The Philippine Beauty Landscape Broadens In 2023

Charles Lu

From store openings to brand new skincare ranges, there’s a lot to look forward to this year.

Finding a place to start when it comes to all things beauty is no easy feat. Resolutions abound, whether it’s trying one’s hand at something new or forging better lifestyles. With a surge of new product launches, new discoveries, and innovations, how—and where—does one start? Here are the latest local beauty news you need to know.

LOOK At Me Opens Its Second Branch in SM Mall of Asia.


LOOK At Me’s second branch opening was met with much fanfare from the beauty community. The multi-brand beauty store, which first opened in 2020 at SM Aura Premier, continues its expansion by way of its biggest shop in SM Mall of Asia. It houses over 200 beauty brands that range from the popular ones like M.A.C. Cosmetics and Estée Lauder to cult labels like Augstinus Bader and Drunk Elephant, and luxury names such as La Mer and Tom Ford Beauty. LOOK is an immersive beauty experience, as it offers skin consultations, a nail bar (courtesy of Barry M), hair analysis and hair styling by Aveda, brow services by Benefit, and makeovers by the likes of NARS and Make Up For Ever. The beauty hub is also available online, offering same-day delivery and member privileges.  

MAC Gets Real

M.A.C Cosmetics debuts its first high performance skincare line. Marrying skin science and artistry, M.A.C’s Hyper Real High-Performance Skincare features an arsenal of  future-forward products that not only works as a skincare solution, but also as a makeup base and enhancer. As global creative director of M.A.C Cosmetics, Drew Elliot, puts it: “We have to have skincare that works with makeup.”

Radiate and rejuvenate with the power of Japanese peony, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid creating the Pro-4 Power Infusion found at the heart of the formula. Beginning with a few drops of the serum-moisturizer hybrid, Hyper Real Serumizer, re-texturize and strengthen skin for that ultra soft, smooth, and luminous glow from within. 

To elevate routines, the range’s moisturizing cream, SkinCanvas Balm, and Canvas Cleansing Oil are designed to aid in keeping skin looking healthy and prep skin for makeup. Application can be done with the synthetic bristled 001 Serum + Moisturizer Brush.

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