TATCHA Aburatorigami Blotting Paper Review

Growing up in Hong Kong, Aburatorigami, otherwise known as oil-blotting papers to most of us, have been a life-saver for me for longer than I can remember. But it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the story behind this Asian beauty staple and found my HG, TATCHA Aburatorigami.

TATCHA Aburatorigami is truly the cream of the crop among blotting papers. It is handmade in Japan with 100% abaca leaf and comes in a fancy paper packet with 30 sheets.

Each sheet measures roughly 3.75 inch x 3.75 inch and is slightly bigger than most blotting papers but perfect for the whole face. It is super thin and soft yet the lattice line makes it more durable than your regular Japanese oil blotting papers. There are also tiny gold flakes just like the traditional Aburatorigami, which by the way, is originally the by-product from artisans hammering gold into thin leaves to decorate the pavilions of Imperial Japan (who would have known?)

Unlike the plastic blotting papers like Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, the TATCHA blotting papers do not soak up excess oil (which can sometimes lead to more oil being produced). Nor do they contain talc powder like the famous Papier Poudré Oil Blotting Papers from England, so they will never dry up your skin or leave behind a powdery, chalky finish. They simply get the job done quickly and effectively without ruining your makeup or irritating the skin.

Plus how can you not love that it is all-natural and biodegradable? Now I will can never go back to regular blotting papers!

TATCHA Aburatorigami is now available at http://www.tatcha.com/. Prices are $12 for a pack or $30 for 3.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. That is a cool story, I will have to check out their site! I remember my first oil blotting paper for Body Shop, but I haven’t used it it years because living in Vancouver, it is not really necessary for me. The Body Shop ones I found very “powdery.”

  2. i was also thinking of buying the boscia linens but this sounds like a better choice. thanks for the review! blotting papers are a kind of must for me ;p

  3. I’ve used these and here is what I love about them:
    1) Size: they are much larger than my other blotting papers, so I only have to use one vs two!
    2)Make up doesnt budge: It amazing bc most of my makeup used to end up on the paper, then I’d reapply my powder. Now, I just blot and go! no need to touch up
    3)The quality: Once you try it you’ll see how different the quality is. I can use it before applying my makeup and the mineral makeup i use stays on far longer. I can throw out that goopy primer stuff i was using (thank goodness!)

  4. Hi, i am interested to become a make-up artist..but i am having headache to search for a good school. I am living in NJ and i found one school called Empire beauty schools? If so, u have any suggestion??
    Thank you!!!

  5. I love this too, the packaging gives a luxury feeling. But honestly it is too pricey. Most of the summer, i.e. the oily season, I use a 500 sheet pack from Amazon. forgot the name, It is a Japanese made. Costs about $20 for a pack of 500 sheets of blotting paper. It doesn’t have gold flakes, just plain sheets, but the quality is quite good, thin and soft, all natural no powder, no chemical. I think for those with limited budget, this is a balance way not to go broke, get a pack of the Tatcha for special occasions and a pack of the 500 sheets from Amazon for daily usage.

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