If you are as much of a fan of Korean skincare products as I am, I bet you are already familiar with the brand COSRX by now. Being a cult favorite, with a lot of its fans swearing by its effectiveness -- there’s no doubt COSRX is here to stay.
Focusing on well-formulated products with a very minimalist packaging, one of COSRX’s key selling point is having products with high concentration of actives while maintaining a relatively affordable price. From its widely popular pimple patches to snail creams and power liquids, COSRX definitely addresses a variety of skincare concerns for all skin types.
A bit skeptical about trying COSRX out? We got you covered! We have rounded up the 10 Best COSRX Products that Deserve a Spot in Your Korean Skincare Routine, plus some COSRX reviews to help you out.
One of most well-known products of COSRX and perhaps the product that’s most associated with the brand, COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch is a pack of clear hydrocolloid patches used as an overnight spot treatment. Varying in sizes, each COSRX acne patch is designed to protect the zit from getting worse while flattening and healing the acne faster.
Here’s a five star review from a verified buyer:
“This product works like magic! Just place this on your active pimple before sleeping and by the time you remove it in the morning, it's gone!” - Andra
For daytime use, COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch can be used instead because of its ultra thin uniformly sized patches that are invisible under makeup.
Here’s a review from a verified buyer:
Clear Fit Master Patch Review
“It cleared my pimple just after a few days. Plus it can be used under makeup. So you can wear it all day. :)” - Robin M
Another well-known product from this brand, COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a delicate gel type cleanser with mildly acidic pH level that’s perfect for your morning wash. This gentle COSRX cleanser deeply removes dead skin cells without stripping the skin’s natural moisture which then leaves an improved skin texture and clearer complexion with consistent use.
Here’s another five star review from one of our verified buyers:
“I have been using this cleanser for a while now. I already depleted 2 bottles ( 1 from home and 1 from boarding house).
It is very mild on skin and it doesn't make you skin feel dry, tight or parched. It doesn't break me out and lessens inflammation of existing acne.
I am purchasing this again. and again. and again..” - Leif
Formulated with a whopping 96% Snail Secretion Filtrate, COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence is one of the best-selling essences in the Korean beauty market nowadays. Providing intense hydration while repairing irritated skin due to redness, acne scars and dry patches, this COSRX essence brings back your skin’s vitality with prolonged use.
Here’s a very satisfied review of the product from a verified buyer:
“I have combination-oily acne-prone skin with hyperpigmentation and I LOVE this essence. At first I did not notice much of a difference on my skin except that my skin felt more hydrated and plump. After about 3 months of usage, people started complimenting my skin that my acne scars have lightened (although they aren't completely gone, but I believe they will be with continued use) which was very new to me considering how I've been struggling with acne and oily skin for more than 2 years now. I notice that it helps heal my active breakouts fast. My breakouts are not as bad as they were before I tried this product. It is very fast absorbing if you pat it into your skin. Together with sunscreen, I look forward to brighter and clearer skin with this Cosrx Snail Essence. I definitely cannot live without it!” - Kiana J.
The product that was sold out in just a few hours in the Philippines when it was launched in Asia, COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid is a lightweight treatment that cleans and cares for your pores. This oil-controlling liquid prevents excess sebum production, clears congested pores while tightening their circumference to smoothen skin and diminish pore appearance with continuous use.
Here’s a review of this product from another satisfied buyer:
Another lovely product from COSRX!
“I've only been using this for a couple of weeks or so, and while I haven't seen any changes on the appearance of my pores yet, I still love this product (and will still continue using it!) because it keeps my pores oh so clean. I easily get clogged pores (I'm perpetually plagued by comedones and blackheads), but this miracle product help keeps them at bay, which is a huge help for an oily-skinned gal like me! I also like its effect upon application, it makes my face appear so smooth. This is also perfect for toner masking! How I do it: I pour some of the product on a cotton pad and leave it on my cheeks for 5 mins--the cooling sensation is so refreshing! Will keep on using this and hoping that it will help diminish the appearance of my large pores.” - Anne T.
This COSRX toner is a daily exfoliating toner that effectively eliminates dry patches and dull skin while preventing and reducing the appearances of whiteheads, blackheads, and other blemishes. COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner also keeps your skin soft and smooth that is perfect not only for troubled skin but for all skin types as well.
Here’s a five star review of this product from another verified customer:
Can’t live without this!
“I’ve been a Kbeauty junkie for almost two years now. I have tried a lot of products, a lot I bought only once and moved on. But one of the very few products that I still use is this toner! I can’t tell you guys how much this helps my skin clear up! For some weeks that I don’t have this, my face visibly clogs up, becomes too oily and blackheads show up. This toner is my holy grail. Can’t ever be without this, as this somehow helps me react better to other products. I also use this as skin mist, as this gives me that fresh dewy look.” - Maria K.
