#1: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream
This anti-ageing cream taps on the R&D ginseng research Amore Pacific is known for. Giving skin with a richly hydrated feel, the formula taps on the benefits of the ginseng root and flower. Clinical research shows improvements in hydration levels, skin resilience and recovery, and a more protected skin barrier, which all contribute to a healthier glow. At $298 (60 ml).
#2: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum
This serum, which won the Best Serum (Firming) category in The Singapore Women’s Weekly’s Best Beauty Buys 2019 awards, energises skin from within, strengthening its elasticity for a firmer, lifted appearance.
The luxurious serum delivers ginseng seed oil into the deeper layers of the skin via Ginsenisphere, innovative microcapsules infused with precious ginseng seed oil. Extracts from the ginseng’s stems, leaves and roots help plump up skin cells to tighten and even out the complexion. At $265 (50 ml).
#4: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
The ONE product that started the sleeping mask trend, this formula acts as a moisture recharger as you sleep. The gel mask, containing highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver high doses of moisture to parched skin, is quickly absorbed quickly, so there’s no messy pillow or stickiness to deal worry about.
The calming Sleepscent, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood, also helps you relax. It’s also a good one to apply on a long-haul flight – you’ll arrive to plum, hydrated, glowing skin! At $42 (70ml).
#5: Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
Suitable for all skin types, this moisturiser targets dryness, uneven skin tone and dullness. Free of Parabens and Phthalates, this is also formulated with the patented Hydro Ionized Mineral Water, which fuses essential minerals such as zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and sodium, to help skin replenish and retain ideal hydration levels. Olive squalene also protects and strengthens the skin’s barrier, so moisture is locked in. At $52 (50 ml).
#6: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Grapefruit)
Lips may sometimes get neglected in the masking process. This mask is a vitamin-rich hydrator for very dry lips. Going to work while you sleep, the fruity fragrant formula helps remove dead skin cells while imparting berry extracts, antixoidants and hyaluronic acid – all the good stuff to get lips looking smooth and supple so your fave lipstick goes on smoothly in the morning. At $27 (20 g).
#8: Hera Rosy Satin Cream
Makeup artists like how this cream is dewy on the inside, yet satiny smooth on the outside, making makeup application easier. The cream lives up to its name, giving skin a rosy-satin look with a complex that helps boost vitality and elasticity. The delicate rose scent is also a refreshing way to start the day, At $128 (50 ml).
#9: Hera Lip Gelcrush
With shinier glosses being the texture of choice now, this high-shine gel lippie glides on smoothly, imparting pigmented hues that make lips look lusher and fuller. No 343 Naught Berry is a universal red and it’s also Korean actress Gianna Jun Ji Hyun’s favourite shade. At $45.
#10: Mamonde Flower Toner Series
The cult favourite is the Rose Toner which suits all skin types, and has a damask flower water content of 90.97 per cent, helping to hydrate and soothe. However if you’ve got certain skin concerns, you may want to try switching things up with a toner designed for the problem.
The Aqua Peel Toner is good for skin that’s dull and needs a kick; the Pure Clean Toner’s great for oily skin as it helps control sebum production; the Chamomile Pure Toner helps soothe sensitive skin and has D-Pathenol to strengthen the skin barrier; and the Flower Honey Toner nourishes, heals and strengthens dry skin. At $25 (250 ml).
#12: Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream
If your skin is starting to feel dry and you’ve spotted the odd line or two, this cream intensely hydrates and has hibiscus to strengthen the skin barrier. Ceramides help retain moisture, keeping skin plump and more youthful looking. At $42 (50 ml).
#13: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
This serum delivers hydration and nourishing anti-oxidants from a blend of Jeju green tea extract and green tea seed oil. Sixteen amino acids open the moisture path to dehydrated skin, and the Dual Moisture Rising Technology firmly protects the moisture path to prevent water loss. The seed oil creates a moisture barrier on the skin. At $37 (80 ml).
#14: Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin Care Range
Formulated for those with blemishes or acne-prone skin, the Bija Trouble Skin Care range contains bija seed extract that helps soothe, smooth and strengthen the skin’s natural defense system.
It also has Jeju torreya seed oil that has natural salicylic acid for exfoliation and blemish care. The paraben-free line is naturally scented with refreshing essential oils of juniper berries and pine – so comforting for mind and body. From $13 for .
#15: Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Anti-Pollution
If you’re one of those guilty of not using sunblock daily, make this your year to add this important step to your skincare regime. And you can start with this anti-pollution sunscreen with SPF50+/PA++++ that not only protects skin from harmful UV, but also from pollutants with a special invisible microfilter.
