What Were the Bestselling Beauty Products in Korea in 2015? Part II.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Hi, happy Friday!

If you missed it, last week I revealed the top-selling Korean cosmetics in South Korea as per DailyCosmetic.com. It was a roundup of a few products that did very well on Korean home shopping networks, kind of like a best of Korean QVC.

This week, is another roundup of top-selling Korean cosmetics in South Korea according to CosInKorea.com. The source for the information in these articles are home shopping networks like CJ O Shopping, the home shopping arm of internet shopping mall CJMall. CJ O Shopping, CJMall, and Olive Young (the store we so often call the Sephora of Korea) are owned by the same group, CJ Group.

Because the data comes from a home shopping network, the products shown below skew a bit towards luxury products and products that treat the signs of aging rather than preventing them, since home shoppers tend to be a bit older.

Because of this, I encourage you to check out the winners of The Most Asia Beauty Award which spans a larger age demographic. These are the top beauty products as put to a vote by Asian consumers of all ages. The content is in English.

I want to make it clear that I'm not endorsing these products personally. I'm presenting them as new options to consider that are backed by many reviews and sales. If a product stands out to me or has made my wish list in some way, I'll mark it as a **Kinseng Pick**.

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links. Purchasing through an affiliate link is one way you can choose to support this blog at no personal cost to you.  If you are curious about my policy on press samples, affiliate links, and sponsors, please see my disclaimer and policies.

Sooryehan Ginseng Essence
The secret of 'ginseng skin' hits the global market; ingredients from the heart of Jiri Mountain

Sooryehan is a 'hanbang' or Korean herbal cosmetics brand owned by the second largest conglomerate in Korea - LG Health and Household.

This product became popular through word-of-mouth. 
This is also a winner of "The Most Asia Beauty Award". These are awards voted on by Asian consumers. Head over to BNTNews and check out the rest of the award winners!

Sooryehan boasts that the ginseng in this product is Korean ginseng, which contains the most ginsenosides of any ginseng in the world. The ginseng in the Sooryehan essence is harvested from a 'clean zone' on Jiri Mountain, where it is grown without any chemical fertilizers. Ginseng from Jiri Mountain often fetches 5-10x the normal price. Furthermore, they claim that there are 33 different ginsenosides in this product. Surveys conducted among customers revealed that many felt their skin was more moisturized, radiant, and smooth. They give some of the credit of the product's success to the beauty of actress Han Hyo Joo, featured in the ad above. **Kinseng Pick**

It bothers me when ingredients are nowhere to be found online. Korean reviewers don't often post the ingredients list so unless a product is on AllofCosmetics.com or the Hwahae app, you're buying sight unseen. The below is NOT the ingredients list for the Ginseng Essence, but the ingredients for another older product called the "Bio Ginseng Perfect First Essence". I thought I would include it to give an example of what we might be able to expect from the Sooryehan Ginseng Essence.

INGREDIENTS Microbacterium/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Cyclohexasiloxane, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Triethylhexanoin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraetylhexanoate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces/Apple Fruit/Honey/Ginseng/Royal Jelly/Sucrose Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Adenosine, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool

FIND IT AT Amazon $74.85/50ml | YesStyle $70.11
There are also sample packets on eBay here.

Skin Factory SkinFrame Gold Vita King Multi Cream
Patented Ingredients; Upgraded snail slime popular with Chinese consumers

Also popular through word-of-mouth; known as the 'golden cocoon cream'.

This cream is different from other snail creams on the market because the ingredients are EcoCert-ified. It contains gold particles, and silk cocoon extract which are popular with Chinese consumers. It also contains vitamins ABCE, bio-peptides, and French chamomile extract.

It's stringy and gloopy but not sticky according to Skin Factory representatives.
Also interesting, Skin Factory is planning to launch some premium products next year.

INGREDIENTS Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Shea Butter, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Dimethicone, Silkworm Cocoon Extract, Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crossplymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Poysorbate 60, Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Ammonium Lactate, Urea, Camu Camu Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Melia Azadirachta Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Water, Grape Seed Extract, Saccharomyces/Platinum Ferment, Raffinose, C12-14 Pareth-7, Laureth-23, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate, /Vp Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Glycine Lysine, Cysteine, Arginine, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Inositol, Hyaluronic Acid, Histidine, Disodium EDTA, Torreya Nucifera Extract, Cornus Kousa Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Chloranthus Glaber Extract, Musa Basjoo Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Freesia Alba Flower Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Jasmine Flower/Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gold, Retnyl Palmitate, Biotin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Oigopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root/Stalk Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Machilus Thunbergii Bark Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Maltodextrin, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pyridoxine HCI, Silica (Side note: I'd absolutely buy more Skin Factory products if they didn't punish me with such long ingredients lists... wah).

