Those who know me know that I love Asian products, and beauty products are no exception. South-Korea is known to be an innovator when it comes to skincare (BB cream was invented there), and I absolutely love Korean skincare products. I usually buy mine in shops who are in the Netherlands, but I wanted to try and order from BeautyNetKorea because they offer way more products, and often cheaper. So that's what I did, and that's what I'm gonna talk about in this review.
I found it fairly easy to find the products I was looking for. I love Etude House, as they are a brand I know for certain is cruelty free (except they sell in China, but I have yet to find a Korean brand that doesn't). On the site you can search for brands, so that's what I did. The product descriptions are in English, though a bit broken, but it's understandable. I got the information I needed.
The prices are displayed in both the Korean currency and USD. You can choose to pay with credit card or paypal. When I went to order there was a sale going on, so i ended up paying less. There are a few different shipping options, and I found it quite reasonable and affordable. I think I ended up paying around $40 shipping included.
I wanted to sign up for an account, but it kept giving errors so I gave up and ordered as a guest. From what I can tell, with my little bit of HTML knowledge, the site isn't that complicated, which leaves room for errors. But it usually functions normally.
After ordering I got an email with the receipt, and a few days later I got a notification that it was shipped.
Shipping & Packaging
The package arrived quicker than expected. The site says that the shipping period is 15 - 40 days, but I received mine after 13 days I believe. So that's definitely a plus.
Everything was packed neatly and safely in bubblewrap. It came with some cards and a free small bottle of something I believe to be some kind of hair conditioning.
I'll quickly discuss all the products I bought and got to give an idea of what they're like.
Etude House sheet masks
I personally love sheet masks, as they're very easy to use. The sheet masks I ordered I've used before, and I'm always very pleased about them. I usually use them before I go to bed, and when I get up in the morning I rinse my face with water, which then results in a very soft smooth skin.
These are the masks I got.
The one I hadn't used before was the AC clean up mask. AC clean up is a line of products from Etude House that focuses on acne issues. I also have their toner, but because I forget to use it often I haven't seen the effects yet.
The AC clean up sheet mask is rather thick, which made me less afraid of ripping it. It also smelled fresh and just nice. I believe that one sheet mask isn't going to solve your acne problem, so it didn't do that. But what it did do was calm my skin a little. I think this product is meant to be used twice a week within a skincare routine with the other products.
If you're interested, you can check out the AC clean up sheet mask here.
Etude House "Missing U" hand cream
This hand cream doesn't only look cute, it smells nice and made my hands very soft.. It smells fresh, and is not too thick and not too thin. It gets absorbed quickly by the skin, and doesn't feel sticky.
The box it comes in is made of recycled paper and contains information about the animal on the box. There are four different animals to choose from and they're all endangered, so on the box is a little bit of information which tells you to save these animals. I thought it was a good idea!
You can check it out here.
Etude House "Moistfull collagen" emulsion & essence
I was really looking for a moisturiser and an essence to complete my collection for my skincare routine with. I want to try the Korean skin care routine (which has 10 steps) and I was missing these two products, so when I found them for a really good price I was quite happy!
The essence smells nice and is very light. It's watery, which I find nice, and a little sticky after applying, but I didn't find that bothersome at all.
The emulsion also smells nice and is slightly thicker than the essence, but still light. It's also a bit watery and a little sticky, but both are not bothersome.
When I rinsed my face the morning after applying these two my skin was super soft! And it just felt fresh and nice. You can check out the emulsion here and the essence here.
EyeNLip hair ampoule "LULU"
I got this for free, and at first I was unsure what it exactly was. There was a tiny bit of info on the bottle, but it wasn't very clear. But I decided to just give it a try.
It smells a bit like dish soap in my opinion, but it wasn't unpleasant or anything. I massaged it into my hair, and after rinsing it out my hair felt rather soft. Not as soft as with my regular conditioner, but I found out later that this ampule is more focused on strengthening your hair and protecting it than smoothing it.
The next morning my hair felt soft, but also more firm, and it was easy to brush.
If you're interested, you can find the ampule here.
I'm very satisfied with this purchase and I would definitely order from this shop again. Etude House is a very nice brand which I like to use, and having more of their products in my collection makes me happy.
If you're looking for affordable (Korean) skincare products, I definitely recommend ordering from here!