2015 K-Beauty Awards Skincare and Makeup Winners

CéCi magazine, one of Asia’s foremost magazines for females in their twenties, has recently released the results for their third annual K-Beauty Awards. Since we know many Soompiers are interested in Korean beauty products, we will be sharing their results from surveying their Korean, Chinese, and Thai readers concerning their favorite Korean makeup and skincare products. The photos incorporate famous Korean landmarks and historical sites as the backgrounds. How many locations can you guess? Product links are provided when possible. Check out the results and be sure to share your favorites in the comments below!

Moisturizing Skincare Products


Laneige’s Water skincare line is known for its moisturizing properties. Korean, Chinese, and Thai readers all selected the Laneige Water Bank Essence as their favorite moisturizing essence. Meanwhile, China and Thailand favorited the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream. Also, Chinese readers loved the ever-popular Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.

Whitening Skincare Products


Korean whitening products are extremely popular globally. Despite its name, whitening products can more accurately be described as brightening products. Rather than whitening skin, they actually brighten your skin for an overall healthy glow. Chinese readers selected both Laneige White Plus Renew Skin Refiner and Laneige White Plus Renew Emulsion as their favorite basic skincare products. All three countries’ readers chose Laneige’s White Plus Renew Original Essence as their favorite whitening essence.

Anti-Aging Skincare Products


Moving on to the popular anti-aging products. Thailand readers favored Laneige’s Time Freeze Intensive Cream and Time Freeze Essence. Meanwhile, readers in China chose Laneige Time Freeze Eye Serum as their favorite anti-aging eye product.


Korean and Chinese readers agreed on Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Cream as the best anti-aging cream for them. Rich in nutrients and rare Korean Ginseng, this cream comes at a hefty price. However, there are many who believe the product is worth its cost according to the results.


Korean readers chose a different favorite anti-aging serum as well. Their winner was Sulwhasoo Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum. Recently released, this innovative product promises to add elasticity and plump up deep set wrinkles and lines. The unique packaging allows individuals to see the capsulized spheres/beads of red ginseng extract while protecting the ingredients from potential UV ray harm.



Well-known amongst K-Beauty lovers, Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off proves to be loved by Thai readers. The effective sugar mask is great for weekly exfoliation and helps soften skin. U.S. readers can buy it here while non-U.S. residents can find it here.


Chinese and Korean beauty aficionados chose Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask as their favorite mask product. The popular mask is known for targeting blackheads and minimizing large pores. The super version is notably stronger than their original version.

Body Products


Korean readers chose Happy Bath’s Rose Essence Brightening Body Wash as their favorite body product. Boasting 95 percent of its ingredients being natural, the gentle body wash smells like roses while brightening your body’s skin.


The best-selling Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel was Chinese readers’ top pick amongst body products. The lightweight gel is great for moisturizing and soothing sunburned skin. It’s so gentle that some consumers even use it on their faces! Try refrigerating it for a maximum cooling effect!

Shampoo and Conditioner

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Ryeo shampoo and conditioner has the highest number of purchases from Chinese consumers. The brand’s line of products focuses on preventing hair loss. Its herbal ingredients keeps hair healthy and reduces hair fall-out.



Korean females determined Mamonde’s Lotus Micro Mild Foam as their cleanser of choice. Heralded as a product perfect for removing traces of fine dust (a large concern in Korea especially during spring), this cleanser thoroughly eliminates unwanted impurities while being gentle. There is also a Sebum Control version of the cleanser for individuals with oily skin.

Lip Products


Espoir’s No Wear M Lipstick in Soho turned out to be the favorite lipstick for Korean women. The M lipsticks in the No Wear Collection are matte shades. This lipstick (in a different shade) previously received first place in the pink lipstick category on “Get It Beauty” in 2014.


Chinese ladies preferred a shinier finish and selected Etude House’s Dear My Blooming Lips Talk. The creamy lipsticks provide good pigmentation and moisture. Isn’t the princess packaging adorable?


Thai females selected a lip tint over lipsticks. Their selection was the international favorite Etude House Dear Darling Tint. The gel lip tint can be layered for a natural stain or a more intense shade.

Eye Products

All three countries chose Etude House’s Look At My Eyes Eyeshadows as their eyeshadow choice. The individually potted eyeshadows come in a variety of shades and finishes suitable for anyone’s eyeshadow needs. If you reside in the U.S. you can find them here. If you are located outside of the U.S. click here. Thai and Chinese readers both love Etude House’s Drawing Show Brush Eyeliner. Thai ladies apparently love Etude House Oh! My Eye Lash Mascara. For U.S. residents click here, and non-U.S. residents can find it here.


China’s mascara pick was Innisfree’s Skinny Waterproof Microcara. The thin mascara wand allows for clean and natural eyelash definition. U.S. residents can purchase it here. Non-U.S. residents can find it here.



You know a blush is worth checking out when ladies from three different countries unanimously love it! Etude House’s Lovely Cookie Blusher has adorable packaging and comes in a variety of gorgeous shades. It even comes with a cute ribbon-adorned puff that makes application easy. As further testament to the popularity of this product, the Peach Choux Wafers shade actually won the 2015 blind test on “Get It Beauty.”

Cushion Compacts


Etude House’s various Precious Mineral Any Cushions stole the hearts of Thai ladies. The Mint Cushion is used as a base to neutralize redness while the Peach Cushion is a brightening base. Then you use the Precious Mineral Any Cushion Foundation on top of the base of your choice for glowy coverage. If you live in the U.S. click here.


Korea’s favorite cushion proved to be the original cushion compact that started the cushion craze, IOPE’s Air Cushion XP. This cushion is popular for its great coverage and dewy finish. If you’re a U.S. resident you can find it here. For non-U.S. residents, they can be purchased here.


China’s cushion compact of choice turned out to be HERA’s UV Mist Cushion. This high-end cushion has buildable long-lasting coverage. Individuals with dry skin can try the Ultra Moisture version of the cushion.



The number one sunscreen for Korea ended up being HERA’s new Sun Mate Essence Gel. With a SPF of 40 PA++, the product will easily protect you from harmful rays. Be sure to reapply when exposed to sun for an extended period of time.


China’s sunscreen choice was Laneige Sun Block Supreme. This sunscreen boasts an SPF of 50 PA+++. If you’re serious about protecting yourself from sun damage, this is a great sunblock for you. It also won an award in Singapore.

BB & CC Cream


Laneige Water Base CC Cream is said to have received positive reviews from Chinese consumers. This CC Cream is great on its own or as a makeup base. Due to being water-based, it provides moisture for prolonged freshness. There is also a peach pink version available.


Korea’s CC Cream pick apparently sold out nationwide within five days of releasing the product. It’s none other than Banila Co It Radiant CC Cream. This CC cream gives great daily sun protection with SPF 30 PA++.

Did you agree with the results of the K-Beauty Awards? Which of the winners have you tried? Which products are you interested in? Don’t forget to share your comments below!

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