You'd think that our beauty stash would be much smaller in the summer than in the colder months, but reality has quickly turned out to be the opposite. We find ourselves looking for more options just to stay fresh in this weather, which brought us to curate this year's Preview Girls' Choice Awards: Summer Edit!
For the beauty section, the Preview team, our contributors, and the Preview Clique tested hundreds of products, picking out only 25 must-haves for the season. To find out more about our favorites, read our reviews and watch the product demos below!
Best Cleanser: Senka Perfect Whip Acne Care
About the product: The rich foam on this salicylic acid-infused cleanser washes off every bit of oil, sweat, and dirt on the skin in the most satisfying way sans the dryness.
Review: "I'm always on the hunt for salicylic acid cleansers that won't dry my skin out, and this product is one of my favorite finds this summer. The generous foam it creates really cuts through the oil on my face at the end of the day, and it's really good at rinsing off the excess from my cleansing oil, too. Using this every night has definitely helped me prevent breakouts, so I'm almost scared of running out." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Assistant
Perfect Whip Acne Care, P299, SENKA, Lazada
Best Exfoliating Cleanser: Celeteque Exfoliating Cleansing Stick
About the product: This spill-proof cleansing stick isn't just travel-friendly. It contains tea tree oil and turmeric root extract, which help combat stubborn body breakouts and rough skin while reducing the appearance of dark marks.
Review: "I use this product as a gentle exfoliant because it's convenient to use and has fine beads that don't feel too harsh. It also doesn't leave a tightened feeling after use. After using this with another exfoliant, my skin gradually improved and it noticeably brightened after two weeks! Some acne marks also disappeared and my nose area (a.k.a. the breeding ground of black heads and white heads) felt smoother—proof that my skin just needed proper exfoliation after all!" - Steph Sison, Deputy Managing Editor
Exfoliating Cleansing Stick, P295, CELETEQUE, Watsons
Best Cleansing Device: Foreo Luna 3
About the product: While waiting for your next derm appointment, take your cleansing routine to the next level with the Foreo Luna 3's soft, antibacterial bristles that’ll let you achieve a deeper clean.
Review: "I like how smooth and soft my skin feels after using this, and the fact that aside from it being a cleansing device, it can also be used for face massages. After two weeks of using this daily, I got compliments that my face looks glowing, though, I'm not sure though if it is solely because of this product because I'm also trying new products. Overall, I think this is a good addition to one's skincare routine. The only con probably is the price as this one is the price!" - Dan Soliman, Preview Clique
Luna 3, P11,800, FOREO, Lazada
Best Hydrating Toner: Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion
About the product: This hydrating lotion from Hada Labo has four types of hyaluronic acid to protect your skin from moisture loss and leave it smooth and supple even without a heavy moisturizer.
Review: "Hydrating toners are a must for oily-skinned people and what I really really love about this product is that it lives up to its hype of being totally transparent in terms of ingredients listed. There isn't any fragrance at all which is a personal preference for me for skincare. I can say that this toner is suitable for all skin types and that you don't really need much for it to be fully absorbed by your skin. " - Ryan Kyle, Preview Clique
Hydrating Lotion, P685, HADA LABO, Watsons
Best Exfoliating Toner: ZO Skin Health by Zein Obagi Oil Control Pads
About the product: If your summer skin woes are getting out of control, the combination of BHA and AHAs in this toner will fight excess sebum, breakouts, and dark spots, all in a few convenient swipes.
Review: "These are the best exfoliating oil control toning pads I've ever tried because it really gives you visible results in about a week or two. I have oily and acne-prone skin and this it the only product I've tried that's been able to reduce my sebum production, prevent breakouts, and lighten my acne scars. Worth the hefty price tag!" - Maura Rodriguez, Associate Social Media Editor
Oil Control Pads, P4500, ZO SKIN HEALTH BY ZEIN OBAGI, shop.belomed.com
Best Moisturizer: Hello Glow Rosewater Soothing Gel
About the product: Gel moisturizers are a no-brainer way for the summer, and this product from Hello Glow isn’t just lightweight—it's formulated with rosewater to balance the skin, hyaluronic acid to retain moisture, and aloe vera extract to soothe.
