“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Make Up Remover / Subcategory: Pads „
Ive never been a huge fan of cotton wool balls, as I find them too small and fiddly. I am someone from day one with both my children I have always changed their nappies and wiped them with damp cotton wool pads. This has been my first introduction to the world of cotton wool! I bought these while doing an online grocery shop with Tesco. Cost per pack of 100 pads is £1.00.
Why did I buy them?
This wasn't actually the cotton wool pads I wanted. I really wanted to try out the basic priced one, but they weren't available at the time so Tesco replaced them with these.
How are they packaged?
They come in a long and thin plastic clear bag. At the top of the packaging, once open, you can close or open it by drawstring.
On the front the label is dark pink in colour, with the ' Tesco ' logo being quite small and at the top. Down the side it tells you what the product is and how many-100 round pads cotton wool.
On the back, in various languages, it tells you what they are, what they are made out of and the general warnings associated, especially with the packaging and young children.
Each pad is perfectly circular, very thin with a diameter of 2 ¼ inches.
What are they made out of?
Whats supposed to be so great about them?
A natural product that when placed on sensitive skin ( or any kind of skin for that matter ) should be soft and very gentle and kind . These particular pads are made in such a way that fluffing on the surface should be minimal.
So what do I think?
No denying that these pads are a good quality. For something so small and thin, they appear to be absorbent and strong. Soft in texture to touch, and gentle on the skin. But for me these are not my pads of choice. I find them way too small. Im so used to using large cotton pads that using these means I tend to use more to create a larger surface area. Ive occasionally used a few to wipe the kids noses but wouldn't use them while changing my daughter as it would be pretty pointless. I thought these would be good to remove nail polish, which they are, but again the size doesn't do it for me. Nothing wrong with how they are made but I find what I can use them for much more limited than my usual size and brand, and I tend to use a lot more because of this so not sure if these are really that cost effective for me.
Sometimes I use cotton pads to remove face masks or products on my skin, but find it too much bother and it takes more time and again this is down to size.
Would I buy again-no. Maybe it's a mixture of having hands that are too big or just damn lazy, but these aren't the size for me.
I go through loads of cotton wool pads as I use them for various things from removing make-up and nail varnish to using them to wipe of excess hair dye from my skin.
I buy my pads from Tesco from their everyday value range as they are amazing value for money and I hate when they haven't got any in stock and I have to buy some more expensive ones as I don't think that the quality is any better to justify the increase in price.
These pads only cost 49 pence for 80 pads so they really are good value. The pads are round and they feel soft to the touch and they aren't scratchy on my face as the pads are really quite smooth so I can use them on my face with no problems for removing my make-up and not worry about being too vigorous.
The pads are a little bit on the thin side which did worry me the first time that I bought them as I thought they would just disintegrate but they are surprisingly strong for being so thin. I can soak them in liquid and then rub my nail varnish off vigorously and they don't tear or rip easily. The odd time I will get one out of the packet which doesn't seem to be as woven tightly as the rest and it comes apart easily but these are few and far between.
When I am using a cream cleanser I do need to use a few of these to remove my make-up as one downside of them being too thin is that I can't really turn them over and use the other clean side as there isn't a clean side as the make-up and cleanser have soaked right through them. Because they are so cheap however I don't mind just using a new one even when I only have a tiny little bit of make-up left to remove.
I really think these are good value for money and while they may not be as thick as some of the more expensive ones it doesn't matter as they still do the job and are loads cheaper.
You would think cotton wool pads would be all the same but the quality can vary wildly between them. I am always looking for a bargain but sometimes I have to spend more for a better quality item as the cheaper one is inferior.
These cotton pads from Tesco are both cheap but they are also fairly decent.
They cost £1 for a pack which contains 100 pads so are certainly good value. They aren't as good as the best pads but they are much better than loads of other cheap brands of cotton pads which tend to just break up and disintegrate when trying to use them.
You can tell that they aren't the best quality as they are fairly thin and also the pads can split in half when removing them from the packaging as they aren't stuck together that well. Luckily when they are well with cleanser etc. they tend to hold their shape which is my main bugbear with cheap cotton pads.
They do go a bit limp when wet but do the job adequately without falling to pieces. They also feel fine on my skin. They aren't as soft and luxurious as some others but they don't scratch and irritate my skin like the cheapest cotton rounds can do.
