There are many reasons that interest in Korean skincare is trending now, and one of them is definitely the way K-beauty is packaged. Forget the standard tubes of hand cream and chap-stick that you always lose in the folds of your bag: it isn’t uncommon for fruit-flavoured creams to actually come encased in plastic peaches and apples, or for cushion blushers to feature illustrations of girls batting their eyelashes. Most products are surprisingly effective and pleasantly compact—if you don’t believe us, we’ve pulled together a list of the most purse-friendly items to get you started on your journey with known powerhouses in the beauty game.
It may not be as well known as that Rosebud Perfume Co. tin that everyone has, but TonyMoly’s Bbo Bbo Lip Balm ($11) is equally powerful. Infused with moisture-retaining vitamin E and extracts of either blueberry or honey, depending on your flavour choice, this limited edition lip lover comes in a pouty packaging that most of us can only aspire to achieve. “Bbo bbo” itself translates into “kiss” in Korean, and if that wasn’t cute enough, we’re confident that the light layer of gloss in this product definitely will be.