Korean pop culture has taken the world by storm and it has even influenced the western world’s love for beauty and skincare. The 10-step Korean beauty routine may have left some confused, but Elle has got you covered if you want to learn more about it. Unsurprisingly, more and more skincare and beauty retailers are picking up and distributing Korean beauty brands and today, we’re here to count down some of the best Korean beauty products in the market today. Check out this comprehensive list if you’d like to incorporate some K-beauty into your routine.
The Best Rated Korean Beauty Products at Sephora
1. INNISFREE Best Seller Discovery Set
If you’re new to the K-beauty craze, then dip your toes into this life-saving set from Innisfree, one of the world’s most popular and most trusted brands when it comes to Korean beauty and skincare. This essential set features three of Innisfree’s best-selling products, including the Pore Clearing Clay Mask, Intensive Hydrating Serum, and Youth-Enriched Cream. The mask contains Jeju Super Volcanic Clusters™, which are finely ground, hardened volcanic lava that effectively absorbs sebum from the skin. The serum contains Jeju Green Tea Extract and Seed Oil that together nourish and hydrate the skin, while the cream is powered by Orchid Elixir 2.0™, packed with antioxidants to help protect skin from environmental stressors. This set is great as a gift for a loved one this season or as a treat for yourself! These products are free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, and other synthetic ingredients. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with an 89% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “Excellent starter set for Innisfree’s top products. Everything feels so refreshing and lightweight on your face, but it actually makes a difference! Your complexion looks more radiant within the first week. Sephora is exceeding the competition by selling Innisfree products!” Sarahwilz
2. BELIF Moisturizing Eye Bomb
With over 1,000 reviews and 50,000 loves at Sephora, the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb will make you believe in better looking eyes! This lightweight, refreshing eye cream is formulated with hydrating herb, comfrey leaf, and elasticity-boosting pennywort herb that together boosts moisture in the skin around the eyes to make them look instantly more radiant and youthful. It has a cooling texture that instantly bursts with hydration and blends seamlessly so you can put on your makeup afterwards without any hassle. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with a 91% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “At the ripe age of 33 and having worked the beauty industry for many years – I have legit tried every eye cream in all the top spa skin care lines. This is by far the best eye cream I have ever used. I immediately noticed a difference and after a month. This cream has drastically reduced my fine lines and dry, saggy eye area. The crepiness is gone!” Buttercup032
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Did you know that our #RubADub Refining Peel Gel is powered by natural goodies like papaya and pineapple?! These natural enzymes help to gently and visibly improve the look of your skin — say goodbye to dullness! Hello, baby-soft skin! Shop via @sephora and @sephoracanada
3. SATURDAY SKIN Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel
Revamp the way you clean your skin with this peel gel from Saturday Skin. It gently cleanses skin while improving dullness with its unique formula that’s packed with papaya, which fights free radicals, Bromelian from pineapple that gently exfoliates, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Polysccharides that calm and nurture the skin. When used regularly, this lightweight gel addresses dullness and uneven texture, dryness, and fine lines and wrinkles. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging, so you know it’s good for the environment too! Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with a 95% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “My skin is usually pretty gritty and dry, especially in the winter…Rub-a-dub is one of the gentlest products I’ve used, and always leaves my face feeling fresh and soft. After regular use, I’ve noticed my old acne scars and dark spots fading. I’ve sensitive skin and was glad that this product does not break me out. The fragrance is very light and citrusy, and not overwhelming. Can’t recommend this product enough if you have similar skin problems like mine!” Harusen
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With a scent inspired by the smell of freshly rained-on soil (seriously), our Ceramidin Cream deeply moisturizes and strengthens skin barrier for lasting hydration and visibly improved texture. Why it works: It’s supercharged with 5 different ceramides, which are the building blocks of your skin barrier. Age, pollution, and even hot water can contribute to the loss of ceramides so, it is v important to replenish skin with Ceramidin to keep it supple, moisturized and happy. 😊 Drop a 🐧 in the comments if you’re using Ceramidin Cream right now!
