If you’re scrolling through your for-you-page on Tiktok, or taking a browse at the recently-popular Lemon8, it’s hard to miss out on K-Beauty recommendations these apps have to offer.
With K-pop on the rise, K-beauty is also becoming increasingly sought after. Many fans wish to recreate their favourite idols’ looks and find out the secret behind their flawless visuals; both on and off stage.
But, the best, and most difficult part about shopping in Olive Young is that you will always be spoilt for choice. To help you on your next Olive Young shopping spree, here is a list of beauty products Koreans highly rave about.
1. Jung Saem Mool’s Essential Skin Nuder Cushion
Named after herself, Jung is a famous makeup artist in Korea and her brand has established a reputable and trust-worthy image among the Korean public. Among her line of products, her cushion foundation is the best performing. This is because her foundation is moisturising, lasting and clings well to the skin.
Overall, her product gained 4.16/5 stars and costs approximately S$44 including a refill. Following this, other notable mentions in this category are Laneige’s Neo Cushion Matte and Hince’s Second Skin Glow Cushion.
2. Clio’s Kill Lash Superproof Mascara
Clio, renowned for their eye products, has clinched first place in the mascara category. It earned 4.54/5 stars with more than two thousand reviews. Many users remarked that the mascara does not clump easily, is long-lasting and curls lashes effectively.
This product comes in three shades, each costing around S$19. The other mascaras in the top three positions are Etude’s famous Curl Fix Mascara and Heroine Makes Long & Curl Mascara Advanced Film.
3. Too Cool For School’s Frottage Pencil
This pencil stands out as a multi-purpose product, doubling as an eye shadow, blush, contour and highlighter. Additionally, the lightweight creamy texture enables effortless application and blending while ensuring high colour payoff. With this, it has acquired 4.47/5 stars.
The two most well-liked shades among the ten available are #1 Shining Linen and #9 Sheer Nude. Each pencil costs around S$13. Other top-ranking eye shadows are Rom&nd’s Better Than Eyes Music Series and Peripera’s All Take Mood Palette.
4. Torriden’s Solid In Lip Essence
This product, comprising jojoba seed oil, smoothens, nourishes and protects lips by forming a moisture barrier, as well as removing dead skin. As one of the highest-ranking products in the lip category, it has garnered 4.66/5 stars for being hydrating and easy to apply.
Each set consists of two 11ml tubes and costs less than S$11. Aside from this, Kocostar’s Peach DuoDuo and Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask EX are also known to be high-quality lip care products.
5. SKIN1004’s Madagascar Centella, Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum
SKIN1004 is a brand known for its formulations with Centella, which offers anti-ageing and protective antioxidant benefits. One of their most favoured product is their sun serum, which helps moisturise and bloc sun rays. This helps in achieving that glowy dewy finish as seen from many K-pop idols. This sun serum received 4.76/5 stars for its hydration, anti-white cast and quick absorption properties.
One tube of product is currently selling for S$20. Furthermore, d’Alba’s Waterfull Essence Sun Cream and ROUND LAB’s Birch juice Moisturizing Sun Cream are other highly recommended sunscreens.
Editor’s Note: These reviews and rankings are all obtained from Hwahae, a popular app used in Korea to evaluate and search for the best products in the market.