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5 of the Best Korean Beauty Products

Korean beauty is so universally beloved that it’s turned into a major exportfor South Korea — and the government takes it incredibly seriously, dedicating real resources of money and time into building up the national beauty industry. What do all those Korean government dollars get us, the beauty junkies of the world? The Cut has spent several months testing some of the most popular beauty products from popular Korean e-commerce retailers like Peach & Lily, Soko Glam, Glow Recipe, and others to create a short list of our favorites. Click through to learn about the best smudge-proof eyeliner we’ve ever tried (really), the best face mask we’ve ever tried (seriously), and other standout products.

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Not only are Kate Spade sales associates expected to push you to buy the $400 satchel named after a fancy street, now they will also be tasked with making your in-store experience feel as if you’ve stepped directly into an Instagram. According to BuzzFeed, the retailer’s store associates are being rebranded into “muses” so that they can more effectively curate the peonies-and-pearls lifestyle you aspire to.

“We realized being called a sales associate did not represent that change and that being called a muse — a muse of style, a muse of lifestyle, a muse of the interesting life — was a nice way to manifest that change for them and to say to the associate: ‘Your job is now not just a sale. Your job is first and foremost to authentically engage with that customer [about] how she wants to experience Kate Spade that day,'” Kate Spade CMO Mary Beechtold BuzzFeed. “That change, I think from an associate to muse has been incredibly empowering to our associates.”

In short: store associates sell handbags, but muses sell lifestyles. Let me know when the “stay-at-home heiress” option is 30 percent off.