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K-Pop Beauty in Japantown
K-Pop Beauty in Japantown

The Best Places to Buy Korean Beauty Products in San Francisco

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K-Pop Beauty in Japantown

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Cushion compacts. BB creams. Face sheet masks. There's no denying it: Korean beauty products are officially mainstream. Who would have thought we'd be uttering this sentence on the regular: We need to stock up on snail cream.

And although we wouldn't mind taking a trip to the source itself, it's really not necessary. San Francisco is home to several (seriously addictive) spots to buy the latest Korean beauty products. Here's our guide to the best; stores are listed from north to south.

Have a favorite to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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1. Candy Doll

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1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Candy Doll is the place to go if you're serious about Korean beauty products. This amazing beauty shop in the Japantown mall features 4,000 of the most popular Korean and Japanese skincare and makeup products. Brow lovers will drool over its extensive range of color shades for brow shadows and pencils. The shop also has cushion compacts from all the top Korean brands. Plus, the sales associates really know their stuff—ask questions.

2. City Target

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789 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 343-6272
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Head over to City Target at the Metreon to stock up on the affordable Korean skincare line, Laneige, known for its water-science-based skincare products. If you're new to the brand, you can pick up the Laneige Hydration Trial Kit for just $29. These travel sized bottles are a great way to sample the "best of" products and see how they work on your skin.

3. iBeautyshop

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1500 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(650) 686-7910
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Nestled in the Sunset neighborhood, this shop features top Korean beauty brands like Tony Moly, Etude House and Holika Holika. Some call it kawaii-to-the-max as the shop features really adorable products. You’ll also get free samples with your purchases. This is a great alternative to busy Japantown stores—there's plenty of parking available.

4. Sephora Powell St

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33 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 362-9360
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Sephora is absolutely tapping into the Korean beauty market. With its recent Powell Street flagship renovation, the SF beauty mainstay now has a plethora of Korean (and Japanese) beauty brands such as Too Cool For School’s Egg skincare products, Tony Moly, Amore Pacific, Erborian and more.

5. The Face Shop

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1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 771-8262
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The Face Shop in Japantown was one of the first Korean beauty stores to open in town. Browse the aisles for amazing skincare and makeup or check out our list of top 10 Korean beauty products to buy here. Extra samples at checkout add to the fun.

6. K-Pop Beauty

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1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(628) 444-3074
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K-Pop Beauty features all Tony Moly products, a brand known for its kawaii (cute) packaging. Did you know you could get a sleek facial glow from that bunny bottle face mist? Choose from the many masks, especially the popular rice mask. Goat-milk skincare is great for those with dry skin and fermented snail products are ideal for detoxing. We also love the affordable gel liners that come with a convenient brush attached. You get lots of samples with your purchase. Love that.

1. Candy Doll

1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Candy Doll is the place to go if you're serious about Korean beauty products. This amazing beauty shop in the Japantown mall features 4,000 of the most popular Korean and Japanese skincare and makeup products. Brow lovers will drool over its extensive range of color shades for brow shadows and pencils. The shop also has cushion compacts from all the top Korean brands. Plus, the sales associates really know their stuff—ask questions.
1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115

2. City Target

789 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Head over to City Target at the Metreon to stock up on the affordable Korean skincare line, Laneige, known for its water-science-based skincare products. If you're new to the brand, you can pick up the Laneige Hydration Trial Kit for just $29. These travel sized bottles are a great way to sample the "best of" products and see how they work on your skin.
789 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. iBeautyshop

1500 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Nestled in the Sunset neighborhood, this shop features top Korean beauty brands like Tony Moly, Etude House and Holika Holika. Some call it kawaii-to-the-max as the shop features really adorable products. You’ll also get free samples with your purchases. This is a great alternative to busy Japantown stores—there's plenty of parking available.
1500 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

4. Sephora Powell St

33 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Sephora is absolutely tapping into the Korean beauty market. With its recent Powell Street flagship renovation, the SF beauty mainstay now has a plethora of Korean (and Japanese) beauty brands such as Too Cool For School’s Egg skincare products, Tony Moly, Amore Pacific, Erborian and more.
33 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. The Face Shop

1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
The Face Shop in Japantown was one of the first Korean beauty stores to open in town. Browse the aisles for amazing skincare and makeup or check out our list of top 10 Korean beauty products to buy here. Extra samples at checkout add to the fun.
1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115

6. K-Pop Beauty

1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
K-Pop Beauty features all Tony Moly products, a brand known for its kawaii (cute) packaging. Did you know you could get a sleek facial glow from that bunny bottle face mist? Choose from the many masks, especially the popular rice mask. Goat-milk skincare is great for those with dry skin and fermented snail products are ideal for detoxing. We also love the affordable gel liners that come with a convenient brush attached. You get lots of samples with your purchase. Love that.
1737 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115