8 High End Korea Skincare and Makeup Brands + Must-have Products

8 High End Korea Skincare and Makeup Brands + Must-have Products

    • Korean makeup and skin care products are great value for money. Today, Korean beauty products have become so popular that they can be found in your local CVS, Target, and Sephora, which is great if you’re a devotee. If you are serious about taking good care of your skin and want to know which brands are worth trusting, just keep scrolling down to find the high end Korea skincare and makeup brands with must-have products right now.

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  • Best Korea Skincare & Makeup Brands + Must-haves


Missha was established in 2000, known as the front-runner of inexpensive cosmetics. Missha has always been committed to building its brand as an ideal option for women in all walks of life. Popular products are skincare products and base make-up which use natural ingredients to make.

The must-have product: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair

This essence features 95% cica yeast ferment that provides deep hydration to skin. The formula also contains Pro Ferment α™ with Delivery Technology to help maximize penetration, fermented essence refines skin texture to create a clean and bright complexion, and phyllanthus & rice extract for smooth and glowing skin.

Transforms skin at the first step of skin care with its moisture boosting effect which replenishes from the inner skin.

| 3CE (Three Concept Eyes)

3CE (3 Concept Eyes) is produced by popular Korean fashion brand “STYLENANDA”. Their cosmetics are popular for their cute package. Many people review that all the products have a vibrant color which color does not fade easily. In addition to this functionality, the cute insta-worthy packaging is winning many young people’s hearts.

The must-have product: 3CE Velvet Lip Tint

3CE Velvet Lip Tint

Lip tint with a sleek, velvety finish comes in 10 glamorous shades ranging from neutrals and muted pinks to bright red and bold tones. The tonal tube comes with a doe-foot applicator.

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COSRX was founded in 2014, known for its ultra-simple packaging and effective products. The pricing caught skincare enthusiasts' attention at first, but it was the results of the company's AHA and BHA products that attracted brand devotees. These products focus on chemical exfoliation rather than physical, which is ideal for those sensitive and/or acne-prone skin types. Products start at just under $5, making it the most affordable of the Korean skincare brands.

The must-have product: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

Infused with 4% natural BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid helps decongest pores and reduce blackhead formation. The formula also combines hydrating Sodium Hyaluronate with White Willow Bark and Niacinamide to brighten and clarify whilst gently eliminating impurities and dead skin cells. Its purifying properties leave skin feeling renewed, refreshed and healthier.

| Dear, Klairs

The Dear, Klairs motto is“simple, but enough.” The company is known for its focus on keeping its products pure, so no colorants, alcohol, parabens, or artificial fragrances are used. Ideal for sensitive skin, the brand is also 100% cruelty-free. Launched in 2009 as Klairs, then the name change to“Dear, Klairs” envisioned the brand as a love letter to a girl who struggled with her skin.

The must-have product: Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

The Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, a daily supplement essence designed with a hybrid of 5% L-Ascorbic acid and Centella Asiatica extract, helps stimulate collagen production and improves skin tones and texture. Also suitable for sensitive skin types, this serum utilizes Vitamin C to reduce pigmentation and brighten your overall skin complexion.

| Dr. Jart+

Dr. Jart is one of the first Korean brands Sephora curated a few years back. Dr. SungJae Jung, a young Korean dermatologist, established Dr. Jart in 2004 with a friend and recruited a team of dermatologists to help. It resulted in a line that caters to all skin types, but especially excellent for aging prevention.

The must-have product: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Cream

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin™ Cream

Dr. Jarts proprietary 5-Cera Complex fundamentally strengthens the skin barrier to prevent dryness in even harsh climates. It improves the condition of an irritated skin barrier caused by environmental aggressors. For normal, dry and very dry skin experiencing dryness, itchiness, roughness and discomfort.


IOPE is just one of several Korean skincare brands under the umbrella of K- beauty giant Aritaum. Producing cosmetic products in the idea of combining medical science and cosmetic called “Cosmedical”. The world's very first cushion foundation (cushion type of make-up sponge absorbing foundation) was made by this brand, IOPE. You can get one from just about every major K-beauty brand now, but IOPE did it first.

The must-have product: IOPE Air Cushion Cover

IOPE Air Cushion Cover

IOPE Air Cushion Cover, 4th generation of air cushion revives skin's moisture and radiance with enhanced moisture-retention through Air Prism Water™. Turning your skin into dewy and bright skin by preventing it from becoming dull and dark.

Banila's slogan of“no-makeup makeup”is not new, but it's cleansing balm Clean It Zero singlehandedly changed the way women removed their makeup and launched a craze for similar balms. It's been customized for different skin types since its launch, and a sampler of all four is available as well. Banila Co also makes a range of skincare products.

The must-have product: BANILA CO Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original

BANILA CO Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original is a cost-effective basic item and the father of Clean It Zero collection. It contains acerola extract which rich in vitamin C to prevent aging and help brighten dull skin, while spring water which rich in minerals and other inorganic substances soothe and hydrate skin. It is applicable for all skin types.

| Sulwhasoo

This is the most luxury cosmetic brand by the biggest Korean cosmetic manufacturer, “AMORE PACIFIC”. Sulwhasoo is made from fermented herbs used in traditional Korean medicine (hanbang) for hundreds of years. While the various ingredients help to protect your skin, but all that comes at a cost, and Sulwhasoo's price is high, no doubt. Luckily it matches the quality of its products, and you’ll absolutely see results using it.

The must-have product: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum

This serum nourishes and firms the complexion to provide a healthy glow. It's formulated with a JAUM Balancing Complex, which is formulated from five carefully selected Korean herbal ingredients for concentrated, comprehensive skin care.

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