Rile you were sleeping, a new player arrived on the Kbeauty scene.
When I first heard about Riley Rose, it sounded like a Sephora for millennials. What I didn’t realize until I visited the store at Glendale Galleria (a Los Angeles mall): Riley Rose has a TON of Kbeauty brands that can’t be found in a brick-and-mortar elsewhere.
So it’s more like Sephora for Kbeauty. LOVE.
Founded by the daughters of the founders of Forever 21, the company prides itself on stocking exclusive and trendy brands, rotating them in and out based on popularity. (More about them in this Racked article.)
Indeed, a lot of these brands I’ve only seen on Instagram. Being able to swatch and sniff everything in person was fun!
- Dr. Frog
- IPKN (all teh Esther Loves You stuphs!)
- Thank You Farmer
- CNP Laboratory
Mix that with brands that are more well established in the Western AB community:
- Tony Moly
- Too Cool for School
- Dr. G
- Soo Ae
- Banila Co.
- Touch in Sol (makeup)
- Clio (makeup)
- Peripera (makeup)
There are also hard-to-find IRL brands such as Lime Crime, Beauty Bakerie, and Winky Lux. Sections for snacks and candy, assorted cute things (including a talking Gudetama mirror), and body products round out the offerings.
I loved sniffing and swatching everything. Sure, you could probably source everything cheaper from a Korean site, but the products are reasonably priced for a U.S. retailer. And how else would I discover firsthand that Huxley scents aren’t really my bag?
The space is also really inviting. Lots of room to move around, vanity spaces to try on products, no pushy associates, and bright lighting that outshines Sephora any day (seriously, why is Sephora’s lighting so bad?). I also recognized Morgan Alison Stewart (fka Morgan’s Beauty Breakdown) in cute videos displayed in store (she’s a frequent collaborator).
I managed to refrain from buying the whole store and just got a Lapcos cleansing balm and lip oil. Someone give me an award!
For now, Riley Rose has only a smattering of locations at malls across the country. Interestingly, quite a few are located in areas that don’t scream Kbeauty (such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Carolina), but Riley Rose is clearly on a mission to spread the Kbeauty gospel. (Find locations here.)
If you have one nearby, count yourself lucky and GO.