Product Type: Superdrug body care
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I've taken a shine to Superdrug's little book
Superdrug Shine Control Paper
Member Name: ryeb
Superdrug Shine Control Paper
Advantages: Matts your skin quickly and easily, works over make up.
Disadvantages: Can be hard to find in the shop.
I have a forehead that likes to develop a shine given half the chance. Several years ago, a friend recommended that I try Superdrug's, Shine Control Papers. I have been buying them ever since. When I first bought them they were sold as part of the "Clarity" range, now they are just branded with "Superdrug." The papers themselves have not changed, except in price sadly!
WHAT ARE SHINE CONTROL PAPERS?
The papers are little sheets of paper that are pressed onto your face to absorb any oil from the skin surface. They are a sort of facial blotting paper! In addition they leave a trace of translucent powder behind to aid the mattifying effect. They can be used over the top of make up, as an alternative to powdering. This is what inspired me to actually try them as I thought they would be a quick touching up solution.
USING THE PAPERS
The papers are small and thin. They are bound together in a booklet about the size of a small matchbox. This size makes them easy to carry around with you. I thought at first that they may leak powder in to my bag, but amazingly it stays on the sheets and doesn't create a mess at all. They are very quick and easy to use, and I can manage to do so without getting my purse mirror out if I really have to. All that you need to do is detach a sheet from the packet and press it firmly on to your skin. The important thing is not to using a wiping action, as this is less effective and secondly, it can dislodge any make up you have on. If you look at the sheet after the first press, you will see that it has changed colour, and the shine has transfered to the paper. This always makes me feel happy that I had the sheets to hand, when I see what has been removed! Once you have done one spot, you can move on quickly to any other areas of your face that need attention. It is process that seems more discreet than using a powder compact, and it is a lot more practical than applying my liquid foundation or loose powder would be. This is especially true when I am travelling on a train. Anyone that has tried to apply cosmetics on one of these will know the difficulties caused by a sudden jolt!
The matt effect is instant, and what's more, it lasts for hours. I mainly use the papers on my forehead, or occasionally my nose. The translucent powder that is left behind really is a light dusting. It is a subtle finish, and I don't think it adds much to the matt effect really. At least it doesn't require blending and the the translucent finish should suit a variety of skin tones. It does not look obvious on my skin.
I need to use more than one sheet on some occasions, as each one isn't large, and can only be used once. But as you get 65 sheets in a packet, one set does last a good amount of time. It isn't a product that I thankfully need everyday, so I usually buy one every 8-12 weeks.
There is one caution that I would give you, and that is not to use them on damp skin. When I accidently did so, I get a weird slightly orange patch develop. This did wipe off easily, and used correctly on dry skin, this has never happened.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THEM?
I would, they are an easy to use and quick solution to shiny skin. My forehead is oily, though better than it was when I was a teen. I think that if it can deal with the shine there, the paper can deal with anyone's skin! It doesn't interfere with your foundation either. I sometimes use this when I haven't worn other make up at all, and it works just as well. if you want to try them yourself, they are currently on offer at Superdrug for £2. The standard price is £2.59. You can usually find them with skin care products such as moisturisers or face masks, although they do tend to move around. Being small they can be hard to spot on the shelves too. I have found them stocked most often in the larger branches, and sadly they don't seem to be available online at the moment. If you see some, buy them and give them a try. I wouldn't be without them now.
Summary: A fantastic product that has become a staple of my handbag.