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 fifth installment of our 2017 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re going 100% local. As much as we rave about K-beauty and Western-made cosmetics, we’re not about to sleep on good Pinoy-made products! This year saw an influx of eco-friendly formulas and brands that made the most of our natural resources—from carabao milk to pili oil.
You only need to look at our list of Best Local Products to see how far we’ve come in just a year. If there’s anything that proves it’s more fun in the Philippines, it’s these 28 terrific picks. Check ‘em out!
Beauty Bakery Witch Hazel Scrub, P199 “This facial scrub lives true to its promises of lightening dark spots, while keeping my face clean and clear. The gentle texture also doesn’t irritate my skin. After just one use, you can already see the difference in how much brighter your skin looks.” – Denisse L.
Detail MakeOver Makebrow Eyebrow Palette, P299 “I really love this one also cause it’s super easy to use. Makes it easier for me to do my brows, as in it only takes me half the time to fix my brows compared to before.” – Alyssa T.
V&M Naturals CPC+G Oil, P350 “This is my secret weapon for presentable underarms. Because this oil is infused with four brightening ingredients (Claire Blanche, papain, calamansi, and grapefruit), it really helps counteract discoloration. I fill up one-third of the dropper, dispense the oil into my palms, and rub them together for a few seconds. That’s all the product you need for both underarms—one palm each! I use this every night as my evening deodorant (in a sense, it’s like a sleeping pack for my pits). #TMI” – Steph C.
Pink Sugar Sugar Tint Lip & Cheek Tint, P349 “This was the first creamy lip & cheek tint that I tried and it did not disappoint! Love the wearing power, wide range of shades and the versatility of the product. Super worth it for its price!” – Mara T.
This product was also given the BeautyMNL Best of Beauty Award in 2016.
Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Toner with Vodka and Witch Hazel, P250 “I’m pretty sure I have bought this toner maybe 4 times since I first found out about it on BeautyMNL. I like making sure that my face is rid of all impurities and dirt, and I find that this is a great complement to my cleansing foam. I’m a fan of the spray format, and I just lightly pat it all over my face to help absorb the product better. My skin feels super clean after, and I do notice that ever since I used this toner, my blackheads on my nose are smaller.” – Frankie C.
Scent Swatch Champagne Eau de Parfum, P399 “I’ve never been big on scents, but this has become my go-to. What a classy aroma for such a cheap price! It’s an elegant mix of zesty top notes, light jasmine and honeysuckle heart notes, offset by earthy wooden base notes. The smell is very light, airy, and perfect for everyday use. A few of my officemates even borrow this from me whenever I spray it on because it smells so crisp and clean. A must-have for hot, humid days!” – Kim V.
Colourette Colourstick, P499 “Great colors that look good on anyone, long-wearing and moisturizing. Super basic, but only a few makeup brands get it right!” – Joanna T.
Carica Virgin Coconut Oil (250ml), P176 “In an attempt to take better care of my skin and body, I’ve started using natural products like VCO as my makeup remover. I find that this does the job just as well or even better than other makeup removers I’ve tried + it naturally smells really good! This also works as a great moisturizer for the face and the body, as a hair mask, and can be taken orally for a multitude of health benefits!” – Patty G.
Happy Skin Under The Sheets, P649 “It’s the perfect nude shade for the morenas with Happy Skin’s famed comfy finish. It looks very natural, yet it instantly makes my face look more put-together. I’m a huge fan of the no-makeup makeup look and this particular shade is one I reach for every day. It never leaves my makeup bag.” – Joanna T.
Leiania House of Beauty TeaFresh Organic Face Oil Blotting Paper, P135 “For oily girls such as myself, this has saved me on many occasions. It’s always in my bag whenever I’m going out. Unlike other blotting papers that feel a lot like plastic or regular paper, these are extremely delicate and won’t disturb your makeup. Plus, they smell like green tea!” – Lianne S.
Charm Retractable Flat Top Brush, P600 “This multi-tasking brush is definitely my HG. Its retractable head lets me buff on foundation, blush, concealer, and setting powder with ease (what an investment, right?)! The cap makes it a more hygienic option too; I don’t need to worry about germs and bacteria getting into its bristles. I also love how dense the synthetic bristle is, allowing me to achieve a nice even coverage with my mineral foundation.” – Annica A.
Cloud Cosmetics Honestly Matte Liquid Rouge, P499 “Normally, I don’t like liquid formulas, but this changed the game for me. It’s the creamiest liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried! It glides so smoothly over my (often dry) lips, the color applies bold in one swipe, and it lasts for hours even when I’ve had multiple meals and drinks. Plus, the color selection is amazing, too—flattering and suitable for all kinds of occasions.” – Kim V.
Human Nature Mineral Loose Powder, P495 “Super light on the skin, perfect for the no-makeup makeup look, and it controls oil! The powder particles are so fine, so I never have to worry about caking or pilling. Even when I don’t have makeup on, I’ll sweep this over my T-zone to prevent shine throughout the day. Works like a charm!” – Alyssa T.
Déjà Poo Pre-Poo Spray in Vanilla (10ml), P120 “Very very reliable! It doesn’t leave any trace of foul smell… just sweet-smelling goodness—almost like freshly baked cookies! It has saved me when I’m out traveling, sleeping over at my friends’ house, and overcoming bad breakfasts when I’m already at the office. I spray it before I go and 2-3 times right after. I can walk out of the scene of the crime without feeling bad for the next person. LOL.” – Annica A.
