“ Brand: Sainsbury's „
Cotton buds are an everyday essential for me. Something I don't notice how much I use them when I have them, but as soon as I've run out I realise how desperate I need them! From using it with eye makeup remover to tidy my eyeliner, and also cleaning out my ears these are multi-purpose. It sounds weird but I actually prefer the thin, cheaper brands than the bulky cotton buds you get with the Johnson's range!
The buds are essentially little plastic sticks, which are the body of the cotton buds and are quite thin and made of polypropylene. The heads consist of tightly woven wafts of 100% pure cotton on each opposing end. These buds aren't extremely long in length, and so I find them just as good for my personal use and also my 3 year old daughter's.
The cotton on the tips is really soft, and whilst not overly thick, it is plentiful to cover the bud and leave a gentle end. I have used some cotton buds where the cotton is so thin and flimsy I can still feel the plastic end of the stick poking in my ear - not comfortable! This is not the case with these and for the cheap price they are good quality. When using cotton buds in my daughter's ears to remove wax, I sometimes tend to slightly suck the tip to make it a bit moist before inserting - which with cheap, crappy buds causes the cotton to fray and come away from the stick - but with these Sainsburys cotton buds they are durable and remain easy to use and the cotton does not disintegrate at the first hint of moisture lol.
I like these buds as they have a gentle tip, which whilst round, they are also a bit pointy and I can hold them and manoeuvre to help do my makeup. I am not the best at doing my eyeliner (I do not have the steadiest of hands!) so I usually end up applying my eyeliner then using with a cotton bud some eye makeup remover to tidy up the lines and give a lovely defined look. These cotton buds are great for this as the cotton tips are soft so easily remove without me jabbing my eye with a pad and the buds are little and thin making them easy to hold!
These now come in a box as opposed to a plastic tub and costs a cheap £1.53 for 200 buds. However, 200 is the average amount in the tub so I do not necessarily count them when I use them but either way on average its about 0.8p a cotton bud so pretty good price!
Overall I like Sainsburys, and so I like these cotton buds as that's where I shop. I am not specifically loyal to one brand, but I have these at the moment and they are doing a great job for our cotton bud needs so I would definitely recommend them!
The one thing I get through alot of are cotton buds. I find them to have a few good uses. Not only do I like to clean my ears with them of course but I like them for correcting eyeliner and mascara mistakes and blotting my lipstick with etc. They are handy for dampening and cleaning round the buttons of remote controls as well. Multi-taskers these are so I do like to have a few to hand!
Squarish see-through box with a turquoise label that runs over the top and down the sides to secure the box. On the front in white and dark turquoise writing I'm told it is Sainsbury's Cotton Buds, 200 Cotton Buds 100% Pure Cotton Tip. Other information on the sides of the label gives me a warning and tells me that this product is not recyclable, contact details and a bar-code is on there as well. It's a nice enough box however I'm not keen on the sticky sides of the label used to secure it etc. It isn't strong and if you accidentally knock it over you do get the buds everywhere!
The Cotton Buds:
Quite long and made of white plastic with two cotton bud ends. The whole thing is very robust and doesn't feel cheap and/or flimsy at all. The cotton buds themselves are tightly wrapped with a sort of cotton wool covering that isn't too thick or thin but there is certainly enough of there and although these are rather cheap they don't feel it at all. These are great because not only are they strong the cotton buds themselves are wrapped in such a way that they are not 'fluffy' so that you can use them with moisture without them become messy or leaving bits of fluff anywhere. They are a great little buy and a really good size, perfect for ears and anything else really!
Only available in Sainsbury's priced at 47p a box and may I point out that 100 Johnsons Cotton Buds will set you back about 96p! So economical they really are cos in this box you get 200!
I usually buy my cotton wool buds from Superdrug, but I saw these in my local Sainsburys for 30p for 200 and couldn't resist the bargain! My drum is actually a square box that is a bit different to the product image above but the cotton wool buds are as they appear in that picture.
What I use them for
I don't use them much so I imagine a drum of 200 will last me forever! I mostly use them to apply eye shadow or lip gloss if there is no applicator provided. Once I've used a cotton wool bud once, I throw it away as it's not very hygenic to keep using them. The buds are quite thin so you do need to spend a bit more time applying make-up with these than you would otherwise.
Do they work as well as more expensive brands?
Obviously these cotton wool buds are great value for money, but only if they do the intended job. For what I use them for, they do a very adequate job.
One word of caution for when you open the box. I have a square box of cotton wool buds that have the buds all lying in rows on top of each other in the box. When the lid lifts off, it has a tendency to disturb the rows so that quite a few spring out and go everywhere. Because of this, you have to open the lid really gently, and be prepared to spend a few minutes putting the buds back into place so that the box can shut again.
Generally speaking, these cotton wool buds are great value for money, although it probably does depend what you're going to be using them for. I will probably be buying my usual Superdrug ones when these run out, but this isn't a reflection on these cotton buds - I prefer the Superdrug cotton wool buds as one end of each bud is quite large and flat, which is much better for applying eye shadow if needs be. Otherwise, I would definitely consider these to be more than adequate.
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