I must admit that I fall in and out of love with the idea, concept and use of cotton wool balls. I used to love the coloured ones you can get and kept them in a glass jar but these seem to be less common in the shops now.
When I had my first baby we stocked up on cotton wool balls as you do for that mysterious task of cleaning the new baby gently! I ended up switching to wipes pretty quickly as I realised the balls were small to hold in my big fingers.
I ended up using them to remove make up, a much less risky business than that of cleaning baby bottoms! But I did find myself flattening out the ball which put me on to buying the discs for the surface area.
I can't fault the price (£1.30) and quality of these cotton wool balls although for me they are a pain to store enough for a week's supply as they take up too much room compared to the flat discs.
I like how soft these are on my face, they absorb products well whether it is micellar cleansing water, nail varnish remover or cream cleanser or oil based eye make up remover for that matter.
I will keep switching between these while I look out for the holy grail in make up removal but I am happy to repurchase the Tesco cotton wool balls as they are convenient to pick up during the weekly shop and don't challenge my pocket money constricts too much.
Cotton wool balls are a cosmetic bag essential with lots of uses. For me, they are invaluable to have to hand, I use them during applying make up, removing make up, also for applying creams and cleansers.
I often stock up with bits and bobs from Tesco, and these cotton wool balls were the last ones I bought. They come in a clear plastic bag containing 100 which cost around £1.
Each pure white ball is about 2cm in diameter and is basically a length of cotton wool tightly wound around to resemble a ball. The reason I’m so familiar with the make up of these balls (pardon the pun) is that I have found that these ones do have a tendency to un-wind or unravel when in use. In truth this isn’t a big problem or detract from them but it can be a bit annoying. Before use, these are so tightly wound that they are quite firm to the touch when they are taken from the bag, however once in your fingers they become softer, and as I say, they do have a tendency to really loosen off.
In use I find them nice and soft, and in terms of absorbency they also do ok. You don’t want cotton wool balls to be too absorbent and soak up your entire product, but equally they need to pick up and apply the cream or lotion to a suitable degree and give the product the ease it needs to transfer to the skin.
Overall, as cotton wool balls go, these are good enough value. I can’t ever imagine myself getting over-enthused about a cotton wool ball, so that’s a pretty good measure that these do their jobs just fine.
Conveniently priced at a pound these cotton wool balls are very useful to have around the house for helping with the removal of make up and to apply cleanser to my face. I prefer to purchase the balls rather than a standard cotton wool roll as I tend to find I use the roll quicker as I break off too much where as the balls are a set size and they are just about the right size as well for most of my needs. You get a 100 balls for your money so at a penny a ball they represent good value. They are a 100% cotton unlike other cheaper versions and the bag can be resealed as it has a draw string. This is important to ensure no moisture gets into the bag.
They are well made and hold their shape when damp with no fraying or breaking up. When used dry they are equally robust and there is no shedding of any of the strands of cotton wool so I'm very pleased with the quality of these. They are not the biggest in size which on the one hand is a good thing as there is less waste but for some jobs I do find myself using half a dozen of these and part of me wishes that in the pack there was some variety of size to choose from. For most jobs however one or two suffice.
There is not a lot, apart from the small size, to fault with this product. It is well priced and the quality of both the cotton wool balls and the packaging is good. I find them robust enough and they are good whether used wet or dry. I find them very smooth when applying cleanser to my face and they do not break up or fray. They are small and could represent a choke hazard to small children who could easily mistake them for sweets or candy floss so they are best kept out of reach and in a secure place.
Given the price I would have no hesitation in recommending these.
I get through a fair bit of cotton wool as I use it with cleanser everyday to take my make up off and I also use it to take my nail varnish off when I'm either bored of the colour or it chips. I usually use the cotton wool roll but on my latest cosmetics shop to Tesco, they didn't have any rolls, so I ended up buying the balls.
This large bag of approximately 100 cotton wool balls is £1 which I think is a great price. Although you also have the option of the value range, where it's approximately 300 for £1.20. I went for the non value as I thought they may be better quality as they are advertised as being 100% cotton and soft and gentle (although I'm yet to compare!). The cotton wool balls are relatively small in comparison to how much cotton wool I would rip off a roll. They come in a draw string bag, which is useful for keeping them clean & dry. The design has changed since the picture on the front and it's now pink. They don't have any of the husky bits in that you can often find with cotton wool, so if you were using them on children, you wouldn't have to worry about scratchy bits.
