Korean makeup and Korean skincare are all the rage these days simply because they do the job well. As trendy as they are, K beauty products can be on the more expensive end, even if they’re of a drugstore brand back in Korea. Here, we round up some of the affordable and most well-worth Korean makeup and Korean skincare products that’s worth your every penny. Looking fabulous doesn’t mean you need to burn a hole in your pockets!

1) Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder & Powder Pact

No Sebum collection from Innisfree
Image Credits: Innisfree

The holy grail item for removing sebum off your face, or any parts of your body. The perfect alternative to the oil-blotting paper, the Innisfree No Sebum powder also helps to set make-up and is great for touch-up throughout the day. There’s also other uses, such as using it in place of nail primers and removing grease off your bangs. With the popularity of the original No-Sebum powder comes the spin off ‘Blur Powder’ and ‘Moisture Powder’, but the original is not doubt the most popular among users. It comes in both the loose powder and compact powder form, adhering to your personal preference.

Price: RM26 (Mineral Powder) to RM44 (Compact Pact)

2) THEFACESHOP The Solution Face Mask

The Solution Masks from THE FACESHOP
Image Credits: THE FACESHOP

THEFACESHOP has had a successive run with their sheet masks over the years, and one of their newer additions The Solution Face Mask line works well too. With 10 different types for all occasions, these masks keep your skin hydrated as the moisture is easily absorbed. 

Price: RM10.60

3) Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm
Image Credits: Too Cool For School

Pucker up your lips with this amazing lip balm from Too Cool For School! The brand is known for its quirky design for it’s collection, and the Dinoplatz line is no exception. This lip balm’s jelly-cushion texture leaves your lips soft and moisturised, while adding a hint of colour to your lips. The lip balm helps to reduce lines, cracks, and even has anti-aging properties. Use this to complete your daily makeup look.

Price: RM67

4) Skin Food Black Sugar Mask & Essential Scrub 2X

Skin Food scrubbing masks
Image Credits: Skin Food

Another popular product since it’s release, Skin Food has only better the formula over the years. Besides the original Black Sugar Mask, the company also have other scrubs and a whole Black Sugar skincare line. Still, at the center of the attention remains on the exfoliating masks, and the new Essential Scrub 2X makes for twice the exfoliating effect, leaving your skin supple and glowing at the end of the treatment. It is advised for those with sensitive skin not to scrub too hard with the new Essential Scrub 2x; alternative, just stick with the original Black Sugar Mask.

Price: RM44 (original Black Sugar Mask)

5) April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Black 2.0

April Skin Magic Snow Cushion 2.0
Image Credits: April Skin

Not only does this product conceal blemishes and imperfections with light coverage, there’s also SPF50+ to protect your skin from harmful UV ray Perfect for our sunny climate in Malaysia. After all, the best beauty products are those that have dual functions.

Price: RM109

6) 3CE Studio Velvet Lip Cream & Pencil

3CE Studio Velvet Lip Cream & Pencil
Image Credits: 3CE

A well-loved brand by beauty bloggers, 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) is highly raved about especially for its lip products. Pigmented, colorful and fun, the Studio Velvet Lip Cream & Pencil comes in a duo concept. Whether you’re using the colors on its own or mashing it together as a gradient lip, this will get you covered. If you love a velvet matte finish, try this out.

Price:  RM71.10

7) Clio Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow


Clio Kill Brow collection
Image Credits: Clio

Drugstore brand Clio is all about tying quality with affordability. While Korean make up lovers would know about their famed Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Liner, their Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow is not to be missed. Long-lasting and natural looking, this is the to-go brow product to complete your #BrowsOnFleek look. If the tinted tattoo isn’t up to your liking, Clio has other products in their Kill Brow collection to up your brow game.

Price: RM70

8) Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer Stick

Etude House Proof 10 Eye Stick Primer
Image Credits: Etude House

A dupe for the popular Urban Decay eye primer, this Proof 10 Eye Primer is all you need for long-lasting, silky eye shadows. Now in a stick form, it makes for easy application without digging the wand through an odd-shaped jar. Not only is it affordable, it’s easily accessible with the many Etude House outlets sprouting up in Malaysia. Say goodbye to creasing, oily lids!

Price: RM40

9) PONY EFFECT Stay Put Eye Stick

Pony Effect Stay Put Eye Stick
Image Credits: Pony Effect

The brain child of famous make-up artiste Pony, PONY EFFECT has amassed a cult-following with its luxurious packaging and pigmented items. The Stay Put Eye Sticks come in 10 different shades, ready for your every-day wear to a girl’s day out. Highly blend-able and yet smudge-proof, it’s no surprise that it’s got a cult following.

Price: RM78

10) Cosrx Acne Pimple

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Image Credits: COSRX

Having breakout or acne problems? This up and coming brand might just be for you. Their Acne Pimple Master Patch comes with 24 patches of varying sizes. Put them on your troubled areas and let it work its magic! Works well with larger, stubborn pimples as the swelling goes down when left overnight. Don’t worry about wearing it in the showers either, as the adhesive is strong enough to last. If patches are not enough for you, their AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid might be a better deal (RM64.90).

Price: RM29.90

Save even more by shopping online for Korean makeup on Althea, Qoo10 and Hermo through ShopBack, with up to 7% cashback available. This is on top of the ongoing discounts on each site, so do check them out!

Which are your affordable favourite items that we should note? What items on our list do you own?

First published 4 Jul 2017, last updated 19 Sep 2017