What type of oil blotters do you like to use?

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Nov 20, 2011 Skincare , , 9 Comments

I’ve been a member of the greasy skin club ever since I hit puberty back in 1980 something or other. So basically I’ve had oily skin for most of my life and there are now many ways to control it buy my favourite method has always been blotters. I don’t like mattifying lotions/gels/cleansers as they make my skin feel chalky or they leave a residue. Over the years blotters have become more varied in type and price and I thought I’d show you four different ones I’m using at the moment:

Superdrug Shine Control Papers – These are pretty basic and similar to Papier Poudre as they come in a little book and leave behind a translucent powder finish.

Good points – Cheap, easy to carry around and you can see the pay off which is always satisfying.

Bad points – Not very big so you might need a few to blot your face, the translucent powder feels more like chalk.

Elf Professional Shine Eraser – These were sent to me by Canadian beauty blogger Cinnamon Kitten. They are a very thin piece of coloured tissue paper that absorbs oil and minimises pores.

Good points – Also cheap (£1.50) in an easy to open pack and absorb pretty well with no residue.

Bad points – These are a little bigger than the Superdrug ones but you still may need a few to do your entire face. They’re pretty also flimsy so rip easily as well.

Clean & Clear Oil Control Film – I’ve been using these for years. They are no longer available in the UK so I get mine from eBay. They are a thin plasticky type of material.

Good points – Flexible so you can get around all the nooks and crannies of the face and exceptional visible payoff.

Bad points – Hard to get ahold of in the UK and could be expensive depending on where you order them from. I also find that these will take off your makeup so you may need to re-apply your powder.

Boscia California Orange Blotting Linens – I guess for me these are the Mercedes of blotting papers. I love the book they come in, are scented, and large enough that you can get away with using one.

Good points – Similar to tissue but stronger (hence it being called a linen) and remove oil without bothering your makeup.

Bad points – Expensive at $10 and only available on the Boscia website for UK buyers. My fellow Americans can just walk into Ulta and get them (I’m not jealous or anything).

So what method do you prefer to get rid of your shine complexions? Are there any blotters that should be on the Skin Scrubs radar?


Comments

  • Ayshe
    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm Reply

    this might make you cringe but i have only noticed greasy skin recently and I tend to grab a tissue!

    1. Bharti
      Nov 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm Reply

      Haha same here!

      http://crazypoplock.blogspot.com/

      1. Annabella
        Nov 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm Reply

        Oh dear! Well I’m glad I’ve introduced you to some alternatives ladies! :D

  • Anju
    Nov 21, 2011 at 8:04 am Reply

    i have been a member of the grease club too lol. ohhh how I hate it! My staple is clean & clear, its readily available in India

    1. Annabella
      Nov 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm Reply

      You are lucky Anju that you can find these easily. When I use mine in front of people they think I’m sticking a post-it to my face! Lol xoxo

  • Wing
    Nov 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm Reply

    I’m a greaseball too :| I’ve just brought kleenex blotting sheets from superdrug. They’re just newly released i think. But anyway, they seem pretty good. Not to expensive at £1.49 (not sure if RRP or just because its on offer). Texture is more on the silky side like the clean and clear ones. Love how it has a design on the back of each sheet. And also, its purple, my fave colour! :)

    1. Annabella
      Nov 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm Reply

      Thanks Wing, I’ll have to try those after I’ve used my other ones up – purple blotters are always good to have! :D

  • hani
    Nov 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm Reply

    I’ve used the clean&clear blotters for almost 10 years now.Occasionally I tried using some other brands but I always go back to clean & clear.

    1. Annabella
      Dec 2, 2011 at 9:55 am Reply

      Hey Hani – same with me which is why I’ve got so many but I always go back to clean and clear too! I wish they were a little bigger but otherwise they are perfect! :D

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