The 10 Most Amazing K-Beauty Products We Discovered in 2016

From splash masks to cushion compacts.

Design by Betsy Farrell

From the tried-and-true favorites that are finally gaining popularity stateside to the fresh-out-of-the-lab launches we're already obsessed with, these K-beauty products will take your skincare routine to the next level...and make it way more fun in the process 😜.

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1 Son & Park Beauty Water

K-beauty has mastered the art of the multi-task. For proof, look no further than this toner and cleansing water hybrid. It's super gentle, yet sops up everything in its path with dead-cell-sweeping papaya extract and willow bark, and hydrates with lavender water, rosewater, and orange fruit extract.

Son & Park Beauty Water, $30; sephora.com.

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2 Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator

If you've got a sweet tooth, exfoliating will be your new favorite activity with this manual brown sugar formula housed in an adorable, homespun-feeling jar. And don't worry, if you have sensitive skin, rest assured that the sugar grains dissolve as you massage them into your face, so it won't ever be too abrasive for your complexion.

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator, $8.27; amazon.com.

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3 CLE Essence Air Cushion

This sexy new K-beauty brand has put a few new products in our rotation, but our favorite might have to be their air cushion compact. From the ultra-lightweight feel to the buildable glow-y coverage, we're obsessed. Though, would love to see it in a larger range of shades. Fingers crossed for 2017!

CLE Essence Air Cushion, $49; clecosmetics.com.

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4 Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

If there's a single ingredient synonymous with k-beauty, it's definitely snail extract, which of course, is because it sounds insane. But also because it really, really works. Inside this cult-beloved gel cream, the ingredient reduces the appearance of dark spots and fine lines alongside nourishing botanical extracts and hydrating hyaluronic acid. 

Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream, $9.99; amazon.com.

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5 Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel

If you have sensitive skin and chemical exfoliators are your jam, look no further than this instant-radiance-yielding system. Inspired by milk peel procedures in Asia, this double-layered formula is packed with a slew of skin-renewing ingredients, like lactic and salicylic acid, as well as brightening glutathione and soothing coconut milk.

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel, $42; sephora.com.

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6 Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

Made from fermented green tea extract, this foamy cleanser brightens and hydrates while removing all of the day's debris, from dirt to stubborn eye makeup. If you're a double cleansing devotee, this will make that second step all the more delightful.

Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser, $19; sokoglam.com.

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7 Yoon Dermaline Marine Aqua Peeler

Inspired by Korea's aqua peeling trend, these oversized cotton swabs are infused with glycolic acid and hydrating botanicals for spot exfoliating the skin. Perfect for those pesky dry patches, we keep one tucked in our makeup bag at all times. 

Yoon Dermaline Marine Aqua Peeler, $6; glowrecipe.com.

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8 May Coop Raw Sauce

Fun fact: Maple tree sap particles are nearly the exact same size as our body fluids and thus practically melt into the skin.With its maple-tree sap base, this silky formula moisturizes while opening up the skin so it can drink up all the products applied afterward.

May Coop Raw Sauce, $43; sephora.com.

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9 Blithe Patting Splash Mask

Sheet masks aren't going anywhere, but if you just ain't got time for that, take your routine from 20 minutes to 20 seconds with the splash mask or "patting water pack trend." 

Splashing this energizing yellow citrus and honey elixir on your face will wake it TF up while a blend of botanical extracts and lactic acid retexturizes it for an instant, party-ready glow.

Blithe Patting Splash Mask in Yellow Citrus and Honey, $45; glowrecipe.com.

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10 Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balm

Yeah, it may look cute as a button, but this little jelly cushion balm, infused with argan and evening primrose oil, is the secret to smooth, juicy, and flake-free lips all winter long. Better yet, it comes in a slew of universally-flattering shades from lavender to rich burgundy.

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balm, $15; sephora.com.

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