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.
In the third installment of the 2018 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re turning the spotlight onto skincare. Some things haven’t changed: acne is still the number one enemy, serums and facial oils reign supreme, and we still strive for the most glowing version of our skin. But on the other hand, some things have changed—many of our favorites included.
Curious to see the new picks? We’re going all out this year with 38 skin-saving solutions, ranging for a pore-purging mask to a caffeine-powered eye serum. All tried, tested, and vouched for by the members of the BeautyMNL team!
Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist Type (170ml), P899 “This is what calmed down my super combination-oily skin, and smoothed out any kind of texture on the dry parts of my face. my personal HG!” – Frankie C.
“I use this product as a toner for soft, bouncy and hydrated skin! I like that it’s very no frills - it’s lightweight, unscented, and effective.” – Patty G.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, P550 “I didn’t have much expecations when I decided to try this. I used salicylic acid before without much luck. Usually, it left my skin super raw and dry—even worsened my acne. But I was really surprised when I started using The Ordinary’s. It really helped calm down angry zits and made them disappear in just a couple days. Plus, it’s super gentle on my combo skin. I can apply it all over my face without having to worry about irritation. (Just remember to apply moisturizer after!).” – Dani C.
SnailWhite CC Cream SPF 50, P995 “Having a newborn means absolutely no time for makeup. I can skip all base make up and blush and survive the day with just this cc cream, it keeps my skin looking moisturized and healthy all day.” – Ina J.
Lauren & Co. Beauty Skin Vitamins Anti Oxidant Serum with SPF 70 (30ml), P599 “In the morning I usually just do sunblock and never do serum because they’re sticky and I don’t want to spend another minute to air dry it. But this one wakes up my tired skin! It has sun protection and not sticky at all!” – Michelle C.
Some by Mi Miracle Serum, now on sale at P1,300 (limited time only) “The serum light enough that it absorbs really well into my skin. After only 7 days, I can already see noticeable differences to my uneven, acne-prone skin. It also helped with lightening dark spots and acne marks. I look forward to doing my skincare routine everyday because of how smooth my skin has become after being introduced to this product. “ – Kathy A.
“Got this serum as a gift and I have to say, it lived up to the hype. I put a few drops at night and the next day, I noticed my face brighten and soften! Really impressive!” – Celine A.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, P650 “Dark under eyes have been the bane of my existence since forever, so when this product came along, I wasn’t expecting much. After a couple of weeks, I started noticing results—brighter, way less puffy under eyes—and months later, I’m sorry I ever doubted it! The formula is light and doesn’t pill under concealer, and the fun-to-use dropper applicator doesn’t hurt, either.” – Marla M.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (30ml), P2,895 “I always thought that using facial oils will make my skin even more oily, but I was wrong! I leave this on overnight, and I wake up with soft and repaired skin.” – Nisee L.
This product is available in 30ml and 15ml.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, P525 “Indeed the most powerful mask ever! I always notice the difference in my skin after using it—pores are tighter, skin is smoother and a bit brighter after this clay mask’s deep cleanse.” – Joanna T.
“It really lives up to its “The World’s Most Powerful Facial!” title. I apply it once a week and my face feels so smooth after every use!” – Jaye H.
“It’s as if you can almost feel all the deep-seated dirt lift off from your skin after using this mask! No doubt about it, this will be my skincare staple for years to come.” – Pam C.
Pro Studio Beauty Exclusives Silicone Spatula, now on sale at P149 (limited time only) “This spatula helps me apply my masks smoothly and evenly sans the mess. It’s very easy to clean as well since any leftover product glides off the silicone tip under running water. It’s definitely a must-have for clay mask lovers like me!” – Kathy A.
COSRX Low pH Barrier Mist, P1,000 “I tried this in the office and I love how my skin felt afterwards! The spray gives off a fine mist that covers your face, not a sudden burst of liquid. It’s refreshing and smells good, too!” – Lianne S.
Human Nature Pure Rosehip Oil, P750 “I’ve tried a number of rosehip oils from different brands, but nothing comes close to this baby. It softens and smooths, fades lines and discoloration, smells great, and has never broken me out. I love using this at night knowing I’d wake up to glowy, fresh skin the morning after.” – Marla M.
