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 first installment of the 2019 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re starting on a high with an everyday essential: skincare. The practice has been growing in popularity for as long as BeautyMNL has been alive, and it showed no signs of slowing down in 2019. This year saw us obsessively trying out as many skin-perfecting serums, balancing toners, and trendy skin fixes as our routines can handle.
So, what did our team love the most? We rounded up just 35 skincare products that made 2019 one of our skin’s best years yet. Below, you’ll spot tons of K-Beauty mainstays, a few dupes worth trying, and fixes for every single skin type. Maybe you’ll find something new for the new year, too!
ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Toner, P990
“This is a crowd favorite for a reason! It’s the perfect balance of moisturizing but oil controlling, plus it subtly brightens the complexion making the skin look glowing.” – Joanna T.
Clean It Zero Super Size (180mL), P1,395
“This easy-to-use balm always makes me feel so clean and fresh after a day of wearing make-up and being outside. I get why it’s Banila Co.’s star product!” – Angeli K.
Biore UV Watery Essence, P488
“Perfect on the go sunblock; small size, but a little amount goes all the way!” – Renee C.
COSRX AC Collection Acne Patch, P320
“These are probably the best pimple patches that I’ve ever tried. They come in a variety of sizes — including a large one for big, juicy pimples — and are probably the most seamless ones in the market.” – Kathy A.
COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads, P900
“True to its name, it really is so effective in combating acne that I’ve cut down my daily skincare routine from 7 steps to 4 steps after a week of using it! It feels cleansing, dries out pimples, and evens out skin texture while not being overly abrasive.” – Celine V.
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum, P1,200
“I like this so much better than the product I was using before, since it’s practically unscented. My skin didn’t purge after the first time, which is a major plus. It’s so easy and comfortable to use because it isn’t sticky at all, unlike other serums I’ve tried. Now I can’t live without this in my daily routine.” – Gaile T.
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask, P1,410
“This mask gives my skin just the right amount of moisture. It even made the dry patches on my face disappear completely!” – Nyra S.
Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream, P1,280
“Ever since I tried this product early this year, it’s easily become a necessity! It’s the one skincare product that I can’t imagine living without. Out of the tube, it feels fluffy and buttery, but it becomes a solid cream when you put it on your skin. Great for moisturizing dry and sensitive skin!” – Frankie C.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream (50ml), P2,350
“This moisturizer has been on my wishlist for so long, but I never bought it because it costs a fortune. I finally got to try it out and, unfortunately for my wallet, I ended up loving it. It has such a creamy, luxurious texture to it and the tube it comes in is super high quality—it even comes with a mini tube squeezer that helps you squish out more product. Despite how thick the cream is, it NEVER applies greasy, even on my oily skin. This has become my morning moisturizer because of how quickly it absorbs. Since it’s quite pricey, I use it very sparingly at night and only apply it over wrinkle-prone areas (undereyes, laugh lines, forehead) on top of my regular moisturizer.” – Kim V.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (75ml), P1,335
“This is a great dupe for Crème de la Mer. In my opinion, it’s even easier to apply (it’s so smooth on the skin!) and it’s not as heavy, all for a fraction of the price!” – Ina J.
Esfolio Pure Skin Pearl Essence Mask Sheet, P54
“By far, the best sheet mask I’ve tried. It leaves my face looking noticeably radiant until the next day! Sometimes, I’ll forget that I’ve masked the night before and get surprised by how good my skin looks in the morning. My bathroom literally has empty sheet packets lying around my shelves because I try to savor every drip of essence. Plus, it’s super affordable, especially when it’s on sale!” – Claire C.
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Black Head Deep Cleansing Oil Balm, P445
“This serves two purposes for me: I use it for my nose (before using pore strips—and it works wonders!) and also as a makeup remover. Super efficient as both!” – Kolette P.
Human Nature Day Moisturizer, P300
“It’s very lightweight but you can feel the difference! I also apply it as a body lotion, because a little goes a long way and it’s never sticky, which I hate with moisturizers.” – Tati G.
Innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam, P510
“Super love using this! It feels so minty and refreshing after a long day. Also, my acne definitely lessened after I started using this everyday.” – Kaila R.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam, P510
“I love washing my face with this! It feels so refreshing and it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean with every wash. Also, it doesn’t dry out my skin unlike other cleansers I’ve used before.” – Janika F.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (20g), P950
“This lip sleeping mask is perfect for me, no matter how unpredictable my skin is being. My lips always feel really soft the next day after using this overnight, and it’s helped to reduce chapping by a lot.” – Niki C.
Leaders Insolution Primer Mask - Goodbye A.C., P69
“This mask smoothens my skin and gives it a nice glow. It preps it more beautifully than regular primer, and I can’t wait to try the other variants!” – Kathy A.
Lucas Papaw Soothing Ointment (25g), P599
“I bring this with me whenever I travel because it’s so handy for so many situations. It helps heal sunburns, relieves itchiness, and moisturizes my lips like nothing else.” – Tati G.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (8oz), P1,080
“My ultimate holy grail! I really love using this instant hydrator—it’s such a refreshing and fragrant spray. I can literally spray this on my face every 5 minutes and not get sick of it.” – Bea C.
