A few weeks ago, the nice people at NailPolishCanada.com sent me several free goodies made by US brand e.l.f. I've already reviewed the two brushes I received here while today is all about e.l.f.'s Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets.
Testing oil blotting sheets in December isn't ideal but I think I was able to get a pretty good sense of how this product works.
e.l.f.'s claims for it are what you would expect for oil blotting sheets: "These amazing little sheets instantly absorb oil, minimize pores and transforms shiny skin into gorgeous matte perfection."
e.l.f. also says, "Green Tea Extract helps re-texturize skin and mask facial imperfections." Let's start with this claim. While these sheets do include green tea (as the last ingredient), they did not "re-texturize" my skin nor did they mask any imperfections. They also didn't minimize the appearance of visible pores.
However, these sheets were excellent at sucking up oil and mattifying any and all shine. I'm not 100% sold on e.l.f.'s "...keeps skin matte for hours" claim - it's too cold and dry to test it - but even if it's not completely accurate, another sheet is all you need to quickly and easily remove any shine.
While using this product, I thought of two other oil blotting sheets: The Body Shop Mineral Powder Blotting Tissues and Clean & Clear's Oil Absorbing Sheets. I easily prefer the e.l.f. sheets over The Body Shop ones. Not only do the former work better, they are also powder-free, making them less messy to use.
As for how the e.l.f. sheets stack up against the Clean & Clear ones, I find that both do a great job at absorbing oil. While the e.l.f. sheets did require a few more passes on my face, it's not like I could re-use a Clean & Clear sheet even though I had only pressed it against my face a couple times. The biggest differences between these two products are the textures and the price. The e.l.f. sheets feels like fine wax paper while the Clean & Clear ones are more plastic-y. Personally I don't have a preference but some might.
As for price, e.l.f. is the easy winner. One pack of 50 sheets is only $2.25 at NailPolishCanada.com.
Cheap and it works; not often you come across that combo.
Will I buy this product: Yes though it won't be until the summer time.
Should you buy this product: If you use blotting papers then yes. And if you want to pick them up from NailPolishCanada.com, remember that it offers free shipping without a minimum charge.