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.
For the past four years, BeautyMNL has crowned the team’s most favorite stand-out products that have truly made a lasting impact. But with tons of products going in and out of the office, it’s not an easy task! We’re always up for the challenge, though, and when it comes down to all the things we’ve tried, tested, and loved, you can easily bet we’ll deem them worthy of our BeautyMNL Awards 2019 badge.
So, if you’re ready for a peek, as part of the second installment of the series, we’re unveiling the winners of our Best of Makeup category. That’s 40 of the most treasured mascaras, concealers, foundations, lip tints, makeup brushes, and so. much. more. Each one handpicked by people from the BeautyMNL HQ. Scroll to see!
Heroine Make Kiss Me Set 1: Volume & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof + Speedy Mascara Remover, P1,050
“Hands down, my favorite mascara. My eyelashes are like iron filings and other mascaras don’t hold the curl in place. With this one, my eyelashes stay curled EVEN AFTER I REMOVE THE MASCARA which is nuts!! It also makes my lashes look super volumized but the formula is natural-looking, so I never get the spider lash look. It’s suuuuper waterproof too – pretty much the only makeup remover that works with it is the Mascara Remover that comes in the set.” - Niki C.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise, now on sale at P499 (limited time only)
“I used to not believe in mascaras just because I feel they never significantly do anything to highlight my features, BOY WAS I WRONG! My eyelashes look so thick and long and perky whenever I use this, so I always reach for this mascara whenever I need to brighten up my monolid eyes.” - Samantha K.
Happy Skin Color Play Multi-Use Mousse, P599
In the shade Peach Bum: “I love the natural tint this gives me. The formula isn’t sticky too, a huge game-changer!” - Andi M.
In the shade Peach Bum: “This cream blush is good as Glossier’s Cloud Paint, if not better. The tube’s are small and easy to carry around, but I would say you get a good amount of product and you only need the tiniest amount of pigment. It’s so buttery, easy to blend, looks super natural, and lasts a good amount of hours. I was really impressed the first time I tried this out. If you like peachy, coral blush, go for the shade Peach Bum!” - Kim V.
V&M Naturals Silk Serum Foundation, P850
“Since I’ve turned tan, this foundation has been my go-to for just the right hint of coverage and super smooth, blendable application. No cakiness, patchiness, and weird undertones. Not to mention, this doesn’t break me out AT. ALL. Base formulas have always been a hit or miss for me, so this makes me feel #blessed. Been using the Caramel shade almost everyday since May and just finished my first bottle mid-november. Like WHAT. So sulit!” - Claire C.
Colourette Colourtint Matte in Ginger, P249
“This shade is honestly EVERYTHING. No joke, I ALWAYS get compliments whenever I wear this. It’s the perfect everyday shade, plus, it’s so great that the formula is long-lasting so I don’t super have to worry about reapplying. Doesn’t hurt that it comes at such an affordable price + it honestly looks good on any skin tone.” - Francesca C.
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream (50ml), P1,600
“I love how I can apply this using my fingers without it looking streaky or patchy, which happens with a lot of other BB creams! It melts into my skin and leaves a matte, natural-looking finish while also blurring out pores and evening out my skin tone.” - Celine V.
Beauty Blender (Single), P990
“I always buy this because it really blends my makeup well. it’s easy to clean given that it comes with a sponge cleaner.” - Yvonne T.
Burt’s Bees Gloss Lip Crayon in Pacific Coast, P695
“This lipstick offers great pigmentation and is very moisturizing too. You can easily go for a more opaque look or opt for a more natural look by blending it out with your fingers!” - Nina D.
BLK Cosmetics Skintint Sun Shield SPF 30, P499
“This became my go-to on the days that I wanted a no-makeup make up look! It feels very light on the skin, it gives just the right amount of coverage, PLUS it has SPF!” - Frankie C.
Benefit Hoola Box o’ Powder Mini, P1,060
“Really love this bronzer! It super compliments my skin tone and I use it as a contour and eyeshadow too!” - Bea C.
BT21 Eyeshadow Palette in BT21 Universe, P395
“I honestly bought this just cuz of the characters, but I was so pleasantly surprised at how pigmented the colors are! They’re so great to use for both an everyday or a glam look. Highly recommend this palette for anyone looking for a very versatile eyeshadow palette.” - Sam K.
The Face Shop Designing Eyebrow Pencil (02 Gray Brown), P250
“I got this when it went on a B1T1 promotion and it’s so sulit. Super easy to use and I’ve been using this daily for four months now and I’m still on my first pencil!” - Nina D.