Because they don't fall apart when using them I can use both sides of the pads which cuts down on waste and means I don't need two or more to cleanse my make-up off. Obviously sometimes I still need to use two depending on how much make-up I have on but on the whole I do need to use less of these than the ultra cheap ones.
For the price these represent great value for money. They aren't the best ones that I have used but they are decent enough that I would happily buy them again. If they were more expensive then I might pick something else but because they are so cheap I find it difficult to complain too much about their minor faults.
==Tesco Cotton Wool Pads==
I tend to use a lot of cotton wool pads for many different cosmetic type reasons. The main beings using them with my make up remover, cleaner and then toner. Of course I also use them for removing my nail varnish from my toe nails and finger nails but also use them to help when tinting my lashes to remove the tint once it has been on long enough. Because I use them so much I seem to go through them fairly quickly.
The last pack I bought was from Tesco's and for a mere £1 I didn't think they were bad value for money at all. I think you can pick them up a little cheaper elsewhere and I am sure there is a Tesco Value version which are not as soft but seeing as there are 100 of the pads inside this pack I felt 1 pence per cotton wool pad was an acceptable price.
The packaging for these cotton wool pads is pretty standard when compared to other products made by different companies. The thin yet durable plastic bag hugs the cotton wool pads sufficiently enough to keep them in their tube like state. There is a perforated top to the pack which enable a piece to be torn off and this will allow the top pad to be removed with relative ease.
Often I will take more than one at a time which can be a little frustrating especially if I take 1 ½ due to the pad under the top one splitting into two. This doesn't happen that often though and is not that much of an issue. The top of the bag also has a very thin bit of cotton type strong which allows the bag to be pulled into a draw strong close and keeps the cotton wool pads inside from getting dusty or dirty which I feel is quite handy but again pretty standard with this sort of product.
The cotton wool pads themselves are pretty average in size and thickness for the cheaper type of cosmetic pads. A short while ago I spent a little more and got some more up market cosmetic cotton wool pads and I was surprised at the difference as they were not only a lot softer but they were also a fair bit thicker and harder to pull into two layers as well.
These Tesco pads seem to do the job well however and I am able to use both sides of the pads without them getting too thin or unusable. They are soft to use and don't scratch on my delicate eye area when I am taking of particularly tricky waterproof mascara and the like.
As far as these pads go they are not bad, they are strong and durable and work well at the job they are required to do. They are soft too although not the softest I have used and generally not the best product like this that is available. However considering the price they are very reasonable and I feel that they are worthy of a good score of 4 out of 5 stars and I would recommend them to people who use a lot of these cotton wool pads.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I use toner with cotton wool pads and change my nail polish regularly, so do go through a fair amount of cotton wool pads. I do have some preference for textured pads as I can find non textured can stick to the nails and be a pain when removing polish.
I ordered these during an online tescos shop as I had run out - they were 75p for 50 pads, these are the round ones but they also do a larger size. I have used them before but not for a long time.
The packaging is fairly plain - the current packaging is basically clear, with a large white panel on the back with product info, barcode etc and a translucent (semi-seethrough) panel on the front saying TESCO cotton wool pads, 50 round, ideal for make up removal, soft and absorbent. A in capitals but writing it in all capitals for a review seems unnecessary. It has the standard pull a circle out (which did not want to tear where it should) and little tags to tighten it.
The pads themselves are actually somewhat textured - not a full on type but it's woven in such a way to give some texture.
To use I have found them surprisingly good. They are a little thin, but don't fall apart during use and I've also not found them to do the annoying habit of leaving cotton wool on my nails. They are very soft on your face but have enough of a surface to remove dirt when used with a toner, likewise they grip nail polish sufficiently well. They work at least almost as well as the boots ones I was using (the double sided) so get a thumbs up - I cannot say definitely if they're quite as good without a direct comparison, but for 75p, they're great.
Although I splash out now on face products, I can't see the point in spending loads on things like cotton wool pads etc. They basically all do the same job in my opinion and that's why I always buy cheap cotton pads to remove my makeup.
The Tesco round cotton wool pads come in packs of 50 or 100. The 100 are at a bargain price of £0.87. The pads come in a thin cellophane type sleeve, with a blue coloured block on them, simply stating cotton pads. For the price of £0.87 you are not going to get a fancy packaging for them, but this doesn't bother me at all. At one end of the pack there is a perforated whole which easily tears out enabling the pads to come out. Very easy and simple
The pads are quite thin (about ½ cm deep) but I don't find them too thin. When you apply eye make up remover, cleanser and toner it holds these well and sweeps over the face easily. They absorb well and hold a lot of product on each. For the thin-ness of them they do hold out well and do not tear or fall apart at all!
