Looking for the crème de la crème from our assortment? Our customers have got you covered! For this year’s edition of Customers’ Picks, we’re going through the best-reviewed basics of 2019. From MLBB lipsticks to health-boosting supplements, these are the products that any beauty and wellness junkie would be lost without. For the fourth installment of this year’s Customers’ Picks series, we’re serving you super serums and essences. In 2019, we doubled up on ultra hydrators, glow-boosters, and anything that might give us clear skin for good. As the heart of the famed 10-step Korean skincare routine, serums and essences rank #1 in a lot of people’s list of essentials—our customers’ top picks included.

So, what bottles are sitting pretty on their vanities? We rounded up the 20 best reviewed serums & essences for you to see. Spot your future ride-or-die, below!

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum, P1,359 Patti, 40: “One of the best serums out in the market and it’s not as costly as the high-end ones. I use this with the Green Tea Seed Lotion Essence for my start-of-day routine. It never fails to perk up my skin. Effects so far: my friends said my skin now has a dewy look but not oily, so now I feel younger, hahaha! But really, this line is great. I have very rare to no pimple breakouts compared to when I wasn’t using this.”

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It’s Skin Power 10 Formula CO Effector, P539 (limited time only) Sarah, 25: “I’ve been using this product for almost 2 years. It doesn’t irritate my skin, no pimple breakouts, and it also helps if you have dry skin. From what I read, collagen helps in skin elasticity and rehydrates the skin. It’s very important for me this choose [products with collagen] as my skin is not only sensitive but also dry. So this is a really great choice for me!”

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Esfolio Collagen Ampoule, P859 Athena, 24: “I’ve been wanting to incorporate collagen into my skincare routine, since I’m already in my mid 20’s. I’ve been using this for almost a month now. My face is oily, so I apply this twice a day. Just a thin layer in the morning and a thicker layer in the evening. The result is noticeably moisturized skin. My face looks so healthy. I also love the smell and the cute but large jar.”

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Lauren & Co Beauty Skin Vitamins Anti Oxidant Serum with SPF 70 (30ml), P599 Michelle, 26: “I really love this product. It’s non-greasy and easily gets absorbed by my skin. The sunscreen effect is also effective, since I noticed my skin complexion hasn’t darkened even if I was exposed to the sun. This serum has a mattifying effect, too, so I can sometimes skip my pressed powder or cushion whenever I’m feeling lazy. It also has a very pleasant scent and it’s never irritated my skin.”

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, P550 Jenn, 23: “I used to have horrible hormonal zits every month. It was that kind that’s big, red, and painful; but after using this for 3 months, I rarely get them anymore. It helped with blackheads, too, as they’re visibly gone now. I noticed that it’s even more effective with me when I spread this thinly all over my face rather than as a spot treatment..”

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, P703 (limited time only) Hannah, 20: “I’ve been using this for over a month now and I can attest that it really gives fast and consistent results. During the first week of use, my acne scars had significantly reduced and my face became brighter. Since I had a lot of pimples and acne scars before, I’ve been getting a lot of compliments about my blemish-free skin lately. I’ve also noticed that my pores became less visible and my face is now less oily than it was before. Overall, I can say that the product is very good and it’s been doing wonders for my face.”

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Elujai Propolis Myrrh Ampoule, P335 Ellysa, 20: “Hey, this little bottle works wonders! Been using it for my dark spots and pimples and it works. I don’t have dark spots anymore. This product also smells so nice, it’s not sticky, isn’t heavy on your skin, and it absorbs fast. Since I started using this consistently, I haven’t seen my pores!”

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It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector, P539 (limited time only) Ana, 28: “I’ve been looking for a serum that I can comfortably wear during the day and at night. So glad I found this serum! It doesn’t look oily on my skin, even in the daytime. I also love the mild citrus scent—so refreshing! I use this especially when I’m done dermarolling because it soothes and calms my skin. I wake up with bright and plump skin whenever I use this.”

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Skinpotions Tomato Serum (Pump Bottle), P295 Maricel, 28: “The hype is worth it! It packs a really hefty effect that totally agrees with my skin’s needs. It moisturizes well, softens my skin, has lessened my acne marks, and other dark spots. I even use this as my primer as it helps set my makeup well and decreases the oil secretions and other forms of irritation on my face.”