It’s also waterproof, so it’s perfect for water and outdoor activities but you do have to remember to re-apply after. It’s got a fresh, light texture, and is suitable even for oily skin. At $25 (50 ml).
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#16: Etude House Double Lasting Cushion
This semi-matte foundation gives nice coverage without being cakey, and gives you a nice, natural, glowing complexion. It’s buildable, and has a Magnet Fit Effect for long-staying power.
The Double Shot Technology helps even out skin tone and with 14 shades, you’ll find one that suits. It also has SPF 34/PA++ to protect skin from harmful effects of UV. At $35.
#17: Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo
Contouring is easy with this contour duo stick comprising a highlighter and a shading colour. Designed to help you create dimension to your face, the sticks are cut at a 24-degree angle so they glide smoothly over facial curves. It’s got a powder-stick formula which makes for seamless blending and a smooth finish. At $24.
#18: Etude House Matte Chic Lip Lacquer
This is much-loved for its stickability. Designed to give a long-lasting matte finish, the lip lacquer’s oil, when applied, is quickly absorbed, leaving a pigmented matt colour that won’t bleed or smudge. A special film former ensures fast colour locking. Available in 12 gorgeous hues. At $19.90.
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#19: Primera Super Sprout Serum
Primera is currently unavailable in Singapore, but we know of people stocking up on their fave products when they visit Seoul. This eco-focused beauty brand’s science focuses on the moment of germination when a plant releases its critical energy. Amore Pacific researchers have found a way to harness this and deliver the energy directly to skin. This sprouting technology forms the basis of Primera’s skincare.
One of the star products, the Sprout Serum is formulated with Phyto-Sproum, which works to revitalise skin to help make it pure, healthy, lively and with enhanced tone, elasticity, and moisture levels. It’s great as an anti-ager, giving skin new radiance and smoothness. It’s also free of artificial fragrance, synthetic colorants, animal ingredients, and mineral oil.
#20: Primera Miracle Seed Essence
This award winner helps create radiant skin with 93.1 per cent lotus seed extract, which is known to have high levels of hydrating amino acids and linoleic acid. The watery essence, which you can apply with cotton pads or simply pat onto face, helps tone, plump and even skin.
#21: Primera Facial Mild Peeling
Okay, this one has won numerous awards, and many love it for its gentle ability to help exfoliate surface skin with a special double-adhesion system and eliminate dead skin cells. It doesn’t stop there. A biopolymer film then forms a supple barrier to protect the skin. To be used once or twice a week.
#22: Primera Alpine Berry Watery Cream
This line from Primera is targeted at skin exposed daily to pollutants and has become sensitised so it’s prone to dryness, bloating and lacks vitality. This watery cream features the power and energy of alpine strawberries that sprout new leaves even in the highlands as high as 2,400 m above sea level. It helps preserve moisture inside and outside skin, helping it regain its radiance. Coconut-derived oil nourishes and mugwort leaf extracts fortify the skin’s defense capacity.
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#23: IOPE Super Vital Cream Rich
It’s the brand famed to have introduced the first BB cushion foundation to the world. Iope is a well-loved functional skincare brand that’s based on Amore Pacific’s R&D, which means you can take their skincare seriously. This rich all-in-one cream contains powerful plant energy to tend to the complex signs of ageing.
There’s the Super Plant™ Selaginella to help revitalise tired, dull skin; and the formula also combines Super Flavonoid and IOPE’s exclusive Bio-seletinoid™ in a naturally-derived botanical equation to target dullness, fine lines and elasticity, so skin looks rejuvenated, firmer and more youthful.
#24: IOPE Derma Repair Cream 10
This is also another that beauty insiders grab a few tubes of when visiting Seoul. The skin-soothing protective cream helps comfort and soothe stressed skin as it perfects the oil and moisture balance to create a healthy skin base.
A non-irritating, mild formula that’s free from 10 ingredients such as parabens, animal ingredients, fragrances, colorants, and PEG surfactants, the soft, milky formula contains soothing cypress tea leaf extract that comforts, and squalene to build the skin’s natural barrier.
#25: IOPE Air Cushion
Being the first Amore Pacific brand to launch the BB cushion, it’s only natural that IOPE’s bestsellers are their cushions. The fourth generation Air Cushion has even more powerful hydrating abilities through Air Prism Water, that helps revive the skin’s moisture and radiance.
Combining Air Prism Water, which works like a hydration magnet; trehalose, which is a hydration protection component; and 3D prism pearls, the Air Cushion not only moisturises skin from within but gives complexion a natural, healthy glow. There’s Natural, Cover and Intense Cover formulations to suit your preference of coverage.
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