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash (230ml), P1,725 “This gentle cleanser is so satisfying to use–a little goes a long way. The foamy lather really cleanses the skin, but it does not leave the skin dry at all! Also suits my super sensivite skin.” – Joanna T.
This product is available in 230ml and 75ml.
OMO! White WonderClear Pure Pore Beauty Toner (Alcohol-Free) (150ml), P299 “So in love with this toner! Had no breakouts when I used it and it really helped in lessening my blackheads and whiteheads. It has such good packaging and many active ingredients. This product also checks so many good things for me being locally made and cruelty-free, and containing no alcohol.” – Dana R.
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X, P610 “When I feel like my skin’s congested or about to break out, I slather this on to soothe things over. This clay mask works double time to clear out pores by absorbing stubborn gunk that’s tougher to get rid of. I also love how it applies on so smoothly! I like to follow this with a hydrating mask and spot treatment to really keep pimples at bay.” – Claire C.
“I love using this product. Since I started using this, I started having less break-outs. And my face feels so clean after!” – Jamby J.
Bioré Cleansing Oil, P320 “My holy grail cleanser! I wear heavy duty makeup all day long, with mascara that just wouldn’t budge! With Biore’s cleansing oil, all my makeup is gone in a single swipe.” – Nisee L.
Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence, P1,900 “I’ve been trying to look for an oil essence that felt light but still hydrating, and this was just the perfect balance of that. This worked so well for me throughout the year! It gave my extra dry skin the hydration it needed during winter and even in the summer without making me feel greasy.” – Rimina P.
Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic, P1,790 “One of the best toners I’ve tried and suitable for different skin types, both my mom (oily skin type) and I (normal skin type) use this same toner. It doesn’t feel harsh on the face, and yet you can still really feel that it thoroughly cleans your skin. It also really does improve skin texture, clear pimples, and brighten your skin after a few uses. (BONUS! My mom’s extremely picky with the products she uses, and this has become a product she swears by!) Definitely worth it to try!!” – Ilyana O.
This product is available in 250ml, 100ml, and 15ml.
Miju Glow Bentonite Mask 100g, P245 “Everybody loves the Aztec Clay Mask, and I do too! But I was able to find an exact duplicate for an amazingly cheap price! You get the full experience of a bentonite clay mask for less :)” – Nisee L.
This product is available in 100g and 50g.
VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Daily Calming Moisturizer, P1,050 “This works wonders. I used to have very prominent acne and acne scars. I’ve used this consistently and now my acne scars are less and the ones remaining look so much more subtle. As with all skincare products, I think using this consistently has been doing wonders for me.” – Jamby J.
Human Nature 100% Natural Tea Tree Oil (30ml), P295 “I’ve using this product when I feel a pimple coming! It’s a really effective spot treatment and I love that it’s 100% natural!” – Patty G.
Lucas Papaw Soothing Ointment, P599 “This has become a staple inside my bag and on my vanity. It’s such a great all around balm. I use this everyday without fail on my lips. You can use it for so many purposes from chapped lips to blisters. I suffer from dry skin and I find that placing this on my dry patches really helps keep the moisture in my skin. I even read a hack that you can use it for pimples. I tried it once and it worked! It’s definitely one of my holy grails and I make sure I always have a new one available in case I run out.” – Kat E.
“This is like a universal solution to any skin problem anywhere on my body. I use this for any sort of dry patch, rash, insect bite, or burn, and it can be soothed by this in a matter of minutes.” – Joanna T.
“I love how versatile this product is. I’ve used it as a lip balm, to soothe wounds / burns, etc. Super effective!” – Celine A.
This product is available in 25g and 75g.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (8oz), P1,080 “I absolutely stan this facial spray because of the smell and how refreshed it makes me feel! I use it as an after make-up spray for a dewy finish, and also as a face mist whenever I need a pick-me-up in the middle of the day.” – Aly T.
“Gentle, soothing, and relaxing. I always have to have a bottle of this in my bag to spritz on after I do my makeup or in the middle of the day when my skin needs refreshing!” – Joanna T.
This product is available in 8oz and 4oz.
