K-Beauty Brands That Won’t Break The Bank (PART 1)

The struggle to find makeup/skincare that is not only effective, but CHEAP, is eternally real. As a beauty writer, I am constantly scouring the internet for new and exciting products to review and write about. With a student budget, though, that can be wildly difficult.

Fortunately, the competitive nature of the Korean beauty industry has left my wallet fatter and face happier. While roaming the aisles of Sephora will remain a favorite hobby of mine, I just can’t seem to get behind “sample sizes” being over $15 when I can find full-sized, better, and more effective products for reasonable prices.

There are SO MANY affordable products within the K-Beauty realm that I’m splitting this into two posts. Here, I reveal  my first installment of affordable K-Beauty brands, as well as the products I love from them.

Just a disclaimer before I begin: each brand has a wide price range. Some go up to $40, some go up to nearly $120. It’s important to keep in mind that many brands carry a massive range of product and hold various lines to cater to various markets, from simple makeup to luxury skincare.


Etude House

Price range: $1 – $50

Known for their princessy, pink, and ultra-adorable packaging, Etude House is more than just fluff – their products are super effective, affordable, and master all things pretty and feminine.


Hot Style Photo Hair Liner, $9.41
My Review



Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam, $11.31



Lash Perm Proof Mascara, $10.36
My Review



Curl Fix Mascara Remover, $10.90



Two Tone Treatment Hair Color, $13.90
My Review



Ion Water Coconut Hydrating Serum Mist, $23.90
My Review



Holika Holika

Price range: $2 – $70

From bubblegum-pop, heart-shaped lipsticks to an uber-chic, all-black line, Holika Holika managed to fit itself in the hearts of nearly anyone who dabbles in K-beauty.


Lazy & Joy Egg Bun Puff, $3.16
My Review


Lazy & Joy Jelly Dough Blusher (Gudetama Edition), $6.96
My Review


Jewel-Light Waterproof Eyeliner, $5.90


It’s Skin

Price range: $1 – $90

Dermatologist-developed, this line focuses on skin first – whether it’s makeup or skincare, It’s Skin’s primary goal is to make your skin look its absolute best with effective ingredients and high-quality packaging.


Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Emulsion, $17.96


Macaron Sugar Base Special Edition SPF30 PA+++, $11.90



Babyface Petit Highlighter, $7.90


Price range: $1 – $38

With the entire range dedicating itself to the beauty of flowers, Mamonde has cemented itself in pretty, low-key beauty.

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Age Control Power Serum, $33.90
My Review



Calendula Essence Sun Milk SPF50+ PA+++, $15.90



Mamonde True Color Lip Stick, $14.90
My Review



Let me know your favorite affordable products from these brands, as well as affordable brands I may have missed!

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