Glow Pick Reveals the Best K-Beauty Products of 2016

By December 30, 2016

These are the skin care products Korean women have been raving about all year long.

2016 is coming to an end, and it’s time to round up the very best K-beauty products of the year. We looked to none other than Glow Pick, Korea’s #1 beauty review and ranking app. Through Glow Pick, thousands of Korean beauty guru’s vote for their favorite skincare item in each category, and here is what came up on top!

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Cleanser: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil
Glow Pick Rating: 4.33
The reason why people rave about this product is because it’s truly universal for all skin types and ages. This cleansing oil includes white birch to promote the skin’s natural circulation and turnover cycle, to restore a healthy glow to the skin. It’s even delicate enough to be used around the lip and eye area, and spreads smoothly over the skin to remove all traces of makeup and pore-clogging impurities. 

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Facial Oil: Neogen White Truffle Serum in Oil (Coming soon to the US)
Glow Pick Ranking: 4.28
This truffle serum crept up as a top 3 serum product on Glow Pick after only a few weeks on the market! Users rave that it’s lighter than a facial oil but thicker than a serum, offering a unique consistency that fills in fine lines and plumps up the skin without the greasiness. Another perk is that it’s great to put makeup on top of it! To us, it’s clear that White Truffle is a super star ingredient for 2017, as many other K-beauty brands are utilizing truffle oils and extracts for their anti-aging benefits.

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Shading: Too Cool for School Art Class By Rodin
Glow Pick Rating: 4.58
One of the highest Glow Pick ratings out of the bunch, this triple shading tool from Too Cool for School has received lots of love from women in Korea because of the natural and complementary colors! Yes, contouring is a thing in Korea and they love using all the shades to slim down the jaw line, to define the nose and make the face appear more chiseled and slim.

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

Toner: Klairs Supple Preparation Toner
Glow Pick Rating: 4.30
This toner spent weeks as #1 on Glow Pick because it’s a toner best suited for sensitive skin types, the most common skin type in Korea! Its key ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which has moisturizing and plumping effects on the skin. This toner reduces inflammation, hydrates, soothes. 

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Essence: Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence
Glow Pick Rating: 4.17
This honey-packed essence is a beauty junkie favorite, thanks to it’s high concentration of fermented honey and propolis! Users describe this as making their skin very firm, hydrated and smooth with continued use, and have written paragraph long rave reviews for it’s non-sticky finish. Congrats to Skinfood for being a high ranked essence– we know that’s no easy feat in Korea!

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Nose Pack: Skinfood Egg White Pack
Glow Pick Rating: 3.93
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a nose peppered with blackheads, be free and clear of clogged pores in one quick swoop! Leave it to Skinfood to come up with natural egg white nose pack, to help assist in this department. This nose pack is so popular amongst Korean women, it ranked #1 on the Glow Pick app for weeks!
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Lotion: Belif Milk Moisturizer Hydra Balancing
Glow Pick Rating: 4.31
This milky moisturizer from Belif includes a variety of natural herbs such as sage and molokhia extracts. The reason it’s reviewed so highly amongst K-beauty lovers is because it feels like there’s a layer of moisture protecting the skin, without the heavy feeling.

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Sheet Mask: Ultru I’m Sorry For My Skin (Coming soon to the US!)
Glow Pick Rating: 4.32
Korean women love coffee as much as they love their sheet masks! But unfortunately, all skin savvy people know that coffee is actually very dehydrating for the skin. Enter Ultru’s I’m Sorry For My Skin jelly mask, which supplements your skin with all the moisture that you need. Users rave about the glowing results, not to mention the low price! Just goes to show, you don’t need to break the bank for a quality mask!

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Sunscreen: Goodal Mild Protect Sun Screen
Glow Pick Rating: 4.34
This sunscreen is all-star for all year round sun protection. It’s lightweight texture absorbs quickly, without leaving a greasy residue. Suitable for all ages and skin types, this sunscreen contains lotus flower extract and aloe to balance the skin. Beauty lovers rave about this product because it not only protects the skin but has anti-aging benefits to boot!

+ Have you tried any of these K-beauty winners? Which ones are you dying to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!

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