When it comes to removing my makeup, I prefer cotton wool pads rather than balls and I am not loyal to any brand, I just pick a pack up when out shopping. The last time I was in Boots, I picked these up as they were on a special offer of 2 for £3.00 (normally they retail for £1.89).
For your money, you get 100 double faced pads which are made from 100% non fleecing pure cotton. The packaging is basic, yet not dissimilar to that of other brands' the pads come in a long tube like clear plastic packet, to the top is there is drawstring so once opened, the bag can be sealed so as not to spill any.
They are double sided which I ideal as I only need to use one of these when cleansing and toning, one side is smooth which I use for my toner and the other slightly textured side for my cleanser. Unfortunately, these pads are quite thin and not very absorbent so I find that the liquids seep straight through to the other side. I have experienced this when using cleanser, toner, eye makeup remover and nail varnish remover so it is clearly a problem with the product. Because of how thin these pads are, when removing my nail varnish, I do find that they start to disintegrate a little, which isn't ideal as normally when I am removing nail varnish, its because I want to repaint them straight away.
Overall, I am disappointed with these, they are slight more expensive that other, shop brand pads yet the quality just isn't really there and for that reason, I am only giving 1 out of 5 stars.
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I have been buying Boots double faced cotton rounds for my beauty needs for quite a while now. They are a little more expensive than some other brands you can buy but well worth the few extra pence spend.
Why I like these pads
I love using these as they are multi functional with different surfaces. The slightly bumpy side is great for using facial toner, and also with remover for glitter nail varnish! The quality is brilliant, they don't disintegrate even when wet through. I like to soak these in micellar cool water and press the pads to my eyes for a quick cooling treatment. I also like them because they don't squeak like the cheaper ones do, I think it's a higher quality of cotton used in it.
A pack is around £1.60 but they are often on offer at Boots. This is the reason I first found them they were buy one get one half price so I always used to chuck two packs in to the basket and that has turned in to a real habit now, I can never buy just one. I also like that you get Boots Points with the purchase so you can put those points towards other beauty treats.
These are such a staple beauty cupboard item. I use a lot of these every day from morning to night. They are the best quality and kind on your skin with no rough or squeaky bits. Definitely worth a few extra pence as they feel luxuriously soft!
Available at Boots: Oval, double faced cotton wool pads. Does what it says on the tin. There are 2 sides. One specifically designed to glides across you sensitive face to remove make up; the other side is slightly rougher, slightly courser and is specifically designed to remove nail polish. Because the 'pattern' is slightly tighter it means that there is more resistance on the pads once you have applied liquid, so it means that it wont disintegrate once it is wet and you can afford to give your nails a good scrub - especially if you have glitter nail polish which is notoriously difficult to remove.
Comes in a pack of approx. 50 pads. No frills, no fuss. Simply a clear bag with a handy little pull string so that you hang it up in your bathroom. It also comes with a perforated tab for you to push open so you can easily remove the pads one at a time and make sure that no unwanted pads fall out on to the floor!
The feel of it:
Did you know that some people have a phobia of cotton wool? I guess I can understand that, with the old school cotton wool balls the fibers would catch on your nails if they were uneven, grab a bits of dry skin that you didn't even know were there and little bits would stick to your clothes. Not so with these pads. They are durable, you can get them wet, scrub at your face and nails, wipe of heavy-duty concealer and lipstick and they do not break up. You wont ever use these pads to cleanse your face and then end up with tiny bits of strong-like material that stick to your eye lashes ad work their way in to your eye. You can use these pads for any part of your cleansing routine and know that they will not disintegrate or end up in the wrong place.
These pads are £1.89 for a pack of approximately 50 pads and are very frequently on a 'buy one get one half price' offer.
The overall experience:
Ladies, don't underestimate the durability, reliability and quality of Boots own brand products. There is nothing to be disappointed about with this product. They don't flake or fluff and you can use them as part of your everyday routine.
Normally when you describe something as two faced its not a very nice compliment but these double faced round pads from Boots are great and something I use everyday in my beauty routine.
