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Top Budget K-Beauty Buys

July 25, 2023

Top Budget K-Beauty Buys

Top Budget K-Beauty Buys


On today’s episode of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast Lauren is running through some of the top budget K-Beauty buys for skincare, hair and makeup. Whether you’ve got oily, acne-prone skin, dry skin or are after some great dupes for more expensive products you won’t want to miss the list.  




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Top Budget K-Beauty Buys - Subi Perfect Pimple Patch


Let's be honest - most of us would pay pretty much anything to say goodbye to pesky pimples faster. Thankfully, with Subi's Perfect Pimple Patch you don't have to pay the earth. 

A steal at only $11 for 18 patches, these luxury patches are the thinnest, most invisible options on the market. Made with hydrocolloid and zero added ingredients (making them perfect for sensitive skin) these truly are a class above. 

If you get pimples in hard-to-reach places (like the side of the nose or around your mouth) then these are your patches. The thinness, stickiness and absorptive powers of Subi's patches means they stay in place long enough to effectively tackle the pimples that other patches can't.

Top Budget K-Beauty Buys -  COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Cheap and cheerful for teen skin was the original aim of the game for COSRX. And true to their philosophy was one of their original launch products, the Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Not only does it remain one of STYLE STORY's all-time best-selling products it's also a veritable bargain. Firstly, it is ideal for people with over-active oil glands and acne prone skin. Secondly, it helps to balance oil and water levels in the skin, which may assist to prevent breakouts. Score!

Top Budget K-Beauty Buys

Top Budget K-Beauty Buys - Etude House Soon Jung Whip Cleanser

Another line formulated for teens and 20s is Etude House's Soon Jung line. 

This cleanser in particular is ideal for younger skin types dealing with breakouts and compromised skin barriers. It offers a nice, gentle cleanse that helps to preserve your skin's barrier. 

Best of all, it won't break the budget. In fact, the whole Soon Jungline is very much geared towards budget friendly skincare for this age group. 

Top Budget K-Beauty Buys


Top Budget K-Beauty Buys - Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask

Another brand never to be overlooked when it comes to budget K-Beauty is Skinfood. With classics like this Egg White Pore Mask - would you believe that this was one of the first products ever stocked on STYLE STORY all the way back in 2014 - it's no secret why the brand continues to enjoy popularity today. 

Made with real egg white extract this is an ideal product for oilier skin types to help remove pore-clogging oil.


Top Budget K-Beauty Buys - Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask 

Another great allrounder is Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask. Not only does it calm redness, even out skin tone and brighten skin it works well on a wide variety of different skin types, including mature, red, dry and sensitive skins.

It is made with a 100% cotton sheet mask and contains Benton's signature blend of Snail mucin extract and Bee venom. 

1% of the profits from the sale of this product will go towards our pledge to1% For the Planet. Share your love of beauty with the planet every time you shop at STYLE STORY. 

Top Budget K-Beauty Buys


Top Budget K-Beauty Buys - Rom&nd Han All Lash Serum

If you use products like mascara on your lashes or have regular treatments done on them (like false lashes, extensions, tinting or perming) then you need a lash serum in your routine.

Romand's Han All Lash Serum assists to keep eyelashes strong and healthy thanks to its nutritious peptide essence. It's a great, budget-friendly option to help keep lashes in tip top shape in between treatments. 


Top Budget K-Beauty Buys - A'Pieu Juicy Pang Blusher

Some say that A'Pieu's Juicy Pang Blusheris a dupe for Rare Beauty's Soft Pinch Blush. Regardless, we say it's perfect for a natural, healthy glow and to prevent a budget blow out. 

The blendable formula makes it easy to apply, and the moisturising finish keeps your skin looking hydrated all day long.

Apieu is the little sister brand of Missha and is specifically formulated made for those in their teens and twenties. As a result, the formulas tend to be much more budget friendly. 


Top Budget K-Beauty Buys - NINE LESS Magic Nine Fill Up Silk Hair Treatment


While it may not be as cheap as some supermarket options, considering the quality this is a steal compared to expensive salon products. Nine Less is a Korean beauty brand doing a lot of really great hair products and this Silk Hair Treatment is no exception .

It's a leave-in treatment that guarantees softer hair thanks to silk amino acids. It provides multiple functions in one, assisting to repair damaged hair, protect it from heating products and reduce breakages. It also strengthens your hair. 

This is a really good, wallet-friendly option for people with fizzy, damaged hair caused by styling, perming and hair dyeing.



Top Budget Kbeauty Buys - TOCOBO Collagen Brightening Eye Gel Cream

If you need an eye cream but can't afford to fork out for more expensive options then this Tocobo Gel Eye Creamis the way to go.

It contains lavender flower water and retinol helping to keep the skin around your eyes revitalised and hydrated. Vegetable collagen safely helps keep skin elasticity. As a bonus, the formula is both cruelty free and vegan. 




Best Budget Korean Beauty Buys - Rom&nd Juicy Lasting Tint 

Not only are these lip tints some of the most popular in Korea, they're trending all around the world, including in Japan. That's because Romand Juicy Lasting Lip Tint is friendly on your wallet and on your lips, granting effortlessly plump lips with a vivid tint. 

They're versatile too, allowing you to create Korea's beloved gradient lip look or apply several layers for a full lip look that instantly plumps.

You'll achieve a glossy look without a heavy or sticky feeling. Lips are lightly tinted after the shine wears off


Best Budget Korean Beauty Buys - Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

If you're after a dupe for SK-II's much pricier treatment essence to tighten your purse strings then you can't go past Secret Key's Starting Treatment EssenceIt is made on a base of Galactomyces ferment filtrate, a superior ingredient for anti-aging and provides 7 benefits, including 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.



Best Budget Korean Beauty Buys - Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum

Although the packaging on a lot of Pyunkang Yul's products isn't the best, for the price point the formulas are very high quality. This Moisture Serum contains Astragalus as the first ingredient, offering vitality and deeper moisture to the skin. The brand draws inspiration for its formulas from traditional oriental medicine ingredients. It has a focus on sensitive skin. 


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1% of the profits from the sale of all the above products will go towards our pledge to1% For the Planet. Share your love of beauty with the planet every time you shop at STYLE STORY. 


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"If you get pimples in hard-to-reach places (like the side of the nose or around your mouth) then these are your patches."

- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show podcast

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