We are proud to present the fourth BeautyMNL Awards: an eleven-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.
In the ninth installment of the 2019 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re giving all our love to K-Beauty. Like every year, beloved skincare brands like COSRX, Dear Klairs, and Laneige, with all their glass skin-giving essentials, dominated our carts and stole all our finger hearts. Rising makeup stars like Rom&nd gave cult faves like Peripera a run for their money, proving that there’s always something new in K-beauty to refresh our staples.

So, what did the BeautyMNL team stock up on from SoKo this year? We listed our 27 K-beauty ride-or-dies for 2019: a mix of our usuals (yes, still obsessed with serums!), newfound #1’s, and some can’t-be-missed wildcards with truly unbelievable formulas. Did any of these make your must-haves, too?

A’pieu Juicy Pang Tint, P565 “Super love the colors! There’s a shade for everyone. This definitely makes your lips look extra plump and glossy. It smells really nice, too—sweet and fruity, like an addictive gummy candy.” – Julia D.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, P900 “This product’s really good for oily skin types, as it absorbs fast and doesn’t leave any greasy feeling after, which is a huge plus given how hot and humid it is in the Philippines. It has a slightly cooling effect when you apply (even without putting it in the fridge).” – Renee C.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, P882 (limited time only) “Wish I started using this sooner! In less than a week of including this in my skincare routine, a lot of people started telling me that my skin’s been looking much better. Really like the extra moisture that this product gives!” – Joe B.

COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence, P1,000 “This might be my favorite purchase from BeautyMNL! Super great for hydrating and toning. When I started including this in my night routine, it removed my acne scars over time. I also started receiving a lot of compliments from friends and family about how dewy my skin looks! If used regularly, it really delivers glass skin, lessens breakouts, and definitely reduces acne scars.” – Kim H.

COSRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid, P990 “This gave my skin a glow that wasn’t obvious before, and it saved me more money because I didn’t feel like I needed to have multiple power liquids anymore. This is everything I need!” – Carla F.

Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask Mini, P480 “I use this as a moisturizer everyday. I have really sensitive skin so I need something that’s really mild, and this works really well for me!” – Kolette P.

Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner, P1,150 “This has made me fall in love with the toner portion of my skincare routine. Unscented and no-frills, yet leaves your skin smooth and supple all day.” – Ina J.

Farmstay Horse Oil Jeju Mayu UV Sun Cream, P275 (limited time only)
“Best sunscreen ever! Most sunblocks tend to be too greasy or too drying (due to too much alcohol content), but this hits the sweet middle spot. It’s hydrating, absorbs fast, and doesn’t leave a white cast or greasy after-feel. All that and it still provides awesome sun protection with SPF 50 PA++++. This is a mainstay in my morning routine because it works as both a moisturizer and sunblock.” – Kim V.

I’m From Mugwort Essence, P1,700 (limited time only) “After an intense facial gone wrong, my skin became a dry, patchy mess. I tried everything from a rich, hydrating serum to piling on moisturizer and literally nothing was working. My skin felt so raw and stung whenever I would apply products. But after just one day of trying this essence, I noticed my skin drastically improve. It didn’t look as red, felt much smoother, and didn’t feel as painful anymore. I don’t know if it does anything else on normal days, but I especially love it for breakouts when I need to calm inflammation down.” – Claire C.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, P375 “I use this to set my makeup everyday. I like how it doesn’t whitewash my face while effectively controlling oil and sebum.” – Danna P.

Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask (60ml), P1,540

“This was just a recent purchase for me, but I instantly fell in love with it! I’ve been using it for a couple of months as an evening moisturizer and it’s really effective in terms of moisturizing and calming redness. I’ve noticed how my skin really calmed down when I switched to this product.” – Kat E.

Ma:Nyo Galactomy Niacin Essence, P1,250 “Pure niacinamide magic! This one brightens while it smoothens the skin, and it does it without being too abrasive or drying. Truly just a great product with great ingredients.” – Joanna T.

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Tube (250ml), P295 “I use this gel for so many things: to moisturize my face and body, treat minor burns, heal cuts and scrapes, and it even works to calm itching from mosquito bites. It’s more than just a beauty product in my routine—it’s an all-around essential.” – Ayana T.

