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Before & After: The Great Blotting Paper Test

Before and after using Shiseido’s blotting papers   

No matter how much powder I load onto my face in the mornings, by afternoon my T-zone always gets incredibly oily. And by oily, I mean the slippery, gross kind of shine that makes me want to run home to wash my face a million times. Since that’s not feasible during the workday, I rely on every Birchbox staffer’s secret mattifying weapon: blotting papers. And no one makes a more dependable version than Shiseido.

As my iPhone pics attest, their Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers soak up grease without ruining the makeup I spent half an hour applying (hey, it’s Friday night, and this girl has a hot date). In fact, I’ve already decided to keep a pack in my purse for any touch-ups throughout the night. While my date might give me a weird look when I say “excuse me while I go blot my nose,” I already anticipate plenty of trips to the bathroom. Learn more about Shiseido’s blotting papers after the jump!

These mighty T-zone helpers may look like regular sheets of paper, but don’t be fooled. Each is coated with an invisible layer of finely ground kaolin, a soft clay that’s famed for its ability to soak up oil and sweat secreted by your skin. Those born with an oily, blemish-prone complexion will be glad to learn that kaolin is non-irritating and won’t clog your pores. Together with other oil-absorbing ingredients, this clay in Shiseido’s blotting papers will leave your skin perfectly matte. Plus, each $18 pack comes with 100 sheets, enough to last you through several month’s worth of dates, parties, and girls’ night outs.

—Mai

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