Food, pop, dramas: this is how we get our South Korean fix in the Philippines. Oh, wait, we left out the most important thing—and that’s the battalion of Korean beauty brands touting the eternally youthful complexions so beloved in their country of origin.

Did you know BB Cream was invented in SK? Yes, that magical, moisturizing, Photoshop-finishing product hails from Korea—which should already clue you in on how its women take their beauty very, very seriously.

We at BeautyMNL have had such a good experience with their skincare and makeup (so often infused into one another for added convenience). Because we want to share the love, we’ve sifted through some of the most standout K-brands available on local soil. Here’s a short but sweet list to get you going!


Pretty name, right? You should see the gorgeous packaging—although Missha is way more than its trappings. From its bestselling Perfect Cover BB Cream and “layerable” lip color (our current fave is the Aqua Gel Tint), to its ultra-luxurious Snail Cream, made with 70% pure snail slime (it sounds weird, but it’s amazing for your skin), this beauty brand peddles potions that actually work.


Speaking of packaging, we dare you not be delighted with the quirky-cute bottles, pots, pencils, and more from the Super Junior-endorsed Tony Moly. We’re suckers for face masks, which means the Tomatox Massage Pack (encased in a plastic tomato) is a big favorite, as is the Egg Pore Tightening Pack (encased in, you guessed it, a plastic egg). But by far our most reliable beauty find from this rhyme-y label is its Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream—a silky-smooth, color-correcting product with built-in skin beautifiers.


Fun, fresh, and flawless—these are the words that come to mind when we think of Korean cosmetician Mizon. We cannot get enough of its Oh! Shy Liquid Cheek Blush, which has to be one of the most naturally-blending blushes we’ve ever tried. Its entire Snail Repair Skin Care Line is also a huge hit with us—particularly the Snail Repair Perfect Cream, which nourishes so deeply and effectively and absorbs in a hot minute.