4. DR. JART+ Ceramidin™ Cream
This winter season, make sure you arm your skin with a hydrating cream that packs in all the moisture your skin needs. This moisturizing cream from Dr. Jart+ is supercharged with 5-cera complex and is designed specifically for strengthening skin and preventing dryness in harsh climates. It effectively works on an irritated skin barrier that’s worn out from environmental stressors so it stays strong. Also contains Bifida Ferment Lysate, Beetroot, and Hyaluronic Acid. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising review: “I have seriously dry skin, even in the balmy Florida summers of 100 degree whether, I am dry. Yes, I drink tons of water and use rose water mists, but alas I still have dry patches. But this cream is magical. My skin feels plump/firm, looks gradient, and best of all if doesn’t cause any breakouts for me. The smell is so unique and refreshing. I have the new reformulated cream with new packaging and I am obsessed with every aspect about this product. Don’t even worry about the price tag, you will be so happy to add this to your collection and will look forward to your skincare routine.” Tuktavong
5. AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder
Welcome a new generation of cleansers with this unique powder to foam formula from Amorepacific. It is powered by plant-derived enzymes that effectively remove dead skin cells, impurities, and makeup, leaving skin moisturized. It’s packed with Green Tea-derived Probiotic Enzyme (Lactobacillus ferment) that removes dead skin cells and Papaya Enzymes (Papain) that help support the healthy turnover of skin. Say goodbye to dull skin and hello to glowing skin with this water-activated, powder-to-foam formula cleanser that’s rated 4.6 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising review: “My sensitive skin can only handle exfoliation once a week. This has not irritated it once in the last 4 months. It’s so super gentle and easy to use. Just keep it in a dry area (i.e. not in the shower). Yes, your skin will be dry, immediately after, but if you follow up with your regular moisturizing routine, it should be fine.” BeYouthiful
The Best Korean Moisturizers
1. LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream
Boost your moisturizing routine with Laneige’s Water Bank Moisture Cream, which is packed with mineral-rich vegetable extracts that strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier to keep it hydrated for longer. It contains Green Mineral Water extracted from Brussel sprouts, artichoke, and lima bean to hydrate skin. Its formula is designed without any parabens and phthalates. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with a 91% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “This cream is amazing! I have really sensitive skin and most store brand skin creams make my face burn my face after using them. This one did not. My face felt plump, smooth, and so soft and no burn after application!” Risingfromashes
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That texture 😍 #Waterfall Glacier Water Cream is an anti-aging wonder that delivers mineral-rich moisture while helping protect your skin from the elements. Apply morning and night and get ready for an incredibly smooth and hydrated complexion. 📷 @sophiachang. . . . . . . . #beauty #kbeauty #pink #millennialpink #photography #inspo #beautylook #trend #beautyblogger #newbeauty #instagood
2. SATURDAY SKIN Waterfall Glacier Water Cream
With over 1,000 reviews and 20,000 loves at Sephora, the Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream is definitely a K-beauty fan favorite. Powered by a patented concentration of the peptide formula CHA 7 es complex™, this anti-aging glacier water cream effectively delivers mineral-rich moisture while protecting skin from damaging free radicals. It contains a unique blend of ferments, amino acids, and plant extracts that calms skin while improving moisture level, texture, and tone. This formula is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with an 89% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “I have aging skin that is normally dry. This is the best cream I’ve ever used. I’ve tried Tatcha’s water cream and many other high end products and there is no comparison. I also have freckles and a few dark spots that with continued use, are lightening. I received a sample of this by using my points and I’m so glad I tried it. I just bought two more so I don’t run out.” ilovesugar
3. PRIMERA Alpine Berry Water Cream
If you want fast-acting, instant hydration that absorbs immediately, go for Primera’s Alpine Berry Water Cream, a dewy cream that is powered by Water-Stay™ Technology that quenches dry skin without the heavy feeling, coconut-derived oil that nourishes and soothes dryness, and Artemisia extract that strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss. It is also powered by Alpine Berry Complex™, a potent blend of wild strawberry sprouts with natural moisturizing factors known to survive in the harsh Alpine region. It is packed with antioxidants to deliver hydration, radiance, and protection against free radicals. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with a 94% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “his is my absolute favorite moisturizer. You need a pea sized amount and that’ll be enough for your face. I first discovered this product when I went to Korea a couple years ago and have not stopped using this product since. It leaves your skin moisturized, dewy and plump. During the winter, sometimes I layer this twice on my face and the next morning my skin is super smooth and hydrated. It is a little expensive but totally worth it!” jmo91
4. BELIF The True Cream Aqua Bomb
Imagine diving into a pool of hydration with The True Cream Aqua Bomb from Belif. This ultra-lightweight, oil-free gel cream has a cooling formula that intensively hydrates the skin. It’s powered by a blend of apothecary herbs, including antioxidant-rich lady’s mantle, which is known to neutralize the effects of free radicals while improving skin elasticity and minimizing the appearance of pores. This cream is formulated to burst with hydration when applied so you feel refreshed and moisturized without the weight. The result? Healthy, smooth, and supple appearance. Say goodbye to dryness and large pores today with this cream that contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising review: “I absolutely love belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb! It is really hard to believe that a moisturizer this lightweight can be so incredibly hydrating! It instantly makes my skin feel soothed and refreshed and when I use it at night, my skin looks so much more supple in the morning. I love it!” Tamara76
5. DR. JART+ Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream
Women are raving about this Dr. Jart+ calming gel cream that delivers a boost of hydration to the skin. It is powered by a blend of strengthening Jartbiome, soothing Centella Rx, and reparative Cicabond that together fight dryness and redness in combination and oily skin. Its Jartbiome helps strengthen, balance, and improve the skin’s defense against irritation and damage, while Centella Rx soothes and protects sensitive skin. Finally, Cicabond rebuilds skin that is damaged by external stressors. This unique formula does not contain SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, and other synthetic ingredients. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with a 94% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “Perfect for my combo/dry skin; absorbs perfectly and fully without leaving a residual film on the surface of the skin; calms redness; perfect as a makeup base.” MaraMUA1985
