Korean Beauty Online Shops

Korean Beauty Online Shops – A Guide to Where I Buy Korean Beauty Products

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in BEAUTY, HAULS, MAKEUP, ONLINE SHOPPING, SKINCARE
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This post has been updated with new shopping places I’ve discovered since the original post :) New places have a * next to it. Please note that some information, e.g. shipping fees for some stores, may have changed since the original post on 19 July 2015.

2nd Update: 27 May 2016

1st Update: 5 October 2015

Original post dated: 19 July 2015

Korean Beauty Online Shops

KOREAN BEAUTY ONLINE SHOPS

Korean Beauty Online Shops

KOREAN BEAUTY ONLINE SHOPS

Korean Beauty Online Shops

KOREAN BEAUTY ONLINE SHOPS

Korean beauty products are generally hard to find or quite expensive in Sydney, Australia, where I live. Although the MD Ranking store in Sydney does have reasonable prices, it doesn’t stock everything I’m usually after. So most of the time I still prefer to shop online for Korean and other Asian beauty products. Unfortunately, there isn’t one place that is the best place to shop. It depends on the products, which country you’re in and also your own shopping habits.

BUT here’s a look at all the places I’ve discovered so far, separated into the following categories (click on the category to jump to section):

And by the way, as I write this post, I am not affiliated with any of these stores (except for the Wishtrend.com discount code).

Online Market Places

We’re all familiar with online market places. They’re bascially websites where various individuals can list items for sale, including many many Korean beauty products :) It’s just like a physical market where people bring their goods to one place and sell it.

eBay.com.au

ebay.com.au

EBAY.COM.AU

Generally eBay.com.au is one of my first points of call to check out if there is only one or two items I want to buy, or if the item is an older item. Why? Mainly because shipping is generally free from most Korean sellers. So there are no additional costs (except international transaction fees). And packing time is really short.

There are SO many good eBay sellers, but these are just a few of my favourite sellers:

Pros
  • Most Korean sellers have free shipping (love this!!)
  • No extra handling costs
  • eBay money back guarantee
  • Fast packing and ship out time. Usually next day shipment.
  • Pretty much all sellers accept Paypal
Cons
  • Prices generally a little higher than from Korean websites because it’s a third party seller (but a lot of the time eBay is still cheaper. Depends on shipping and handling costs from other places)
  • Third party seller. Products don’t come straight from the brand.
  • Sellers may have bad reputation. May not be a trustworthy seller.
  • Refund process may be difficult through eBay (I have had a bad experience trying to get a refund through Paypal after buying off eBay from a US seller. It was eBay’s wrong in that instance. I did end up getting my refund. Having said this, I still buy off eBay heaps :))
  • Most sellers are international sellers and only sell in USD. If you are not in the US, you will need to pay whatever the amount is in your currency after the exchange rate is applied (expensive if your currency is low). Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
My Past Buys
  • HEAPS. I can’t even list them or link to them, there are too many. Usually Korean road shop stuff :)

global.gmarket.co.kr (like eBay)

global.gmarket.co.kr

GLOBAL.GMARKET.CO.KR

english.11st.co.kr *

english.11st.co.kr

ENGLISH.11ST.CO.KR

english.11st.co.kr is the English global version of 11st.co.kr, an open market place. Some thoughts from browsing the site:

  • The english website seems to stock the majority of items stocked on the Korean website.
  • Shipping cost is seller dependant but many seems to be by weight and only EMS shipping available (expensive!)
  • They do have a KRW20,000 shipping coupon, which you can apply to shipping costs of orders over KRW70,000. I think the coupon can be used for every new order. There are also sporadic shipping fee events.
  • You can choose from a number of currencies to pay in. Inc, AUD! Save on international transaction fees!

globalinterpark.com *

globalinterpark.com

GLOBALINTERPARK.COM

globalinterpark.com is the English global version of interpark.com, a Korean open market place website. Some thoughts from browsing the website:

  • There are many different Korean beauty brands stocked. Heaps of the Laneige range.
  • Many newly launched items are available.
  • Shipping cost is usually by weight and very expensive
  • Some items are free shipping
  • Domestic and International shipping charges
  • Payment currency can be USD, CNY, JPY and EUR, but no AUD :( 

qoo10.com (like eBay)

qoo10.com

QOO10.COM

Amazon.com

Amazon.com

AMAZON.COM

I have never bought any Korean beauty from amazon. I find that shipping is generally too expensive for Australia.

