Happy Monday, as we greet the new week, today I’m talking about a slightly less interesting cosmetic product… Blotting papers. I know, they’re not the most glamorous or exciting, but for anyone who struggles with oily skin of whatever severity will understand the struggle it is to control excess sebum. There are two major ways to tackle them, mattifying powder, or blotting papers. Both using the same approach but with different application. At the moment, the blotting papers I’m using and want to review today are the Superdrug Deep Action Mattifying Shine Control Papers.
I use both methods described above: mattifying powder compacts for the days I decide to wear makeup, and blotting papers for my no-makeup days. I reviewed my current mattifying powder recently, The Saem Saemmul Pore Cover Pact, and it feels apt to review my alternative oil-control method.
First and foremost, Superdrug’s own-brand products, including the blotting papers photographed above, are cruelty-free, so immediately these are an appealing option, and you can see the logos on the back of the packaging. The packaging also details briefly how to recycle the remaining packaging: the card is widely recycled, although the plastic film-sleeve is not currently recyclable.
This also leads to the product’s claims, which are also photographed above. I will also quote them below for your convenience:
“Deep Action Mattifying Shine Control Papers instantly absorb excess oil from the skin’s surface while leaving behind a trace of translucent mattifying powder for a smooth, shine-free finish. Ideal for everyday use.”
I’m inclined to agree that these are great for everyday use, as they sit in my desk’s drawer in one of my partitions with my other everyday desk essentials. It talks about leaving a trace of translucent powder on the skin, which I find to not actually be the case. From my experience, my skin feels mattified after using the sheets, but afterwards there’s no obvious trace of the powder.
My skin is smooth to the touch, but I don’t feel any trace of the mattifying powder. I consider this a positive overall: I use this on my no-makeup days, and that’s usually because I don’t want to put any layers of makeup or unnecessary cosmetics on my face so my skin can have some time to breath. So while the claim is untrue from my experience, overall this is a really positive thing for me.
The sheets themselves left be a bit underwhelmed at first: I had previously used the Boots Skin Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, which were better presented and smoother quality sheets. So my immediate first impression wasn’t positive. However, as time has gone by, my expectations have shifted and I’m not bothered by the sheets anymore. They do their job really well, so while they’re not as fancy as one of their competitors, the key part is their ability to do their intended purpose.
I typically use two sheets per application: one for my nose/cheeks and chin, and a separate one for my forehead. My T-zone is the oiliest area of my face, so I focus my attention on those areas as that’s where my skin tends to feel the most congested and sluggish once my oily skin symptoms kick in. I sometimes use the second sheet along my jaw, but it’s not as oily so I don’t need to touch up there as often.
Overall it does the job I need it to do, so ultimately I’m happy with this product. It’s not an exciting category of skincare, but I wanted to review these for anyone who might be Googling the product. I do this a lot when shopping as well, so I want to help anyone else who might do the same thing as me and will appreciate the insight. I will definitely consider repurchasing these in the future, although I’m not loyal to any specific blotting papers, so long as they’re from a cruelty-free brand.
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