They are basically round bits of cotton wool made into pads that have two different textured surfaces for use on either the face or the nails. The pads come in a pack of 100 and are stored in a round plastic packaging which has a drawstring at the top so its a handy packaging to have as you can keep them in here and just reach for a new one when you need one. It keeps them, clean, in shape and then also if you take them away with you anywhere you can just pull the drawstrings to so that none come out.
I use these pads for quite a number of different things as the two sides are really handy. It actually tells you on the back of the package what you can use each side for. For example, "the light textured surface is ideal for applying lotions and creams such as cleanser." This side has lots of round circles on it and almost looks like it is in a patchwork pattern. This is the side I use for removing eye make up with. They are very soft and gentle and so they are the best thing to use to apply some eye makeup remover on. I also use it to apply my face cream after I have toned as I find it gives your moisturiser an extra bit of help for smoothing across the face.
On the other side we are told that, "The compact surface is ideal for applying liquids such as nail polish remover or toner. This surface does not fluff or lint." This side looks like it has lots of little dots all over it and this is the side I use for my toner and like it says above for my nail polish remover too.
What I like about the pads is that they are really quite thick and absorbent so when you apply liquid on them they never become saturated or too wet to use. They stay together well and really clean and do the job. I find I really only need one pad of something to do my whole face or one whole hand so that is really good. They are 100% pure cotton so they are really nice and gentle.
They are available in Boots and a pack of 100 costs £1.89 although they are often on special in Boots so keep your eyes out.
The Cosmetic Pads
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The cosmetic pads are boots own brand so can only be purchased from Boots stores. You may find similar products in other stores such as Superdrug and your local supermarket. The Pads are made from 100% Cotton which gives the pads a brilliant, bright white colour. The pads are available to buy from boots for £1.69 per pack of 100 cotton wool pads. They do how-ever regularly have these on offer so I always stock up when I see that they are on offer.
Using the Pads
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The pads have a different pattern each side, one which is like dots and the other side which is more of a circle pattern on the pad. I use the pads for a number of different things including Facial Cleanser and Toner. I find the pads are great at applying these products to my face and helping me to get my face clean. The pads are quite strong and as I sweep the pads across my face they don't break or tear. I also use the pads with nail varnish remover to remove any nail varnish. These are great for that purpose; how-ever the pads do soak up a lot of product. The pads do help to remove the nail varnish though with the added help of the texture on the pads. After using the pads I simply throw them into the bin. As the pads come in long plastic packaging with cotton at the top it means you can seal the top of the bag by pulling the strings at the top. This is a great idea to keep the pads clean and away from any bacteria or dirt.
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I have been using these pads for well over 2 years as although they are a little bit more expensive that normal cotton wool pads I think these are slightly stringer and are better when using with my facial products such as the Cleansing Lotion and Toner. I do go through the pads quite quickly, as I use 2 for the morning and 2 in the evening after taking my make up off. It's best to stock up on these when they are on offer for 2 packs for £2.00 which works out as very good value. I have read some negative reviews about these pads but I don't really understand why as I think these are great and they don't fall apart when using them which I have experienced with much cheaper cotton wool pads.
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Cotton wool pads are a staple product for many people, myself included. I use them to apply my clarifying lotion (like a toner but also exfoliates) every morning and evening as well as for removing my eye makeup. The pads are ideal for this, as they remain quite damp when you put products on them and don't soak up all the liquid too quickly and waste it before you can wipe it onto your skin. I also use them for nail varnish remover, to get all traces of nail varnish off. This means I get through packs of them quite regularly and these ones from Boots are the ones I buy most often. They come in a pack of 100 pads which usually lasts me just under a month.
The most important thing to me in a cotton wood pad is that it is non-fleecing, which these double faced pads are. The double faced pads have stitching around the edges, meaning you cannot see any of the fluffy cotton wool inside and the pads cannot be easily ripped apart. A few times I have accidentally picked up the wrong pack and ended up with fleecing ones, where the two faces of the pad are not stitched together and you can pull the fleece out of the middle. I hate that kind of cotton pad as they can end up coming apart and leaving bits of fluff on your fingers and face.
The pads have two kind of texture, one side is softer with large circles on it and the other side is slightly harder side with smaller circles. I usually use the softer side for my clarifying lotion and makeup removal. When taking nail varnish off, I use both sides of the pad as the nail varnish remover doesn't soak all the way through and after one side has ended up completely dirty and covered in nail varnish, I can just turn over and use the other side and it is still dry.