I tend to need 2 to do my whole face. With 100 in a pack I tend to find a pack lasts just under 2 months. I really can't fault the Tesco Round Cotton pads at all!
I do my food shopping in Tescos and often pick up a few basic beauty products whilst wandering around. Their own brand cotton wool pads are one of the staple products I pick up during my grocery shop.
Available in packs of 50, 100 and 200 pads, I usually buy the pack of 100 pads, at a price of 78 pence (this is usually the only quantity available in my local store). I use these pads on a daily basis, to apply cleanser and toner and to remove nail polish. There's not a huge amount I can write about these; as a basic product they're nothing special but they do the job. I'd say they're a good size; Tesco also sell larger cotton wool pads but I always feel that they're too big and end up cutting them in half, so I prefer the size of these ones.
At just 78 pence these are great value for money, and I'll certainly carry on buying these whilst doing my food shopping.
I've bein using Tesco's own value brand of cotton wool for a while now as it's much cheaper than alternative brands and I don't see the point in paying over the odds for some cotton wool.
Price and Availability
As this is Tesco's own brand, it's only available from Tesco and can be bought in store or via their website. You get 160 cotton wool pads for £1.03 (currently reduced to £1) which works out at around 1p each. I know this doesn't sound dirt cheap but it's good value for money and much cheaper than other brands. I used to buy my cotton wool pads from Superdrug and paid £1.50 for around 60.
The cotton wool pads simply come in a clear plastic bag/packaging, it's tightly sealed and the cotton wool is neatly stacked up in two rows - each row has around 80 pads. The tesco value logo and product name is written on the packaging. There is a fabric draw string (not sure how else to describe it) which you use to open and close the bag, this means you don't need to rip open the bag and it therefor keeps the cotton wool dry and clean. I personally empty the contents of the bag into an empty makeup bag as that way it doesn't take up as much room in my beauty draw as it would if left in the original packaging.
Physical Appearence and Practicallity
Each pad is white in colour and looks like any other cotton wool pad, to be honest. They're a little bigger than the pads I usually use and are nice and soft to the touch. Each pad is smooth in texture and quite thin and it can be a litle hard to seperate them so I sometimes use 3/4 at once when i'm in a rush as I can't be bothered to mess around with seperating them, lol, but considerig how cheap these are I don't think it's wasteful at all. The pads are quite strong and they hold moisture well. Some low quality cotton pads can 'malt' and leave bits of cotton on my face, but due to the smooth texture these don't.
What I Use It For
I use cotton wool mainly for beauty purposes. I usually use this to apply my toner. The pad doesn't absorb it too much which is good as that way the cotton pad stays moist and it doesn't waste any of my toner - some cotton wool pads absorb all of it and none of it actually gets onto my face, lol. Other uses include makeup removal - I simply put a bit of makeup remover onto the pad and wipe it over my eyes/face and it removes the makeup quickly and easily. The pads can also be used for baby hygiene due to how gentle they are. Another, random way I have used these pads is as a bandage, lol - I sellotaped a pad of it onto a deep, painful cut I had as I didn't have any bandages and it kept the wound clean. I know that sounds bizzare!
I would reccomend these cotton wool pads, they're good value and are good quality.
For my facial care routine I have been through so many products and these are the ones I currently use. I often find that for most things value items are just as good as the branded products so I like to try the alternatives as much as I can.
For £1.50 I received 160 oval shaped cotton wool pads in a see through pack with the tesco value usual blue and red pack. The cotton pads are lined up in two long piles side by side and there is a small dotted circle line at the bottom which you pull the bit of plastic off and this is how you pull the pads out.
The pads themselves on first inspection look like a few pads stuck together but there are two oval shaped pads and the in between bit is fuzzy wool rather than the soft discs that are on the outside. They are fairly thick and padded and so last well when using liquids on them they absorb it very well. They are very soft when you use them on your face and as they are an average size you ca get adequate use out of them before moving on to the next.
My only downside is that they come out in clumps you think you are removing 1 but you find that actually 3 have decide to come out together and you have to separate them. There not hard to put back in if needed but it can be a fiddle and a bit of a pain. This is mainly because of the opening in the pack but for the price you can not complain.
