Here in the Philippines, keeping one's complexion shine-free is a major priority for many Pinays. Almost everyone we know has a pack of oil blotting sheets or a face powder in their bags. We're also not surprised that there is a high demand for matte foundations, and thankfully, there are a TON of options available.
To help you choose the base that will keep you shine-free, we rounded up our tried and tested matte foundations available in the Philippines. So, instead of asking your friends, "Oily na ba ako?" throughout the day, turn to these bases that will grant your face a "fresh na fresh" and shine-free finish all day.
Vice Cosmetics Duo Finish Foundation
Where to buy: ViceCosmetics.com, Watsons, SM Beauty, Lazada
Use the Vice Cosmetics Duo Finish Foundation wet for full coverage or dry for medium coverage. The airbrushed matte finish will keep your face looking fresh and matte. Plus, the shades (including the names!) were made with Pinays in mind.
Ever Bilena Matte Two Way Cake
Where to buy: Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store
The Ever Bilena Matte Two Way Cake has been the go-to face powder of many Pinays for decades. It gets the job done of keeping the complexion shine-free and flawless all day at an incredibly affordable price tag. It's available everywhere, too—from department stores, drugstores, and even convenience stores.
Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Full Coverage Powder Foundation
Where to buy: Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store, Lazada
Maybelline produces excellent base makeup products at affordable price points. Their latest offering, SuperStay 24HR Full Coverage Powder Foundation, lives up to its promise. A light sweep of this product is enough to cover flaws and even out skin tone. If you always worry about a shiny T-zone, you'll never encounter it with this powder.
blk cosmetics All-Day Matte Liquid Foundation
Where to buy: Lazada, Watsons, SM Beauty, Glorietta, Alabang Town Center
We couldn't believe it when the blk cosmetics All-Day Matte Liquid Foundation created a second-skin finish foundation that stays on for hours! We also love its soft finish on the skin—it's matte, but not flat. To extend its long-wearing ability, we suggest that you sweep on a *light* layer of loose powder on the t-zone.
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Foundation
Where to buy: Lazada, Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store
Can you imagine the words "lightweight" and "long-wearing" to be both used to describe a foundation? We couldn't at first, but when we tried the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Foundation, we became believers. It hides imperfections but it stays true to its promise of being lightweight. Try it for yourself to see what we mean!
Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation
Where to buy: Landmark Department Store, SM Beauty
We guarantee you the Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation is hulas-proof! It is made to withstand sweat and oil. We also love its buildable coverage—applying a light layer is enough to blur imperfections, and adding more will grant full coverage.
Revlon Colorstay Makeup
Where to buy: Robinsons Department Store, Watsons, SM Beauty, Lazada
Everybody around the world loves the Revlon Colorstay Makeup because of its excellent coverage, long-wearing power, and affordable price point.
Happy Skin Face The World Air Serum SPF20
Where to buy: Glorietta, Greenbelt 5
No need to guess the perfect shade for you with this product. The Happy Skin Face The World Air Serum's formula adapts to YOUR skin tone. It blurs pores, diffuses fine lines, and delivers a velvety matte finish which looks natural and fresh for hours. Also, it's a serum, so you can bet it won't irritate your skin.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Where to buy: Sephora.ph
Rihanna made sure that the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is for everyone. With 50 shades available, it's impossible not to find one for your skin tone. Its long-wearing power is also unbelievable—it can stay on even during hot and rough sex, LOL!
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation
Where to buy: SM Megamall, SM Aura, SM Makati, Rustan's The Beauty Source, Lazada
If you ask makeup pros for recommendations for long-lasting foundations, expect MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation to come up. It controls shine, covers ~everything~, and stays on all day.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
Where to buy: SM Megamall, SM Aura, Rustan's the Beauty Source
The Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer was made with a genius formula that hydrates as it controls shine. Its pigmented formula covers all skin imperfections, creating a flawless natural-looking finish.
Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Powder Foundation
Where to buy: Sephora.ph
Sweep on a light layer of Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Powder Foundation to conceal blemishes, mattify the shine, and blur out rough texture. You can always add more if you want more coverage—we promise you it won't cake or crease on your face! Always bring this in your bag for quick touch-ups, too!
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup
Where to buy: Rustan's The Beauty Source, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Power Plant Mall, Lazada
A cult favorite of many for obvious reasons: The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup gives a matte, medium to full coverage that can endure sweat, oil, and humidity. It's worth every penny.
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
Where to buy: Sephora.ph
Just like its name, the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation will stay on all night (or all day). You only need a tiny bit of the product because it's highly-pigmented!
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15
Where to buy: SM Megamall, SM Aura, SM Mall Of Asia, Rustan's The Beauty Souce
Bobbi Brown's Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation grants a multi-dimensional matte finish with a second-skin feel. It never feels sticky on the face, and guarantees a 16-hour wear.
Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation
Where to buy: SM Makati and Rustan's The Beauty Source
The Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation promises 24-hour wear (!!!), excellent full coverage, and a natural matte finish. Its formula has concentrated pigments that will cover every blemish without feeling heavy or sticky.
Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Perfecting Foundation
Where to buy: Adora Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Makati, SM Mall of Asia
Its luxury price tag will be worth it once you try the Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Perfecting Foundation's humidity resistant formula. Plus, you'll love its weightless feel and poreless canvas effect.
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