Naturactor Cover Face Concealer Foundation, P650
“This is probably my favorite find this year. It’s so lightweight, easy to apply, and hassle-free. I bring it with me whenever I go out because it instantly makes me look fresh. Super good coverage and I feel like the tub can last me forever.” Tati G.
Maybelline Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation, now on sale at P374 (limited time only)
“One of the most budge-proof foundations out there! I can go the entire day (high-intensity workout included) without having to re-touch. It’s definitely sweatproof, and I leave my workout looking as fresh as ever!” - Nisee L.
Banila Co. Prime Primer Hydrating Finish Powder, P1,150
“Best setting powder! Doesn’t emphasize rough patches, smooths over pores and fine lines, and sets makeup with a natural but not overly dewy look!” - Joanna T.
Innisfree Vivid Cotton Ink, now on sale at P549 (limited time only)
“This has been my go-to lippie for months. I’ve been carrying around in my bag constantly. It’s very lightweight that you barely feel anything on your lips even if you layer it on. It’s very pigmented and will leave your lips with a stain as it fades. It’s not a watery tint but more of a cream tint. It’s very versatile because you can just dab on a bit to give a bit of color to your lips or really pack it on for a full lip look. It’s a perfect everyday lip product!” - Kat E.
Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder 2017 Sunny Pink, P1,990
“This blush gives me a natural rosy, sun-kissed look which I love! Plus points for the cute, travel-friendly packaging - it also includes a mirror and mini brush!” - Carli D.
Sunnies Face Airblush, P445
Airblush in Disco: “I love how easy this is to use!!! It literally takes me 2 minutes to apply it and then POOF! I am no longer a zombie.” - Kolette P.
Airblush in Doll: “I’m not really one to wear makeup but I super love the shade on my skin! I usually use powder for my blush and this is the first cream i got and I super loved it na agad!” - Mia C.
Diva White Tinted Lip Balm with Rosehip Butter in Cupcake, P120
“As someone who doesn’t like putting on lipstick, this is my go-to because the tint is pretty pigmented like a lipstick, without the worry that it will smudge.” - Tati G.
Vice Cosmetics Gandoll Volumizing Brow Gel, P195
“With days as jam-packed as mine, I never have the time to re-touch every so often, so when I had the opportunity to try Vice Cosmetics’ Gandoll Volumizing Brow Gel, I was pleasantly surprised. With its price point, I absolutely did not expect such a strong staying power. Not only that - I was impressed that the formula itself had hairlike fibers to add even more volume to my sparse eyebrows.” - Nisee L.
Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon, P299
“I prefer this one over the liquid lipstick because even though this is matte, it doesn’t feel dry on my lips. Enjoy The View is a perfect shade for an everyday lippie, while Live On The Edge is perfect for a night out!” - Janika F.
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner 24H Waterproof, P795
“I’ve tried a couple of different eyeliners, but I always end up going back to this one. Truly waterproof and so easy to use!” - Joanna T.
Happy Skin Perfect Brows Long-Lasting Liquid Pen in Brown, P399
“Cannot leave the house without this!! Super pigmented and a little goes a long way!” - Julia D.
Innisfree Auto Eye Brow Pencil, P225
In shade 3 - Dreamy Dawning Gray: “Perfect shade for girls who want that natural eyebrow look; the gray shade gives off a light shading when you’re filling in sparse areas, making it more natural.” - Renee C.
Maybelline Sensational Liquid Matte Lip Tint, now on sale at P199 (limited time only)
In shade Made Easy: “I love this for its affordable price and incredible staying power! It doesn’t make my lips feel dry, like other matte lippies, and I’m obsessed with this shade—it’s like an MLBB but even better LOL.” - Maia M.
Teviant She Eyebrow Tint, P795
“This is by far my favorite makeup discovery of the year! I bought this after watching Albert Kurniawan (the founder) use it on a model during a shoot and it looked so natural on her. I don’t enjoy doing my brows because it’s the most tedious part of doing my makeup, but this the fork applicator on this pen allows me to fill in my sparse brows in under a minute. It deposits just the right amount of ink too, so I never have to worry about it looking too heavy-handed. I’ve used so many variations of brow products and none of them are as easy to use or look as good as this. I’ll probably never use another brow product again.” - Kim V.
BLK Cosmetics Contour, Blush & Highlight Palette, P499
“Super love this palette because even if it’s SO CHEAP for a palette, the quality wasn’t compromised!! Highlight gives you the subtle glow - blush too (because it has shimmer). The contour is warm-toned though so using this as a bronzer/blush for a sun-kissed look!” - Shaira M.
Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara, P349
“Thjs mascara beats other high end mascaras for me! It perfectly coats and lengthens lashes without clumping, plus it holds the curls really well. I always get questions about what my mascara is when I use this ❤️” - Joanna T.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, P895
“This bronzer just melts on my skin! It blends perfectly, giving me a soft & natural bronzed look. I have very fair skin, so bronzers that I’ve tried in the past tend look harsh on me, but this definitely restored my faith in bronzers! Would purchase again!” - Julia D.
Benefit BADgal BANG Mascara, P1,660
“I’ve always loved how having long lashes accentuate my larger-than-normal eyes, and I am able to achieve this with Benefit’s Badgal Bang Mascara. Not only does it significantly lengthen and volumize my already long lashes, it really lasts for hours! I’ve swam and even braved strong rains and still no smudge!” - Nisee L.
Banila Co. Prime Primer Finish Powder, P1,150
“It keeps me oil-free for the whole day!” - Angeli K.
theBalm Cindy Lou Manizer, now on sale at P978 (limited time only)
“I love makeup that gives the illusion of great skin, which is exactly why Cindy-Lou Manizer is one of my everyday makeup essentials. It’s soft and subtle, and swipes on as a peachy glow—without looking blindly metallic or worse, emphasizing the size of my pores and pimples. I like it best when it’s paired with pink blush, which leaves me with the perfect sheen on my skin.” - Dani C.
Milani Make It Last Matte Charcoal Setting Spray, P650
“This setting spray is perfect for those days wherein you know you don’t have much time to touch up your face. It keeps my face looking fresh and effectively keeps oil at bay until the end of the day. Just a few spritz and you’re set! I especially like using this when I know I need my makeup to look intact and presentable for the entire day.” - Julia D.
Revlon ColorStay Concealer, P625
“Easily one of my favorite drugstore concealers. Lightweight, great coverage, and not sticky at all. I use it for my dark bags, blemishes, and red patches, and it effectively hides them all. On days that I just want to wear very light make up, I use this on my problematic areas, apply powder on top, draw on my brows, and I’m ready to go!” - Mara T.
Teviant Amore Eyeshadow Palette, P2,450
“The colors, pigmentation, and finish of this palette are amazing! Colors are very wearable and neutral while still being very current. Pigmentation is EXCELLENT, the shimmers and mattes really show nicely, and a little goes a long way. The quality is really exceptional, I find myself reaching for this than the other cult-favorite palettes in my collection!” - Joanna T.
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, P599
In the shade Translucent Extra Coverage: “This is probably the best loose powder I’ve ever used, and I don’t plan on switching it out for anything else any time soon. Love the airy, super soft formula, and the fact that it never cakes up even after I start sweating. Love the subtle scent on this, too—like baby powder, but for your 20’s.” - Ayana T.
3CE (3 Concept Eyes) Take A Layer Multi Pot For Lips, Cheeks & Eyes, P1,150
“Think of this as Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge but a little more affordable—and little more hip. I love this lip, cheek, and eye cream because it’s like a full makeup palette in one small, cool compact. I own two shades, which I think are perfect for morenas like me: Cabbage Rose, a subtle nudish pink for everyday use, and Primula, a deep burgundy for vampy nights out. The formula is matte, medium-sheer, buildable, and very natural, so you don’t have to worry about looking too shiny or too “painted,” if that makes sense.” - Steph C.
Luxx Lash Bonita, P1,599
“I like playing up my very chinky eyes whenever I go out. I’ve tried using eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and falsies, but they all either don’t make too much of a difference or are too much work to put on. Imagine my excitement when I discovered Luxxlash! I used to think magnetic lashes were harder to put on than falsies, but boy, was I wrong! These will probably be difficult to put on the first time, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. My tip is to purchase the applicator or use tweezers! I like that the Bonita style is natural enough for everyday use but still makes a dramatic difference when you put it on. You can use it multiple times too so cost per wear isn’t bad at all! These magnetic lashes are definitely one of my best beauty buys in 2019!” - Patty G.
Real Techniques Travel Essentials Set, P1,100
“It really does have everything I need when I’m on the go and have limited space in my bag. I’m the type of person who really doesn’t like bringing their entire makeup kit when I travel, so this has proven to be a staple in my makeup kit when I’m out & about travelling!” - Julia D.
Happy Skin Matte About You Primer, P1,299
“This makes my skin look extra flawless and pairs well with any foundation or skin tint I wear.” - Gaile T.
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