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8 Shops Where You Could Buy Korean Beauty Products

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**Shops Where You Could Buy Korean Beauty Products was originally posted on September 12, 2014. But since it’s popularity, I update this whenever I discover new shops. Last Update: June 29, 2017

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It’s no that the rest of the world are getting obsessed with everything and anything Korean beauty right now. Seoul has replaced Paris as the city where in-the-know girls look to see what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next in beauty. But the problem is, it’s hard to keep your finger on the pulse when you’re not, you know, in the front line of South Korea’s trends. All that knowledge comes second hand, based on what someone else decided was worthy enough to pass. Hell, it took 30 years for BB creams to finally make it Stateside. South Korea got the beauty game on lock and is a decade ahead of science. What else has the rest of the world been missing all this time?

I’m not Korean nor live in South Korea but it’s only an hour away from the Philippines (via air of course). We have Korean channels and TV personalities (even a news reporter) on local TV. There are even Koreans in our neighborhood, and I had Korean classmates. What I’m trying to say is, they invaded our country. Just kidding! What I mean is, what’s trending in South Korea is definitely trending in the Philippines. We get the first dibs on their latest trends before the US or other countries in the west. So from today, I’ll be blogging about Korean Beauty trends starting with shops where you could buy Korean beauty products regardless of where you live.

where to buy korean beauty products - cosrx products

1. StyleKorean: Founded in 2012, this shop has been selling Korean beauty products internationally. They carry more than 3,000 different kinds of products such as CosRX (my favorite pictured above), Innisfree, Etude House, Laneige, and even the latest (and hottest in Korea right now) brands such as AprilSkin and Huxley in their warehouse in Korea. But they also have warehouses in Hong Kong, China, and the United States so they could ship their products in different countries faster. They ship internationally and you can get free samples for every purchase. Lastly, they also offer free shipping on orders above Php1500 in the Philippines, $60 in the United States, and $80 for Australia. (NOTE: If you’re from the Philippines, you don’t need to worry about customs duty because StyleKorean has a local courier partner so your orders will be ship directly to your house without paying any customs tax.)

2. Soko GlamCharlotte Cho created Soko Glam in 2012 with the help of her co-founder and husband Dave in order to help Western customers discover Korean cosmetics, beauty trends, and skincare regimens. She scours the South Korean market, looking for only the best and most popular products to bring to the US, personally testing and reviewing every single item that crosses her path. Soko Glam ships to  Australia, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

wishtrend

3. Wishtrend: I love this company’s motto “We are believing that as long as you ‘WISH’ to be beautiful, you will be beautiful.” Unlike other stores listed here, WishTrend also sells makeup tools from Korea. And they ship worldwide and offers free shipping on orders above $69 straight from South Korea.

w2beauty - Korean beauty products

4. W2Beauty: Founded by Alice, a very lovely lady, W2Beauty offers over 10,000 Korean Beauty products. If you couldn’t find K-beauty products on other places, you’ll surely find it in here. What I like the most about this shop is that Alice is very generous with samples and they offer free shipping worldwide straight from South Korea!

althea korea philippines box

5. Althea Korea: This one is my favorite Korean Beauty Online Shop. They have a vast selection of k-beauty products, even from those that aren’t yet popular outside of Korea. Plus, they also offer the lowest possible price. The downside is, they’re only available in few Asian countries like Korea (obviously), Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. But if you live in the Philippines, they offer cash-on-delivery or bank deposit for payments besides PayPal and credit cards. (UPDATE: Althea will soon ship in western countries. For more details visit my Althea FAQ post here.)

memebox

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6. Memebox: Pronounced “mi-mi” it is best known for their non-subscription beauty boxes, meaning you can buy it anytime you want! Each box with “out of the box” themes are packed with a range of full-sized products and deluxe samples sourced directly from Korea. They also carry individual full-sized items in their Memeshop. They ship directly from South Korea or from their USA warehouse to 51 countries.

korean beauty brands available in the US

7. Urban OutfittersThe ultra-hip retailer has curated an awesome online selection of 248 ready-to-shop Korean beauty products from seven cult brands that include products that sound as familiar as an avocado cleansing cream to quirky finds like bright jelly lipsticks. Ships to US and UK.

Tony Moly Tomatox Magic White Massage pack review

8. Q-Depot: I also highly recommend this shop because of their vast selection of Korean beauty products and reasonable price. I swear, when I cannot find a certain product, I find it in their store as well. Plus, they also offer free shipping on orders above $69 and generous with free samples.

BONUS:

YesStyle –  This is one of the oldest online shops I know that does not only sell Korean beauty products, but they also sell clothes, shoes, and accessories that are very trendy in Korea. They ship worldwide, especially in the US and UK. I once bought a pair of boots in here.

Amazon – This is probably the biggest e-commerce site in the world so it’s not a surprise that they will also have Korean beauty products on their list of many products. But I heard some horror stories from some buyers, so to make sure that the product you will buy is authentic, read the seller’s review and rating.


  • Milu

    hahaha I really enjoyed reading this post! you made me laugh when you said Koreans invaded your country haha well you know I’ve seen several Korean beauty products popping in different bloggers posts and I’m absolutely in love with the panda little thing! I don’t even know what it is, I just know I want it! haha do you think I can find it in any of these stores you mentioned?

    XOXO

    Milu

    http://www.hellolupi.blogspot.com

    $50 STORE CREDIT AT WHITE PLUM INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!!!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this post! 🙂 That makeup with Pandas are Tonymolly, you can find their products in W2Beauty just search for that brand name. And Memebox is also pre-selling a Tonymolly Beauty Box. You can try all their best and new products in there 🙂

  • Ahhhhh, so many amazing beauty resources for korean beauty products. Of course UO sells them, I wouldn’t expect anything less lol. Will have to check out some of these!!

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

  • great list!

    xx Sera
    http://stardustbohemian.com

  • I don’t live in the Philippines but this was still a really interesting post to read! I love Korean cosmetics – I live in the UK and they are really hard to get hold of. I actually bought tonnes last year when we went to Korea for our honeymoon!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

    • I’m glad you like the post 🙂 These shops that I featured all ships to UK.