Women and even men love to look pretty.
With gorgeous K-pop and K-drama Korean celebrities looking all luminescent and elegant in our favourite video or drama series, it’s no wonder Korean cosmetics is fast gaining popularity. After all, they’re better suited to our Asian skin compared to famous American cosmetic brands.
However, it seems retail shops in Singapore have not caught up to the trend yet with just a select few shops offering a limited range of Korean cosmetics. Or if these shops do carry Korean cosmetics, the prices of the products are priced more expensively.
For those who are keen on trying out authentic Korean cosmetics without having to fly over to Korea yourself, we’ve compiled the top 5 online Korean cosmetics sites for you to shop at!
For illustration purposes, we will be comparing these 4 products across the different sites.
<<<<< 1. Nature Republic Soothing and Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
2. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control (SPF 50+) >>>>>
<<<<< 3. Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm
4. Innisfree Mineral Stick Concealer >>>>>
KoreaDepart is an online platform for not only cosmetics, but clothing, accessories, and food from Korea as well. Shipped directly from Korea, all products are undeniably authentic. Ranked according to the best selling products in each category, customers are immediately able to pick out the top selling products.
Price: 5 out of 5 stars
Variety: 5 out of 5 stars
Delivery: 3 out of 5 stars
Price: Prices are calculated in USD (automatically converted to SGD after the paypal or credit card transaction), which means you have to convert the prices yourself. Having that said, KoreaDepart has the lowest prices after comparing with local e-commerce stores and other recommended sites. The Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control is SGD 42.65, as compared to Qoo10 selling at SGD 48 and Luxola at SGD 59. The Nature Republic Soothing and Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Gel is SGD 4.50 (what a steal!) while Lazada sells it at SGD 17.90.
Variety: Whatever Korean cosmetic brands you’ve heard of, KoreaDepart definitely has it. Some brands that they carry include Laneige, eSpoir, Nature Republic, Dr Jart+, The Saem, Tony Moly, Innisfree and more. KoreaDepart has the largest collection of Korean cosmetics as there are about 100 to even 1600+ different types of products under each brand for you to choose from!
Delivery: There are two courier options for delivery: Registered Airmail (RAM) or EMS.
Delivery using RAM is free if orders are above USD 150 (SGD 213). Otherwise, a fixed rate of USD 5 (SGD 7.10) is charged. Delivery using EMS is free if orders are above USD 200 (SGD 284). Otherwise, a fixed rate of USD 22 (SGD 31.15) is charged. Moreover, you will be able to receive your orders from EMS in 5-10 working days with tracking features, as compared to RAM which takes 2-8 weeks with poor tracking features.
IBBI (ibuybeauti.com) is an online Korean cosmetic mall promising safe shipment to their customers. With ultimate confidence that their products are authentic, they offer 3x the money back if customers are able to prove that it is fake. Also, they have a ‘Reimbursement Program’ where you are able to receive 100% of your money back if the package is seized by customs or customs charge the customer extra tax.
Price: 4 out of 5 stars
Variety: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Delivery: 4 out of 5 stars
Price: Prices are calculated in USD (automatically converted to SGD after the paypal or credit card transaction). IBBI is average in pricing. The Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm is priced at SGD 7.94 while Qoo10 sells them at a ridiculous SGD 19.98. The Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control sells at SGD 44.74 while other sites such as Jolse and Qoo10 sell at SGD 48.
Variety: Though KoreaDepart has more brands and product types than IBBI, IBBI still has a significant amount of products for you to choose from. Selling the hottest Korean items through their wide range of cosmetic brands such as Etude House, Innisfree, Nature Republic, eSpoir, Laneige, Missha and more, IBBI has gained the trust of over 8500+ satisfied clients.
Delivery: Purchases above USD 50 (SGD 70.80) entitle you to free regular shipping. Top up USD 2.50 (SGD 3.55) to attach a tracking number onto your parcel. If you are buying more than 1 item, we recommend you to hit the minimum spend of USD 50. Otherwise, for spending below USD 50, you may refer to their “Shipping Fee Table” for shipping fees you have to pay. Delivery takes about 9-17 working days.
Based in Hong Kong, YesStyle is the first online retailer to globally distribute a wide range of fashion and lifestyle products from Asia. Every season, YesStyle brings customers the latest trends along with thousands of fashion and lifestyle items from brands across Asia. YesStyle not only sells Korean Cosmetics, they sell baby products, women and men apparels, accessories and lifestyle products as well.
