As someone who has struggled with controlling oil production on my face (I’ve tried primers, powders, marshmallow cushions, you name it), I consider myself an expert in all methods of mattifying. And while having oily skin is not a bad thing—hello, fountain of youth—I personally am not a fan of that shiny film that pops up on my T-zone by 2PM. And, don’t try to tell me it looks “dewy”—dewy is bouncy luminosity conveniently located on your cheekbones and brow bones. What I have is a mask of grease. In dire times, I reach for blotting sheets: little papers that offer quick touch-ups so you don’t have to resort to using toilet seat covers (been there). See my favorites, ahead.
The One You Buy For Every Bag
Shiseido Oil Control Blotting Papersephora.com$18.50
Sometimes when you blot, you have to use multiples. But that’s not the case with this trusty packet of millennial pink sheets. They both absorb oil and are coated with powder to eliminate shine.
The Heavy Duty Pick
Palladio Rice Paper Tissue
You know how people tell you to put your phone in rice if you drop it in liquid? There’s a reason for that. Rice naturally has super absorbing properties, so these powdered, thick little squares immediately cut shine on contact.
The Drugstore Mainstay
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Facial Blotting Sheetstarget.com$0.00
Chances are you recognize this little blue case from high school when acne first started for many people. As you use the sheets, the blue turns clear where it catches oil which is gross, but also weirdly satisfying.
The Cult Favorite
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Paperssephora.com$12.00
These top-rated sheets are 100 percent made of natural abaca leaf, an ingredient that comes from Kyoto tradition where they were used by geishas. They’re super absorbent, but won’t strip away any of your natural moisture or mess with your makeup.
The One Rihanna Uses
Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Papersephora.com$16.00
Need we say more, really? When Rihanna first launched these blotting papers, her fans were enthused over the fact that it might have doubled as papers for other recreational activities. She hasn’t confirmed nor denied, but either way the rolling design of this dispenser is genius because it lets you takes as much or as little as you need.
The Multipurpose Gadget
Trèstique Magic Mattifying Balm & Blotting Sheet Duosephora.com$28.00
How cool is this tool? It’s shaped like a convenient crayon, but has a mattifying balm on one end and a roll of blotting sheets on the other. The balm can be used as both a primer and setter, while the sheets (refillable!) work on the go.
The One That Works Overtime
Boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linensdermstore.com$10.00
These abaca tree fiber sheets immediately remove shine and contain ingredients that treat the skin. There’s bamboo water, which is said to fight blemish-causing bacteria and willow bark, which helps heal skin and minimizes dark spots.
The Bougie Choice
Anna Sui Oil Control Case & Paperannasui.com$25.00
This refillable case not only looks nice but also doubles as a compact mirror, so you’ll never have to use your selfie camera to touch up (we’ve all done it). The lavender sheets are lightweight and formulated to keep makeup in tact.
The K-Beauty Solution
Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper toocoolforschool.us $8.00
Count on a K-Beauty brand to come up with a genius design. This compact includes an adhesive puff to make blotting even easier (and more sanitary). The sheets are made of mulberry paper, a handmade paper in Korea. There’s also a charcoal option which adds detoxifying properties.
The Trusted Favorite
DHC Blotting Paperdermstore.com$5.00
These blotting sheets from Japanese brand DHC are made of hemp fiber, which absorbs oil effectively and naturally. It comes with 100 sheets, too, so you’re stocked for a good amount of time.