Fresh-Off-The-Box Beauty Essentials in our Closet

In this edition: an innovative perfume format, a collection of base essentials that work like a dream, lightweight lippies to love, and more.
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In the world of beauty, the quest for the best is never-ending—and for us, it makes our job all the more exciting. After all, there’s always room in our closet for new things! And, really, where’s the joy in a product that stays the same forever? There will always be the HGs and OGs on our top shelves, that’s for sure, but it’s always a happy surprise to find our faves in newer and better iterations.

In this edition of the Beauty Closet, we unbox the latest innovations from some of our favorite brands: a solid perfume that comes in a chic tube, base essentials that work amazingly, new lippies to love, and more.

Miss Dior Mini Miss Solid Perfumes

While solid perfumes have been around for years, the launch of Miss Dior Mini Miss is definitely taking this perfume format to the mainstream. As we’ve mentioned in our first impressions video, this one comes in a translucent pink stick, cased in a chic, woven jacquard houndstooth pattern inspired by Dior couture. It applies comfortably soft and stays for hours.

If we’re to predict, we think 2024 is going to be the year of the solid perfume. Mini Miss goes ahead with what Dior calls “the solid perfume version of the future:” a couture accessory that’s refillable, beautifully designed, and truly covetable among Dior Beauty fans and fragrance collectors.

Miss Dior Mini Miss EDP

P5,150, Dior Beauty

Miss Dior Mini Miss Blooming Bouquet EDT

P4,100, Dior Beauty

Teviant The Ultimate Skin Master

Teviant, the cosmetics brand created by lauded celebrity makeup artist Albert Kurniawan, is having a renaissance, and this base makeup collection is here to cement the fact.

If a brand is bold enough to call this collection The Ultimate Skin Master, it should at the very least deliver. This line does so marvelously, from priming and coverage to setting.

We have so far discovered and swatched the medium shades of The Ultimate Skin Master Foundation (it comes in 3 light, 4 medium, and 3 deep shades), the Concealers, the Primer (it’s so good it made us believe in primers again!), and the setting powder, which works for practically all skin tones.

Bonus review for the brushes, although this should be in an entirely separate review–they’re pretty commonsensical to use for beauty junkies but it might have quite a learning curve for newbies who may need to figure out which goes with what product. Overall though, they’re great! We personally love the liquid and cream face brush–perfect for foundation and cream as well as for liquid blushes and bronzers.

Teviant The Ultimate Skin Master Foundation

P995, Lazada

Teviant The Ultimate Skin Master Concealer

P595, Lazada

Teviant The Ultimate Skin Master Primer

P750, Lazada

Teviant The Ultimate Skin Master Loose Powder

P650, Lazada

Teviant The Ultimate Skin Master Brush Collection

P350, Lazada

Happy Skin Lip Mallow Plus Matte

Happy Skin’s Lip Mallow Plush Matte line which was updated and relaunched recently is truly a hit! In case you missed it, we asked Dannah from our team to swatch them all, and we’re happy to share all shades looked amazing on her morena skin. This sold over 600,000 tubes after it launched in 2020.

This line has two formulations: Happy Skin Lip Mallow Plush Matte Lip Mousse and Lip Tint. “Lip Mallow Plush Matte Lip Mousse is our most lightweight air-whipped soft matte lip mousse. Weightless, velvety, and pigmented, it delivers rich color with a cloud-like feel,” according to Happy Skin. “Meanwhile, the Lip Mallow Plush Matte Lip Tint is a budge-proof yet nourishing soft matte lip stain that boasts up to 12 hours of comfortable wear.” We took the wear test, and we have to say both lippies deliver to their claims.

Happy Skin Lip Mallow Plush Matte Lip

P599, Lazada

Happy Skin Lip Mallow

P599, Lazada

Glossier You Deo and Glossier You Solar Paint

In case you’re thinking of getting Glossier online (it delivers to the Philippines, ICYMI!), here are some things you might want to check out. The Glossier You Deo (actually everything Glossier You is made to please) and the Solar Paint are our ultimate favorites from this haul.

We’ve long been fans of this deo, it’s actually difficult to top! The Glossier You Deo is a winner in formulation. It does its job well, and gently, too, minus the ingredients that can cause skin irritation or odor, such as aluminum, baking soda, and other exfoliating acids.

True to its name, the Solar Paint literally gives you that sun-kissed look. We love how its gel-cream formula feels light and weightless on application and finishes naturally, for that lit-from-within glow. In the video, we show you how the Solar Paint applies. We are obsessed with it!

Glossier You Deodorant

P1,500, Glossier

Glossier You Solar Paint

Price unavailable, Glossier

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