The Best Mattifying Beauty Products That Aren’t Blotting Sheets

    True shine erasers

    by · July 25, 2017

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    Is there a more divisive beauty product than the blotting sheet? On one hand, they work really well—for the most part, anyway. On the other, you can only appreciate their effects if you’re able to tolerate seeing all of the oil your face contains (and it’s a lot) condensed onto the surface of one tiny, now-super-gross sheet. It’s a toss-up.

    I still use blotting papers, despite not liking such concrete evidence about how greasy my face really is. (Though, I usually don’t use them in front of other people, because ew.) But lately, I’ve started to gravitate toward other products that similarly promise a face featuring minimal shine. Now, let’s be clear, there’s nothing out there that can completely eliminate oil. Though annoying, having some kind of lubrication on your skin is actually necessary to help deliver essential nutrients and stave off pollutants. But there are some options that can help keep excess oil at bay during the more unbearable summer days, when it seems like people can see their reflection in your forehead.

    After trying a ton of oil-eliminating products during recent high-humidity days, I’ve found plenty that worked wonders. Hopefully, you too will find your matte soul mate in one of the following products. There’s only a month and change left to this summer; we got this, my oily friends.

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