“ Brand: Primark / Wool / Type: Pads „
Primark is like a shopping haven for almost broke univeristy students like me. Primark has come to my rescue so many times when I'm in dire need of a cheap and new outfit for a quick night out or something like that. Obviously due to their bargain price, it wouldn't be surprising to find that the quality of Primark items isn't the same level as most High Street retailers.
One time I went shopping at Primark for winter necessities like socks and when I was queueing for the check out, I saw these cotton pads being sold at £ 1.00. I thought at £ 1.00 per twin pack, this can't go wrong. Each twin pack has 160 cotton cosmetic pads. Each individual pad has the diameter of 6-7 cm and is textured on both sides, which fits the purpose of those as cosmetic pads. Textured pads are easier to use to remove eye and face make-ups from my experience.
I usually buy cotton pads at a much higher price from Boots or other supermarkets like Tesco, and they usually cost me £ 1.80 or more for like 100 cotton pads. So, at £ 1.00 per twin pack of 160 cotton pads from Primark, I thought these are too good to be true and sadly that was the case with me.
I use these cotton pads to remove eye and face make-up as mentioned before. I soak whatever the skincare item (toner liquid, cleansing milk or eye make up remover) on this cotton pad and gently swipe it across my face to remove make-up. No matter how gently I swipe my face with this cotton pad, it scratches my skin. I occassionally have spots when it's near my time of month and if that's the case, I can't use these cotton pads because they hurt the swollen area around the spots. Also, the cotton pads are really thin and if I use toner liquid, which annoyingly is almost like water, the expensive watery toner just goes through to the other side and ends up soaking my fingers.
So, what's my verdict? I imagine that these cotton pads have a lot of use other than the removal of make-up. However, for my intended purpose of using these as cosmetic pads, these Primark cotton pads are very disappointing.
Overall, buy these Primark cotton pads if you are going to use them as general cotton pads to wipe things clean rather than as cosmetic pads. For cosmetic pads, I would rather stick with Boots or other retailers. Sure they are expensive, but at least I don't feel apprehensive everytime I wash my face.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
After the success of Primark since it expanded into nearly every city in the UK (probably due to this lovely recession). They have increased the items they sell and have introduced a beauty range, including make up and accessories. Whilst browsing the beauty range, with a basket full of shoes and tops, I noticed these cotton wool pads. At 160 pads for £1 I put a couple into my basket.
I only use cotton wool pads for nail polish removal, and occasionally if i'm using a different cleanser or toner on my face.
These cotton pads come in two seperate packets of 80. Each individual pad is white, about 8cm in width with textured sides. I never have known why they make cotton pads textured. It must be to make removal of make up and nail polish easier.
The absorbancy of this cotton pad is no worse than any other I have used previously (I usually use Boots own brand). I used one to remove my nail polish, and to do both hands it took 4 pads, which is no different from usual.
When using this with my toner the only difference I noticed is that they felt quite 'scratchy' on my face, rather than soft like the Boots ones do. This wasn't very unpleasant just not as soft as my usual brand.
I have had the packets for about 6 months now, and use them at least twice a week for my face and nails.
I will be buying these again as the value for money is amazing. You may prefer softer ones if you are using them on your face, but as I primarily use them for nail polish removal these are ideal for me.
Waiting in the checkout at Primark I noticed a rather large pack of cotton pads on sale for only 50p. A great price for 2 x 80 packs. I think they are usually priced at £1 but this particular pack was ripped (none missing) so reduced.
There are so many uses for cotton pads ...
1) Soak in white vinegar and attach to the sink using cling film, leave over night to dissolve lime scale. Can sometimes require a few goes depending on how bad the build up is.
2) Nail polish removal
3) Make-up removal
4) Couple drops of vanilla essence and place in the fridge, or coat in some bicarbonate
5) Soak in bleach and leave in a hard to clean mildew spot for a few hours, pads work well for this because you can bend them into the hard to clean gap.
.... I could go on for a while listing the uses for such a simple bit of kit so getting back to the Primark ones inparticular...
Removing nail polish didn't go exactly to plan. Normally I would use only two from the pack I buy at Boots but I ended up using five from the Primark pack because they fell apart. Using my facial cleanser went smoothly as only two pads were required.
For cleaning these do the usual job with no complaints from me.
The difference between these and ones from Boots or Sainsbury's is that you may need to use a few more of the Primark ones but all in all they are a lot cheaper so I will stick with them. A friend refuses to use the, because when she takes her make-up off they seem to "dissolve on her face" but I don't really wear more than mascara and I just wash that off in th sink so I can't really comment.
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