We are proud to present the third BeautyMNL Awards: a twelve-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 2018.
It’s that time of the year again! Presenting: the third BeautyMNL Awards—a twelve-part series that puts this year’s beauty superstars in the spotlight. And now that the numbers are in, the girls at the BeautyMNL HQ are ready to reveal the Best Products of 2018.
To kick off our annual BeautyMNL Awards, we’re celebrating this marvelous year in makeup. If the trends of 2017 kept us on our toes, then 2018 seriously had us head-over-heels for gold-specked blushes, texturizing brow mascaras, and dewy foundation.
So raise your glass, because we’ve rounded up the Best Makeup Products of 2018! We’ve got 30 prize-worthy picks just behind the curtain, with each one tried and tested by our team. Drumroll, please!
The Face Shop Designing Eyebrow Pencil, P225 “This product is very affordable and the same time easy to use. The color looks so natural on my brows! “ – Celine A.
This product is available in Brown, Light Brown, Black Brown, Dark Gray, and Gray Brown.
Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette Volume II, P3,400 “This is my go-to palette! It’s expensive, but definitely worth it. With the 12 shades, it can be used as eyeshadow, bronzer, highlighter, contour, and blush! Everything you need in one palette, super convenient, especially for traveling. The colors are great too, best for a natural look though! There are both matte and shimmery finishes, and they are highly pigmented, and for sure, will last the whole day!” – Ilyana O.
Tony Moly Delight Tony Tint (02 Red), P198 “Cheapest yet the best lip tint I’ve ever had! Unlike other lip tints, you would instantly see the color after applying the first layer and it doesn’t dry your lips!” – Charmaine L.
Benefit The Blush Bunch, P1,500 “Benefit’s The Blush Bunch was probably my favorite purchase from BeautyMNL this year! Whenever I put makeup on, I always go for the natural my-face-but-better look, and this kit just helps me achieve that so easily! I feel like it’s also best for people who want to slowly experiment and try out different looks because all these shades are super buildable and always fun to carry around. Before heading out, I just choose which of these fun-sized gems I want to bring with me (sometimes I would bring 3 and it wouldn’t even be a problem cause I can fit them anywhere!).” – Trish R.
V&M Naturals Silk Serum Foundation, now on sale at P595 (limited time only) “This is the first foundation I used after my fave Make Up Forever water based foundation that I used that didn’t cause me to break out (I have sensitive skin) or didn’t cause my face to be oily at the end of the day. I seriously have super smooth skin all day and even after washing my face!” – Jackie C.
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, now on sale at P249 (limited time only) “Extremely pigmented and lasts me the whole day. I don’t even bring it with me when I go out because there’s no need to reapply!” – Mara T.
“This lipstick does not budge which is why it easily became one of my go-to lipsticks! I don’t have to worry about reapplying this through out the day because it stays put no matter how much eating or drinking I do. I love this formula because not only is it long lasting but it’s not drying either. It feels comfortable on the lips that you sometimes forget you have anything on. It’s fuss free and low maintenance which is how I like my makeup.” – Kat E.
[SHADE: Seductress] “Apart from being a spot-on MLBB shade for my lips, the formula has me completely sold. It glides on with no trouble, lasts forever so you barely need to retouch, and leaves a color so natural you can comfortably reach for it everyday. I’ve gotten so many compliments!” – Claire C.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise, P500 “My quest for the best dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has now ended. When I want that dazzling A-list celebrity look, I run to L’oreal’s waterproof, volumizing Lash Paradise to give my eyes a perfect pop.” – Nisee L.
Rom&nd Juicy Lip Tint, P680 “Probably my favorite lip product for the year! This “lip tint” made me love the glossy look again. The shades are lovely and it makes the lips look so plump and healthy! On days my lips are chapped or use a drying lipstick, I put this on and it immediately erases all signs of dry lips. I also don’t have to worry about this wearing off because it leaves such a nice tint on the lips!” – Joanna T.
[SHADE: Jujube] “I’ve never been into lip gloss, but this product instantly changed my mind and now I wear it every single day. It’s high-shine, but not sticky, and leaves a lovely stain even when the gloss fades. I’ve gotten so many compliments with this color!” – Kim V.
The Balm Smoke Balm Vol. 4, P750 “When it comes to eye make-up, I like things to be as simple as possible. This super-cute, super-handy eyeshadow palette is perfect for lazy girls like me! With three versatile colors, I can go from day-time look to a night-time look easily. I love this eyeshadow palette so much, I bring this with me wherever I go.” – Jem C.
Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel, P1,660 “Makes such a nice and subtle difference to the brows! It’s so easy to use, and it instantly sets everything in place.” – Joanna T.
“This is the only thing I put on my brows! To be fair, I don’t have completely sparse brows but this really just makes by brows look instantly better. It keeps my brows looking clean and groomed because it sets it in place. If you want that slightly bushy brow look, you can just back comb your brows and it gives it more volume. I barely put makeup these days but I still reach for this one.” – Kat E.
BLK Cosmetics Liquid Eyeshadow, P299 [SHADE: Gorgeous] “The shade that I got (Gorgeous) is perfect for everyday use. This liquid eyeshadow is long-lasting and value-for-money since a tiny dab goes a long way. “ – Angie G.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, now on sale at P279 “While everyone has their holy grail all-in-one concealer for all sorts of spots, blemishes, discolorations (especially for those despised eye bags), I have my Instant Age Rewind. The product is specially made to erase those dark circles underneath your eyes to give you that fresh, I-woke-up-like-this look all day. All you have to do is pop open the cap, twist the body, dab all over your area of choice, and blend. Voila! Eye bags no more!” – Nisee L.
