For this week’s Splurge vs. Save, we’re investigating one of the most transformative products in a girl’s makeup kit: a good blush. A quick dusting of color on the cheeks can instantly brighten a lackluster complexion, leaving the skin looking lit from within. The best part: some blushes are universally flattering. If you’re looking for a powder formula that won’t budge in Manila weather, or simply scouting out your options (what do you mean you don’t own blush?), check out our picks below.

SPLURGE: NARS Blush in Orgasm, P1,650
What you’re looking at is the crème de la crème of all blushes—and perhaps the most iconic cheek color in the world. A peachy-pink shade with a slight shimmer, NARS Blush in Orgasm is famous for being flattering on every skin tone. It creates a soft, rosy flush on paler skin and lends a fresh, sun-kissed warmth to deeper skin. The micronized powder formula applies with a silken feel and blends like a dream, not to mention the color wears strong and true all day. In other words, this baby is worth every single centavo. Seriously, Google it.

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SAVE: Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color in Paris Lights, P499
Local brand Pink Sugar is the new girl in town—but don’t underestimate her! The Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color in Paris Lights is a champagne-flecked peach-pink that offers a similar “blooming effect” to NARS Orgasm. Yes, girls, we’ve tried it—and, yes, girls, it’s legit! This shade infuses the cheeks with that girlish, just-been-kissed glow every blush-lover is in the market for. Bonus points for the mini blush brush that comes with each compact for touchups. And at only P499 per compact, well, you’re in for a sweet surrender!

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So, which cheek color compact are you adding to your kit: the cult classic from NARS or the promising newcomer from Pink Sugar?

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