Since discovering Avecko’s kbeauty proxy buying service almost two years ago, I’ve placed a number of orders through them, but I find myself sort of wishing it were easier to buy a huge range of the latest mainstream kbeauty stuff at reasonable prices…without needing to do major research. Enter Vuty Design, a newly relaunched shop that has a selection so massive and constantly updating that I’ve found myself placing five orders since stumbling upon them in late February.
I found Vuty Design accidentally–I was shopping for a particular stone-finish gel nail polish made by Aritaum and I happened to find what seemed to me a secret kbeauty garden. I did the usual “what is this, is this real, should I turn over money to a completely unknown shop?” and then did the also usual “fuck it, let’s see what’s up” and threw a chunk of the fan-b warchest at Vuty Design to find out what this shop is about.
Today, my fourth and fifth hauls arrived and DAMN! they’re juicy, so I want to show them off and find out if there’s anything you’re particularly curious about. But first, a Vuty Design review.
Vuty Design Review
I obviously really like Vuty Design because I keep shopping there, but I want to give you a full picture of the shopping experience, so here are some pros and cons.
- Enormous selection. There are thousands and thousands of items you can buy.
- Free shipping over $20 at this point. That’s pretty bananas.
- Crazily fast handling. While I’ve waited weeks for TesterKorea and days for Jolse to ship orders, Vuty Design often sends out my stuff in 24 hours. I’m nervous to write that because I feel like there’s no way that will be sustainable as they become more popular, but DAMN.
- Fast shipping to me in NYC. Vuty Design sends out packages ridiculously fast and uses small packet shipping, which is an upgrade from registered mail. From time of dispatch, packages take about a week, which is unreal. Your experience may not be the same as mine and if your country has strict watch over Customs, the time will surely be longer.
- Trackable shipping. The shipping used by Vuty Design actually tracks from Korea to NYC, which isn’t the case right now with registered mail.
- Newly released items added really fast. I’ve managed to avoid Avecko and 11ST hauls because Vuty Design added the products I want without prompting from me. As someone who wants to send less email and just relax/cook/write more, having things appear magically is a gift.
- Prices for most things seem fair to me. There are some real bargains, but mostly it seems like fair prices considering the cost of the product plus shipping it for free.
- Vuty Design does give samples, and they gave them to me even before they knew I have a blog. The samples are more interesting to me than the Skinfood Cabbage toner we all get every fucking time from TesterKorea, but nothing totally out there either.
- Sometimes things that are listed on the site are revealed to be out of stock after you order. Three of five orders have had an item that is out of stock, so be prepared that one or two items in a large haul may not be fulfilled. My money was refunded as soon as I gave my ok for the haul to ship without the item.
- If you’re looking for a way to get hipstery, undiscovered stuff that nobody has heard of before, this isn’t the place. Vuty Design is a great place to find a huge selection of products from mainstream brands like Aritaum, illi, and Etude House, but you’re not going to discover the next Beauty of Joseon cream here.
- The prices are not rock bottom. This is not the place to haul 100 of your favorite, easy-to-buy-elsewhere sheet masks. Lotions and body washes are pricey, likely because shipping costs are factored in.
- UPDATE–surge pricing: the prices of the items I linked here jumped after I published this post.
I think that Vuty Design combines the vast, current product catalogue of W2Beauty (which I’ve never used because the prices always drive me away) with the prices and handling time (except faster) of Jolse. It can basically function as mainstream, no stress kbeauty Avecko for lazy people, which is totally my jam.
- There isn’t a “new” page on the site, but you can check out what’s been newly added by selecting “all products” and then filtering to show the results from new to old. Or by using this link.
- If you love masks, check out the masks. This haul is me restraining myself.
Kbeauty Sheet Mask Haul
illi sheet masks
- 5 Ceramide Intensive Moisture Masks. It’s an illi mask with the word “ceramide” in it, hold me. These are fairly new, so I haven’t tried them yet and they were the inspiration for one of my hauls.
- 5 Cocoon Anti-Aging Mask. These masks made with silk cocoon extract–hngggg–feel awesome and deeply moisturize my skin. Plus they smell amazing.
- 1 Real Cotton Magnolia Mask [Calming]. These new masks don’t have great Korean reviews, so I only grabbed one. This mask actually has four types, but there isn’t a drop-down selector for which flavor you’d like, so it was kind of like playing roulette. lol
- 1 Green Tea Brightening Mask. I think I got one of these in a Memebox once and liked it.
- 1 Camellia Oil Nourishing Mask. Camellia oil, get on me.
- 1 Mugwort Calming Mask. Honestly, I just bought one of every illi mask because I want to know.
- 1 Lotus Moisture Mask
- 1 Orchid Moisturizing Mask
Aritaum Salon esthé masks
Some of these have great reviews in Korean and I’m excited about Amore Everyday stores (look at my photo walkthrough of the one in Flushing, NYC) turning into Aritaums (see the Racked article discussing the switch), so I just got one of everything to see if there are any crazy winners among the bunch.
- 1 Black Mask
- 1 Chitosan Mask. The mask sheet and liquid are actually separate in the package and you have to pop the liquid into the sheet pouch! AHH! I’ll make a video and put it on my Instagram at some point…
- 1 Heating Mask
- 1 Mud Mask
- 1 Bio Cellulose Mask
- 1 Cel:Cushion Mask
- 1 Collagen Velvet Mask
- 1 Nude Mask
- 1 Peeling Pad
Other Sheet Masks
I also grabbed some random masks that looked interesting because ayy masks!
- It’s Skin 4D Silk Mask. This mask cracks me up. First off, because a “4D” personality in Korean means someone who is truly in their own, fourth dimension. Hopefully this will be an otherworldly experience. Also SILK! Waaah! I hope this is real silk because damn. This seems to have a wild neck-ear contraption and I’m all kinds of scared and excited.
- TheFaceShop Fresh Milk Cream Milk Cream Face Mask. Umm. I don’t even know what I was thinking. I may have been hungry while shopping.
- Laneige Anti-Pollution Mask. This appears to be new, so I thought I’d give it a try.
- Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Twisty Tail Mascara. This mascara comes in an amazing pop-card thing and it has a curving applicatior. Most cool? It’s an actual kbeauty tubing mascara like Blinc that slides off one’s lashes when pinched after getting wet. The price at Vuty Design was quite a bit cheaper than I’ve seen elsewhere for this.
- Aritaum Real Ampoule Brightener in 02 Skin Beige. I’m currently working on a fairly extensive, expensive project to try to find a kbeauty dupe for YSL’s Touche Eclat, and this is one of the contenders.
I’m pretty excited about these hauls, as evidenced by the fact that this is my first haul post in…umm…over a year? EEE! I’m off to faceplant in one of these treasures…
Anything in particular that you’re curious about?