Extra, Extra! Sonia Kashuk’s Matte Oil Blotting Papers are EXTRA Large

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Product Reviews

Sonia Kashuk went big with her Matte Oil Blotting Papers ($7), not only making them significantly larger than comparable ones from MAC (about a quarter of an inch longer on all sides), but also giving three times as many sheets for just about half the cost (100 sheets for $7, versus 30 for $13.50 of the ones from MAC).


If you’ve never used blotting papers before, they’re usually just thin sheets of tissue paper used to absorb oil and remove shine from skin without the need for additional layers of makeup. Lots of different brands make ’em, including MAC ($13.50), Shiseido ($17), Too Faced ($12) and Clean & Clear ($6).

You wouldn’t think there’d be much difference among different brands of blotting papers, but there can be, both in terms of size and performance; some feel softer than others, too, and use different kinds of paper or fabric. Some even contain absorbent powders or clay.

Sonia’s feel stiff to me, which I like, similar to Shiseido’s Pureness Blotting Papers. Unlike MAC Blot Film, which has a pliable, tissue-like and almost waxy feel, Sonia’s feel sturdier, like stepped up versions of toilet seat covers (which, fyi, can be used as blotting papers in a pinch). πŸ™‚

My sensitive skin likes that these are just paper — big pieces of it — and don’t contain any bells or whistles, because sometimes those bells and whistles, like the absorbent Kaolin clay added to Shiseido’s sheets, can sometimes give me breakouts.

I usually need a couple sheets of MAC Blot or Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing papers to get rid of shine, but I’ve been getting by with just one of Sonia’s. They excel at lifting oil without disturbing my makeup, too. Great stuff. I’ll be keeping a packet of them with me in my purse. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

Sock it to ’em!

Some ladies wear socks with their high heels to make fashion statements … and some ladies do it to break in new pairs of Franco Sarto sandals.


I found the sandals for half off at Marshall’s the other day. HALF OFF! Man, I’ve been loving Marshall’s lately. The cork wedge platforms give me a little height but still take it easy on my feet… Can’t wait to wear these in summer!

Oh, this month’s Real Simple magazine mentions that March is the best time of year for great prices on sandals, so keep your eyes peeled, and let me know what you find. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Hazel says:

    Yay i’m gonna have to get those blotting sheets! and it’s $7 for 100! that’s a really good deal! good find, karen! and looooove those shoes! i love marshall’s and t.j. maxx <3
    .-= Hazel's last blog post… TWO-MIX / JUST COMMUNICATION =-.

  2. Ashley says:

    My mom & I just started planning our next trip to Seattle yesterday. Now I know what to get from Target when and if we go (ie. everything/anything Sonia Kashuk)!
    And your heels look great! Fashionable AND best of all, comfortable. I remembering snatching a pair of heel for $4 at The Ross, they were alright but now I notice platform heels are better. Much, much better.

  3. Amber says:

    Nice! That is a price point on par with Boscia papers. This is great because I live super-close to a Target, and Sephora is just not as convenient.
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… On knowing oneÒ€ℒs strengths =-.

  4. Vanessa H says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I need some new blotting papers and love the price/qty of these!

    Fab shoes btw, yay for spring!

    My mom has wider feet than me so I have her walk around in my new shoes when she’s home to break them in πŸ™‚
    .-= Vanessa H’s last blog post… This just makes me laughÒ€¦ =-.

  5. lexi says:

    I don’t use blotting papers but wanted to share that I bought the Sonia Kashuk bent eyelining brush. Haven’t got the hang of it just yet but I know it’ll be love once I mastered it. I also picked up the large blending brush – also a good one! SORRY to thread jack

    Carry on..

  6. heyhey says:

    My Guess:Helvetica Neue LT Standard 35 Thin? That’s the PC name, I know the mac one is different.

    I have often swiped bathroom seat covers to emergency de-shine but at $7 maybe my broke-a$$ needs an upgrade. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! These really are pretty great for the price… I’m bet you can even make them last longer by ripping each piece in two!

      As for the font, I think it might be Helvetica Neue Ultra light.

  7. Devs says:

    This sounds great! I am going to pick them up! And the best part is that they are crazy cheap!

  8. Jasmine says:

    These are my fave blotting papers because they are so big, I can get away with using one too! Always have them in my purse.

  9. Jayme says:

    Is it comic sans? or possibly teletype

  10. Tiffany says:

    Love the shoes! And I think I need to pick some blotting papers up for vacay. I have dry skin, but always look shiny in photos when I go to the beach πŸ™

  11. Catherine says:

    Ooooh, nice! I have a few backups of the Boscia ones left from when they were $4.50 at Sephora, but when I run out I’m definitely checking the SK ones out. I don’t really like the rubbery ones like MAC or Clean & Clear either – they’re actually too drying for my face!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Rock & Republic Beauty on Hautelook today! =-.

