Guys and gals, if you have oily or even combination skin, you’ll feel my pain when I say this: no one ever feels chic or even remotely cool when using blotting sheets in public. To an oily-skinned person, whipping out a blotting sheet in public can almost feel a bit shameful. You don’t want to walk around with major grease-face, but at the same time you really don’t want to display the fact that you do have very oily skin by blotting (and, in my case, completely soaking through 1-2 sheets each time), because then it’s almost as bad as having the shine on your face in the first place (almost being the key work here). I mean sure–sometimes, when you gotta blot, you gotta blot. But I can’t imagine anyone being a proud blotter…unless of course maybe you’re using TATCHA’s Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers!
These blotting papers are the chicest ones you’ll find–they feature little gold leaf flakes in a matrix of 100% abaca leaf paper! And not only are these flecked in gold but they’re handmade as well. They’re so chic, TATCHA doesn’t even call them “oil absorbing sheets” or even “blotting papers”–no, TATCHA’s version are called “Japanese Beauty Papers“. Now tell me you wouldn’t want to pull one of those bad boys out in public! It’s almost a shame really, to have to soil each exquisitely crafted sheet with my oily mug…
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These blotting papers come in packs of 30 for the Original (the one I have) and 50 in the Evening Aburatorigami. Each sheet is larger than your average blotting paper, measuring in at about 3.74″x3.74″ (each of Clean&Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets–which are about the average size of most–are 1.9″x3.1″). This is useful for someone like me because, as I stated above, my skin often gets so oily that one average-sized blotting sheet isn’t enough to de-grease my entire face–I sometimes have to reach for a second or even third one before my face is completely shine-free. But with these TATCHA ones, one sheet is usually the perfect size to do my entire face.
They’re very close in size to Boscia’s blotting linens, which are just a tiny bit longer and less wide. For those of you who don’t have such incredibly oily skin and just get a tiny bit of shine throughout the day, you might want to consider cutting all your sheets in half–after all, you don’t want to waste any precious bit of these beautiful papers, if possible.
What I like about TATCHA’s blotting papers is that it doesn’t feel as tissue paper-y thin as Boscia’s (and many other brands’) blotting papers. I feel like it is a tiny bit more absorbent because it’s not quite as thin.
There is one small caveat and it’s the value. I do wish there were more sheets in each pack or that the price were reduced just a bit (though MAC still has them beat at $16/30 sheets and they don’t even have gold leaf on theirs!! Boo! :P) . In comparison, Boscia’s blotting linens are $10 for a pack of 100. They, too, are 100% abaca leaf paper–the only difference is no fancy gold leaf. I’d also like to point out that at this moment in time, Boscia has a value pack that contains 2 packs of their blotting sheets–the Green Tea and Fresh Blotting Linens , with 100 sheets in each pack–available at Sephora for only $22. 200 sheets for $22 compared to TATCHA’s 30 sheets for $12?? You do the math.
Of course, you don’t buy gold leaf-flecked blotting papers because of the value–you buy them because they are chic as hell and add just a little sparkle and shine to something as decidedly un-sexy as blotting your face. So would I recommend these? Yes! They work great, are pretty, and don’t feel as “embarrassing” as some of the other blotting papers I’ve used. However, if you are as oily as me and go through 1 sheet every hour or so, the cost of using these luxe ones will really start to add up after a while. So treat yourself and splurge if you can. If not, these are by no means a must-have.
»»Pricing: $12/30 sheets
»»Recommended for: those with combination or oily skin types
»»Overall Rating: A+
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