The good thing about these cotton wool balls is that they don't break up when you squirt cleanser on it and use for make up and you don't get those extra bits of fibre that can happen with cotton wool. The only thing is that for make up removing, they can be a bit on the small side and I often end up using 4 or 5 to make sure all my make up is off. If I'm removing my nail varnish, I generally use 2. When applying cleanser to the cotton wool ball I often end up being a bit over enthusiastic with the cleanser and squirting it on my hand as I am used to pulling off a bigger lump of cotton wool.
Overall, these serve their purpose well, they are soft and get everything off. However, given their size, I would be sticking to the roll just out of personal preference.
I previously wrote a review on the Sainsbury's basic range of cotton wool balls as I am currently using these, however previous to starting this pack, I had been using the Tesco range of cotton wool balls. I had bought the Tesco value cotton wool balls but since my local Tesco appear to have stopped stocking these, I bought the Tesco standard range, which cost me £1 for 100 balls, which isn't a terrible price, but obviously not as cheap as when you are getting 300 for a similiar price in the supermarket value range. It really depends on the quality you want from a cotton wool ball.
Tesco seem to have changed the packaging on their pack of 100 cotton wool balls from that shown above, as my bag has a pink coloured label. Although this is a drawstring bag, to be honest, I simply tore the top of the bag, being in a hurry on the first morning I opened the pack.
Tesco claim that these cotton wool balls are soft and absorbent and there is no doubt that when you take one of balls out of the pack, they are both a good size and feel very soft to touch. There is a very obvious difference in the quality of this product in comparison to the cheaper value supermarket version. In fact these cotton wool balls are so thick and of a good size, that very often I would separate the balls particularly when I was using them to clean my daughter's eyes in the morning. TO clean her face, one ball is the ideal size to do all this.
Whether you think the softness of this product is crucial or not depends on what you use cotton wool balls for. To remove nail varnish etc I really don't think the softness is crucial, but when used for removing make up etc well it plays more of a factor. I'm not so worried when it comes to cleaning my daughter's eyes, as it is literally a sweep across, but the softness for her face is much more welcome.
I find it hard to justify spending £1 for a 100 balls when you can get 300 for almost the same price, but I do recognise the vast difference in quality and softness. So, in reality it is nice to have a mix of both - the softness for the face and the basic version for everything else!
Cotton wool is something I always have in the house and use it everyday with my cleanser and make up remover. Generally I prefer cotton wool rolls rather than pleats or balls as I personally think they are better value for money but when I last went shopping my local Tesco didn't have any cotton wool rolls on the shelf so I picked up a bag of cotton wool balls.
Tesco Cotton Wool Balls are sold in a clear plastic bag allowing you to see the white cotton balls inside, I'm not sure if Tesco do these in the coloured cotton wool balls or not but when I bought mine there was only the plain white ones.
The front of the bag has a pink square on it showing a picture of a flower, in the flower head there is the Tesco logo and 100% cotton wool balls written in pink letters. The front of the bag also informs the customer that the bag contains 100 balls. Tesco state that their cotton wool balls are made from 100% pure cotton, are soft, gentle, absorbent and ideal for all your beauty needs.
To open the bag you need to tear along the top to get into the bag the first time, after this Tesco have provided drawstrings so the bag can be kept closed when you are not using the cotton wool balls, I like this as not only does it stop the cotton wool balls from spilling out in my drawer but it also keeps the balls nice and clean.
The actual cotton wool balls are of a decent size and feel nice and soft, I usually use one at a time, I find one is sufficient to take a good blob of make up remover or cleanser and whilst wiping it over my face it doesn't break up.
The cotton wool holds together well and doesn't leave little bits of fluff all over my face so I end up looking like I've lost a battle with a feather pillow. Likewise when I use one to wipe away my eye makeup I don't get little fibres from the cotton wool balls in my lashes and eyes.
