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For all those with short and straight eye lashes you know the pain of finding the right mascara. The traditional Western mascaras seem to clump too much or others smudge and look like a mess by the end of the day.  Luckily, Korean companies have created special formulas to correct these specific problems. Here are our top picks for Korea's most complimentry mascaras that will keep your lashes full, moisturized, voluminized and more! 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT KOREAN MASCARA

We've reviewed Korean Eye Patches, Lip Patches, Cushion Foundations, Snail Creams and more. Korean cosmetics are unique and special because they have created amazing products that don't exist in other markets. Korean mascaras are specifically formulated to the specific beauty problems of the Asian eye. Asian eyelashes tend to be much shorter and thinner than their Western counterparts. Also our lashes are super straight, with zero natural curl. With Korean mascaras, you see innvoations such as tiny brushes to catch those tiny baby lashes and lash curling formulas. 

Color

All Korean mascaras come in a basic black color. In fact, most of the mascaras on this list only come in black, which can be disappointing if you have lighter lashes. Check the icon to see what mascara comes in more than one shade. 

Cost

Cost is always an obvious factor when making a purchase. Are you working with a limited budget? We definitely have some great budget options on this list. Is money no object? We definitely have great premium options also!

Waterproof

Waterproof mascara can be the greatest thing ever, especially if you have runny eyes, or are prone to tears - but it can be harder to remove. Check the icon to see if the mascara is waterproof or not. 

Main Feature

All the different mascaras on this list have their own unique and distinct features. We listed out their most prominent feature. Curls, Volume and Lengthening are common features.

THE BEST KOREAN MASCARA

Kiss Me Heroine - BEST OVERALL PICK

Best Korean Lip Patch - Gold Monkey Holika Lip Mask

black

Waterproof

$$

Curling

Sooooo, this product is made in Japan and I know that this is a list of best Korean Mascaras but this mascara is just so damn good!  It's a fiber and pure black mascara. This mascara from Kiss Me Heroine is made to hold your curls and last all day. This mascara is tear, sweat, grease and water proof and in addition moisturizes your lashes with camomile extract while keeping your lashes smooth.

After applying this mascara for the first time, it gave my lashes volume as well as lengthening, but I found the formula to be quite wet. I was satisfied with one coat and didn't have the need to put on a second (in fact it looked too thick to my liking).

This mascara is made to stay on all the day. It is not waterproof but when removing it with a normal make up remover, it was quite easy to get off. It is easy to use and extremely light, not to mention the packaging is probably the cutest among all make up lines.



Etude House -BEST BARGAIN

Etude House Waterproof Dr. Mascara Fixer for Perfect Lash

Clear

Waterproof

$

Mascara Enhancer

The Etude House - Dr. Mascara is a transparent fixing gel that the offers perfect curl / volume / waterproof fix in any environment and climate. You will use this product IN ADDITION to mascara, not on its own. It's infused with Black Food extracts to condition lashes. The pricing on this product is quite cheap for what it does. We recommend using this mascara fixer after you've applied your mascara.

The formula is a clear white gel that dries very quickly. It is not waterproof, but because it is clear, you will not see any smudges or streaks. If you have difficult straight eye lashes , this is the perfect product for you. Your curls will stay in tact and has a natural look to them.

If you are looking for something with more volume and length, you can use this as a primer as well. When using it as a primer your lashes will set for the whole day and keep your eye lashes curled, so forget reapplying!

Innisfree - Microcara Mascara

Best Korean Lip Patch - Choosy Lip Mask

Black and Brown

Waterproof

$

Extenuates tiny lashes

The Innisfree Skinny Microcara Mascara is a 2.5mm skinny brush that covers even the shortest lashes. It has fiber and light powder to help lashes look longer. The mascara is smudge proof and is comes in one color : black. "The 2.5 mm wide brush allows every lash, upper and lower to be effortlessly coated."