A Brand’s Own Global Website

Korean brand website’s generally don’t ship internationally. However, some brands have set up global websites. These websites are separate from the Korean website and ship internationally. I have only purchased from Etude House and Innisfree.

aritaum.com *

http://www.aritaum.com/

ARITAUM.COM

Aritaum recently launched their global website, which is good news! They stock a number of Amore Pacific brands. I haven’t shopped at arituam.com yet, but here are some thoughts from browsing the website:

Pros

  • Buy direct from Amore Pacific without needing to go through a 3rd party seller.
  • Free K-packet shipping for orders over KRW 30,000!
  • Discounts on Korean website also happen on global website.
  • You can pay in AUD or USD :) Us Aussies can avoid those extra international transactions fees! Woohoo!
  • Accepts Paypal

Cons

  • Limited items from brands sold compared to the Korean Aritaum shop, but popular brands Laneige, IOPE, Aritaum, Hanyul and Mamonde are stocked. But the site is relatively new and does seem to stock the latest items from each brand.
  • Shipping cost is by weight. K-Packet prices are quite reasonable.

etudehouse.com

etudehouse.com

ETUDEHOUSE.COM

Etude House is one of my favourite Korean road shop brands. I was so happy when I found out Etude House had launched etudehouse.com! Generally speaking, the international website launches new products pretty soon after the Korean website. However, not all products are launched on the international website. But the product range is good, even though not all products are available on the international website.

Pros
  • Buy direct from Etude House without needing to go through a buying service or eBay.
  • Most launches of new products are quite soon after Korean launch.
  • Frequent events and deals. Particularly free shipping if you spend over a certain amount.
  • Prices are generally exchange rate equivalent from KRW to USD.
  • Accepts Paypal
Cons
  • Some products are not available on the international website.
  • Even if a product is available, not all the shades may be available.
  • Shipping cost is by weight and can be very expensive (wait for a free shipping event!)
  • USD only. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
  • Packing to ship can take a few days. Not bad, but not as fast as eBay.
My Past Buys
  • I usually buy the Etude House cotton pads from etudehouse.com when they have free shipping over a certain spend. I love the Etude House cotton pads and it’s the cheapest place to buy them when there’s free shipping.

innisfreeworld.com

innisfreeworld.com

INNISFREEWORLD.COM

Innisfree is another one of my favourite road shop brands in Korea. But like etudehouse.com, not all products are available on the innisfreeworld.com website…I generally only buy from here if there is a really good deal going on or if I know I will spend above the amount to get free shipping.

Pros
  • Buy direct from Innisfree without needing to go through a buying service or eBay.
  • Frequent events and deals.
  • K-packet shipping method available. Much cheaper than EMS.
  • Prices are generally exchange rate equivalent from KRW. Product dependent.
  • Accepts AUD, CAD, HKD, JPY, MYR, SGD, TWD, THB and USD.
  • Accepts Paypal
Cons
  • Many many products are not available on the international website. Particularly makeup. The international site seems to focus more on skincare.
  • Shipping costs is by weight and can be very expensive (wait for a free shipping event!)
  • Packing to ship can take a few days. Not bad, but not as fast as eBay.
My Past Buys

en.Stylenanda.com

en.Stylenanda.com

EN.STYLENANDA.COM

en.Stylenanda.com

EN.STYLENANDA.COM

The Stylenanda fashion brand website also sells it’s associated 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) brand beauty products. When you enter the website you can choose where you want to ship to (they ship to over 100 countries) and the language you want to browse in. Shipping fees depends on your purchase amount and the country you are shipping to.

lapkorea.com (us.lapkorea.com)

us.lapkorea.com

US.LAPKOREA.COM

Korea fashion brand LAP (Los Angeles Project) has a cosmetics range called LAPCOS. Their website has an English option, which takes you to a USD version of the site. Which I think offers shipping worldwide. I couldn’t find the shipping prices, so I added a product and went to check out to see what the shipping was.. it said US$30! Hmm… so, depending on what you’re buying, it may be more worth while buying from the Korean website through a buying service. The service fee plus the shipping they charge might actually be less! Which is what I did when I purchased the LAPCOS x Peanuts Stay With Me foundation cushion.

chuu.co.kr (en.chuu.co.kr)

en.chuu.co.kr

EN.CHUU.CO.KR

Another fashion brand that has a cosmetics range, like Stylenanda and LAP. Their cosmetics range is called Beige Cosmetics. They ship worldwide. Shipping costs are based on the amount you spend and not weight. The website also has an English option, which always makes it much more easy to navigate!

