10 Best Korean Lipsticks in 2023

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Lipstick can really save a day, even a bad one; together with a good primer, sometimes it’s all we need. Wearing lipstick makes us women feel better, confident, and somehow happy. Adding the perfect lipstick to your beauty collection can be hard and finding the perfect lip color and consistency can really be stressful.

Once again, K-beauty saves us and that’s why in this article we will explain to you some of the secrets for choosing a Korean lipstick, what brand you should try at least once in your life, and what are the Best Korean Lipsticks in 2023.

10 Best Korean Lipsticks to Buy in 2023

These are the absolutely best Korean Lipsticks you should try at least once.

1. Etude House Better Lips-Talk

Etude House Better Lips-Talk

Lips-Talk is perfect for people in need of a long-lasting lipstick that stays for the whole day. It’s available in multiple vivid colors and features a special transparent layer that prevents your lips from drying out, keeps them moisturized throughout the day. The Strong Berry tone is one of the best ever.

2. 3CE Mood Recipe


One of my top lipstick picks has to be the 3CE Mood Recipe. This matte lipstick boasts a creamy consistency, delivering vibrant color without being overpowering. The shade “218, Mirrorlike” stands out as one of the finest nude lipsticks around. Its delicate rose-beige hue is ideal for those seeking a natural, yet distinctly feminine makeup look.

3. CLIO – Rouge Heel Velvet

CLIO - Rouge Heel Velvet

CLIO’s Rouge Heel Velvet offers a range of 10 shades, each providing a matte and velvety finish. It’s the ideal lipstick for nailing that gradient lips effect. Among the collection, two shades stand out: the striking “Opening Teaser” and the refined “Good Mauve.”

4. Peripera – Ink Airy Velvet Stick

Peripera - Ink Airy Velvet Stick

The Ink Airy Velvet Stick boasts a collection of 8 unique shades, each exuding a natural vibe. Even the most vivid colors provide a natural appearance on the lips, giving a subtle “no-makeup” look that’s ideal for daily wear. Among these, “Coral Marshmallow” and “Bestie Pink” are standout favorites.

5. MacQueen – Air Kiss Lip Stick

MacQueen - Air Kiss Lip Stick

A smooth and soft melting texture with a matte finish that is perfect for dry lips. The Pink Rose and the Coral Pink are two of the most interesting shades for people looking into a natural look.

6. Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick

Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick

Silk Intense Lipstick is silky lipstick with a velvety touch with a rich and vivid shade. It’s ideal for people looking for bold colors and that’s why we recommend you try the Peony shade, a strong pink that will make your lips bigger and extremely hydrated.

7. Innisfree Real Fit Lipstick

Innisfree Real Fit Lipstick

Real Fit is a lipstick that is formulated to deliver lightweight moisture and creamy wear; it’s perfect to get the gradient look but also in all the situations when you want a full makeup on thanks to its glossy finish. Ladybug Red is absolutely amazing both in the lightest and in the strongest version.

8. Holika Holika Heartful Cream Lipstick

Holika Holika Heartful Cream Lipstick

Heartful Cream is a matt finish lipstick series with non-sticky and long-wearing formulas in pure, vivid colors envelop the lips in trendy shades. It’s available in the Chiffon version and the Melting version. The Chiffon version has a matte finish, but it’s extremely light and creamy so that your lips will never get dried. The Melting version is more liquid and shiny, so it’s quite oily.

9. [rom&nd] Matte Lipstick Zero Gram

 [rom&nd] Matte Lipstick Zero Gram

A light and soft as butter lipstick that gently glides on your lips without flaking, drying, or caking. Four gorgeous colors instantly give you a chic, runway-worthy look. We recommend Before Sunset for its natural glow and the fact that it can be used both as a full lipstick and as an extremely light balm.

