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April 18, 2019

Why You Need to Try These Classic K-Beauty Products That Have Stood the Test of Time

We all love the new new. That thrill of adding to cart and trying a brand new beauty launch. But what about those classic K-beauty products you add to cart again and again and again, long after the sheen on that new launch has faded? That’s where the real magic happens. Here, some classic K-beauty products that have real lasting power — and for good reason.


One of the best things about K-beauty is that there is seemingly something new to try every single day. I mean, these brands churn out new product at such a fast rate, I don’t know how anyone ever keeps up. It’s great for people like me who love to slap all the new things on their faces, but honestly, sometimes we gotta take it back to basics — back to the products that have stood the test of time, classic K-beauty products that are basically the standard, the prototype, the ONE. Let’s chat.



COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence


I don’t think I own a product that I’ve repurchased more than the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Like, honestly, it’s one of the most iconic K-beauty products out there. It’s made with an incredible 96% snail mucin filtrate that helps pretty much every single skincare issues known to man. Snail mucin is antimicrobial so all those nasties on your face won’t produce acne, it has collagen peptides to plump the skin and fill in fine lines, and it also has hyaluronic acid to hydrate and protect your skin.


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I’ve been using it every day and night for literally years now, and I think my skin would revolt if I stopped using it. If you’re oily or acne-prone, this essence will be a godsend, as it also helps to balance out oil production and reduce acne scarring.


Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask


I feel like I talk about this sleeping mask in almost every single article I write, but honestly, she’s just that girl. The mask is a bit of a splurge, but you’re pretty much rewarded in every way. Do you want your skin to look like it’s been touched by a unicorn baby? Do you want your face to smell like a fancy-ass Korean spa? Do you want people to stop you in the grocery store to comment on how amazing your skin looks?! OF COURSE YOU DO. And that’s what this mask will do for you.


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The Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask is formulated with a number of Korean herbal extracts to help promote healthy skin protection and hydration, all while you sleep. I mean, I’ve known people to live life on the wild side and use it as a regular moisturizer, especially during the winter when the weather gets dry and cold. The reviews on Beautytap speak for themselves. Get you some and wake up looking like a brand new, brighter, smoother you!


Klairs Supple Preparation Toner


Have you ever used a toner that you’ve wanted to literally just pour all over your face? Well, that’s how I feel about the Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. It’s pretty much the most un-fancy and unassuming product ever. It’s one of those products you’d probably totally pass up in the store because the packaging is so bland, BUT GIRL THE TONER. I’ve never found a toner that has so perfectly balanced my oily, combination skin. My face legit drinks it up like a piña colada. It makes layering other skincare products a dream and it also really plumps up my skin like no other toner has done before. There’s a reason why people keep coming back to it!


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There’s also an unscented version without the essential oils for those that are sensitive. We stan a brand that cares about our needs!


23 Years Old Badecasil Original Cream


Now this cream is one of those under-the-radar cult classics. The packaging kinda reminds me of a tube of toothpaste, but again, a lot of these super amazing products have the most unassuming packaging. The 23 Years Old Badecasil Original Cream is a gentle exfoliating cream that contains 2% BHA (in the form of betaine salicylate) and 4% glycolic acid. It’s like a gentle polishing cream for your face. It’s a great cream for those who are hardcore chemical exfoliant users who want to tone it down and have something gentle to use every day.


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It’s perfect for those with acne-prone skin who want to keep those pores clean and exfoliated to prevent acne. It’s awesome for people with dry skin because that AHA will gently get rid of the dry, flaky patches to reveal healthy skin. There’s also some snail mucin filtrate and centella to help calm and hydrate the skin, as well as jojoba seed oil for an extra dose of moisture. It’s 23 Years Old’s best selling product, and for good reason. It really, really works!


Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask


I remember when I refused to buy this because honestly, $18 on a lip product is a bit absurd … but then I tried it, and I was like OHHHHH I GET IT NOW. My lips are naturally really dry and flaky, so I’m always on the hunt for the next OMG lip product, and the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask definitely fits the bill. If you’re someone who wears a lot of drying lip products and want to infuse your life with some goodness, this is for you. Or if you’re someone out there suffering from dry, chapped lips because wintertime is a hot mess, then add it to your cart.


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The trick is to REAAAAALLLLY slather it on, like an actual mask. It should feel very thick (and maybe even a bit heavy) on your lips. When you wake up in the morning, wet a washcloth and wipe off the excess and marvel at how soft, smooth, and luscious your lips are. It’s truly a miracle!


Have you tried any of these K-beauty classics? Well, now you can because we’re giving away one full-size Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask to a lucky winner!


All you have to do is let us know what’s your must-have classic K-beauty product. If you don’t have one, then tell us which classic product you want to try next and why in the comments below.


Hurry! This giveaway ends Sunday April 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST. Good luck!




Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.




I am going to move from BB Boss to Queen cause imma get a whole Sulwhasoo line. The hype get me too curious (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))♡


I am very intrigued with 23 Years Old Cream! It sounds like a dream~ I do have to say that Klairs toner is lovely, and COSRX Snail Mucin was also great! Laneige's lip mask is WOW. That lip mask will just transform your lips. I also like to use it whenever I have really bad, flaky lips. I would leave it on for 15 minutes and wipe it off~ Amazing products!


Missha overnight ampoule is a must!


I have the lip mask and unscented toner and i love it. Would like to try the sulhwasu maska


I love Sulwhasoo so anything from them is CULT! Thanks for this giveaway Beautytap!


i havent tried most of these products but i have tried the snail mucin and it really makes my skin so soft and supple!


I've tried the snail mucin but it was sadly not meant to be as my skin reacted from it.... BUT I love love love the overnight mask!! It's saved me from many sleepless nights and I the hanbang smell is fantastic!! My HG is still the cosrx BHA


I'm one of the few who can't do too much snail mucin either. I have a feeling my oily T-zone does not like snail mucin 😭but my dry cheeks love it!


I love the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask. I use it half of the nights when my skin is not on it best shape (has it is know) A splurge worth making


Most of these are my absolute HGs. CosRX has made my HG list with 3 products: 96 Snail Mucin, BHA Blackhead Power liquid, and Good Morning Cleanser. I have back-ups of my back-ups. These are used every day in my routine. I think I am on my 5th bottle of the BHA. The snail mucin is hands down the best I have ever used and I have tried a few.

The Klairs toner is amazeballs good. I don't mind the regular toner. I don't find the scent overpowering at all. Laneige - that lip mask is to die for and... Read more


My must have K-beauty product is featured here, 3 bottles of the CosRX 96 Snail Advanced Essence r standing strong both in ma heart & in my stash.
I wonder whether I can slay this mucin to my lips too,
I tried the sample size of the Laneige lip mask instead & eyeing to try the rest of the line ever since. Thank you for the chance, as Sulwhasoo Sleeping Mask been in my must have K-beauty products, Ginseng time ... xoxo love