December ’15 Boxycharm Review 1: TATCHA Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami

Nothing says luxe quite like $12 blotting papers.

Ok, ok, so the tagline in the picture may make it seem like I’m going to be super snarky in this review. I promise, I’ll keep the snark down to a minimum.

Listen, I love a good luxury beauty product. I have some go-to products that I’m sure a lot of people would snort at when they heard how much I paid for it. (Seriously, y’all, I buy hair products from Living Proof and Oribe…yeah…). But I myself get a little silly when I see some super luxurious brands.

Tatcha is suppose to the gold standard in skin care. Their products are…whoa. I mean, these prices are through the roof. Boxycharm included these Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami blotting papers (USD $12.00 for 30 sheets) in our December boxes. Tatcha describes these as “All-natural leaflet blotting sheets which absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal-fresh skin anytime, anywhere.” The sheets also have these flecks of “gold” to feel even more fancy.

These fancy-pants blotting papers are made from abaca leaf, which is different from the traditional ingredients in other blotting papers. I’m always down to try a different product. It’s also great that they don’t contain any mineral oil, which can cause break outs and is in a surprising number of more affordable brands.

These papers are bigger than your average blotting paper, so you can most certainly clean up all your excess oil with just one sheet, even if you have really oily skin. This is great, because you can really get thirty uses out of this $12 pack (I’m sorry, I’m never going to get over that price).

Now, do they disturb makeup? A little bit. I don’t think you can really find any blotting papers that won’t pick up some of your foundation and such. Even if you just blot instead of wipe, I still had some makeup on my sheets. Not a ton, but it definitely does move around makeup a bit.

As a product, it’s definitely a good one but…

Let me be real: $12 seemed ridiculous to me. Here’s why: The blotting papers I normally use are from e.l.f. cosmetics and cost $1.00 for a 60 pack (!!!!). Yes, that’s 1/12 the price for double the product. Granted, these sheets are smaller than Tatcha’s, but they absolutely get the job done. They’re rice paper based, which also does a great job of absorbing oil, minimally disturb makeup, and don’t contain any breakout causing ingredients.

Rating: 5/5. These sheets are really great. They absorb oil without disturbing makeup too much. Honestly, if you have a cheaper option I don’t see the point in spending 12x the price. But hey, if you really want to splurge you will get a good product.

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