The popularity of Korean beauty products skyrocketed this year — and, honestly, it’s not hard to understand why. They’re always well-priced with industry-leading technology, and the packaging? Talk about beautiful. But, as with any trend, the amount of products has boomed as the obsession grows — particularly in the skincare department.
Obviously all of the masks and creams filling shelves are not authentic, so how are we supposed to know which of them are the best Korean beauty products on the market?
We did some research and rounded up the 15 Korean beauty products that you absolutely HAVE to try. From cult classics to new favorites, get your shopping cart ready — these are going to change you life.
These are the 15 K-beauty products that you have to try.
Son & Park Beauty Water ($30, Soko Glam). This amazing hydrating toner is going to make a believer out of even toner-skeptics. This gentle, refreshing and cleansing toner will totally revitalize your skin.
TONYMOLY Hello Bunny Perfume Bar ($14, Urban Outfitters). These refreshing, adorably packaged solid perfumes are the perfect way to give your midday fragrance game a fun boost.
IOPE Air Cushion Sunblock XP, SPF 50 ($42, Soko Glam). The original cushion compact foundation, Iope is still doing it better than anyone else in the makeup game. This feather-light foundation vanishes into your complexion, leaving you with an unbelievably perfect, even complexion.
Yeondukong x Memebox Easy Blushing Stick in #01 Shy Pink ($12, Memebox). This gorgeously dewy, flattering pink blush is easy to apply and blend—it's basically the perfect cure for pasty, sad skin.
Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil ($39, Sephora). If you've been looking to try a cleansing oil, this is the product for you. The wonderfully rich, solid oil breaks down every trace of your makeup, emulsifying into a creamy milk when combined with water, then rinsing clean. Perfect for dry or dehydrated this skin, we find this cleanser even lightly exfoliates without stripping skin in the slightest.
PERIPERA Peri's Cushion Lips ($14, Soko Glam). A fun trick we've picked up from the K-beauty world: vibrant lips make skin automatically look more luminous. And there's no better way to get vibrant lips than with these amazing lip colors. In a variety of fun, candy-like colors, you can apply a single layer for a subtle wash of color or build coats for a matte, long-lasting lipstick look.
Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask ($7.50, Sephora). Korean skin care basically pioneered the sheet mask, and these insanely hydrating versions from Dr. Jart+ are by far the best. If you need to banish dullness and boost your radiance in less than half an hour, you owe it to yourself to try one of these.
CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner ($20, Soko Glam). We're always on the lookout for a great black liner, and this checks all our boxes: the easy to use marker tip makes the perfect flick a cinch; the black is truly black, matte in one swipe and opaque; it lasts all day, and well into the night. We love it.
MISSHA All Around Safe Block Spray Sun Milk SPF 50 ($17, Meme Box). This spray sunscreen is one of the best we've ever tried: non-sticky with a light and refreshing scent and a serious SPF. What could be better than this?
Touch In Sol Brow Gellin Gel Eyebrow Styler ($22, Sephora). The built-in brush and wonderfully soft gel combines to create an amazingly versatile brow product—not only does this fill in any open spaces caused by overplucking, it fills your brows in so naturally, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Son & Park Glow Ring Foundation ($37, Soko Glam). Get on this product, because in the next two year, this format is going to be everywhere: the solid, stick foundation has a moisturizing "essence" core—so this is cover-up and skincare all in one. Pull off the cap at the base to reveal a dense brush perfect for blending.
Etude House Play Nail Stickers ($4, Memebox). Want to add some fun to your manicure? These adorable eye-shaped stickers are totally perfect. Add one to each nail or keep them as an accent.
CLIO Hitch Eye King Curl Mascara ($20, Urban Outfitters). Ditch your lash curler forever with this insane mascara. Not only does it lengthen and darken in the most perfect way, it also refuses to smudge—even through an intensely sweaty workout, which is our gold standard for mascaras.
Banila Co. It Radiant! Hydrogel Sheet Mask ($5 Soko Glam). This gorgeous gel mask is amazing for soothing, de-puffing and brightening the eyes. Use weekly for best results—after a month, you won't believe it.
Too Cool for School Dinoplaz Lip Balm ($15, Sephora). This beautifully tinted, hydrated lip balm doesn't just give you the perfect kisser of your dreams—it also comes in the cutest packaging we've ever seen.