That's why our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best blotting papers. We then chose the 18 most popular Japanese products, including ones from Yojiya, and Muji and tested them. We focused on two things: how absorbent each sheet was and how it felt to use the product overall. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese blotting papers available online.
We picked out 18 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how well they absorbed oil and how good it felt to handle them. Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked them.
|How it felt to use||3.3|
|Amount||20 sheets x 5 packs|
|Size||3.5 x 3.7 in.|
|Japanese||加美屋 あぶらとり紙 墨|
|How it felt to use||3.0|
|Size||3.3 x 2.2 in.|
|Japanese||吉鷹金箔本舗 プロ業務用あぶらとり紙 オイリー・多汗肌用|
|How it felt to use||2.7|
|Size||3.5 x 2.5 in.|
|Japanese||コーセー ソフティモ ラチェスカ あぶらとり紙 ゴールド|
|How it felt to use||2.0|
|Size||3.4 x 6.1 in.|
|Japanese||DHC あぶらとり紙 大判タイプ|
|How it felt to use||1.8|
|Size||3.7 x 5.3 in.|
|How it felt to use||4.4|
|Size||3.7 x 3.35 in.|
|How it felt to use||3.6|
|Size||2.75 x 3.9 in.|
|Japanese||吉鷹金箔本舗 プロ業務用 あぶらとり紙 普通・脂性肌用|
|How it felt to use||3.5|
|Size||3.5 x 2.6 in.|
|How it felt to use||4.0|
|Japanese||マルチニーク おいせさん あぶらとり神紙|
|How it felt to use||2.6|
Japanese Oil Blotting Paper
Oil Blotting Paper Sumi
Blotting Paper for Professionals for Oily Skin
Lachesca Oil Blotting Paper Gold
Oil Blotting Paper Large
Mino 100% Washi and Natural Hemp Oil Blotting Paper
Oil Control Blotting Paper
Blotting Paper for Professionals for Normal to Oily Skin
Beauty Works Blotting Paper
Oisesan Blotting Paper
The Best All-Around Blotting Paper
Works Well in Absorbing Oil
Practical and Reliably Thick Paper
Stylish Packaging for Adults and Teens Alike
Biggest Sheets With Great Absorbency
Felt Good to Use and Had Decent Absorbency
Decent in Oil Blotting, Use, Quality, and Price
A Great Standard for Japanese Blotting Paper
Use This for Easy, Slight Touch Ups
Thin and Hard, but Great Absorbency
|Japanese||よーじや あぶらとり紙||加美屋 あぶらとり紙 墨||吉鷹金箔本舗 プロ業務用あぶらとり紙 オイリー・多汗肌用||コーセー ソフティモ ラチェスカ あぶらとり紙 ゴールド||DHC あぶらとり紙 大判タイプ||シャンティロージーローザ 美濃和紙天然麻100%あぶらとり紙||無印良品 あぶらとり紙||吉鷹金箔本舗 プロ業務用 あぶらとり紙 普通・脂性肌用||カネボウビューティワークス 紙おしろい||マルチニーク おいせさん あぶらとり神紙|
|How it felt to use||3.3||3.0||2.7||2.0||1.8||4.4||3.6||3.5||4.0||2.6|
|Amount||20 sheets x 5 packs||80 sheets||30 sheets||60 sheets||200 sheets||120 sheets||100 sheets||200 sheets||70 sheets||30 sheets|
|Size||3.5 x 3.7 in.||3.3 x 2.2 in.||3.5 x 2.5 in.||3.4 x 6.1 in.||3.7 x 5.3 in.||3.7 x 3.35 in.||2.75 x 3.9 in.||3.5 x 2.6 in.||–||–|
|Type||Washi paper||Washi paper||Washi paper||–||–||Washi paper||Washi paper||Washi paper||–||Washi paper|
And why they didn’t quite make it.
Biore’s oil blotting paper was great because our staff were able to use it without smudging their makeup, but they definitely noticed effects from the added ethanol. This ingredient can contribute to faster-drying skin, so it may not be suited for those who live in a drier climate or during the dry winter months.
When we recommend products at mybest, we consider everything about a product including the packaging. While we were impressed with the paper quality of Katani’s Komachi blotting paper, we weren’t too happy about the fact that it was difficult to take out just one sheet of paper and neatly return the ones we had accidentally taken out in the process.
We were intrigued by the mesh material of Orbis’ blotting paper, but it seemed like the sheet was going to rip whenever we took one out to test. Some staff also said that the size of the package was a bit bulky but that they liked the simple design.
The quality of the powder on blotting sheets is arguably as important as the quality of the paper. Ayura Aura Feel Aroma Paper impressed us with its ability to add a bit of sparkle to our skin, but we did notice that the powder came off the sheets a bit more than we liked.
Rose of Heaven’s Fragrance Blotting Paper gave us the same issue. Along with not being all that absorbent, staff noticed that the white powder stuck to their skin and made them look slightly paler.
Since buying a bunch of oil blotting paper isn’t always cost-effective, ideally, you’d only need one sheet to do the job. Gatsby’s Oil Clear Sheet didn’t clear oil as much as we were hoping, though it felt pretty good to use.
We had to use several sheets of Shinseido’s blotting paper to get the job done, which landed it a rather low spot in our ranking, especially considering that each package only contains 65 sheets. Staff also commented it has a unique scent that might put some people off.
Kose’s Super Clean Tissues were fairly soft, but the finish of the paper was so matte that it created a little friction when rubbed against the skin. These film-type sheets also didn’t absorb much oil at all.
They told us that while a bigger blotting paper certainly has more of an absorbing area, it’s a bit difficult to apply to specific areas like around the nose.
You can usually get the job done with just one sheet, which means you won’t through a whole pack of paper in just a few seconds. It’s easy on your skin and your wallet!
Dealing with your oily skin on the face wash level can help eliminate the need for blotting paper altogether. We ranked and made buying guides of skincare products marketed for those with oily skin. Read about which one could be right for you!
Washi paper is great for normal skin or concentrated areas of oily skin, while film-type sheets deliver better results to those with oily skin. Don’t forget to consider the small things like scent, size, and design as well, and you’re well on your way to finding your perfect Japanese blotting paper.
Author: Yukina Fujii/Translation: Shannon McNaught/Photos: Yuki Inagaki, Saaya Iwagami
Ranking date: 2019/06/19
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