Marilyn (Skincare Evo)'s Top 10 Favorite Korean Beauty Products

Marilyn (Skincare Evo)'s Top 10 Favorite Korean Beauty Products

With a background in biochemistry, you can trust that Marilyn of @skincareevo knows her stuff when it comes to skincare. And if you love K-beauty as much as she does, you're going to love this list of 10 Korean beauty favorites.

This collection of lip masks, blushes, overnight masks, moisturizers, and more will help your skin stay hydrated and look glowy year-round. And if you're prone to zits, you'll find something new to try and love here, too! Read on to see what Marilyn loves.

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  • DR. JART+
    Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment


    This product is a double winner, acting as both a skincare product as well as a makeup product. With its main ingredient being Centella Asiatica, known to have soothing effects, this product is perfect for those who have trouble with redness. 

    Though it appears really green in the jar, as you blend it out, it slowly blends into your skin. Applying too much product in one area makes it difficult to blend out and may leave a grey cast. You can use just the tiniest bit of product to conceal redness around your nose and around any blemishes; a single jar is enough to last you the whole year!

    I love the fact that this product soothes redness while also concealing. After applying foundation, you really can't tell that there is any redness nor extra product underneath!
    Lip Sleeping Mask


    This lip mask has earned a permanent place in my daily routine and as a cult favorite. The formula is super hydrating and has a thick, buttery texture that just melts into the lips. The mask itself has a sweet berry scent that is not overwhelming. 

    I use just the littlest bit overnight and wake up to super soft, plush lips. I would definitely recommend this for winter or if you live somewhere with cold weather; this lip mask will save your lips from the harsh, cold weather!

    Another way you can use this lip mask is with lip tints or lipsticks. I use this underneath other color products to create smoother gradients and have a juicy, glossy finish. It also creates a barrier to protect your lips from drying out when using potentially drying lip colors.
  • Then I Met You
    Living Cleansing Balm


    With its buttery smooth texture, Then I Met You's cleansing balm gently removes makeup and dirt without being drying. 

    The texture of this product is what wins my heart; it feels exactly like butter and just melts into the skin like a dream. Even the packaging gives off a dreamy vibe with the brand's signature periwinkle blue! 

    This product does have a soft citrusy grapefruit scent, but it is not anything overbearing. Unlike most cleansing balms that I've tried, this does not leave a heavy layer of oil behind and removes all my makeup in one go.
  • KAJA
    Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush


    This adorable, fun cushion blush is perfect for a summery, no-makeup look. The cushion itself is saturated with so much product that you only really need to put the slightest bit of pressure into it to get the perfect amount of product. It has a sheer, dewy finish that lasts all day.

    My favorite shade "Saucy" is the perfect dusty rose shade. I love using this as a stand-alone product for those particularly lazy days. Though the packaging is cute, I'm not the biggest fan of it due to it being so bulky. This will probably just stay on my vanity rather than in my makeup bag.
  • Blithe
    Patting Splash Mask


    Korea has been the home of many skincare innovations, one of my favorite being splash masks. Splash masks are highly concentrated treatments meant to provide results in 15 seconds. 

    Blithe's Soothing & Healing Green Tea mask is formulated with lactic acid and green tea extract to target redness. I love how convenient it is since you can just dilute it and splash yourself in the shower. 

    After just a week of using this, my skin was brighter and soft. There are also two other variants for other skin concerns: Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey for brightening and Rejuvenating Purple Berry for anti-aging.
    Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence


    Hyaluronic acid is a skincare staple if you have dry, dehydrated skin or sensitive skin. There are many hyaluronic acid-based products on the market, but I think ISNTREE's Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence is quite unique. 

    This essence has 8 different types of hyaluronic acids with varying molecular weights to deeply penetrate and provide the skin with hydration. Though it is marketed as an essence, it is really thick and has a gel texture. 

    At first, this product seems like it would be really heavy on the skin, but in actuality, it is lightweight and absorbs quickly despite its thick consistency.
    Time is Running Out Mist


    Mists are a great way to get quick hydration on the go! They're super refreshing in the summer and can be used to set your makeup. I personally love using mists as a midday refresher. 

    Sioris Time is Running Out Mist is a biphase mist that has a layer of oil meant to be shaken before use. The spray is not super fine like Glow Recipe's Watermelon Mist, but it doesn't leave you drenched in water. 

    It leaves behind a dewy finish and has a faint citrus scent. This might not be suitable for sensitive skin because it has essential oils.
  • Urang
    Pink Everlasting Ampoule


    Urang Pink Everlasting Ampoule contains Helichrysum Italicum flower water- a flower known for its anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits. This also has centella asiatica and silk amino acids to target irritation and strengthen the skin barrier.

    It has a thick jelly texture that takes a few minutes to absorb. However, once it is fully absorbed, it leaves behind a lovely glow with no tackiness. 

    This also has a strong floral scent, derived from natural ingredients, that might be overwhelming to some people but it does not bother me. The scent can make your routine even more enjoyable if you're a fan of floral scents! This serum has made my skin noticeably softer and less red.
  • Glow Recipe
    Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask


    A cult favorite, Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask will not only make your vanity look pretty, but also your skin! It is formulated with hyaluronic acid and AHAs to hydrate and gently exfoliate your skin. 

    There are two ways to use it- as an overnight sleeping mask or as a wash-off treatment. I prefer using it overnight since it is quite expensive. Despite its slippery, gel texture, it does not transfer to any bedding and leaves you with glowy, smooth skin in the morning. Another plus is that it smells like watermelon candy!
  • Primera
    Alpine Berry Watery Cream


    Primera's Alpine Berry Water Cream has a thicker consistency than other water creams that I've tried--Belif and Nature Republic to name a couple--nonetheless, it melts down into a wonderful light gel that provides enough hydration to last all day!

    This also has squalane, which is perfect for acne-prone skin since it reduces redness and controls oil production. I prefer using this as a day cream more than a night cream because of how lightweight it is. This works perfectly under makeup since it doesn't leave behind any grease and provides a smooth finish.