Beauty queen Lynnette Cole once said, “Foundation is the Spanx for the face.” And she was onto something! As much as we love going au naturel, some days just call for a little extra complexion perfection. That’s where mattifying foundations come in. A staple for any girl living in the tropics, these long-wearing formulas do more than just enhance your skin. They also absorb excess oil and minimize the appearance of pores, leading to a flawless look. Scroll to see our two shine-busting faves, below!

SPLURGE: NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation, P640 The Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation got its witty name for a reason! Because it’s a mineral-based, oil-free formula, it fights shine without making your skin look dull or feel dry. And unlike most mattifying bases, there’s no caking at all! This lightweight cream sets smoothly over the skin, even if you build it up to multiple layers. No wonder it’s a customer fave!

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SAVE: Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Liquid Foundation, P399 Don’t be fooled by the affordable price tag. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Liquid Foundation is a serious contender in the foundation game. Made with a light, creamy formula, it applies like silk over the skin. You can sheer it down with a moist sponge or build it up to achieve medium coverage. Either way, caking is the least of your worries here as long as you set it well. In the end, all you get is a brighter, smoother, skin-like finish. Best for oily to normal skin types!

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What’s your pick: NYX’s skin-perfecting blend or Maybelline’s au natural base?

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