Some of us love the glowy look, but no one likes to look oily. The bad news is, if you have oily skin and live in Singapore, chances are that you’ll look like an oil slick by mid-day if you’re not using any mattifying products. So what’s a girl to do? Have oil blotters on hand, of course. Here are some of the best ones on the market.
Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper, $26
Made with natural botanical fibers like traditional Japanese paper, this blotting paper soaks up excess shine without fading or shifting makeup. Plus, we love its scroll-like dispenser mechanism, as it allows you to customise the size of blotting paper you need depending on your skin’s needs so there’s no wastage at all. It also fits into your palm like a lipstick so you can slip it into tiny purses.
Clean & Clear Oil-Control Film, $4.80
A classic favourite, these highly absorbent films are soft and flexible to reach every nook and cranny, including around the nose, without affecting makeup. Plus, these films turn translucent when in contact with sebum, making it oddly gratifying to look at how much sebum has been absorbed.
Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, $30
Each sheet is coated with Hydroxyapatite, a powerful oil-absorbing powder to instantly eliminate shine and leave a silky smooth veil over skin.
Etude House My Beauty Tool Premium Yam Oil Control Paper, $6.90
Made of quality paper that doesn’t tear easily, this blotting paper mops up excess shine without affecting makeup. Its larger-than-usual size also means it’s super value-for-money.
Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens, $15
Infused with black bamboo charcoal, these blotting sheets not only eliminate excess sebum on the skin’s surface, but also help purify pores and keep bacteria at bay. These are also dermatologist-tested and suitable for sensitive skin as they are made without preservatives, artificial fragrances and alcohol.
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, $18
One of the most extravagant blotting papers available in the market (one sheet costs $0.50), these sheets remove unwanted shine without affecting makeup. Plus, they are made of abaca leaf, which are resilient yet incredibly soft, making them a pleasure to use.
Gatsby Paper Oil Clear Powder, $3.90
Often marketed for men, these blotting papers are super absorbent and are larger in size than most, making them great for those with over active sebum glands. Each sheet is also coated with a mattifying powder to help keep your complexion shine-free longer.
3CE Blotting Paper Purple, $27
Simply place the blotting paper over shiny areas of the face and pat gently, enabling the kaolin-infused sheet to soak up surface sebum and purify pores. Made of natural hemp and flax linen, this doesn’t tear easily and makes touching up a breeze.
Muji Face Powder Paper, $3.60
Safe time while touching up on the go with these face powder paper. Made with Japanese linen paper that is highly absorbent towards sebum and sweat, each sheet is also coated with ultra-fine powder to set makeup and keep shine at bay.
Text: Joyce Cheo