The K-Beauty phenomenon has taken the world by storm. From extensive skincare routines, makeup trends to the most game-changing product formats (can you even remember life before cushion foundations?), there’s not one part of our beauty regime that K-beauty has not touched or influenced.
And as the source of the latest and most innovative products, it’s only natural that new products are launching faster than you can memorise your favourite brands. So if you feel overwhelmed testing new products or reading online reviews, look no further.
Our discerning beauty editors have disclosed their favourite K-beauty products (amongst the hundreds we’ve tested over the years) so all you have to do is add to cart and check out.
Hera Black cushion, $75
“This is hands down my favourite cushion foundation. It gives me the medium to high coverage that I prefer (to cover my uneven skin tone and blemishes) and also a semi-matte finish that looks like real skin. I dislike ones with the overly shiny, dewy finishes as my skin is on the oily comibination side and that kind of foundation just slides right off and leaves me looking sallow in an hour or two. Hera Black Cushion lasts almost all day on my skin without a touch up if I stay in the office all day.” — Melissa Chew, Beauty Editor, Her World
HERA Flash Blusher
“This cream blusher is amazing. Thanks to its unique formula you can actually rub to blend it in (as opposed to tapping) and it won’t shift your foundation. It gives the most natural flush without looking too matte, and you can always layer on more if you prefer a stronger effect.” — Smita Desouza, Beauty Editor, CLEO Singapore
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX, $115 for 60ml
“To me, this booster serum is the real hero. As I have combination-dry skin, it really improves the absorption of any products applied after. Moreover, it also helps my skin retain moisture better so it looks dewy and luminous. I’ve stopped using it once and I could see a visible difference as it wasn’t long before my skin started to look dull. Now, I’m never without it because to me, this booster serum is a true hero.” — Dion Tang, Senior Writer, ICON Singapore
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $42 for 70ml
“Seriously this has never let me down before. I have oily skin that clogs easily, so I’m always a tad weary when it comes to moisturisers. This trusty sleeping mask keeps my skin soft and supple without turning my face into an oil spill disaster zone. I find myself falling back to this whenever I have to test a new cream and my skin starts reacting badly.” — Sophie Hong, Associate Editor, CLEO Singapore
RYO Anti-Hair Loss Treatment, $12.90 for 200ml
“I discovered this several years ago when I was in Korea for a press junket and I have been in love. Ever since, I make sure to bring back a few bottles each time I’m back in Seoul, so imagine my joy now that it’s available in Singapore! I use it like a conditioner/hair mask, and I love that it rinses without any residue and leaves my fine hair feeling bouncy and airy. The calming herbal scent doesn’t hurt too!” — Joyce Cheo, Senior Beauty Content Specialist, SPH Magazines
The History of Whoo Bichup Self-Generating Anti-Aging Essence, $212 for 50ml
“This anti-ageing essence has a slightly viscous that absorbs well into the skin after some slight massaging, and it leaves my skin very fresh and plump. And over time, I also noticed that it improved my skin clarity and luminosity.” — Wong Yen Leng, Deputy Editor, NUYOU Singapore
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, $148 for a box of five
“I love how the mask is not messy when you take it out of its packaging. It fits perfectly on the face without sliding off and has an amazing ginseng scent. After application, skin feels plump and looks visibly less fatigued.” — Arissa Ha, Beauty Editor, The Singapore Women’s Weekly
Blithe Patting Splash Mask Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey, $54 for 200ml
“I’m a wash-and-go kind of girl so I like products that are easy to use. This splash-on mask can be used in the shower so there’s no mess and waiting around, and it contains lactic acid, citrus fruit extracts and honey to keep my skin soft and glowing.” — Dana Koh, Beauty Editor, Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore
Huxley Essence: Grab Water, $65 for 30ml
“I prefer lightweight products that feel refreshing on my skin, which is why I love this watery serum. It’s enriched with Prickly Pear Seed Oil, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and antioxidants to really lock in moisture without any stickiness or greasiness.” Sofia Kim, Writer, Female Singapore