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5 outrageously innovative Korean beauty products that you need to try

Trying new, foreign beauty products has truly never been this exciting.

Korean beauty products are some of the most innovative and unique beauty products out there, and, not surprisingly, they are taking the world by storm. I was introduced to them around a year ago when I was looking for something new to add to my daily skincare and beauty routine. I discovered endless cool and unique beauty products that I didn’t even think existed until I decided to dive into this world of Korean beauty. Not only do these products have vibrant and cute packaging, they also use weird ingredients and creative formulas that aren’t widely used in other beauty markets.

There’s a lot to be discovered from the Korean beauty industry. Everyone from beauty gurus on YouTube to writers from Vogue are raving about them, and now even North American companies are trying to join in on this madness and release their own versions of face masks or snail creams! From lip powders to gold caviar toners, this list will highlight some of the weirdest and effective products out there.

Now, without further ado, here are five weird Korean beauty products that you need to try for yourself to believe.

1. TONYMOLY Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch 


Although face masks are rising in popularity, lip masks still aren’t as well known and don’t get the credit they deserve. These are amazing for hydrating your lips and making them softer. I know that the idea of placing a slimy mask on your lips for 20 minutes doesn’t seem like the greatest idea at first, but it’s worth it once you see and feel the results. This is also a much less painful alternative to those lip plumpers that are going viral these days. Although they won’t have such drastic results, it still gives a nice natural plump to your lips and leaves them feeling hydrated.

2. The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Blackhead Heating Gel Mask

This product has been such a time saver for me and is far less painful than any blackhead removing strip, because the typical strips can be painful and especially not ideal for sensitive skin. The gel formula has active heating agents that get to work when you apply it to your skin, so you can actually feel the surface getting warmer as it works its magic. Then, after 15 minutes, you can just wash it off. Your blackheads will have magically disappeared! I found this a lot more effective for sensitive skin as it doesn’t leave it feeling irritated or red after. The use of natural ingredients is perfect for all skin types, and this stuff lasts for quite a while too, since a little goes a long way. This can be purchased in store at The Face Shop.

3. RiRe Lip Powder

I love using this product, because the formula is so cool and innovative. The idea of a lip powder sounds weird, but this magical powder turns liquid when it touches your lips. The fallout of this product is very minimum, and this formula is truly one of a kind. It’s very moisturizing, lightweight, and leaves a vibrant tint of color behind. I never imagined a lip powder could be hydrating until I tried this! It also comes in four shades, and they’re perfect for every season. This is a product that you cannot find in any North American beauty retailers, but I imagine it will be trending very soon.

4. Skinfood Gold Caviar Toner

This gold and caviar toner is as luxurious as it sounds. Russian caviar and gold come together as a dream team to create a nourishing and moisturizing formula like no other. It absorbs into your skin easily as you pat it on and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. It’ll make your skin smoother and is the perfect base for soft and supple skin. Although it doesn’t seem like it would, it actually smells amazing, and the scent isn’t too overpowering either. It can also be applied by itself or before your makeup routine. This toner is one step above everything else I’ve tried and suitable for all skin types.

5. Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint

Getting a lip tint has never been this much fun. All you have to do is apply the glossy tint to your lips and wait for 5 minutes for it to dry. After it dries, you can just peel it off and your lips will have a vibrant and perfect tint. The color of the gloss is a lot darker than the actual tint so the color appears a lot more natural. It’s long-lasting and stays on your lips all day which is great for those of us who do not have the time to reapply all the time. These also smell amazing and have hydrating ingredients so that your lips don’t get dry after you peel off the product.

Overall, all of these beauty products are items I’ve been using for a while now and continue to love and get amazed by each day. They’re perfect for anyone looking to get a little more adventurous with their beauty ventures or want to try something a little different than the usual boring lipsticks or toners. The Korean beauty industry is like a hidden gem that’s being transitioned into North American beauty brands because of how effective and unique they are, and it’s not going to be long before they take over the world of beauty.

  • Maha Syeda

    Maha Syeda is a journalism student at Ryerson University. She's passionate about writing on several different topics, whether it’s food, fashion, or politics. She's also a shopaholic and a huge foodie. When she's not writing, she's often binge watching Korean dramas or jamming to her hip-hop playlist.