I just received a really fun kbeauty skincaretainment haul from KoreaDepart this week, and it reminded me that I’ve never fully reviewed the shop, despite placing six orders there since 2014. KoreaDepart topped my list of online kbeauty shop favorites in 2015, but I haven’t talked about it in some time.
Overall, I think that KoreaDepart is a fantastic store with a few key pains in my ass that keep me from placing orders regularly. It reminds me of the local hardware down the street, wedged into the storefront where Christopher Walken’s family used to have a bakery: it’s an honest, stocked-to-the-gills old-school enterprise with amazing or iffy customer service depending on who helps you, and no evidence of slickness or a desire to screw you in favor of making a quick buck.
I’ve never seen KoreaDepart offer press samples or referral rewards to bloggers, so they tend not to get as much attention as more marketing-savvy e-tailers, but I think that KD fills a very important Korean beauty niche and deserves more attention.
- massive selection of brands and items from each brand.
- interesting, less mainstream products popular on Korean home shopping are also available.
- prices tend not to be insane. In some cases, prices are super cheap.
- KoreaDepart has sent samples with every order I’ve placed.
- totally legit source for Korean products, without a doubt.
- pay with PayPal or credit card.
- fair, but not discounted shipping prices.
- the handling time before shipping is fairly long (I always expect at least a week, but sometimes it’s longer).
- there’s no mid-range shipping option: it’s either slow-ass registered mail or expensive EMS (which is kind of pointless due to the handling time).
- the shipping table is confusing and the broad weight categories mean that one item can send your shipping price much higher.
- new releases tend not to be added very quickly in some cases.
- sold out and discontinued items are still listed (with buttons declaring their status)–it can be a bit confusing if you’re browsing.
- the sample packet doesn’t tend to scale up with larger orders (or down with smaller)
- store credit issued for making purchases is virtually worthless, since the amount of the credit has to be more than the total of your whole order. I’ve been shopping on KoreaDepart since 2014 and my credit is at $8.25, so yeah that’s never getting redeemed lol.
- in the past KD would often have at least one item in my order end up being unavailable due to being sold out. That hasn’t happened recently, but it’s not unheard of, and it can really screw up a good haul.
KoreaDepart does list the full value of the haul on the box and it’s not marked as a gift. I live in the US, so it’s not a problem, but I understand that in most countries this could result in needing to pay Customs charges on your haul.
There are two options for shipping: Registered (2-8 weeks) and EMS (5-10 working days). Keep in mind that these are the shipping times only, and the handling time is in addition to that. I usually expect a KoreaDepart Registered haul to reach me in NYC one month or so after placing my order. I’ve never used the EMS option because it’s expensive, so I can’t speak to that.
KoreaDepart collects the estimated shipping cost from you at checkout, but if the estimate proves wrong, they’ll refund you or invoice you for the additional shipping costs before sending your order. I’ve never had this happen, but then again, the Registered mail shipping table is pretty broad, so it allows for some wiggle room.
Registered mail is now untrackable within the US. It’s a very safe shipping option (it’s literally how gold is transported ahahah), but also slow and annoying.
Shipping prices are by the weight of the products in your cart plus 300g for the packing materials. You can find the weight of each item on the product page.
The best way to prepare for a KD haul is to create an account, make a wishlist, and then add the wishlist items to your cart and get halfway through checking out to see the charge. Your cart gets cleared automatically after a bit, so the wishlist is a useful resource for keeping track of the things you want. There are more organized ways of hauling, but this seems most realistic for most people.
Kbeauty Skincaretainment Haul
I’ve been adding items to my wishlist for many months in preparation for this haul. Since KoreaDepart has such a vast selection I was able to buy some really out-there things.
Patches containing needles: Its skin Skin Solution Premium Silk Needle Patch EX, Wellage Hyaluronic Acid Micro Needle Patch, Royal Skin Hyaluronic Acid Micro Patch
These patches sound absolutely terrifying to me (so I have to try them). They’re microneedles that deliver hyaluronic acid into your skin. I have no idea if this is a good idea or a terrible one, but I’m going to give them a go. Maybe I’ll live broadcast the experience on my snapchat or periscope (username: fanserviced)?
A magnetic mask: Milkydress Black Luster Mask Magnet Pack
This mask looks insane: you apply the mask and then use that pawn-looking magnet to suck it right back off your face since it’s magnetized. As in the black mask goo…is magnetized. omg
This may be the peak of skincaretainment omg.
A cream formulated to resemble human breast milk: Eureque Muru Mor Cream (mothers milk)
I got this because a cream intended to mimic human breast milk obviously needs to be tried, I mean…what the what? And yet it sounds kind of nice, so who knows!
An LJH cream that I’ve somehow never tried: LJH Smart Power Cream
I’ve been wanting to try this LJH Smart Power Cream for ages, and it’s 80% off right now, so I grabbed a box.
Fun masks: April Skin Mummy Mud Mask, House Dr.Igloo Energizing Mask (Blood Type B), Royal Skin Perfect Body Hip-up Patch, Medius Super Moist Ninja Mask (aqua blue and purifying black), Milkydress Bomb Pack
I bought a bunch of fun-looking masks to test, including a blood type mask (B, my type!), a booty lifting mask because #buttskinfirst, and a bomb pack in the shape of a cartoon bomb.
These samples honestly don’t get me excited, so they’re going in my “deal with later” box.
Anything in particular that you’re curious about? Leave a comment to bump products you’re interested in up my review list!