Another crowd-favorite, COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad (previously named COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad) features 70 pads pre-soaked in betaine salicylate and willow bark water that chemically exfoliates your skin without drying it. Each pad contains ingredients that deeply penetrates into skin to dissolve dead skin cells and excess sebum to prevent breakouts and control existing ones. Can be conveniently used wherever and whenever you want, these hardworking COSRX pimple pads are suitable for all skin types.
Here’s a convinced consumer’s testimonial about this product:
Exfoliates, Cleans, Protects
“I love this product so much especially during nights when I have no more energy to spare for my skincare routine. After cleansing, I swipe this on my face, apply essences, ampoules then moisturize. My skin feels clean but not stripped off after I use this. I love how it contain exfoliants and I also love that it is a physical exfoliant as well. This is perfect for my acne-prone oily skin.” - Arianne
Formulated with 5,500 ppm of Aloe Leaf Extract to moisturize your skin while protecting it against harmful UVA and UVB rays, COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is a must-have addition to your routine. With a lightweight texture that absorbs quickly, this COSRX sunscreen will leave your skin intensely hydrated and protected as it improves your skin’s moisture barrier.
Here’s a highly satisfied review of this product from a verified buyer:
Amazing sun cream!
“I LOOOVE IT! It made my skin GLOW! it blends well with my make up and serves as a primer. It is not heavy on my face, and has a very pleasant smell! Everytime I use it I am not afraid to walk under the sun without umbrella haha coz it is very effective. I feel like.my skin is starting to look like those from Korea Actresses. I’m not being OA here. Just saying the truth! K.bye.”
Formulated with 51% Centella water, COSRX Centella Blemish Cream is clinically proven to reduce acne and minimize acne scars quickly. This COSRX acne spot treatment is a lightweight cream that can be used for both your day and night skincare routine to soothe irritation on skin. Recommended for all skin types, it also has anti-aging properties that offers collagen support and a moisture barrier on the skin.
Here’s a positive review of this product from our verified consumer:
Great for my oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin
“This is included in the first batch of Korean Products that I applied to combat the horrific flare up of cystic acne. Centella Asiatica has long been known for its healing properties especially for this skin. This plant even grows in our very own tropical country. For this product, Cosrx created a potent solution, using the plant, to heal the inflamed skin caused by acne. This is a thick cream that I use as spot treatment for my cystic acne bumps at first. But now that my acne has healed, I use this at the end of my skincare regimen to help repair my skin after the bout of acne. This, along with other Cosrx products really helped me clear my skin.” - Arianne
Instead of water, COSRX Oil-free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion is made up of 70% birch sap that’s especially compatible with sensitive and irritated skin. Still suitable for all skin types, this lightweight COSRX moisturizer can be incorporated into both your morning and night time routine to help banish blemishes for a clearer and smoother complexion. This oil-free moisturizer is also an ideal follow up to your skincare after using any products containing BHA and AHA ingredients.
Here’s a very pleased buyer review regarding this product:
Oily Husband-approved, and works for me too!
“My husband likes this moisturiser. He feels it isn't too heavy and it doesn't make him look oily. My skin also likes this formula because while I am not as oily as my husband, I do have an oily t-zone and some dry patches, plus I have sensitive skin. This works for both of us so that's one less thing we need to buy separately. I have also given this as a gift to a teen girl with normal skin that's prone to acne (probably sensitive as well), and I hope she loves it as much as we do. =)” - Jen Ducky
Clinically proven to reduce blackheads and excess sebum, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is formulated with 4% betaine salicylate to fight acne-causing bacteria. This oil-soluble, lightweight serum penetrates deep into your skin to eliminate and prevent pore blockages without leaving any discernible residue behind. Still keeping your skin hydrated, this COSRX serum is suitable for those skin prone to blackheads and enlarged pores.
Here’s a recommendation from one of our verified buyers:
I LOVE IT!
“This product is excellent! My skin has always been acne prone and kind of dull. After using this, I've gotten so many compliments from people saying my skin looks nice. I would also highly recommend using this method (https://fiftyshadesofsnail.com/2015/03/28/how-to-shrink-pores-temporarily-plus-3-pore-myths/) with this liquid. Amazing product. I saw results from the very beginning. If you have sensitive skin though, buy a sample first before getting the full size. Your skin might not be able to handle such a strong product right away.” - Lexi
Having a skincare routine you religiously follow every day and every night is a serious business. This is especially true when it comes to choosing the most suitable products you will incorporate in your routine considering your skin type, concerns, goals and of course -- your budget. That being said, COSRX has already gained popularity not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide because of its products’ effectivity without costing too much. Cruelty-free and backed with more than 10 years of accumulated scientific data analysis, their high-quality products are designed to cater to all your skin concerns for all skin types.
So whenever you are ready to update your skincare routine products, don’t forget to check out these COSRX best products that deserve a spot in your Korean skincare routine. Who knows, maybe COSRX products are as compatible to you as they are to many K-Beauty skincare users worldwide.
[author name="Faye Montellano" bio="Faye juggles her time between exploring different stuff and earning on the side. Like any woman, she is also interested in skincare and beauty products. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up on her favorite TV series Doctor Who. "]