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 first installment of our annual BeautyMNL Awards, we’re celebrating all things makeup. While it’s true that every year comes with exciting beauty innovations, 2017 seemed especially set on exceeding everyone’s expectations. From silicone sponges to rainbow highlighters, it certainly kept us on our toes!
With all of that newness to wade through (not to mention all of the old faves that have morphed into classics), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fret not! Here, we narrow down the Best Makeup Products of 2017. All 25 picks have been tried, tested, and loved by our team—so you don’t have to suffer through the flops.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Liquid Foundation, P399 “I’m not the type to splurge on foundation, so I thought I’d try this drugstore option. I’d heard so many good things about the formula. Needless to say, the hype is real! It applies flawlessly, covers up all imperfections, and is easily buildable. I don’t even bother using concealer anymore because I can layer this to work just as well. And no matter how much I use, it never cakes. You can’t even see it sitting on top of the skin! I use the shade 220 and it matches my skin tone to a T.” – Kim V.
Wunder2 Wunderbrow, P1,600 “This is my favorite, especially for traveling because it can even survive a 15+ hour trip from Manila to the US! I’ve slept with it on and washed my face with it on and it really doesn’t budge!” – Ina J.
“This product is surprisingly easy to use and very buildable! It’s so easy to create a natural brow look with the spoolie that comes with it, plus it sets all brow hairs in place and stays put until I remove it with an oil-based makeup remover!” – Joanna T.
Benefit Benetint, P1,900 “This sheer tint gives me a natural, rosy glow for the no-makeup look I usually go for. But most of all, the stain lasts forever on your skin. Even on hot days and the rest of my makeup has faded, this color stays put no matter what. Now I get why it’s a cult-fave!” – Denisse L.
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, now on sale at P260 (limited time only) “I have very oily skin and this powder really helps keep the shine at bay! I don’t even need to touch up or blot as much throughout the day. Plus, it sets makeup so beautifully. The finely-milled powder never cakes and it’s totally invisible on the skin. It also makes my face so soft and smooth after application.” – Lianne S.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+, P1,250 “Definitely my holy grail setting spray! Spraying the Fix+ all over my beauty blender and using this to apply foundation on my face gives me an ultra-HD, flawless look. This also works well as a primer or a facial mist. I’ll never buy anything else!” – Nisee L.
OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick, P850 “I totally love its creamy formula that quickly dries to a not-dry matte finish. It doesn’t leave your lips dry and patchy at all, and feels moist and lightweight on the lips like a balm! I bought the shade Hypno, and I absolutely love it. It’s perfect for girls who are into vampy, edgy shades but looking for a more everyday wear. It really lasts long and only requires a few touch ups through out the day (leaves a tint on your lips too!)” – Annica A.
This product was also given the BeautyMNL Best of Beauty Award in 2016.
Peri Pera Peri’s Ink the Velvet Lip Tint, now on sale at P430 (limited time only) “Super pigmented and super long-lasting. In the game of the most long-wearing lip tints, this takes the cake.” – Joanna T.
Happy Skin Bye Bye Blues Brightening Concealer Wand, P899 “Happy Skin’s Bye Bye Blues Brightening Concealer Wand works wonders! It doesn’t only conceal spots, blemishes, and dark circles, but it brightens these areas as well! Despite being lightweight, it provides great coverage and it never looks cakey. I would wear this concealer the entire day, and it would look smooth all throughout.” – Noelle A.
Sleek Face Form Palette, P875 For LIGHT: “This is my go-to palette for my everyday makeup look. All the blush, highlight and contour powders are all flattering, pigmented and super blendable. Even the mirror is perfectly sized, too. Most dependable and convenient palette ever!” – Erika G.
Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio, P650 “This brush set is perfect for busy girls who like to put on makeup while on-the-go. I’ve been using my trio daily for 2 years now and they’re all still in great condition. Best of all, they don’t take up too much room in your makeup bag!” – Patty G.
Banila Co. Seoul Fox Tail Dual Brow Tattoo, P895 “This stuff is anything-proof—I kid you not! It’s a little sheer but very buildable, and glides on the skin very well. With its dual tip, I can easily create hair-like strokes to fill in the gaps of sparse brows or extending it all the way across the brow bone. Best of all, it lasts up to 3-5 days, come rain or come shine. Give this a try and I promise you won’t have brow-raising arches ever again!” – Annica A.
Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara Waterproof, P1,170 “My favorite mascara to date. The formula is long-lasting, waterproof, and doesn’t clump at all. Seriously, there’s zero maintenance no matter what situation or weather! As for my lashes, they look so incredible, they can pass for falsies.” – Claire C.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, P700 “If you have super oily skin like me, prepare to fall in love with this foundation. Not only did I find the perfect match for my skin tone within its shade range, I also got the ideal formulation for my skin type. Usually, I start oiling up an hour or so after applying my makeup, but this foundation gives me at least six hours of soft-matte wear. The trick is to blend it out very quickly with a damp BeautyBlender (it sets fast!); then, buff it in with a flat-top foundation brush. That last step always leaves me extra-mattified, with a second-skin finish.” – Steph C.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Blusher, P299 “Wet n Wild did such a fantastic job with this blush, especially with its super blendable and long lasting formula. Whenever I wear my favorite shade, Mellow Wine, people always compliment me for looking so blooming and fresh! I also don’t have to worry about retouching because it stays on my face almost the entire day.” – Trish R.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, P399 “On lazy or minimal makeup days, this is all I reach for where base makeup is concerned. It blends seamlessly into my skin, doesn’t crease under my eyes, and gives great (but natural) coverage for blemishes. People hype this for a reason!” – Ayana T.
“A lot of undereye concealers that I’ve used in the past tend to cake if I didn’t set them with powder. But this one doesn’t! It’s lightweight, easy-to-use, and covers dark circles so seamlessly. No need to use any tools to blend this too—just use your fingers!” – Patty G.
Benefit The Porefessional Primer, P1,900 “I apply this primer on my T-zone and it has a magical effect in minimizing the appearance of pores! Tried other (admittedly, cheaper) primers but they just don’t work as well in minimizing pores or mattifying my T-zone as this does. Definitely worth the investment!” – Ysa Y.
HAN Cheek & Lip Tint, P700 “I really like this product so much that I have 2 of the shades. It’s such a great multi-tasking product! All you have to do it swipe it on your face and blend. It’s creamy and easy to blend. It won’t leave a weird stain mark on your cheeks where you initially swiped it. It’s also very buildable even though at first swipe it seems like a lot. All you really have to do is blend. I can easily do a makeup look by just swiping this on my lips, cheeks and even a bit on the eyes.” – Kat E.
Milani Stay Put Brow, P499 “Dropped all my eyebrow products for this Anastasia Brow Pomade dupe! This highly-pigmented pomade immaculately fills in my sparse eyebrows and keeps them firmly in place. I’ve gymed, swam, danced, biked, ran (all the other verbs) with it and my eyebrows were still on fleek!” – Nisee L.
Imagic Pro-5 Camouflage Cream Palette, now on sale at P399 (limited time only)
“The different color options hide almost every kind of imperfection (acne, eye bags, sun spots, etc.). I use this on certain trouble spots and don’t need to apply BB cream or foundation anymore.” – Bea A.
Innisfree Auto Eye Brow Pencil, P225 “This easy-to-use brow pencil fills in my sparse brows just the way I like them to be. It comes in just the right shade for me, AND it only takes a couple of seconds for me to use!” – Maia M.
“This eyebrow pencil is so easy to use and won’t budge even after a long day spent outdoors. It comes in different shades (good for people who color their hair often) and they’re affordable, too!” – Mara J.
Lioele Blooming Mascara, P640 “I don’t know what kind of sorcery they use in Asian mascaras, but this is the only formula that works on my super short and sparse lashes. Every other mascara I’ve tried just weighs them down. But with this one, it truly lengthens and holds a curl. In fact, I don’t even use a lash curler sometimes. Just a few swipes of the wand gives my lashes a lift. Amazing!” – Kim V.
MAC Matte Lipstick, P1,050 “Literally the only lipstick I (will ever) use. It’s the best because their matte finish lippies stay all day, plus they smell so good! I admit I have an unhealthy number of tubes in my stash.” – Nicky M.
For VELVET TEDDY: “I love how it’s the kind of lipstick that when you wear it, it has a subtle effect that still makes other people notice there’s something different about you, but can’t quite put their finger on it. This subtle nude is flattering and perfect for everyday use—which totally justifies the price you pay for it.” – Jennifer P.
Heimish Dailism Brow Pencil, P399 “I’ve never found a brow color that flatters me as much as this pencil in Dark Brown. I’d describe it as a semi-universal, deep ash-brown—perfect for Filipinas with brunette or jet-black locks. I also can’t believe how affordable this pencil is considering how well it works and how chic it looks (I swear, you’ll want to keep the box). Props for the sturdy spoolie it comes with! The brow color itself is very pigmented, but the spoolie blends it out for an ultra-natural look.” – Steph C.
Ellana Loose Mineral Concealer & Foundation, P499 “My oily, acne-prone skin has finally found its perfect match! I love how it makes my skin clear and camera-ready as its formula is packed with Vitamins C and E. But, don’t let its “mineral” component fool you! It delivers medium to full coverage and is able to camouflage dark spots. It’s buildable, but it doesn’t look and feel heavy or cakey at all. With this, I don’t need to fear the sun. The way it melts into my skin actually gives me a pore-less, porcelain finish. Love it!” – Annica A.
Wild Peach Personal Palette, P280 “This palette has completely changed my makeup game! It keeps my bag so much more organized. I love that I can de-pot all my powders out of their bulky packaging and transfer them all into one palette instead. So far, mine contains a bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow duo. There’s still so much room left. Plus, the palette itself is extremely sturdy and fits perfectly into my travel bag. It’s by far one of my best purchases this year.” – Kim V.
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