Mimi & Me Reusable Cotton Rounds Set (12 Pcs.), P200
“Locally-sourced and eco-friendly products bring me joy, and this has to be one of the top products to fall under both those categories. Using this is a great way to lessen waste and be more environmentally responsible.” – Danna P.
Pixi by Petra Glow Mud Mask, P1,290
“I use this mask as a pick-me-up when my face looks dull and tired. It instantly brightens my complexion, and makes my skin feel rejuvenated as well!” – Carli D.
Pixi by Petra Glow Peel Pads, P1,590
“This is the product to try if you want to un-plug your pores without irritating your skin. It’s worked wonders on me, and, after just a week of using it, my skin looks and feels softer and smoother. The best part is, I only have to use it every other night, which is perfect because I prefer to use less skincare on my face. These pads do the absolute most!” – Dani C.
Shiseido Bestselling Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser, P440
“Perfect for cleansing after a long day, especially since I ride take motorcycles to work everyday. I need something that can cleanse my pores of the traces of pollution, and this does exactly that.” – Kolette P.
Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Toner, P250
“This product has helped me control my blackheads and whiteheads. Also, as compared to other toners that I’ve used, it’s much cheaper—and well worth the price.” – Ciana L.
Sooper Beaute Baby Skin Snail Serum + Tomato Extract, P199
“Really love the smell and how well my skin absorbs it! It’s the first serum I’ve tried, but I can really see the difference in how smooth my face has become.” – Iya V.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, P660
“Hands down the best moisturizing serum ever! I’ve tried so many, but I never seem to notice any significant effects. That was until I tried this one! It keeps my skin silky and moisturized through the night, which is such a great change since I used to always wake up with dry, flaky skin. No more eczema-caused dryness for me!!” – Sam K.
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, P730
“Instantly a holy grail for me after it helped me with my dry patches. It’s great to layer as the final ‘seal’ after applying all my hydrating products cause it really locks everything in. It’s also safe for sensitive skin! A must-have for anyone suffering from dry, patchy skin.” – Kat E.
Wildleaf Hibiscus Face Cream, P990
“A great finisher to my simple skincare routine! The formula itself is light, fragrant, and it leaves me with soft and supple skin.” – Nisee L.
HUM Glow Sweet Glow (14 Gummies), P999
“Like the sweet orange gummies of our youth, just with the additional perk of skin-loving ingredients. What isn’t to love? As with any supplement, it provides extra precaution against surprise zits and lackluster skin. Since I’ve made it a part of my everyday life, my skin’s starting to look extra glow-y—which is, luckily, just what the bottle promises!” – Dani C.
FRESH Soy Face Cleanser (150ml), P2,420
“This is super gentle and perfect for everyone, even those with sensitive skin. I love how it effectively gets rid of the grime without overly drying out my skin! I like that I don’t get that tight, squeaky clean feeling, either. It just leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, and moisturized.” – Joanna T.
SNAILWHITE Gold Facial Cream (50ml), P1,545
“After one use, I already felt my skin look so plump and glowing. I had to double check what was in it because it felt a bit unreal. Turns out, there’s plenty of brightening collagen in this, thanks to the snail secretion filtrate in its ingredients. No wonder it made me look so radiant!” – Joanna T.
BEUTI Beauty Sleep Elixir, P3,100
“I used this as both a spot treatment and all-over-the-face oil while on a trip to London. I developed a pimple on my cheek from the long, drying flight and the weather change while I was there, and this oil really helped heal it! I would use it as a face oil in the AM and it kept my skin moisturized while sitting well under my sunscreen and makeup. At night, I would put on a light layer all over my face and concentrate more of the product on my zit. Aside from helping heal the pimple faster, I feel like it also helped brighten my other blemishes as well. It’s a bit pricey but it’s so worth it!” – Patty G.
Belif The True Tincture Chamomile Mask (50ml), P1,500
“My skin is really sensitive and acts like a barometer for my stress level. So on weeks when I look and feel my most haggard, I use this calming mask as my secret weapon. Right after I double-cleanse, I apply the mask, keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off completely before moving onto the rest of my skincare routine. The next day, my skin just looks noticeably fresh and dewy and glowy, like I got several hours of really good beauty sleep. PS. This smells amazing—exactly like sweet chamomile tea.” – Steph C.
Leaders InSolution Coconut Water Gel Volume & Glow Mask, P209, and Leaders InSolution Coconut Water Gel AC & Pore Care Mask, P209
“I can only describe these as ‘see-through jelly masks’ that look futuristic, and feel really luxurious, nourishing, and special. They come in two pieces: one for the top half of your face and the other for the bottom half, which allows each mask to mold to fit the shape of your face. I use the AC & Pore Care version when my skin is breaking out and needs a detox, and the Volume & Glow version when my skin is great and I’m going for that glass skin look.” – Steph C.
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