Sorry, no results were found for

Guiltless Gastos: Are These Photo Editing Apps Worth Paying For?

What's your favorite photo editing app rn?
PHOTO: getty images

Admit it: You’ll do everything you can to get that double tap-worthy shot, like dressing up in cute outfits, posing by every colorful mural, and of course, giving up precious storage space for your photo editing apps. However, some of the best ones apps aren't free! Since we’re talking about your hard-earned money, kailangan mong isipin: Sulit ba talaga na magbayad for these apps?

That said, here are five popular photo editing apps, including their premium subscription prices and kung anong makukuha mo after you pay:


It’s one of the most popular photo editing apps in the market—practically everyone has VSCO installed on their phone. You can download the basic VSCO app for free from the App Store or Google Play, but you can also subscribe to a VSCO membership. 

How much does it cost? VSCO membership costs $19.99—or around P1,015per year.
What do you get? Over 200 VSCO presets, new VSCO Classic and Film presets,  member-exclusive tools such as HSL, Borders, and Video Editing, and access to Challenges and Educational content.

Continue reading below ↓

Is it sulit? Yes! Lalo na if you rely on VSCO for photo editing talaga. If you think about it, the subscription will only cost you around P85 per month. Not bad na, ‘di ba?


If you’re looking for a no-frills app that can easily transform your raw photos, try Afterlight! The platform is pretty easy to use, plus you get filters that can give you the photo that you want within seconds. The base version of the app is free on Google Play.

Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos

How much does it cost? For Afterlight’s premium subscription, you can either pay yearly: $17.99 (P914); or monthly: $2.99 (P152)

What do you get? Access to over 130 filters and 20+ advanced tools, such as advanced curves, and selective hue and saturation. You can also play with 60+ textures, frames and borders, plus artworks. 

Is it sulit? If you opt for the yearly subscription, then yes! Mas sulit yung yearly subscription because you’d only have to pay P76 per month—it’s half the price of the regular monthly option! It’s also the second cheapest app in this list!


Yes, ito yung app na laging ginaamit ng influencers for their PR kit unboxing videos. Super cute nung mga effects dito. Here’s an example:

Continue reading below ↓

How much does it cost? You can download it at the App Store for $0.99 or P50.26.

What do you get? You can shoot photos and videos with their fun glitter effects. 

Is it sulit? Kung mahilig ka sa sparkly filters, then yes. You can use the glitter filters kahit kailan mo gusto for a one-time payment of P50! 


It’s the app that went viral in 2018—literally everyone was using it for their Instagram Stories! People love it because it’s pretty easy to use: Their templates are ready-made, kailangan mo lang maglagay ng pictures and text. 

Continue reading below ↓

How much does it cost?  Their yearly subscription costs $19.99 (around P1,015) but if you opt to pay monthly, it would cost you $2.99 (roughly P152)

What do you get? You can access their wide array of Instagram story templates, along with exclusive releases and designs. Plus, they’ll give you first dibs to their new collections.

Is it sulit? Like Afterlight, mas sulit yung yearly fee compared sa monthly. Once you avail of the subscription, hindi ka na mauubusan ng cute story templates for one whole year!


Here’s another app that people use for their Instagram stories! Aside from pre-made templates, it allows you to animate your photos. 

Continue reading below ↓

How much does it cost? InStories’ yearly subscription costs $48.99 (roughly P2,487) but you can also pay monthly, you have to pay $9.99 (roughly P507)

What do you get? For fun IG stories, you can use their 150+ templates, text effects, animated stickers, and swipes. 

Is it sulit? Hmm, not really. Masyado na siyang mahal for an app subscription, especially if you choose the monthly option. Although if gusto mo talaga yung templates nila, you can just buy single packs from the app itself. 

For you, anong photo editing app yung pinakasulit?

** Conversion Rate Used: 1 USD = P50.77 (rounded up average of exchange rates for the last three months according to


We are officially on Viber! Be part of the Cosmo Viber Community by clicking here! You can also visit the Sticker Market and download the "Cosmo Girl Sticker Set" here to be automatically part of the group. The stickers will only be available until April 27, so don't miss out on the fun!

Follow Karla on Instagram.

Continue reading below ↓