Normal mascara brushes are always too long and the liquid gets everywhere. But thanks to this product, your short lashes will voluminize effortlessly! The brush does not clump and because of the shorter brush, lashes do not stick together. The microcara separates each lash as it lengthens.

Lastly this is a waterproof product so you do not have to reapply throughout the day but you will need a oil based make up remover.

Heroine Make - Isehan Kiss Me

Best Korean Lip Patch - Berrisom Lip Mask

Black

Waterproof

$$

Curling


This mascara is known to make your lashes long, curl your lashes and is waterproof. When I first applied this mascara I found that it had the most amazing hold even after I had curled my eyelashes. I've had so many problems with other brand  because right after I apply, the curl always comes back and with this it the curl stayed all day!

It dries extremely quickly so make sure you separate your lashes before this happens. Because it is waterproof there is no smudging, clumping and flaking. It stays on so well that this is one of the only mascaras that I trust using on my bottom lashes. I will say that it is difficult removing it, but this Heroine Make has it's own make up remover which guarantees to remove this product easily and smoothly.

MISSHA - the style 4D Mascara

Best Korean Lip Patch - Pilaten Lip Mask

Black

Not Waterproof

$

Lengthening

MISSHA's 4D Mascara claims to have minimum irritation because it contains vegetable ingredients (prevents irritation to sensitive eyes), it is water resistant and comes in 4g bottle. This product comes in a 3D and 4D version,  but the 4D is the upgrade from the previous version.

The 4D mascara brush is quite thick and therefore picks up the mascara very well. The square shape also helps the liquid from coming out too quickly. It does not clump on lashes and gives your eyes a natural look. It is not heavy which is found in many other mascaras and is not sticky.

The MISSHA 4D mascara, didn't provide has much volume as other brands but there is no smudge which is perfect for most people.

Etude House - 3 Step Volumecara

Etude House Lash Perm 3 Step Volumecara & Curling

Black

Not Waterproof

$

Extra Volume

"With its breakthrough adjustable dial, 3 Step Volumcara & Curling provides three setting for three volume looks in onemascara, letting you customize your own lash in style!" The first step gives you a clear and defined volume; the second step it gives your lashes a full volume and the third step gives your lashes a dramatic volume.

I personally like to combine the different levels to achieve the look I want. If you want a quick mascara this product probably won't be the right pick, but if use all three correctly it does give you full volume and as promised…great length. The mascara isn't waterproof but it is smudge-resistant. It doesn't dry as rapidly as others so make sure you give it time to completely dry before blinking.

Holika Holika - Magic Pole Mascara

Best Korean Lip Patch - Etude House Cherry Lip Mask

Black

Waterproof

$

Lengthen and Curl

This amazing mascara makes your lashes luxurious with the magic stick and smooth pole. It is specifically designed to keep your lashes curled all day long. It's a perfect pick as a mild mascara for those with sensitive eyes.

The packaging come in a purple and circular tube. I love the cap, it's easy to hold as it's molded for your fingers.

The formula is pretty dry compared to other mascaras. Wet mascaras take a long time to dry and will smudge throughout the day. Although the formula is dry it's still moisturizing, glossy and will not make your lashes crisp. The wand is made out of plastic and the bristles are evenly spaced, therefore it gives your lashes separation and great length.​

Too Cool For School - Dinoplatz Mascara

Black

Not Waterproof

$

Lengthening

The Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara has an adjustable wand; you twist the dial on the cap to either shorten or lengthen the brush in order to produce different lash effects. With this special feature you can either extend the brush fully (which concentrates on lash curl & length) or shorten the brush (which concentrates on adding volume).

This mascara prevents those horrible panda eyes for it is long lasting and smudge proof. It is also enriched with top notch herbal oils to keep your eyes healthy, smooth and soft.

The wand is one aspect of the mascara that makes this product original but the formula is what makes it stand out. You can wear this all day and your curl will hold for about 8 hours (without reapplying). 


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