The cosmetics market is wide and deep, and it can sometimes feel like you’re navigating strange seas. With the amount of options now available, figuring out what makeup products to spend your money on can be tricky. So we’ll take the guesswork out of the shopping, shall we? Below, a list of 10 absolute must-haves for any makeup collector. These products are reliable, versatile, and timeless. Nothing under P500!


OUR RECO: San San BB Cream, P198

We like to think of beauty balm as the ultimate multi-tasker. It acts as foundation, moisturizer, primer, and sunblock in one. This lightweight option by San San not only offers sheer-to-medium coverage, it also treats the blemishes hiding under that coverage.

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OUR RECO: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, P249

When you’re plagued by pimples, eyebags, and redness on a regular basis, concealer is your ride-or-die. No imperfections stand a chance against Maybelline’s cult-fave concealing wand! It’s so creamy and opaque, it masks blemishes with a few swipes. The formula is non-comedogenic, too, so it won’t clog your pores or aggravate your skin problems while you use it.

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OUR RECO: Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, P375

Setting powder keeps your makeup looking fresh long after application. We love Innisfree’s powder, in particular, because it minimizes the appearance of pores and brings down shine. This Korean staple helps keep your makeup matte but is finely-milled so it never cakes. It’s also free of ingredients that irritate your skin, so you won’t have to worry about packing it on.

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OUR RECO: BLK Cosmetics Brow Sculpting Duo, P249

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: kilay is life. That’s why a good brow pencil is an absolute necessity. BLK’s easy-to-use brow stick is great for beginners and makeup experts alike. With a retractable pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other, it shapes, fills, and defines brows in one go. So if you want lush brows like BLK muse Anne Curtis (who doesn’t?), look no further than this tool.

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OUR RECO: Karadium Like a Movie Star One Stroke Pen Liner, P290

A stroke of liquid eyeliner can take your look from sleepy to slayin’. Karadium’s fine-tip pen lets you draw natural to bold lines with next to no effort. The long-lasting formula clings to the skin, keeping your perfect flicks from going to waste. Expect it to stay on for hours, through heat, humidity, and sweat. Win-win-win!

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OUR RECO: Shawill Cosmetics Amazing Curls Mascara, P168

Long, lush lashes are the beauty equivalent of the cherry on top. If your fringe isn’t naturally show-stopping, you can easily add oomph with black mascara. Shawill’s curling formula takes your lashes from short and sparse to full and flirty in 30 seconds flat. The best part? It’s smudge-proof. Perfect for Philippine weather!

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OUR RECO: Ellana Brilliance Multipurpose Pigments, Grace Multipurpose Pigments, Shine Multipurpose Pigments, P299 each

When you can use a product as blush, eyeshadow, and highlighter, you know you’ve struck gold. Ellana’s beloved loose pigment comes in a variety of shimmering colors, our favorites being Brilliance, Grace, and Shine. Whether you favor pearlescent rose or crush-worthy copper, you’re assured of a glowing finish every time.

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OUR RECO: Gemz Lip Balm, P115

We know, we know: lip balm isn’t nearly as exciting as a rich swipe of rouge. But it is necessary to keep your pout soft and kissable, so don’t sleep on this practical find. Compact and oh-so-cute, Gemz Lip Balm uses Vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba to moisturize your lips. Added bonus: it’s got SPF 15 to protect your kisser against sun damage. Mwah!

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OUR RECO: Diva White Lip & Cheek Tint, P80

A lip and cheek tint is indispensable in this day and age, when all a girl wants is maximum benefits and minimal effort. Diva White’s version delivers a vibrant, even wash of color. It only costs 80 bucks and comes in a number of shades, so you can switch things up from day to day. Just blend it over your lips and cheeks and, voilà, you’ve got a look!

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OUR RECO: Pro Studio Miracle Edge Pro Blend Sponge, P249

As you probably already know, a sponge can make all the difference between flawless and streaky makeup. Our favorite one from PRO Studio has a flat-edge design that blends and buffs product all over the face, even in hard-to-reach areas. It can be used with powder and cream formulas, and is best utilized for your base and contour. This is one beauty tool we can’t live without!

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So, which one of these will you be using one will you be taking home?

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