Shop These Beauty Brands For Cheap In Korea | Clozette

There’s no denying that Korean skincare and makeup products are in high demand these days. Anyone who has tried these beauty items would understand why. Aside from good formulations, they also come in the cutest packaging, and as a cherry on top, they’re also affordable. But despite K-Beauty’s massive success outside Korea, it can still be challenging to get your hands on some interesting new releases. 

All the added courier and tax fees plus the long waiting time is enough to discourage us from having the products shipped. So if you’re lucky enough to go on a trip to South Korea soon, take the opportunity to buy products from these brands for a cheaper price before heading home.


COSRX quickly became popular due to its no-nonsense skincare products that deliver great results. Now, they’re expanding at a rapid rate and distributing their goods internationally via consignments with beauty hubs like Watsons and Riley Rose. While we can grab some of their bestsellers like the One Step Original Clear Pad off the shelves at a nearby cosmetic store, some of their new must-have products are still hard to come by and are often sold by independent vendors for a much higher price. If you ever find yourself in Myeongdong, look for ALand where you can find a COSRX corner. Make sure to get the latest PHA Moisture Renewal Cream and Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence before they’re sold out.


As a huge advocate of using natural skincare ingredients, Neogen focuses on gentle yet effective skincare for individuals who have sensitive skin. The brand’s one-of-a-kind products made a good impression on influential beauty gurus like Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam, who eventually collaborated with the brand to create the beloved Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick. If you’ve always wanted to try it, better to get it from Korea at Olive Young Myeongdong where it’s sold cheaper compared to buying it online or from importers.

Krave Beauty

Developed by beauty influencer Liah Yoo, this up-and-coming skincare brand is officially sold only in the United States and South Korea. However, you have the option to order it from individual online sellers; the only problem is that it’s costly. For example, the coveted Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser is sold for KRW16,000 (~USD14.30) in Korea but the average price online could go as high as USD24. A big difference, right? During your trip to Korea, you can place an order on the official website and just wait for up to 2-3 days for the parcel to arrive at your hotel.

April Skin

To this date, April Skin’s most popular items are still their cushions. The craze started with the Magic Snow Cushion, which is said to give amazing coverage yet still maintains a natural, skin-like finish. Over the years, the formula has been improved and the new Perfect Magic Cover Dual Cushion was born. Wanna give it a try? Head to their store at Lotte Young Plaza Myeongdong where the prices are lower and sometimes there are even discounts. You may even get a chance to bag freebies and samples.

3CE by StyleNanda

Known for their pretty packaging and trendy makeup items, 3CE is considered the epitome of a Korean makeup brand. Their products are available locally and online but prices are still cheaper when you buy them straight from the source. If you haven’t given their products a try, we recommend you check out the award-winning Multi Eye Color Palette in Overtake, the Maison Kitsune collaboration and 3CE Back To Baby BB Cream. Swing by their Hong-dae flagship store where you can try out all 3CE products, fit some StyleNanda clothing, and dine at the cute StyleNanda cafe.

(Cover photo from: @3ce_official)

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How'd the weekend treat ya? If you're still easing into the new week, here's something that may help. Get a dose of the latest and hottest news in the worlds of fashion and beauty to give your mind a bit of respite. 

Charcoal setting spray

This one may seem a bit sketchy, but Milani Cosmetics promise that this will be a great addition to anyone's makeup routine, especially those with oily skin. The charcoal found in the product will help absorb oil and toxins on the skin, leaving you looking fresh all day long. Will you try it?

More Alcheme

Singaporean brand Alcheme has launched a few new skincare lines. Say hello to Rejuvenate {me}, Brighten {me} and Clear & Mattify {me}. All of the lines aim to help people get smooth, glowing skin by addressing specific skin problems.

Style Theory goes offline

Style Theory, Southeast Asia's largest fashion rental subscription service, goes offline with their first brick-and-mortar store at NomadX at Plaza Singapura. Visit their store to learn more about their offerings.

Chupa Chups at 60

Candy brand Chupa Chups celebrated their 60th year in the business with the biggest lollipop installation in the Philippines. Check it out at Bonifacio Global City.

(Cover photo from: @milanicosmetics)

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In an ideal world, we all would always have the time and money to complete 10 steps in a skincare routine. But we all know that's not the case. Sometimes, we're just too tired or busy to finish the regimen. The good news is, there's a shorter route to healthy complexion and it's called "skip-care." Koreans are slowly starting to move away from their beauty products and are doing a skincare diet. By using multipurpose products, you can skip a few steps and simplify your routine without sacrificing results. Interested? Here are a few products that you can use to speed up your skincare regimen.

Hybrid cleanser

SKIN INC Pure Trinity Serum-Infused Cleansing H2OIL, SGD58.50/~USD42.50 (

Double cleansing with only one product? It's possible with hybrid cleansers that combine both cleansing water and oil. We recommend you try SKIN INC's Pure Trinity Serum-Infused Cleansing H2OIL which has three layers: serum, cleansing water and soothing oil. This formula can effectively remove makeup and impurities, plus nourish the skin with its revitalising serum. 

Hydrating toner

Innisfree Jeju Orchid Fluid, SGD34/~USD24.70 

Skip heavy moisturisers altogether and instead opt for a hydrating toner. For those with dry skin, you can just layer the toner up to three times. This skip-care hack is especially great for busy mornings so you don't need to pile on too many products. All you need to apply is the hydrating toner, makeup and sunscreen! Try the new Innisfree Jeju Orchid Fluid, it has a watery, hydrating texture that's loaded with skin-firming ingredients.

A facial oil with multiple benefits

Herbivore Lapis facial oil, USD72 (

Facial oils are becoming more and more popular these days and for good reason. Aside from targeting different areas of concern like pimples, dark spots and fine lines, they also serve as excellent moisturisers. As they have more concentration of beneficial ingredients, they're also deemed more effective at delivering visible results. If you don't have a go-to facial oil yet, consider trying a holy-grail like Herbivore's Lapis facial oil, which contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to keep acne at bay.

A powerful serum

Clarins Double Serum, SGD125/~USD90.82 (30ml), SGD170/~USD123.52 (50ml)

If you prefer the texture of serums, choose one that contains an array of powerful ingredients. For this, we recommend the highly acclaimed Clarins Double Serum. One bottle already contains all the necessary properties to maintain supple, glowing skin. Learn more about the latest version of the Clarins Double Serum here

A glow-boosting sleeping mask

Origins PLANTSCRIPTION™ Powerful Lifting Overnight Mask, USD63 (

For nights when you're too tired to apply multiple skincare products, a nourishing overnight mask will be your skin's salvation. Choose one with revitalising properties so you'll still wake up to skin that's fresh and lifted! Try Origins PLANTSCRIPTION™ because it's boosted with ingredients that can help plump up and smoothen dull, fatigued skin.

(Cover photo from: @herbivorebotanicals)

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