Korean Cosmetics and Skin Care you can buy on Amazon
1. Laneige Renewal – Water Sleeping Mask
I ❤️ this product. I’m on my 3rd jar and just placed my 4th order. I have combination skin and is in my early 30’s. I have never broken out with the product.
When you visit the US website, The product claims result of, “skin looks and feels radiant, refreshed, and soft. Wake up to soft, glowing skin.” Let me just say that this product owns up to every word it says.
The product comes with a small spoon or spatula. I do like using the spatula to grab the product. I feel like I’m not contaminating the product with my fingers. The jar that the product comes in doesn’t seem heavy but when I add all the other products together in a bag, it’s the heaviest or one of the heaviest skin products I own.
How I use it at night: I do follow and use the 10 Step Korean Skin Care routine. So after the 1st cleanse and 2nd cleanser, toner, beauty water, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, I then apply the water sleeping mask evenly on top of my skin products.
I can see that the product absorbs into my skin even with all the other products on my skin. In the morning after washing the product off, my face looks and feels beautiful. It’s soft and looks so radiant. I have a healthy glow.
As a tip I like to add is that I love using this product as a pick me upper when I have a special event or date nights and my face needs extra loving. I put this product on 20 mintues before I need to do my make up. Rise the product off and Bam! My face looks a lot healthier then it did 20 mins ago. I did add a photo of this pick me up tip so you can see the difference. Just imagine what this product can do to your face if you did sleep in it!
2. Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream
So, I am a recent (month or two) convert to the wonderful world of Korean beauty products. Although I immediately saw results with these products (yes, impossible as it sounds, nearly all of the things I have tried have been amazing) I decided to wait it out and use a regimen for awhile to see what really happened in a longer term scenario using the Korean products and the many-step beauty program.
For reference: (This is my skin, so if you have similar skin you can intuit that you may experience similar results from these products. I hope this helps!)
I am 36 years old, but I still have quite oily skin. It’s good on one hand as it has meant I look younger with my fewer wrinkles, but it’s a pain to deal with oil, pores and pimples as an adult. Recently my aunt complained of a pimple and she is in her 60s… so I know this isn’t a teen thing for me and there are others like me out there, too.
With aging I’ve found I am less prone to breakouts. The ones I get are usually hormonal or have a very specific reason, like I did a cleanse that gave me three big cysts. Yuck! But though fewer pimple concerns is nice I have found that I now have more sensitive skin than when I was younger. So, I can’t use harsh acne or oily skin products. It seems like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or anything strongly alcohol based will almost instantly dry me out to the point of pain, irritation, redness along with more breakouts and more oil than when I started. It’s just not worth it.
Yet, while I can’t use harsh products, I still have oily skin with large pores that can easily be congested and need *constant* *daily maintenance* or they clog. A day of not exfoliating/treating and I can see all my pores fill back in with oil and debris. It’s gross. It’s annoying. It’s something I’ve had to deal with all my life but never been able to find the right balance of keeping the skin clean and healthy, not stripped or yo-yo’ing between dry/oily or stripped+irritated/clogged.
So, if you have similar skin: oily! maybe a bit sensitive! clogged pores! read on…
One of the second Korean lines I tried was the Mizon “Snail” line. I got the all-in-one cream, the intensive ampoule, the gel cream and the eye cream. I don’t use them during the day, as they don’t leave a pretty finish or work under make-up, but their nightly use has yielded FANTASTIC change in the quality of my skin.
At first use I wasn’t sure I was going to like the snail creams. This stuff doesn’t smell bad, it doesn’t really smell much at all, honestly. It mostly looks like a plain white cream until you touch it. Then you notice it is sort of slimy. Honestly it was hard for me not to think of snail’s mucous trails as I began applying the all-in-one cream and the eye cream to my face. But I powered through, as it didn’t smell bad, didn’t feel bad, etc. I applied the more liquidy ampoule and the actually “normal” feeling gel cream which almost feels like a soft primer, and went to bed. I had to lay there awhile while it took quite a good long while to absorb, and even then the residue left a tacky texture. Oh well, I thought, this is my night regimen, and as long as it doesn’t stain my pillow – it doesn’t btw – who cares as long as it works!