The soft side feels very gentle and pleasant on my face and I don't have any complaints about it at all. They are made from 100% pure cotton.
The pads come in a long see through plastic bag with a draw string mechanism, so you can pull this to close the bag up and prevent any dust or dirt getting in if the bag is lying around.
These cost £1.89 and you can usually get them on buy 1, get 1 half price. They cost 20p more than the fleecing ones but it is definitely worth it as the fleecing ones are horrible! They are still slightly cheaper than the Boots Botanics double faced cotton wool pads and are similar quality to those.
- Price and Packaging -
These are currently priced at £1.89 for 100 pads but Boots currently have a Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price and therefore got myself two packs.
They come in a transparent bag, one stacked on top of the other. The bag is easily opened at the top but make sure that you keep the drawstring section attached as this is good for ensuring that the unused ones are kept dry and clean.
There are quite a few types of these pads on offer from Boots which range slightly in price. Strangely the pack of 50 oval shaped double faced pads are the same price as the pack of 100 round ones.
- What are they? -
* 100% cotton circular cotton wool pads.
* Two textures / surfaces, one on each side of the pad.
* Can be used on face or nails.
- My Experience -
I am really odd about cotton wool and can't abide the squeaky feel of traditional cotton wool against my nails. The very thought of it actually makes my arms go a little goose bumpy! I would liken this to how quite a lot of people feel about chalk scraping across a board?!
These cotton wool pads are therefore ideal for me as I haven't had a 'squeamish' moment with using them.
The pads have two different textures:
* Light textured side is ideal for taking off cleansers when removing make up. They are absorbent and soft but I find that at least two are needed per cleanse and I also turn over and use the other side.
* Compact surface - This doesn't show any signs of cotton wool on them whereas the textured one does ever so slightly. It has very tiny pin pricks on the surface and is great for using to remove my nail varnish which is a once or twice a week job for me. I used to use toilet roll but found that it was never efficient at removing the varnish whereas these pads have sufficient resistance to do the job along with the varnish remover, very efficiently.
I am aware that there are cheaper brands on offer such as Tesco's Value ones that are only £1.25 for 160 and Wilko Baby Oval Pads which are £1.47 but I've been happy with the efficiency of these and given my 'squeamishness' about cotton wool squeaking, I'm yet to brave these. More realistically, I would have to make a special trip to these shops to try them but one day will give them a try to save a few pennies!
All in all, these are good pads with a number of uses.
I've been using these Boots Double Faced Cotton Pads for the last few months. I usually get my cotton pads from Savers but I've been too lazy recently! The pack I buy is the one containing 100 pads. It comes in a clear plastic bag with a drawstring top so that when you open the pads you can pull them out one by one to use, however I tend to get out a few at a time and put them in the plastic container by my sink. The name of the product and the brand name is printed on the pack in pink lettering. Altogether the packaging is very basic and neat and inoffensive.
Cotton pads are really handy to have around: I tend to use them to apply my cleanser and toner, remove eye makeup or face masks, remove nail varnish, and generally keep them ready for any spills. They are pretty much essential to me, as I imagine they are to many women (and probably a few men!) although in the past I've never bothered about a particular brand, just bought whatever was handy.
The pads are made from 100% cotton, do not produce any fluff, and are double-sided, one side being rougher than the other. The lack of fluff is a big bonus for me, as I wear contact lenses and getting a bit of cotton wool in your eye is really irritating! The double sided element is good too as it means you can give your face a little massage while you're taking your makeup off - I wouldn't say exfoliation, its cotton wool after all, but it's a nice touch.
My pack contains 100 pads but you can get them in a pack of 50 too, which is ideal for travel. Both packs seem to cost £1.75, which is rather strange! There always seems to be an offer on these pads though, the current one is two packs for £2.50. This is fine value for money as far as I'm concerned but it's not as cheap as the likes of Savers.
I'm probably going to stick with these pads in the future as they really are good quality, although I wouldn't make a fuss if I couldn't get hold of them and needed to buy some cheaper ones. A great basic product to keep handy in the bathroom.