They are simple cotton wool pads that can be used for a range of cosmetic things and come in very handy in any household. There rather cheap compared to brand name cotton wool pads but yet do the same job. I will definitely be sticking these as they are one of the value range products that are just as good as more expensive products.
As part of my beauty regime I apply a conditioning milk cleanser and toner every evening to my skin followed by a moisturiser. Of course to apply these products I need some sort of applicator. My applicator of choice comes in the form of round cotton pads. It never ceases to amaze me how expensive something as simple as a cosmetic cotton pad can cost, for example at the most expensive end of the spectrum - Botanics have a range of pads out at the moment in boots which cost a whopping £2.25...needless to say, I do not purchase this particular brand purely because I think this is over the top in terms of price, and all I need is something that's non-abrasive and effective at taking off my make- up and cleansing my skin, so I tend to go for the more cost effective option like the Tesco pack of 100 round cotton wool pads costing me £1.
==Tesco Round Cotton wool Pads==
This particular offering from Tesco comes in the form of round cotton wool pads made from 100% cotton and they are claimed to be suitable for the most sensitive skin types. The packaging is similar to most other branded packaging I have seen for cosmetic pads, with a perforated section at the bottom that you can tear open for easy access to the pads, or you can choose to open from the top and reseal using the draw strings attached. I normally open mine from the top and keep them stored in a drawer but I imagine if you were to hang your pads up, the access from the bottom would make it easy to pull out the required amount of pads.
The pads themselves are soft to the touch and do not feel in the slightest bit abrasive. I've heard some people say that they often split their cotton pads into 2 sections to make use of both sides. I don't recommend you do this with these particular pads as in between the two soft outer layers is a fleecy middle section which means you end up with little bits of fleece everywhere and it also makes the pad too thin to be of any use in applying any sort of liquid.
==Using the pad==
I often find that I use around 4 pads a day. 2 for my cleanser and 2 for my toner which means 1 pack will last me around 1 month. £1 a month is pretty good value I'd say. As stated before, the pads are soft to the touch and when applying my lotions and potions to my face I don't feel any harshness from these particular pads. I have in the past found that cheaper versions can be a little abrasive and uncomfortable to use, so I'm happy that these pads are kind to my skin. My cleanser goes on as a blob in the middle and I fold the pad over to spread the coverage over the entire face of the pad, ensuring that I'm using it to its fullest capacity.
The thickness and absorbency of the pads is just right as they still remain solid when wet and don't disintegrate or deteriorate in any way ensuring that while cleansing my face the pad stays together. The results are clear to see on the surface of the pad and my skin is refreshed and revitalised after having applied my daily lotions.
==Do I recommend==
With the Tesco pad I find that you get comfort and value for money. Removing make-up and applying your daily cleanser and toner couldn't be easier, and these pads don't fall apart like some others I've had the unfortunate experience of using. At £1 for a pack of 100 that's a penny per pad, which for me means I'm paying 4p a day. A good solid offering from Tesco which I solidly recommend for your daily cleansing needs.
I love to have cotton wool pads to remove make up on a night, or for example, rub eye liner if it smudges.
At Tesco, you can get a nice pack of cotton wool pads with 100 pads in each packet.
The packaging is simple; basically a long tall sleeve with the pads and lie in the price range of between £1 and £1.50 usually. Price wise, I think it would be better to go with Sainsburys basic pads, as they are cheaper but also very much the same in quality.
The pads are made from soft and absorbent 100% cotton and are suitable for all skin types, even for delicate skin. If you are not happy with the product, Tesco guarantee a refund.
I really like these pads. They definitely do the job. They feel soft, are not too thin and do manage to remove make up for me. Even the most slightest of smudges, the pads will sort it out.
Whilst the pads are very soft, I do prefer the texture of other branded pads, such as simply gentle's organic pads, however in comparison to other supermarket brands, the pads are pretty much the same, just at different prices.
I find that the pads last a decent amount of time. I have even used the same pad more than once and it still does its job.
If you want a cheap way to remove make up then this is it.
I will start this review by saying I'm a good girl and always cleanse my face before I get into bed no matter how tired I am - so now you know I'm a real goody, goody! Well where cleansing my face is concerned anyway!