FIND IT AT KoreaDepart for $30.38

Beauren Miracle Tox Time Rewind Program
3 years of research gives birth to 'youth acupuncture cosmetics' or ' topical MTS (Botox)'

One of the newest releases, launched only 3 months ago... this product has reached almost 250,000 sets sold.

This is an MTS or 'microneedle therapy system' you can use at home.

The set contains three products, a Time Rewind Tox Ampoule, a Time Rewind Peel Cream, and the piece de resistance: the Time Rewind MicroLift.

The Microlift and Ampoule feature 'MicroSpear' ingredients that allow customers to self-treat wrinkles, combat collagen loss, and lift the skin by administering the 'topical MTS' themselves.
Results are seen within 24 to 72 hours according to Beauren Korea.

FIND IT AT MiracleTox where prices range from about 100000 KRW to 200000 KRW.

Lady I Benjarong Prescription Oil
Pure Kyoto Rose, Teatree, Neroli, and Lavender Essential Oils

This unassuming brown bottle is marketed as ideal to use on the lady zone. The representative says just a drop to the 'secret zone' will do. It is also ideal to use in a foot bath.

The oil has a grapeseed oil base. The Kyoto Rose oil targets cramps while the Neroli deodorizes and the Lavender has a calming effect.

All of the oils in the Lady I Prescription Oil are USDA-certified organic. There are no preservatives or surfactants. **Kinsen... nevermind..

FIND IT AT 38000 KRW at Benjarong

Procell Therapeutics PII-Skin ("P2 Skin") Sujin Hair Care Set
Hair follicle thickening products

Procell has worked with global pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi and Roche, and research institutes like Curie Institute to develop patented technology around anti-hair loss and hair thickening.

The PII-Skin Sujin Shampoo is an anti-hair loss and hair thickening shampoo that treats the scalp and also removes dandruff. It contains Dexpanthenol, Biotin, Niacinamide, and Zinc Pyrithione to do so. In addition there are botanical extracts like black bean extract, ginseng, sophora, houttuynia cordata as well to foster scalp health.

The PⅡ-SKIN™ hair tonic contains PC-IGF1, PC-FGF1 & FGF2, PC-VEGF, PC-PDGF2. There are also 13 different plant extracts which add to the efficacy of the hair follicle stimulation.

TONIC MAIN INGREDIENTS Nicotinic Acid, D-Panthenol, Pyrithione, Biotin
SHAMPOO INGREDIENTS Water, Alcohol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Green Tea Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, SH-Decapeptide-32, Polypeptide-32, SH-Decapeptide-32 Oligo Peptide-2, SH-Decapeptide-32 Polypeptide-59, SH-Polypeptide-9, Niacinamide, Licorice Root Extrct, Ginseng Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Water, Salicylic Acid, Guri-Peptide, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Mugwort Extract, Yeast Extract, Ariginine, Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil

FIND IT AT A set is 286000 KRW at Procell

EZ Costech I'm Face Mask Packs
Masks to use from head to toe

The Imface ("I'm Face") brand was selected by CosInKorea to be featured as it has head-to-toe mask solutions for the hair, face, neck, hand, goot, and nails.

The products in the line are:
Imface Hand Moisture
Imface Foot Moisture
Imface Foot Exfoliator
Imface Nail Care
Imface Bio (shorthand for biocellulose mask material) Facial
Imface Bio Neck
Imface Steam Hair Pack

FIND IT AT 900 KRW on WeMakePrice

Maxclinic Truffle Oil Foam Cleanser
1 Million bottles sold, 1 bottle sold every 10 seconds

This cleanser made DailyCosmetic's list last week as well.
This cleanser was developed to eliminate the need for a double cleanse. The product contains nourishing oils that remove makeup and sebum completely, and eventually transforms into a rich bubbly foam. There were originally only three varieties: Rose, Vitamin, and Caviar, but the latest and most prestigious addition to the line is the Refining Truffle Oil Foam which was launched only a few months ago.

