As we all know, BB cream was the catalyst of the K-beauty revolution. But while most formulas deliver that dewy finish so popular in South Korea, we Pinays prefer something with a little less shine. For today’s Splurge vs. Save, we’re getting up close and personal with BBs of the mattifying kind. These anti-oily beauty balms can easily replace foundation in your kikay kits. They’re more than just makeup—they’re skincare, sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, and sebum control all rolled into one convenient tube. What more could you ask for? Stay fresh-faced all day with our top two tubes, below:

SPLURGE: Lioele Triple Solution BB Cream, P950 HG alert! If you don’t own a BB cream yet, Lioele’s Triple Solution BB Cream is the place to start. Like the name says, this flaw-fixer boasts not one, but three benefits. First of all, there’s the full-coverage finish—a godsend for blemished skin. Second, there’s the SPF30 built into the formula, which pretty much eliminates the need to layer sunscreen. The cherry on top? Unlike most mattifying products, this BB cream won’t leave you looking flat! It’s equal parts shine-oil-controlling and moisturizing, so your complexion stays healthy and balanced. Need we say more?

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SAVE: Holika Holika Aqua Petit BB, P325 If full coverage isn’t what you’re after, Holika Holika’s Aqua Petit BB will bring you sheer perfection. Its lightweight consistency lends a translucent glow to your skin (we’d call it no-makeup makeup in a tube!). At the same time, the mattifying formula keeps shine at bay and won’t slip even in humid weather. For only P325, this Seoul steal is a rare find.

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What’s your pick: Lioele’s triple-threat tube or Holika Holika’s my-skin-but-better base?

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