Korean Skincare Wishlist

Hey all! So if you don’t know, I’m very into Korean skincare and cosmetics, although it’s not often I can get my hands on the products, for various reasons. Still, that doesn’t stop me from creating a little wishlist of them especially so I can keep in handy on the occasion where I can splurge a little bit (well, my definition of splurge).

And because I think it might be interesting for you as well – not just as introductions to new brands – but also because there are some Korean skincare products that you may find interesting and want to try out. None of these are incredibly expensive, and you can find them relatively easily online. 

When it comes to beauty and skincare, Korean brands are my preferred choice. That's why I've created a wishlist of Korean skincare items that I'd love to get!

When it comes to beauty and skincare, Korean brands are my preferred choice. That's why I've created a wishlist of Korean skincare items that I'd love to get!


I’m going to start off with one of two makeup products in this list: Missha’s Perfect Cover BB cream. At first, I didn’t understand BB cream at all – I thought it was basically a lighter foundation and I saw no use for it until I tried the Enprani sample I got a really long time ago. Now I’m hooked.

This product comes in a variety of shades, and apart from disguising blemishes, evening skin tone and providing your SPF, it also has anti-aging and brightening effects. Not life-changing or particularly special, but I’ve had some things from Missha that I like, and I’d like to venture out into their makeup range. 

I am also intrigued by the packaging, only because it looks like a tube with a pump at the top, so I’m not sure how that works, but I can see this being a good travel necessity.


Not going to lie, this BB cream is really similar to the Missha one, but a dollar cheaper. Honestly I don’t see a huge difference, so I’d be happy with one or the other but there are a few differences to take note of. 

Firstly, this BB cream only comes in one shade which can be very limiting. However it does have another counterpart (the VIP Gold) which is similar but provides heavier coverage if that’s what you need.

The biggest thing I like about this BB cream compared to Missha is that it’s supposed to moisturize and hydrate as well as disguising blemishes. For someone like me with drier skin, that sounds pretty good.

When it comes to beauty and skincare, Korean brands are my preferred choice. That's why I've created a wishlist of Korean skincare items that I'd love to get!


First things first. The Beauty Gel and Beauty Water are two different products for $30 each. Just to clarify.

Now the Beauty Water is apparently a pretty big thing in Korean skincare right now, but I have to admit it reminds me of a mix between micellar water and something like Mario Badescu’s facial spray. It’s a toner and cleanser that has mild exfoliating abilities so you can prep your face before makeup to create a flawless base. They say you can use it all day – in the morning to prep your face, during the day as a refresher and at night as a cleanser. That sounds like a lot of claims to me, especially when you throw in the fact that it has ingredients like rose water to add hydration, etc. etc. Still, I’d love to try out this favorite and see how it compares to micellar water, as well as to see how it would work on my skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, but I know a lot of products say that while being designed for one.

The Beauty Gel is more of a moisturizer and primer in one. Compared to the Beauty Water it does a lot less, but at the same time I like that it moisturizes and primes in one step. I’m sure there are other products that will do the same thing and probably for a cheaper price tag, but I would love to pair it with the Beauty Water. Usually products like this (same brand, similar names, but a different purpose) have a tendency to do well together. 


When it comes to beauty and skincare, Korean brands are my preferred choice. That's why I've created a wishlist of Korean skincare items that I'd love to get!


I don’t know what it is with me and cleansers lately, but I can’t get enough of them. And because I have so many is partly the reason why I’m holding off on purchasing this one, even though it’s one of my more coveted Korean skincare items on this list. 

The biggest thing I think is really cool about this particular cleanser is that there’s not just green tea extract in it, there’s green tea leaves. This water-based cleanser is supposed to hydrate and brighten your skin, and it seems from the raving reviews that it makes a noticeable difference. Obviously I take these with a grain of salt, but it’s promising to see rather than a bunch of terrible reviews.

