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Popular Products Among Internationals


  • BB Cream
    Also known as “Blemish Balm,” BB Cream is a top seller for international tourists. It was originally developed to treat the irritated skin of the patients who had undergone skin-related surgery. It is popular thanks to its many benefits: reducing the appearance of wrinkles, concealing skin discoloration, acne, and skin blemishes, providing UV protection, and more.

  • Hanbang & Whitening Cosmetics
    Hanbang cosmetics (made from traditional Korean ingredients), and skincare products focusing on whitening, have enjoyed increasing popularity among women. The interest in one’s well-being in recent years has led to an increasing focus on the healthy effects of various natural ingredients. Whitening products are particularly popular as women seek to have a creamier complexion.

  • Mask Sheets and Mask Packs
    Mask sheets and mask packs are wildly popular because they are convenient to use. In particular, mask sheets are popular among customers because of their inexpensive prices and wonderful whitening, anti-wrinkle, and moisturizing effects. That’s why most customers tend to purchase them in bulk. (₩1,000-1,500)

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Purchasing Tips

Most cosmetic stores in the heart of Myeong-dong employ shop assistants capable of speaking various foreign languages. Product descriptions can usually be given in Japanese, Chinese, and English. Many stores even offer tax-free services or foreign currency exchange services. Some areas even boast stores exclusively for international visitors, or cosmetic stores that are housed in cafés.

Products can be tested before purchase and many stores even run special offers in which customers can get a free gift with purchase or special discount if they spend over a certain amount of money.

  • • Price Information
    1. · Skin toners (150 ml): ₩3,300~₩60,000
    2. · BB cream (30 ml): ₩9,900~₩29,000
    3. · Mask sheet (1 sheet): ₩1,000~₩2,500
    4. · Lipsticks (4g): ₩5,500~₩8,800
    5. · Eye shadows (2.5g): ₩3,300~₩9,900
  • (Prices as of March 2010)
    ※ Prices may vary depending on brand and quality.



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