Korean Department Store’s Global Website

Between all the Korean department stores they pretty much stock most of the road shop brands, mid range to high end brands and luxury brands. Generally department stores have good deals and discounts! So it’s really exciting that Korean department stores are going global. I find them their the best places to shop for mid to higher end beauty products.

global.hyundaihmall.com *

global.hyundaihmall.com

GLOBAL.HYUNDAIHMALL.COM

I haven’t shopped at global.hyundaihmall.com yet, but here are some thoughts from browsing around:

Pros

  • Korean shopping mall shipping internationally! Many popular brands sold.
  • Stocks most of the latest items from brands
  • Best for buying items over KRW30,000! Shipping is free for items over KRW 30,000. But not for items under KRW 30,000 in the same order. E.g. you want to buy a KRW 45,000 cushion and a KRW 10,000 lip tint together in the same order. Shipping is free for the cushion, but you must pay shipping for the KRW 10,000 lip tint.

Cons

  • Website still a bit clunky and not the easiest to filter results and navigate. It’s still quite new, so hopefully they’ll continue to improve the site!
  • The pro for over KRW 30,000 items is a con for under KRW 30,000. You have to pay shipping for items under KRW 30,000 in the same order. E.g. you want to buy a KRW 45,000 cushion and a KRW 10,000 lip tint together in the same order. Shipping is free for the cushion, but you must pay shipping for the KRW 10,000 lip tint.
  • Shipping costs are very expensive!! Only EMS available.
  • Payment currency appears to be only in USD.
  • If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.

global.lotte.com *

global.lotte.com

GLOBAL.LOTTE.COM

I haven’t shopped at global.lotte.com yet, but there are some thoughts from browsing the website:

  • Compared to the Korean website, there are very limited brands and items available.
  • Shipping cost is by weight and only EMS and DHL available. So it can get very expensive.
  • There are sometimes special items with free shipping
  • Payment currency is only in USD. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.

Other Independent Online Stores

Online stores are independent websites run by people who sell various brands of Korean and other Asian beauty products. Stores are based in Korea unless specified.

wishtrend.com

wishtrend.com

WISHTREND.COM

When I think Wishtrend.com, I think skincare. Wishtrend stocks heaps of cult skincare brands that aren’t easily available at other stores. I love Klairs, Elishacoy, Cosrx, ENCA and C20 from Wishtrend.

Wishtrend Discount Code: use the promo code 033023109 to get US$5 off your first order with Wishtrend.com. Note: this is an affiliated code. If you use the code, you will get US$5 store credit and I will also get the same :)

Pros
  • Stocks cult brands not easily bought from other places
  • Prices are good
  • Free shipping items. If you have a free shipping item in your basket you get free shipping on your order.
  • Free shipping over US$69
  • Combo deals. Plus events and deals happen often.
  • Curated boxes that are usually a certain theme e.g. pore care, mask box etc
  • Really good product pages to explain purpose of product, how to use products, ingredients and pictures
  • You get a discount code for your next purchase with every purchase
  • Fixed shipping cost for each region (not by weight)
  • Accept Paypal
Cons
  • They’re really good explanations and pictures makes you want to try EVERYTHING!!!
  • Packing to ship can take a few days. Not bad, but not as fast as eBay.
  • USD only. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
My Past Buys

ibuybeauti.com

ibuybeauti.com

IBUYBEAUTI.COM

ibuybeauti.com stocks many of popular Korean brands. Particularly from the Amore Pacific family of brands, e.g. Hera, Sulwhasoo, Laneige, Etude House, Innisfree, Mamonde, Primera etc. Also stocks popular brands like A.True, Dr. G, Clio, Peripera, Banila Co and It’s Skin. I have only purchased once from ibuybeauti, and the only complaint I had was the packing time. From memory it took over a week for the package to be shipped.

Pros
  • Good variety of popular Korean makeup brands and products at reasonable prices
  • Free shipping over US$50 purchase
  • Many shipping options available.
  • Really good Q&A section beneath each product. The staff are really good at answering any questions you may have about a product, particularly foundation shade recommendation.
  • Accepts Paypal
Cons
  • Doesn’t stock a huge range of each brand (but the products stocked are usually the more popular within a brand)
  • Packing time can be a bit long (over a week compared to most eBay sellers next day shipping)
  • Shipping cost by weight. So can get very expensive.
  • USD only. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
My Past Buys

kpoptown.com

Kpoptown.com

KPOPTOWN.COM

I have found kpoptown.com good for random cosmetic finds. The site mainly sells kpop stuff, but there is a big section of beauty.

