Remember the days when blotting paper was the single most important product in your makeup bag? Not a single afternoon at school would pass that didn’t involve pressing one of those silky papers over your face, such was its unrivalled ability to keep a shiny forehead, nose and chin at bay.
But somewhere along the way, blotting papers fell from fame. Perhaps, it had something to do with the rise of hi-tech primers that boast the ability to mattify skin from morning to night. Or maybe it was down to the meteoric rise of the dewy skin look. But blotting papers soon found themselves shelved alongside pan stick foundations, hair mascara and all those other beauty products that time forgot. In fact, market research agency Mintel found that only 5% of us used blotting papers last year.
But not everybody was so willing to give up on blotting paper. No, while we were all busy buffing in that mattifying translucent powder, it seems that a handful of innovative beauty brands were busy behind the scenes developing new ways to bring the tool back into the fore. And they have done just that.
The new wave of blotting papers don’t simply swipe away a layer of unwanted shine but instead come packed with the latest skincare ingredients and packaged up in genius contraptions. And the most innovative incarnations aren’t even for your skin at all.
Keep scrolling for the four blotting paper innovations that do way more than simply stop shiny skin in its tracks.
When Rihanna's new beauty line finally arrived, it was these blotting papers that first piqued our interest. With a plastic case much like tinfoil packaging, the paper comes as a single roll. Simply pull out as much (or as little) of the paper as you want, close the case and the serrated edge will cut off the section. It's perfect if you just need to blot a shiny chin or oily nose as you don't have to waste an entire sheet. Genius.
With the power to draw toxins from deep below the skin's surface, charcoal has risen to fame as the ultimate skincare ingredient for congested skin. And now, you'll find it woven into these clever papers by South Korean/French brand Erborian. Pat onto the face as usual, and the added charcoal will work to drain pores, as well as peel away that top layer of oil from the complexion.
Does your complexion ever feel both oily and dry at the same time? We hear you. As well as lifting away any excess sebum from the skin's surface, these silken papers come infused with rosehip oil, which is rich in vitamins A and C to brighten, and fatty acids to nourish the complexion.
Now, this is where blotting papers get really exciting. These clever sheets by cult hair brand Nunzio Saviano contain coconut oil to nourish and smooth down dry flyaways as well as non-sticky polymers that keep hair in place. Yes, you're not mistaken, you use them on your hair. Genius.
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