Review: "Hyaluronic acid is one of my favorite key ingredients in skincare, so I love that it's in this product. For me, the gel feels light on my skin and provides instant boost in hydration! I have also noticed that it helped my skin cop a healthy-looking glow, making it best for days where I want to go bare-faced! The travel-friendly blush pouch makes it perfect for anyone who's on the go, too. The only con I'd say is it has a really strong rose-scent, which might not be for everyone!" - Mara Go, Preview Creative Collective
Rosewater Soothing Gel, P150, HELLO GLOW, Lazada
Best Sunscreen: Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+ PA++++
About the product: This light, milky sunscreen from Anessa offers matte, sweat-resistant protection in this blistering heat, with the welcome addition of green tea leaf and yellow flower extracts that prevent photo-aging.
Review: "I love SPF and this having SPF 50 PA++++ is so impressive. It's definitely milky and so lightweight, to the point where it feels like I'm not wearing anything. My skin absorbed this right away which makes it so easy to prep before makeup and even wear it on its own. It doesn't give me that greasy feel that some sunscreens do either!" - Kaila Concepcion, Preview Clique
Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+ PA++++, P749 (20ml)-P1990 (60ml), ANESSA, Lazada
Best Body Wash: Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Brightness Reveal Body Wash
About the product: This gentle, hypoallergenic body wash from Cetaphil will bring out your summer glow naturally, addressing dull skin with a brightening combo of white sea daffodil and niacinamide.
Review: "This is such a HOLY GRAIL! I've been suffering from chronic rashes and dry skin on my body. It would leave marks on my skin whenever I excessively scratch, but this body wash cleanses so gently and moisturizes my skin wwithout leaving a film. Plus, it really brightens my dark marks—I've seen such a drastic improvement! The only con is that it comes in just a 245ml bottle. I hope they come out with bigger sizes!" - Yasmeen Al Fardy, Preview Clique
Bright Healthy Radiance Brightness Reveal Body Wash, P649, CETAPHIL, Shopee
Best Spray Deodorant: Nivea Naturally Good Bio Aloe Vera Deo Spray
About the product: Formulated without alcohol, aluminum, and parabens, this convenient spray deo helps your underarms stay fresh and smooth all day with 95% naturally-sourced ingredients like organic bio aloe vera and glycerin.
Review: "Two of the ingredients that I avoid in my deodorant are alcohol and aluminum so I love how this has none of those but contains 95% natural ingredients instead. I love how it also has aloe vera and feels very light on the skin. My skin is very sensitive whenever I try new skincare but this did not irritate my skin at all." - Kaila Concepcion, Preview Clique
Naturally Good Bio Aloe Vera Deo Spray, P154, NIVEA, Shopee
Best Roll-On Deodorant: Dove Deodorant Dry Serum Intensive Renew Collagen + Vitamin B3
About the product: Dove's Dry Serum deodorants work double time to solve your underarm concerns while keeping you sweat-free. Our pick for the summer? The Collagen + B3 variant, which works to improve skin elasticity and fade dark marks that could get worse in the heat.
Review: "At first, I thought it was going to take long for this to absorb because it's a cream, but it dries up easily and gives a smooth finish! While I have yet to see a difference with my underarm skin tone, I like using it because it keeps my underarms dry and smooth—perfect for everyday use! It's my first to try out this type of deo and I actually like it better than the traditional roll-ons. Love how it makes my underarm so soft!" - Chrissean Mae, Preview Clique
Deodorant Dry Serum Intensive Renew Collagen + Vitamin B3, P145, DOVE, Lazada
Best Body Moisturizer: Ever Organics Ice Jeju Aloe Soothing Lotion
About the product: You won't regret swapping your usual body lotion for this ultra-light soothing gel made with Jeju aloe and ice plant extract. Store it in your beauty fridge for a stronger cooling effect!
Review: "This product is perfect for the summer because of the cooling feel it has on the body upon application. It's also lightweight and non-sticky which allows for comfortable wear even on humid days. I also noticed that it didnt irritate my acne-prone areas such as the back and chest!" - Bettina Francisco, Beauty Intern
Ice Jeju Aloe Soothing Lotion, P188, EVER ORGANICS, Shopee
Best Intimate Care Product: Gynepro Ultimate Protection Feminine Wash
About the product: The summer heat will inevitably make red days more uncomfortable, so it's best to be prepared. This feminine wash from Gynepro is formulated with chlorhexidine digluconate that will protect you from odor, itch, and irritation better than soap can.