  12. Summer Staff says:

    Love the sandals! I know this post is about blotting papers but anything summery/springy makes me so excited πŸ™‚ These shoes will definitley be making their way into my closet this
    season. But, if only I had an extra 180 in my pocket…

  13. Jayme says:

    okay scratch my last guess.

    I think it is the font i use as the headers on my blog (so i went and looked up what that font was)
    my final guess is Century Gothic

  14. pinksoysauce says:

    I too use the Boscia ones, which are fiber-y and were $4.50 during Sephora’s sale. They’re back to $9 for 100 sheets now, so I’ll have to try the Sonia Kashuk ones out when I’m done with the Boscia. Am I the only one who feels happy at seeing the papers change color as you use them? Lol. πŸ™‚ Kind of gross, but I love using blotting sheets because I can see the instant transfer of oil from face to paper.

  15. Super cute sandals. And, I bet with the right outfit and joie de vivre, you could even wear them with the tube socks. πŸ™‚

  16. amy says:

    Those are some cute shoes!
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland 16 Eyeshadow Palette Product Pictures =-.

  17. reeny says:


  18. Celine says:

    Oooo I gotta try those. I have a giant forehead, and oily skin, it usually takes 2-3 of the normal sized ones.
    .-= Celine’s last blog post… maravi: My cat is darting around the house nervously. I just want to grab her, shake her, and tell her to summa donna. =-.

  19. Marce says:

    OH MY GOD Karen, I love your shoes! They’re amazing! On another note, I don’t use blotting paper, if I feel I get too shiny I’ll just press some tissues against the oily parts πŸ˜€
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Look – The Girl with Kaleidosope Eyes =-.

  20. Olga says:

    There’s a great alternative to buying blotting paper. The tissue paper that you find in the bathroom of a starbucks works just as well as the blotting papers that you can get in stores, but it’s free. Give it a try, it’s the regular brown paper that is dispensed for you to wipe your hands off after you wash them, (without the starbucks logo).

  21. marisol says:

    I think the closest TJ Maxx to you is in Rohnert Park. I believe that it’s still there so if you ever feel the need to drive up north.
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Showing my Kindle some love =-.

  22. Dani says:

    These are my favorite oil-blotting sheets! I much prefer them to the ones from Clean & Clear and MAC. So glad you discovered them, too!

  23. K says:

    I hadn’t thought of wearing socks to break in heels. I wonder if that would work with some of mine…
    .-= K’s last blog post… Losing Your Voice =-.

  24. Annieee24 says:

    So happy to read about this awesome deal! I’ve been using the rice paper ones from Sally’s which are awesome but 100 for $7 is a deal I can’t pass up. I’m totally blotting all day er’y day!

  25. Lindsey says:

    Socks to break in heels is a brilliant idea!! I’m about to go put some on right now πŸ™‚
    I usually wear new shoes around until they start to get sore, then I take them off and try again the next day. It doesn’t really work but it makes me feel better.
    .-= Lindsey’s last blog post… The Makeup Show LA 2010 =-.

  26. noemii says:

    i’ve got these blotting sheets and man, will they last you for a while !
    100 sheets, yo .
    i ain’t complaining .
    i love the simple, white packaging but i hate it at the same time . it’s so flimsy !

    marshalls/ tj maxx are my loves .
    i found my first korres and philosophy products there for crazy low prices last year and even today .
    mucho love to marshalls !

    • Karen says:

      That’s hot. I’ve looked in the beauty section at the Marshall’s near my house and it’s lacking. The perfumes are pretty good though!

  27. Jen says:

    I am so grabbing these the next time I’m at Target. I should make a list.

  28. NINA says:

    Awesome shoes!

    The Sonia blotting papers do look interesting but im drowning in oil control film right now – my best friend sent me a bunch of Asian oil control film and ive resolved to not buy anymore until I use them all up.

    The blotting films are Gatsby brand from Japan and work pretty well …. πŸ˜€

  29. NINA says:

    ps — I also got a great deal on Franco Sarto sandals @ Marshalls (or was it TJMaxx) — one was for 20.00 and the other for 8.50. Will wear them to the two weddings im scheduled to attend in the summer!!!!

    Gotta love Marshalls!!!!

  30. Steph says:

    I use Mary Kay blotting papers. They are only $4.50 I think, for 75. Quite cheap. They work great, and are almost exactly like tissue paper and nothing else.

    So how does wearing socks break in your shoes? I might have to try that…

  31. diane says:

    The sandals are great! And you can do a fashion statement with them. An “around the house fashion” :))


  32. Trude says:

    I’ll have to check those out! I’ve been dependent on the Clean and Clear ones for years now, and I really like them because they don’t have any powder added like some do and they feel more plastic-y than like tissue. Plus they’re in a pack that’s small enough to always have in my purse!
    .-= Trude’s last blog post… A Day at the Getty =-.

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