Well, this works! I woke up the very next morning with improved texture, which was even more clearly revealed after my morning wash. My skin had smaller pores and looked smooth as some of my little wrinkles – I have some on my forehead and between my brows from smiling and from “focusing!” – looked… gone! They would easily return through the day as I make expressions like a normal human does, but each night of using Mizon “Snail” products these lines seemed to diminish, and my pores and general texture improved. Also, I had accidentally burned a spot on my chin with alcohol. It left a perfect burned square of skin that peeled several layers deep and left an angry red square on my chin. This cream, more than anything else, has greatly diminished this mark with swiftness so that even without make-up the scar is much less noticeable. I was pretty amazed. It was better than Mederma, which I had used on my appendectomy scar.
Although I have been using another line during the day, Skin Food Peach Sake, I exclusively use the Mizon Snail line during the night because this is when I can get in that extra clarification treatment, when the sticky residue doesn’t matter– only the great skin I wake up to in the morning! Yay!
So, in case I haven’t been otherwise clear, the Mizon Snail line seems to leave an unfavorable film on the skin that isn’t great looking on it’s own and simply doesn’t work under make-up at all as it sloughs off when you try to apply make-up over it – even when it seems as dry as it will get – and this makes bb cream or cushion compact make-up smear around to an uneven, patchy finish. Not pretty at all. But this doesn’t matter at night, so I use the snail products for additional clarification of my skin tone. And for the daytime, Skin Food Peach Sake products on the other hand, leave the skin fresh, soft, relatively oil-free and ready for make-up, or no skin make-up, because you might find your skin really looking nice enough on its own. I’ve really found the day use of Peach Sake and the night use of Snail has been the IT combo for making my skin awesome. I’m extremely glad to have found all these skin care lines. I don’t feel like I *have* to use them, but I sure love the way my skin feels and looks using these amazing and affordable products.
Here is what I typically use during the night, in this order, lightly patting in the smallest amount of product needed to spread over my face and neck, usually letting each layer dry before adding the next step:
1. I spread The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil on my face and gently work it into my skin, particularly on forehead, nose and chin, then rinse with warm water.
2. I use my Facial Cleaning Brush to exfoliate (this is my second skin cleansing step) using the brown egg soap.
3. I pour a bit of SKINFOOD Peach Sake Toner (for pore care) 135ml into my hand and pat it all over my face, particularly forehead, nose and chin. NOTE: there is a plastic stopper you need to remove before you can easily dispense product.
4. I use the spatula to scoop out a bit of MIZON All in One Snail Repair Cream (75ml) on my hand and pat it into my slightly toner-damp skin. If there is extra, I dab it on my neck. Then I let it dry.
5. With another spatula I pull out a tiny bit of MIZON_ Snail Repair Eye Cream 25ml (skin elasticity, whitening, anti-wrinkle, hydrating, long lasting) and very gently tap under my eyes. Extra– goes on the neck. :-)
6. I pull out 1-2 droppers full of Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule 30ml (1.01 fl.oz.) on the palm of my hand and pat it onto my skin, particularly on forehead, nose and chin. Sometimes it seems hard to get enough in the dropper, so just make sure to extract enough to cover your face, or trouble spots, with the ampoule treatment. I let this dry.
7. I squirt a tiny nickel size bit of Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream and smooth it over my skin. If there is extra, it goes on the neck, as usual! I let this dry along with everything else as best as it can.
8. If I am in the mood for “extra” I will apply a sleeping pack. My two favorites, which I rotate, are: Holika Holika Wine Therapy Sleeping Mask #Red wine which looks like wine-colored grape jelly and seems to really add oomph to the Mizon Snail products’ clarifying powers– I wake up with smooth, wrinkle-free skin with this one. Or I also like Mizon Cosmetics Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack which looks like a creamy jell-o, and also fights texture issues, but which feels a little more moisturizing than the Holika sleeping pack.
Now, I don’t always feel the need to add extra moisture to my skin, but when I do I have been happily using this product: SKINFOOD Facial Water Vita-C Cream and I usually swipe on a bit of this on my eyes and lips Vitamin E Stick. A note: Make sure you get two for hygienic purposes, and mark them with color coded nail polish dots on the tubes, one for eyes and one for lips!
Also! I sometimes use a mask after cleansing, and before applying the Mizon products. If I do this it is most likely to be one of the following masks, which each have their own special effects, so I add them in as needed/wanted. #1: TONYMOLY I’m real mask sheet 11 kinds. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these masks. I like the feel of sitting in bed or a bath with one of these sheet masks on my face. Their effects are mild, but added in to the rest of the routine, they are a favorable addition that I have come to enjoy whenever I want as they are pretty darned affordable. When I want more clarification I use one of these two guys: TONYMOLY Panda’s Dream White Sleeping Pack or TONYMOLY Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream.
