Always curious to know what the beauty secrets of Koreans are and what products they love the most? Olive Young did a survey with their consumers and the votes have spoken. If you need some recommendations for new products to try, this list will definitely come in handy.
In case you didn’t know, this is the 2nd and final part to the series so if you’re interested in finding out what skincare products Koreans loved using in 2018, click here to find out more! Without further ado, here’s what made it to the top in the beauty and wellness category:
1. Makeup: Too Cool For School Artclass By Rodin Shading
Want a chiseled face like those of a Rodin statue? Then Too Cool For School‘s Artclass By Rodin Shading might be your answer to achieving a perfectly sculpted face. Nestled in a compact little container comes 3 different shades that are perfect for a naturally contoured look.
You can either mix all 3 shades together to recreate the perfect v-line for your face, collarbone or tummy, or use each of the shades individually to strategically contour your face to your desired look. These 3 colors are fool-proof that even the beginners can learn contouring just by using this.
(Other finalists in this category are: Clio Kill Cover Foundation Cushion, LUNA Long Lasting Concealer)
2. Mascara: Kiss Me Heroine Make Long/Volume and Curl Mascara EX
Say goodbye to black streaks of makeup streaming down your face when you cry because this Kiss Me Heroine Mascara is here to make you look gorgeous even in the worst of situations. Inside this simple yet eye-catching tube is a new and improved formula that promises to give you the eyelash you’ve always desired – Curly, thick and long lashes that are resistant to sweat, water, and even sebum.
To further make your eyelashes pop, you can choose between a slimed curved brush to help you achieve long lashes, or a fluffy wavy brush for that dramatic curl. Truly deserving to be the holy grail of many.
(Other finalists in this category are: Maybelline Magnum 2.0 Mascara, Kiss Me Heroine Make Long/Volume and Curl Mascara Advanced Film)
3. Eyeliner: Kiss Me Heroine Smooth Liquid Eyeliner
Another Kiss Me product on the list! The Japanese definitely know how to play the eye makeup game well, and this Kiss Me Heroine Eyeliner is proof. Is this a pen or is this a brush? As rich as a pen but as flexible as a brush, this 0.1mm eyeliner helps you create strokes the way you want it.
With 2 rich natural-looking colors to choose from, Carbon Black and Deep Brown, it’s time to give your eyes its lost sparkle with this long-lasting, smudge-proof brush.
4. Lip Care: Uriage Moisturizing Lipstick
Probably one of the best lip balms to have ever been created, the Uriage Moisturizing Lipstick is your ultimate weapon against dry environments of any kinds. This moisturizing lip balm perfectly melds into your dry, rough lips to protect it from external aggression, while letting you feel comfortable all day every day.
The balm is formulated with Shea Butter and Borage Oil that will intensely repair your lips with copious amounts of nutrients while keeping it hydrated and fresh. And yes, like any typical lip balm that works wonders, this has no fragrance and flavor.
5. Lip Makeup: 3CE Velvet Lip Tint
Reminiscent of a flower’s petals, achieve vivid matte lips with this zero-shine Velvet Lip Tint by 3CE. A bestseller in its own right, the lip tint delivers a subtle yet rich color payoff as it glides on as smooth as butter, resulting in a romantic blur, while never missing a single curve or fine line at the same time.
Furthermore, its long-lasting, sherbet-like texture will leave your lips looking pillow-y and fluffy all day without the need for many reapplications.
6. Perfume: John Varvatos Artisan EDT
Unexpectedly, Olive Young’s perfume of the year is a male fragrance, the John Varvatos Artisan EDT. Inspired by “the lush hills of Xalapa, Mexico and its vast coffee and citrus groves”, this fragrance blends citrusy and scents from nature together to form the masculine yet crisp scent that is sure to help you (or your male friend) exude a luxurious and manly feel. Encased in a hand-woven rattan casing, this EDT also makes for a perfect gift for yourself or for your special someone!
