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These Are the Best Skincare Products We Tried in 2021

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

PHOTOGRAPHY Bianca Arreola
ART DIRECTION Bacs Arcebal
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Best Daily Cleanser: Careline Skin Jelly Cleanser (P285)

Tester Review: "My skin is especially picky when it comes to cleansers. It easily gets irritated whenever I try new cleansers but it miraculously did not react to this one at all. True to its claims, it was really gentle and soothing which made my skin look plump after every wash. It’s also a good cleanser if you’re double cleansing as it doesn’t overstrip the skin. I feel like I found a skincare gem!" - Chelsea Garcia, Preview Creative Collective

SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Acne Cleanser: Neutrogena Deep Clean Acne Foaming Cleanser (P249)

Tester Review: "I’m someone with a combination-to-oily skin so I’m prone to the occasional break out from time to time. This cleanser felt deeply cleansing and made my face feel so clean afterwards! Plus points for the acne-fighting ingredients in it like the 0.05% Salicylic Acid and IPMP which is gentle enough for even skincare newbies to use and incorporate some BHA to their routine." - Jeymi Reyes, Preview Creative Collective

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SHOP: Shopee/Watsons

Best Makeup Remover: Lululun Cleansing Reset Water (P795)

Tester Review: "For something that's free of oil, alcohol, and fragrance, this cleansing water packs a punch when removing makeup. It easily removes my eye makeup, especially waterproof mascara, without stinging my eyes. Of course, I love that it comes in this jumbo size that I think can last me for a few months even with daily use." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor 

SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Exfoliator: Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner (P1770)

Tester Review: "When it comes to skincare, I like products that are straightforward, effective, and hardworking. This AHA toner ticks all the boxes for me also because it addresses my major skincare concerns of fine lines, uneven texture, and overexposure to UV rays. In just a week of continued use, I can already spot improvements on my skin. A fair warning, though: It has that subtle 'it’s-working' tingle that can be unsettling at first but you’ll eventually get used to it as you see great results coming in just a few days." - Steph Sison, Deputy Managing Editor

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SHOP: Sephora

Best Serum: Kiehl's Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum (P4950)

Tester Review: "I’ve always been on the fence about trying products with retinol because although I know it’s a miracle ingredient for reversing signs of aging (looking at you, finelines!), I’ve also heard that for some, it can be too harsh when starting out. I am very happy (and relieved, TBH!) that this serum incorporated seamlessly with my skincare routine. My skin feels soft and supple, and it looks much healthier, too. The best part? The smile lines that have started to form became less pronounced! I don’t know how I lived without this earlier, but I definitely can’t imagine life without it moving forward." - Reg Rodriguez, Contributor

SHOP: Lazada

Best Face Oil: Pili Ani Self Care Night Recovery Oil (P3200)

Tester Review: "For those who are sensitive to strong scents, this may not be for you. I used it on sensitive areas like under my eyes and on my neck, and there have been so negative side effects so far! It definitely added moisture & glow to my skin." - Katrina dela Cruz, Content Creator

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SHOP: Available on piliani.com.ph, Powerplant Mall

Best Acne Treatment: In Her Element Maskne Gel (P445)

Tester Review: "I'm very picky with my spot treatments. I don't want them to be overly drying, but I don't want them to not sting either. As impossible as those qualifications sounds, In Her Element's Maskne Gel is proof that it can be done. I apply this every time I get a breakout, and after around two days, the zit is already small and dried up enough to be negligible." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor 

SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

PHOTOGRAPHY Bianca Arreola
ART DIRECTION Bacs Arcebal
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Best Hydrating Moisturizer: Sunnies Face Dream Cream (P795)

Tester Review: "As someone who is not at all adventurous with skincare and sticks to basic, mild products, the Sunnies Face Dream Cream gave me a minor breakout on my first use, possibly because of the silicone content. However, it felt hydrating and soothing, so I stuck with it. I also tested it on my neck and arms, and was immediately satisfied with the softening effect. My face took to it better in the following days. I used it as a night mask, and found that my skin appeared plumper and livelier come morning." - Sofia de Aros, Fashion Assistant

SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Brightening Moisturizer: Laneige Radian-C Cream (P2550)

Tester Review: "This product easily snatched a spot in my skincare routine because of its very versatile formula. It gives the skin just the right amount of hydration without being heavy nor too light. I’ve tried using it as a day cream, night cream, and even as my pre-makeup moisturizer and it worked really well in all the mentioned situations. Whenever I used it at night, I woke up to brighter skin and less visible spots too." - Chelsea Garcia, Preview Creative Collective

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Best Sunscreen: Two Lips Screen Pore-Refining Sunscreen Gel Cream SPF 50 PA+++ (P3150)

Tester Review: "I usually prefer matte sunscreens over dewy ones, but this product was a game-changer for me. It leaves such a beautiful luminous finish that makes my skin look smoother and healthier even without makeup! My pores are less visible with this on, too. Overall, the fact that it offers SPF 50 feels more like an additional perk to everything else I love about it." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor 

SHOP: Lazada

Best Tinted Sunscreen: Celeteque Tinted Face Stick SPF 50 (P399)

Tester Review: "While it may be designed for all-over use, I decided to use this product as an alternative to concealer instead. And lo and behold, it worked so well! The stick provided a natural-looking light to medium coverage on my skin and had no white cast whatsoever. If you're looking for a convenient way to wear or reapply SPF, this is definitely something you should try." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor 

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SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

SHOP: Lazada/Shopee

Best Eye Cream: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix (P5000)

Tester Review: "I've always been a fan of Estée Lauder's eye care products, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. Storing the bottle in the beauty fridge helped me depuff my eyes every morning thanks to the steel applicator, while the formula itself was hydrating enough to plump the area. After a few weeks of use, I noticed my eye area appeared less dull, and some lines that I have became less pronounced." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor

SHOP: Zalora

Best Eye Serum: Clarins Double Serum Eye (P4550)

Tester Review: "This eye serum is my secret weapon under concealer. It hydrates my eye area without leaving a tacky feel (which usually makes my concealer cake and smudge), and that's despite having a bi-phase formula. I also love using it as a booster for my usual eye cream since it layers so well with other products. I do think it helped correct some texture I have under eyes, too." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Editor 

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SHOP: Available in Rustan's

PHOTOGRAPHY Bianca Arreola
ART DIRECTION Bacs Arcebal

Best Sheet Mask: Dr. Franz Anti-Aging Dual Mask System (P2800)

Tester Review: "Believe me when I say that there’s a 99% chance that this dual mask system will change how you view masks forever. Each set comes with two sheets and an essence. While it includes additional steps vs the usual sheet masks, it was so worth it as using this truly felt like a decadent self-care treat after a busy day. You can tell they don't scrimp on the product as the wet mask is densely hydrated, plus, they give you 9ml of the serum when it only requires 2-3 drops to activate the dry mask (they tell you to pat the extra until it's fully absorbed). It’s also a nice touch being told to “relax for 25 minutes” in the instructions. Not only does my skin feel hydrated, it instantly looked visibly tighter too! The results are so immediate and evident, I'd recommend it to everyone I know!" - Reg Rodriguez, Contributor

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