We receive oodles of get-pretty products at the BeautyMNL office—and before they’re released into the World Wide Web, our first order of business is to try ‘em all. In the process, we’ve fallen in love with one too many products to count. What can we say? We’re suckers for this stuff. Our wallets have suffered due to it, but our hearts and kikay kits are happy.
What’s more is that there is always a beauty breakthrough waiting to be discovered. Just ask the girls at the BeautyMNL office! Here are the best beauty products of 2015, according to them:
Beauty Blender, P995
“Before I tried the Beauty Blender, I didn’t get what all the fuss was about—I mean, it’s just another sponge, right? But when I gave in and tested it out, I never looked back! It changed the way I applied my foundation forever. Not only is the application a lot easier, my foundation looks even and less cakey.” – Joanna T.
Koji Curving Eyelash Curler, on sale at P675 “I have sleepy-looking eyes and stubborn lashes, but the Curving Eyelash Curler curls them to perfection, opens my eyes up, and makes me look wide-awake. Even with glasses on, my curled lashes are noticeable. It really makes all the difference in my appearance.” – Christine S.
Lioele Blooming Volume & Curling Mascara, P640 “I’ve always been afraid of wearing mascara—whenever I did, I ended up looking like a panda. That was until I discovered Liole’s Blooming Volume & Curling Mascara on BeautyMNL. I bought it because it was inexpensive, but I ended up falling in love with it! The brush makes clumping impossible, but more importantly, it lasts all day long. I’m currently on my 3rd tube, and even convinced one of officemates to give it a try. Now she loves it as much as I do!” – Dinah M.
Banila Co. Blur Prime Primer, on sale at P1,000 “I didn’t know I needed a primer ’til I tried this. Not only does it smell like a bed of flowers, but it also brightens my complexion and makes my pores appear smaller. If you want to fake flawless skin before applying your makeup, I urge you to try this out.” – Kim S.
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, P500 “I love this product for two reasons. First, it has a fresh, minty scent that I cannot get enough of. Second, it has awesome staying power. I have super-oily skin, so I didn’t expect a powder as light as this to keep me shine-free the entire day, but I only have to apply it once in the morning—and that’s it! I use it on makeup-less days as a simple face powder, but also for the rare times I do wear makeup as a setting powder.” – Mara J.
NARS Radiance Creamy Concealer, P1,550 “It’s like a concealer and highlighter in one: provides ample coverage while faking a good night’s sleep.” – Carol G.
Naturactor Cover Face Foundation, P650 “I’m not a foundation type of girl: at most I use tinted moisturizer, but I needed something with greater coverage for special occasions. This does the job without making my face look and feel caky. Plus, a little goes a long way! Lately, I’ve been using it as more of an everyday concealer because it looks so natural! Mind you, this comes from someone who is afraid of using foundations and concealers, so this product was really life-changing for my makeup routine!” – Karen C.
L’Oréal Paris Moist Matte Lipstick in M511 Glamour Fucshia, on sale at P300 “It’s rich, edgy, and festive all in one tube—and it’s moisturizing, to boot. This is my go-to color for all the holiday parties and beyond.” – Carol G.
L’Oréal Paris Collection Star Red Lipstick in Pure Rouge, on sale at P300 “I didn’t used to use lipstick. But once I started conducting interviews for BeautyMNL, I realized I had to fix myself up to look more “on-brand.” Our beauty editor suggested MAC’s Ruby Woo, which I fell in love with. Upon discovering Pure Rouge though, I immediately found a super dupe and fell even harder for this one because of how smooth it felt on my lips, and how long it stayed on with minimal touch-ups. Plus, it was less than half of MAC’s price. Needless to say, this has become my go-to red lipstick.” – Jenny P.
Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color, P299 “The moment that our beauty editor talked about this lipstick in “In The Flesh,” I knew I had to try it. I think in that very same week, 5 of us purchased it, tried it, and never looked back. I totally agree that it’s the nude lipstick that looks good on everyone.” – Jenny P.
I never used to wear lipstick on a daily basis because I didn’t want to look too made-up. But since I discovered the shades “In The Flesh” and “Bare It All,” I wear them all time. They look super-natural and give me just enough color so I look alive and kicking. Ask me what I’m wearing on any day, and it’d be one of the two. They’re so affordable, too!” – Hillary A.
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry, P575 “I love its gorgeous plum shade because it gives my lips a subtle pop of color. It’s perfect for an effortless yet put-together look. Recently, this has been my go-to lip color for everyday occasions: work, dates, and even when I run errands. The soft balm texture glides on effortlessly, and the refreshing mint scent is a definite plus!” – Angie G.
Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Cream, P875
“This is by far the best makeup remover I have ever used in my life! I have oily skin that’s prone to breakouts, and this stuff has never given me a single pimple since I started using it 4 or 5 months ago. It has such a unique texture, too—it’s a balm in the tub, but it liquifies into oil upon contact with skin—so it makes my makeup cleansing process surprisingly fun. I had very high expectations for this cult-fave Korean bestseller, and I am 100% satisfied with the results.” – Steph C.
Leaders InSolution Stepsolution Aquaringer Mask, P178 “My big beauty discovery of 2015 is face masks, and it’s all thanks to our beauty editor, Steph! This one is my favorite—I have a stash at home whenever I need to fake a good night’s sleep.” – Ina G.
Carmex Original Click Stick SPF 15, P119 “My lips are really dry, and I’ve tried almost every lip balm out there, all of which never really did it for me. This one feels a little waxier than other lip balms I’ve tried, and I’m guessing that’s why it moisturizes so much better. Plus , it has a SPF and a minty sensation on the lips. After just 2 days of use, I’m ready to say goodbye to my huge stash of other lip balms!” – Patty G.
Skinlite Collagen Eye Zone Mask, P100 “This was first recommended to me by an officemate when I asked about what I could do to improve my eye bags and dark circles. To my surprise, it didn’t take much from a beauty-product averse girl like me to love it. It’s so soothing on the skin, and is actually something I now look forward to a tiring day. And the best part is, it’s not time consuming at all. Use it before bed, when you need to relax, or both—and voilà, instant relief and beautification!” – Gem F.
“These eye patches are my picker-uppers in the morning, especially after I’ve stayed up a little too late and wake up with extra puffiness. I just pop them in the freezer for a few minutes while I’m getting ready, then apply them under my eyes. Instant relief! To me, they’re like tiny sheet masks for your eyes. And the cold really jolts you awake! I can’t believe it’s only P100 for 30 pieces. I would actually pay more for these.” – Kim V.
Aloe Derma Age Defying Sun Block Cream, P657 “Most sunblocks feel slimy and sit on the skin, instead of seeping into it. This is different—and in the best way: it does not only protect my skin from dreaded UV rays, but it also moisturizes my skin and keeps it from looking dry and flaky. Plus, it is lightweight and has a pleasant-smelling fragrance.” – Anaelle A.
VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 30 (30g), P815 “Believe me when I say that I’ve tried most facial sunblocks, and was continuously on the lookout for the best one —that is until I started using this. Now, nothing can compare! I have sensitive skin, so this was the perfect choice for me as it is lightweight and unscented! I can apply it daily, even underneath my makeup, and it protects me from both the indoor and outdoor UV rays. This is pricier than other brands, but I know my money goes a long way! After all, skin care is an investment for every girl!” – Jyle G.
It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector, on sale at P685 “This serum is amazing. I bought it after a hormonal breakout left behind a few dark spots and, as soon as I started using this, they disappeared. It also helped brighten my overall complexion. The citrusy smell is pleasant, while the glass packaging is beautiful and the dropper releases just the right amount of product. This is super worth it, and I’m excited to try more from this brand!” – Kim V.
Cleerface Herbal Pimple Cream (20g), on sale at P319 “It’s been a challenging year, and unfortunately, stress came in the form of pimples. Lucky for me, this took care of ‘em. It really works and yet, it is gentle on the skin.” – Bing D.
NutraLuxe Lash MD, P2,800 “It might seem crazy to spend so much on such a small tube, but this stuff is magic! When I started applying this to my lashes every night before bed, I noticed a difference in as little as two weeks. All the patchy spots were barely visible and it added volume and length to my lashes. Why use mascara when you’ve got this power product?” – Dani C.
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, P1,110
“This has literally saved me half an hour minimum every day. It gets my hair neat and ready with one comb-through, and make detangling a breeze as soon as I get out of the shower. What I love about it is that it doesn’t just detangle, it actually makes my hair look sleek as well. I can’t live without it: I have one in my bathroom—and bag!” – Karyl C.
Avalon Organics Scalp Normalizing Conditioner, on sale at P395 “I’ve undergone plenty of hair treatments at the salon. So much so that it wrecked havoc on my scalp—it turned red and even started to peel. In the hopes of improving my situation, I tried out this product and it soothe my stressed-out scalp without weighing my hair down. Plus, the cooling sensation feels so good!” – Nicky M.
Dove Straight & Silky Shampoo, P197 “My hair has a mind of its own—it does whatever it pleases, and usually, it choose to go in every which way. This shampoo is one of the few that have helped tame my hair. I no longer have to blow-dry or straighten my hair after a shower. I can just use this and go, which I’d much rather prefer. Not to mention, this hard-working number is super cheap! How could anyone say no?” – Dani C.
Now it’s your turn to tell us about your best beauty discovery. Which one changed your life this year? Sound off in the comments!
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