Peripera Cloud Ink Velvet, P500 “I personally don’t like the heavy, sticky feeling of wearing lipstick and I have really chapped lips so lip tints often make my lips look even drier. The Cloud Ink Velvet is the perfect solution for my lipstick issues since it is opaque and smoothes over dry patches while being lightweight!” – Celine V.

Rom&nd Velvet Tint, P680 “Big fan of red lippies and K-beauty tints in general, but I think this one is truly something special. The formula is so velvety that it’s almost moussy, and it feels incredibly light on the lips. Love the pigment on this and the deep red of Joyful!” – Ayana T.

Rom&nd Zero Gram Matte, P780 “I’m not fussy with everyday makeup, so this is just right for me. It comes in so many pretty, super wearable shades, and the formula feels like nothing when you’re wearing it. One of the smoothest lipsticks I’ve ever used!”

So Natural All Day Tight Makeup Setting Fixer Spray, P711 (limited time only) “My holy grail setting spray used to be the Mac Prep + Prime, but after being introduced to this product, I never looked back! After using this as a primer and a setting spray, my makeup stays perfectly intact in the entire day! Not only that, this product also gives me a subtle glow.” – Nisee L.

SOLVED Skincare Coconut Pads, P1,280 “Effective and easy-to-use cleansing pads that don’t leave a trace of dirt or makeup behind! The quality of the pads makes 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.

Some By Mi Cereal Pore Foamcrub, P790 (limited time only) “This is the most effective facial wash I’ve ever tried. Without it, I get blackheads. I use it everyday at night to clean my face of any dirt from the work day, and it makes my face as smooth as a baby’s bottom without stripping off moisture. Will repurchase ‘til the end of time.” – Ynah S.

Some By Mi Miracle Serum, P1,300 (limited time only) “My skin has improved a bit since I started using this along with the Miracle Toner! I used to get a lot of small bumps on my cheekbones and chin (like… pre-pimples?), but I noticed that hasn’t been happening anymore. I think using this has helped with that!” – Niki C.

Some By Mi Miracle Toner, P990 (limited time only) “This one’s an exfoliant, so I was worried that my skin would feel stripped or sensitive after using it. But it actually doesn’t irritate my skin at all! Love using this with the Miracle Serum—I think the two together have been doing good things for my skin.” – Niki C.

The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer, P350 “I’ve been on the hunt for a concealer that I can say is really my #1, and I’m happy to say this is everything I want in a concealer. Perfect shade match, blendable formula, and works well in camouflaging dark circles AND acne marks.” – Ayana T.

AHC Pure Real Eye Cream For Face (30ml), P920 “This product is worth all the hype. As someone in my fifties, I’m always on the look out for products that would help reduce fine lines while keeping my skin looking supple and youthful. Really thankful I discovered this product that functions both as an eye cream and a facial moisturizer. I need a bigger tube because 30mL just isn’t enough for me!”

By Wishtrend Teca 1% Barrier Cream, P1,480 “This one is like a miracle emergency cream! It’s my favorite non-drying spot treatment that effectively heals breakouts and even wounds! It’s a great way to nourish and restore the skin when it’s breaking out as opposed to drying the heck out of it. I also noticed that my skin that’s so prone to hyperpigmentation won’t leave dark marks after I’d use this. It’s as if I never broke out!” – Joanna T.

VT Cosmetics BT21 Cream Lip Lacquer, P920 “I was initially a little hesitant to purchase this because of the price, but I’m so glad I did! I’m a big fan of the creamy formula, intense color payoff, and lasting power of this liquid lipstick. Its BT21 packaging also makes it so cute and giftable. Worth every penny!” – Mara T.

Centellian24 Madeca Cream Hydra 3X Formula (Centella Hydrating Formula Season III) (50ml), P1,380 “This one’s got a lot of claims—skin-hydrating and wrinkle-diminishing among them—but what I’ve found it most useful for has been smoothening out rough skin texture and fading old acne spots. Just be sure to use it sparingly: it’s thick, shiny, and a tiny bit sticky. Otherwise, A+!” – Steph C.

Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence, P1,900 “I got this as a gift for my birthday and am now on my second bottle because I love the formula so much. This mega-nourishing essence has a really unique texture: it looks like a gloopy, oily serum in the bottle, but feels like a watery gel when applied on the skin. If you have dry, flaky spots on your face, this will heal those very, very quickly. PS. This product has a really light, clean scent, which is something to keep in mind if you tend to have reactions to fragrance in your skincare.” – Steph C.

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