Pros
  • Good for random beauty finds
  • Stocks most recent products for most brands
  • ‘Get It Beauty’ section
  • Outlet section
  • Stocks many popular road shop brands and some higher end brands
  • Most brands are at reasonable prices. But Clio and Peripera are expensive!
  • Purchase currency can be AUD, USD, CAD, SGD, EUR or GBP. This is rare! Usually websites sell in USD.
  • Accepts Paypal
Cons
  • Some brands are randomly expensive.
  • Don’t have all products within brands
  • Shipping cost is by weight.
My Past Buys

TesterKorea.com

TesterKorea.com

TESTERKOREA.COM

Testerkorea.com has a huge range of products and brands. From luxury, high end to road shop. It’s a great place to try and find something you can’t find elsewhere or to find a random bargain.

Pros
  • Very good discounts on many products
  • Huge product range. Heaps of brands and heaps of products from each brand.
  • Great for trying to find things you can’t find anywhere else
  • Accepts Paypal
Con
  • Packing time is SOOOO long (Packing time is the time it takes the shop to gather the items you purchase, wrap them, pack them in a box and submit it for shipping with the carrier. So packing time is on top of the shipping time, which is the time it actually takes for the shipment to travel to you after it has been shipped). Both times I purchased from TesterKorea I had to email them to check on the order. The first time took nearly two weeks to pack and ship out. The second time took over three weeks, nearly a month to pack and ship out. This really is a deal breaker for me… unless I’m desperate (i.e. they are the only place I can find the product) or the deal is just way too good to miss (and this doesn’t happen much), I generally don’t shop at TesterKorea.
  • Shipping cost is by weight. Can be very expensive…
  • USD only. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees. (Correction: I think you can pay in limited number of other currencies too, inc. EUR, but you can’t pay in AUD). 
My Past Buys

jolse.com

jolse.com

JOLSE.COM

I think this is the independent online store of the eBay seller jolse_cosmetics and iamlove-shop. Sometimes the online store has discounts or events that aren’t on the eBay store and prices are generally a little lower than on the eBay store. However, I often still prefer to buy on eBay, unless there’s a really good deal, because the packing time is much faster purchasing off eBay (maybe because of reputation points??)

Pros
  • Free shipping!!
  • Lower prices than eBay store
  • Events and discounts that aren’t on eBay
  • Store credit for purchases
  • Accepts Paypal
Cons
  • Packing and ship out time longer than buying from eBay
  • USD only. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
My Past Buys
  • I’ve only bought one item from them before because it was on sale (Hanyul toner)

cosmetic-love.com

cosmetic-love.com

COSMETIC-LOVE.COM

Another independent website of an eBay seller (cosmetic-loves). They have a variety of  Korean road shop and other brands. I’ve only shopped at this store once. From memory, I’ve never bought anything from their eBay store.

Pros
  • Free shipping!!
  • Many available currencies: USD, CAD, RUB, AUD, EUR, GBP, MXN and KRW!
  • Had many products from a brand called Beyond, which I was looking to try
  • Lower prices than their eBay store
  • Events and brand discounts happen sometimes
  • Earn reward points that can convert to discount coupons
  • Accepts Paypal
Cons
  • Packing time is very long
  • There was a product I purchased that was not in stock but listed as in stock on website
My Past Buys
  • Beyond lip tints and other lip products

yesstyle.com.au (from Hong Kong)

yesstyle.com.au

YESSTYLE.COM.AU

Yesstyle.com.au sells mainly fashion, but also has a large collection of beauty items. But, it’s very expensive. Products are generally at a high premium. I only come to Yesstyle if I seriously can’t find it anywhere else and I really want that product. E.g. Etude House Magic Any Cushion in Magic Lavender, which was only sold in Hong Kong and Singapore. I REALLY wanted that cushion and I could only find it at Yesstyle.