Review: "I don't typically use feminine washes because of how irritating most of them can be, but when it's that time of the month (especially in the summer), just using water is no longer enough. This feminine wash from Gynepro is one of the few formulas that have worked for me, because it really does help cleanse that area well (but gently) during red days without causing any itching or discomfort on my sensitive skin." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Assistant
Ultimate Protection Feminine Wash, P163 (150ml), GYNEPRO, Lazada
Best Shampoo: Babe Formula Blossom Shampoo
About the product: Babe Formula's Blossom shampoo is a triple threat: It's shelfie-worthy, boasts of a sweet floral scent, and last but not the least, it cleanses and treats your strands with an impressive pH-balanced formula boosted with hydrolyzed keratin and argan oil.
Review: "I have frizzy hair as well as stubborn baby hair, and so far, I think my hair has found its match in Babe Formula's eye-candy hair products. The Blossom shampoo in particular does the job of removing grime and dirt off my hair without drying it out so well. Their products are backed with argan oil and hydrolyzed keratin, too, which works really well for my tresses. After using it for a few weeks, my hair looks much healthier!" - Mara Go, Preview Creative Collective
Shampoo in Blossom, P249, BABE FORMULA, babe-formula.com
Best Conditioner: Cream Silk Rich Organic Powerfusion Ultra Conditioner Rich Lustre
About the product: Treating your locks to this fresh-smelling conditioner loaded with bamboo, aloe extract, and more natural oils and organic moisturizing balms will compensate for all the salon trips you've been missing.
Review: "Cream Silk always comes through with the best-smelling conditioners, but the scents of the Rich Organic Powerfusion line might be my favorite so far. Next to keeping my now-long hair looking healthy and frizz-free, the subtle floral scent of this conditioner lingers all throughout the day that I barely find the need to use my hair mist to freshen up." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Assistant
Organic Powerfusion Ultra Conditioner Rich Lustre, P262, CREAM SILK, Watsons
Best Leave-in Conditioner: Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner
About the product: Any time your hair is feeling dry and frizzy, put on a few spritzes of this moisture replenishing rinse-free treatment for instantly softer and shinier locks.
Review: "The leave-in conditioner works well as a dry shampoo/conditioner and a wet look hairspray! It is also very colored-hair friendly and my hair just feels very soft and bouncy after spraying it with this product." - Ryan Kyle, Preview Clique
Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner, P2000, AVEDA, Lazada
Best Treatment: Mise En Scene Perfect Serum
About the product: With the help of seven naturally-derived oils, this hair serum treats signs of damage, split ends, and dryness in a matter of days. It’s no wonder that it’s a best-seller in Korea!
Review: "I first discovered this on a trip to Korea and I regretted not buying more bottles. It's such a lightweight serum despite being filled with nourishing oils. Really, my strands just drink this up so it never feels greasy! Since I haven't been able to go to the salon lately, this has been my secret to keeping my hair looking healthy and shiny. So glad that it's available in the Philippines now!" - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Assistant
Perfect Serum, P559, MISE EN SCENE, Lazada
Best Hair Fragrance: Dior Miss Dior Hair Mist
About the product: Hair mists are always a good idea for a mid-day refresh, and this product will envelope your locks in Dior's signature Miss Dior fragrance without drying it out like a regular perfume would.
Review: "Perfume can dry out your hair because of all the alcohol, but I'm stubborn and still do it because well, making my hair smell good is my priority. Since I started using the Miss Dior Hair Mist though, I realized I can have the best of both worlds and have my locks smell amazing without overwhelming it with alcohol. The sweet citrus floral scent is such a shoe-in for summer as well, and I have to admit—I sometimes use it as a body spray, too." - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Assistant
Miss Dior Hair Mist, P2900, DIOR, SM Aura Premier
Best Perfume: Bvlgari Rose Goldea Eau de Parfum Kathleen Kye
About the product: This dainty bottle by Korean designer Kathleen Kye breathes new life into the fruity floral classic from Bvlgari. Summer-perfect through and through, Rose Goldea opens with a burst of pomegranate that mellows into a rose-jasmine heart and a warm, woody base.