Price: 2 out of 5 stars
Variety: 4 out of 5 stars
Delivery: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Price: Prices are listed in SGD. YesStyle is the most expensive as compared to both local e-commerce stores and other recommended sites. The Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control is priced at SGD 62.63 while Qoo10 sells them at only SGD 48. The Innisfree Mineral Stick Concealer is sold at SGD 15.13 while Qoo10 only sells it at SGD 10.50. Notice the difference?
Variety: They carry more brands than IBBI but fewer brands than KoreaDepart. Brands they carry include 3CE, Banila Co., Innisfree, IOPE, Tony Moly, VOV and more. With over 2000+ products to choose from, you can certainly find what you want.
Delivery: Spending SGD 50 on YesStyle entitles you to free shipping + tracking and you will be able to receive your parcel in 3-5 working days. Otherwise, a fee of SGD 7.26 is charged. Unlike KoreaDepart and IBBI who only provides free shipping above USD 50 (SGD 70.80), you don’t have to spend an extra SGD 20 to be eligible for free shipping on YesStyle.
WishTrend aims to explore all over the world to outsource the best and uncommon cosmetic products to introduce to their customers. To “Help you to be more beautiful”, WishTrend strives to provide the best designed web-commerce page so that you can surf the site smoothly to find the best products for your skin.
Price: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Variety: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Delivery: 3 out of 5 stars
Price: Prices are stated in USD (automatically converted to SGD after the paypal or credit card transaction), with prices starting from as low as USD 10 in the make up section. WishTrend do not carry brands such as Laneige, Nature Republic, Innisfree, etc, hence we cannot compare. However, on the left side bar, you are able to set the price range that you want that meets your budget.
Variety: In terms of the variety of brands, WishTrend is very different from the rest. They do not carry brands such as Laneige, Nature Republic, Innisfree, etc. Instead, they carry brands such as Berrisom, Iancell, Klairs, S2J, Skin&Lab, and even more. By offering unique brands, WishTrend stands out from the rest! However, we do recommend you to read up on reviews and research on such brands first just to be sure it’s suitable for your skin type!
Delivery: WishTrend provides free shipping to Singapore using Expedited Shipping (FedEx/UPS) or EMS for orders above USD 159 (SGD 226). Otherwise, the basic shipping fee is USD 24 (SGD 34). This will take around 5-7 working days. Alternatively, you can opt for Standard Shipping who provides free shipping on orders above USD 69 (SGD 98). Basic shipping fee is USD 9 (SGD 12.75) and will take about 7-15 days.
Jolse is a popular online cosmetics shop with products for both men and women that ranges from skincare, makeup, hair, body, etc. Also, they have been complimented on the generous amount of samples customers receive with their orders.
Price: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Variety: 4 out of stars
Delivery: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Price: Prices are stated in USD (automatically converted to SGD after the paypal or credit card transaction). Jolse is also average in pricing. The Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm is priced at SGD 13.21 on Jolse while Qoo10 sells at SGD 19.98. Both Jolse and Qoo10 sell the Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control at SGD 48.
Variety: Jolse offers both the majorities such as Etude House, Innisfree, Laneige, Nature Republic, Hera and the minorities such as It’s Skin, the SAEM, COSRX and more. You will definitely find what you need in these categories. Featuring the best sellers in one category, you will surely be able to guess which are the more popular products!
Delivery: You can either opt for Economy Mail, Standard Mail or EMS. Economy Mail is free but it does not include a tracking number. You can select Standard Mail with an additional USD 2.50 (SGD 3.55) if you wish to opt for registered tracking. If you need your items urgently, you can select EMS shipping for USD 22 (SGD 31.15). However, they offer free Standard Mail for over USD 40 (SGD 56.65) and free EMS shipping for over USD 150 (SGD 2.2.40). In the case where your items are unable to be shipped via EMS, they will provide International Parcel shipping at USD 10 (SGD 14.20)
Cheapest to most expensive in terms of product prices:
*WishTrend has different products from the other sites making it difficult to compare. However for the unique range of products that they do sell, they seem to be ranked average in pricing.
*~* Our recommendation *~*
Check KoreanDepart out for their low prices and vast variety of cosmetic brands and products. The only downside of KoreanDepart is their delivery policy. Requiring a minimum spending of USD 200, we suggest a big single purchase or group buys in order to get the free delivery with EMS (inclusive of good tracking features).
Alternatively, you can choose IBBI as well. Though KoreanDepart has lower prices and a wider variety, IBBI’s delivery policy is much more favourable. Requiring only USD 50, you will be entitled to free shipping. This is recommended if you do not mind paying more for product prices but less for shipping.
That’s about it! Go be beautiful. 😛