Products We Want to Borrow from Ishonest Korea's Beauty Closet

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

South Korea is a beauty crystal ball. It's the country that gave us sheet masks, K-pop, and glass nails. It's where formulators create entirely new textures, where a toner becomes something called "skintertainment," and where makeup and skin care merge in one product.

We asked Korean ishonest's editors — beauty and digital director Seo Haewon, beauty editor Lee Junghae, and digital editor Song Yein — to tell us what already-beloved products are still sitting at the top of their list of favorites and which newer concoctions are quickly climbing. Some, like Belif's The True Cream Aqua Bomb and Banila Co's Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm, are already well- known best-sellers in the states; others may be products or even brands you've never heard of before. But once you have, you won't forget them — and they'll make it onto your list of favorites, too.

Below, you'll find the hydrating, protecting, and just plain fun skin-care products and makeup products our Korean counterparts can't stop raving about — and yes, you can get your hands on them in the U.S.

Huxley Essential Mist Sense of Balance

"This face mist has the same pH as skin — mildly acidic — and it's superfine, so it doesn't clog pores. But it does intensely hydrate with prickly pear seed and black seed oils." — Seo Haewon, beauty and digital director

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Aruably Belif's hero product, The True Cream Aqua Bomb is a favorite of both Korean and American ishonest editors. "Imagine someone lobbing a water balloon at your face — minus the pain and shock of it popping — that's how slathering on The True Cream Aqua Bomb feels. It gives skin that kind of rush of hydration," digital beauty editor Devon Abelman has said of the gel cream.

Jung Saem Mool Skin Setting Tone-up Sun Cushion

Cushion compacts were born in South Korea, and they're still going strong thanks to options like Jung Saem Mool's Skin Setting Tone-up Sun Cushion. It promises luminous, brightening coverage, all while defending skin from UV damage.

Mediheal Hydro Advanced Capsule Hydration Treatment

"These sheet masks hydrate with hyaluronic acid and never slide around your face. They come with a ceramide-packed ampoule to apply right after, to seal in active ingredients the mask leaves behind." — Lee Junghae, beauty editor

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original

It's no wonder Banila Co's original Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is sold once every three seconds — the international hit has won over editors and shoppers alike with its gentle yet powerful ability to sweep away makeup, making it the ideal first step in a double cleanse.

Abib Heartleaf Essence Calming Pump

ishonest Korea editors love how this essence offers moisture and balance without even a hint of stickiness or pore congestion. Plus, the soothing formula makes it ideal for toning down redness before applying makeup.

Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint

"The love for this lip tint begins in the teenage years. Most young girls keep it stocked in their cosmetic pouches, and the appeal doesn’t fade. It’s a megahit in Korea, beloved for its staying power and smooth, velvety finish." — Song Yein, digital editor

Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream

Known as Intensive Cream Alpine Berry Watery in Korea, Primera's Alpine Berry Water Cream may have a slightly tweaked name in the U.S., but its formula is still the same. And thank goodness! Your skin somehow feels as dewy as it looks after you apply the moisture-locking mixture.

Espoir Pro Tailor Glow Cushion SPF 42 PA++

This cushion compact is like if you combined your favorite SPF moisturizer with the most luminous finishing powder. Truly a multitasker that saves time and money, it serves as a single step toward glowing, even, hydrated, protected skin.

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