The 9 Best Blotting Papers for Oily Skin
Article by Allure
On days when you can't be bothered with powder, or when you simply forget to pack the shine-wicking setting product, blotting paper is your best bet. Unlike toilet paper or even tissue, blotting papers are made out of an extra-absorbent material that generally includes ingredients such as rice, cotton, and even flax seed.
Much like powder or any other oil-sopping product on the market, blotting sheets work their magic by soaking up excess sebum on the skin, subsequently making it look and feel more matte. If you don't want your complexion to be completely shine-free, they've still got you covered, as you can always just use the sheets to target specific areas you want mattified while leaving others — like your cheekbones — still dewy. More perks to using blotting papers? They don't disrupt your makeup and are portable, making them super-easy to tote around with you for mid-day touch-ups. Oh yeah, and they're usually pretty wallet-friendly, too. If you're still not sold, scroll through to find nine favorites from Allureeditors and skin experts, which might just convince you to add blotting sheets to your routine.
Here, we have a tried-and-true classic from Clean & Clear. Recommended by New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, these sheets can be used across all skin types and are highly absorbent — even with a single sheet. "They're great because they don't leave behind any powder or residue," he adds. Allure'sexecutive beauty editor, Jessica Chia, also swears by the drugstore staple. "I love that these don't leave a gross powder on my face like others do, and they're sturdy enough to sop up all the oil on my face," she shares. For $4, you really can't go wrong.
$4 for 50 sheets
Fenty Beauty brought it with the packaging of its Invisimatte blotting papers, packing them inside this handly refillable compact, which is mirrored and made to look like a chic lipstick case. It's unique in that you can actually tear off your sheets, which allows you to get the exact size you want every time and thereby cut down on waste. Most importantly, they minimize oiliness without affecting your makeup — and they're Rihanna-approved.
$16 for one roll
Known for its blotting papers, Boscia offers several different versions, including these infused with black bamboo charcoal. "These sheets from Boscia are made from 100 percent natural abaca tree fiber and reduce excess shine without disturbing your makeup," says New York City-based dermatologist Erin Gilbert. "They're perfect for on-the-go fixes and the formula has a refreshing black tea fragrance." Boscia also developed its blotting papers to be free of synthetic fragrances, chemicals, and other known nasties, which has since earned them a "Clean" seal at Sephora.
$10 for 100 sheets
Another favorite from Shah, she recommends these for anyone who likes to switch between powder and blotting papers. "These unique sheets are made of rice and have a matte side that reduces oil and shine, while the other side contains powder to touch up makeup after blotting," she says. Pretty genius, no? In theory, blotting papers are not supposed to interfere with your face makeup, but sometimes, it's inevitable. For instance, if you drag the paper on your skin instead of patting, it can potentially move your foundation, so it's nice that Palladio provides you with a solution in case the aforementioned does occur.
$5 for 40 sheets