Do you feel that your skin gets too greasy throughout the day? If you do, it’s time to put some blotting papers into your bag. Blotting papers are thin, absorbent, pocket-sized sheets of paper that are good for absorbing excess oil from the surface of your skin. This can help you to stay fresh as the day goes as well as extend the wear of your makeup! Take your pick from the list below and start blotting away today.
1. Palladio – Rice Paper
Rice starch is known to absorb excess oil and this is exactly what the Rice Paper by Palladio is made of. One side of the paper is also covered with finely milled powder that helps mattify skin and blur the appearance of fine lines. What this means is that it is great to bring along for on-the-go touch-ups.
It is available in three different shades: translucent, natural and warm beige; there aren’t any difference in benefits between the variants.
The Palladio Rice Paper is available at Guardian outlets as well as the Guardian website, at SGD6.90.
2. Gatsby – Oil Blotter
Gatsby oil blotter series is probably one of the most affordable blotting paper options out there. At just SGD3.90 for a pack of 70, it is no wonder they’re also very popular.
While this product is targeted at men, it is still worth a shot for women. Many female beauty bloggers have reviewed this series and said that they had worked for them as well.
3. Clean & Clear – Oil Control Film
Clean & Clear’s signature oil absorbing sheets is among their bestsellers. Available in both scented and non-scented versions, these oil absorbing sheets can effectively absorb oil from the surface of our skin.
Many users with oily skin have raved about it for being a good option to freshen up the skin especially after working out. For the non-scented version, it comes in a pack of 60 for SGD4.80 at both Watsons and Guardians. The scented version comes in a pack of 50 for SGD5.65 and SGD5.95 at Watsons and Guardians respectively.
4. E.L.F – Shine Eraser
If you are a fan of American drug store brands, E.L.F cosmetics is definitely not unfamiliar to you. Other than having affordable makeup products, E.L.F’s shine eraser is also a known product in the beauty scene. The well-reviewed oil control product is super affordable and effective at the same time. They are available in a pack of 30 at SGD3 on the E.L.F website, excluding shipping.
5. NYX – Blotting Paper
Another well-reviewed blotting paper is this one from American brand NYX Cosmetics. Loved by those suffering from acne-prone skin, this is said to doesn’t just remove oil, but help prevent acne from occurring because of it’s infused with salicylic acid.
It comes in three versions: Tea Tree, Blemish Control, and Green Tea. Use Tea Tree if you have oily skin and is in need of serious oil control, Blemish Control is for days you’re having a breakout and don’t want to aggravate the zits, and Green Tea has a rejuvenating effect on skin, making it particularly good for post-zits days.
While Sephora in Singapore carries NYX, this product is not available there. The product also unfortunately doesn’t ship to Singapore from their official website. However, you can purchase the Tea Tree and Green Tea version from ASOS at £5.50 (approximately SGD9.77).
6. Innisfree – Jeju Volcanic Oil Control Paper
K-beauty fans will be happy to see a Korean brand representative in this list. The Innisfree’s Jeju volcanic line is definitely within our radar for products that help with pore management and oil control.
Although the most famous product in the line is probably the clay mask, this oil control blotting paper is the often glossed over cousin that reviewers are loving. It keeps your oily sheen away with their base material – Jeju scoria – which is the same ingredient found in the famous clay mask.
This comes in a pack of 50, and is available at all Innisfree outlets.
7. Too Cool For School – Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper
This probably provides you with one of the easiest and most hygienic ways to blot your face ever!
It comes with a sponge that sticks to the blotting paper and a mirror within the packaging, you can easily blot your face anytime and anywhere. Many loved and raved about how compact and convenient it is to blot with this creative product by Too Cool For School. You can purchase this at Althea at SGD6.
8. Sephora Collection – Oil Blotting Papers
In a pack of 50, the oil blotting papers by Sephora Collections are said to be one of the most heavy-duty options out there. Reviewers say that all they need is just one thin sheet of the blotting paper to remove every trace of oil on their skin.
It is available at all Sephora stores and its website at SGD11.
9. Boscia – Black Charcoal Blotting Linens
Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens received a 4.5-star rating on Makealley, and is one of Boscia’s most raved about products online.
These sheets are made from 100% natural Abaca Tree fibre, which can absorb excess oil without interfering with your makeup. It is also infused with black bamboo charcoal, which can purify pores.
Available at Sephora, it may at first sound slightly pricier, at SGD15 per pack, compared to a lot of other options out there. But note that there are 100 pieces in each pack, which works out to be very cost-effective if you do your math.
10. 3CE – Blotting Paper Purple
If you have a bit of extra cash, check out 3CE’s Blotting Paper Purple at Sephora. With a hefty price tag of SGD27 in comparison to those available in drug stores, its effectiveness in mattifying skin over makeup is not negligible.
What makes it stand out from other options is that it absorbs seven more sebum, skin oils, and skin moisture compared to common blotting papers. And it sounds like this claim is true; a reviewer on the Sephora website says that she could see oil absorbed by the blotting paper even on area that doesn’t look too oily. This being said, if you have dry or dehydrated skin, it might be a good idea to go easy with these papers from 3CE.
You can find these blotting papers from Sephora.
11. Shiseido – Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper
This is one of the best selling blotting papers on Sephora (US) website. Many have raved about its effectiveness in absorbing oil without disturbing the makeup despite the higher price tag in comparison to others. Some reviewers even commented that the product refreshes their foundation, making it a great help for quick touch-ups.
This is available at all Shiseido counters.