Sooper Beaute Beautiful Skin Vit B3 Serum + Tea Tree Extract & Vitamin E, P180 “Cheap and effective! I used this during the time I was super duper burnt after a beach out. It helped even out my skin tone in just a week and for someone with sensitive skin, I didn’t get nay breakout.” – Jackie C.
Bioré UV Perfect Bright Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++, P397 “Gives me a pretty glow without being oily! I can confidently walk out in the sun not fearing sunburn.” – Sam K.
Wildleaf Alcohol Free Toning Mist - Witch Hazel Rosy, P690 “Refreshing and gentle on the skin! Leaves my face supple and fresh all day long. Not to mention, the scent is great too!” – Nisee L.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, P740 “It’s super rare that I repurchase skincare products because I am always looking out for the next best thing, but I am already on my 3rd bottle of The Ordinary’s Niacinamide!!! I have completely stopped using foundation (I only use sunscreen now) ever since using this product. It brightens, evens out skin tone, fades dark spots, and controls oil – people are always shocked to find out that I don’t use foundation hehe it’s that good!!! Plus points for being so affordable given how potent this product is :)” – Kirsten Z.
Leaders Ex Solution Soothing Shield Gold Foil Mask, P139 “I have really dry and sensitive skin, and this easily soothes and moisturizes may skin better than any cotton mask can! The foil really helps lock the moisture in.” – Sam K.
Bioré Cleansing Oil Facial Cotton Sheets (Handy Pack), P99 “Instead of bringing a full-size bottle of make-up remover whenever I travel, I bring a couple of packs of these sheets and I’m good to go! For a full-face of make-up, all I need are two sheets and my face is instantly clean. These packs are perfect for travel-junkies, so convenient yet effective!” – Jem C.
Esfolio Pure Snail Moisturizing Soothing Gel 95%, P349 “A multi-purpose must-have: it’s my daytime moisturizer and sleep pack in one, and it works super well as both.” – Ayana T.
Innisfree Bija Trouble Facial Foam, P510 “This product is under hyped in my opinion. This cleansing foam did help with my oily skin and acne.” – Celine A.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (24 Patches), P200 “It just works. Helps me get rid of my acne faster than overnight. Good things really come in small packages.” – Ce M.
Heimish All Clean Balm, P975 “From tough, heavy-duty waterproof formulas to my usual everyday look, this washes away every trace of makeup so easily, it’s almost magical. Plus, this stuff turns into a milky-like consistency when you rinse it off so you don’t have to deal with the weird oily film other cleansers tend to leave behind. It’s a game changer! I’ll repurchase this until I die.” – Claire C.
“Among all the cleansing balms and oils that I’ve tried, this has got to be my favorite because of its texture, scent and effectiveness. I wear sunscreen everyday, and I thought I needed something more than just a facial cleanser to remove any residue that might cause me to breakout, and this has really helped with that. It’s also improved the overall condition of my skin :)” – Carli D.
V&M Naturals Keep Safe Tinted Sunblock, P880 “My go-to sunblock wasn’t available when I needed to restock, so I decided to try, and I wasn’t disappointed. I love its light, non-sticky formula, and I don’t get greasy or oily like I do with other sunblocks.” – Maia M.
Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream, P1,199 “This snail cream has never failed me - ever. I just put some on generously and leave it overnight and all the dullness and redness on my face just magically dissappears!” – Erika G.
Bioré Watery UV Essence, P445 “I use this daily for my face. I love the high SPF, lightweight feel, and refreshing scent! Sunscreen is normally a chore to apply but this product makes me look forward to app” – Patty G.
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum, P820 “Holy grail! I have a very dry skin, and I just need just a pea size of this for my face to be hydrated THE WHOLE DAY. I love everything about this product.” – Charmaine L.
Baroness Cucumber Mask, P30 “Super impressed with this mask. It;s super affordable yet it delivers the good results! Love how it’s super refreshing on my face.” – Celine A.
Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam, P420 “For the longest time, I have always just used an ordinary bar soap to cleanse my face, but when I got introduced to Shiseido’s Perfect Whip Facial Wash, this changed the skincare game for me! Ever since I incorporated this in my regimen, my face has been extra soft and clean - plus I am in love with the subtle, crisp scent!” – Nisee L.
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