Yesstyle has websites that cater for specific countries:

Pros (for Australian website)
  • Free premium standard shipping with minimum spend over AU$35
  • Free expedited shipping with minimum spend over AU$99
  • If you don’t qualify for free shipping, shipping cost is a fixed rate, not by weight. Prices are very reasonable. Express is $12.99 and Standard is $3.99.
  • Large range of Korean, Chinese Taiwanese, Japanese and other Asian brands, both fashion and beauty
  • Good for finding random things you can’t find anywhere else
  • Packing time is good. Depending on whether the product is already in their warehouse or they have to order it from a supplier. But they generally specify the estimated ship our date for each product.
  • Purchase in AUD on the Australian website. Save international transaction fees.
  • Accepts Paypal
Cons (for Australian website)
  • Products are really expensive (this can be a real deal breaker). Products are at a real premium a lot of the time.
  • No free shipping unless you spend over a certain amount
My Past Buys

sasa.com (from Hong Kong)

sasa.com

SASA.COM

Sasa.com sells many Asian brands. In the past when I was using more of SK-II, it was a good place to buy SK-II. The prices are heaps cheaper than in Australia. Having said that, I find it’s not as good for Korean brands. Prices are okay. But the range is not as big. Products are not updated as regularly. Though still good for random finds. I also like to buy Japanese mascaras from here. In the past they had Fairy Drops (fav mascara). Now I buy Dejavu Fibre Wig and Majolica Majorca mascaras form Sasa.

Pros
  • Wide variety of brands from Korean, Taiwan, Japan etc.
  • Prices are reasonable and sometimes cheaper than other online stores
  • Accepts Paypal
  • Shipping costs are fixed rates, not by weight. What the rate is depends on how much you spend though. E.g. to Australia standard shipping is $7 for orders less than AU$85, spends AU$85 and above gets free standard shipping. For expedited shipping it’s AU$15 for orders under AU$75, $8 for orders AU$75 to $149.90 and free for orders $150 and above.
Cons
  • Prices appear in AUD if you choose it, but it is charged to you in USD only. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
  • Range of products can be limited for some brands and some products appear to be old.
My Past Buys
  • SK-II skincare.
  • Japanese mascaras

us.memebox.com (from USA)

us.memebox.com

US.MEMEBOX.COM

Memebox started as a Korean beauty box, but like all beauty box sites it also sells the products from the brands that appear in their boxes. They have a Korean website (memebox.com), a USA website (us.memebox.com) and I think a China one?? In the past the US site use to be international, but it no longer is :( Now the USA site only ships to the USA from the USA. Lucky US ppl!! There are now so many big and cult Korean brands on the site! Love Primera, IOPE, Hera, Etude House, Cosrx etc etc

I use to buy their beauty boxes, but I can’t say the Pros and Cons of the website now, cos I can’t buy from there! But I really loved receiving boxes in the past. And now I think they would have even better boxes because of the wider range of brands they have.

 
Other online stores I have not tried:

Sephora.com / Sephora.com.au *

sephora.com

SEPHORA.COM

sephora.com.au

SEPHORA.COM.AU

Sephora US is beginning got stock a few Korean beauty brands, inc. Too Cool For School, Tony Moly Dr.Jart, Amore Pacific. For those of us Aussie gals, we can’t buy from the US site, but Sephora AU also has stocks a few Korean brands inc., 3CE, Moonshot and Dr.Jart.

unique4u.net

unique4u.net

UNIQUE4U.NET

This is the independent website for eBay seller blueprint21. Like their eBay store, they mainly sell skincare, particularly the more popular products from cult brands.

stylekorean.com *

stylekorean.com

STYLEKOREAN.COM

beautynetkorea.com

beautynetkorea.com

BEAUTYNETKOREA.COM

roseroseshop.com

roseroseshop.com

ROSEROSESHOP.COM

en.Koreadepart.com

en.Koreadepart.com

EN.KOREADEPART.COM

tgiwholesale.com

tgiwholesale.com

TGIWHOLESALE.COM

w2beauty.com

w2beauty.com

W2BEAUTY.COM

kollectionk.com

kollectionk.com

KOLLECTIONK.COM

shopatkorea.com

shopatkorea.com

SHOPATKOREA.COM

Beautyboxkorea.com *

beautyboxkorea.com

BEAUTYBOXKOREA.COM

glowrecipe.com *

glowrecipe.com

glowrecipe.com

sokoglam.com (from USA)

sokoglam.com

SOKOGLAM.COM

peachandlily.com (from USA)

peachandlily.com

PEACHANDLILY.COM

viaseoulcom (from USA)

viaseoul.com

VIASEOUL.COM

stylestory.com.au (from Aus)

stylestory.com.au

STYLESTORY.COM.AU

wcosmetics.com.au (from AUS)

wcosmetics.com.au

WCOSMETICS.COM.AU

This is an Australian based website. Woohoo! They sell a wide of the Korean road shop brands and also some of the higher end brands. They also have a few physical shops around Sydney. From my browsing around their website and store, most of the products are reasonable priced, compared to the original price in Korea.

