I first heard about Skylake, a Korean natural skincare and cosmetics company, when my husband excitedly brought home a sample for me that he had been handed on the street about a year ago, presumably during the shop’s grand opening. At the time I thought “skincare…ok…well…there seems to be no glitter here, but thanks.” Without glitter and kpop idols to promote the brand, I was not terribly interested. What a difference a year makes.
I visited Skylake today for the very first time while running some lunchtime errands. I work next to the Empire State Building, which is right next to Manhattan’s Koreatown. Koreatown has been traditionally centered on 32nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues with other businesses sprinkled around in 30s. The area has lately expanded further with fried chicken establishments opening on 5th Avenue and new cafes located between 5th and Madison. For more information about Koreatown and Korean places in NYC check out my k-stuff in NYC map.
I was happy to find that the tiny store didn’t have any other customers when I visited; it would have literally been impossible for more than a few people to browse. I asked the sales associate if I could take pictures and explained that I run a Korean beauty blog and she very kindly allowed me to go wild, snapping photos of everything in sight. I’m going to post LOTS of photos after the Read More cut, so just be aware of that if your computer and internet connection can’t handle a photo-heavy post.
The shop was great. It’s actually what I thought Nature Republic would be like: scented with sweet aromatic herbs and roots–kind of like a Korean Aveda scent but dialed way back and more natural. I couldn’t help thinking of the sorts of products that a real life Arang might have used in the past. The prices were fantastic and the sales associate was very helpful while giving me the chance to look at everything carefully. I picked up a really interesting product: an acne helping massage mask/scrub made out of herbs and grains that you mix with yogurt, milk, or honey, scrub in, then allow to sit for 20 minutes before washing off. I also went for a brilliant travel set that I’ll use to test lots of different products–the photos of my purchases are at the bottom of the post. Look for my reviews of everything, Skylake Part Two!, soon.
I’m really impressed that a smaller company like Skylake would open an NYC branch. I really wish a lot of other brands would expand into the East Coast market (COUGH ETUDE HOUSE WHERE ARE YOU!?!?!!?). I was about to write about the difficulty of finding Skylake products online and then I saw a web address on the brochure. It turns out that Skylake has an online shop that’s actually really well designed! Can they please advise TesterKorea on how to make a good site? So, yeah, it seems that they offer online shopping and free shipping with orders over $100. The prices match those in the store, so you’re really only paying for shipping if you can’t visit. Hot damn, that’s unexpected and awesome.
So–let’s look at the shop and my mini haul. I’ll keep you posted on how the products work for me.^^ OK–here’s the massive photo spam.
Here’s what I got: