The Extraordinary Beauty Products You Should Make Sure to Try This Year

New and old favorites to try in the year ahead.

Keep in mind these beauty winners next time you find yourself shopping at the store or online for new things to try.

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

This opulent and androgynous scent is inspired by Tom Ford's affection for London, "reminscent of a gentleman's club," he once said. While this warm and delicious blend of tobacco flower, spices, and vanilla oozes with sex appeal, it's also quite delicate, cozy, and comforting. Available at Adora and Rustan’s The Beauty Source


La Mer The Eye Concentrate

This indulgent eye cream relies on an even more potent blend of the La Mer Miracle Broth to smoothen, de-puff, and brighten the areas around the eye. The applicator comes with a soothing tip and the formula is light and easily absorbs. Available at Rustan's The Beauty Source

Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Shower Oil

If you’re still looking for a reason to incorporate shower oil into your bathing routine, this is it. A little goes a long way for this luxury cologne brand's bestselling fragrance. Just tip a few drops into your bath and allow the warm water to release the scent and turn your tub into a mini paradise. The formulation of this shower oil leaves your skin feeling silky and smelling flirty and feminine. Available at Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Mall, and SM Makati

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

The semi-matte finish of this long-wearing foundation is what we love best about this formula best suited for combination or oily skin. It gives a natural dewy sheen while covering up spots and smoothening out the complexion. Available at Rustan's The Beauty Source

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter and Rose Collection

This new sustainable and natural beauty brand was just launched in the Philippines and it’s easily a winner with its sweet rose and creamy butter scent. The body wash is a standout—it lathers and softens the skin like a moisturizing wash, but rinses squeaky clean like soap, making it the perfect product for those who want a fragrant wash that doesn’t leave a greasy residue. The conditioner also features a quick-rinse formula without a filmy coat. Visit the pop-up store at Power Plant Mall till January 27 or buy online at Zalora, Honestbee, and Lazada.

Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

A soothing spot cream that tackles dryness and crepiness at once, this bestseller is great for sensitive skin and as an after-sun care. Its star ingredient is Guaiazulene, a dark blue crystalline hydrocarbon from chamomile oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties that calm and soothe. Available at Beauty Bar

Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel

Lightweight and fast-absorbing, it's hard to believe this sunscreen comes with  SPF 50. The best part? It allows makeup to set amazing over it. No oily or sticky feel; no powdery texture. Available at Freyja

Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick

With reports saying that women end up eating about seven pounds of lipstick in their lifetime, choosing natural, non-toxic lipsticks easily becomes a priority. This popular pick stays long, holds comfortably, and features safe ingredients such as natural oils and fruit extracts. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Chanel Blue Serum

It's called the Blue Serum because of its key ingredients based on the diets of people who live in the world's blue zones or where people generally live longer. These longevity ingredients were found to do wonders for the skin: Bosana Olives from Sardinia, which serves to protect the skin; green coffee from Costa Rica for antioxidant properties; and lentisk from Greece for restorative properties. It doubles as a moisturizer as it softens dry patches and delivers an all-day dewiness. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Clarins Extra Firming Day and Night Cream

This newest reformulation of the classic duo is marketed for women in their 40s, but who says you can’t start earlier? Specifically tackling skin firmness, the new line uses the extract of kangaroo flower, which has a strong regenerating capacity that can activate the skin’s cells to produce collagen and elastin. This duo has kept our skin plump, moisturized, and flake-free for the past two months. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Colour'Ink in On Fleek

No other liquid matte can compare to this winner: It’s non-drying, buildable, long-lasting, and comfortable. This particular shade is quite a universal brown that looks great on most skin tones and goes well with peachy to neutral eye colors. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

This hydrogel patch is everything good about under-eye masks: It isn’t drippy, it holds perfectly in place, and it cools and relaxes while depuffing, smoothing, and hydrating the skin with different sizes of hyaluronic acid molecules, Ceramide NP, collagen, and marshmallow root extract, among other skin saviors. Available at Freyja.