cocomall.com.au (from AUS) *

cocomall.com.au

cocomall.com.au

bisoubeautybar.com (from Canada)

bisoubeautybar.com

BISOUBEAUTYBAR.COM

This one’s only for those in Canada and USA. They only ship to Canada and USA at this time.

okdgg.com

okdgg.com

OKDGG.COM

This website reminds me of Yesstyle. It’s kinda in-between something like a department store and a buying service. It’s like a department store because there are many different brands who are stocked offer their products on the site, but the stock may not with okdgg. So it’s also like a buying service because you place the order with okdgg, they order it with each seller, who delivers it to okdgg, who then ships it to you, but you can’t just buy anything from Korea, only the products they offer on the site. The site is mainly a fashion site, but also offers a number of beauty brands in their cosmetics section.

okdgg.com

OKDGG.COM

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Buying service

A buying service is a website that offers to purchase products on your behalf, from Korean websites or stores that do not ship internationally. You fill out a form about what you want to buy, they order it for you online, they receive the shipment for you in Korea and then they post it to you. This is the best option if you want the latest items asap! :)

avecko.com

Avecko.com

AVECKO.COM

Avecko.com is awesome. Before I knew about it, I was always drooling over things that were on Korean websites, hoping that someone on eBay would sell it or hoping that I would be able to find an online store that sold it at a reasonable price. But then I found Avecko!

So here’s basically how it works:

  1. Go to the “Buying Enquiry” section at the Avecko website. Fill out the form with the info they need and submit it to Avecko.
  2. After Avecko goes through the order (which takes from a few hours to maybe a day), they will email you the order sheet of the products. You then add each item to your cart and pay for them.
  3. Avecko then goes off to order them for you from the Korean websites.
  4. Once the products arrive at Avecko, Avecko will email you with an order sheet for the shipping costs (which can now be confirmed after they have the package). You go online to pay for the shipping.
  5. After you pay for shipping, Avecko on sends the package to you.

Fees

See below screenshot from Avecko.com explaining the total amount your pay for your purchase.

avecko.com fees

AVECKO.COM FEES

Pros

  • You can basically buy from all Korean websites and shops with buying services.
  • Handling fee is reasonable at 10% of cost of product.
  • There seems to be no extra charge for offline stores or product searching when you have no website link.
  • Quick service and turn around time. Of course how long it takes for you to get your package depends on the Korean website you are buying off and their turn around time. And also depends on the shipping method you use. But in all the times I’ve use their services, Avecko themselves are very efficient.
  • Communication from Avecko staff is very good. Every time I’ve dealt with Avecko they have been very kind and helpful.
  • Korean samples! When you buy from Korean websites they give really awesome samples. For an example of this see my haul from Amore Pacific Mall!
Cons
  • One con of buying services is that shipping cost is by weight only and can get expensive. But this an understandable issue with buying services, considering the buying service can’t predict what you will buy!
  • Only two shipping options: Airmail and EMS. For USA and AUS there is only EPOSTG and EMS. The lowest charge weight is 0.5kg. So even if you buy 0.1kg you will be charged the cost for 0.5kg.
  • Charged in USD. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
  • You are relying on a third party in the middle, Avecko. So I guess you have to trust they do a good job as well as the Korean store you’re buying from (but in all my experiences with Avecko, they have been awesome!)

Other buying services I haven’t tried yet:

boyahshop.com *

boyahshop.com

BOYAHSHOP.COM

Another Buying Service I’ve found out about, but I haven’t used their services before. Here’s some thoughts from looking through their website:

Pros

  • You can basically buy from all Korean websites and shops with buying services.
  • Service fee for online stores is a reasonable 9% of product cost. This is less than Avecko.com. Offline stores near Boyahshop.com is also only 9% (unsure what “near” means or where they are located)
  • Three shipping options: Small packet (which is the lowest shipping prices option of all three buying services in this post! BUT it has NO tracking), Airmail and EMS.

