25 October 2011

Battle of the Oil Absorbing Sheets

I first discovered oil absorbing sheets about 10-11years ago from the Avon book, and immediately thought ''Amazing''. I tried reordering more, but they were no longer available, until I discovered the brand 'Clean and Clear' were selling them on the high street. Again, I went back to repurchase more, only to discover they had become extinct! For years I searched high and low for the product, but could only find the sheets that contained powder, which just doesn't cut it for me. Last summer I went to the US, and of course popped into MAC, where I finally found the oil absorbing sheets. Of course I purchased a few packs to keep me going until my stash had run out. In preparation for when my stash ran out a friend suggested I try Ebay, and hey presto! I managed to find the Clean and Clear oil absorbing sheets. And just a few weeks ago Kleenex launched their own oil absorbing sheets in Superdrug, which of course I purchased.

Now swimming in oil absorbing sheets, I thought I would review all 3 brands, and really try and explore which of the 3 win the battle of the best oil absorbing sheet. First stop . . MAC . . .

MAC Blot Film x30 sheets 

When I started using these, the first thing I noticed was the thickness of the sheets. I found them to be very absorbing, and the sheets very luxurious. However 30 x sheets per pack for £10.50 (I think I paid £9+ in the US last summer), is very pricey for what it is. 

Clean and Clear 'Oil Control Film' x60 sheets
£1.46 +P&P 

Upon using these sheets, I found them to be very absorbing, soaking up the unwanted oil very well. I did find however that perhaps the sheets absorbed too much oil in one sweep, which resulted in me having to use 'x' amount of sheets in one session, i.e. between 5-6 sheets, resulting in the product finishing quicker. I also found them to be very thin in comparison to the MAC and Kleenex sheets, but it still is a decent product. There are 60 sheets per a pack which is a bargain, although P&P costs can sometimes be a little on the pricey side.

Kleenex 'Shine Absorbing Sheets - Powder Free' x50 sheets 

The oil absorbing sheets are part of a new facial cleansing range launched by Kleenex, and of course I had to purchase and road test the product. I have to say these oil absorbing sheets are pretty good; they absorb excess oil well and glide across the skin pretty nicely. I did find however that they were slightly on the thin side, and given a bit of force the sheets tore pretty easily. On the back of the sheets I did notice a floral print, which I thought was quite nice, but didn't really add any benefit to the sheet. In this pack there are 50 sheets at the cost of 2.99, which is quite good value for money. (Currently this product is on an introductory offer of £1.49 in Superdrug).

Sheet Size
If you haven't already noticed, all 3 sheets are of varying sizes. Of the 3, MAC sheets are much bigger, whereas Clean and Clear and Kleenex are smaller. I did find the MAC sheets to be better, as I was able to handle the sheet easier without sweeping my face with my finger tips (as they got in the way when handling the small sheets!).
From L to R: MAC, Clean and Clear, Kleenex

Winner of Oil Absorbing Sheets is . . . 

It's a tie between MAC and Kleenex!
I love the quality and size of the MAC sheets, although I am not a keen lover of the price tag, considering the amount of sheets in a pack. But I love Kleenex as it's good value for money, decent amount of sheets in a pack and is of a decent quality, although the size of the sheets are quite small.

Either way all 3 products do exactly the same job, but if you're looking for a product with good quality and don't mind the cost, then I'd say MAC. If you want a cheap alternative that isn't going to break the bank, then I'd say either Kleenex or Clean and Clear. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above then please check out the following links:
  • MAC Blot Film
  • Clean & Clear Oil Control
  • Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets {Free delivery on all orders until 24th December 2011}

So what do you think? Will you be purchasing some oil absorbing sheets? Or are you not buying into it? Would love to hear what you have to say.

PS: All products were purchased with my own money. As always my reviews/comments are 110% honest, genuine and true.


  1. Sian @ Quite Frankly26 October 2011 at 18:05

    Oh the kleenex ones are pretty! x

  2. The ones from Boux Avenue are pretty good too x

  3. Serenity of Beauty27 October 2011 at 01:54

    Just had a look @ the Boux Avenue 1's, although good value, they are powdered, which I don't like - they make me look like a ghost and very ashy! :/

  4. Good post, you have reminded me to purchase these again.
    I had some from Bodyshop ages ago and they were pretty good.


  5. I like the Kleenex ones, ive tried the clean and clear one and they do a pretty good job if you have a lot of oil


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