In the spirit of experimentation, we sometimes forget classics that have served us well from the beginning. But today, we thought we’d go back to our beauty roots! Your fellow customers have served up a roster of oldies but goodies for this week’s Top Reviews. There’s an all-around beauty oil, there are these 100-peso eye masks we’ve been hoarding by the dozen—there’s a lot. And with these five-star finds, your kikay collection is set for life.

1. LA Colors Mineral Blush, P249 “Firstly the color. I got After glow and from the photo was expecting a much bronzer shade to arrive but it was actually a very deep pink-plum shade that I didn’t mind at all. It looks very natural and subtle on the cheeks, so if you’re looking for that look: You’ll love this color … It is compact enough that it’s easy to chuck in your bag, and it comes with a decently-sized mirror and brush in its bottom compartment to help with easy reapplication. Overall I do think it’s worth it. For the beginner who isn’t really into going full-glam and is just looking for an everyday, natural blush– this is it!” – Denish

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2. COSRX AHA Whitehead Power Liquid, P900 “I find that I like this better than the BHA liquid. It has made a huge difference on the texture of my skin and I always feels great applying it at night. I’ve tried other chemical exfoliants from other brands and I really love how this isn’t drying at all, but it actually plumps up my skin. in the morning, I really see that my skin is glowing, hydrated, and some of my pimples have gone down. After using this for about a month, I do see slight improvements with hyperpigmentation and I also get fewer blemishes.” – Rachel

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3. Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic Matte, P1,060 “I’ve had this product for a while now, and really it does wonders for [your] pores and your oil problem. My problem area is my t-zone and this helped my makeup stay longer than other primers! I’d say it is quite similar to the Benefit Porefessional! It especially helps in the weather of the Philippines, because it helps the makeup stay looking fresh even though you’re getting oily because of the hot weather.” – Carmela

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4. VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Treatment Toner, P1,230 “It’s my 3rd week using the VMV re everthing [sic] treatment toner and there is improvement on my skin discolorations. I think it lightens up a little bit. I’m carefully following instructions to get the possible good result, anyway there is no point in rushing treatments. In the morning, i’ve seen that my skin is quite firmer and pores less visible. It also doesn’t sting compared with derma products I’ve tried before. I think I’m gonna stick with this product. Saving up to purchase re everything cream soon.” – Roselle

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5. Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail Lip Treatment, P478 “My lips have always been chapped and dry, and my entire life so far has been spent on finding the product that will solve that problem. I thought I would never find one. This product’s name sounded a little strange, and I bought it out of desperation, but OMG, it turned out to be amazing, really an answer to a 35 year-old prayer. Maybe the angels have taken pity on me and manufactured this product. Highly recommended. I am stocking up.” – Maryanne

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6. Happy Bath Pure Cotton Flower Perfume Body Wash, P1,110 “I was looking for a body wash that didn’t smell like the usual scents, and would go with my cologne (which is sort of like freshly pressed laundry if that makes sense). After trying out a few which smelled too much like commercial shampoos, Pure Cotton Flower Perfume Body Wash was just right. It’s very bubbly, and leaves skin soft and silky. The smell is like being wrapped up in warm cotton, or better yet, warm cashmere. I feel very pampered! The scent is comforting.” – Mira

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7. Lumiere Organiceuticals Cold-Pressed Argan Oil, now on sale at P650 (limited time sale) “I really love the product! First of all, I used to have some flaky areas around my nose and chin, I tried a lot of moisturizers and believe me they don’t do the job so well. I finally got hold of my first argan oil and I really love it! So I gave it two weeks and wow! my skin feels more supple and people do say that I’m glowing nowadays, maybe because my skin looks so hydrated. Also I used to have some issues around my lip area and it just disappeared. I’ll wait for more results after this first bottle. It’s not greasy just as described, I worry about it since I have oily skin already but no problems in that area so far. It comes with a dropper so there won’t be any trouble dispensing the product.” – Danika

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8. Skinlite Collagen Eye Zone Mask, P100 “This is, hands down, one of my favorite purchases from BeautyMNL. I work the graveyard shift with the air conditioning drying out my skin. Putting on a pair of these babies under my tired eyes as I wind down (with a book) has helped reduce puffiness and dryness under my eyes. Best used at the end of the day after removing makeup and washing your face, and sealing in that moisture with your favorite under-eye product.” – Cielo

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9. Zenutrients Hush Lavender & Citronella Anti-mosquito Sleeping Cream, P208 “It’s an all natural, smoothing, and non-sticky insect repelling lotion! It’s also light on the skin and the scent isn’t as overpowering as the other insect repelling lotions that I have tried. You can use this throughout the day and it’ll work for hours. I can say that its truly effective. I bring this whenever I’m visiting my province to ward of the many mosquitoes. For the price it’s a steal!” – Karen

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10. Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum, P1,250 “During those mornings where I don’t have time to go through my usual skincare regimen, this toner-serum is such a Godsend! After cleansing my face, I place one to two drops of this on my hand and pat it around my face and neck. Instant toning and moisturizing! It has a subtle rose-y scent, which may discourage those who do not like rose scents to purchase this. However, seeing the effect this has on my skin, I do encourage people who find rose scents kind of offensive to give this a try. Bear with it, because it does its job in hydrating and brightening the skin. Anyway, the scent goes away after a few minutes, imho. I have also noticed some of my fine lines diminishing. This is a must-have product in one’s skincare regimen. Will definitely repurchase.” – Nicole

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 Tune in next week for another batch of 5-star must-haves!

All reviews are user-generated on BeautyMNL.