Well, I follow my CTM (Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise) routine religiously, so I get through a fair amount of these a day. Because they're double-sided, the main advantage for me is that the two sides are kind of 'stitched' together, which means they never, ever fray or fluff! To be honest, I don't really notice a difference between the two sides, I just use them indiscriminately. I use these for a myriad of reasons. I put eye makeup remover on them to take off eyeshadow etc. After cleansing my whole face I wipe the cleanser off with one, then spritz my toner on one (Lush Tea Tree Water, since you ask!) and wipe that over to remove the last bits of cleanser.
I also use them for taking my nail varnish off, in this they work splendidly. You can also use them for various hygiene reasons, such as getting stuff out of your eyes, or childrens eyes.
They're cheap as well, and often on special offer in Boots!
Cotton pads are always a useful thing to have about the bathroom, whether it be for use on the face, the body or just for mopping up the occasional spillage around the sink, when you do not have a towel to hand.
I like to use these pads mainly for applying toner after a cleansing session. They can also be used to apply moisturiser or to remove make-up, so they are pretty versatile. Their unique selling point is that they have two different surfaces to them. One side is smooth and the other side has a rougher surface which is more abrasive.
The pads do not fall to bits when they get over exerted which is great. This is something I have found with some brands, after a lot of rubbing over the face, they can start to fray and leave small traces of cotton and fluffy bits on the face...not a good look!
The rougher side is useful if you want to use it as an exfoliator, you can wet it and use it to remove the worst of the dirt from the face. Once this has been done, you can use the other side to apply a toner, using the smoother surface to calm the skin. This is particularly useful for delicate areas, such as around the eyes.
The pads come in a pack of fifty, so use one a day and you will get a good month or so out of them. Personally, I would love to see a pack of two hundred as I am always running out so quickly! I would not suggest washing and reusing them, as this would not be hygienic. The pack would be useful to scrunch up into a suitcase to take on holiday though. It is lightweight and squashy which means it would be ideal.
You might also like to use the pads for pet hygiene, to wipe residue from a cat's eyes or perhaps for baby changing cleanliness. Either way, they are a worthy cosmetic buy.
I was given these pads as part of a "birthday box" along with many nail polishes, and nail polish remover, otherwise, it is probably not a product that I would have bought, having always used cotton wool to remove any nail varnish. However, I have been suitably impressed with these pads.
Made from 100% cotton, these pads are advertised for use on either face or nails, are super absorbant for applying liquids, and do not provide fluff or lint, and thus are ideal for contact wearers. On this they have a valid point, as this used to be the one nightmare with cotton wool.
The pads are double sided, one side being very smooth, the other slightly rougher, and which side you use depends on whether you are using them on your face or nails. They are very absorbant, and while this has its advantages, it also means that you seem to go through quite a few when removing nail polish. For putting on moisturiser or toner on your face though, they are very good, as they are gentle on your skin, and don't cause any irritation- there's nothing worse than feeling itchy.
The pads come in a small bag containing 50, which is ideal to pop in an overnight bag should you be travelling. I also imagine that they do larger sizes for home.
Overall, I would buy these pads again, as they do deliver what they say on the packet, and for me, the main advantage is the lack of fluff, which is associated with cotton wool.
Looking after my skin is extremely important to me. If I didn't exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise I would have a face with spots on every single part of my skin. And I'm being deadly serious when I say that. This means that cotton pads are something that I buy which are crucial to me, so it important to me that I buy the right ones.
*About the Product*
Boots double faced cotton wool pads have 2 different textured surfaces that are soft and gentle on your skin and ideal for cosmetic and skincare use. These cotton wool pads claim to be made from the highest quality cotton.
When using these cotton pads, you simply need to apply the lotion/toner/nail varnish remover and massage in a circular motion on your faces/nails. It could not be simpler.
*Price and Availability*
Boots Double Faced Cotton Pads are available to buy exclusively from Boots shops, usually found in most towns. Alternatively you can purchase them from www.boots.co.uk.
These pads retail at £1.65 for 100 pads. They are currently on offer in all Boots stores and online at 2 for £2. That's a huge saving of £1.30. These are definitely worth it in my opinion.