Tesco cotton wool balls are also ideal for removing nail polish, once again one ball is all that's needed at a time and once again the fibres don't stick to my nails and the cotton wool ball doesn't fall apart.
All in all Tesco Cotton Wool Balls are good quality, they cost just £1.00 for a bag containing 100 balls making them good value too. If you use cotton wool in any form for removing make up, nail polish or for first aid then I would definitely recommend these from Tesco.
Anyone who reads my reviews regularly will know that I do most of shopping at Tesco. I buy all sorts of stuff from there, not just food. I also buy a lot of household and toiletry products and one of the beauty products I often buy are Tesco's own brand of little cotton wool balls.
I buy these every couple of months, as I tend to go through quite a lot of cotton wool in my house. I use them for removing eye make up, applying TCP them for to cuts, grazes and spots, cleaning my fingernails of nail varnish, applying facial toner and cleanser ... the list goes on and on.
These little cotton wool balls come in a pack of 100 and they cost £1.30. The balls are packed in a plastic pouch but I remove most of them and stuff them inside my cotton wool ball jar, which I have on my bathroom shelf. The balls are white, small and soft and very fluffy. I used to use the multi coloured cotton wool balls you could get, but Tesco only seem to be doing the white ones now.
These cotton wool balls are excellent for removing make up and applying cleansers and toners to the skin. The reason they are so good is because they are very absorbent and I really like the fact that they don't shred or drop into bits whenever I use them on my face. Some of the cheaper varieties of cotton wool balls have an awful tendency to fall to bits and I can end up looking like I am covered in fluff. These cotton wool balls from Tesco are excellent quality and never shred at all. They are soft and absorbent and yet very strong but gentle on the skin at the same time.
Size wise, I suppose I'd prefer them slightly larger, if I had the choice, however, usually I manage to use just one at a time. I have tried using the cotton wool pleat that Tesco also make but I prefer my balls to be ready-made.
Overall, they are a fantastic quality cotton wool. They are not too expensive and are so versatile.
There are certain items that I can't see the point in spending a fortune on and one of these is cotton wool balls.
In our house they are used for a variety of reasons and I always buy them from Tesco. There are two types I have a choice from and both retail at the same price. The only difference is that the smaller ones you get a quantity of 300, whereas the larger ones you only get 100. Both packs are about £1.30 or a bit less.
I usually opt for the larger ones as my daughters and wife tend to have to use 2 or 3 times as many of the smaller ones. I also find it a convenient size for when I use them from keeping cold getting in my ears at certain periods I have earache. Nothing nicer for me than nice warm olive oil to sooth the ache away. I also use it to apply skin lotion to my sons eczema. The balls can be pulled apart if you need a smaller one.
They are made of 100% cotton and are soft. My wife says she has hasn't ever experienced softer cotton balls when removing make up and these do the job 'very well'. For that reason I can't see any reason why I'd wan't to pay more.
The cotton balls come in a clear bag and are clearly aimed at baby's as it says so. So I guess they are more than adequate for applying lotion and cleaning babies bottoms also. They are certainly soft and large enough to do the job properly.
I am giving the Tesco Large Cotton Balls a whopping 5 dooyoo stars as they do exactly what it says on the tin................er I mean packet.
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WHAT ARE THEY?
Cotton wool balls from Tesco
WHAT DO YOU USE THEM FOR?
A lot of people use these cotton wool balls for removing their make up or nail varnish and they are very good for this but quite a lot smaller than other cotton wool balls so I prefer using cotton wool pads instead. I buy these for using to change my 6 month old daughters nappy because she has got sensitive skin so I use cotton wool and water to clean her instead of baby wipes. I use these also when my daughter has earache because the balls are small so I only have to pull one in half instead of lots of pieces like when I use the bigger ones.
WHAT I THINK
These are very good value and come in a packet of 100, the plastic packet is good because you just rip the top open and then you pull on the strings to close the bag back up again for keeping the cotton wool balls clean and free from dust.
They are not as soft as the Sophia cotton wool balls I buy for use on my clients skin but for wetting and changing my daughters nappy they are fine. They do not fall apart when they are wet and do not leave strands of cotton wool on my hands or my daughters bottom, they are quite hard to pull in half when I need to use half a ball for my daughters ear and I think that shows they are very good quality. I will sometimes use a cotton wall ball to wipe the sink if I have dripped a bit of foundation or lip gloss on the enamel to save wasting a whole cleaning cloth.
