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These Are the Best Makeup We Tried in 2021

Read our reviews for the winning makeup products for this year's Preview Beauty Awards!
These Are the Best Makeup We Tried in 2021
IMAGE Bianca Arreola
Read our reviews for the winning makeup products for this year's Preview Beauty Awards!

Last November, we revealed the new batch winners of this year's Preview Beauty Awards. It included a total of 45 products, all of which we tried, tested, and swear by ourselves. We only briefly talked about why we love these items in our master list, so allow us to rave more about these picks by checking out the full reviews below, courtesy of Preview editors, contributors, and members of the Preview Creative Collective!

Best Base Makeup 2021

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PHOTOGRAPHY Bianca Arreola
ART DIRECTION Bacs Arcebal
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Best Primer: Shiseido Synchro Skin Soft Blurring Primer (P2200)

Tester Review: "When I want to have instantly photo-ready skin, I apply a pea-sized of this primer on my T-zone. It gives me a matte, soft-focus finish right away, and it helps refine the look of my pores without feeling heavy. Sometimes, I wear it alone for an invisible smoothing effect on bare skin, and it works every time." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

SHOP: Zalora

Best Foundation: Happy Skin Second Skin Serum Cushion Foundation (P999)

Tester Review: "I never had much luck with cushion foundations. They're always either too dewy, too cakey, or the shade is totally off on my skin tone. This cushion foundation is neither of those things—in fact, it strikes to perfect balance of having a skin-like finish and being oily skin-friendly, beating most of the cushions I've tried (and I've gone through many)." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

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SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Skin Tint: Issy & Co. Active Skin Tint SPF 30 (P499)

Tester Review: "This should be a staple in every girl’s beauty arsenal! I love that it’s dual purpose because it allows me to save time, money, and space on areas I greatly care about: sun protection and evening my skin tone. Its lightweight and non-greasy formula is perfect for everyday. I have been using it daily, even if I’m just at home: it’s that breathable!" - Reg Rodriguez, Contributor

SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Concealer: Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer (P2600)

Tester Review: "This became my holy grail concealer after just a week of using it. The formula has everything I'm looking for in an everyday cover-up: high coverage, good lasting powder, and a non-cakey, matte finish. And yes, the "forever" part of its name is there for a reason—this concealer barely smudges even under my mask and I found it still perfectly intact after a long 16-hour day." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

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SHOP: Available in SM Aura Premier, The Podium Mall

Best Cream Blush: Nars Air Matte Blush (P1800)

Tester Review: "I've had a love-hate relationship with cream blush since I started wearing makeup. And while I won't necessarily, say that this blush has put an end to that, it's definitely one of the few I'll willingly put on every day. The smooth, mousse-y texture makes it blendable enough to achieve a natural flush every time, and it never causes my foundation to rub off. I love that it's decently pigmented, too, so I can never overapply. My only gripe about it is that it's not too flattering in terms of texture on the eyes, so I'm not able to make it multitask." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

SHOP: Available in Rustan's

Best Powder Blush: Ever Bilena Advance Bloom Blush (P199)

Tester Review: "The Ever Bilena Bloom Blush has a lightweight, buildable formula that doesn’t stamp on the skin, as some powder blushes do when you apply them on a dewy base. While the powder is quite loose (particles flew even if I dipped in my brush with a light hand) I appreciated the soft, non-streaky texture. It doesn’t look cakey, either!" - Sofia de Aros, Fashion Assistant

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SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Eye & Lip Makeup 2021

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PHOTOGRAPHY Bianca Arreola
ART DIRECTION Bacs Arcebal

Best Eyebrow Product: Benefit Powmade (P1330)

Tester Review: "Before I tried this product, brow pomade was extremely intimidating for me. I thought they were all going to give me overly dark and blocky brows regardless of what brand I use. Luckily, that wasn't the case for Benefit's Powmade, with its creamy, forgiving formula that gives me enough time to blend before it sets. Its brush wiper was also such a smart add-on, and is actually one of the reasons I can continue to use such a pigmented formula." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

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SHOP: Lazada/Sephora

Best Eyeliner: K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Procast the Eyeliner (P895)

Tester Review: "The first thing I noticed about the K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Procast eyeliner was its weight. It’s heavier than the usual eyeliner pen, which actually makes the drawing experience easier, maybe because it steadies the hand—a weightless pen would be more susceptible to a shaky wrist. The brush itself is amazingly easy to use, and the slightly sheer purple-brown ink is just lovely if you want to sharpen your eyes without committing to severe black eyeliner. It also takes well to layering: as long as you let the ink dry for a few seconds, you can go over it again with a second coat, and it won’t rub away or chip." - Sofia de Aros, Fashion Assistant

SHOP: Lazada/Zalora

Best Lip Balm: Colourette Colourbalm (P299)

Tester Review: "A little goes a long way with this one! I applied online a small amount, but it already gave my lips a lot of color, moisture, and glow. It’s a bit on the oilier side, though, but it's still lightweight!" - Katrina dela Cruz, Content Creator

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SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Luxury Lipstick: Guerlain Rouge G Luxurious Velvet (P1900, refill; P2050, mirror case)

Tester Review: "I don't wear red lipstick often, but when I do, I always want it to look the way my lips do when I'm wearing Rouge G Luxurious Velvet. The matte, velvety finish is just effortlessly luxurious, just like the gorgeous case that it comes in. All the reds in this line are worth checking out, but I'm partial to Flame Red's fiery vibe and the fact that it's Violette's go-to color." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

SHOP: Sephora

Best Drugstore Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Ultimatte Lipstick (P299)

Tester Review: "The standout feature of this lipstick is how pigmented it is. If you're precise enough, one continuous swipe will have your lips instantly covered in the color of your choice. And for 299 pesos, that's more than a steal." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

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SHOP: Shopee/Watsons

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