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Unveiling the Winners of the 2023 Mid-Year GLOWPICK Beauty Awards

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Get the insider’s view of the 2023 Mid-Year GLOWPICK Consumer Beauty Awards, celebrating top Korean beauty products voted by consumers and discover industry trends.

GLOWPICK, a leading Korean beauty review platform, recently unveiled the winners of its biannual Consumer Beauty Awards for the first half of 2023. GLOWPICK is a trusted platform where Korean users share their authentic beauty reviews. Launched in August 2014, it aimed to address the issue of unreliable and spammy reviews that flooded internet communities at the time. By implementing a unique algorithm that filters and verifies reviews, GLOWPICK ensures that only credible opinions are taken into account. This steadfast commitment to transparency and fairness has positioned GLOWPICK as a key reference for beauty enthusiasts in Korea and globally.

The 2023 Mid-Year Glowpick Beauty Awards

The GLOWPICK Consumer Beauty Awards are held twice a year, highlighting the latest trends and top-ranking products in skincare, makeup, fragrances, and even baby care. The awards have gained a reputation as one of the most esteemed beauty recognition programs, as they are based on the opinions of consumers themselves. By diligently filtering reviews and ensuring their authenticity, GLOWPICK establishes itself as a trusted authority in the industry.

The selection of mid-year award winners was based on an in-depth analysis of an impressive 286,946 reviews, submitted via the GLOWPICK app from November 16, 2022, to May 15, 2023. These reviews covered 128,422 products across 9,318 brands and 182 categories, contributed by 22,187 registered GLOWPICK users. The selection process involved a four-step screening procedure to remove spam, advertisements, inappropriate content, and sponsored reviews. Additionally, GLOWPICK conducted internal evaluations to ensure fairness and unbiased results for the 2023 Mid-Year GLOWPICK Consumer Beauty Awards.

Skin Care

SKINFOOD’s Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad continued its dominance as the top-rated toner pad in the skincare segment. SKINFOOD’s Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence also emerged as the winner in the essence category. Notable anti-aging products included By Wishtrend’s Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream, which combines retinol and bakuchiol, and A.H.C’s Ten Revolution Real Eye Cream for Face, which claimed the top spot in the eye cream category. Winners in other skincare categories included COSRX, innisfree, AESTURA, and I’m from.

  1. Toner: COSRX – Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner
  2. Toner Pad: SKINFOOD – Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad
  3. Serum: innisfree – Green Tea Seed Hyaluronic Serum
  4. Essence: SKINFOOD – Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence
  5. Lotion:  AESTURA – Ato Barrier 365 Lotion
  6. Face Cream:  By Wishtrend – Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream
  7. Eye Cream: A.H.C – TEN Revolution Real Eye Cream for Face
  8. Wash-Off Mask: I’m from – Honey Mask

Cleansing & Exfoliating

In the cleansing and exfoliating category, several cult-favorite cleansers maintained their winning positions. BANILA CO’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original secured the top spot in the cleansing balm category, while Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution emerged as the winner in the cleansing water category. ETUDE’s Soon Jung pH 6.5 Whip Cleanser defended its title as the best bubble cleanser. ma:nyo’s Pure & Deep Cleansing Foam stood out in the cleansing section, claiming the first place in the cleansing foam category. Other winners included ma:nyo, papa recipe, Dr.G, and Anua in various cleansing and exfoliating subcategories.

  1. Cleansing Oil: ma:nyo – Pure Cleansing Oil
  2. Cleansing Balm: BANILA CO – Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original
  3. Best Cleansing Milk: DEWYTREE – Hi Amino All Cleansing Milk
  4. Cleansing Water: Bioderma – Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution
  5. Cleansing Foam: ma:nyo – Pure & Deep Cleansing Foam
  6. Bubble Cleanser: ETUDE – Soon Jung pH 6.5 Whip Cleanser
  7. Powder Wash: papa recipe – Blemish Enzyme Powder Cleanser
  8. Peeling Gel: Dr.G – Brightening Peeling Gel
  9. Peeling Pad: Anua – Heartleaf 77 Clear Pad

Face Makeup

HERA’s Silky Stay 24H Longwear Foundation retained its position as the top-rated liquid foundation, and innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder remained at the forefront of loose powders. The contour category saw too cool for school’s Artclass By Rodin Shading emerge as the winner for the 13th consecutive time. peripera’s All Take Mood Technique Palette secured the top spot in the multi-palette category, offering various face makeup essentials in one palette. Winners in other face makeup categories included Phymongshe, The Saem, JUNG SAEM MOOL, fwee, and SKINFOOD.

