Thanks to our constantly scorching climate, a surplus of oil and sweat is the most common skin complaint among Filipinas. But of course, we find ways! For this week’s Splurge vs. Save, we’re discussing the purse staple that will never fail you: a mattifying pressed powder. If we could only bring one product with us to a desert island, it would be a powder compact. Hands down. And here’s why: no amount of lipstick or brow gel can compensate for a slippery complexion!

Stay oil-free and fresh-faced with our top three picks below.

SPLURGE: Karadium Oil Corrector Pact, P550 From the land of porcelain skin comes Karadium, a K-beauty brand known for innovative, skin-perfecting cosmetics. Their bestsellers include the Oil Corrector Pact, a pressed powder that controls shine on your T-Zone and other problem areas. This finely-milled formula quickly absorbs grease, covers pores, and blurs fine lines for a flawless complexion. The powder is colorless, so don’t worry about it caking during your inevitable midday retouch.

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SAVE: Maybelline Clear Smooth White SuperFresh Powder Foundation, P299 This dual-purpose powder compact is both a foundation and a setting powder. Either way, it really lives up to its cult status. Formulated with Mineral Perlite properties, the Clear Smooth White SuperFresh Powder Foundation boasts five times the absorption power of regular talc and keeps your face matte for up to a whopping 12 hours. In other words, you can finally toss your blotting papers in the bin! You must add this Georgina Wilson-approved steal to your stash.

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STEAL: LA Colors Pressed Powder, P179 LA Colors’ signature Pressed Powder gives you the kind of mattifying effect that’s worth way more than its price tag. Created especially for oily skin types, this lightweight mineral formula feels exactly like naked skin—but it still sets foundation beautifully and absorbs sebum throughout the day. Folks with sensitive complexions will love this compact since the formula is both talc and fragrance-free. For only P179, we wouldn’t think twice!

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What’s your pick: Karadium’s no-cake compact, Maybelline’s super-absorbent sensation, or L.A. Colors’ signature steal?

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