The 14 Best (Lesser-Known) Korean-Beauty Skin-Care Products on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve already written about the best skin-care products for glowing skin, raved about the cultiest of K-beauty products and French pharmacy products on Amazon, and pored over the best Japanese and Thai drugstore beauty products you can find on Amazon, here we thought it would be useful to dive into the K-beauty skin-care products on Amazon that you may not already be familiar with, from a peach-sake serum to a carbonated face mask. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best All-in-one Toner

4.3 stars, 303 reviews

“This is way more than just toner! This beauty water also cleanses and MILDLY exfoliates. The pH is a five, which is perfect for resetting the face after double-cleansing and getting it in peak condition to absorb the products I use next. It goes on so soft and smooth — the texture is like water, but just a hint thicker. And because it has natural ingredients in it, it doesn’t have any fragrance beyond the flower extracts that are used in it. My face is left feeling so soft and so very, very clean.”

The Best Cleansing Oil for Sensitive-Skin Types

4.1 stars, 1,239 reviews

“I like to use this twice a day for my skin-care regime. My favorite thing about it so far (apart from the rejuvenating, softening effects on my skin) is that it feels extremely nice and relaxing to use as a cleansing oil. It feels like a smooth serum that I massage in small circles into my skin. I am a Filipina with eczema on various parts of my face, and this does a wonderful job of making my skin feel supple.”

The Best Serum for an Allover Skin Makeover

4.1 stars, 769 reviews

“I was worried this was going to be hella sticky, because … well … snail, but I was super pumped that this didn’t feel sticky at all, and instantly soaked into my skin. I just patted it into my face and neck like it said, and that was it. I didn’t use any other products, because I wanted to really see how this stuff worked on its own. And here we are. Almost two months later. Skin looking way smoother, and a helluva lot more even. I’m now completely obsessed with Korean skin care, and trying out a few more Mizon products.”

The Best Lightweight, Matte Sunscreen

4.3 stars, 360 reviews

“Bless this product right here and Etude House. I’ve wanted to use sunscreen on my combination skin to help with anti-aging and protection against the sun. But these American sunscreens are just so darn oily and greasy compared to this stuff. I actually put this stuff on not only for sun protection but also for oil control, too! It’s very mattifying and makes my skin feel soft and like I just powdered my face. I am sold, to be honest. I definitely would recommend this to anyone. The packaging is cute. There’s no white cast from what I’ve seen. The formula has a very light and soft scent and has a milky consistency like in the name. When I run out, I’m going to for sure buy another.”

The Best Primer for a Camera-Ready Glow

4.1 stars, 659 reviews

“If any of my friends ask me how my skin looks so dewy and smooth and radiant, well, the secret is right here. Face Blur by Etude House. I use this as a primer (after I apply moisturizer, and before apply BB cream or foundation). This makes my face look bright, smooth, flawless, and easier to apply makeup. Also leaves my skin a delightful smell, which I love. I call this a GAME CHANGER. I feel sad for people who don’t know about this wonderful thing.”

The Best Mattifying, Pore-Refining Serum

4.2 stars, 387 reviews

“I am 36 years old, but I still have quite oily skin. It’s something I’ve had to deal with all my life, but have never been able to find the right balance of keeping the skin clean and healthy, not stripped or yo-yoing between dry/oily or stripped and irritated/clogged. One of the first Korean lines I tried was the Skinfood line, Peach Sake. I use the toner, emulsion, and serum every morning. Their use has yielded FANTASTIC change in the quality of my skin.

At first use, my skin loved this stuff. It smelled yummy — peaches! It didn’t bother my sometimes-sensitive skin: no burning, itching, irritations, redness. It actually made my oily skin feel nice and even pretty! — smooth, soft, less oily, but importantly not stripped. And maybe most importantly, using this line has improved my skin over time: It is softer, has better tone, has better texture, is less oily, and I have notably smaller pores. My skin undeniably looks much better today than it did when I first used these products a month ago.”

The Best Sheet-Mask Set for Soft, Supple Skin

4.4 stars, 894 reviews

“These sheet masks are so great for relaxing in after a long day. The fabric is extremely soft and each mask is filled with more than enough essence for the face. I have been using these masks for months, and I have never been disappointed with the quality of these masks. These masks adhere well to the contours of the face, as some of the other masks I have tried before fall off easily. My skin is quite sensitive, but none of the Innisfree It’s Real masks have made my skin break out or itch. My face always feels softer and much more supple in the morning after I use these masks before bed. The variety pack is great for trying out the different types of Innisfree masks, but I wish there was an option to switch out one type of mask for another, since I prefer certain kinds better than others.”