Cons

  • Offline shops not near Boyahshop has a 15% service fee.
  • A 3.9% +US$0.30 fee is charged for using Paypal. Total service fee would be 12.9% + US$0.30. Highest among the three buying services in this post! Only buying service to charge a fee for Paypal.
  • One con of buying services is that shipping cost is by weight only and can get expensive. But this an understandable issue with buying services, considering the buying service can’t predict what you will buy!
  • Charged in USD. If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
  • You are relying on a third party in the middle. So I guess you have to trust they do a good job as well as the Korean store you’re buying from.
Boyahshop.com

BOYAHSHOP.COM

Boyahshop.com

BOYAHSHOP.COM

Boyahshop.com

BOYAHSHOP.COM

Koreanbuddy.com *

Koreanbuddy.com

KOREANBUDDY.COM

koreanbuddy.com

KOREANBUDDY.COM

Another buying service I haven’t tried before. Some thoughts from browsing the website:

Pros

  • You can basically buy from all Korean websites and shops with buying services.
  • Handling fee is reasonable at 10% of cost of product for products with URL (weblink) provided.
  • Four shipping methods available: EMS, Airmail, Registered Mail and by ship. This last one I don’t think is listed on the website, but Koreanbuddy told me this is available if necessary! See comment below :)
  • Four currencies available: USD (Paypal), CAD (Paypal and Interac), KRW (for domestic transfers) and Bitcoin. Highest number of acceptable currencies compared to other buying services in this post.

Cons

  • 20% service fee for products with no URL provided. So basically if you require Koreanbuddy to search for the item for you, the service fee for that particular product is 20% (see above for example of how this is calculated). This service fee is the highest among all three buying services!
  • Minimum service fee is US$9. Higher than both Avecko and Boyahshop.
  • One con of buying services is that shipping cost is by weight only and can get expensive. But this an understandable issue with buying services, considering the buying service can’t predict what you will buy!
  • If you are not living in countries with the available currencies, you will need to pay an amount that has been converted twice. First converted from KRW into USD and secondly from USD to your currency. The items may cost you more than you originally thought. Plus you may have to pay international transaction fees.
  • You are relying on a third party in the middle. So I guess you have to trust they do a good job as well as the Korean store you’re buying from.

Some of my favourite Korean websites to shop at through buying services:

amorepacificmall.com

amorepacificmall.com

AMOREPACIFICMALL.COM

Great for higher end Korean cosmetics brands from the Amore Pacific brand family. See my Amore Pacific Mall haul.

cjmall.com

CJmall.com

CJMALL.COM

Often has cheaper prices than other Korean websites.

shinsegaemall.ssg.com

Shinsegaemall.ssg.com

SHINSEGAEMALL.SSG.COM

Awesome for luxury beauty products, including non-Korean brands. I bought some Lancome, YSL and Benefit (Korean Beauty Haul – March 2016) from this site way before the products were launched in Australia.

memebox.com (link to korean site: www.memebox.com/?countryCode=KR)

memebox.com

MEMEBOX.COM

This is the Korean site for memebox. So if you miss getting those Memeboxes cos you don’t live in Korea, US or China, or you want those Meme products, this is the place for you :) They are also stock a huge range of beauty products, Korean and otherwise.

etude.co.kr 

etude.co.kr

ETUDE.CO.KR

I like shopping directly from the Korean Etude House website through a buying service cos I’m kinda obsessed with this brand…

ticketmonster.co.kr

ticketmonster.co.kr

ticketmonster.co.kr

ticketmonster.co.kr is great for finding more cult hard to find brands and also great for finding deals! But do remember to check the “Production Date” of products!

And that’s it for all the Korean beauty online shops I know! *phew* that was a REALLY long post! Please let me know if you know any other good places to shop online or otherwise! I’m always looking for better deals and places to shop!! :)

I’ve also done a post on “Things I Think About When Shopping Online”, where I talk about what I consider when I shop online, and what makes me decide which shop to buy from and whether or not to buy from a particular shop. So check it out if you’re curious.

Happy Shopping Everyone! :)

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  1. Hey what a good summary of all places to get Korean cosmetics! I want to correct a couple things about KoreanBuddy, I am the Koreanbuddy by the way, hello, we have 4 shipping options available not 2. EMS, airmail, regular registered mail and by ship. I use the first 3 on a daily basis and send things by ship only when the weight or size dictates it necessary. We accept 4 currencies, not only USD. They are USD, CAD, KRW and bitcoin, I don’t consider that a con because every other service is the same, except nobody accepts bitcoin. I would argue the same for the shipping by weight point, ALL shipping is by weight, it’s not a con it’s just the way things are. If you want a deal just use our referral program or write a review about your experience using KoreanBuddy and bam you get 50% the fees. Happy shopping :)