Everyday Love+ Nude Lips, P199 “Absolutely obsessed with all things matte! Hit the jackpot with these local matte lippies that are smudge-proof and perfect for my chapped lips.” – Nisee L.
Happy Skin Pretty Clean Instant Makeup Eraser, P499 “I’m a makeup artist and this nifty little tool is just a lifesaver. It erases makeup mistakes with just a swipe. If you’ve ever had a hard time cleaning up your eyeliner smudges, eyeshadow fallout, or lipstick smears, this is exactly what you need. Plus, it is super gentle on the skin.” – Dani C.
V&M Naturals Bespoke Fragrance Nectarine Comb Dews, P450 “So refreshing! Whether you need to start your day with a mood boost, a mid-day pick-me-up, or a night-time refresher, this scent is just spot-on. Its staying power is probably around 3 to 4 hours, which isn’t bad especially for the price. I just spritz this on to avoid that amoy araw smell.” – Jennifer P.
Zenutrients’ All is Well Balm, P248 “With this product, I’ve been confident that all is going to be well! I use this as first aid to my baby every time I see symptoms of cough and colds, even recommended this to my mother. I’ve been a fan for years!” – Chai M.
Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil LUXE (50ml), P300 “Lately, my incredibly dry, flaky legs have been looking the worst they have ever been. (You can literally see the crack in my skin.) This sunflower oil did a great job at naturally keeping my scaly skin at bay! More than that, it left it looking nourished, moisturized, and silky smooth. Even on days when I skip using this, my skin never returns to the parched state it was before I started. Definite staple!” – Claire C.
Naked Glory Organics Makeup Brush Cleaner, P295 “Changed the cleaning game for me! Instead of using ordinary bar soap, this is my go-to cleaning tool. It’s extremely hassle-free because all you have to do is twist open the cap, position it under running water, and swirl the dirt away.” – Nisee L.
Pili Breathe Easy Oil Blend & Bug Me Not Oil Blend, P340 “I love the way this smells. When ever I’m feeling stressed or sleepy at work, a whiff of this just works as an instant pick-me-up! I also take this with me when I travel. It really calms the nerves and I don’t know what I would do without it. Plus, It’s organic, so it’s friendly to the environment and to me.” – Christine S.
Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color, P299 For MISS INDEPENDENT: “Now this is a universally-flattering blush. I’ve recommended it to many friends of different skin tones—milky-pink girls, medium-olive girls, deep caramel girls—and they all swear by it now. I’d peg Miss Independent as a mid-toned warm peach. You just need the softest dusting of it to look fresh and healthy. The formula is great, too: matte, long-wearing, and mild enough for my easily-triggered skin.” – Steph C.
Skin Genie Hair Growth Booster, P120 “I use this on my brows, especially a month before I get them professionally shaped just to grow a few sparse patches and over-trimmed hair strands. I super love its subtle rose scent and how lightweight it is on the lashes too. I can see that with continued use, it can really make your fringes fuller and longer that you won’t need to put on mascara or eyeliner anymore. Best of all, it doesn’t even cost a pretty penny!” – Annica A.
“I have the most problematic lashes as they’re very sparse… and at the same time, I can’t put mascara as I get styes really quick. Been hearing a lot of good feedback about this product so I decided to give it a try. Nothing to lose at 120 pesos and oh my, this product blew me away!! My mom and boyfriend saw the effects even without me saying that I use something on my lashes so I was so happy! I saw the effects less than a month into using it. Plus, it smells so good.” – Nicky M.
My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer, P2,100 “Since I have oily skin I’m always on the lookout for a moisturizer that doesn’t make me even oilier. This one dries completely matte and keeps me shine-free all day!” – Ina J.
Sooper Beaute Lip & Cheek Rolly, P150 For HONEY: “I haven’t been riding the lip tint train for long (3 months!), but our time together has been as sweet as, well, honey. This rolly by Sooper Beaute is exactly the reddish-orange shade I want on my lips, and it also applies beautifully as a peachy tone on my cheeks. I don’t go anywhere without this in my pocket anymore.” – Ayana T.
Tidy Heidy Instant Stain Remover, P115 “I always have this in my bag in case of a stain emergency. I’m a pretty clumsy person so I always spill stuff on myself or manage to touch something dirty and then it ends up on my clothes. With this in my bag, I don’t have worry about ruining my clothes. I’ve removed stains from coffee, chocolate, soy sauce, and even makeup from my clothes. It’s compact so it doesn’t take up too much space in my bag. It’s now become a part of my essentials bag. I’ve also let so many people try this out and their clothes end up looking like they didn’t even have a stain on them.” – Kat E.
VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 30, P875 “I usually skip putting on sunscreen (even if I know how important it is) but after scrolling through tons of good reviews about this product, I finally decided to commit. Needless to say, I’m thoroughly impressed! It’s light and it doesn’t have that distinct sunblock smell. Will definitely repurchase it!” – Kathy A.
Sparkle Cosmetiks Pore Primer, P450 “My favorite Porefessional dupe for 1/4 the price! Keeps my face silky smooth and oil-free and my makeup bulletproof the entire day. This my go-to when I know I need a full face of makeup for more than 12 hours (with no retouches).” – Nisee L.
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