We are proud to present the fourth BeautyMNL Awards: a ten-part event that celebrates this fabulous year in beauty and wellness. After comprehensive discussion—and a whole lot of road-testing—the girls at the BeautyMNL office have listed the Best Products of 2019.
Now, on to the next! As the tenth part of our 2019 BeautyMNL Awards series rolls in, it’s time to get acquainted with the 27 Best Beauty Discovery products we became genuinely obsessed with. And we hope you’re ready, because there’s a lot to cover; we’re talking up-and-coming brands with recent launches, recos that have replaced long-time favorites, and basically any product that’s left us with a lasting impression.
Needless to say, each one that’s made the cut has earned its rightful spot on our bathroom shelves, vanities, and this dedicated list. See for yourself!
A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream, P725
“Their Madecassoside line stopped any break-outs from happening and made my skin the best it’s ever been.” - Angeli K.
Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer, now on sale at P711 (limited time only)
“This is honestly one of the best primers I’ve tried! It sinks right into the skin, smoothens over pores and texture, and keeps makeup looking so flawless and undetectable! It’s so light and velvety yet non-drying, so it really makes the finish look so natural, plus it keeps everything locked in for a long time.” - Joanna T.
Neutriherbs Vitamin C Serum + Hyaluronic Acid, now on sale at P599 (limited time only)
“I love this serum! Upon squeezing a couple of drops on my hand, I thought it would be sticky, but once I applied it on my face, it was absorbed easily with no stickiness whatsoever. I have sensitive skin, so I highly recommend this product for people with sensitive skin as well. The hyaluronic acid helps to moisturize my face, so this is a great 2-in-1 product!” - Julia D.
Australis Banana Powder, now on sale at P298 (limited time only)
“I usually have crazy dark undereye circles and no concealer can ever cover them up. Then I tried this powder and it works wonders hiding even the darkest circles!” - Ina G.
MizuMi UV Water Sunscreen Serum (40g), P1,099
“Usually sunscreen products have a lot of chemicals in it specifically parabens but this sunscreen is 5-FREE which means it does not contain perfume, oil, alcohol, paraben, or synthetic color. I despise wearing sunscreen because it’s usually sticky and it makes my face oily after a while but Mizumi’s sunscreen is the complete opposite. It’s lightweight and it dries quickly!” - Sophie S.
Dr. Teal’s Moisturize & Soften Foot Cream with Shea Butter and Aloe Vera (8oz), now on sale at P314 (limited time only)
“I’ve only discovered this product recently, and was convinced to try it out after reading great reviews online. I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint! I apply this on extra dry areas - my elbows, knees, and feet, and it’s done an amazing job at moisturizing them.” - Carli D.
Saborino Wake Up 5 Sheets (Fresh Fruit White Type), P750
“My go-to product whenever I need a boost of freshness! Love the minty and cooling effect.” - Danica S.
Limese Brightening Ampoule, now on sale at P1,190 (limited time only)
“Great ingredients, great packaging, and does as it promises. Brightens the skin without being too heavy, so it’s perfect for everyday use.” - Joanna T.
Kylaz Moisturizing Blemish Defence, P745
“The best moisturiser for oily, acne-prone skin that I’ve tried. It helps keep both my acne and redness at bay. It’s also so lightweight that I don’t mind using it in the daytime too.” - Kathy A.
Bioderma Photoderm Max Spray SPF 50+, P1,728
“I love a good sunblock that does not leave me looking like a ghost! This lightweight, non-greasy, and ultra-transparent formula is perfect for everyday use. Whether I’m at the beach or in the office, this is definitely my go-to for sun protection. - Nisee L.
Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop, P1,570
“The most mesmerizing thing about this serum is its color—a transparent deep blue—but that’s not the reason you should get it. The reason is, simply, it’s effective. I’ve been using this for almost three months now and I can see a difference in the tone and texture of my skin. It helped bring the glow of life back to my face after weeks of all-nighters. It also helped soften these fine frown lines I was getting in between my eyebrows after years of squinting (I have bad eyesight). And don’t worry, it doesn’t dry blue.” - Steph C.
BEUTI Pomegranate Glow Enzyme Cleanser, now on sale at P2,950 (limited time only)
“I love that this can work as a gentle milky cleanser, but it can be a gentle exfoliating mask when you leave it on for a few minutes and let the natural AHA in it work its magic. Leaves skin super duper soft and smooth that I couldn’t stop touching it after. 😍” - Joanna T.
Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Liquid Foundation, P1,990
“I switched to this foundation as soon as it came out. I used to be a fan of the Hello Happy Skin Tint, which is just a more sheer version of this, but I made the switch because I liked that this has a bit more coverage. The finish is just right—not glowy, but not matte either. It just looks like skin. The coverage is pretty buildable, so I like to layer this as a concealer as well. It won’t cover up dark blemishes, but if you’re just looking for an ultra-natural, more even finish, this stuff is the best.” - Kim V.
Skin Revolution Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Gel, now on sale at P245 (limited time only)
“I chanced upon this product when my skin was quite dull, and I’m happy I did! It’s not runny, so it makes me feel like a little goes a long way in plumping up my skin and making it look refreshed. It smells absolutely lovely, too, and I always look forward to applying it as part of my nighttime skincare routine.” - Maia M.
Dear Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop, P1,680
“I love this essence oil hybrid! It’s very hydrating without it being heavy on the skin so it’s great for layering other products. Because of the formula, I think it would suit any skin type. If you have oily skin, this is a great hydrating serum but if you have dry skin then its great to layer with other hydrating products!” - Kat E.
Issy & Co. Multiuse Crayon, P399
“It’s super smooth and easy to apply! Particularly love the color ‘Chilli Nude’.” - Julia D.
Mizon Skins Liquid Matte, now on sale at P450 (limited time only)
“This long-lasting multi-purpose product is a dream for those who are on-the-go and hate lugging around too many makeup products. I used this as a lippie, a blush, and eyeshadow, and the hyper-pigmented shade lasted all throughout the day! Such a great addition to my assortment of holy-grail beauty products.” - Danna P.
COSRX Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream, P1,300
“I’m usually sensitive to most moisturizers, but this one doesn’t irritate my skin. Ceramides are perfect for strengthening skin barrier and for locking in moisture especially at night!” - Joanna T.
Biore UV Perfect Bright Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++, P435
“Don’t know how this product does it but it legit makes your face brighter after putting it on. Nice base for makeup too!” - Shaira M.
Miju Glow Castor Oil with Mascara Brush, P99
“I didn’t expect much from this, but it really thickened my lashes and made them grow. It’s such a simple product with great long-term results.” - Ynah S.
Some by Mi Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Serum, P2,100
“I just started using this, so no updates yet on how effective it is, but I was definitely allured by its promise to clear out dark marks and heal textured scarring. Also disclaimer, I only know about this product because I have to use it for a Bloom experiment LOL!” - Niki C.
Yadah Green Tea Pure Cleansing Balm, P1,190
“Ever since I discovered Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero many years ago, I’ve been obsessed with cleansing balms. This one by Yadah, a rising Korean brand, was a really great addition to my 2019 haul. First of all, it smells amazing (very spa-like and natural and strong on the green tea). Second of all, and more importantly, it works for both light makeup and heavy makeup alike. Gentle reminder: cleansing balms should be applied to dry skin, directly over your makeup, to erase it, and only after your makeup has melted off should you introduce water and rinse. Try it for yourself!” - Steph C.
SOLVED Coconut Water Hibiscus + Rosehip Toner (200ml), P1,520
“Effective and easy to use cleansing pads that does not leave a trace of dirt or makeup behind! The quality of the pads make it feel like a luxury to use, and it’s so easy to bring along for travels or before workouts, just pack some in a ziplock and you’re good.” - Joanna T.
Thank You Farmer True Water Deep Serum (60ml), P1,499
“HYDRATION NATION! I suffer from extremely dry skin. Sometimes throughout the day, I’ll have patches of rough, flaky skin around my forehead and chin. I experimented with a couple of moisturizers, and they’d only fix the issue for maybe a couple of hours or so then my skin starts getting dry again. I took a chance on this new product because of the good reviews, and lo and behold, the product keeps my skin soft, supply, and hydrated the ENTIRE day! I am also so in love with how light and smooth the formula is. Thank You Farmer indeed for saving my dry skin! - Nisee L.
Bioaqua Nourish Black Eye Mask, now on sale at P89 (limited time only)
“I love treating myself to this after a looong day when I’m running on not too much sleep. It’s shaped like a fancy costume mask and it looks really cute when you put it on, but when you take it off after having let it sit and absorb for a couple of minutes—no more dark eyebags and puffy eyes!” - Maia M.
Issy & Co. Cushion Lippy, P399
“I can’t get enough of this. Super love the color and the fact that it settles comfortably on the lips. Doesn’t look patchy, dry my lips out, or make me feel the need to constantly reapply throughout the day. It’s survived through a workout and a greasy meal!” - Claire C.
D’ALBA Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Balancing Toner PH 5.8, P1,350
“I had no expectations when I used this product, but after seeing the results, I had to google what’s in it! Apparently, it had a powerhouse of ingredients that brighten and moisturize while controlling sebum. Amazing!” - Joanna T.
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