The packaging: These cotton pads are stacked and packed in a plastic packaging. At the top of the plastic, it is a perforated so that you can rip off the top and take out a pad. What I'm not so keen on about this packaging is that there is then no need to contain the cotton pads. This is fairly annoying if you are as clumsy as me, and knock the packet over on a regular basis and find you floor covered in cotton pads.
The pads: As the packaging claims, there are two different sides to these pads. One surface is textured and perfect to apply cream or lotion. I don't tend to use this side of the pad a great deal but it is nice to know it is there to use if/when I need to.
The other surface is the side that I use and is completely smooth and claims not to fleece. This means that this side of the pad is ideal for removing nail polish or toning/cleansing your face. I was very satisfied that the cotton pad did not fleece. No matter how vigorously I would rub the cotton pad, it stays in tact. Very impressive.
A slight negative for me is that the pads are a little bit on the small side. I've used larger ones in the past that I think are a better, more sufficient size. Sometimes, when I'm using the pads to remove make up I especially think that they are too small because I find I'm wiping the dirty pad over the skin I've just cleaned. Kind of defeats the object really. This negative is completely countered by the thickness of the cotton pads as I find this to be a huge benefit.
Longevity of the product: One pack of Boots Double Faced Cotton Pads tends to last me approximately 50 days, give or take. I use two pads daily, one in the morning to tone my face before applying moisturiser and one in the evening when removing my make up. I always like to have an additional pack in the house, in preparation for when I run out.
How effective are the pads: I use these every day to remove my makeup at the end of every day. I also use it to cleanse my face with toner and to remove nail varnish when using the liquid type. Using them has always been a positive experience for me. In the past I have opted to buy cheaper alternatives which haven't even held the toner well and fell apart when used but after using these, I won't go there again.
Are they soft and gentle on your skin? Yes, they definitely are and feel lovely when used. The cotton pads claim to be made from the highest quality cotton and I think this is evident in the high quality thickness you receive from the pads, which is an additional bonus to the softness. It allows you to tip liquid (toner or nail polish remover) and absorbs it well, without running through to the other side and staining clothes.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
I would recommend buying these double faced pads for the reason that they are of an extremely high quality. When you consider how many you get and for how much, I think you will be more than satisfied with your purchase. On the other hand, I think it is a shame that they aren't a little bigger, as they would then be perfect. My advice is to just use two if you find this to be a problem for you, but if you don't like the idea of this, just don't bother buying them.
All in all, I rate highly Boots Double Faced Cotton Pads. There are cheaper equivalents available to buy but I think these cotton pads are one of the best of their type. They are without doubt a case of quality and great value for money. My only problem with them is their size, but I've got the hang of using two pads if I find this bothers me too much.
Since my last review on cotton pads, I've managed to find some other decent pads at a reasonable price.
What are they?
Double Faced Cotton pads by Boots
These are 100% pure cotton pads that have two different surfaces with different textures. One side has a light textured surface, suitable for use with applying lotions and creams. The other compact surface is specifically designed for use with applying nail polish remover, toner, and claims not to fleece or lint, apparently ideal for contact lens wearers.
Are they good?
They're very soft, and quite a good dense texture. Some cotton pads, particularly cheap, poor quality brands, don't hold anything and soak through as soon as you wipe it over lotions, creams or any other liquid. These are not completely immune, but does allow for a good amount to be absorbed into the cotton before running through.
I am not so sure about the fleecing and lint. I do actually find bits coming off this, particularly when I use it with cleansers. Not a lot comes off, but I do feel my eyes stinging a little if I've been using these near my eyes as a few of the fibres will have gone into them. I also find cotton 'bits'still on my face right after cleansing, particularly when I'm smoothing on moisturiser - if it were not for this, I don't think I would realise that the bits of cotton had off.
In terms of size, I find them a little on the small size. My most recent two packs also feel a thin in terms of the cotton, hopefully, this is just a one off batch related thing, I will update this review if they are the same the next time I buy them, but the quality and density of the cotton pads are generally good.
These are usually around £1.59 for approx. 100 pads per pack. Currently on promotion at Boots for £2 for two packs. Through this, the pads are a little better value for money and competitive with the other brands.
Thanks for reading, xx
The 2 different textured surfaces are soft and gentle on skin, yet ideal for cosmetic and skincare use /