Healing Korean Masks
1. LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
A lip mask that works as you sleep, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask features a softening balm texture that closely adheres to the skin on your lips for quick and maximum absorption. This leave-on lip mask is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as its Berry Mix Complex™ that features a nutritiously sweet and fragrant blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts for an indulgent lip treat. It is also powered by Moisture Wrap™ technology that features hyaluronic acid and minerals to hydrate and protect the lips from moisture loss. The result is lips that feel refreshed, supple, and soft. Formulated without parabens and phthalates. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with an 86% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “I try to use this product nightly and it totally transforms my lips. In the winter I get very dry, especially in my lips, and this product has saved them. My lips will crack and feel sore but, the sleeping mask prevents that every year. Not even my humidifier has helped with the lip cracking.” Ahmelay922
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Did you know that coffee is a great wake-up call for your skin? ☕️Caffeine in eye products can help minimize puffiness and dark circles, since it’s a vasoconstrictor. It’s also anti-inflammatory and can boost circulation, it helps you twofold with that dark circles problem. PS—Our Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Mask is formulated with coffeeberry, which are the seeds of the coffee plant and actually contains the highest levels of antioxidants of any other caffeinated plants. Head to the link in our bio to find out more about the power of coffee in your routine this #internationalcoffeeday. #glowrecipe #crueltyfree #CleanAtSephora
2. GLOW RECIPE Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
Let your eyes glow with this eye sleeping mask from Glow Recipe, which features avocado, encapsulated retinol, and coffeeberry that together help the skin around the eyes become brighter, less puffy, and less dark. This rich cream formula features encapsulated Retinol, which aids in improving the appearance of uneven skin tone and addresses the damage caused by daily exposure to pollutants and free radicals. Avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit that’s packed with vitamins E and C that helps fight wrinkles and the damaging effects of environmental aggressors. Lastly, Coffeeberry’s antioxidants help revitalize, neutralize free radicals, and soothe the skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to hydrate and nourish the skin. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with an 89% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “Got this as a sample and loved it so much that I bought a full size! I’ve been using it for about two months and feel that is not only leave my under eyes moisturized but the lines that appear after a day of wearing makeup are drastically diminished. Plus this container will last a good while!” Abbi19
3. DR. JART+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask
If you’re a fan of cotton sheet masks, you’ll love Dr. Jart+’s Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask, which is designed for all skin types: normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive. This mask, which is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, is packed with allantoin, marine collagen, chamomile flower water, and witch hazel that together boost moisture on the skin. The sheet provides an immediate cooling sensation that’s indulgent and relaxing. The result? Clean, hydrated, and completely refreshed skin! This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner. Rated 4.6 out 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising review: “This mask is amazing! I am a swimmer and am in chlorinated water several times a week and have very dry skin because of this. I’ve tried several different creams and masks to get rid of the dryness, but none ever had any lasting effect. This mask was only on for 20 minutes and I could see a substantial difference immediately after removing it. My face was the softest and smoothest it has ever been in a long time.” LindseeyBrown
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All the benefits of a clay mask, in a smooth, mousse texture ✨ . . Super Volcanic Clusters, walnut shells, cellulose, AHA and BHA work together to make this innovative pore care clay mask a true 🌟 . . Plus, you can now find this global best-seller at @Sephora! . . . #innisfreeUSA #innisfreeGoesSephora #Sephora #moussemask
4. INNISFREE Super Volcanic Clusters Pore Clearing Clay Mousse Mask
If you want clear pores and clearer skin, go for this clay mask from Innisfree, which features a light-as-air mousse formula that targets pores, dullness and uneven texture, and oiliness. It is powered by Jeju Volcanic Clusters™, which are finely ground hardened volcanic lava that absorbs excess sebum and salicylic acid that helps exfoliate dead skin cells and minimizes pores. It also contains AHA and BHA to help with the exfoliation process. The mask provides an instantly cooling sensation with its airy mousse formula that goes on smoothly and easily. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with a 97% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “This is the product that got me into Innisfree. It’s incredibly effective in getting rid of excess sebum without drying out the skin. It’s gentle yet effective. You will surely notice the difference it does to your skin right away. It prevents/cures breakouts and minimizes pores.” inareveriebebe
5. BELIF Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask
With a unique jelly-pudding formula, the Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask is an innovative mask that revives dull, dry skin through its intense hydration. It features a “memory” formula that wraps around the skin for a refreshing layer of intense hydration that replenishes dull, dry, and fatigued skin. It is powered by the Napiers Aqua formula with its hydrating hyaluronic acid and Lady’s Mantle, a moisturizing herb that has been used since the Medieval times to keep the skin smooth and youthful. Lastly, Scottish Heather is present for its anti-inflammatory benefits. This product is free of parabens and sulfates. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with a 93% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising review: “Yes! Finally found a product that is helping my skin recover from moving to a very dry climate. After you wash your face, you apply your moisturizer and then apply this mask. The mask is light and dries pretty quick; you can feel it just lock in the moisture on your face. In the morning it is easy to wash off leaving my skin silky and soft. My skin is ultra sensitive and this product does not irritate it at all.” Linzh33
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