And if you’re not a fan of green tea, they have plenty of other options, each with their own benefits: cranberry to prevent premature aging and cereal to brighten and hydrate as well, to name a few. These are supposed to be suited for all skin types, but especially sensitive skin as it’s a foam and not stripping at all. I don’t have sensitive skin myself, but I like that it’s not really harsh as opposed to my other foam cleanser (the Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser) which I like, but it is quite stripping.


This is one of the few Korean skincare products on this list where it’s actually aimed towards people with sensitive or dry skin. This cleansing water is actually a little more similar to micellar water than Son & Park’s Beauty Water, because this removes makeup and impurities while leaving your skin clean and refreshed.

I also have to mention it also contains rose petals inside! Apparently there’s a mesh filter which prevents the “natural sediment” from leaving, so if you’re looking for something functional but adorable to put on your vanity, you should add this to your list. They have a calendula version for the same price that’s more suitable for those with oily, acne-prone skin that also contains real calendula petals in it.  


Can you tell I’m really loving Neogen right now? This is one of the more interesting products (although I’m loving all of their stuff), and it’s all about exfoliating. It’s also sold out on Soko Glam at the moment, but once it’s back in stock I’m definitely going to try to get it as I like exfoliating products and I need some anyway.

Each tub contains 30 single-use pads that you use to scrub over your face for gentle but effective exfoliating. There’s even a little pocket to put your fingers in so you can use it easily! The “wine” part of the name comes from it’s main ingredient: resveratrol. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps in reducing damage from free-radicals which occur from pollution or the sun and create wrinkles.

So not only does this product exfoliate a take off dead skin cells but it also helps your skin!


When it comes to beauty and skincare, Korean brands are my preferred choice. That's why I've created a wishlist of Korean skincare items that I'd love to get!


So I actually have a Skinfood store relatively close by, but haven’t yet made the jump to buy this (or even see if it’s there in stock) just yet. Reviews are pretty mixed, but the name really does intrigue me.

However it’s by no means a mask by how we think about it – leaving it on for 20 minutes before washing it off. After your moisturizer you apply this to your face and neck, where it’s supposed to hydrate and soften your skin. I equate this very much to a hardcore moisturizer as opposed to a normal one since you use it after your daily night routine. I’d like to get this more out of curiosity rather than need, especially because it’s not the cheapest.


Probably the most popular Korean skincare product out of all of these, the Banila Clean It Co is very similar to the Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet I reviewed a while ago, but this one is also a cult Korean skincare fave for many.  

Like the Grain Ferment Sherbet, it’s solid in the tub and only turns into an oil when you rub it on your face to take off your makeup. So far I love using the Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet to take off my makeup as it’s so easy, and it takes it off really well so I’d love to see how the Banila compares since I’m running out of my Grain Ferment. 

If you have sensitive skin, there’s another version of this (the Banila Clean It Co Zero Purity) that you should use. Otherwise, the Classic should be good enough.


When it comes to beauty and skincare, Korean brands are my preferred choice. That's why I've created a wishlist of Korean skincare items that I'd love to get!


I actually put this on the list because it was part of Jenn Im’s January favorites, and even though it didn’t become her holy grail moisturizer, it still did a good job and since I’m on the hunt for my own holy grail moisturizing product, I’d thought I just add it in. It is a little bit on the pricier side compared to other products on here (and considering in general it’s just a moisturizer) but I do like the idea of chia seeds, which are supposed to be more hydrating.


Annnd, last but not least we’ve got the Innisfree Super Volcanic clay mask. I’ve heard amazing reviews on this mask, so it makes me really happy that I can get it on Amazon (w/ free shipping the last time I checked) for about $11. It’s probably not the full-size since the official Innisfree site sells it for $15, but I think it would be a good chance to try it out, especially since for a while volcanic ash as a skincare ingredient was in so many things. I’m curious to see how it’d fare out on my skin. Plus, Innisfree is a good brand and so far I’ve liked everything I’ve tried from them.

This Pore Clay mask claims to shrink pores, exfoliate, deeply cleanse and brighten, so there’s a lot to this. And since it is a mask, you rinse it off after 10 minutes. Now the reason I specified the super instead of the Jeju is because the purpose for the “super” is great for treating pores, which I do need some help with. With the price, it’s claims, and it’s well-liked status, I can’t wait to be able to try this out.

