Essences are a fairly new concept in skincare, but they’ve certainly made an impression in the few years they’ve been around. Today, they’ve basically into an all-encompassing step: treats like serum, hydrates like moisturizer, absorbs like gel, and so much more, depending on the formula, Below, we list 6 top-performing examples you can find on site. According to our customers, these skin cocktails work almost as well as your typical moisturizer—if not better!

COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, P1,000 Nicole, 26: “I’ve lucked out with the products from this brand: every single one does what it claims to do! The Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence is the drink of water your skin needs. Dry patches of skin disappear in just a couple of days, skin looks healthier, more vibrant and youthful. The effects are long-lasting as well. This is one one my favorite purchases of 2016! Will definitely buy this again when I run out.”

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Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, P2,700 Thea, 40: “Bought this since a lot of people say it was a dupe for sk II which a friend of mine is using and her skin looks really good. So since I didn’t want to splurge on sk II, i bought this instead and I have to say, this essence DOES work. Not only did my skin look better according to co-workers but I felt it too when I went on a 3-day trip and forgot to bring this. My face felt so dry and pinched after washing and my moisturizer cream didn’t seem to get absorbed more quickly. For the price you get a LOT of product and one bottle could probably last you for 6 months if you only apply it once a day. I apply this in the morning and evening to start off my skincare routine and i’ve used up my first bottle in 4 months.”

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Seed & Tree Shaking Watery Essence, P1,300 Isoebelle, 35: “i use this as a facial cleansing oil to remove make up and sebum on my face after a whole day exposure from pollution,i also use this before putting on make up..this really removes all the dirt and is also a good moisturizer..it makes my skin smooth and supple! This alone will do as your day moisturizer! It gives your skin an instant glow”

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Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence, P1,900 Diana, 30: “This oil essence is very light and refreshing despite the “oil” in its name. I love the light floral scent, which soothes the senses, that is why I call this spa for your face. It is fast absorbing and deeply hydrates the skin, making it smooth and supple, without making your skin shine like greasball. I totally [skip] using a moisturizer when using this, that’s how hydrating this is. It is rich in antioxidants which totally sold me. I currently just finish a whole bottle and I can say that the long term effect on my skin is very satisfying, I just love how my skin looks and feel. Overall, I love this product and will repurchase it; the only thing that will make me think twice in repurchasing is the high price point.”

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Easydew Daily Double Hydra Essence, P1,437 Michelle, age unknown: “There were times when my skin is sooo dry. Maybe because of using too much make up everyday. When I feel the itchiness and roughness on my skin. I use this as my savior. This product brings softness, youthfulness, glow, full of vitamins and leaves my skin very gentle and healthy. I bought this one in Korea and now im very glad it is available in the Ph. This one tube lasted mine for 3months. Thankful for this product”

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3W Collagen and Luxury Gold Essence, P699 Anna, 24: “I’m surprised this product isn’t getting the attention it deserves! I bought this 6 months ago and it has done wonders for my skin. It easily absorbs and leaves your skin looking plump and radiant. I usually use this before I put my make up on. Makes my foundation smoother. My skin looks DEWY and NOT oily! It smells great too. Im really glaf I found it on Beauty MNL as the store I bought it fron gas closed. Will restock (I.e hoard) very soon. I HIGHLY recommend it for oily gals like me!”

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