The Latest Korean Beauty Launches Worth Knowing About

Anyone who’s into beauty knows Korea is a hub of innovation. If there’s a new trend taking the industry by storm, there’s a good chance it started there. To help you get in on the action, here are some of our favourite K-beauty products right now…
By Sapna Rao

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Vegan Sheer Eye Palette, £24.50 | Amuse

For a subtle pop of colour, these vegan shades strike the perfect balance between pigment and shimmer. With four colour quads to choose from, you can use them to take your look from day to night in seconds. If you’re looking to make a bit more of an impact, simply wet your brush to amplify the finish.

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Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum, £19 | Axis-Y

Scarring caused by imperfections and pigmentation can be hard to get rid of – but this serum will certainly make a difference. Not only does it contain plant-derived squalane – which softens and hydrates – it also blends niacinamide and papaya fruit extract to brighten the skin, while keeping it thoroughly hydrated at the same time.

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Apricot Blossom Peeling Gel, £12 | Beauty Of Joseon

As effective as it is satisfying, this gel peel promises to leave behind a smoother complexion. Formulated with a blend of 19% plum flower water, natural enzymes from apricots and apple fruit extracts, it buffs away dull skin cells, while also getting rid of excess sebum and clogged pores to reveal brighter, fresher skin.

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Ceramidin Cream Mist, £15 | Dr Jart+

With several devotees in the SL office, we had to include this mist. First and foremost, it replenishes hydration via its expert formula, which combines an aqueous serum with an oil to effectively nourish the skin. Second, it floods skin with all the moisture it needs, plumping it up with ceramides to protect against external aggressors. Apply it as skincare, or use it on top of make-up to enhance your glow throughout the day.

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Order Of The Eclipse Hyaluronic Cream, $28 | Good Light

If you’re after a daily moisturiser that will boost radiance and hydration – look no further. This skin-softening hero contains a high concentration of glycerine, as well as three weights of hyaluronic acid. It also works to reduce inflammation, thanks to added Mishima mushroom and gold moss, both of which promise to fortify the skin to help it ward off external irritants.

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Moringa Ceramide Pressed Setting Powder, £14.90 | Hemish

This powder is the perfect example of how K-beauty pushes the boundaries. By taking skin-boosting, barrier-protecting ceramides and mixing them with an everyday setting powder, Heimish has come up with a skincare-make-up hybrid that’s destined to become a must-have. We love how it minimises shine and improves skin health over time.

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Centella Asiatica Extract, £14.90 | One Thing

Centella asiatica extract has been used in Korea to heal wounds or damaged skin for centuries, and now the K-beauty world is harnessing its reparative qualities. Boosted by amino and fatty acids to reduce redness and ageing, this toner-like formula hydrates the skin to improve elasticity, as well as making it more resilient to external aggressors. You’ll see a difference the minute it goes on.

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Micro GlassyFit Cushion Foundation, £22.50 | Moonshot

If you’re looking for a product that's easy to apply and makes your base look better, you’ll want to give this a go. Not only does it come in a handy cushion-style compact, the formula itself blends perfectly. Enhancing that ‘glass skin’ finish Korea is so known for, it also provides enough coverage to cover imperfections.

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Velvet Lip Tint, £8.08 | Peripera

This Korean make-up brand is most famous for its lip tints, which come in ‘matte’, ‘airy’ and ‘ink serum’ formulations. We love the satin-like creamy feel and lightweight consistency of this one – plus, like most K-beauty products, it’s full of skin-loving ingredients to soften and plump.

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Honeydew Lip Mask, £22 | Then I Met You

Inspired by founder Charlotte Cho’s childhood memories of her grandmother preparing honeydew melon, this intensely nourishing lip conditioner is a lifesaver for parched winter lips. Not only does it keep the lips hydrated for longer – by using vitamins A and C, antioxidants and plant-based squalane – it adds a glossy finish that looks great on its own or layered with a tint for a healthy pout.

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