Are you into Korean skincare? Which of these interest you the most? 



  • Cherie

    Well needless to say, I wouldn’t be commenting if I wasn’t a superfan of Korean skincare and makeup! I have the Banila Co balm and it’s true, it’s pretty amazing – it takes off the toughest mascara I own (the Etude House Curl Fix one) and it doesn’t feel dry after cleansing it too 😀 and omg yes heard so much about Neogen too, especially the Wine Peel Gauze! It looks super cool, and I actually saw this came up again in Rachel’s (thatschic) video on her 10-step routine hahaha. AND YES LOL I saw Jenn Im’s Chia Seed review too, it looks quite interesting but man I did not expect it to be $30++?? Oh and I have tried the Innisfree Clay mask but only for my nose but I’m not sure if it’s that effective? I have a sample of the whole mask but haven’t tried that yet!


    Cherie xx

    • Samantha Gong

      YAY, another fan of Korean skincare and makeup! Haha actually Rachel’s video totally inspired this – there were so many products in there that sounded really cool so once I had those down I got really into checking out the Soko Glam website and everything which is where I found a lot of other really cool products I would LOVE to get. And yeah I didn’t expect it to be $30+ either, so I’m a little bit ehh about it but at the same time I at least want to give it a shot. Lol I trust YouTubers so much haha. If you do try the whole mask, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! I’m mostly thinking about it because of my problem areas like my nose, cheeks and between my eyebrows so even though I’ve heard good things on it in terms of shrinking pores, I’m just curious to see how it would work out for you. BUT THANKS FOR THE SUPER DUPER LONG COMMENT, I actually really like them 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, Cherie!

  • Gabrielle

    I’m yet to try any Korean beauty products, however there is undoubtedly a rise in bloggers trying them and being pleased with the results, so I may well give some a go soon! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    • Samantha Gong

      You should! I try to get Korean products wherever I can, as I like the results I get from their products whether it’s makeup or skincare. If you do try them out, I’d love to know how you like it 🙂

  • I’ve heard such good things about Korean cosmetics, it would be so interesting to try these skincare products – especially the beauty water and gel, they sound fantastic! x

    Viva Epernay |

    • Samantha Gong

      Yes I was actually quite interested in the Beauty Water and Beauty Gel! I feel like they would be great products, especially when travelling too! Thanks for dropping by Sarah 🙂

  • I had the MISSHA BB Cream, it is awesome and gives flawless coverage. I just had to get rid of it though because I had it for too long and was worried it would go bad, and now I regret it :/ there’s The Face Shop inside a mall in SF’s Japantown, and I am dying to check out their products whenever I go back!


    • Samantha Gong

      Good to hear the BB cream worked out well for you Hannah! It’s a shame you had to throw it out, but at least it’s not ridiculously expensive. I’m squeezing out the last bits of my Enprani BB cream sample because as much as I like it, I really don’t want to spend over $80 to get the full size haha. There’s the Face Shop in a Korean store nearby me too, but I haven’t really looked at their stuff because it’s a small section towards the back, but I’d be curious if they still have what I’m looking for. I’m sure the one inside the mall would be filled with awesome stuff 🙂

  • Korean skincare is very intriguing, but unfortunately I don’t have access to much of it here in Italy. I do have a BB cream from Missha (I believe it’s the Signature Real) I haven’t used in a while, though. This post has reminded me to dig it out again!

    • Samantha Gong

      That’s a bummer, but at least there’s a ton of European brands that are really interesting as well. There are a few I’d love to get my hands on! Ooh, the Signature Real has such pretty packaging! I’m curious to know how it compares to the Perfect Cover since they’re about the same price. I would love to know if you like it though!

      • I do like it, but the shade I have (which is the only warm-toned one, if I remember well) is too dark for me in the winter and I can’t really use it in the summer because I need something with more oil-control. That’s why I don’t really use it too often…

        • Samantha Gong

          Oh, I see. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts!

