They say the warm season is the worst time for oily skin. In the Philippines, that’s pretty much all year round! But don’t worry, the girls at BeautyMNL are no strangers to greasy T-zones. In our experience, a mattifying primer is your best defense. It kills shine, extends makeup wear, and fills up large pores in one go. With the right one, you can say bye-bye to blotting—or at least cut down, big time. Our top two faves, below!

SPLURGE: Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer, P1,800
Every beauty junkie knows The Porefessional is the primer to beat. It does everything a makeup base is meant to do: blur imperfections, enhance application, and of course, absorb oil. The results are practically instantaneous: silken skin, seamless blending, and the exact amount of shine control to keep your face from looking flat. You won’t just see the difference—you’ll feel it, too. Ask the thousands of makeup artists who swear by it!

Shop it here.

SAVE: Mizon Correct Pore Primer, now on sale at P408 (limited time only)
For on-the-go prep, try the travel-friendly Correct Pore Primer. Its convenient compact fits snugly in any makeup kit or pocket! You can forget about spills and leaks, thanks to its unique solid balm consistency. While it appears pale pink in the pact, this primer applies sheer and completely undetectable. Just use the puff to pat it all over your face, concentrating on the oiliest regions. With this weightless, anti-shine formula, your makeup should stay bulletproof for hours.

Shop it here.

What’s your pick: Benefit’s cult-status tube or Mizon’s pastel pact?