Korean beauty products are incredibly trendy at the moment.
From serums, essences, and the coveted sheet masks, to lip stains, bb cushions, and hundreds of brow products, knowing what to get can seem overwhelming.
Thankfully, Vancouver’s H-Mart comes to the rescue. We’ve compiled a list of the best beauty products available right at the Seymour and Robson Street location to help take some of the guess work out of converting your beauty routine to one that’s wholly Korean.
Here are 10 must-try Korean beauty products available at H-Mart.
Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair is often said to be a dupe for Esteé Lauder’s Night Repair Serum. This ampoule (aka serum) is packed with nutrients like fermented Bifida, Lactobacillus, and Lactococcus (fermented ingredients are big in Korea), which promise to boost your skin’s natural defence barrier with vitamin B12 and peptides.
This sun block not only provides invisible protection with an SPF of 50 (dermatologists recommend you wear at least SPF 30 on a daily basis), it genuinely smells like mangoes. Try not to eat this while you apply it, it’ll be tough.
This foaming face wash cleanses your skin deeply without stripping. Your skin will feel refreshed, but not tight, and contains calcium, minerals, acetic and amino acids, and vitamins for nutrition. Plus, salt particles give your skin a refreshing, mild daily exfoliation. Ideal for combination or oily skins.
Yes, you read that right – this skincare set contains snail slime as the key ingredient. People in Korea have been using snail slime – or snail mucin, if you will – as a reparative ingredient in their lotions and potions for years, and now North Americans are finally catching on. This skincare set includes a toner and an emulsion (similar to a serum, but more watery), but H-Mart also sells the moisturizing cream.
Another quintessential Korean beauty product is cushion bb creams and foundations. So what is that, you ask? Usually a light coverage product contained in a sponge-like cushion. Flip open the compact, press your hydro puff into the cushion, and pat all over your face for a smooth, dewey finish. Missha’s Magic Cushion contains an SPF of 50 and contains bamboo water and baobab extract. The only downside? Missha has a very limited shade range.
If Korea is known for just one skincare item, it’s sheet masks. H-Mart carries hundreds of them across brands like Missha, Tonymoly, Leader, and many others. The Tonymoly masks will give you the best bang for your buck, however – you can buy six of them for $10, and there’s one to satisfy every skincare issue. Simply place the sheet on your face, wait 20 minutes, and revel in your skin’s fresh glow.
Price: Various prices.
Lip tints can be tricky. Some of them apply patchy or stain your lips in odd ways. Not these guys. They go on smoothly, evenly, and last ages. Despite the watery texture, these lip tints even pack a powerful, pigmented punch.
Another sheet mask, but for your feet. This mask will cause the rough, dry skin on your feet to peel away over a period of several days, leaving you with soft, smooth feet that rival going to the salon for a pedicure.
This cleanser is reminiscent of classic cleansing creams. In one fell swoop, this cream will wipe away makeup and clean your skin all while leaving you with soft, touchable skin. Follow up with a foaming cleanser or use twice for the “double cleanse method” that many Korean women swear by.
Galactomyces is, by some accounts, a dupe for the extremely pricey SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (around $130 CAD for 150 ML) and contains fermented yeast to soften and brighten skin. It’s watery and light and is meant to be applied before serum. Simply add a few drops in the palm of your hand and gently press it into the skin.