We are proud to present the second BeautyMNL Awards: a five-part event that celebrates this fabulous year in beauty. After comprehensive discussion—and a whole lot of road-testing—the girls at the BeautyMNL office have listed the Best Products of 2017.
In the second installment of the 2017 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re talking skincare: the secret to a flawless face. Is it just us, or were we all worshipping at the altar of skincare this year? Week on week, our carts filled up with dewy mists, charcoal masks, and miracle serums. We dedicated ourselves to rigorous 12-step routines—and of course, we never skipped the SPF. Anything to get glowing, right?

Tell us: did it all work for you? We certainly hope so. But if you haven’t had much luck, we’re happy to point you in a better direction. Start with our top 22 picks for Best Skincare! We’re sure your skin’s soulmates are in here somewhere.

COSRX Advanced Snail Power Essence, now on sale at P873 (limited time only) “This is the best skincare product I’ve purchased in 2017. You can tell how potent it is from the first pump because the liquid is so viscous—it almost feels like actual snail slime. But even with the thick texture, it absorbs quickly and without greasy residue. Plus, it’s so incredibly moisturizing. My skin is way smoother, plumper, and overall healthier-looking since I started using this. In fact, I’ve even stopped buying snail cream altogether because this stuff gives my skin all the snail benefits it needs.” – Kim V.

Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Soap, P150 “This was my life saver when I had an intense bacne breakout. It purged me out a little but it immediately calmed down the redness and inflammation within days. I still use this until now to lighten the acne marks and keep the bacne at bay. What I love most is that even though it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it’s super gentle on your skin and doesn’t leave a strong vinegar-y scent. I also use this for cleaning wounds and for spot treatment. All I can say is bye-bye, blemishes!”– Annica A.

This product was also given the BeautyMNL Best of Beauty Award in 2016.

V&M Naturals Rosehip Oil, P1,700 “I always thought that stretchmarks were permanent. But lo and behold, I discovered this miracle oil. It helped reduce the appearance of stretch marks on my inner thighs in less than 2 weeks!” – Angie G.

Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam, now on sale at P370 (limited time only) “I love anything green tea, so I tried this out - and it didn’t fail me! It’s loaded with antioxidants that are good for the skin, and helps calm down sudden breakouts. It has a relaxing green tea scent, which alone makes me look forward to washing my face night and day.” – Carli D.

Beauty Bakery Rose Gel Dewy Mist, P229 “Just like their Witch Hazel Spray, this mist is a great facial mist. You can use it as sort of a toner or midday pick-me-up for your skin. A little spray on the face lets me feel refreshed and awake. It’s great to have it on your desk or bag for a little freshening up. It obviously has a rose scent but not the overwhelming kind. Also, for the price point it’s definitely a steal.” – Kat E.

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay, P1,500 “Not only is this exfoliating mask 100% effective, it’s also a joy to use. First, it’s as millennial pink as it looks in the pictures (so cute!). Second, it smells like a spa—just slathering it all over my face after a long week feels like a reward. Third, like I said, it’s effective. It dries up in about 15 minutes, and as you rinse it off, you can feel the tiny jojoba beads working their magic on your skin. My face feels baby-soft and looks noticeably brighter every single time I use this mask. I love it so much, in fact, that my Saturday mornings are never quite complete without it.” – Steph C.

Biore Cleansing Oil, P320 “I just love Biore! I fell in love with their make-up wipes last year and the cleansing oil is this year’s newest obsession. It really is able to remove the most stubborn make-up! Just recently, I went to a wedding and my face had a full pile of products on, and I was so amazed at how only a few seconds of massaging the oil on my eyes, all of the products were gone - eyelash extensions included! It smells so good too!” – Nicky M.

Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream, P2,100 “Trust me, this eye cream really is potent. And by that, I mean it works—and works fast. If you have dark circles or noticeable eyebags, use this. It brightens discoloration and plumps up any depressions under the eyes that are usually caused by lack of sleep. Mix a tiny bit of it with your under-eye concealer, and pow! YOU’RE ALIVE. Yes, it’s a bit of a splurge, but you’ll definitely get the bang for your buck.” – Steph C.

Carmex Cult Fave Original Jar, P149 “I’ve had chapped lips since I was a little kid and I’ve probably used every other lip balm in the market. Discovering this – by reading customer reviews on BeautyMNL – has been life-changing! It keeps my lips moist, and I don’t reapply it as often as other brands I’ve used!” – Ysa Y.

Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil, P2,980 “Used alone, it is a super rich yet gentle moisturizing oil for the face. When mixed with foundation, it makes the finish so smooth, subtly dewy, and not cling on to dry patches.” – Joanna T.

Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50, P445 “I love it so much it saves me so much time in the day or in life in general. It’s not sticky and it gives me a matte-yet-with-a-good-amount-of-oil-on-my-face-look. I think I will be loyal to it until the day I die.” – Michelle C. “I love that I’ve finally found a light and non-sticky sunblock. After just several uses, I feel that my skin’s instantly protected from the sun, and that my it seems to be mattified by the sunblock, too.” – Maia M.

This product was also given the BeautyMNL Best of Beauty Award in 2016.

Pyungkang Yul Mist Toner, P625 “I have oily skin so it’s the perfect toner! Even though I put on so many layers, it doesn’t feel heavy. I feel like it preps my skin for next steps of the routine. I also don’t have enough time to do a really long routine so it helps that I just have have to spray it on my face (versus using a cotton pad).” – Sophie C.

St. Joan Restoring Face & Body Wash, P450 “I was so shocked at how amazing this product smelled (very creamy vanilla). I look forward to bath time every day cause of this. Very gentle and moisturizing on the skin. I wish they had a lotion equivalent of this.” – Nicky M.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, now on sale at P180 (limited time only) “Best things really do come in small packages. Easy to use, doesn’t hurt and work like magic.” – Ce M.

“I honestly don’t know what I’d do without this instant-fix… Taking off the patch after leaving it on for a few hours makes me forget I even had a pimple to patch up in the first place!” – Maia M.

This product was also given the BeautyMNL Best of Beauty Award in 2016.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, P1,500 “I think this charcoal mask is gentle enough for my sensitive skin. But at the same time, it’s effective enough for me to feel its detoxifying effects on my T-zone. I wake up looking extra glowing and my pores feel so much clearer after I use this.” – Joanna T.

Pixi by Petra Glow Mist, P975 “This is my favorite face spray of all time! It perfectly dispenses a very light mist that just falls over your skin. It’s so refreshing and the scent is to die for! You can really smell the bevy of natural oils they used in the product. My skin feels instantly hydrated after. I always receive comments on how glowy my face looks after I use this (even without highlighter). It’s the perfect remedy if you’re worried about your makeup looking too flat or matte.” – Kim V.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, P855 “This is by far the best moisturizer I ever tried. It absorbs quickly into my skin and it doesn’t make me oil up like crazy. It also gets rid of the dry patches of skin around my cheeks and lips disappear. I literally feel hydrated every time I use this product.” – Kathy A.

V&M Naturals Pure Fully Refined Emu Oil (30ml), P1,960 “V&M’s Emu Oil has saved my skin countless times this year! This heals dry patches overnight and I sometimes even put it on my whole face when I’m traveling and need a boost of hydration. I’ve also tried putting this on old scars on my face and body and it really helps fade them.” – Patty G.

Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel Moisturizer, P399 “I love this one for its scent! It just feels so luxurious to massage into my skin. It’s never tacky, it provides a decent base for my makeup, and it chases away all dullness from the night before. This is a godsend for my skin first thing every morning.” – Ayana T.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, P740 “I had my first episode of mild rosacea early this year. My cheeks were red and I really had no idea what to do. I read online that Niacinamide can help with the redness and inflammation so I used this serum and it really calmed my skin down. Since then, I’ve been using this for my hyper-pigmentation and overall just to balance out my skin.” – Patty G.

Pixi by Petra Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrate, P1,300 “My new favorite weekly exfoliating treat! I use this at night and Leaves my skin super soft, smooth, and radiant the next morning.” – Joanna T.

VMV Hypoallergenics Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer, P905 “I have combination to dry skin (but mostly dry) and I find this moisturizer a great match for my skin type. I use it as a daily morning moisturizer. At first I thought it would leave a greasy, heavy feeling but once I blended and patted it onto my skin it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything. My skin just soaked it up easily! It’s a great light-weight moisturizer that’s perfect to layer under sunscreen and makeup. It also provided the moisture I needed to combat the dry patches on my cheeks without feeling heavy on the skin.” – Kat E.

This product was also given the BeautyMNL Best of Beauty Award in 2016.

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