We are proud to present the first-ever BeautyMNL Awards: a five-part event that celebrates this fabulous year in beauty. After comprehensive discussion—and a whole lot of road-testing—the girls at the BeautyMNL office have listed the Best Products of 2016.
In the first installment of The BeautyMNL Awards, we’re talking about the products that get your face on. Makeup—and makeup tools—play such a vital role in our day-to-day lives. They bring out our most alluring facial features and turn every single one of us into artists, whether or not we’ve been trained by the masters. Most importantly, makeup boosts confidence and expresses facets of our personalities once hidden. That, in itself, is an art.

But not all liquid lipsticks and oval brushes are created equal—no, ma’am! So after careful consideration, here are the Best Makeup Products of 2016, all tried and tested by our team.

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte, P1,000
“Creamy and long-lasting with an effortless glide—that’s what I look for in every lipstick. Thank God I found The One this year! Shu Uemura’s matte formula moisturizes and protects my lips, and the color payoff is incredible.” – Denisse L.

“I think this is such an underrated lipstick! It’s one of the most beautiful formulas I own. I love how easy it is to apply, how light and feathery it feels on the lips, how it lasts all day (no kidding, I timed it), and best of all, how it never dries out my lips, even though it’s a flat matte.” – Joanna T.

Banila Co. Prime Primer Blur, P1,060
“This pink-based primer really evens out my skin tone, which is a blotchy pinkish-white color by nature. It creates a nice glow because the formula is luminescent. It’s just right when the light hits you—you don’t look too oily or too matte. I apply this on my oily T-Zone, avoiding my drier areas like the cheeks and jaw.” – Ruod A.

Nippon Dome 6 Face Brush, on sale at P600 (limited time only)
“Such a useful brush! I can use it for base makeup, setting powder, AND blush. For extra lazy days, I also apply my eyeshadow with it. It’s not only versatile and easy-to-use, mind you—this brush always delivers a flawless, skin-like finish. No effort at all!” – Dani C.

Pink Sugar Sugar Tint in Honey Bunny , P349
“The brown lip came back in style this year, and in my opinion, Honey Bunny is one of the most wearable brown shades you will ever own. Plus points for the dual-purpose formula: this is a lip and cheek tint, so it can be used as bronzer/contouring cream on fairer skin.” – Patty G.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, P299
“I use this almost every day and it works like a dream! It’s thick and creamy but not cakey, and it never creases. With a touch of translucent powder or a little setting spray, this full-coverage concealer stays on my face for hours and hours.” – Bea P.

PILI Matte Lipstick, P672
“What I love about this matte lipstick is the rich consistency and pigmentation. It’s also infused with pili oil to make the color kinder on my lips. I’m a sucker for quality local products, and this lippie definitely sets the bar high!” – Jara A.

Lancôme Blush Subtil Cushion, P2,170
“I’ve been obsessed with cushion-type products the entire year, so I was thrilled to get my hands on this. The formula is sheer and buildable so you’ll never end up with clown cheeks—just an effortless wash of color, as though you’ve had a little sun. I really like the sponge, too, which picks up just enough product. Splash Corail (the shade I own) is a universal peachy-pink that I’d recommend to anybody. Tip: this has a sort of dewy formula, so if you have oily skin like me, just set the color with loose powder.” – Steph C.

Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover Powder, P495
“I love this powder so much because of its fine-milled formula, lightweight texture, and sweet, mild scent. It really makes my skin feel super smooth and super soft.” – Carli D.

Houkodou Domed Foundation Brush, on sale at P4,360 (limited time only)
“I never understood investing in expensive makeup tools ‘til I bought this brush. It makes foundation application so easy and spreads product it so evenly! I swear your foundation will last longer and have a cleaner, more polished finish—not to mention, the bristles are so soft, you’ll look forward to every touch-up!” – Ina G.

ColourPop Ultra Matte in Bumble, P500
“This matte lipstick lasts ALL DAY. And while so many of the Ultra Matte shades are flattering, I get a ton of compliments whenever I wear the warm terracotta Bumble. It offers a hint of boldness and a heap of gorgeousness.” – Athena A.

Dear Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream, P1,250
“This is my go-to BB cream for the times when I want a no-makeup makeup look. It’s got just enough coverage to even out my skin tone, but isn’t too heavy to look like I’m wearing foundation. I like the dewy, my-skin-but-better effect! It’s also a moisturizing formula with SPF 40, so your skin feels extra healthy when you wear it.” – Kat E.

L’Oréal Paris La Lacque, P400
“I have this in Lacque-y You, which is a glossy raspberry shade. I love how it looks on both me and my mom! It’s easy to apply because of the pen-like design of this lipstick, which gives my lips the definition of a lip liner.” – Erika A.

Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic, P1,060
“Honestly, this makes the biggest difference in controlling the oil on my face, especially along my T-Zone. I’ve used other primers before, but this is the only one I’ve actually found effective for keeping my face smooth and grease-free.” – Ysa S.

Missha Sheer Fluid Blusher, P699
“This product ultimately made me switch from powder to liquid blush! I just have to apply a small amount on my cheeks for a natural-looking flush that prevails throughout the day. The subtle shimmering effect is a major plus!” – Angie G.

RCMA No Color Powder, P900
“This is my first setting powder (I’m a light makeup wearer), and I never knew something so subtle could make such a huge difference. This sets my face without leaving any white cast. It even makes my pores look less visible!” – Rimina P.

DETAIL Matte in Detail Liquid Lipstick in Krysle, P225
“The Kylie Lip Kit-esque color, the insane staying power, the unbeatable price—what more can a girl ask for?” – Jennifer P.

Pink Sugar Honey I’m Good Brow Kit, P399
“This versatile quad makes it so fun and easy to perfect my brows. The three brow powders and very creamy brow wax (which could pretty much be a dupe for the ABH Dipbrow Pomade!) effortlessly blend to create flawless arches. The powders also work well for nose contouring. The quad definitely wins in the convenience department because it even comes with a decent-sized mirror and two handy brushes.” – Erika G.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick, P850
“This is one of those lipsticks that will never drop off the beauty radar. It’s creamy and soufflé-soft, and the richness of the color is impressive. I also can’t get enough of how lovely the finish is: it sets to a powdery-matte, but it doesn’t dehydrate you. On the contrary, it leaves a nice, cushiony feel that will make you want to press your lips together. I have this in four shades—Laguna Beach, Mocha, Atlantic City, and Mina—and each one smells like caramel.” – Steph C.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Setting Spray, P500
“When they say this setting spray keeps your makeup ‘bulletproof,’ they’re not joking. It prevents smudging and fading even under the sun. In fact, ever since I got this, I’ve stopped using loose powder except to set concealer under the eyes. That’s a big sacrifice for someone with a very oily T-zone! But with just this spray, my makeup still looks fresh at the end of the day.” – Kim V.

Maybelline Creamy Matte in Touch of Spice, P299
“Touch of Spice is a very natural-looking, non-drying lipstick that’s powerful enough to stay all day!” – Adelen F.

“I honestly thought it was all hype when people said this is the perfect neutral for any skin color. But when I did give it a shot, wow! I think this mauve looks so good on me, especially since it doesn’t deviate too far from my natural lip color. There’s just the right amount of pink in it, and I can definitely say this is my go-to for everyday use. I can go bare faced with just this lippie on and look ready to face the world instantly!” – Frankie C.

“I’m not really into makeup at all, so for me declare something ‘the best’ means a lot! ‘Best’ for me means I use it almost every single day—and that would have to be Touch of Spice. It’s THE fastest way for me to look polished for a regular workday or a night out with the hubby.” – Christine S.

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