As promised, I’m here today with some tips and tricks and brand suggestions to keep in mind while shopping for Korean Skin Care products.

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First things first-

Where to get them? (Based on personal experience)

Soko Glam:

I became obsessed with Korean Skincare almost two years ago.  Soko Glam happens to be the website where I got my first Kbeauty products from- Tonymoly Oil Cleanser (still Obsessed), Skinfood Green Tea Bubble Cleanser (Best thing that ever happened to my skin) and Goodal Phytowash (Exfoliation dream). Soko Glam is a very trustworthy website. Charlotte Cho visits Seoul and picks up the products herself and tries it on her own skin before adding it to the website. The back draws however is that they don’t have any minimum free shipping rate to India. For those residing in the U.S or Canada, this site’s the best for you guys. (Thank Me Later)

Amazon:

My second purchase was a pack of 10 sheetmasks from Innisfree that I ordered from Amazon and I have no idea if the merchant was authentic. The masks did work brilliantly on my skin though. I gave away two masks to my colleagues and they loved them so much that they asked me to order a few for them while ordering my next lot.

StrawberryNet:

This time it was a pack of 10 Etude House Masks. They worked great as well. But then I read a lot of consumer complaints that the StrawberryNet products are not authentic and have reacted badly on a lot of peoples’ skin. So I didn’t repeat order from this site even though I got lucky with my order.

Innisfree Delhi Store:

I legit left my job on December 2015 and flew to New Delhi to visit the Innisfree Store in January and I did a huge haul. Delhi beauties, I envy you (because of the recent Face Shop launch as well)!

Wishtrend:

It’s a legit site as well. But they offer free shipping above 66$ or something which will mess up with the custom.  They have free shipping on some particular products and I still keep checking if there’s any new product in the Free Shipping list that I wanna try. No personal experience yet.

Skin18:

I am pretty sure I don’t need to talk much about this website. They are well known for their blogger friendly programmed. They have sent me two packages for review purpose and I loved them all. However, Free Shipping is above 60$.

Cosmetic Love:

Here comes the most awaited part. The magic website with free shipping, Tada! No shipping charge, no custom duty. Just try to keep your orders low to avoid custom. You’ll get a tracking ID by paying an $2.5. Their website says that it will take about 2 weeks for the order to show up, but my first two orders came 1 month late. But then again, my first order came along with a package from Greece shipped a couple of months ago, so I guess both went for a little custom tour. My third order didn’t show up, so when I mailed them about it, they were kind enough to reorder my products again with a free tracking ID.  And after I received it, I placed my fourth order. I am sticking with this website.

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Daisy Skin Fix

It’s an Indian E-commerce site where you can get a multiple Korean Skincare brands, and guess what? They have free shipping on all order.

Nykaa:

By the Grace of God, Innisfree and The Face Shop has recently launched in Nykaa…

 

A little tips and tricks-

  • Already gave one, while ordering from Cosmetic Love, try keeping your order low.
  • They offer an abundant amount of samples and trial sized pack. So you’d like to order some samples first, they comes very chip, plus they extremely travel friendly. If you are ordering a lot of different types of samples, try one product at a time so you can figure out the culprit if something goes wrong (I haven’t had any bad experience with any Korean Products so far and my skin is super-sensitive, so chances are very low).
  • You’ll get free samples if there are any full sized products in the order and yes sheet masks count. The higher the full sized product prize amount, the more samples you’ll receive.

My Favourite Brands: (Only The Bests)

  • Tonymoly
  • Mishha
  • Etude House
  • Innisfree
  • Goodal
  • Foodaholic

Favourite Products Used So Far : (Only the bests)

Products I Would Suggest Not To Try-

So that’s all. Hope you enjoyed this post and please do not hesitate if you have any more queries, I would love to post a sequel if needed.

And once again, I am not being benefited from this post. The whole post is best on personal experience and my love for Korean cosmetics.

