Episode Title: Best Korean Skincare Dupes in 2022
If you’re umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether to spend big on a hero skincare product, chances are there’s a great K-Beauty product that looks, smells, feels and works very similarly!
Although they’re great products in their own right, here is a list of the best Korean skincare dupes I’ve found in 2022.
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Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask ($67 for 80ml) > Heimish Watermelon Moisture Soothing Gel Cream ($35 for 110ml)
Glow Recipe’s signature product shot to popularity as one of the first sleeping masks to hit Western markets. It is immediately recognisable thanks to its watermelon scent.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask contains:
If you’re craving that watermelon scent in a light gel texture, Heimish’s Moisture Surge Gel Cream is a great substitute. Heimish’s cream has developed its own cult following. Some people also describe getting Clinique Moisture Surge vibes from it.
Heimish's Watermelon Gel Cream contains the following ingredients:
Caudalie Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer Dupe > Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream
This is more a swap in terms of texture and results rather than an ingredient list that’s almost the same. I think they work similarly to one another and are therefore a good product swap.
The brand claims that Caudalie's Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer "was designed for all women who want to prevent or reduce their dark spots regardless of their origin (sun, acne, age, pregnancy)".
The ingredients list is:
Beauty of Joseon's Dynasty Cream on the other hand claims to use Hanbang (traditional Korean herbal medicine) ingredients and ginseng. The cream works to target signs of aging, offers skin brightening benefits and assists in achieving softer skin.
As you will see from the ingredients list, there aren't too many crossover ingredients:
However, if you're looking for a skin brightening moisturiser with a light texture that works on dull skin I think these are good swaps.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($110 for 75ml) > Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence ($26 for 155ml)
A product that needs almost no introduction, SK II’s Facial Treatment Essence is world famous. The star of the show is leftover yeast from brewing sake, an ingredient that the brand refers to as “Pitera”.
For an ingredient packed, wallet-friendly alternative, Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Essence contains a whopping 94% fermented yeast concentrate to brighten skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As is evident from the high concentration of fermented yeast, this is a really similar product in terms of the star ingredients.
At a fifth of the price with a higher concentration of brightening ingredients, it’s worth giving a go!
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ($208 for 75ml) > Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule ($79 for 50ml)
Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum contains the active ingredient Bifida Ferment Lysate, and other ingredients that claim to repair skin overnight. The ingredients list includes:
Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule 5x contains Bifida Ferment Lysate, along with a whopping 9 other fermented ingredients, multiple peptides, plant extracts and niacinamide. The ingredients list contains:
Considering Missha’s Ampoule is a worldwide bestseller in its own right, it’s a steal at 1/3rd of the price!
Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster ($66 for 20ml) > One Thing Niacinamide 10% ($30 for 150ml)
The concentrated niacinamide serum from Paula’s Choice is known for pore care and promoting more even skin tone. For the same niacinamide concentration but over five times the size and less than half the price, One Thing’s Niacinamide 10% makes for a pretty compelling choice.
These products are quite different in terms of their texture, with Paula's Choice being a more classic serum-type texture and One Thing being more watery. However, the watery texture also makes it very versatile and easy to use.
In terms of why you might want to use a 10% niacinaimide product, the ingredient can help regulate oil and sebum, reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines as well as strengthen the skin barrier. Just watch your other products when using such a high concentration in a single product. If you have other products that contain niacinamide maybe save them for another day.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($99 for 75g) > Tosowoong Enzyme Power Wash ($25 for 70g)
Even though Tosowoong’s powder wash has become a K-Beauty cult hit on its own, Dermalogica’s classic Daily Microfoliant is probably the first thing skincare lovers think of whenever powder washes are mentioned.
However, both products have a similar, lightly exfoliating texture and share a range of ingredients as well, including brightening licorice extract and papain.
At only 25% of the cost of Dermalogica, Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash is gently formulated with an ideal pH of 5.5 for sensitive or blemish-prone skin, making it a much better daily cleanser to boot. Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash was recently upgraded and they've changed both the packaging and altered the formula slightly too. Badger oil has been dropped from the upgraded formula.
Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum Dupe > Neogen Real Ferment Micro Serum ($45 for 30ml)
This fast-acting anti-aging serum reveals smoother, more radiant skin in as little as 7 days. This patented formula, which contains 10% Bifidus extract,Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. It helps strengthen and protect skin's moisture barrier. The ingredients list contains:
Thankfully, if your budget doesn't quite stretch that far, there's a K-Beauty dupe for it. Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Serumdelivers a concentrated boost of nutrients and antioxidants to skin.
With a formula that includes 61% fermented ingredients, this gel-like serum instantly absorbs into skin and infuses it with elasticity-improving bifida ferment lysate and Saccharomyces ferment filtrate. The addition of Betula alba juice provides antioxidant benefits while rice ferment filtrate brightens complexion and balances oil production.
Neogen's ingredient list contains:
Bioeffect EGF Serum Dupe ($210 for 15ml) - APLB EGF Facial Repair Essence ($90 for 50ml)
This award-winning, anti-aging serum is made with Barley EGF to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, boost hydration, and restore younger-looking skin.
Bioeffect calls its serum:
"A groundbreaking anti-aging serum designed to address the visible signs of aging with Barley EGF". They claim that it can "rejuvenate the complexion, and increase skin’s moisture level with just 2-4 drops."
In essence, the product claims to smooth, plump and firm skin. If you're looking for those same benefits at a discount, then APLB's EGF Facial Repair Essence is a great swap. The ingredients list is quite different because APLB's brand philosophy is to pack their formulas with as many skin-loving ingredients as possible, as opposed to the paired down list of Bioeffect EGF.
APLB EGF Essence ingredient list contains:
Have you tried any of these K-Beauty dupes? Let me know in the comments!
"Sometimes, you can find a product that performs similarly, contains similar ingredients or has a similar texture, smell or feel to another beauty product on the market."- Lauren Lee, Kbeauty Expert
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