K-Beauty is taking the world by storm! Due to the popularity of K-dramas and K-Pop, everyone wants in on Korea's beauty trends. Providing a range of cosmetics and skincare brands which use natural ingredients, Korea has now become a Mecca for beauty. So if you are planning a trip to Korea, be sure to drop by the many beauty stores in Seoul!
Here are the top 5 places to shop for cosmetics in Seoul, Korea!
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Olive and Young provide mainstream beauty brands which are within the lower price range. So you can shop with a budget. Each store varies from one to the other and provides a diverse range of cosmetic brands so be sure to drop by every store.
They offer skincare and cosmetic brands such as Neogen and Park, Son and Park, as well as Clio, and K-Palette respectively. One of the biggest stores is located at Ewha Women’s University, with a multilevel store in Myeong-Dong.
A small tip: they offer single sheet masks for purchase instead of the 10 sheet pack.
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This department store dedicates a whole floor for beauty products! Offering an impressive range of the latest skin care and cosmetics, ÅLAND should be a definite visit.
You may even be surprised by their range of indie cosmetics and skin care brands such as Thank You Farmer, Land Museum and Time To Blossom to name a few. They also provide a wide range of CosRx beauty products for the more adventurous skincare junkie.
The best range of products can be found at the Myeong-dong and Garosu-Gil stores.
Address: 30, Myeongdong 6-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Phone : +82-1566-7477
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Known as the Sephora of Korea it is a high-end store that follows the drugstore concept. LOHB offers both expensive and mainstream Korean brands, providing you with a good range of products to choose from.
From fragrances to cosmetics to skincare, LOHB stocks up on some of the best brands, such as Chemorlab, Aromatica, Huxley and My Beauty Diary. Each branch varies in the products they store, however, it may be harder to find than Olive and Young, which is located in almost every shopping strip and street.
The LOHB at Hongdae stores a diverse range of products and is the largest in Seoul.
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If you are into ‘Green’ beauty products, this is a must visit! It houses a wide range of trending Eco-friendly skincare. Eden Plaza is the retail store of the ENS Beauty Group, which houses Whamisa, New Days and Beausome.
It may be a little difficult to find, however, it is worth a visit. It is located in Cheongdam, Gangnam-Gu.
Address: 16 Samseong-ro 147-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Get ready for a cosmetics haul as Lotte offers on the spot tax-free purchasing of their products! However, shopping may get hectic due to the crowds as tourists swamp the store.
They offer a wide range of high-end brands such as The History of Whoo, SU: M37 and Hera, as well as mainstream brands. If you can stand the crowds, this is the best place to shop for high-end brands especially due to the products being tax-free (be sure to have your passport with you at all times), as some boutique stores may not be able to provide an on the spot tax-free facility.
The Lotte Duty-Free store is located in Myeong-Dong, and is the largest in the area.
Main Branch :
Address: 30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
On an important note, always read the ingredients section of each product and talk to a sales assistant regarding the contents to be sure about the products being Halal friendly. However, this may not be an issue as Korean beauty brands have many organic skincare and cosmetic products, so you have a wide range to choose from. A bonus that comes with purchasing Korean beauty products is their quirky and whimsical packaging!
So bid farewell to bad skin days and pamper your skin with your Korean cosmetics haul!