New Favorite Korean Beauty Products [under $10]

I remember it like it was yesterday. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 21. I waited for weeks for that little red tube to come in the mail. I remember being so transfixed by the bottle - it was a squeeze tube, but with a pump? I'd never seen that before. The greyish liquid squirted out slowly and smelled like musty flowers.

I was in love.

I've had a long-standing interest in Korean Beauty products. In college I eschewed drugstore tinted moisturizers for bb creams (Skin79 Hot Pink, Lioele Triple the Solution and the above Missha were my favorites) and favored sheer lip tints over sparkly glosses. I still buy (and love) the makeup, but more recently I've been trying out different skincare products. My skin isn't as finicky as it used to be, which makes things really fun. Unless you're my bank account.

Here are some recent purchases that I've been loving. When I was doing the write up I noticed these were all under $10, except one - so let's get that out of the way first.

Favorite Korean Beauty Products Under $10

Caolion Premium Hot & Cold Pore Pack Duo 

If you read my "Top Picks for Sephora's VIB Sale" post, you'll know I had my eye on this. I ended up splurging and it's become a favorite. I love the two-step masking process, which is lengthy and makes me feel like I'm making responsible choices for my skin. I do wish the first 'warming' step was a bit warmer, but icy step #2 more than makes up for it. It's so strong it makes my eyes water, which, although probably awful, makes me feel like I'm slaying my pores and showing no mercy.

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener Review

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener

A favorite of the /r/skincareaddiction crowd, this pH-balanced toner claims to do it all. Just look at the 10 promises on the label. I will say that it's very pleasant when you apply after cleansing, and the slight cool tingle makes you feel like good things are happening on your face. It's cute, cheap, alcohol free and effective at removing traces of cleanser and makeup. What more do you need?

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder Review

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

YOU GUYS. This $6 wonder is hands-down the best mattifying powder I've ever used. We're going to disregard the smell, which is awful and herbally and makes me feel like I'm in the Whole Foods beauty aisle, because the product is actually amazing. Super finely milled and instantly mattifying, this stuff is wicks away moisture like Nike - without looking cakey. It's a silica & cornstarch based powder which I had to look up because the label is all in Korean. Legit.

Tony Moly Tony Tint & Missha The Style Moisture Coating Tint Swatches

Tony Moly Delight Tony Tint - Cherry 

This lip stain is cheap and the color more saturated than I've ever found in a western lip tint/stain. The bloody red shade looks gorgeous and gothic and lasts all day due to the insane pigmentation. I like doing two layers of this and topping it with some Aquaphor or Balm dotcom. The grape-y scent is also quite pleasant.

Missha The Style Moisture Coating Tint - Pretty Coral

Yeah, yeah, laugh at the name. But the color is a gorgeous sunny coral with a shine that won't quit. The slim silver packaging feels nice and compact, and the color glides on without any resistance. A very nice balmy texture if that's what you're into when it comes to lip products.

Korean Skincare Masks Review

Clockwise from top: SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask, Tony Moly I'm Real Sheet Mask, Etude House Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask, Caolion Hot & Cold Pore Pack (Step 1 on top, Step 2 below)

SKINFOOD Black Sugar Wash-Off Mask 

This cult favorite is the poor woman's version of Fresh's Brown Sugar Face Polish. No, the grit isn't as fine but the ingredients (and that soft, sweet lemon scent) are there and they work. There's nothing more satisfying than scooping the sugary brown goop out of the tub and slathering it on with abandon. I also luuurve the way this warms on the skin when you massage it in and rinse off. Delicious.

Etude House & Tony Moly Sheet Masks

I picked up a bunch of these from RoseRoseShop in my last KBeauty Haul and I have been loving all of them. Being so oily, I was initially worried what these plumping, hydrating masks would do to my skin but I'm obsessed with the results. My skin feels soft and hydrated, without any greasy or heavy feeling. Etude House does tend to put alcohol in their sheet masks (boo) - so I wouldn't use them often.

Sidenote: I want to start doing a sheet mask round-up of my empties every few weeks - with thoughts and mini-reviews on each. Is that something you'd be interested in reading? Let me know :)


Do you use any Korean beauty products on the regular? Any must haves?

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