I currently use cotton wool pads for both removing my make up (with a make up remover lotion) and removing my nail polish. I always buy them from boots and have done for around 5 years. I recently stayed at a family members for 3 nights and forgot to take my own so used hers.
She had Sainsbury's own brand cotton wool pads - a pack of 100. The packing is a plastic long bag with drawstrings at the top to open and close. The drawstring isn't much use to be honest as it doesn't close well at all. The packing is simple and doesn't really stand out as anything special.
I didn't think there would be much difference in cotton wool pads. They all look the same and cost doesn't vary that much between packs. I was surprised at how much I did not enjoy using these ones. They felt really dry and rough on my skin even when using them with a make up remover lotion. After wiping my face with them with the lotion on I had bits stuck to my face off the pads and they were just falling apart really easily.
I was advised she paid just over a £1 for them - which is cheap but as I didn't enjoy using them they are not value for money. My family only uses them to remove nail polish which is fine - but they are not suitable to use on your face. I wouldn't recommend and definitely will not be purchasing in future.
I like to use cotton wool pads to help with cleansing and removing make up. I bought these from Sainsbury's but I must admit that I was a little disappointed in them.
+++ What you get +++
You get a plastic tube of cotton wool pads. These are al tightly compacted in the packaging and you can fasten it again with a little draw string which is quite useful. The pads are about 7c, across and quite thick.
+++ In use +++
I use these for removing make up, cleansing and also for removing nail varnish remover when I need to. Sadly, however, these are not very good. They are really thick which I thought was a good thing but actually they seem to shred. As you use them bits of cotton wool come away and this can be really messy especially when removing nail varnish as it seems to stick to your nails. They absorb really well which is good although sometimes this means that they also break up, it's really hard to judge whether it's too much water or just the thickness of them which make them break up.
+++ conclusion +++
Although these are quite useful for taking make up off they are not the best which is such a let down as Sainsbury's is usually very good quality. They just break up too much and leave shreds of cotton wool all over your face which isn't very good. I still use them but I won't be buying them again.
WHAT IS IT?
These are pads of cotton wool that you use for skin care and removing your nail polish.
These cotton wool pads come in a long plastic bag that has got a drawstring at the top so that you can close the bag and keep the dust away from the pads. The drawstring does not close very tightly so I think it is not as hygienic as some of the other cotton wool pads I use that are in bags or packets that close properly.
WHAT I THINK
I use alot of cotton wool pads because I am a beautician and I have to use them for my work. I use high quality products for my clients and would not offer them supermarket cotton wool pads but at home I like it when I can try cheaper products for my skin care for a trial because sometimes value products are better than you think they are going to be.
These are not very good and I think they are a waste of money. The pads are very stiff and scratchy on my skin and when I used them to remove my mascara the skin around my eyes was a little bit sore after and I think that is because of how rough the pads are.
When I use make up remover or nail polish remover I think the liquid does not soak into the pads very good so it feels like it takes alot of extra time to make sure all my make up or nail polish has gone. The pads leave small pieces of cotton on my nails and that does not please me because if they are left on my nails then I think cotton will be left on my skin when I use the pads on my face also.
100 pads in a bag costs £1.20 and you can buy them only from Sainsbury's. I will not buy them again even though they are so cheap because they work but they are very bad quality.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
Sainsbury's cosmetic cotton wool pads come in packs of 100. They are 100% cotton. They come in a long thin plastic bag with a drawstring on top and a perforation at the bottom that works as a dispenser if you wish to hang them up. The packaging is somewhat different to the picture shown, it is a plain rectangle in mint green with white writing on. The only ones that seem to be available now are the 'basics' variety at £0.52 for 100 at www.sainsburys.co.uk .
These pads are fairly soft and when using to remove make-up, they did not scratch the skin at all. One pad is enough to clean eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara all from one eye. To cleanse your entire face you need approximately 4-5 pads.
The packaging states that these pads are low fleecing making them ideal for contact lens wearers. I noticed a small amount of fluff being left on my eyelashes after cleansing, so I would take extra care if you have sensitive eyes.
Although they are reasonably absorbent, they are quite thin meaning they are not as cushioned as other alternatives - I found this to be a problem for me as I rub my face quite hard when removing cosmetics.
The most annoying thing about these pads is when removing from the bag, they often separate leaving the fluffy interior exposed. It is very difficult to remove just one, you end up taking half the packet with you and having to divide them with your thumbnail before shoving them back into the packet. They also separate when using them meaning that you need to keep realligning them to work effectively without getting fluff in your eyes.
When I bought these, there was no fair trade option. From looking on their webpage, Sainsburys have started offering a fair trade version recently. It is always positive to hear of shops making the switch, however, fair trade or not I will be looking elsewhere for my cotton pads in future - quality is just as important.
When it comes to cotton wool it's something I really do get through an awful lot of on a weekly basis. I use it so much for removing nail polish, make up, all sorts of things really. The other day I had a really nasty fall and needed to clean up cuts and grazes with cotton wool, so me I always have a fair amount of the stuff around me as I'm a clumsy clot lol!
Slightly different as depicted on the review photograph on the top of this page although it is still a clear plastic bag with a drawstring to the top of it. On the font there is a light oblong section of turquoise colour and on that in dark turquoise and white writing I'm told that they are Sainsbury's Cotton Pads '100 Cosmetic Cotton Wool Pads' which are 100% pure cotton. On the back of the pack (now all in small black writing) I'm, told a bit about the product and warnings are listed, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, I'm told to bin them after using them and not to flush them and finally there is a bar-code on there. Simple looking pads stacked in a flexible plastic tube effect and I do like the drawstring to the top of it which is easy to open and close and keep the pads fresh.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Packaging....
Sainsbury's 100% cotton wool pads are soft, gentle and absorbent. These pads are low fleecing and are ideal for contact lens wearers. Ideal for all your beauty and family needs. Ideal for make-up removal and skin cleansing.
Round, white, low fleecy and woolly (as promised) they are quite small and you can see layers of the cotton through the middle. Bouncy and soft though they are not really. I mean they are soft to the touch but just because they are slightly cushioned to the middle of them doesn't make them any more softer. Or robust!
Of course it depends what your using these for as to how they perform. I find they fall apart with cleansers and toners (face) and they are too small to work with and tend to scrunch up rather than stay flat which means to use these I need to use quite a few of them.
Tending cuts, grazes and wounds, again depends on how much absorbency you need. The good thing however about using these on injuries is that they are not too fleecy so bits don't come off where you don't need them to i.e in cuts causing an infection etc.
As I have said it depends on what you want to use these for. I don't personally find these absorbent enough and for removing make-up and nail polish I find I get through far too many of them which isn't just a pain and time consuming but it's also not all that economical of course! For smallish jobs sure they're ok but I can't rave over these and will in future be buying much bigger pads!
Only available in Sainsbury's priced 89p a packet.