These cotton wool balls are a bit scratchy against my skin so I do not use them for removing my eye make up, they do not irritate my skin or anything but I like to use softer cotton wool on my face. They are good for removing nail varnish because you can put a lot of nail varnish remover on the balls without them falling apart or going hard.
This pack of cotton wool balls costs £1.25 for 100 balls and that is very good value for money.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I think that cotton pads for make-up and removing need to be decent quality as they are used on your face and some of the cheaper ones can scratch and irritate not to mention fall apart at the slightest touch. However when it comes to cotton wool in general I really don't think that you need to spend a fortune on it.
Tesco cotton wool balls can be bought for only £1.20 for a bag which has in it 300 cotton balls which is brilliant value.
The cotton wool isn't the softest but it does the job for nearly everything that I want it for.
I mainly tend to use cotton balls for removing my nail polish and for this they are absolutely fine. They absorb loads of liquid so that I can really saturate my nails and remove the polish easily. The balls are a bit on the small side but at this price I really don't mind having to use a few at a time to remove my polish.
Even though they are cheap they don't break apart as much as cheap cotton rounds tend to and they are even soft enough to use on my face when I run out of pads. I wouldn't like to use them on my face all the time as they are a tiny bit scratchy but for now and again they do the job fine.
I could easily go out and spend loads of money buying good quality cotton wool balls but as I only really use them for my nails I really don't see the point. These ones work perfectly well and don't fall apart when they are wet and importantly they are cheap which is important for something that I use so much of.
I will continue to buy these when I do my grocery shopping as I think that they are great value for money.
I go through so much cotton wool, I primarily use it for removing nail varnish every couple of days as I get bored of colours easily and hate chipping! Nail varnish remover and cotton wool balls are perfect for getting nail varnish off well so I've always got cotton wool balls in the house.
I use Tesco and Asda for my shopping so usually use these brands of cotton wool balls and pick them up with my normal shopping. Tesco's 100 cotton wool balls are available to purchase in store and online if you do your shopping that way for around £1.20.
The packaging has changed slightly. The cotton wool balls still come inside a transparent plastic bag but it now has a hot pink coloured label displaying the product name in a modern sort of way. The top of the bag contains a draw string which can be quite handy when you haven't used many of the balls as it keeps them safe and secure in the bag so there isn't any worrying about them falling out all over the place. Each bag contains approximately 100 balls.
The balls themselves are very soft to the touch, I know some people are funny with the feeling of cotton wool so these will be no good to those people, but as far as cotton wool balls go, these feel exactly the same as all other balls I have used. They are of a nice size so can absorb quite a bit of nail varnish remover without dripping everywhere or disintegrating as you rub them over your nails. I find it does take me a handful of balls to remove a couple of coats of nail varnish completely but no more than you would expect to use.
Of course, cotton wool balls can be used for much more than removing nail varnish, they also come in handy for removing makeup, cleansing and toning. Another popular use for cotton wool balls is cleaning babies bums, although I haven't personally used them for this, I imagine they would handle the job well as they are very soft on the skin.
I'd definitely recommend this pack of 100 cotton wool balls from Tesco. They are good quality, soft and a nice size. I can't fault them.
For £1.29 for over 100 cotton wool balls, I thought this was a bargain. However, the price represented the poor quality of the product. I found that when using these cotton wool balls they broke apart easily, which would mean that they would be spread all around my face. This happened especially when I was using a cleanser, showing that a thicker liquid presents problems for these cotton wool balls. I also found that when I was using them with nail varnish remover to take off my nail varnish, they would disintegrate and leave parts of the cotton wool on my nails. This is not a good look when you are painting over them!
However, they did absorb the liquids (for example, the toner), showing that they did their job, but not to a high standard that I would like. The only other really good thing about the product is the price, but then again, if you are using many different balls as they keep falling apart, then you will be using double what you normally use, and therefore not saving any money.