 

43 thoughts on “Where To Buy Korean Skincare Products in India + Some Tips & Tricks”

  1. hi
    i have never tried Korean products but i want to buy innisfree products from nykaa.. i have noticed that innisfree products are at very low price on nykaa compared to amazon or other sites. so i am just confused if nykaa is selling genuine products. Please help wheather i should buy it from nykaa or no.

    1. Nykaa sells genuine products, but am not sure about Amazon. I avoid ordering from Amazon but that one time I did I got a leaked product that was nearing expiry date, also you should check the merchant name on Amazon. Also for startee, you can try the Dair Klairs Mask from Daisy Skin Fix and they do not have a minimum shipping charge. And let me tell you, Innisfree is belongs to the cheaper side when it comes to K-beauty brands. The physical stores in India charges pretty much the same.

    1. I received the products as a gift from Charlotte Cho. I didn’t have to pay duty because the box read gift 🙂

  2. Hey! The post was extremely helpful. I absolutely loved it.😍
    My two major concerns are open pores and skin brightening .( I love Koreans pearly, dewy, luminous spot-less skin)

    So ,I have two questions for you.
    1)what is the best skin-care regime for combination skin.

    2) I did a research on skin brightening creams but eventally got confused.
    Read about etude White House, mison Good night white sleeping mask, secret key white snow while cream and tony moly panda cream( I read your views on that) – which one is the best one for Indian skin type.
    Thanks!

    1. Hey, glad my post was helpful.
      For brightening, I should suggest rice products as well as products containing lemon and tomatoes. 1) You can try the Tonymoly Floria Brightening Cleansing oil for night time regimen,2) a foaming cleanser as the second step for night time and 1st step for day time. 3) An exfoliator once a week 4) wash off masks twice or thrice a week, skin food rice wash off is excellent for skin brightening, you can use that once or twice a week and a charcoal or clay wash off mask once a week for detoxifying and deep cleansing, Innisfree Volcanic clay is one of my favourites. 5) Toner- chose any alcohol free toner u like. 6) Serum and essence both plays important roles in brightening up your skin, you can never truly believe what they can do until you use one, Mishha Time Revolution Essence is the best I’ve used to far but it’s too costly, you can choose one that claims brightening. 7) Sheet Masking twice a week or as many times you wish- choose the ones that contain rice and vita c for brightening effect. 8) Moisturizing -Since I never rely on moisturizers for brightening, I can’t really tell which one is good for brightening, usually I use them to seal off the goodness that my skin receives from the previous products, I usually use Taiyu Silk Cream or Etude House Moistful Collagen cream. 9) Sun block.
      Hope it helps 🙂

  3. Hi….thanks for such a informative post..
    Can you tell me which brand is good innisfree or wishtreat….
    And also suggest products for dry uneven skin

    Thanks

    1. I basically rely on Innisfree products, mainly because they are easiest available and effective. I have never tried wishtreat but some of my favourites are Skinfood, Tonymoly, Misha and Etude House. Try using products containing manuka honey for dry skin. Also exfoliate your skin once a week and use deep cleansing wash masks especially clay or charcoal twice a week for better absorption of your skincare products. Hope it was helpful 🙂

  4. Can u tell me what should be the total order value for products so as to avoid custom on cosmetic-love website

    1. There’s no particular amount but you might be able to avoid custom by ordering below $35. Lesser the safer

  5. Hey your post is really helpful.
    Can you please tell me which one is better mizon all-in-one snail repair cream or mango seed milk moisturizing facial butter

    1. I haven’t tried either of them, but I would go for the Mizon one any day.

  6. Hello. M very glad to have come accross ur blog n its been very informative. Have been wnting to try Kproducts for pigmentation. Im confused between Innisfree Whitening Pore Serum n Skinfood Tomato Whitening range. Can u suggest which wud b better or if any other product u hav tried. I hav n oily acne prone skin. Also do u kno of Beauty Barn.com. M wondering if thy sell authentic K products.

