Three new-to-market South Korean beauty brands to look out for.
1. CNP Laboratory
Formed by a group of dermatologists from the CNP Aesthetic Clinic group in South Korea in 2000. The range of products include anti-blemish solutions, and moisturising and skin-brightening formulas. Available at selected Guardian stores and cnpcosmetics.com.sg, prices start from $14.10 for a black-head-removal kit to $68.40 for a moisturising cream.
Star products: The Black Head Clear Kit (right, $14.10) that promises to get rid of blackheads and excess sebum effortlessly; and the Propolis Energy Ampoule ($40.90), a skin booster.
2. Hey Nature
Launched in 2002, this brand offers anti-blemish, brightening and BB cream formulas made from native South Korean plants.
Available at Heynature.com.sg, prices start from $9.90 for a bar of soap to $61.90 for a bottle of treatment essence.
Star products: The seven-piece Ersungcho line that is made for intolerant and acne-prone skin. It supposedly calms, moisturises and treats the skin. The anti- ageing 88 Treatment Essence (right, $61.90) is made with 88 per cent fermented yeast extract, the Ersungcho herb and supposedly collagen-rich snail slime.
3. Dear Berry
Founded in 2013, the brand focuses on skin-brightening and rejuvenating products made from natural ingredients. Available at selected Watsons stores, prices start from $11.50 for a bottle of cleansing foam to $55 for a jar of cream.
Star products: The anti-ageing Snail Nourishing Cream (below, $55) that is made with snail slime, to firm up skin, and arbutin, a skin-brightening ingredient; and Coco's Secret Recipe Yam Moisturizing and Nourishing Mask ($19.90) that promises to brighten and moisturise skin instantly.
LA PRAIRIE NEW OFFERINGS
La Prairie has expanded its premium Swiss Ice Crystal line with a new eye cream and emulsion.
The range was launched last year with a cream and dry oil. The star ingredients in this range - the purple saxifrage and soldanella alpina plants, as well as the Swiss snow algae - are picked for their resilience in high altitudes.
The new eye cream ($370) also contains the saponaria pumila alpine plant extract, which protects skin, and the skin-brightening white bird of paradise extract. The new lightweight emulsion ($500) is blended with the coffea bengalensis plant, and vitamins C and E to firm and plump skin.
This article was first published on Feb 13, 2015.
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