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, P599 “Seals makeup in place well, I think even better than other high-end setting powders! One tub also has so much product, this can literally last forever!” – Joanna T.
L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings, P500 “My favorite mascara to date! It gets to lengthen, curl and define my lashes from morning to night with just a single application. It’s the best no-make-up make-up product for when you’d like to get those double looks without even trying hehe” – Pam C.
Benefit Gold Rush, now on sale at P1,440 (limited time only) “This blush has gold flecks which look real intimidating at first but they actually look muted and beautiful on skin! It also has a soft, sophisticated fragrance that makes it so much fun to use.” – Erika G.
Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio, now on sale at P585 (limited time only) “These brushes never leave my makeup bag! They’re light, compact, and they do the job!” – Patty G.
Maybelline Power Black Liner, P349 “Putting on eyeliner is probably the step I dread the most in my makeup routine, but this was surprisingly so easy to control! Ever since I used this, I can finish doing my eyeliner in half the time I usually take (and it takes me forever). Its smooth consistency and extra fine tip always make my winged eyeliner look on point.” – Rimina P.
Milani Baked Blush, P499 [SHADE: Luminoso] “I bought this following a friend’s recommendation and it did not disappoint. It gives me a healthy flush of color and some glow. Plus, this particular shade is flattering on any Filipina skin!” – Kathy A.
[SHADE: Corallina] “No blush has done it better than Milani’s Baked Blush in Corallina! For a girl who absolutely loves that drunk-blush look, this blush helps me achieve just that. Great pigmentation for a low price of PHP 499. I use this everyday, yet it lasts me months! What a steal” – Nisee L. (COLOR: CORALLINA)
Diva White Lip & Cheek Tint, P80 [SHADE: Sangria] “I heard from Bea M. that this tint is the best local option available and ended up getting it for myself and my sister, now we’re both hooked! Big bang for your buck since I know a lot of more expensive tints that perform either at par or even worse than this one does. The formula itself is buildable and non-drying, and gives just enough leeway for you to blend it in. Plus there are a lot of cute colors to experiment with–my personal favorite is Sangria!” – Sabby R.
[SHADE: Pixie] “People always ask me what my lipstick is when I wear this! I think it leaves the lips looking really juicy and plump. I always just apply this at the start of the day and never have to retouch unless I eat something really oily that (like a burger or ramen). Otherwise, the stain is there until the end of the day. The texture of this tint, and shade in particular, is also much better vs other tints. Sort of gel-like and does not cling only to the center of the lips like other formulations. It actually colors the entire lip!” – Bea M.
Eye of Horus Brow Fibre Extend, P1,190 “Although it’s more on the expensive side, I can say that it’s worth every cent. It’s the only browcara I’ve tried that gave me a natural finish. It tames my bushy brows and fills in sparse areas without looking overdone.” – Kathy A.
Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Liquid Matte Lippie in Hot Stuff, P699 “Love how this lippie’s deep Marsala shade contrasts starkly with my skintone! It’s the perfect “accessory” to glam up an otherwise bland outfit for days and nights when you’d just prefer to throw on a plain white tee and relaxed jeans <3” – Pam C.
Kylie Cosmetics Koko K Lip Kit, now on sale at P2,700 (limited time only) “I normally stray away from pinks but this was given to me as a gift. The cotton candy color was intimidating at first but now it’s my favorite non-nude shade. I wear it when it’s a blah day and my face needs an instant pick me up!” – Ina J.
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer, P2,120 “This has been my HG makeup primer for 4 years now. I’ve noticed that my makeup applies smoother and lasts longer whenever I use this. It also does a great job at mattifying and minimizing pores. I think it’s super worth it because a little goes a long way, so one tube can last for a very long time! :)” – Carli D.
“Days are usually packed with meetings, leaving me no time to retouch, so I use Benefit’s Porefessional Primer to help make my fullface of makeup completely bulletproof. With this, I can go 8 hours without using a blotting sheet or dusting more blush on my cheeks!” – Nisee L.
This product available in mini size, regular size, and value size.
Pixi by Petra H2O Skintint, P1,250 “I rarely wear foundation because I’m allergic to dimethicone (a main ingredient in most primers), so anything I apply tends to slip off or cake by midday. But this skintint is so light, so breathable, so natural-looking that you only need to squeeze out a dollop on your fingertips, pat it on, and your skin effortlessly looks fresh and dewy the whole day—and not a soul can tell you’re wearing makeup, if that’s something you get a kick out of. It’s perfect for lazy girls like me who hate using brushes and sponges, and the Warm shade is a godsend for morenas.” – Marla M.
Skin Genie Lip & Cheek Stain Alive Therapy, P99 “Very buildable and lasts the whole day! I liked all the shades I purchased. <3” – Nyra S.
Benefit Brow Zings, P2,120 “Perfect brows in just a few minutes! I love the combination of the wax and powder really helps in creating my ideal brows. I love that it also comes with mini tweezers!” – Lianne S.
Lioele Super Gold Snail BB Cream, P900 “This dethroned my old go-to at first wear. Lightweight, medium-coverage BB creams were already my faves for everyday, and this one is all of that perfected.” – Ayana T.
Smink Beauty PH Blush Blush Baby, P150 “Great for adding subtle color for my pale face! The packaging is absolutely adorable, and I can get this for as low as PHP 100+” – Nisee L.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, P1,200 “Gives me defined brows and stays on even after working out or swimming!” – Kirsten Z.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, now on sale at P199 limited time only) “Still the best drug store concealer I’ve tried. Has great coverage and feels light on the skin. Perfect for use everyday!” – Patty G.
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