  1. BB Cream: Phymongshe – Aqua Blemish Cover Balm
  2. Concealer: The Saem – Cover Perfection Concealer Pencil
  3. Liquid Foundation: HERA – Silky Stay 24H Longwear Foundation
  4. Compact Foundation: JUNG SAEM MOOL – Essential Skin Nuder Cushion
  5. Contour: too cool for school – Artclass By Rodin Shading 
  6. Blush: fwee – Blusher Mellow
  7. Multi-Palette: peripera – All Take Mood Technique Palette  
  8. Makeup Sponge: SKINFOOD – Wedge Puff
  9. Loose Powder: innisfree – No Sebum Mineral Powder

Brow & Eye Makeup

ISEHAN and CLIO were dominant names in the brow & eye makeup and lash care categories. Notable winners included ETUDE’s Bare Edge Slim Brow for brow pencils, ISEHAN’s Kiss Me Heavy Rotation Coloring Eyebrow for browcara, and CLIO’s Sharp, So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner for pencil eyeliners. In the innovative eye shadow stick category, colorgram’s All In One Aegyo-Sal Maker took the top spot. Other winners included Bbi@, ISEHAN, and CLIO in various brow and eye makeup categories.

  1. Brow Pencil: ETUDE – Bare Edge Slim Brow
  2. Eye Shadow Stick: colorgram – All In One Aegyo-Sal Maker
  3. Gel Eyeliner: Bbi@ – Last Auto Gel Eyeliner
  4. Pencil Eyeliner: CLIO – Sharp, So Simple Waterproof Pencil Liner
  5. Liquid Eyeliner: ISEHAN – Kiss Me Heroine Make Prime Liquid Eyeliner
  6. Mascara: CLIO – Kill Lash Superproof Mascara
  7. Eyelash Treatment: ISEHAN – Kiss Me Heroine Make Up SP Eyelash Serum EX

Lip Makeup

As mask-wearing declines, lip makeup trends are enjoying a resurgence. BANILA CO’s b by banila Velvet Blurred Veil Lipstick and HERA’s Sensual Nude Gloss won in the satin lipstick and lip gloss categories, respectively. 3CE’s Blur Water Tint claimed the top spot for matte lip tints, while peripera’s Ink Mood Glowy Tint won in the glossy lip tint category. Other winners included HERA, romand, and LANEIGE in different lip makeup categories.

  1. Matte Lipstick: HERA – Sensual Powder Matte Lipstick  
  2. Satin Lipstick: BANILA CO – b by banila Velvet Blurred Veil Lipstick
  3. Matte Lip Tint: 3CE – Blur Water Tint
  4. Glossy Lip Tint: peripera – Ink Mood Glowy Tint
  5. Lip Gloss: HERA – Sensual Nude Gloss
  6. Tinted Lip Balm: romand – Glasting Melting Balm
  7. Lip Mask: LANEIGE – Lip Sleeping Mask EX  

Sun Care

innisfree’s Tone Up No Sebum Sunscreen EX was awarded in the no sebum sun cream category, reflecting its popularity among consumers. Sun cushions that offer a comfortable feel without leaving a white cast remained in demand, with SCINIC’s Enjoy All Round Airy Sun Cushion EX emerging as the winner. For post-sun care, AROMATICA’s Soothing Aloe Vera Gel continued to be the top pick.

  1. No Sebum Sun Cream: innisfree –Tone Up No Sebum Sunscreen EX
  2. Sun Cushion: SCINIC – Enjoy All Round Airy Sun Cushion EX
  3. After Sun Care: AROMATICA – Soothing Aloe Vera Gel

Bath & Body Care

AESTURA’s gentle and soothing products were favored by consumers in the bath & body care category, with their Ato Barrier Body Cream winning the top spot. For those seeking a scented option, Huxley’s Body Oil Moroccan Gardener became the latest favorite.

  1. Body Cream: AESTURA – Ato Barrier Body Cream
  2. Body Oil: Huxley – Body Oil Moroccan Gardener

For the complete list of winners of the 2023 Mid-Year GLOWPICK Consumer Beauty Awards and more information, please visit the official GLOWPICK website (Korean only).

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