13 New Korean Beauty Buys To Have On Your Radar

13 New Korean Beauty Buys To Have On Your Radar

When it comes to beauty trends, South Korea is always one step ahead. From quirky serums to biodegradable sheet masks and balms, the Asian country continues to be a hub of innovation, and their latest launches are no exception. Here are the new products to know…

Aromatica Calendula Juicy Cream, £22.50 (was £30)

Hydrating ceramides and Shea butter combine in this heavy-duty cream to keep skin in check and fully hydrated. It absorbs fast, leaving behind zero grease or residue, just a lightweight veil of moisture. Suitable for all skin types, but especially good for those who suffer from dryness and sensitivity. 

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Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm, £18.50 (was £20)

Boasting a 4-in-1 formula, Banila’s cleansing balm moisturises, minimises pores and removes make-up swiftly. Using vitamins E and C to strengthen and refine skin, the oily texture melts away grime and dirt in one satisfying sweep. It’s gentle enough to use over the eyes, too, and is guaranteed to leave your skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated. 

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CLE Radiant CCC Cream, £30

We love CLE cosmetics – each product is designed to fit into your busy lifestyle and takes a ‘less is more’ approach. The same goes for their best-selling CCC Cream, which cares for the skin while providing maximum pigment payoff. Fusing the benefits of a BB and CC Cream, SPF45 offers extra protection. You’ll find it skims the skin with a soft veil of colour that’s dewy once blended.

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Cosrx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream, £22

A brand always at the forefront of innovation, Cosrx’s Snail Peptide Eye Cream is a bestseller for good reason. It absorbs seamlessly into skin while brightening the appearance of dark circles, thanks to a unique blend of niacinamide, snail secretion and peptides. The soothing formula takes down puffiness and irritation, too, effectively removing any tight or dry feeling. Fans love the luminosity it lends skin, and how refreshing it feels, too. 

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Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream, £30

If you’re prone to flare-ups or severe redness, this nourishing cream is a godsend. Soft and buttery, it sinks in fast to ease feelings of discomfort, while providing a cosseting layer of hydration. The ingredients list is impressive, too. Magnesium minerals work to encourage the repair and renewal of damaged cells, while tiger grass and yarrow oil lock in hydration for hours. Use it after cleansing, or whenever skin feels tight or irritated. 

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Erborian Yuza Sorbet Eye Serum, £28

This radiant-boosting eye serum does everything you’d expect and more. Using vitamin E, fruit extracts and micro-particles to tighten, hydrate and visibly brighten, the cooling formula penetrates the skin without leaving behind any stickiness. The anti-inflammatory properties also keep this delicate area properly protected. 

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore Tight Toner, £31

Struggle with open pores? Glow Recipe’s latest launch is designed to extract bacteria and refine skin for optimal smoothness. Featuring watermelon extract – a much-loved ingredient in Korea – it soothes irritation and inflammation, while vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids flood thirsty cells with hydration. As for the exfoliation, polyhydroxy acids buff away dead cells to ease congestion. After a week’s use, you’ll notice a difference in both texture and tone – especially those with oily skin.

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Holika Holika Magic Pole Mascara, £10.35 (was £12.95)

The thin wand on this new mascara helps to create even, lengthy lashes without the need for curlers, while the curved-ball tip allows for extra definition at the inner and outer corners of the eye. It belies its affordable price tag, too, with a glossy black finish which looks seriously expensive.

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Huxley Keep Calming Healing Mask, £24

Inflamed, sensitive skin is no match for this calming mask. A fast-acting treatment, it uses centella asiatica to soothe and hydrate, helping your skin to retain moisture and in turn, plump out fine lines. You only need to use it once to see how quickly it brightens the complexion, thanks to cactus extract and citrus peel. Leave it on for five to ten minutes before washing off with lukewarm water – a real treat. 

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, £13.98

Thick and balmy in texture, this popular lip mask softens and soothes dry patches with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, while goji berries gently exfoliate. Designed to be used at night, the formula is quite rich, but you can use it as a speedy mask during the day and wash it off after ten minutes. You’ll find your lipstick goes on easier and lasts longer, too.

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Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel, £22

If you’ve been tempted to try a peel, but are worried about a possible reaction, give this gentle formula a go. Using natural enzymes and potent peptides, it boosts cell turnover, in turn promoting a brighter complexion. Aloe vera also helps calm and nourish the skin, minimising any potential irritation. Regular use (once or twice a week) will improve firmness and elasticity over time – trust us, the results are quite addictive. 

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Suntique I’m Pure Cica Suncream, £18.62

It may be formulated with zinc and titanium oxide, but this silky sun cream is easy to blend and doesn't leave behind those tell-tale white streaks. Protecting with high level SPF50, it blocks UVA and UVB rays, and layers imperceptibly underneath make-up. Plus, the addition of soothing centella asiatica means it won't cause inflammation, so sensitive skin types can wear it with confidence.

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Whamisa Organic Fruit Mask, £6.50

Made up of 95% organic ingredients, Whamisa’s sheet masks will either immediately dissolve in water or bio-degrade within a week, so you never have that throwaway guilt. Using fruits like apple, kiwi, banana and tomatoes, this all-natural mask helps to gently exfoliate and de-clog pores, while hazel seed oil refines and tightens skin for a satisfyingly smooth finish.
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