Rant & Rave: Blotting Powders

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my answer: It’s not a product I use often, as I don’t get too oily until 10-12 hours after wearing makeup. I usually just use a pressed powder as my blotting powder, so I don’t have too much to say here!


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Mariella Avatar

I really love MAC Blot – it does its job effectively and invisibly and doesn’t build up or go cakey or too try looking (mind you, I only use it on my T-zone and only when I’m oily). Essence All About Matt is also a good product but not quite as perfect as MAC Blot (mind you, for the price difference, I can forgive Essence and would expect better from MAC to justify the significantly higher price).

xamyx Avatar

I LOVE Essence All About Matte! I don’t get “oily”, but I do a fair share of walking, and perspiration is my bane… What I love most about it, is although I have drier skin, I also have visible pores, and AAM actually diffuses their appearance. I typically find mattifying products to emhasize my pores, but to find one that also minimizes them, for under $5, I have no desire to look further!

Colleen Avatar

I’m basically a walking oil slick and I have yet to find a powder that really works long-term for me. I’ve tried every combination of primers, moisturizers, setting sprays, long-wear foundations in every form and finish, but since I work long hours with few opportunities for breaks and often around hot lights in big crowds, my skin is always a greasy dripping mess by the time I finally make it to a bathroom.

However! I remain optimistic (maybe delusional?) so if you have any recommendations, throw them at me! I’ve tried UD De-slick, MUFE HD, Jurlique Citrus Silk, and Nars Light Reflecting, which was probably my favorite, if still a bit lacking. And I’m still not entirely sure what the difference between finishing/blotting/setting powders are, but in any case, these are the ones I got specifically because they were supposed to help control oil, so I hope it counts!

Jade Avatar

I have no specific product to say, but something that pops into my head is to make sure you’re also addressing hydration, in your effort to control oil. In the past the logic has always been that, if you’re oily, to avoid anything that adds moisture, but dehydration can exacerbate oiliness. Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

Elizabeth Avatar

How does MUFE HD compare to NARS Light Reflecting? I’m trying to choose between to the two but am afraid of NARS’ “light reflecting” properties – I don’t want to look shiny! So really interested of why you prefer the NARS!

ilovemakeup Avatar

The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk Anti-Aging HS Micro Powder has worked best for me. It seems like I’ve tried most of the stuff on the market in the mid range prestige cosmetics and this has worked fairly well. For mid day touch up it gives me about an hour and a half of matte versus 45 minutes.

Maddie Avatar

Same here, with the exception of the Jurlique, I’ve tried everything you mentioned above. They’re all useless and make me look cake-y. I’lll have to go steall some napkins at Starbucks since people keep raving about them, hahaha!

Terri Avatar

Even at age 48 I am seriously oily so I am extremely thankful for these powders…they are a must have for me. My current Fave is the one by It Cosmetics and it is amazing, although a little goes a long way. I have just discovered this line and am loving it so all you older ladies looking for a good powder should check this one out for sure.

Rachel R. Avatar

Rant: I didn’t know blotting powder and pressed powder were two different things, so now I feel old and out-of-touch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rave: I don’t seem to need blotting powder, as I’ve gotten by so long without it, apparently. I use BareEscentials loose mineral veil and blotting papers.

Myan Avatar

I usually get pretty oily within 5-6 hours of putting on my makeup, so I always blot with oil-absorbing sheets then pat on some DiorSkin Forever Invisible Retouch Powder.

Helene Avatar

I have used MAC Blot with good results, these days I prefere using blotting papers and do a quick touch up with some pressed powder if/when I need to. Most of the time the blotting papers are enough.

Christina Avatar

I use SEVERAL oil absorbing sheets (the plasticy ones) on my oil slick of a face, then retouch with a finishing powder (my current fave is Cargo HD).

Nina Avatar

Blotting powders are amazing for those with oily skin!! I hate powdering even more when my skin’s already feeling oily because it feels like the powder is just sitting on top of the oil and it doesn’t get rid of the oil at all. I love the clean and clear blotting sheets because you get a lot of use out of one sheet!

Kelly Cummins Avatar

I couldn’t imagine not having blotting papers and MAC Blot Powder in my life. I keep a pack of blotting papers in my purse and in my car to use throughout the day. I’m 40, but I continue to produce a considerable amount of oil, especially in my T-zone.

I’m a huge fan of the Boscia Blotting Linens (typically the Black Charcoal or Green Tea) which are very effective and do not disturb my makeup. After using a sheet, I’ll typically pat a little of the MAC Blot Powder over my face.

When I was younger, I adored the Papier Poudre version in Rachel (these have a fine coating of powder), but are near impossible to find in a retail store.

Becky Avatar

Slightly unrelated I suppose, but Christine, which powder do you prefer for blurring pores and keeping shine at bay, the Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Powder or the Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder Mattifying Veil? Which is the best powder? Thank you!

Dale Avatar

Mally’s Poreless Face Defender works well for me. Just blot it lightly. I also have heard to use a brush to blot it on but have only used the sponge so far. Will try the brush method today.

heather Avatar

My only rant is that I wish my HG blotting powder (MAC Blot) came in a more hygenic compact with a seperate space for the sponge because once it gets caked with powder and oil I don’t like putting it back into the compact on top of the product. I flip it upside down so the oil from my face doesn’t get into the pan of powder, but a compact like the old Maybelline Dream Matte powder with two compact compartments would be ideal.

Also, be sure that you are blotting the oil off of your face with a tissue or blotting sheet before powdering or you end up pressing the oil right back into your skin which can clog pores and make your makeup look cakey.

Elizabeth Avatar

I have recently discovered Tatcha blotting papers. They have no powder, so I don’t get that cakey look I try to avoid. It’s difficult when you have oily skin, and your skin is aging (I am 51). I have tried many a blotting paper, from powdered to oil absorbing, and right now, for me, the Tatcha seems to be the best for my skin. I am always trying new things, but I am thinking these are going to be my favorite for a long time.

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