I think that the best use for these cotton wool balls would be for children's play, such as if they were doing arts and crafts and wanted to use the cotton wool as clouds in a picture. Also good for water based substances as these were consumed and spread easily by the cotton wool.
I bought a packet of these cotton wool balls for using with my toner as part of my daily routine but then ended up using them on my daughter was she had a bit of a sore bum and I didn't want to use baby wipes on her.
The cotton wool balls obviously are from Tesco and they cost £1.29 for a packet of 100, I think when I bought them they were just over £1 so they do seem to have gone up a little.
The cotton wool balls come in a thin plastic bag which is white and pale blue and you can buy them in bags of 100 or you can buy the baby ones in a bag off 300 balls. You have to tear or cut across the top of the bag when you first open it but once opened there is a white drawstring for you to close the bag back up with.
The cotton wool balls are white in colour and they are more of a fat cylindrical shape than a ball, the balls are really soft and don't irritate the skin at all. I use the balls for my face, my daughters bum and when there has been any cuts and grazes to clean them up and they are perfect for every job.
I would recommend these cotton wool balls, they are soft and simple to use, they are a good size so hold a good amount of liquid such as water for nappy changes or nail varnish remover for nails. They don't break up at all and don't leave behind bits of cotton wool on skin. Basically they do what you expect from a cotton wool ball.
I know you may not expect a guy to use cotton wool balls, I certainly never used them untill recently. I found a very good facial cleanser for spots and it said I needed some cotton wool to apply the lotion. I was not sure what to buy, but I decided to pick up whatever I found at tesco! I saw these for only £1 for 100 which I have found out to be a very good price. I have found these to be very good and I will now go into a bit more detail on the product.
Price and packaging:
100 cotton wool balls for only £1 is good value as it works out as 1p each. The packaging is also very good, it is a plastic see through bag that is re sealable. This is handy and keeps them all in one place. It is easy to open and close. The bag is quite large and a bit of a pain to store in the bathroom cupboard. Overall they are a good price and the packaging is good. The packaging also mentions that there are 100 and that they are cotton wool balls (obviously) :).
They are very soft and are exactly what you expect for cotton wool. When I apply my face wash lotion to the cotton wool it soaks it up well and feels very soft when I apply it to my face. It has really helped me. My girlfriend also uses it to remove her make up and is always stealing my cotton wool! She says it's nice for removing make up and nail varnish. They are quite thick and not cheap feeling as you may expect for the price. Overall they are extremely useful and work well on my skin. They are good value and the 100 have lasted me a very long time. There were more expensive brands on the shelf but I don't think they are worth the money compared to these.
I would recommended these to anyone who wants some cotton wool balls, they are excellent value and last a long time. These get 5 stars from me. I am very happy with this product and is one of the many tesco products that have worked for me. Thanks for reading my review! Hope it helped :) josh.
I use cotton wall balls for a few reasons - in my first aid kit, to remove make up and nail varnish and to wash my baby's face. Therefore I like to keep a supply of them in the house at all times and the ones that I am currently using are from Tesco.
The cotton wool balls come in a packet of 100 balls for £1. The packet is basically a clear plastic bag that is sealed so, on first opening, the top of the packet needs to be ripped off. After this, there is a white cotton drawstring running along the top of the bag that can be pulled to reseal the bag. The bag is very simple and just has a pale blue label running across the middle stating that these are ideal for make up removal. Through the bag you can see the cotton wool balls, and the bag is filled with them to the top.
The cotton wool balls themselves are a decent size and feel soft to the touch. I find them a good size for make up removal as they absorb a good amount of removal liquid. Ditto for nail varnish remover. They also hold their shape well and do not become 'fluffy' when you rub at the nail varnish as some cotton wool balls can - leading to annoying bits of cotton wool stuck on your nails. They are also soft enough to use with warm water on my baby's face.
Tesco also do My Baby Cotton Wool balls which I did used to buy for my son - these cost more at £1.30 for 100 balls. I can see no difference between these and the ordinary cotton wool balls so, for a 30p price saving, I switched to these.
Overall, these are a good price and good quality. They hold their shape well, are absorbent and very soft to the touch and so gentle on your skin. I will certainly be buying these again and do not hesitate to recommend them.