Koreans take their skin care seriously (like, 10 steps morning AND night seriously) and it shows in their skin care formulas. They are one of the best in the world for innovation, results, price point (think drugstore prices for many of them) and how enjoyable their products are to use (have you tried one of their bubble face masks? It’s just a good time).
We’re obsessed; the Internet is obsessed.
And thankfully, getting our hot little hands on all the top Korean skin care brands and products is a cinch here in Australia. Korean skin care in Australia is HUGE and there is a surprising amount of physical and online stores that stock all the cult Korean skin care products you’re constantly hearing about on the Internet and Instagram - like the best-selling toner that rivals Glossier Solution and works miracles for acne (just check out the before and after photos!).
The usual suspects - Sephora, MECCA, Priceline and Adore Beauty - all stock some great K-Beauty brands, but in addition to them, there are also dedicated Korean beauty stores that are just what you need if you’re ready to take your obsession with Korean skin care to a whole other level.
Here are our picks for where to buy Korean skin care here in Australia.
Dedicated to sharing the joy of Korean skin care with Australia, you’ll also find Korean makeup, hair, body and beauty tools all in the one place here. Their prices are competitive, and free standard shipping for orders of $50 is just the cherry on the top.
The Korean beauty brands they stock: Acwell, Amos, A’Pieu, April Skin, Aritaum, Aromatica, Avajar, Banila Co, Beauty of Joseon, Belif, Benton, Berrisom, Blithe, By Wishtrend, Chica Y Chico, Clio, Cosrx, Dr.Jart+, Elizavecca, E Nature, Esfolio, Etude House, Graymelin, Hanskin, Heimish, Holika Holika, Huxley, i’m From, Innisfree, Isntree, It’s Skin, iUNIK, Jayjun, Kao, Klairs, Klavuu, Krave Beauty, Label Young, Laneige, Leaders, Leegeehaam, Lion, Make P:rem, Mamonde, Mask House, Mediheal, Milatte, Missha, Mizon, My Konjac Sponge, My Scheming, Nacific, Nature Republic, Neogen, Olivarrier, Papa Recipe, Peripera, petitfee, Purito, Pyunkang Yul, RiRe, Ryo, Secret Key, Skin&Lab, Skinfood, Skinmiso, SNP, Some By Mi, Son & Park, Sulwhasoo, Thank You Farmer, The Face Shop, The Plant Base, The Saem, Tia’m, TonyMoly, Tosowoong, Troiareuke, Whamisa
The website: lilabeauty.com.au
This Australian-owned (they’re based in Sydney) e-tailer specialises in Asian beauty. And they’ve got a keen interest in eliminating plastic waste (for starters, they send out your order in biodegradable shipping satchels). They’re also stockists of Krave Beauty, who don’t generally ship to Australia, so if you want to get your hands on their loot, this is where you need to shop.
The Korean beauty brands they stock: A’Pieu, Abib, Aritaum, Banila Co, Beauty of Joseon, Belif, Benton, Commleaf, Cosrx, Dr.Jart+, E Nature, Etude House, Heimish, I’m From, Innisfree, Isntree, iUNIK, Klairs, Krave Beauty, Laneige, Mamonde, Missha, Mizon, Goodal, Nacific, Neogen, Peach & Lily, Primera, Pyunkang Yul, Putiro, Round lab, Secret Key, Sioris, Skin1004, Son & Park, TonyMoly, Skinfood
The website: heartdrops.com.au
One of the most well-known and best Korean skincare brands in the world, there are now eight stand-alone Innisfree stores in Australia. This brand has over 20 million customers worldwide and you should definitely get amongst it. PS. For those who aren’t near one of these stores, you can buy Innisfree at a number of other stores, including Adore Beauty.
The Korean beauty brands they stock: Innisfree
The website: innisfree.com/au
This is a Korean beauty brand that is *overflowing* with cuteness. And their stuff works, too. These products are fun, Instagrammable and adored globally. They have a specific Mask Bar category and Cleansing category, because those two products are *KING* in K-Beauty land, and good to know, they have a range of men’s products, too.
The Korean beauty brands they stock: Tony Moly
The website: etonymoly.com.au
Boniik, which stands for Beauty of Nature Inspired in Korea, stocks over 2000 products across about 60 brands in their two Sydney stores and on their website. The team source and test everything before it makes it on shelves, so what you get is a curated collection of the best of the best.
The Korean beauty brands they stock: 3CE, Aromatica, Belif, Benton, Beyond, BoLCA+, By Wishtrend, Cosrx, Dr.Jart+, Flalia, Hanyul, Heimish, Hera, Huxley, I’m From, Innisfree, Iope, It’s Skin, J.One, Klairs, Klavuu, Laneige, Make P:rem, May Coop, MdoC, Mediheal, Missha, Mizon, Pyunkang Yul, Neogen, Son & Park, Su:m37, Sulwhasoo, The Face Shop, The History Of Whoo, Whamisa, Wish Formula, VDL
The website: boniik.com
With a long list of top Korean beauty brands under their wing and a team that’s based in Seoul so they hear about the latest K-Beauty trends as they happen (they have teams in Sydney and Brisbane, too), Style Story’s website should be permanently bookmarked by any Korean skin care aficionado. They are all about finding products with natural, minimal and unique product ingredients whenever possible. They have one offline store in Brisbane.
The Korean beauty brands they stock: APLB, April Skin, Banila Co, Beauty of Joseon, Belif, Benton, Ciracle, Commleaf, Cosmetea, Cosrx, d’Alba, Dr.Ceuracle, Dr.Jart+, Elizavecca, Etude House, Goodal, Heimish, I Am Sorry Just Cleansing, Innisfree, It’s Skin, iUNIK, JJ Young by Caolin Lab, Klairs, Laneige, Leaders, Lindsay, Missha, Mamonde, Mizon, Olivarrier, PACKage, Purito, Pyunkang Yul, Scinic, Secret Key, Skin79, Skinfood, Some By Mi, Son & Park, Soroci, The Saem, The Vegan Glow, Tia’m, Tosowoong, Too Cool For School
The website: stylestory.com.au
This Australian K-Beauty devoted e-store stocks Korean makeup, skin care and tools like jade rollers and gua sha crystals, as well as mini beauty fridges. Their website allows you to find the perfect products according to your skin type, skin concern or which of the 10 steps in the traditional Korean skin care routine you’re looking to fill. They also have a specific cruelty-free category.
The Korean beauty brands they stock: A’Pieu, April Skin, Aromatica, Atopalm, Banila Co, Benton, Briskin, By Ecom, By Wishtrend, CNP Laboratory, Cosrx, d’Alba Piedmont, Dr.Jart+, Elizavecca, Etude House, Heimish, Helloskin Jumiso, Huxley, I’m From, Innisfree, iUNIK, J.One, Klairs, Laneige, Mediheal, Missha, Mizon, Nacific, Nature Republic, Neogen, Olivarrier, Pyunkang Yul, Real Barrier, Rovectin, Secret Key, Sioris, Skin & Lab, Skinfood, Some By Mi, Son & Park, SRB, SUR. MEDIC, Tia’m, TonyMoly, Tosowoong, Troiareuke, Whamisa
The website: nudieglow.com
Looking for some celeb-approved Korean beauty products? Lucy Hale can’t get enough of this Korean lip product, and you need to try this K-Beauty moisturiser responsible for Emma Stone’s insane Venice Film Festival glow.
Are you a Korean skin care fan? Where do you shop for your K-Beauty products? What are your favourite Korean skin care brands?
Main image credit: @lucyhale
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.