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam

This deep red is a beautiful color even for those who are not used to wearing high impact red lipsticks. It's also a shade that can work on the face on its own, even without full eye makeup. The slim tube makes for an easy grip and application. Available at Rustan's The Beauty Source

Teviant Glitter Liner in Argent

When makeup artist Albert Kurniawan launched a premium eye makeup line, Manila expected a lot. The good news is that the products deliver. The superfine pigments of this glitter liner—which took many months to formulate and perfect—is just one of its most commendable features. It dries matte, it has a precise applicator, it holds all day, and it’s just so beautiful! Available online at Teviant and at SM Megamall.

Shiseido Waso Purifying Peel Off Mask

This metallic pink mask addresses what you dislike most about peel-off masks, ultimately changing the game of masking: It peels off without pain without going light on stubborn blackheads and whiteheads. Take it off and see your skin thoroughly de-gunked, glowy, and smoother. 

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

This set of three creamy sticks allows even a contouring newbie achieve a pro-like job. It comes with a cheat sheet and the formula easily glides and blends evenly (no harsh lines!) for the most natural looking contour. We tried this on a bare face and fooled quite a number into thinking we got slimmer (and had a nose job). Available at Beauty Bar

Perricone MD Deep Crease Serum

The newest from Perricone is made for women in their 40s to combat stubborn facial lines, "including marionette lines, frown lines, smile lines, and nasolabial folds." Its star ingredient, Acyl-Glutathione, softens, smoothens, and lifts the skin over time, revealing a more youthful glow. Available at Rustan's The Beauty Source

Benefit 4-in-1 Brow Contour Pen

If you want your brows to look professionally filled, shaped, and drawn with just one product, this genius of a tool is your answer. With the pen’s lighter shade, deeper shade, edge definer, and arch highlighter, you can easily create defined eyebrows with dimension like a true makeup artist. Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

Tom Ford Eye Quad in Disco Dust

Compact, hardworking, pigmented, and versatile, this quad will take from day to night with a lot of different looks to create. An elevated take on neutrals, the colors are warmer and flattering on the Filipino complexion. Available at Adora and Rustan’s The Beauty Source


Firm Flesh Stick Foundation

When a former editor in chief of a global and phenomenal beauty magazine launches her own makeup line, you can trust that it will deliver gorgeous results. Such is the case with Flesh Beauty, the makeup brand founded by Linda Wells, who has spent 25 years at the helm of Allure. If you can’t buy everything, go for this foundation stick first. We’ve faked a gorgeous, dewy, perfect complexion with this little wonder that has full coverage and long-lasting hold. Definitely the most gorgeous foundation stick we’ve tried. A bonus? It is available in 40 (!) shades that you can also use as a contouring stick and concealer. Shop at Ulta.

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara

This won’t promise you super long or super thick lashes, rather it can deliver the ‘my lashes but better’ effect, making it a great everyday option. The wand is slim and easy to use, allowing you to apply from root to tip and up to the very last lash. Shop at Glossier.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter and Balm Duo

The Queen Bee of makeup artists, Pat McGrath can never go wrong. At least that’s what we’re inclined to think. While her Mthrshp palettes can easily lure you with their pigments and packaging, turn your attention to this duo because it really is the dewy highlighter of your dreams. On one end is a balm for low-key makeup days, allowing that natural, perfect-skin glow over the cheekbones. On the other end is a highlighter with delicate shimmer that comes in three shades, delivering the runway sparkle you’ve always wanted. But here is the real pro secret: Layer the balm over the shimmer highlighter for the most gorgeous, magical effect of a hydrated, radiant complexion. Shop at Sephora Philippines.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse

A little goes a long way with this airy mousse that lets us draw and fill in our eyebrows precisely and evenly without smudging, transferring, or smearing, using its angled brush and spoolie. Its color is buildable, which means we can go darker or lighter using just one pot, and its formula glides on without being sticky or setting in waxy. A pot can last you up to two years. Shop at Ulta.

Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow

Our go-to for healthy looking and plump lips since we discovered it over the holidays. Sometimes we wear it on its own. Sometimes we layer over our pigmented lipstick. Sometimes we even swipe over our cheeks for a long-lasting shine. Shop at Sephora Philippines.

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Nicole’s career in publishing began in 2006. Before becoming Town & Country online’s managing editor, she moved from features editor to beauty editor of the title’s print edition. “The lessons in publishing are countless,” she says. “The most crucial ones for me? That to write best about life, you need to live your life. And another I still struggle to live by: ‘Brevity is a virtue; verbosity is a vice.’”
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