The Sample: TATCHA Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers (Review & Photos)

28 Feb

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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

»»Availability: and

»»Recommended for: those with combination or oily skin types

»»Overall Rating: A+


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

28 Responses to “The Sample: TATCHA Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers (Review & Photos)”

  1. Procrastinator February 28, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    You know, as gross as it is soaking through three sheets of the Neutrogena blotting papers, I feel like I almost need to see the oil to believe that it’s coming off my skin. Gross.

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      You too, huh?! I always feel like SUCH a freak when I am soaking through multiple blotting papers on a regular basis (every hour to two hours :/). But I kinda get what you’re saying! :P These papers really are pretty absorbent and I feel like they show the oil soaking through just as much as Neutrogena’s, which shows they don’t have to be bright blue to be effective! :P

  2. Emi at Project Swatch February 28, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    They are so pretty, with the gold leaf. I can see why you’d go for something cheaper though if you’re going through a lot.

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Haha seriously! If I were to use these regularly, I would probably go through a pack every 2 days! :P

  3. JoanneP @ The Convenient Beauty February 28, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Anything Japanese is divine!!! even a piece of paper! Especially a beauty related paper, aka blotting paper! I don’t use them but it’s nice to have them for my T-zone. Yep, you’re right, the price makes it more like a extravagant item than a necessity.

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      I know, right?! It’s sooo beautifully crafted, I felt SO bad the first time I used one! :P It sounds like your skin isn’t very oily so probably something like this would work for you since you don’t use so many that it becomes a ridiculously expensive habit to blot your face!! :P haha

  4. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) February 28, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Sooo until this post, I have never described blotting paper as pretty, but these really are! I tend to use the ELF ones if any (I know they’re not supposed to disturb makeup but they always seem to for me). But you’re totally right, Becca – you don’t buy blotting papers with gold for the value hehe. Definitely a luxurious take on a rather less-than luxurious product

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      TATCHA really has a knack for pretty packaging huh? Even something as simple as the blotting paper booklet is so beautifully crafted with all these gorgeous little details…I am so in love with this brand!! :D

  5. Gummy February 28, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I had a sample of these and you are so right…they are chic as all get out!!! They are so beautiful in their own right I almost hated messing them up!! LOL! I need to keep these in mind to give out as gifts :-)

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Haha I know I HATE messing them up too! So painful the first time (but it does get easier after the first :P). That is actually a really good idea for a gift–I think people would be like “whaaat?? Blotting Papers?! Gee, thanks!” at first but after opening them up they’d would begin hoarding them! :P haha

  6. Sunny February 28, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    These are so fancy! Does the gold transfer to the skin at all or does it stay put? I imagine it’d stay put, but it never hurts to ask ;) You’re right about it being quite a bit larger too. I always stock up on blotting sheets when I’m home. There are many options for a really low price! But then again, some fancy gold can’t hurt!

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      No it doesn’t :/ I was actually kinda hoping it would too! :P And yes, nothing like gold-leaf blotting papers for a fancy night on the town!! :P haha

  7. Teri February 28, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Wow Becca, you have some skills, blotting papers are not the most exciting things but the way this sounds is really interesting! Gold leaf flecks? Count me in! :p

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Aww thank you, Teri!! I know when I first started writing this post, I thought it would be a paragraph or two max but now, here we are! :P You HAVE to try something from TATCHA, Teri!! Everything they do is so chic and beautiful!!

  8. Taylor February 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Omgosh that gold leaf! I have dry skin but I still use blotting sheets to pick up perspiration and any shine.. Of course I would love one with gold leaf, just stunning!

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Then these were made for you! I think these will be most practically suited for someone that actually doesn’t have too oily of skin. That way you can have the nice, fancy blotting papers but not have to go through so many and repurchase every few days! :P haha

  9. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog February 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    This sounds like a great product. It’s good to hear that it’s not as thin as other brands (Boscia I’m talking about you.)

    • becca February 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Haha the sad thing is, Boscia’s is not even the thinnest I’ve tried! Brands like Sonia Kashuk or e.l.f or those other ones have those SUPER super thin tissue-papery ones and I do not like them. I feel like they are so thin and small, I have to use about double the amount that I would have to use with something like Neutrogena’s blue plastic ones or a larger sheer like Boscia’s or TATCHA’s. Boscia’s is pretty thin and to be honest, TATCHA’s is only barely less so–there’s not THAT much of a difference. Still, I do notice it and I like it!

  10. Tracy@Beauty Reflections March 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    These sound and look pretty! Alas, my skin is dry as a bone these days.

    • becca March 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

      Oh no!! :/ If it makes you feel better, my body has been really dry and itchy, but my skin–oily as ever :/

  11. Meryl @ Memoiselle March 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    What a pretty bloating paper! I love everything about classic Japanese things! This really suits my liking but it’s a pity that I think it’s not available here :(

    • becca March 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Aww that is too bad :/ On the bright side, on TATCHA’s site, they say that they do ship internationally!! I know it’s always risky to buy online without ever having tried it in-store or tried a sample but it’s a really, really good skincare brand and I think you’ll love it! EVERYTHING I’ve tried from them is spectacular! Plus, they offer a really nice trial set for a very reasonable price–$49 for a full pack of the Original Aburatorigami papers plus samples of all 3 types of Rice Enzyme Powders (LOVE these!), Camellia Cleansing Oil, Deep Brightening Serum, and Moisture Rich Silk Cream! Oooh try it if you can, Meryl! I just know you will fall in love!! :D

  12. Liz March 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Oh, wifey. I feel the same way about blotting in public. Hate when someone catches me blotting and I try to be all stealth about it!

    These TATCHA sheets went on sale at the bookstore during the holidays and while I was severely tempted, even with the employee discount I found it wasn’t price effective. I suppose that’s not really the point of these, though. It really does look like a beautifully crafted product and maybe some day we can all luxuriate in blotting proudly with these instead of hiding under our desks, lol.

    • becca March 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Hahaha I know right? It’s always awkward–especially if you usually use the bright blue Clear & Clear ones like I used to! It’s like a beacon :P But damn these TATCHA ones really let you blot in style haha

  13. Toya March 11, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Becca, I just want to say – your reviews just keep getting better and better babe, you’re so thorough and engaging to read, and regardless if you get a sample through PR or pick up an item yourself, you’re always honest and upfront and I LOVE you for that!!!! Just a wee disclaimer :)

    Now, about these blotting papers – I’m somewhat oily so I do use them from time to time, but not a ton and I don’t really have the need for these chic ones to ease my in-public pain lol. But these would make a lovely gift, no??

    • becca March 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Tooooya–that is so so nice of you! Thank you!! :D It really is nice to hear something like that (and I definitely needed to hear something nice today!). I’m so glad you enjoy my reviews!

      I agree that these would make a great gift. For someone as oily as me, using them regularly is just not an option but as a gift or for someone that just gets oily in the T-zone or during the summer, etc., these would be great!

  14. svetlana March 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    Oh GOSH! if i could i would not only use these delicate babies for my face but wall paper my house with them! i love love love the gold flecks in them! OH so lovely.

    • becca March 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      LOL! Right?! THey are just THAT chic and elegant. Hahaha!

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