Again, during the day I use a different line, which I really feel compliments this night time regimen and has been integral in changing my skin from problem skin to the best skin I’ve had in a couple decades. It also works under make-up and leaves the skin soft to the touch– not tacky like Mizon Snail products. If you are interested in that info you can find it on the review I wrote for the Skin Food Peach Sake line, which you can find by searching my reviewer profile for “Peach Sake” or just look for my review on one of the product pages here:
Bottom line: I am so grateful another reviewer suggested the Mizon Snail line! Along with Skin Food Peach Sake and my two red wine sleeping packs, Mizon Snail products have helped my skin in a way that is on par with retinol, but without being agravating. I truly believe this line is fantastic for oily/clogged skin and that regular use will change the way your skin looks and feels. Highly recommended! Good luck, and I sincerely hope you get the same, or better, results as I have! Hope this helped!
Disclaimer: Everyone is different and their skin is a physical reflection of this difference. You may experience irritation with Mizon Snail where I did not. In which case you should immediately stop using the product. Aside from retinol, which I have used and understand its sometimes peeling effects, I never use a product if it starts bothering my skin. I feel like irritation is a sign to stop using/consuming something, or at the very least carefully pare down use or reconsider product combos. Please don’t push your skin, hoping you will have similar results of my “the best skin of your adult life!” if you are feeling itchy, peely, whatever-not-good-ee. It’s not worth it! And something out there will be your wonder product, you just have to find it. Took me this long to find Mizon Snail, so I know it can take time and lots of sampling. Best of luck! :-)
UPDATE : After using these products for awhile, I wanted to update this review with longer-term thoughts, experiences, some thoughts on each of the individual products AND some new items I have tried as my needs have changed over time.
At the beginning of the year I moved from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest. This caused two things to happen which were related to the products and skin needs.
First of which was simple. For a brief period of time during the packing – moving – unpacking process, it was just a little inconvenient to tote about my full aresnal of products. So part in the name of necessity and part in the name of science I decided not to use ALL my goodies for awhile, to really be sure they had made these changes in my skin, and so I pared down to these essentials: Clarisonic, egg soap, the only Mizon product that wasn’t contained in glass; Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream, and my no-glass sleeping pack; Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack.
Immediately my skin lost its clarity. My pores filled up with gunk, little by little. My wrinkles (primarily on my forehead, but there are little ones here and there) became more apparent. Make-up didn’t look as nice on, and settled in creases and highlighted the larger, gunky pores. Despite the physical exfoliation of the Clarisonic and the little bit of exfoliation the one Mizon and the Innisfree wine pack provided, my skin had layers of gunk, dead cells and it began to show. All in all, it was pretty gross watching my skin go back to “normal”.
After resuming use of the entire range of my skin care products, I realized my second problem: I was in a new climate and my skin was not happy. I have oily skin, but again, it’s aging and more sensitive as the years pass. Though I had lived in Southwest much of my life, the last few years in the Midwest and the PNW – with all their humidity – had gotten my skin accustomed to not having to produce as much oil, or for me to use much but the mildest, lightest moisturizers to supplement my skin care.
Although my skin improved dramatically – texture, tone, etc – after I went back to my care routine (as outlined above) I realized it was dry, super dry! I mean, I still had an oily nose and T zone. If I didn’t exfoliate properly oil and gunk would build up quick as ever, but it felt like the desert air was sucking the life right out of me, and drinking tons of water, getting a humidifier for the bedroom and using the couple light moisturizers I had already (but more liberally, at each washing and sometimes as a touchup throughout the day) just wasn’t cutting it. I drew the line when my new nightshift job was causing puffy eyes on top of it all, and starting shopping around for some products to aid my dry skin problems.
In desperation for a quick fix I did try a number of drugstore brands, most of which amounted to no help at all, but I did find one winner in the puffiness fix from L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Eye Treatment, 0.5 Fluid Ounce, which by the way you can get supercheap on Amazon Subscribe and Save. It really perked up my puffiness immediately, and then improved dramatically after about a week’s use. Highly recommended cheap, easy, accessible fix for puffy eyes. I still use the Mizon Snail Eye Cream layered across the top, which seems to help with texture and dark circles. It just didn’t stop puffiness on its own, which is why I added the caffeine-based product smoothed on first. This is a good combo.