INGREDIENTS (TRUFFLE) Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Water, Potassium Cocoate, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Olive Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Saponaria Offinalis Leaf Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Butylene Glyco, Triethanolamine, Jojoba Seed Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Alcohol, Sucrose, Sodium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sunflower Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, Wild Yam Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Albumen Extract, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Chamomile Flower Oil, Lavender Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Candida Bombicola/Glucose, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Royal Jelly Extract, Propolis Extract, Gold, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Extract, Fragrance.

FIND IT AT CJMall for roughly $48, sans shipping service fees

Bidameun Cosmetic YooSanGyun LTA Recovery Cream Set
Luxury cosmetics

This set contains Bidameun's Lacto LTA Recovery Cream and Eyecream.

The star ingredient in the Lacto LTA line is 'lactic acid LTA' which was co-developed with the RIC LIFE Center and is allegedly able to stimulate collagen production.

There are other products in the line: an essence, a toner, mask, and lotion.

MAIN INGREDIENTS Lacto LTA, Adenosine, Niacinamide, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Marine Collagen, Allantoin

FIND IT AT 248000 KRW at Bidameun

Talmo.com All New TS Shampoo
30 Billion KRW in sales

The upgraded All New TS Shampoo was launched in August. 

It's an anti-hair loss and hair thickening shampoo that features Biotin, DexPanthenol, Nicotinic Acid, and Zinc Pyrithione.

In addition to these, hydrolyzed Keratin, Arginine, Methionine, Vitamin B7, L-tryptophan, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Morus Alba, Peony, Iris, Xylitol, Chrysanthemum, Honey, Sponge Gourd, Job's Tear,s and Peas treat and nourish the scalp. **Kinseng Pick**

FIND IT AT 16000 KRW to 42500 KRW at Talmo

Fascy Moisture Bomb Hand Creams
3 Million sold

This is a word-of-mouth hit.

There's 5 different flavors Peach, Milk, Grapefruit, Mango and Violet. **Kinseng Pick**

FIND IT AT They're pretty much all sold out at Koreadepart, but a few of the flavors are still available on Amazon for $5.20 each with free shipping.

Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack
Peel-off lip stains

You've probably already seen these as they're pretty popular overseas too.

The lip tints are applied on the lips. They harden and you peel them off to reveal color-stained lips that last all day. There are 9 shades and they can be bought individually or as a pack (of 6, weirdly enough).

See a review and swatches below.

FIND IT AT 6-Pack at Amazon for $24.50 | 6-Pack at Memebox for $32 | Individually for $7.99 each at Wishtrend

Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Watery Cream
99% gold and Korean red ginseng, word-of-mouth hit

This contains 6 year old red ginseng, royal jelly, silk amino acids and 99% pure gold. It shot to popularity as it was endorsed by Korean celebrities like Girl's Generation Taeyeon and Hyoyeon, actresses Ha Ji Won and Hwang Shin Hye. Because it was so popular Nature Republic ended up adding more Ginseng Royal Silk Watery products and created a whole line around these ingredients with an essence, a toner, emulsion, and eye cream.

*Finally* I have some personal experiences to share - I tried this one and didn't like it, not one bit. You can read the full review here if you're interested in hearing more.

INGREDIENTS Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Royal Jelly Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Sodium Chloride, Trehalose, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-7 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Adenosine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arginine, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Citrate, Silk Amino Acids, Atractyloides Chinensis Rhizome Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Gold 

FIND IT AT Amazon $39 shipped free | $50.98 at Jolse | $53.72 at KoreaDepart | $58 at Skin18

Mizon Correct Combo CC Pact
The nation's first CC cream, in a pact; dubbed actress Yoo In Na's pact 

Sold in over 20 countries including the U.S. China Russia and Hong Kong, this product exceeded 1.1 Billion KRW in sales.

It unfortunately only comes in 2 colors, 21 light beige and 23 natural beige.

Unlike "cushion compacts" where the product is soaked into a sponge and applied with a puff, this CC cream is held in the compact without the aid of a cushion, and dispensed when a metal/plastic plate is pushed down as per the photo above.

FIND IT AT Peach and Lily for $25

Thanks for reading!
Don't forget to check out The Most Asia Beauty Awards for more hit Asian beauty products!

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links. Purchasing through an affiliate link is one way you can choose to support this blog at no personal cost to you.  If you are curious about my policy on press samples, affiliate links, and sponsors, please see my disclaimer and policies.

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