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It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VB Effector, P539 (limited time only) Mia, 30: “This is my first time to use a serum product and I have to say that I’m really impressed with this! I love how lightweight it is and most importantly, the oil production on my face has reduced big time! I can’t leave my house without using this! It’s almost like magic! Plus, my makeup looks better after applying this serum. I’m almost done with my first bottle and I will surely purchase another one!”

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Miju Glow Tomato Serum, P145 Eunice, 23: “I didn’t know what to expect and I was honestly thinking of passing on serums entirely but I decided to try this. It was a good decision! It gives my skin a dewy, pinkish glow as advertised and leaves it feeling soft, supple, and smooth. And yes, it does reduce excess oil! The smell is sweet and the consistency is thick and gel-like. I was worried about breaking out but I’m happy to report nothing of that sort has happened.”

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COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, P1,050 Beverly, 29: “I’ve been looking for a product with hyaluronic acid since my skin type is dry, and this is really worth a try. I use this day and night after toning. My skin easily absorbs it and my face doesn’t feel or look dry anymore. My routine wouldn’t be complete without this product!”

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So Natural Red Peel Tingle Serum, P1,106 Rose, 31: “I used to be scared to incorporate acids into my routine because I have hypersensitive skin, but I wouldn’t know if it works if I didn’t try. Luckily, this product came my way and I couldn’t be happier! There’s immediate results like brightening and resurfacing of skin. It tingles when you have dead skin cells, otherwise, you won’t feel a thing. It’s pretty tolerable though. I can say I’ve found my HG in this bottle of goodness!”

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA, P660 Anna, 58: “My dermatologist gave this to me to try out, but in a tiny unlabeled bottle. She just called it “lactic acid.” I used it for a week and loved the results—a fresher face. Exfoliating among women ‘of a certain age’ is a must. So, I asked my derma to get me the full size. Lo and behold, a pleasant surprise: it was from this much-raved-about brand! Glad to meet you!”

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Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence, P1,025 Louise, 27: “I use this in the AM and the Nacific Fresh Herb Origin Serum at night. In a few months time, using both daily gave me brighter, glowing, and poreless skin. On days when I feel too lazy to put makeup on, my face still looks fresh because of these two together. It gives you a natural glow and keeps your skin fresh and plumped up..”

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Zero Basics Face Serum (30ml), P350 Lia, 26: “This product is wonderful. It’s not too oily to use during the day before applying makeup so that is a plus and it brightens the skin. I use it after I wake up and before bed with my jade roller. I feel fresh and beautiful and look forward to continue using the product in the future. The price is very reasonable for the amount and size of the bottle and it’s a lovely medicine dropper bottle. All I can say is a big fat A+++.”

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The Ordinary “Buffet”, P1,150 Christine, 39: “This is one of the best serums I’ve tried. No oily feeling and and it’s easily absorbed. I have combination skin, but more on the dry side. This made my skin soft and very light. I get a unique glow every morning when I wake up. The price is a little expensive but definitely worth every penny.”

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COSRX Propolis Light Ampule, P1,270 Patricia, 22: “I purchased this because I wanted to try out propolis-infused skincare and also because this one has one of the cleanest ingredient lists. I’m glad I did because my normally oily and acne-prone skin recently turned into dry and rough/bumpy skin. And this product relieved me of dry patches and roughness. I also think it helped calm down my acne because ever since I started using this, my pimples were no longer that red or big.”

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Farmstay Grape Stem Cell Whitening Ampoule, P798 Jacqueline, 23: “I was gifted this by a friend and I put it on at night on my dark spots and I immediately saw results the next day! A little goes a long way, I’ve had a bottle for 6 months and I’ve only used half the bottle, would definitely purchase again!”

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Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence, P1,050 Christelle, 24: “I have acne scars and it was really bothering me. Then I read that this product helps lighten scars + the reviews were really good so I decided to try it. I use it day and night religiously. And within a month, I noticed my acne scars are starting to fade and the bumps are no longer there. It also brightened my skin, made it soft, moisturized, and I look ‘blooming’ all the time even without makeup.”

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Some reviews have been condensed for brevity and clarity.

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