The Best Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin

4.4 stars, 502 reviews

“I’ve been using this product for a year now, and I have to say that this is my Holy Grail! This product doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin. It smells nice, and bubbles up really well. You literally only need a pea-size amount. Because of this face wash, I have zero pimples, and when I do occasionally break out after I wash my face with this, my breakouts are smaller or gone the next day. I even got my brother who has oily skin to try it. Now, his face is better than ever and he loves it. I have combination skin, so this product really works for me, even with my acne scars a little, too.”

The Best Vitamin-C Serum for Brighter, More Radiant Skin

4.6 stars, 337 reviews

“I have been an aesthetician for over 20 years and am also a beauty writer, so I get to try the latest ‘It’ products for free. I was excited about this one, so I paid full price and all opinions are my own. I am in love with the Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum. Have you ever had a chance to try the $160-plus Vitamin C Ferulic Serum from SkinCeuticals? I did a couple of years back and it is a lovely product. It is also ridiculously overpriced, and I can tell you that this dupe from Seoul Ceuticals is nearly identical in texture and performance.

I apply it every a.m. between my toner and moisturizer, and it is so lightweight that even those of you with super-oily skin will love it. It is quick-absorbing and leaves skin with renewed radiance. The ingredients are outstanding, from the high concentration of vitamin C to the hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, arginine, jojoba oil, horsetail extract, and more. The citrus stem cells give it a fresh orange aroma, and it feels absolutely exquisite. Your skin will drink it up. It is my favorite vitamin-C serum in ANY price range.”

The Best Moisturizer for Plump, Dewy Skin

4.3 stars, 109 reviews

“I have tried numerous moisturizers from Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Clinique, and none of these have given me the healthy, youthful glow that the Red Cream has given me. My skin is so sensitive that I break out when using other moisturizers. I have noticed now that my scars are visibly lighter, and my skin is very plump and moisturized in the summer and winter months. The cream smells like you’re getting a bouquet of roses every time you open the jar to put it on. I have given it to my mother and aunts who rave about it every time they see me. It’s also half the price of every other department-store skin-care product, and it works even better, too!”

The Best All-purpose Cooling Gel

4.5 stars, 284 reviews

“This stuff has good reviews all over the internet for good reasons. It’s worth every penny. The tub is huge and full. The scent is a light, fresh, pleasant scent. I use this on burns and cuts. My daughter uses it on her sunburn. I have also used it on my face before applying makeup. It’s great for so many things. Put it in the fridge for extra-soothing coolness in the summer. I will be taking it with us when we go to the beach. This is definitely going to become a staple in our home.”

The Best Firming Clay Mask

4.3 stars, 5,682 reviews

“I saw a video of this on Facebook and had to buy it immediately. I’m actually contemplating ordering a second one right now! I like sheet masks and cool peel-off masks, but hands down this is the most fun mask I own! I have moderate to heavy acne, which I’ve finally taken a serious stance against in the past month, a big problem being that I had huge pores from always picking at my face. I wish I had the sense of mind to take a before-and-after shot because I saw instant results. It’s great to use as a firming agent and a nifty defense against further acne! Also something I think would be an AMAZING gift for someone.”

The Best Nonirritating Skin Peel

4.1 stars, 434 reviews

“I love this product. It’s very effective, but quite gentle. I have very sensitive dry skin and eczema, and I use this several times a week (more often than you’re recommended to exfoliate); it’s never irritated my skin. I use it before I put on makeup if I want to be sure my makeup won’t look patchy and will last a long time, since it gets all those little flakes that anyone with dry skin will be familiar with. This was the first peeling gel I ever tried as it’s quite inexpensive, but when I ran out I tried a bunch of other peeling gels, including more expensive ones, and none of them were as good.”

The Best Moisturizer for Combination Skin

4.5 stars, 188 reviews

“I never thought that I would find the right moisturizer for my skin. I have combination skin with large pores that get gunked up if I neglect them, and I’ve struggled for some time to find a product that would provide sufficient moisture without breaking me out or turning my face into an oil slick. This is truly a Holy Grail moisturizer for me and has a nice face-feel and natural herbal scent. Will definitely repurchase! This is my new routine, and my skin has never felt or looked better!”

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14 Best (Lesser-Known) Korean Skin-Care Products on Amazon