10. Peripera Ink Airy Velvet

Peripera Ink Airy Velvet

Ink Airy Velvet is one of the most famous (and loved) lipstick from Peripera. It comes in a small bottle and it has a creamy and lightweight texture. The whole line includes colors of every type, and we recommend you give these shapes a try: Rosy Pink, Full Red Brick, and Pretty Orange Pink.

Korean Lipstick: how to choose the best?

If you’re into Korean beauty already, you know how important it is to keep your look simple and how the makeup is very often invisible. This concept applies to lips as well and this means the majority of the Korean lipsticks are so different from Western ones you really need to apply your best judgment when choosing.

These are the things you may consider in buying a Korean lipstick:

1. Finish

Korean lipstick have the exact same finish of the Western colleagues: matte, wet, shine, gloss, sparkle. So before buying one, you clearly have to define what’s your style and what’s the look you wanna achieve.

2. Coverage

As a general rule, when it comes to lipstick coverage means how long does it take to get the perfect look. If you’re a fan of the gradient lips, you know that sometimes in K-Beauty less is more but less is achieved by doing kind of a big effort. Generally speaking, you need to understand how smooth the lipstick is and how long it may take to get the look you wanna achieve, even in those cases when you don’t want to spend a lot of time applying it.

3. Hydration

Lipstick should always moisturize your lips while you wear it. There’s nothing worse than wearing what we think is the perfect lipstick, in the perfect shade, and end up having dry lips and not feeling comfortable at all. Matte lipsticks are usually the worst ’cause they harden onto your lips in order to stay there.

Looking for the best lip balms for dry lips? Look no further!

4. What about the packaging?

Well, we all know how important is packaging in K-Beauty but we recommend not to take this element into consideration when buying a lipstick because you really need to step up your game and think more. Cuteness is always great, but it’s not if the product is not really what you’re looking for.

How to choose the best Korean lipstick that suits you?

After you’ve considered the above things, it’s time to move to the next phase: choosing the best Korean lipstick that suits you. This implies a few things to consider, in order to make the right call.

1. Determine your skintone

There are 5 main types of skin complexion: fair, light, medium, tan, and deep. Every single skin complexion goes well with a few shades:

  • Fair and Light Skin: pink, coral, peach, nude, and dusty red colors. Ehi, that’s exactly what Korean and Japanese women wear!
  • Medium Skin: rose, berry, cherry red, and mauve colors. Medium skin complexions can be bold and wear amazing colors on their lips.
  • Tan Skin: everything in the pink and red spectrum is perfect for tan skin.
  • Deep Skin: plum, caramel, wine, and blue-based reds are the perfect colors for deep skin.

2. Determine your skin undertone

The undertone is the natural colors underneath the surface of our skin and it’s an important key to choosing the best color palettes. There are three traditional undertones: warm, cool, and neutral.

  • Warm: the base tone of your skin is yellow or gold;
  • Cool: hints of blue, pink or red, are present;
  • Neutral: your skin is a mixture of both warm and cool hues.

If you’re wondering how to determine your skin undertone, we recommend you read this article where you will find the answers to all your questions.

3. Check the shape of your lips

Lip shape is a huge thing: usually, us women are never satisfied with our lip shape and this results, sometimes, in very poor choices. But if you start looking at the shape of your lips to find the perfect lipstick, your choice will 100% reward you.

These are some of the lip shapes with some advice on the kind of lipstick one should look after.

  • Top heavy lips: lipstick on the bottom and any type of lipstick in slightly darker shade on the upper lip.
  • Bottom heavy lips: any color that goes with your undertone plus a bit of nude in the center of the upper lip to create the illusion of a bigger top lip.
  • Asymmetrical lips: every single tone that suits your undertone, plus a lip pencil to outline the lips.
  • Thin lips: glosses and creamy and lipstick should be your first choice.

4. Hair and eyes color

If you want to go even more in-depth, you can check the color of your eyes and your hair when looking for the perfect lipstick. Matching these 2 colors with your skin tone, your underskin tone, and the shape of your lips will allow you to choose for the best.

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