I remember a time, intrepid makeup moppets and whippersnappers, when blotting papers were rare, or at least before they hit it really big and went mainstream.
That year was 1996. Or ’97. Thereabouts.
One of my coworkers and I were on our break when she pulled a powder blue packet of Shiseido blotting papers from her purse, and I was like, “Ooh! What’s that?”
She tore one in half and handed it to me. “Blotting paper,” she said, “for soaking up shiny oil.”
I’ve been a regular user of blotting papers ever since, and now they’re carried practically everywhere, even at drugstores.
The newest ones I’ve tried hail from NYX. The budget line just released three themed packs for $6 each (100 papers apiece).
Each pack caters to a different skin care issue, like, the Blemish Control pack’s papers contain salicylic acid to help zap zits, the Green Tea papers contain antioxidant-rich green tea powder to soothe and nurture mature skin, and the Tea Tree papers help to prevent blemishes with (surprise!) tea tree oil.
They’re pretty straightforward to use, as you can imagine. Just remove one of the sheets from its packaging, and press it against your face to absorb excess oil and eliminate shine.
The papers are a good size for me and kind of delicate, like thin paper streamers, and one is usually enough to absorb all of the excess oil on my face.
The Green Tea and Blemish Control papers are unscented, while the Tea Tree papers have a fairly strong medicinal tea tree scent. I’ve been bouncing between all three packs and like them equally.
Now, I’m not sure if the special ingredients in these make any difference at all, but they don’t seem to be causing any harm. The papers themselves work fine, absorbing oil and keeping my face looking fresh, and that’s the most important thing.
PRICE: $6 each (for a package of 100 sheets)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,