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.
In the sixth installment of our 2019 BeautyMNL Awards, this one goes to the local beauty picks that won our hearts. Here you’ll find homegrown finds for everything, from face and body care to makeup and scents—all of which, by the way, have taken the place of more sought-after, international bestsellers. What can we say? Our native formulas are catching up.
To see our personal favorites, some under the radar while others sweep those across the world off their feet, read on for the 29 Best Local Products worthy of praise.
Hello Gorgeous Make Up Setting Spray Mini, P125
“This makeup setting spray is easy on the pocket and more importantly, it gets the job done! It holds my makeup, and it leaves a nice dewy finish. It’s a must-have product in my daily beauty routine. “ - Angie G.
Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel (20g), P200
“I never thought I could actually lose a zit overnight until I tried this product. I grew a zit 3 days before an important event, so I desperately looked through BeautyMNL’s products to find something that would miraculously fix this before then. Luckily, I stumbled upon this 200 peso product, and I was absolutely amazed! Placed a copious amount on my zit, and it literally disappeared the next day!” - Nisee L.
Vice Cosmetics BT21 Aura Blush and Glow Duo, P245
In the shade Old Rose: “Blush is a really tricky product for me to shop for since I either pick out really severe reds or really light, barely-visible pinks. The blush in this Old Rose duo, however, looks so natural, it doesn’t look I put blush on at all and it is buildable so you have more control in how saturated you want your cheeks to look.” - Celine V.
Wildleaf Vitamin C Serum (Best Seller), P1,190
“My skin seems clearer the more I use it!” - Yvonne T.
BLK Cosmetics Multi-Use Tint Duo, P399
In the shade Nutmeg: “It’s hard for me to find a true MLBB, because I’m pale with yellow undertones. When I tried the “matte” end of this duo-tint, I found that it was my ideal shade, and it looks incredibly flattering. The “water” end leaves more of a wine-stained effect, which makes this duo great for transitioning your look from day to night.” - Ayana T.
Happy Skin Beauty Invisible Pimple Patch, P175
“Currently my favorite spot treatment because it’s both effective and barely noticeable! I like putting it on breakouts right after I’ve clay masked because I can expect it to draw out gunk by morning. And when I wear it during the day, it’s practically invisible to the eye. Pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this.” - Claire C.
“I like this better than the famous COSRX pimple patch, since it’s thin but it does the job! I find that people don’t notice my pimple patch when I use this one.” - Yvonne T.
KJMCOSMETICS™ CHEEK. LIP.™, P110
“I love the roller applicator of this product. It makes it easily blendable and buildable. In general the colors look a little dark and intimidating in the container but I’ve tried most of them and they all provide a very natural flush.” - Ina G.
Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen (50ml + FREE 10ml), now on sale at P450 (limited time only) “My favorite sunscreen to bring with me during beach trips! Aside from protecting my skin from harmful UV rays, its light coverage also helps cover up my blemishes and evens out my skin tone. As a person who doesn’t like wearing thick make-up to the beach but still wants to look photo-ready, this is the perfect middle ground.” - Mara T.
BLK Cosmetics Multi-Tasking Color Stick, P399
“This product is perfect for oily-skinned morenas! It’s natural looking, adds a subtle glow without the chunky glitter or the greasy feeling and makes the skin look even in texture.” - Celine V.
Fresh Formula Blemish Rescue Series, P999
“I’ve been trying to find the perfect skincare routine for my skin without using too many products. Then I came across the brand Fresh Formula, where they offer skincare sets for different types of skin. I’ve been using the Blemish Rescues Series for over a month now and my skin has improved ever since!” - Janika F.
Skin Genie Blindspot Healing Stick, P100
“I have a lot of post acne marks on my face so I am on the lookout for products that would help fade the spots away. I saw the Healing Stick on the site with a lot of reviews. I gave it a try since it is also affordable. I applied it three times a day and after I emptied one, it did fade my acne marks! It might not be a product that gives you the results you want after a week but I prefer this than an expensive one that gives you the same result.” - Kit A.
Beauty Bakery Miracle Elixir 100% Rosehip Oil, P399
“Definitely helped lessen breakouts and fade my acne marks.” - Mary R.
In Her Element Petal Skin Rose Clay Mask, P875
“My Holy Grail rose clay mask is by Origins, but it’s also very pricy, so I’m always on the prowl for a mask that brings me similar results for less of an investment. This one by In Her Element comes pretty darn close, and is pretty friendly on the pocket in comparison. It gives you a gentle skin detox, satisfying exfoliation without any abrasion, and that youthful pinky glow that rose clays are famous for. Love it!” - Steph C.
Luna Organics Mousse Blush, P180
“This was the first mousse-type blush I ever tried and it did not disappoint. Super easy to blend and the shades are so pretty!” - Nina D.
Skin Genie Pimple and Acne Pad (36 Pcs.), P300
“I got this when my usual brand was out of stock, and I’ve never bought any other brand after! It’s really thin and it doesn’t fold or unstick itself when I make certain facial movements (lol!). It’s also the most invisible one I’ve ever tried, yet it’s still equally as effective, if not more, as other brands.” - Maia M.
Leiania House of Beauty Lip Balm, now on sale at P100 (limited time only)
In Chocomint flavor: “Hydrates my super dry lips and makes them soft too!” - Kolette P.
Scent Swatch Amethyst Eau de Parfum, P399
“Simple and minimalist packaging, travel-friendly, and makes a sweet and affordable gift. This product proves that you don’t need expensive perfume to smell good and feel fresh.” - Danna P.
Smink Beauty PH Blush Blush Baby, P150
“By far the best local find! Most of the tints I’ve tried in the past seem to fade so quickly, but Smink Beauty’s Blush Blush Baby easily emerges on top in terms of pigmentation and staying power. I quickly ditched powder blushes for this Glossier dupe!” - Nisee L.
Vice Cosmetics Duo Finish Foundation, P245
“Foundation for morenas! 3 things I love about this: Shades for morenas are on point, great coverage and very affordable!” - Janika F.
Sunnies Face Lip Dip in Girl Crush, P345
“If you’re looking for a lip product that feels like nothing on the lips, this is it! The texture makes it such a unique experience, plus the shade is the perfect cross between mauve and berry” - Joanna T.
Kala Milk Original Kala Milk Lotion (50ml), now on sale at P99 (limited time only)
“While it takes a while for this lotion to absorb into my skin, it’s incredibly moisturizing and doesn’t leave a thick layer on my body. I also like that it doesn’t have a very strong scent, making it perfect for layering underneath my daily perfume.” - Dani C.
Sooper Beaute Beautiful Skin Vit B3 Serum + Tea Tree Extract & Vitamin E, P199
“This item’s really effective in controlling sudden acne breakouts. Also, the formulation is quick to be absorbed by the skin, which is a huge plus for on-the-go people.” - Renee C.
Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Scrub with Charcoal, Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Extract, P350
“Was really scared to try this at first because it seemed like a lot of ingredients, but it’s actually pretty mild! It exfoliates my skin without being too harsh and stripping. It feels super refreshing and cleanses my skin really well.” - Iya V.
Colourette Colourtint Fresh, P249
“This has got to be one of the best (if not the best) local lip and cheek tints I’ve ever tried! The color pay-off is AMAZING - one little drop on each cheek is enough to achieve a naturally flushed look and don’t get me started on how easy it is to spread the product! I’ve always had the impression that you can’t leave most of the lip and cheek products in the market for more than a second or else you’ll be left with an obvious mark, but the Colourtint Fresh glides so easily and so evenly on your face. Best buy ever!!!!” - Nisee L.
Beaublends 100% Pure & Natural Rosehip Oil, P400
I know it’s not advisable but I mix this product with my foundation because it gives me natural glow. Also works on lightening acne scars!” - Shaira M.
La Localita Clear Lash Express, P285
“This made my eyelashes grow so much longer and have more volume in such a short amount of time.” - Angeli K.
Happy Skin Love Your Lips Intense Color Butter Balm SPF 15 in Bliss, P349
“This balm has never left my bag since the day I used it! It’s very pigmented and moisturizing, and over time, it leaves a nice subtle tint that even beats other lipsticks. Plus points for having SPF!” - Joanna T.
Happy Skin On the Glow Instant Complexion Perfector Moisturize + Blend in Natural Beige, P1,099
“I love this! It makes me look naturally glowy and feels weightless on the skin.” - Gaile T.
Teviant Highness Eyebrow Duo Powder, P995
“I can never leave the house without fixing my sparse eyebrows. I’ve tried all kinds of formats from eyebrow pencils, pens, gels, to pomades, but nothing seemed to perfectly match my taste and style. My friend recommended using eyebrow powder if I wanted to achieve a light, fluffy, natural look, and as I was doing my research, I saw that Teviant carried an eyebrow powder with 2 shades to choose from. I decided to give it a go, and it has been my holy grail ever since! I love how I can perfectly shape and contour my brows with the spoolie and angled brush that comes with the product! Oh, and a little goes a long, long way, so it’s definitely worth the price! - Nisee L.
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