Review: "I feel & smell EXPENSIVE when I wear this! The scent is very floral & feminine (kinda like rose petals), so if you're into that then you should definitely try this. It lasted all day on me, and I really may have found my new fave perfume! - Janny Miranda, Preview Clique
Rose Goldea Eau de Parfum Kathleen Kye, P9550, BVLGARI, Zalora
Best Body Spray: Avon Summer White Sunset Eau de Toilette
About the product: Summer White Sunset is a no-fail, fresh-off-the-shower scent that screams beach-ready. Its bottle is the perfect size for toting around, too, because the summer heat always makes us want to do a second (or third) spritz.
Review: "This is the perfect fresh out of the shower fragrance that isn't too feminine which I like! What's more, the bottle is slim enough to fit into your purse, making it easy to bring around if you need to touch up." - Maura Rodriguez, Associate Social Media Editor
Summer White Sunset Eau de Toilette, P399, AVON, avonshop.ph
Best Brow Product: Benefit Brow Microfilling Pen
About the product: This product makes faking full, feathery brows such a breeze even if you aren't a pro. All it takes are a few gentle strokes and you'll have natural-looking arches the entire day!
Review: "This definitely help me achieve the natural-looking, feathery brows that I want. The three-pronged tip fills out the gaps in my brows effortlessly so it can look fuller. It's also long lasting and does not smudge! I got deep brown which suits my brow color very well. My only concern is that because it has a very sheer application, I find it hard to work on the tail of my brow, probably because I don't have enough hair on that area. That said, I can confirm that this product can amp up my arches without trying too hard." - Dan Soliman, Preview Clique
Brow Microfilling Pen, P1660, BENEFIT, Lazada
Best Eyeshadow: Spotlight Cosmetics Scene Stealer Gel Eyeshadow
About the product: This gel-to-powder formula will give you a smudge-proof sheen of shimmer even without pro blending skills. If you're after a bold glow, have it double up as your highlighter!
Review: "I love how these eyeshadows are not too glittery, plus how it blends smoothly onto the skin. It can be used both as a highlighter and eyeshadow, so if you're looking for a blinding gel highlighter, this is the perfect product for you! It also smells really good!" - Janny Miranda, Preview Clique
Scene Stealer Gel Eyeshadow, P295, SPOTLIGHT COSMETICS, Shopee
Best Powder: Careline Oil Control Mattifying Loose Powder
About the product: A list of summer must-haves isn't complete without powder, and this loose compact from Careline provides the fresh matte finish and natural-looking coverage that keeps shine at bay.
Review: "I love loose powders for setting makeup and in my opinion, this a new must-have. I love the finish, it's very lightweight on the skin, does not cake, and for my combination to oily skin, it really did mattify my skin and give it a velvet-y feel without making it look so dry." - Kaila Concepcion, Preview Clique
Oil Control Mattifying Loose Powder, P220, CARELINE, Lazada
Best Blush: Colourette Coloursnaps in Waves
About the product: For a dewy yet undetectable flush, you can't go wrong with this moisturizing brick red balm from Colourette. You'll look like you just had a bit of sun!
Review: "I love shade of this product! It is easy to apply and multipurpose, and the cannister is great for travel and a brush-free application. For something that is dewy, it is so long-lasting!" - Yma Cuervo, Preview Clique
Coloursnaps in Waves, P299, COLOURETTE, Lazada
Best Multi-Use Product: Ever Bilena Advance Power Paint Multi-Use Color Cream
About the product: A little goes such a long way with this product that you can create a matte monochrome look with as little as two pea-sized dots. You won't need a brush to blend it in either—your fingers will do the job perfectly!
Review: "'If a quick, matte, and monochrome face is your go-to for the summer, you need this in your stash. For such an affordable price, it's incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and comes in such flattering shades that look gorgeous on the lids, cheeks, and lips!" - Nicole Arcano, Beauty Assistant
Power Paint Multi-Use Color Cream, P199, EVER BILENA ADVANCE, Watsons
Best Lipstick: Blk Cosmetics Airy Matte Tint
About the product: With its impressive pigmentation and airy matte feel, this product blurs the lines between a lip tint and a liquid lipstick. Did we mention that it's also maskproof?
Review: "The shade Maple is not-so-intense red that's perfect for those who want to try out a bolder lip color. I personally have dry lips so it’s comfortable to wear despite the dry feeling, but it's easy to apply and blend! However, since it can emphasize cracked lips, you have to make sure to exfoliate first." - Patricia Gapay, Preview Clique
Airy Matte Tint, P379, BLK, Watsons
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