    1. TheOutlet

      27/05/2016

      Hi KoreanBuddy! Thanks for contacting me about the errors I made about currency and shipping methods! Sorry about that. I have amended those :) I know that shipping cost by weight and transacting in USD is common for many online shops, including all three buying services I mentioned, because it is more practical for business. Which is why I have listed the limited currencies as a con for nearly all the shops in my post. It is an extra cost people need to be aware of when they make their buying decision, if their currency isn’t available. Also, some other shopping methods or online stores, do have different or more currency options, inc. AUD which I pay in!:), and/or free shipping. For example: there is free shipping when buying from some eBay stores.

      I have updated the info. Let me know if there are any other errors! :)

      1. Mandy

        28/05/2016

        Hi there :)
        I also wanted to comment that this is a great list of options for shopping!!
        I’ve been using avecko and koreanbuddy a few times, and both went really smooth.

        In my opinion, I personally prefer to use these type of buying services rather than using shopping malls, as it gets cheaper when I manage to put my things together as a larger haul than few items.

        And my view is that most of shopping malls like memebox/testerkorea and ebay sellers silently include their shipping cost and operational costs in the product’s price, so they can offer “free shipping”. I use these malls when I need just a single or few items, but for larger orders I would recommend people to try a calculation with buying services as most of the time buying from local shops were cheaper in my experience :)

        1. TheOutlet

          10/06/2016

          HI Mandy! *high five!* I totally agree with your analysis about where to shop. That’s what I generally do too. If you shop a lot (as I do hehehe) most of the time it works out better to buy through a buying service :)

      2. Hey, thanks for updating that, I am obsessed with providing the most convenient service possible and I really love how blogs like yours point people in the right directions by laying out all of this valuable information. And doing it because it’s your hobby and not because it’s a paid ad. I saw the word “con” and it made me a little crazy ha ha. On a side note about “having to rely on a third party” to get the shopping done correctly, I have made 2 mistakes so far and sent the wrong product to 2 customers ㅠㅠ. Both times I repurchased the correct products myself and sent them off to correct the order. Maybe I need some sort of get the order right guarantee. Anyways look forward to reading more of this blog and seeing future posts. Chris

        1. TheOutlet

          10/06/2016

          No problems! :) I really appreciate people like you providing buying services! Without your services I wouldn’t be able to shop in Korea!

  2. Catherine

    13/05/2016

    This a very comprehensive list. Thanks for posting it!

    Other than Avecko, I’ve come across two other Korean shopping services that I haven’t tried personally:
    http://www.boyahshop.com/
    http://koreanbuddy.com/

    Some domestic shopping malls are starting to open up to the global market like Hyundai Mall, Lotte, Interpark and 11st and some offer EMS for certain items.

    1. Catherine

      13/05/2016

      Sorry ‘free EMS for certain items’**

      1. TheOutlet

        13/05/2016

        Hi Catherine. I’ve been meaning to update this post cos I knew about Boyah, Lotte and 11st. Aritaum is also shipping internationally too. But the others you’ve mentioned are news to me. Thank you so much for telling me about all these new shopping opportunities! Yay! More ways to empty my wallet :) LOL

        1. Catherine

          13/05/2016

          I found out about Aritaum recently and they have a sale that ends tomorrow. But most items are still not as cheap as the ones on the domestic sites T_T. Nonetheless I still made a small order :P H-mall global has a 20% off coupon for new users plus free EMS if the item is over 30,000 KRW. Very worth it for higher end brands like SU:UM 37. But unfortunately their range of products is super low …. only like 6 Laneige items are currently available.

          I also can’t help but notice you’re in the same city in Australia as me :D Hi five fellow Aussie who is into Korean stuff. Maybe even a combined haul would be possible ^^ I’m not sure if you’re into Japanese products but Global Rakuten is another awesome site for online shopping (but you’ll more than likely have to use a package forwarding service).

  3. Apple

    05/05/2016

    Hi! Dose the MEMEBOX Korean site ship international?

    1. TheOutlet

      06/05/2016

      Hi Apple :) The Memebox Korean site doesn’t ship internationally. But you can buy things from there through a buying service like Avecko.com

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    OMG, your post saved my life <3 I love Korean cosmetics and always struggle to buy them. So thankful I came across your blog. I wonder though if you buy stuffs from Korean website via Avecko, can they find the ones that are in promotion?

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