  • That cleanser with literal tea leaves is so cool! I’m yet to try any Korean products, but your post certainly encourages me! The BB creams you tried sound wonderful

    Rachel xx

    • Samantha Gong

      Right?! I love green tea anything, so this cleanser went right on my list as soon as I saw it lol. And the best part is it’s not TOO expensive, so it’s definitely a reachable price. If you ever do try out some Korean products, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! 🙂

  • Amazing list! Some of the products here are on my wishlist too 🙂


    • Samantha Gong

      Thank you Alyssa! Haha seems like we have a similar mind frame 🙂 I’m just curious though, which ones are on your wishlist?

  • Oh man! I know that I have a lot of Korean products on my wishlist! Haha 🙂 Sometimes I tend to horde a lot of the stuff because they are so well packaged! Great wishlist! 🙂


    • Samantha Gong

      Oh my gosh, me too! I’m a huge sucker for packaging, so sometimes I’ll just keep the boxes or I won’t use a product for the longest time because I love the way it looks. Especially with Korean stuff lol. Thanks for commenting 🙂

      • Haha! That’s the same way I am! Especially with Etude House products their packaging is so cute I tend to leave it there and just stare at it instead of using it! I feel as if I’ll ruin it or something hahah 🙂


  • Boo I regret not getting the innisfree volcanic mask!!! I bought a volcanic blackhead out balm when I was in Asia and wish I picked up more from them! Innisfree mask sheets are really good too!

    • Samantha Gong

      How do you like the blackhead out balm though? I’ve never tried their sheet masks, but now I really want to! Innisfree has some amazing stuff; I would I could get my hands on all of it haha.

  • Alice

    Absolutely love Korean beauty products and your wishlist looks gorgeous!

    • Samantha Gong

      Korean beauty products are my favorites! Thanks for dropping by, Alice!

  • Oh my gosh, I want to try the Chia Seed face cream because of Jenn Im too! I really want to try more Korean makeup and skincare. 🙂
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    • Samantha Gong

      Yesss, haha I trust YouTubers a lot, plus you know, Jenn Im is one of my style icons 😛 I want to try more Korean skincare as well, since lately I feel like I’m using mostly American / European stuff.

  • Yousra

    I have one of Skin Foods’ masks and I love it! Many great products that I have to check out myself!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

    • Samantha Gong

      Me too; I love their Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, that stuff is so amazing!

  • These sound great! I love discovering new skincare!


    • Samantha Gong

      Oh good! Hopefully I could give you some new ideas 🙂

  • Always love learning about new beauty products out there today so I really enjoyed this post! Love the beauty water 🙂 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

    • Samantha Gong

      Thank you Maireem, I’m really glad you liked it! The Beauty Water is definitely interesting 🙂

  • That beauty gel sounds really interesting, have never come across anything like that before!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Samantha Gong

      Yes, both the Water and the Gel seem really great! I do hope they live up to the hype. Thanks for dropping by, Mica 🙂

  • We love Japanese skin care, but we haven’t tried any Korean skin ranges yet. We’ve heard alot about Missha though, but it seems to be harder to find these days. where do you tend to get your Korean beauty products?

    M + K

    • Samantha Gong

      There are a few different places I get mine – mostly from Memebox because they have some great deals on boxes where I can quite a few full-sized products (although if you’re not in the US I don’t believe this option is available at the moment), but I’ve also purchased from Amazon. I haven’t tried getting anything from Peach & Lily or Soko Glam, but both have wide ranges of Korean skincare and makeup if you want to check them out! Also, I haven’t really gotten into Japanese skin care, but I know a lot of people like it! What brands would you recommend?

  • I just book marked this page! Korean skin care is the BEST. Thank you for this roundup of great products! Love your blog <3

    Jac Fleurant | http://www.herwearabouts.com

    • Aw, thank you so much! And yay, I’m so glad you liked this post; Korean skincare is my favorite so I thought it would be fitting to have a whole wishlist to share too 🙂