My first encounter with blotting sheets came early. My mom always seemed to have a slender packet of Papier Poudre tucked into her purse, and even when I was a wee one, she would wipe a thin, powdery sheet over my face whenever I got too shiny.
Papier Poudre is a fine product â€“ I mean, itâ€™s been around since 1903 for a reasonâ€¦ but I moved on in search of other, better blotters. Particularly since Papier Poudre seems to be unavailable in American retail stores, I was forced to try other brands. Let me tell you, blotting sheet technology has come a long way in the past century. I currently rotate between three kinds, and Iâ€™m in the market for a fourth. Hereâ€™s the blotting sheet skinny.
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: ~ These stayed in the rotation for a long time. When I first bought these blue sheets (which are very similar to the much pricier Shiseido Pureness Oil-Blotting Paper in effectiveness and concept IMHO), I loved them. The price was right ($5.99 for a pack of 50), they didnâ€™t rip instantly, and I took perverse pleasure in rubbing the blue color away with my indomitable t-zone grease. But the thing I didnâ€™t love about the Clean & Clear was the light periwinkle residue it left on my face. I also noticed I would get shiny again an hour or so after using them. Then I read the reviews at Makeup Alley. I had no idea that one of the main ingredients in this product was mineral oil! Well, that explains it. I havenâ€™t repurchased ever since.
Palladio Rice Powder Sheets: ~ I picked these up near the counter at Sallyâ€™s. The packaging was so kitschy, I had to get them. Lucky for me, the product is cheap and wonderfully effective. Use the matte side to absorb oil, and the powder side to finish. I liked these so much that I eventually purchased the Loose Finishing Powder. I wasnâ€™t blown away by the actual powder itself, but the cute plastic box it came in makes a retro chic jewelry box. Bonus!
Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens: ~ I got these at Sephora and I havenâ€™t looked back. These are incredible. The thin, speckled linens are soft on my skin, donâ€™t mess up my makeup, and absorb the oil away. Iâ€™ve already revealed my love for green tea, so you know I had to buy them. I also purchased the Lavender Blotting Linens, but the perfume in those was stronger, and felt a bit irritating to my skin. They’re more expensive than the others ( around $10, I recall), but Iâ€™d definitely recommend the Green Tea ones to anyone who needs a discreet way to touch up during the day.