Looking for the best Korean foundations for a totally flawless look?
I’ve got you covered!
I personally tried out each and every one of the options below.
Read on for in-depth reviews and find out which ones give you Korean beauty hacks for flawless skin at an affordable price.
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My Top Picks at a Glance
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- Advanced Real Moisture Liquid Foundation
- ETUDE HOUSE New Double Lasting Foundation
- MISSHA M Magic Cushion SPF50
- Innisfree Mineral Stick Concealer #1 Light Beige
- STYLE71 Korean Beauty Foundation Compact
Check out the table for a quick overview of these foundations, then read on for more details!
Top 5 Best Korean Foundation Options for Flawless Skin
Before we jump into the reviews, here’s a “before” picture with my bare skin to give you an idea of my starting point:
|This foundation did feel really lightweight on my skin. I found that it didn’t feel as heavy or weighed down as some full-coverage foundation can.||You shop online, so you don’t get to test the makeup on your skin to find the perfect match. But, I did have luck with getting the color that matched my lighter skin tone.|
|Helped to cover my fine lines on my face. I am in my 30’s so having a foundation to help blur my troubled areas is very helpful.||By evening I had found that it kind of began to separate a bit on my skin, working into my fine lines, and just looking more worn than I would like.|
|Did a decent job of matching my skin tone. When you shop online it can be hard to know exactly what color to pick.||For areas that had redness or if you had a breakout, you will need to apply extra as it didn’t fully cover in the first coating of my skin in some areas.|
Who Needs This Foundation
The true answer is who doesn’t! This is a really affordable and nice quality foundation. Great for 20’s-mid 30’s age range. Full coverage for days you want to look extra put together.
Great for those who want a budget foundation that can compare to name brands.
- Elevate your complexion with this lightweight, hydrating foundation. This creamy, moisture-rich formula matches your skin tone and provides buildable coverage to conceal blemishes, color-correct redness and uneven patches, and leave you with truly flawless skin in one swipe.
- Highly recommended by makeup artists and beauty editors
- How to Use : After makeup base or primer, apply the proper amount of the content and spread evenly over the face and finish by dabbing.
|A true bang for your buck here. This is a foundation I would purchase again and use for a daily foundation! I found it to be great coverage, and very affordable.||You do have to apply a bit more than other foundations I have used in the past. It isn’t a ton, but it is more than other brands.|
|Applied nicely to the skin. I did use a beauty blender for application, but I am sure a makeup brush would work as well.||This does dry out a bit, and I have dry skin so I found that if I didn’t top with a setting spray it would crack a bit through the day.|
|I really loved they have a lot of color tone options to really help customers pick a shade that will work with your tone. They have a foundation guide on color and tones to really help you pick the right color.|
Who Needs This Foundation
Honestly, this foundation is a good one to invest in. If you have dry skin just be aware. But for oily or normal skin I think you would have great success with this foundation.
- HIGH COVERAGE: Just one layer of the Double Lasting Foundation will guarantee you a flawless skin, thanks to the “Double Shot Technology” amd moderately protects skin from UV-rays
- MAGNET-LIKE ADHERENCE: “Magnet Fit Effect” allows your morning coat of foundation stay on like magnet, delivering weightless, long-wearing full coverage
- 24-HOUR LONG LASTING TESTED: Research officially conducted by Ellead, a cosmetics clinical evaluation institution
- DOUBLE COVER: Effortlessly covers problematic areas such as blemishes and redness. Holds up the entire time without becoming sticky
- COLOR VARIATIONS: Pick out your perfect match color that fits your tone from the various range of shades organized by color professionals. DISCLAIMER: Images show this product applied on pale skin. Please notice that colors may look different according to your skin color and monitor settings. Shades might be slightly more pale than seemed in the image
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|Ultra-rich in moisture to help hydrate dry skin||Minimal Korean foundation shades to choose from|
|A nice medium-coverage foundation||The application pad kind of smeared the foundation a bit so took more blending than other foundations|
|Good for acne-prone skin||Dewy finish|
|Nice it has SPF50 in the foundation to protect skin||Offers an orange ting to skin|
Who Needs This Foundation
If you are on a budget and need a foundation that fits drugstore quality, you would like this one. Also, for those who have acne-prone skin, this is great at hiding any imperfections.
- MOIST UP: Adherence, long lasting, moisturization upgraded.
- COVER LASTING: Adherence, coverage, long lasting upgraded.
- IMPROVED ADHERENCE CUSHION: Magic fit powder is cleanly layered on top.
- EXCELLENT LONG LASTING EFFECT: Long lasting without darkening as if you just put on makeup.
- NON DRYING BUT FRESH CUSHION: Plant extract gives a fresh smooth look without drying the skin out.
|Loved the packaging, it is like a pencil you glide on to the skin.||It is a pretty wet concealer so takes time to dry before applying powder|
|Super easy application||You have to really work at applying to skin to blend, since wet it takes more time than other brands|
|Ultra creamy concealer|
|Hides imperfections in the skin|
|Can do layers to add more coverage|
Who Needs This Concealer
To be honest, who doesn’t want a good concealer. I used this concealer with every single one of the foundations here, and it worked really well. You will find it is a great pairing with a variety of foundations.
So I am not used to using a foundation compact. So this is something that was new to me, and I was pleasantly surprised. Here you have a Korean cosmetic brand that stands out from the rest.
A fun floral decorated foundation compact that you can pack in your purse for on-the-go makeup.
|Buildable coverage||You have to use the pad it comes with which you need to wash often as it gets build up.|
|Super creamy foundation||Takes more time to blend on the skin with the pad as compared to brushes or a beauty blender|
|High coverage||Not a ton of color choices|
|Wonderful price point for the quality|
Who Needs This Foundation
This foundation is really wonderful, and I have used it a few times. I do add on a translucent powder on top, as I find it offers a dewy finish.
If you have normal, dry, or even oily skin I think you would enjoy this foundation compact.
- Light adherence ▶ Natural cover with clean, smooth and silky skin complexion.
- Long Lasting wear ▶ Pearl Powder helps soft and non-sticky moisturizing cover for long lasting wear without a darkening. You can maintain clean skin without frequent makeup modifications.
- Functional Plants Extracts ▶ If it's a makeup that you have to do anyway, please make it healthier. Chamomile extract, Rose centifolia flower water and other Plants extraction ingredients help Whitening and Wrinkle improvement.
- ※ Color features ▶ Darker than on the other style71 line and is expressed in a strong yellow tone. If you want a brighter tone, use another line.
- Recommended for ▶ Who wants high Cover / Who wants fuzzy skin
Final Words on the Best Korean Foundation
It’s hard to choose a winner, since all of these offer something different. However, I really liked the results of Advanced Real Moisture and Etude. Both offered flawless coverage at an affordable price.
The stick Innisfree Mineral stick is fantastic for targeting smaller problem areas (like that random pimple that always pops up right before a hot date), while the compacts are perfect for on the go.
FAQS about Korean Foundation
Real quick before I send you on your merry way, let’s go over a few basic FAQs.
How do you choose the right foundation color?
Test shades along your jawline (and NOT the back of your hand or wrist) to find the perfect shade.
What is the difference between Korean Foundation vs. BB Cream?
BB cream is a 2-in-one moisturizer/foundation, so it typically provides lighter coverage overall. Foundation is thicker and offers more coverage.