cicapair treatment for more deets (#10)!

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

    16. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Mask feels cool and soothing upon contact and sucks alllll of the gunk and sebum outta your pores — plus, you can say your skincare routine is inspired by volcanoes, since there are legit volcanic clusters in the formula!



    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    17. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a powerful serum with 5% ascorbic acid (stabilized Vitamin C) to help fade pigmentation, brown spots, fine lines, and generally keep the skin looking young and bright — say hello to your new skincare do-it-all secret weapon., / Via

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

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    18. 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.

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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.

    19. Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer glides over your pores for a totally silky and seamless base that enhances the wear of your makeup — aka, it's amazing for preventing summertime slippage.

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    "It's incredible! After I put it on, my skin looks AIRBRUSHED!" —Holly S.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90.

    20. 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.

    Free People

    "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 Ulta or Free People for $6 each (available in six and four varieties, respectively).

    21. J.One Jelly Pack is a hydrating (and a lil' sticky at first) gel that liquefies onto skin — it not only plumps up your skin, but it truly ~grips~ onto makeup so it doesn't have any room to budge or slip all day long!

    @jonecosmetic / Via, @glowrecipe / Via

    "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.

    Also available in black (nighttime/antioxidant) and red (anti-aging) versions.

    22. Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is a delicious-smelling crowd favorite that gently exfoliates your face to reveal a super soft, even 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 it from Amazon for $9.99. Also available in black sugar strawberry, black sugar honey, coconut sugar, and rice varieties.

    23. Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream keeps oil at bay, while smoothing out pores and making your skin look like it doesn't have a worry in the world., @mizon_official / Via

    "Miracle in a bottle, I swear to god. Pores look smaller and less oily through the day, and overall silky smooth skin? Yes please!" —Meghan S.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90+ (also available in a mini size and two-pack). The Snail Repair line also includes a foam cleanser, toner, essence, ampoule, and eye cream!

    24. Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner keeps it cool and to the point — it's made of 91.9% barberry root extract, which is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory properties, so your skin is soothed and prepped for all the other products that come its way.

    @pyunkangyul / Via

    "Calms my ultra sensitive and dehydrated skin that’s prone to redness and 'warmth.' Simple ingredients with hyaluronic acid!"—Jasmine E.

    Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $13.

    25. Glow Recipe Watermelon Moisturizer is a treat for your skin in many senses: your face will soften and plump up, and your nose will love the sweet watermelon scent — my combination-leaning skin* immediately drinks it up as the last step of my morning skincare routine types, and it's undetectable underneath makeup.

    Sephora, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    It's probably not super helpful, but the second photo is me just wearing the moisturizer and no makeup! This bb has really helped keep my skin clear and, as you can tell, it absorbs **instantly**! *For drier skin types, it works as a lovely serum that you'd follow up with a heavier moisturizer.

    This moisturizer is my go-to daytime moisturizer because its gel-like formula is the definition of lightweight, quick-absorbing, and cooling — and foundation or BB cream applies so smoothly on top of it. Most importantly, it makes my face feel hella soft, visibly hydrated, and just the slightest bit bouncier. Watermelon extract also has major soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, which is clutch whenever my face decides to flare up with redness. Never stop making this, Glow Recipe!

    Get it from Sephora or Glow Recipe for $21+ (available in mini and standard sizes). They also have a lovely Watermelon Sleeping Mask for a heavier nighttime dose of hydration!

    26. Petitfée Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches help control pesky puffiness or discoloration due to sleep deprivation, stress, and all the negative things life throws your way.


    "Such a refreshing treat after a hard day's work. They feel amazing! And there's so many in each jar at such a good price. Pro-tip: These can dry out if you keep them for a long time, so I turn the jar upside down every other day so both the top and bottom of the stack are equally soaking in all those good juices." —creachlikey

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of the brand's adjacent gold and snail eye patches (#3)!

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $8.40.

    27. 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.

    Soko Glam, Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    I'm obsessed with 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.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29 or Soko Glam for $30.

    28. 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.

    Soko Glam

    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.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.85+ or Soko Glam for $20 (available in two shades).

    29. IPKN Radiant Creamy Primer creates a smooth pre-makeup canvas with ingredients like rose extract, pearl powder, and a multi-fruit complex — the very necessary first step to your makeup routine.

