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August 4, 2017

This Is Why These 6 Glossier Products Are Really K-Beauty Dupes

There’s a lot of hype around Glossier’s beauty products, and for good reason. They’re cool, they’re innovative — and they’re just like a lot of K-beauty products that have been around forever. Find out why these 6 Glossier products are K-beauty dupes. (Oh, and did we mention the K-beauty products are more affordable?)



Glossier’s products have made a big splash in the mainstream beauty community lately. They’ve been seen on stars walking the red carpet and are promoted by countless influencers across social media and in print. Their selling point is slick minimalism and innovation.


If that sounds familiar it’s because Glossier, in my opinion, has borrowed heavily from Korean beauty. When people were raving about whatever Glossier’s product du jour was, I was sitting there like “OK, that’s really cool, but I told you about an identical product years ago!” It especially hit home when their much anticipated sunscreen debuted and everyone was hype as hell for the “never seen before” clear gel-like formula.


Only wait a minute — those of us in Korean beauty (and the all-encompassing Asian beauty realm) have been dutifully applying our Asian clear gel sunscreens for several years now.


Of course, that’s not to say Glossier’s products aren’t good; it’s just that there’s a well-established dupe (or should I say, OG) in Korean beauty for just about every one of their best sellers. And the Korean version is usually cheaper. Read on to find out which six Glossier products are K-beauty dupes .


Glossier products are K-beauty dupes


1. Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35 ($34)


Make P:rem Capsule Sun Gel SPF 50 PA+++ ($32)


A clear gel sunscreen that works well under makeup? No white cast? Awesome! But ummm, sis, what if I told you that you can have the same thing but in the much safer SPF 50 PA+++? Look no further than Make P:rem Capsule Sun Gel.


Glossier products are K-beauty dupes


I certainly wasn’t the only one to make this connection when I heard about the launch of Glossier’s much-hyped sunscreen. Reddit’s Skincare Addiction was all over it. They also pointed out that the Make P:rem version is cheaper while giving you 250% more. The formulations are not an exact dupe, but for that precious added SPF and value for the price, I will gladly give Make P:rem my coins.


2. Glossier Super Glow, Super Bounce, Super Pure serums ($28 each for 15 ml)


Shark Sauce ($29 for 30 ml)


On their website, Glossier’s description for each of their serums list their star and ingredients and then let you know what they’re targeting. Dark spots, dehydration, and redness are the troublemakers on the chopping block and some of the star ingredients are niacinimide and hyaluronic acid. Each serum is $28 or you can get all three in a Super Pack for $65.


Glossier products are K-beauty dupes


I’m very happy that Glossier is moving serums to the forefront of skincare, but you can get a much, much better formulated serum for much, much cheaper. Not to mention you don’t have to buy three separate products to get all the benefits of Glossier’s three serums. The cult fave Shark Sauce contains that precious niacinimide and hyaluronic acid, but it also has the added benefit of licorice root, sea kelp bio-ferment, and green tea extract. Holy calming hydrating redness fighter, Batman! All that for $29!


3. Glossier Cloud Paint ($18)


Peripera Ah! Much Real My Cushion Blusher ($16)


Glossier products are K-beauty dupes


Out of all of Glossier’s products, this one is first choice of almost everyone I know as their favorite. It gives a gorgeous sheer wash of creamy color. What’s not to love? They also have four very pretty shade selections.


But my first thought when trying them was, “This reminds me of something.” Then it dawned on me. This was a lot like Peripera Ah! Much Real My Cushion Blusher! Both offer the exact same kind of beautiful flush that looks both fancy and natural at the same time; however I’m going to have to give Glossier the win for this product, as they offer four shades that work for a wider array of skin tones. Peripera only has three shades.


4. Glossier Haloscope ($22)


Innisfree Mineral Fit Stick (about $11)

& Nature Republic Botanical Stick Highlighter (about $10)


Sticks are my jam. I love a good stick. I could live on sticks and cushions alone. When we were writing our book, Korean Beauty Secrets, the Innisfree Mineral Fit Stick and Nature Republic Botanical Stick Highlighter became instant favorites on set. Many of the models were asking where they could get their hands on them.


Glossier products are K-beauty dupes


So I was amused to see Glossier’s Haloscope on many influencers’ Instagram accounts. Haloscope comes in a pink, bronze, and iridescent white shade. Innisfree and Nature Republic both have the bronze and pink shades covered, but with more pigment and shine. They are lacking the white shade, but VDL makes a nice iridescent highlighter in that color if it’s an absolute must for you.


