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Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024

February 05, 2024

Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024

Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024

In 2024, many K-Beauty products have a cult following for good reason – not only do they deliver fantastic results, they are beautifully packaged, contain stellar ingredients and are reasonably priced.

But some K-Beauty products also contain similar ingredients or perform similarly to much more expensive skincare products. If you’re looking to save some money this year  (#costofliving crisis!) check out our list of Korean beauty products that perform similarly to more expensive ones.

Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024 for COSRX Snail Mucin Essence -Mixsoon Bean Essence

Snail mucin might not have been popular in Korea since 2014 but the internet couldn't care less.

The TikTok viral COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence remains one of the most popular Korean beauty products in the English speaking world. It's even a hit among celebs like Em Rata!

Loaded with replenishing and revitalizing nutrients it helps prevent and repair damage, giving you ultimate elasticity and hydration.

However, if you're vegan or trying to avoid products that contain animal by-products then snail mucin is out. One K-Beauty product you might like to try instead is Mixsoon's Bean Essence. It's a great option for anyone allergic to dust mites (who often react poorly to snail mucin) or for anyone who finds that COSRX breaks them out (ahem, me!) 

Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024 for Paula's Choice Niacinamide 10% - One Thing Niacinamide 10%

Paula's Choice makes some of the hottest products on the internet in 2024 but unfortunately they're not cheap for those living outside the US. Niacinamide is one of the most popular ingredients. It's so popular in Korea it is considered to be functional whitening ingredient by Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. That's because it is ideal to help control oil. In addition, it can tackle pore size and even out a poor skin tone.

One Thing Niacinamide 10% is a great swap for Paula's Choice

Measuring in at the same 10% of niacinamide as Paula's Choice,One Thing Niacinamide 10% (150ml) is a great, budget friendly swap.

It's much more watery which makes it more versatile. It can be used as a toner / essence tp help reduce dark areas on the skin, leaving it clearer and more radiant. Alternatively, you can mix it in with other products likemodeling masks or even moisturisers. In Korea, some beauty fans like to mix it with their other toners too. 

Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024 for Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner - Axis-Y Daily Purifying Treatment Toner

If you love Glow Recipe but want to try something else, then Axis-Y is a similar (albeit not as aesthetically pleasing) option on the K-Beauty market.

Like Glow Recipe, the formula of this breakout busting toner contains BHA, PHA, Tea Tree extract and Hyaluronic Acid. These work together to clear the pores of dirt and impurities, reduce irritation and hopefully, the severity of your breakouts.

While it doesn’t include watermelon as an ingredient or have the same adorable pink packaging, it will save you extra money that you can use towards your next Korean beauty purchase! 

Best K-Beauty Dupes in 2024 for Glow Recipe Watermelon Toner

Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024 for SKII First Treatment Essence -Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

If you love SKII First Treatment Essence but don't love the price tag, try this instead: Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence.

This dual function essence targets the signs of aging while improving the skin's radiance. Best of all, it is made on a base of Galactomyces ferment filtrate, aka the same as SK-II. 


Much like SKII's product, Starting Treatment Essence also provides multiple benefits to the skin, such as:

  • improving skin tone and texture
  • providing the skin with ample moisture and nutrition
  • leaving it looking hydrated, radiant and glowy.

After using this essence, 77.96% respondents said they noticed an improvement in their moisture barrier within 4 weeks.

However, perhaps most obvious is all is that there is a giant difference in price. Whereas SKII runs into the hundreds of dollars, you can pick up Secret Key for under $30 AUD. Now that's a swap worth investigating. 


Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024 for Cerave - Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Cream 

People who love CeraVe say that they appreciate the brand's gentle formulas containing ceramides that don't cost the earth. The Korean equivalent is Illiyoon, a Korean cosmetics brand also specialising in moisturising that loves using ceramides too. 

But that's not where the similarities end:

  • Both brands offer cheap and basic skincare at the entry level to the market
  • Both are likely to have a wide cross-over audience
  • Both have similar price points
  • Both brands focus on ceramides and hydration 

If you're not already familiar with Illiyoon, here's the need to know:

  • It's an Amore Pacific brand (one of the largest conglomerates in Korea)
  • It taps into skincare science stemming from Asia's best ingredients.
  • Illiyoon products offer gentle yet rich moisturising effects.
  • They are perfect for those with sensitive and dry skin.

Now technically Korean dermatologists are more like to recommend brands other than Illiyoon, whereas I know a lot of western dermatologists recommend brands like Cerave. However, that shouldn't stop you from trying them! 

Read on here to find out more about Illiyoon


Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024 for Caudalie Vino Perfect Cream - Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream 

If you love Caudalie's Vino Perfect Cream but are looking for a slightly cheaper option then check out Beauty of Joseon's Dynasty Cream. Not only are they visually quite similar, they have a bunch of ingredients in common as well.

They both contain hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and Vitamin E. In addition, they're both suitable for dry skin, brightening skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, reducing pores and dark spots. The formulas skip out on volatile alcohols, parabens and sulfates.  

Best K-Beauty Skincare Dupes in 2024 for Topicals Faded Serum - I DEW CARE Bright Side Up Brightening Vitamin C Serum 

If you're a fan of TOPICALS Faded Serum to help achieve clearer, glowy skin then chances are you'll love I DEW CARE Bright Side Up Brightening Vitamin C Serum.

This jelly-textured serum stars both Vitamin C and Niacinamide to target hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and brightening the complexion. In addition, Panthenol and Vitamin E offer skin soothing and hydration.

Topicals Faded Serum Dupe - I Dew Care Bright Side Up Serum

Not only is I Dew Care's product cheaper than Topicals Faded Serum, it's also much easier to get your hands on in Australia thanks to STYLE STORY. 


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