http://www.cosmeticobs.com/news/focus-on-french-launches/the-blotting-paper-revival-4580
June 30, 2017 Focus on French Launches

The blotting paper revival

© CosmeticOBS - L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques

Their name sounds charming to the French (it is so much prettier in English!): their literal translation into French would remind of our school days, but in the field of beauty, it would be the equivalent of ‘powdered paper’ or ‘mattifying paper’. It should be admitted that they represent a real godsend to recover a flawless complexion when the temperature heats up. They are even more welcome these days! If they have been discreet on the market for a while, this summer, and even more when we get back to work, they are boasting a new look – and should create a buzz.

Much better than nose tip repowdering, blotting papers absorb shininess without smudging makeup. You just need to delicately press them on all gleaming areas (usually the T-zone), and your complexion becomes fresh and matte. That is quite useful these days! They are nothing new, but this summer, they are on a roll. In Japan, no woman would ever forget sliding them into their bags. It is a daily, repeated gesture, sometimes it is even a little obsessional (like lip balm for a few French women!).
It is only logical that Shiseido was one of the first to introduce us to this typically Japanese accessory launched in France in 1994! Their Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper (€23 for 100 sheets in the case) is actually quite technical, and it is patented because it is soaked with a very efficient mattifying agent, hydroxyapatite, which absorbs the sebum and lipid peroxides, the agents responsible for oxidation.

Blotting papers are getting more diversified

Millennials are crazy for them – they quickly understood how useful this both simple and efficient touch up is – so, most trendy makeup brands have launched their own this summer, like NYX, a professional makeup brand purchased by the L'Oréal Group and only available online, on certain websites like Feelunique. The 100% paper pulp-based sheets contain purifying, anti-inflammatory tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil (Green Tea Blotting Paper, €5.90 for 100 sheets).

Too Cool for School, a Korean brand distributed in Sephora stores, has devised Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Papers with charcoal, blackberry, or green tea to mattify and refresh combination and oily skins. They feature a funny design typical of Koreans (€6.95 for 50 sheets with a mirror, as from late August at Sephora's).

Japanese beauty expert DHC also chose ultra-absorbing, 100% natural hemp fibres free from any perfume or powder for their sebum-absorbing sheets adapted to sensitive skins (Blotting Paper, 100 sheets, €5.50).

Clarins has followed the movement: the brand has developed a Pore Perfecting, Matifying Kit featuring Blotting Papers that do not dry out the skin, and a white compact powder. The blotting papers can be bought without the powder (€45, €20 for a refill of 2x70 sheets).

Blotting papers can also be found at Kiko's (Shine Refine Papers, 100 powdered blotting sheets, €6.95), Sephora's (Oil-Blotting Papers ‘to put an end to shine!' – €5.95 for 50 sheets), and Monoprix's (Feuilles Matifiantes Anti-Brillance – anti-shininess mattifying sheets, €4.15 for 50 sheets).

, no doubt the newest and most sophisticated are those launched by Mai Couture, who has dedicated a whole range to blotting papers that are not blotting… but which are actually used to put on makeup. They will be available in Sephora stores after summer (Blush Papier, €17 for 50 powdered papers, Foundation Powdered Papier or Highlighter Papier, €20 for 50 powdered papers, or Trio Pack, composed of three types of different papers, for example 20 blush papers, 20 highlighter papers, and 20 bronze papers: €20 for 60 powdered papers).

Ariane Le Febvre

© CosmeticOBS-L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques
Your comments

Please login to see all comments

All articles [63]
October 19, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Inventive… and increasingly green packaging

Is it the publication of the Cosmos European standard on natural and green cosmetics that stimulates the use of recyclable packaging? Be it as it may, things are changing both in terms of packaging and formulas! Beauty, the overpackaging industry, is actually making efforts to pollute less. [Read more ]

October 12, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Red eye shadows

It is the trendy colour this autumn, and even supermarkets have adopted it. You are scared of looking like an albino rabbit? No panic: even if it is not that easy to wear, when it is shaded with brown or purple or provides a burgundyish or earth-toned result, it gets much more flattering. [Read more ]

October 5, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Fresh cosmetics

It seems ‘fresh’ is the new trendy word in the skincare world. After the wave of smoothies and other superfoods, beauty is also doing its own shopping! There is still this idea of using food ingredients, but with a significant new parameter: they should be freshly formulated,... [Read more ]

September 28, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Forest bathing…

When the cosmetics industry embraces trees, it gets skin-beneficial actives that provide a bit of their strength. Oak, pine, mahogany, chestnut, birch… in the heart of their wood, in their leaves, bark, or buds, they all conceal treasures that enrich this autumn’s new skincare... [Read more ]

© CosmeticOBS-L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques
September 21, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Face scrubs are turning over a new leaf

The ban of (polluting) polyethylene beads in rinse-off products by 2018 in France and many other countries is actually stimulating cosmetics formulators’ creativity. The latter has been inventing original scrubs by taking inspiration from peelings (AHA or enzymes) and using various... [Read more ]

September 14, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Innovative post-summer mascaras

A tailor-made volume thanks to a barrel to tighten, a small bottle to shake like that famous drink, and which no longer dries out – or almost –, formulas in tubes or with vitamin-boosted vinyl effects… once again, the mascaras launched this autumn breathe new life into the... [Read more ]

September 7, 2017 Focus on French Launches
The return of soap

With its natural formula and unique cleansing power, it has got it all to seduce organic-addicts and other vegan-maniacs. New, innovative textures (in the form of a tube, ball, or powder) are putting this basic cosmetic product back in the spotlight. [Read more ]

August 31, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Sweden in the spotlight

Want some naturalness and eco-friendly simplicity? Swedish brands will make you get back to basics. Their names are often quite hard to pronounce for foreigners, but their state of mind – a hymn to nature and ecology – seduces an increasing number of people, including major groups.... [Read more ]

© CosmeticOBS - L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques
July 27, 2017 Focus on French Launches
E-beauty is gaining ground

Of course, electronic devices are not cosmetics, but we cannot but talk about this booming trend set to spread everywhere after summer (cleansing and skincare, massage, hair, and even makeup)… Let’s start with the bad news though: access to high-tech beauty is quite expensive. But... [Read more ]

© CosmeticOBS - L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques
July 20, 2017 Focus on French Launches
Sock masks for feet

They are always forgotten… but this summer, they are in the spotlight as part of the ‘mask mania’! Soaked socks to be adjusted on the feet with adhesive strips are getting more and more common. Exfoliating, moisturizing, regenerating… they provide everything you need... [Read more ]