5. Glossier Soothing Face Mist ($18)


SanDaWha Camellia Flower Hydrating Mist ($16)


Glossier’s face mist is essentially just rosewater with aloe leaf extract. That’s not a bad thing; it’s a perfectly nice formula for a facial mist, if not a little bland. It does have the fancy sounding honeysuckle extract, but it’s way down at the end of the ingredient list. Also, $18 gets you 118 ml of product.


Glossier products are K-beauty dupes


Meanwhile in Korean beauty, $16 will give you 80 ml of SanDaWha’s Camellia Flower Hydrating Mist, a 92.52% camellia flower-based spray that is also packed with licorice root extract, green tea extract, pea protein, pea extract, aloe vera leaf water, chamomile extract, hyaluronic acid, rosemary extract, and rose oil. Sign me up for that one, please.


6. Glossier Boy Brow ($16)


Literally hundreds of dupes from every major brand 


Boy Brow was the product that really launched Glossier into prominence, which was puzzling to me since there are so many brow gels and mascaras out there. Anastasia Beverly Hills already had the popular Tinted Brow Gel, not to mention brow gels and browcaras being a mainstay of Korean cosmetics since forever.


Glossier products are K-beauty dupes


Almost every K-beauty brand has a brow gel or browcara, and they usually come in more than three shades, which is what Glossier has to offer. I could throw a dart at a board full of Korean cosmetic brands and find you a dupe. So pretend I did, and pretend it landed on The Face Shop Designing Browcara, because it’s got a similar brush and it offers five shades instead of three. Also it’s like $5.


Look Glossier isn’t bad; I’m not trying to rain on their parade. They’re a fun, new brand, and I’ve bought their products. Hell, I’d gladly accept them if gifted to me. I’m just sayin’, Korean beauty is the OG.


What has your experience with Glossier been? How do they compare to Korean beauty dupes? Let us know in the comments below!


Coco Park is an author, beauty journalist, blogger, podcast host, and all around oddball living in Montreal Quebec with her family. Originally from the southern USA, she worked for several years in the makeup industry as a professional makeup artist and holds a certificate in esthetics. She is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Want to know more? Check her out on the Beauty Beyond Basics podcast, on her blog, on Instagram @thebeautywolf, and in her book "Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup."




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I love that you recommended some of Glossier products that are kbeauty dupes. It just shows that you can find similar products for a cheaper price. I'm definite going to try out those innisfree sticks!


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I agree a lot of their products seem very k-beauty influenced. Their approach is very easy and natural glowy glam which is the main focus of most k-beauty brands as well.

Hi!! Could you please do the dupes to the other products as well? I really wanted to know a k-dupe for the Generation G lipstick.. also the tinted moisturizer!! I would definitely love reading that!!
Loved this one, thank you so much!

Oh! The INNISFREE Smart Drawing Blusher could also be a really good dupe to the Glossier one..

The banila co lipdraw matte blast lipsticks are literally the exact same as the generation g, and it's only 9 dollars, way cheaper than the original

peri pera cushion blusher really on the go product for me i love how convinient to used it

Just ordered the Sandawah mist. I am very curious! :)

The SanDaWha mist amaizing after makeup i looova it?? and i want to try peripera cushion blusher ?

I've been wanting to try the Glossier's Cloud Paint. Now that I know it's like the Peripera blusher (which I also love), I'll def try it soon. Thanks!

They're both pretty lovely, let me know which one you liked better!

You're not wrong about boy brow, brands across the globe have something similar for much less!

I am 100% all for Asian sunscreens - they have higher SPF, better wear, and more for your money!

I do love Cloud Paint though. :)

Cloud paint is probably my favourite Glossier offering, but I also really love the Peripera blusher since it comes with the little sponge applicator :) Both give a really nice result though!

And here I was hoping the milky jelly was going to be on this list! I've been eyeing the Innisfree sticks, so I will have to include one in my next order.

I LOVE those sticks so freakin much. They've been a mainstay for me for years now!

I was hoping that too!

Yeah, I actually love milky jelly tbh, it's the only cleanser I've used that I can rub all in my eyes with no stinging. There must be other cleansers that are ok at that too, but product descriptions rarely address that specifically and it's hard to convince me to rub some random thing in my eyes to see if it will sting, for obvious reasons. Never doing that again after getting some of my beloved sum:37 rose cleansing stick in my eyes and regretting it big time, lol.

That's the first critique I've heard of the Su:m37 Rose Cleansing Stick. (Seriously, you'd think this stick were made of unicorn breath or something. ?) Really appreciate that insight Lauren.