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?

Best Sunscreen

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1st place:
Round Lab – Birch Juice Moisturizing Sun Cream SPF50+ PA++++

2nd place:
Be Plain – Clean Ocean Moisture Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++

3rd place:
 Dr.G –
Green Mild Up Sun+
SPF50+ PA++++

Best Sun Stick:
Nature Republic – California Aloe Fresh Powdery Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++

Best Cushion Sunscreen:
Scinic – Enjoy All Round Airy Sun Cushion
SPF50+ PA++++

Best Baby Sunscreen:
Goongbe – Waterful Sun Lotion SPF50+ PA++++

Best Cleansers

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

Best Toner

1st place:
Torriden – Dive-In Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Toner

2nd place:
Scinic – The Simple Calming Toner

3rd place:
Be Plain – Chamomile pH-Balanced Toner

Best Essence, Serum, Ampoule

1st place:
Torriden – DIVE-IN Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Serum

2nd place:
S.Nature – Aqua Collagen Peptide Triple Gel Essence Oil

3rd place:
AllNatural – Houttuynia Cordata Care Serum

Best Emulsion, Lotion

1st place:
Scinic – The Simple Daily Lotion

2nd place:
Round Lab – 1025 Dokdo Lotion

3rd place:
Be Plain – Chamomile pH-Balanced Lotion

Best Face Cream

1st place:
Torriden – Dive-In Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Cream

2nd place:
S.Nature – Aqua Squalane Moisturising Cream

3rd place:
Torriden – Dive-In Low-Molecular Hyaluronic acid Soothing Cream

Best Eye Cream

1st place:
AHC – Pure Rescue Real Eye Cream For Face

2nd place:
Cosnori – Avocado Eye Cream

3rd place:
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 Makeup

Best BB Cream/CC Cream:
Cell Fusion C – Skin Blemish Balm

Best Foundation:
fmgt – Ink Lasting Foundation Slim Fit EX SPF30 PA++ (#N201 Apricot Beige)

Best Cushion:
 Laneige – Neo Cushion Matte SPF42 PA++ (#21N Beige)

Best Eyeshadow:
Romand – Better Than Eyes (#M02 Dry Buckwheat flower)

Best Brow Pencil:
 Innisfree – Auto Eyebrow Pencil (#05 Midnight Espresso Brown)

Best Mascara:
Clio – Kill Lash Superproof Mascara (#001 Long Curling)

Best Primer:
Too Cool For School – Artclass Watery Blur Primer

Best Setting Powder:
 Innisfree – No-Sebum Mineral Powder *renewal*

Best Highlighter:
 Clio – Prism Air Highlighter (#001 Gold Sheer)

Best Lip Tint:
Romand – Juicy Lasting Tint (#06 Figfig)

Best Contouring:
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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