(Other products in the category: Ferrari Scuderia Light Essence EDT, Clean Warm Cotton EDT)
7. Shampoo/Rinse: Yves Rocher Raspberry Rinsing Vinegar
Remaking a traditional remedy into something more modern, this is a rinse-off hair treatment made out of raspberry-infused vinegar and it is known to remove mineral buildup on the scalp while improving its natural shine and bounce. For a healthy-looking scalp, applying Yves Rocher’s Raspberry Rinsing Vinegar 1-2 times a week is said to give your locks a luscious shine while supplying nutrients to your scalp!
Furthermore, this (almost) natural product contains more than 98% natural ingredients and is paraben, colorant and silicon free, definitely a bang for your buck.
8. Hair Treatment: Mise En Scène Perfect Original Serum
Bad hair days, begone! Care for your damaged hair with this Mise En Scène Serum that contains a mixture of seven different oils (Argan, camellia, coconut, apricot, marula, jujube, and olive) that will combat most of your hair problems while supplementing it with nutrients. Promising visible results just after 3 days and given its floral scent, it’s no wonder this is a popular choice amongst Koreans. I guess now we know how Koreans always have nice hair…
(Other finalists in the category are: L’OREAL Elseve TR5 Instant Miracle Hair Pack, Chakan 90% Milk Protein Treatment)
9. Hair Dye: Freshlight Cool Black
Dyeing hair is now an inexpensive and super easy affair. Enhanced with eight different types of amino acids to ensure the least damage to your hair, you no longer need to worry about your hair’s condition when you use Freshlight’s hair dye! The intense formula creates instant soft and silky dark locks with minimum hassle, just mix the two agents together and voila, you’re done.
(Other finalists in the category are: Mise En Scène Hello Bubble 3NT Dark Choco, eZn Light Up Hair Bleach)
10. Body Care: Derma-B Daily Moisture Body Lotion
When it comes to finding the ultimate body lotion, people often look for ones that don’t leave a sticky finish and this Derma-B Body Lotion is that and more. Suitable for sensitive skins, this mildly vanilla powder scented lotion is dermatologically tested and enriched with shea butter, grade seed oil, vitamin B5 and olive oil to keep your skin feeling moist and supple for up to 48 hours.
It comes in a whipped cream texture and it’s pure and mild, which means there’s no paraben, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, colorants, and ethanol (all the bad stuff, basically). It’s suitable for even babies too!
(Other finalists in the category are: Hatomugi Skin Conditioner, Body Holic Body & Hair Mist White Potion)
11. Nail/Pedi: Dashing Diva Magic Press Pedicure
For the everyday modern woman, unleash your inner diva with these super easy press-on pedicures by Dashing Diva. If you have no time to waste at the nail salon, this is an affordable and cute alternative to traditional gel nails.
Coming in a multitude of trendy designs for you to choose from, each kit also comes with a bunch of accessories for you to prep your cuticles with because all you have to do to achieve gorgeous nails is to just clean them and paste your designs on. 5-7 days later or when you’re bored of it, just take them off anytime, anywhere and change to something new!
12. Female Hygiene: Natra-Care
Like clockwork, every month we females go through the same cycle over and over again until we reach the ripe old age of menopause. Over the course of 40 or so years, we use up a ton of pads so imagine the amount of waste we accumulate in our lifetime. Lessen the guilt when you switch over to biodegradable pads by Natra-Care.
These environmentally friendly pads are made out of renewable natural materials such as certified organic cotton, bio-plastic made from plant starches and fluffed wood pulp! Kind to the environment and to your body (ok for sensitive skin!), this 100% organic cotton cover pad is a great pad that does what it’s supposed to do, while saving the environment!
(Other finalists in the category are: 유기농본, It’s Me)
13. Slimming: grn+ After Green Lite Green Tea Catechin 7+
Eating without gaining weight is a girl’s dream come true because for most of us, how can we live without carbs? Although I’m no expert on dieting, the fact that this ranks #1 on Olive Young should mean something, right? This slimming product is said to include catechin that aids in reducing body fat and improving cholesterol in the blood, as well as aloe vera to improve bowel movements. And all while supplementing your body with the correct vitamins and nutrients to maintain your body’s features.
For the best results, couple this with some exercise to be #bodygoals. Guess having a nice body isn’t such a farfetched dream after all.