Review: Papier Poudré

(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)

Dear readers, I apologise for not having posted last week! This month’s theme is in honour of Queen Victoria, who was born on 24 May 1819, and whom we in Canada honour on Victoria Day (the last Monday of the month preceding 25 May) every year. As I cannot find any Victorian brands or products (most of the beauty products were homemade, it appears), I will start off with one of my favourites, the Papier Poudré from the Edwardian era. Founded in 1903, these powder oil-blotting papers is made with all natural ingredients – therefore, suitable for even highly sensitive skin – and has been made in Britain for 110 years. The papers come in 4 ‘shades’: White, Rose, Rachel, and Dark Rachel. The one I’ve used and am using again is Rose, though it is generally better for those with lighter skin tone. I probably should have used Rachel but the Rose doesn’t make my skin whiter nor does it leave obvious pink powder on my skin. Depending on which option you order, each booklet contains 20 or 65 sheets. All you have to do is gently rip off the sheet from the booklet and dab it on your face (where it’s giving you that oily shine). Unlike Body Shop’s Mineral Powder Blotting Tissues, you don’t feel like you’ve just powdered your face. In fact, I think Body Shop’s papers has too much powder but it might be convenient if you like using makeup powder. Papier Poudré can be used on or before makeup. There are quite a few brands out there that carry oil blotting or oil absorbing sheets, such as Body Shop (they have non-powder too), BosciaClean & Cleare.l.fPalladio, and Shiseido. Personally, I didn’t want plain powderless oil-blotting sheets as I have normal-combo skin and the plain ones seem to leave my skin looking dull. Yet it could be very different for you!

So give Papier Poudré a try and pretend you lived in the Edwardian era! 😉

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