A quick look at our vanities right now would tell you one thing: We're obsessed with K-beauty. Sure, we have been for a while, but the discoveries we've had in 2020 have been so game-changing that they deserve an entire article. So, here it is! Keep scrolling to read all about this year's standouts.
Best Korean Beauty Products 2020
1. Isntree Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence
This product's glycolic acid and lactic acid combo has given us smoother, brighter skin with weekly use. Unlike other potent exfoliants, it delivers these effects without major irritation or peeling, made possible by ingredients like licorice root, chamomile, camellia leaf extract, and aloe.
Clear Skin 8% AHA Essence, P850, ISNTREE, seekspace.co
2. Acwell pH Balancing Micro Cleansing Foam
This Best of Beauty winner is our go-to for gentle cleansing that still leaves the face feeling clean and fresh. It's pH-balanced and calms the skin with allantoin and licorice, too!
pH Balancing Micro Cleansing Foam, P999, ACWELL, Shopee
3. Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
For something that provides such a real "glass skin" effect, this product is very underrated. We love that you can use it as a sleeping mask or a moisturizer, giving brightening and anti-aging perks to the skin with niacinamide, vitamin E, and adenosine.
Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask, P1410, DEAR KLAIRS, Althea
4. Isntree C-Niacin Toning Ampoule
Out of all the vitamin C serums we've tried this year, this is the product that kept our dull, stuck-indoors complexions looking radiant. And we weren't surprised either, since it does contain niacinamide and seabuckthorn that boost the vitamin's benefits!
C-Niacin Toning Ampoule, P1300, ISNTREE, seekspace.co
5. Son & Park Beauty Water
The Son & Park Beauty Water was more of a rediscovery for us this year as it just recently became available locally. It's as effective as we remember, perfect if you're looking for an all-around toner that hydrates, exfoliates, and preps for makeup.
Beauty Water, P1399, SON & PARK, Shopee
6. A'pieu Madecassoside Ampoule
Ingredients like centella asiatica and madecassoside are basically mild tranquilizers for irritated skin, and this ampoule happens to have both. The lightweight formula feels like water on the skin, too, absorbing so quickly that you can go on with the rest of routine.
Madecassoside Ampoule, P1250, A'PIEU, Lazada
7. Innisfree My Concealer Spot Cover
Copping gel eyeliner packaging for a spot concealer was already a genius move, but what took our love for this product home was the high coverage cream that kept our blemishes hidden all day.
My Concealer Spot Cover, price unavailable, INNISFREE, SM Megamall
8. Peripera Ink The Airy Stick
This lipstick has a gorgeous powder-matte finish that we've yet to love from another K-beauty product. The wearable colors will make you want to hoard the entire range!
Ink The Airy Stick, P600, PERIPERA, Lazada
9. Rom&nd Lip Tints
Rom&nd lip tints were a big beauty discovery for us after a pre-pandemic trip to Korea. It was difficult to choose a favorite between the Juicy Lasting Tint and Zero Velvet Tint, which is why we didn't and are officially recommending both! Besides, one is glossy and the other is matte, so just take your pick!
Juicy Lasting Tint, P680; Zero Velvet Tint, P680, ROM&ND, Beautymnl
10. 3CE Take a Layer Multi Pot
3CE's take on the multi-use product trend became an instant favorite for beauty lovers everywhere—us, included! The wide shade range and the sheer, easy-to-blend formula makes it an absolute dream to use on the eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Take a Layer Multi Pot, P1150, 3CE, Beautymnl