Tool Thursday: Beautyblender Blotterazzi Review

Beautyblender Blotterazzi

Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Blotterazzi
Beautyblender Liquid Blendercleanser sample packet
Beautyblender Liquid Blendercleanser sample packet

Measurement

  • 5.3 cm (2.0 in) wide (at the widest part) x 8.5 cm tall (3.3 in)

Review & Usage

New from Beautyblender is the Blotterazzi that promises to blot excess oil without disturbing your makeup while leaving your skin radiant! Having an oily T-zone myself, I rarely ever go by a day without blotting at least once. I do like my Gatsby blotting sheets and I think they do a fantastic job. I can't imagine anything else working better but being a long-time user (and lover) of the Beautyblender sponge, I thought I'd give the Blotterazzi a try. (I actually find the name Blotterazzi kind of funny! Anyone with me on this? :D)

Blotterazzi is a tear drop-shaped, thin sponge made of the same material as the Beautyblender sponge. It is crazy soft and flexible and I really enjoy “feeling” it on my skin. For US$20, you get two sheets of Blotterazzi in a nice mirrored compact of the same shape. The compact feels really nice and sturdy and has a vented back so that you can store your used Blotterazzi facing down to air dry. There is also a clear plastic divider included to separate the two sponges from each other. The tear drop shape is pretty genius as you can use the pointy tip in tight corners of the face such as between the brows and on the Cupid's Bow, and the round base in wider areas such as forehead, T-zone, chin, and cheeks.

I find having a blotting tool that is washable, reusable, portable, and environmental-friendly  which Blotterazzi is — a really great concept. One Blotterazzi sheet is supposed to last at least 2 months with regular use, so the two of them should be good for at least 4 months with proper cleaning. Considering how blotting sheets are quite expensive in America, this could be considered a more budget-friendly alternative, too. (In contrast, blotting sheets in Asia are pretty cheap so I have no problem going through a few sheets a day.)

Now let's talk performance. I think whether you'll like this product or not depends on your blotting preference. If you like your skin to be completely matte after blotting, as in absolutely no oil or sheen left behind at all, you're not going to like Blotterazzi. However, if you prefer your skin to have a little dewy effect, or in other word, you want a little bit of oil left behind to mimic the skin's natural glow (this, I presume is what the brand meant about “leaving a radiant finish behind”), then this might just be exactly what you need!

Blotterazzi does not remove all the oil. It does not make your face completely matte like a regular blotting sheet does (the good one). It simply removes the majority of the oil, enough to make you not look oily. You can press a little harder on the skin to remove more oil but it still won't be absorbent enough to get everything off. And for this reason, I think those with super oily skin might not appreciate it. The claim of not disturbing makeup is somewhat true, as long as you only use pressing motions, not rubbing during blotting, otherwise the makeup will transfer.

I can deal with the fact that it doesn't remove all the oil. What bothers me more is reusing the same sponge several times a day. I mean, if you only use it once a day and wash it after use, then it's OK. But what if you are very oily and need to blot multiple times a day, would you not feel gross about having to use the same sponge you just used earlier again and again? I would. 

Washing is easy. You can wash it the same way you do the Beautyblender sponge. The company provides a sample packet of their Liquid Blendercleanser with the compact, too, and I highly recommend it. Now I will agree that the product is eco-friendly and will help you save money from having to buy blotting sheets, but if you have to wash it everyday after use (you should), wouldn't you be wasting water then? So I really don't know if it's really that budget and eco-friendly after all. You can probably reuse it many times before you finally wash it but I would advise against doing so for hygienic purposes.

All in all, I have mixed feelings about this one. It is a more glamorous way to blot for sure, but I don't see it replacing my blotting sheets any time soon. I prefer my face to be completely matte rather than dewy or “radiant” after blotting! The concept is cute, the execution is cute, but performance-wise, it is very subjective. Definitely a product that you have to try for yourself! :)

Purchase

US$20 at Sephora

฿850 at Sephora Thailand

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20 Comments

  • Honestly, I never use blotting sheets. My skin doesn’t get that oily or of I need to mattify it a little bit, I just use some face powder. So this product is def not for me although I agree on the name- it’s cute and funny!

    • Wow, I’m jel, Agata! Lots of money saved there for you! ;D But then again, in Thailand we have all kinds of cool blotting sheets so I don’t mind that my face gets oily here and there. I like trying new ones every time I run out! Last month I found a Hello Kitty one! :D

  • Yeah so… Sorry, mother earth. I might want to stick to disposable blotting sheets after all. On top of that, I want my blotting sheets to take all the oil away. After all, that’s what they are supposed to do!

    • Right? When I blot my face, I want every bit of oil GONE! I’d rather mist my face for a dewy finish than leave traces of oil to do the job. These might work better for those who aren’t as oily as I am, though. :)

  • I don’t blot much anymore! I’ve had the same pack of Boscia blotters forever now. Maybe 3 years. Since I only wear makeup a few times a week this might work for me though. I have a stash of SBUX napkins for emergencies in the glovebox of my car. When I run out of the linens, I’ll consider this but that might be another year, lol.

    My skin is combo to super dry depending on the time of year and how religious I am about my skincare routine!

    • Oh yeah I like Starbucks napkins for emergencies as well! Come in handy when I forget my blotting sheets at home. :D Although I don’t drink Starbucks coffee that often anymore. When you pay in Baht, it’s really expensive coffee. LOL.

  • Some beauty launches really leave me appalled… Who would want to re-use a blotting tool?!?!? The thought makes me shiver! And I think people want ALL the oil to be absorbed when they blot, as it comes back pretty fast anyway…
    Great review though! :)
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    • Believe it or not, I came across a couple of reviews where the authors reused these without washing for a few weeks straight. Umm… just no. LOL.

  • I don’t have an oily zone to blot so it is not so interesting for me but it is fascinating how you find these very interesting items which I have never heard of and give them a try. I truly appreciate your great photos and detailed/scientific post. <3

    • I see why these do not appeal to you. It has to be so nice never having to worry about blotting your face. I can only dream. LOL.

  • I don’t need to blot very often as my skin has become dryer over the years, but I like that this product is reusable. I do think it is kind of gross to use it more than once a day on your face though.

  • I hardly blot. I used to blot when my skin was much oilier of course, but I don’t think the sponge appeals to me. Seems eeky? >_<

    • LOL it’s not just you, Lily! I’m happy I gave it a try. Now I know it can’t and won’t replace my trusty blotting film! :)

  • I’ve been curious about the Blotterazzi. I actually like saying the word Blotterazzi lol. I agree that it’s a great concept, but I’m not crazy about reusing it over and over throughout the day. Thanks for your honest opinion. I can always count on you for that. :)

    • I know right? And to think that some people do reuse it many times a day for many days in a row before washing it just makes me uncomfortable!

  • I think this is an adorable concept but I’d want it to remove ALL of the oil. And I don’t know how I’d feel about reusing the sponge. I can get pretty damn oily during the warmer months and the thought of reusing a blotting sponge…I just don’t know. I think I’ll stick to my blue Clean & Clear blotting sheets as they remove all of the oil / sheen. Thank you for this review! I was excited to read it since we have such similar skin! :)

    • Same here, Kristen! When I blot, I want all the oil removed and not a trace left behind! It’s a decent tool but it would never replace my trusty blotting film. You have to try Gatsby next (the black sheet)! Better than the Clean & Clear one in my opinion! :D

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