For the rest of my skin I picked up these products:
Mizon Collagen Power Lifting Toner
This toner was a game changer for me. I had tried a chia toner during the night instead of my favorite daytime product: Skin Food Peach Sake Facial Toner 4.60 Oz/135Ml ( Including a Sample as Pic ), but it wasn’t doing enough to moisturize. The Mizon Collagen toner is super moisturizing, but not greasy at all. It doesn’t break me out, or make me feel oily – it simply begins the moisturizing process my skin had been demanding right at the beginning of my routine. It is thick, like a light gel, as opposed to watery liquid as most other toners are. I use it at night or sometimes on a day I may feel more dry due to the weather. It adds moisture to my oily, but dry climate reactive skin in a healthy-feeling way.
MIZON Collagen, 30ml
I use this right after the Snail Ampoule and right before the Collagen cream below. It seems to provide a power dose of skin-prettifying-moisture/collagen before the thicker cream goes on top. As I had found the Snail Ampoule to provide a lot of change in my skin, so does this Collagen version. I have used them together, and I have used the Collagen alone during the day since I’ve mostly only ever used the Snail products at night since they seem to not look good under makeup. Like the other products, it provide moisture, makes the skin look lively, soft and smooth without being heavy or problematic for oily or acne-prone skin types.
MIZON Collagen Power Lifting Cream 50ml (1.69 fl.oz.)
As an extra bit of moisture for AFTER I use the rest of my Mizon Snail products, I got this collagen moisturizer. It, like the toner, adds moisture and a protective barrier from the dry desert wind and air, without feeling greasy. It has brought life back to my complexion, keeping my own moisture in, without causing breakouts, oiliness clogged pores or any other unsavory issues for my oily, but drying skin. I had been using a chia moisturizer and another oil-free moisturizer prior to this, and while they too did not cause oily skin woes, they weren’t moisturizing my skin! And now I NEEDED that on top of my oily skin cleansing issues. I also tried a few L’Oreal and Garnier moisturizers picked up at the local store, but they felt heavy and simultaneously aggravated my oily skin problems – causing pimples – while not effectively making my skin feel a healthy kind of moist. It felt fake and heavy. This moisturizer works perfectly for me, doesn’t feel like a product is on there, but makes me feel clean and healthy. It’s perfect.
MIZON Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack 80ml (2.70 fl.oz.)
Okay, this has some interesting CONS to it, but the PROS are so amazing I can’t complain. This is hands down the stickiest, funkiest-feeling, gooey-ewey sleeping mask I have tried – and I’ve now tried quite a few – but aside from still loving my red wine packs to use on some nights I don’t want the sticky-factor going on, this mask is AMAZING! Smear the tiniest amount across your face (literally half a pea size), overlooking the Spiderman-stringy bits as you take it from the pot and gently tap it on. Endure the texture that doesn’t really ever dry. Go to sleep and awake with the most gorgeous skin ever! This sleeping pack made the effects of my Mizon Snail line products and the Collagen add-ons work overtime. If I loved the way my skin felt using them before, this pack makes that feeling at least double all on its own. Because basically, when I use this pack I awake with poreless, smooth, buttery soft skin. It seems to allow everything else to exfoliate and moisturize and – everything it does normally to improve texture, tone, etc. – but MORE and FASTER. It blows the Red Wine packs I’d loved until now out of the water. It feels gooey, and my boyfriend has to very carefully kiss me on the lips – we look exactly like those cartoons of two kids bending towards each other for a tiny peck – but even he patted my cheeks the day after the first time I used the pack and said “Ahhhh!” Try it, and if possible use it with the Mizon line, as I can guarantee the effects are glorious.
Bottom line: Though I have an assortment of other products I use along with my normal daily routine, I am sorta in love with Mizon. I plan to check out more of their products over time and I will update my reviews accordingly because I feel like if you like ONE of their potions, you will like the effects of the whole line and other mix and match effects (like my addition of Collagen products to combat dryness) even more! Oh, and GET that Snail Sleeping Pack. Hands down my favorite item of the lot, though it needs the other items to really work the best magic possible. Good luck and I truly hope this has helped and you get your loveliest skin ever, too!
