As beauty reviewers or “influencers”, we get to try a lot of products and by sharing our experience, we want to help our audience make better and more informed choices regarding products they’re considering to purchase. However, the number of beauty brands that exist out there is ginormous and one person can’t possibly try all of them.
Here’s when tools like Hwahae (화해) come in handy. Hwahae is the abbreviation for 화장품을 해석하다 which means “to analyse cosmetics”. This is a Korean beauty app that was created in 2013 with the purpose to give consumers detailed information regarding K-beauty products. Products can be filtered by categories such as product type, age, skin type ect to make it even easier for people to find something suitable for their skin. It also ranks beauty items based on consumer reviews!
The platform has gained so much popularity due to its reliability and it hosts its own beauty awards twice a year. I’m sure you must have seen their award sticker on products you have purchased before.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that the K-beauty items that become popular in the west, are not necessarily what’s popular in Korea. So the app really helps us see what the current trends in Korea really are! The only downside is that content is in Korean and you’ll have to use a translating tool to actually know what to look for.
In this post I’m going to share the results of Hwahae Awards for 2021. There are a lot of categories, so I’m only sharing the ones I think would be the most requested.
What are the best K-beauty products of 2021?
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Round Lab – Birch Juice Moisturizing Sun Cream SPF50+ PA++++
Be Plain – Clean Ocean Moisture Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++
Green Mild Up Sun+
Best Sun Stick:
Nature Republic – California Aloe Fresh Powdery Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++
Best Cushion Sunscreen:
Scinic – Enjoy All Round Airy Sun Cushion
Best Baby Sunscreen:
Goongbe – Waterful Sun Lotion SPF50+ PA++++
Best Foam Cleanser:
Be Plain – Greenful pH Balanced Cleansing Foam
Best Gel Cleanser:
S.Nature – Blanche Cleanser
Best Oil Cleanser:
ATRUE – Origin Pure Balancing Cleansing Oil
Best Water Cleanser:
Beauty Recipe – Little Mermaid This is Princess Cleansing Water
Best Lotion-Cream Cleanser:
Sidmool – Dr. Troub Skin Returning Cleansing Milk
Best Soap Cleanser:
Suiskin – Avobab Clean Soap
Torriden – Dive-In Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Toner
Scinic – The Simple Calming Toner
Be Plain – Chamomile pH-Balanced Toner
Best Essence, Serum, Ampoule
Torriden – DIVE-IN Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Serum
S.Nature – Aqua Collagen Peptide Triple Gel Essence Oil
AllNatural – Houttuynia Cordata Care Serum
Best Emulsion, Lotion
Scinic – The Simple Daily Lotion
Round Lab – 1025 Dokdo Lotion
Be Plain – Chamomile pH-Balanced Lotion
Best Face Cream
Torriden – Dive-In Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Cream
S.Nature – Aqua Squalane Moisturising Cream
Torriden – Dive-In Low-Molecular Hyaluronic acid Soothing Cream
Best Eye Cream
AHC – Pure Rescue Real Eye Cream For Face
Cosnori – Avocado Eye Cream
Be Plain – Artemisia Eye Butter
Best Face Masks
Best Sheet Mask:
Torriden – Dive-in Low Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Mask
Best Wash-off Mask:
Innisfree – Volcanic Calming Pore Clay Mask
Best Sleeping Mask:
Hanyul – Yuja Sleeping Mask
Best BB Cream/CC Cream:
Cell Fusion C – Skin Blemish Balm
fmgt – Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit EX SPF30 PA++ (#N201 Apricot Beige)
Laneige – Neo Cushion Matte SPF42 PA++ (#21N Beige)
Romand – Better Than Eyes (#M02 Dry Buckwheat flower)
Best Brow Pencil:
Innisfree – Auto Eyebrow Pencil (#05 Midnight Espresso Brown)
Clio – Kill Lash Superproof Mascara (#001 Long Curling)
Too Cool For School – Artclass Watery Blur Primer
Best Setting Powder:
Innisfree – No-Sebum Mineral Powder *renewal*
Clio – Prism Air Highlighter (#001 Gold Sheer)
Best Lip Tint:
Romand – Juicy Lasting Tint (#06 Figfig)
Too Cool For School – Artclass By Rodin Shading (#2 Modern)
Notice any product you have tried or would like to try from these? Any new brand that caught your attention?
As you can see there are some brands that you don’t often see around on social media. But, they’re also not very easily accessible so it’s understandable that they don’t get as much exposure.
Let me know in the comments which ones you are adding to your wishlist.
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Hi and welcome to Kbeauty Notes! :)
I’m Ledia and I’m very passionate about everything skincare. I created this blog to share my thoughts and experience with many amazing and not so great products out there, hoping to help you make better decisions regarding your skin.
I’m very happy to bring you on this journey with me and I hope you enjoy it! <3
My Skin Type: Oily, acne prone, dehydrated, a little sensitive, large pores.
Skincare Concerns: hydration, pore care, anti-ageing, PIE (acne marks), brightening.