The 14 Best Things to Buy at Nordstrom's Korean Beauty Pop-Up
We have an insatiable appetite when it comes to Korean beauty. Between the splash masks and peel-off glosses, there is so much goodness to be had. But sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where to find them all. Lucky for us, Nordstrom just brought them all to one place with a limited-run pop-up shop featuring 500 cult (and soon-to-be cult) products. Here, 14 to add to your cart now (they’re available only through the end of March).
Glow Recipe “10 Days to Glow Hydrogel Beauty Mask Set”
Sheet masks are the gateway drug to K-beauty so it only makes sense that we start with a curated set of them. Between the exfoliating, brightening, pore tightening and hydrating varieties, there is something for every skin type and concern.
Glow Recipe ($63)
I Woke Up Like This “Hydra Luxurious Rose Oil”
Cheeky name aside, this skin-brightening blend of rose, jojoba and sweet almond oils really does make us wake up with Beyoncé-level glow. Gently pat a few drops onto clean skin before bed (and mix some into your foundation in the morning) to get that fresh, dewy complexion you might not get from your current sleep schedule.
I Woke Up Like This ($47)
Color Buckat “Stay Awake Eye Primer”
Most eye-shadow primers we’ve tried are liquid or cream. This one from Color Buckat (fun to say out loud, by the way) is a velvety powder that gently de-puffs and brightens up tired peepers while laying down a smooth base for your makeup.
Color Buckat ($14)
Creme “Simple Stone Soap”
Need a last-minute gift idea? These handmade soaps are beautiful to look at and equally pleasing to use. Packed with skin-softening essential oils, they leave you feeling clean (but not stripped) and are lightly scented but never overpowering. Choose from eight colors (including this dreamy rose quartz or perhaps a soothing sea foam green).
Onnu “Nail Lacquer”
Just when we thought that nail polish names couldn’t get any better, this popular K-beauty brand hits us with monikers like “avocado green” (see above—it looks like the outside of the fruit) and “tomato ketchup” (that looks like, um, ketchup). More importantly, though, is how shiny and long-wearing the colors are on our tips.
Vika “7 Piece Manicure Kit”
Calling all ladies who paint their nails at home: This kit gives you all the tools to smooth, trim, shape and shine your tips at pro levels. We’re particularly obsessed with the strawberry-scented cuticle oil and gold-plated cuticle pusher.
ID.AZ “Dermastic Foaming Cleanser”
A thorough cleanse is key for good skin and even better makeup application—and a great cleanser makes all the difference. This multitasking formula simultaneously removes makeup, oil and dead skin cells while soothing skin with a creamy aloe-vera-packed lather. The pump packaging ensures you get just the right amount of foam every time.
Romane “Brunch Brother Pompom Zip Pouch”
Is there any other way you’d rather stash your lipsticks and liners? For us, no. For you, if you’re not a cat person: You can also choose from a bear, a fox…or a piece of toast.
Sukoo Sukoo Original Bath Doll
And while we’re on the topic of cute (ahem) essentials, why not add a plush, owl-shaped body scrubber to the list? Come on, it’s so much better than that tired old loofah you have hanging in the shower right now.
Sukoo Sukoo ($33)
Too Cool For School “Ankhwab Gold Peeling Swab”
We’re no strangers to giant Q-tip exfoliators, but this one covers your face in tiny flecks of 24-karat gold (which dissolve on contact and help the other skin-brightening ingredients like glycolic acid penetrate better). Sweep on twice a week to keep skin clear and radiant.
Too Cool for School ($33 for five swabs)
IPKN “Twinkle Sun Blur Base SPF 50”
OK, so the packaging is a little kitschy (even for diehard K-beauty fans like us), but the multitasking ingredients and silky texture of this all-in-one cream (it’s a moisturizer, SPF and pore-blurring primer) is highly sophisticated.
TPSY “Draw Lip Crayon”
Leave it to the Koreans to crack the code for long-wearing lipstick that’s actually moisturizing. Plus, the chubby pencils are pretty much goofproof (unlike those liquid lipsticks that require an art degree to apply).
24/7 “In-N-Out Conditioning Mist”
Confession: We totally thought this was for our hair, but it’s actually a duo of facial mists that protect skin from drying indoor air (think central heat and air conditioning) and outdoor elements (think pollution and UV rays). Keep one at your desk and the other in your purse to stay covered all day.
Too Cool For School “Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara”
The wand alone is worth the buy. Turn the dial to the right and the brush extends to lengthen lashes. Turn it to the left and it contracts to beef up fringe without clumping. And regardless of your preference, the inky formula will last all day sans smudging.
Too Cool For School ($25)