Since the invention of Instagram and smartphone beauty filters, flaw-flecked selfies have become a thing of the past. But did you know you can achieve the same effect IRL? For this week’s Splurge vs. Save, meet the face-perfecting veil that acts as a physical filter: a pore-blurring primer. If you think long and hard about pores, they’re actually kind of off-putting. There are countless tiny holes in your skin, and when clogged, they make you vulnerable to grime, germs, and pimples. Ick!

With pore-blurring primers, you can at least pretend your pores don’t exist. These often silicon-based formulas fill in all the nooks and crannies of your face to create a smooth canvas and soft-focus effect. They even act as a protective barrier between your skin and your makeup! Check out our picks below.

SPLURGE: Pixi by Petra Flawless & Poreless, P1,360 Pixi’s  primer will help you fight shine and grime this summer. Besides minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines, this triple-threat primes the skin for makeup application and even controls sebum. The hypoallergenic formula contains salicylic acid to help clear breakouts, so you can practice prevention even as you prettify. Love it!

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SAVE: City Color Photo Chic Primer, P550 If you’re slashing your beauty budget in half, reach for City Color’s mattifying primer. This helps transform your skin into an even, shine-free canvas for a little over 500 bucks! Its oil-free formula fills in pores, diminishes wrinkles, and casts a smoothening veil over your entire complexion. In fact, if you don’t need coverage, you can skip foundation and wear this bad boy on its own. It’s that good.

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STEAL: Lioele Secret Pore Rich Balm, P300 Some of you might still be skeptical about the need for a primer—let alone one that claims to erase your pores. So why not dip your toes into the water first? For a no-fail first try, sample Lioele’s bestselling primer in its smallest size. This Korean formula is highly reviewed by beauties all over the world. Its one-stop formula acts as a primer, finishing power, and setting powder at once. Since the balm’s consistency is thicker than most, it’s also ideal for smoothing over larger blemishes before concealer. And at only P300 a pop, you might as well take the plunge!

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What’s your pick: Pixi’s shine-fighting shield, City Color’s drugstore veil, or Lioele’s fun-sized find?

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