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    "Actually works miracles." —D.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.60.

    30. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream heals flare-ups caused by acne, sebum overproduction, shaving, and long-term sun exposure thanks to centella asiatica extract and guaiazulene (which is extracted from camomile oil and responsible for the lovely blue color!).

    @klairs. global / Via

    "It's an amazing moisturizer for sensitive and irritated skin. My skin has never looked better." —kadamony

    Get it from Amazon for $24.50.

    31. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel is your to-go solution whenever summer rears its horns and burns your skin — it helps calm down any redness and ease itchiness! People also swear by it for taming acne or oiliness, as well as lightening acne scars. Pop it into the fridge for an extra cooling effect!, http://@nature.republic.usa / Via

    "It hydrates my skin, keeps acne breakouts at bay, and lightened up my acne scars!" —babyrice

    We BuzzFeeders love it too — check out two reviews that rave about its dry skin–relieving properties (#1) and, of course, how it provides sunburn relief!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.40.

    32. 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 Ulta for $12.80 (originally $16). Also available as a toner and emulsion for $12 each (originally $15).

    33. Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser leaves my face feeling clean, crazy soft, and smooth, even after I work an oil-based cleanser through a full face of makeup — that's what I call A True Feat, ladies and gents.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed, @peachandlily / Via

    I love the entire Peach & Lily line, but this cleanser has truly won over my heart. By the end of the day my skin is usually feeling pretty rough, but this cleanser leaves my skin feeling buttery soft and unclogged — which, I repeat, is incredible *after* I've already gone in, like a solid minute of massaging, with a heavy-duty oil cleanser.

    It comes out like a clear gel but foams up a little as you rub in into your face — foaming isn't absolutely required, but I just love how it emulsifies and feels on my face. #satisfying And it really does "power calm" my face, since they are lots of soothing ingredients like camellia, chamomile, and centella asiatica extracts. I tend to hop around from cleanser to cleanser, but this one's absolutely a keeper and I'll be using it to the very last drop. And then buying another.

    Get it from Ulta or Peach & Lily for $28.

    34. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask smells like a strawberry banana smoothie and it'll revitalize your flaky, dried-out lips by the time you wake up — thanks Vitamin C, antioxidants, and a delicious Berry Mix Complex.

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    "I have dry lips during the day, and especially when I wake up. It comes with a small spatula to put on your lips before you sleep, and my lips wake up so soft and moisturized." —gotojq

    Check out my full review of the Berry lip sleeping mask for more deets (#2)!

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in two scents/varieties). It also comes in a lighter, daytime-friendly Lip Glowy Balm too, which I'm also a big fan of!

    35. Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel is one of my favorite chemical sunscreens ever, which I prefer to physical ones because they disappear into my skin and don't leave any signs of residue or white cast. Plus, this one is super cooling on and actually works to counteract any overheating you experience from hot infrared waves and radiation! Science!!, @makeprem / Via

    I learned from Gothamista that for every one degree increase in your skin, it produces 10% more sebum — umm, no thanks!! I already have combo skin and I'm not trying to make my T-zone even more of a problem. Anyways, I feel an instant cooling effect when I put this on, and as the days get warmer, I feel like my skin stays cooler longer.

    This sunscreen also leaves a slightly dewy finish, which is my kind of jam. Because it's also hydrating and contains some of my favorite soothing ingredients like niacinamide, centella asiastica, and chia seed, it's a sunscreen that blends in with and feels 100% just as important as my other skincare steps. I lovelove the milky-ish formula, and one pump is all I need for my whole face.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.

    36. Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum acts as a serum and moisturizer hybrid, smoothing and soothing skin with a heavy dose of chaga mushrooms and fermented oils — plus, it stays cool for over 36 hours to preserve ingredient efficacy.

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    I don't know how, and I'm not sure why, but this serum has legit been a game-changer for my skin — I don't say that lightly. Ever since I've started using this in my routine, my blemishes are basically invisible and for the first time in maybe eight years, I truly feel comfortable going out without foundation on! And I'm a *diehard* foundation user. I love the balm-to-liquid consistency as I work it into my skin, and I like that it can do double-duty on days I don't feel like I need an extra moisturizer.

    Get it from Sephora for $49.

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