    1. Personally I prefer skinfood over Innisfree, am talking about the overall brand. I haven’t tried any de-pigmentation products but going through the description and ingredient list I guess the skinfood one will probably be better. The best way to be sure is to try the samples first. You can check if cosmetic-love has the samples.
      And I’m afraid am not much aware about Beauty Barn.com.

  7. Hey. Really helpful post.

    I want to buy an all in one cream for correction of dark spots (age spots) & open pores.

    Can you suggest some cream or over night cream / mask. No BB Creams !

    Thanks a ton!

    1. Hi, glad the article was helpful. However, I would like to tell you that the Korean Skincare Concept doesn’t go for all in one products. Unlike the rest of the world they create products that usually targets single issues, that’s why Korean Women or Korean Skincare Obsessed people uses multiple serum at one go instead of using an all in one product. I usually don’t use creams for special treatments like spot corrections and stuff, I rely on serums and sheet masks for that and use moisturizers to just moisturize or to to bring elasticity at the most. However, you can try out samples from cosmetic-love and find out which one works for you the best. <3

  8. Hey can you suggest me something as I really like Korean beauty and their products. I have oily and acne prone skin and I don’t know what all to order and which all are good.

    1. Hey try the products that contains Tea Tree and Aloe and Bija, even rice are amazing for purification. Innisfree Volacanic Clay is a must try for you. You can get the tiny size by ordering the Capsule Recipe. Also Innisfree Tea Tree Oil Sheet Mask is good for oily skin. Using cleansing oil before face was can work oil against oil. And don’t skip moisturizer because if you have oily skin. If you deprive your skin of the needed moisture it will produce more than what’s needed breaking you out even more. Try the mild non-greasy and noncomedogenic ones

    1. Am not fond of Face Shop products compared to other Korean brands, Innisfree is so much better…

  9. Hi,

    I’m so glad I found your blog. This post was really helpful.

    Cloud you please tell me whether you paid customs for your order from Sokoglam and if yes then how much?

    Thanks a lot

    1. Thank you, glad you found the post helpful. I didn’t have to pay any custom for my order from Sokoglam as the package was kind of a free gift. In India, the custom is for orders over 35$ I guess

  10. Hi!! I too am a calcuttan currently obsessing over korean and japanese beauty products. I would love to know if you have any experience regarding shopping from yesstyle.com. they provide free shipping in india over 2500 INR. do i have to pay customs duty on a order value of 3000 INR? Thanks a lot !

    1. I personally haven’t ordered from Yesstyle but I know some people who have got smooth delivery on their Kbeauty box. You need to pay for custom if the order’s over 35$. I personally used to order from cosmetic-love.com and I got a lots of smooth delivery, except for the last two orders which didn’t show up. Also you can get Innisfree products from Nykaa.com

    2. Thanks a lot! one last thing i wanted to ask, my billing amount is less than 35$ so yesstyle is charging me 377INR as shipping charge. will it attract customs duty?

    3. If the total amount is above 35 including shipping, it might attract custom charge. Also make sure they are giving u the tracking ID as a lot of times the products gets stuck at the custom check

    4. Hey! Anwesha did u get ur yesstyle producte eger to know ,actually i recently discovered that site and i m not sure about to order from there

    5. hey Aliya, i am sorry i have been so late in answering your question. I did not order from yesstyle. The prices are kinda high over there. I opted for cosmetic-love.com
      Try it and i am sure you’ll love it!

  11. Isn’t there any substitute in indian drugstores of the mishha time revolution essence ? As I Love To Do A 10 Day Korean Routine But Half Of The R Damn Expensive . N Couldnot Afford It.

    1. That’s one product I would love to find dupes off. Unfortunately Indian products are in no away close to the Korean products, the only stuffs I thought are almost as good are all wash off masks, that’s one region India Skincare is leading I guess 😀

  12. Extremely helpful post….I really wanted to try out some korean products but had heard bad reviews about so many sites selling fake stuff…Im gonna order from cosmetic love now…

  13. hey thanks for this
    it was v.helpful
    plus you’re doing this even though it’s not sponsored – thanks a lot

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