3.Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder
I’m two weeks in with this products and let me tell you. My skin is so oily to the point where I’ve been asked on multiple occasions if I’m hot because my face looks sweaty. I legit could not wear makeup with out have to start my blotting 1 hr into a full face of make up. Over they day cause I’m so oily no matter how much I blot or how little makeup i put on I end up looking like a ad of grease. When I apply this powder, I look like a perfect matte china doll. Then after 2 hours still mate. 4 mostly matte (light amount of oil) But ladies, after I blot my face is so matte still that it looks like I put on a fresh face of makeup. No sticky after oil blotting feeling, no having to reapply, and still kicking ass for a full 8 hours. This shit works so good ladies that even after I wash my face. I’ve noticed a decrease in the access oil I produce over the course of a day without it even being on my face! I’ve tried all kinds of matting sprays, setting powders, face washes & toners with empty promises. But this works! P.s I’m black so if you are darker put this on under your make up to prevent a slightly ashy look. And P.S. to all: moisturize really good before putting this on. And a little goes a long way.
4.Innisfree Skinny Microcara
Can a smaller brush deliver bigger lashes? It may not make sense initially, but buyers insist this Innisfree Skinny Microcara uses its tiny bristles to individually coat every lash with an anti-clump, anti-flake formula. The result: defined, lengthened lashes that still look natural.
I’ve heard many great things about Innisfree’s Skinny Microcara, particularly on how well it works for those with short, sparse lashes, so when I saw this new release which claims to be an upgraded version of that mascara, I was intrigued. Of course, I do also prefer this version’s sleek packaging compared to its predecessor, so why not, right? Let’s see how it fares.
Waterproof mascara with distinctive micro skinny brush that coats lashes from base to tip with smudge-proof layer of volume.
It is the new version of Skinny Waterproof Microcara Mascara which has better performance on water-resistance and curling ability.
The brush length is also reduced from 20mm to 14mm, which makes it easier for people who have single eyelids or inner double eyelids to apply on lashes.
With a 2.5mm diameter, the brush helps lift and thicken every single lash without lumping. It is strong against water, sweat and sebum.
Stay neat all day without smudging!
Non-aqueous powder strong against tears creates one layer and sebum-protective film polymer creates another layer. The strengthened layering shield maintains clean eyelash makeup without smudging.
Keep eyelashes neatly curled as it permed without drooping!
Heavy ingredients are avoided, ultra light powder that lightly and closely adheres to eyelashes is used for maximum curling time.
NEW skinny brush to apply content neatly without gunk!
The skinny micro brush optimized for Korean eyes meticulously brushes every lash closely from the roots to produce neat eyes without clutter.
Customers with weak and thin eyelashes.
Customers with more fat on the eyelid and lower lash line who often experience mascara staining on the skin and smudging after time.
Customers with short and straight eyelashes who have difficulty curling them up.
(review from https://cosmeperks.com/innisfree-skinny-microcara-zero-02-brown-review/)
5.Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet
I consider myself to be a face mask enthusiast. I have tried all types of face masks, ranging from high-end to these very affordable sheet masks. Take it from me, paying an arm and a leg for face masks does not guarantee a high quality product. A lot of times affordable face masks can be every bit as good as the high end version..or even better. It’s a lot of trial and error.
I’ve been using these sheet masks for a few months now and I’m very happy with them.
WHAT I LOVE:
- These masks pack a punch when it comes to hydration. As with most sheet masks, I cannot tell a huge difference between the masks. Each mask seems to do the same thing.
- These masks are thick, soft and strong. They go on beautifully and stay in place. The only issue I have with placement is the part that you fold under your chin. It always comes undone and just hangs down. BUT this happens with pretty much every cotton sheet mask.
- Each mask is drenched in essence. They come loaded with essence and I’ve never had any issue with dripping. The essence is thick enough that it won’t drip. It has enough essence left in the package to rub on my neck, décolleté, arms and hands. Don’t be shy…really rub that essence everywhere.
- They smell amazing. It’s a very light, refreshing scent.
I cleanse/exfoliate my face, use a toner and then apply this mask. I keep it on for 20 minutes and then peel it off. I then ball the mask up and pat it all over my face and neck (there is still a lot of essence left on the mask). Then I apply my serum, eye cream and moisturizer. Do not wash off the mask! These leave my face feeling hydrated and soft. The next morning the overall texture of my skin is improved.
Highly recommend. (review from Amazon)