Korean Beauty Products (or K-Beauty Products) are extraordinarily popular at the moment. And why wouldn’t they be? The Koreans have skincare and make up down pat.
Not for the squeamish, some of the exotic ingredients found in Korean skincare are snail mucin, bee venom and starfish extract, and they are big fans of the sheet mask. The focus is definitely the skin, and the aim is to have a flawless, pore less porcelain complexion.
I recently attended a Sephora Media showcase and there was a plethora of new South Korean brands. I was introduced and received products from the 3 following brands:
The packaging looks clinical and clean, it appeals to me straight away. When I researched the product range, it looks like it is developed by dermatologist and the collection is extensive, offering solutions for concerns like fine lines/sensitivity/dark spots/acne.
I was given a pack of 5 sheet masks to try and a sample of the moisturiser in the V7 range, both targeted at toning. V7 stands for 7 Vitamins: A, B3, B5, C, E, F, H. Let me explain below what they actually do:
- Vitamin A – Also known as a Retinoid. Exfoliates the skin and evens out skintone
- Vitamin B3 – known as Niacinamide, improves skin tone and improves skin moisiturisation
- Vitamin B5 – a humectant, which means that it draws moisture from the air to the skin. A clever little vitamin!
- Vitamin C – reduces the appearance of brown spots and boosts collagen production
- Vitamin E – Anti Oxidant, helps protect agains free radicals
- Vitamin F – Essential Fatty Acids, emollient and moisture binding
- Vitamin H – Or B7 or Biotin, necessary for cell growth and production of fatty acids.
Phew. That is a whole lot of great stuff in a mask and cream. All I can say is the mask is very comfortable, is saturated with a white cream and my skin felt very soft and plumped after I took it off. I think it needs more than one application to show a real difference.
Available from ^ Sephora.
Caolion is an hypo allergenic skincare range based on natural ingredients free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, alcohol and other skin irritants. It is said that the founder wants her products so natural that she can eat them. And apparently she does.
This is a range to purify the skin and has some very interesting products. Purifying pore masks that heat up for cleansing paired up with tightening cooling masks.
I tried the Blackhead Steam Pore mask on my nose. Main ingredients are clay and charcoal and it warms up like a little oven! I have not tried the calming cooling mask but it has been described as a little AC unit for the face. Unfortunately this range is not really suited to my skin so I passed it on to my teenage daughter. So far she likes the sparkling blackhead soap, but is still getting used to the sleeping masks.
Buy it from ^ Sephora.
3CE or 3 Concept Eyes*
3CE is the brainchild of the Korean Fashion blogger StyleNanda. This is one of the more luxe Korean ranges on the market. Quirky, very pigmented and lovely to use. The matte black packaging with simple white writing is lovely. Some of the products I received: The Fitting Cushion Foundation and the Back to Baby BB Cream are unfortunately way too pale for me. The Glow Beam cream is a STUNNING cream highlighter, and the eyeshadow quad is shimmer galore.
But the lippies. WOW. The lippies are great. There are 50 (fifty!!) colours available and I received 10 colours. The Original ones are a little creamier than the Matte colours, but are both equally strongly pigmented and one swipe is enough to cover the lips. I feel a little greedy keeping all of them but I love every single colour!
I think I will keep them all to myself!
Available at ^ Sephora
There are so many more great Korean brands out there. If you know of any that are particularly great anti ageing brands, help a girl out and let me know in the comments below.
Linking up with the beauty crowd over at Fabulous and Fun Life
*Please note, all products were gifted as PR samples for reviewing purposes, but this post is not sponsored.
^Because Sephora is an affiliate in my side bar, if you click on the link it makes me a little money with no extra cost to you! Thank you in advance!
Til Next time,