Seriously I rarely wear makeup apart from some moisturiser but we do have a log burner which affects my skin in two ways. When I saw or chop the wood I perspire and continually wipe my face as I am working which isn't the cleanest thing to do to my skin - when the wood is burning it does give off a small amount of dirty residue (as I found out recently when I started painting the walls!) which again collects on my skin.
At night I use Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Liquid which cleans my skin without drying it - I have written a review about it if you are interested, but obviously I need something with which to apply it.
I have tried using cotton wool and cotton wool balls but neither of these works as well as I would want and they work out a little bit expensive so I now use Tesco Cotton Wool Pads which cost just 55p for a pack containing one hundred pads. They also do a Tesco Value version at 90p for 160 pads and you can guess which ones I will be trying next can't you?
The pads come in a cylindrical plastic bag with a drawstring top so I can hang it on the cupboard door in the walk in wardrobe. I then rip the bottom of the bag slightly and remove the pads from the bottom one at a time as I need them.
Each pad is soft, flat and white and about two inches in diameter. They are absorbent and to use them I pour a small amount of my cleansing liquid onto a pad and wipe it over my face. The pad is strong enough to clean my face thoroughly and I can see the grime against the white of the pad when I have finished so I know that the job has been done - my skin feels great too!
On the rare occasions that I wear makeup I use one or maybe two pads to remove my eye makeup and then another one to remove my foundation. Since they are so cheap it really doesn't matter how many I use - the main thing is that my face is clean before I hit the sack.
I really don't think that there is any more to be said about these brilliant little pads - they are cheap, soft, strong and they do the job well - what more would you want to know?
I mainly do my shopping in Tesco and so I sometimes pick up one or two beauty products while I am in there as my local Tesco supermarket has a very good range.
One item that I have bought several times is the Tesco's own brand of cotton wool pads. This is mainly because it is handy for me to buy them there when I am doing the rest of my shopping.
The Tesco cotton wool pads are circle shaped pads of cotton wool that is made up of several layers. Because of this I can get a few uses from each pad as they separate into two pieces.
I use cotton wool pads for all sorts of cosmetic uses like removing my nail polish with nail polish remover and also for using toner lotion on my face and for removing eye make up such as mascara or eye shadow. I think that the Tesco cotton wool pads are great for all of these little jobs.
The packaging is nothing special and is quite plain looking. I think it only looks like one step up from a Tesco Value product but I suppose that is what it is really. The packaging is see through plastic with a little bit of string at the top which can be pulled together to keep the cotton wool pads free from dust etc.
I believe that there are two sizes of the pack of cotton wool pads that you can buy in Tesco but the one I buy is the smaller size and this has 100 pads in it. This pack costs me around 65 pence which is very good value I think because it lasts me a couple of months.
The pack of Tesco cotton wool pads says they are suitable for use on sensitive skin and I would agree with this really as I have not had any problems with using them even when I use them on my eyes or to remove eye make up.
I will keep buying this brand of cotton wool pads as they are good value and handy for me to pick up a pack of these when I am doing my weekly shop. I think they are about as good as other brands of cotton wool pads I have used before and they do the job just fine so I would suggest giving them a try.
When it comes to cotton wool, pads and stuff like that I really do get through them with gusto due to being a make-up wearer and polishing my nails regularly (thus having to often remove it!) but I hate spending out loads on this type of product however I do need decent quality as there nothing a lot worse than using cleansers and toners and them simply saturated the wool or pad and dripping everywhere (particularly nasty when using an oil based eye make up remover, which I do lol) and I don't like to leave behind cotton fibres on my nails to not notice them and coat over them with nail polish leaving me with a dirty brush and a rough textured nail!
I hadn't heard of these before today (but I did read through Mel0611's superb review) and I had a £1.50 off voucher from Tesco to use by today and decided that I'd give these a whirl as I'd just ran out of my usual ones. Who says's reviews on here are not useful eh?!
These came in a long see through and turquoise plastic tube type of pack with cotton at the top of it to open and close it. On the front I'm told in turquoise writing that they are Tesco Cotton Wool Pads 'Ideal for make-up application, removal and facial cleansing' and that there is an average of 100 pads in a pack and that they are soft and absorbent. On the back of the pack I'm told a little bit more information about the product, warnings and contact details for Tesco are given, the recycle symbol is displayed and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough packaging that doesn't appear cheap and economy and I like the draw string addition to the top of it for ease of use.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Pack:
Tesco cotton wool pads are made from soft and absorbent 100% pure cotton, suitable for even the most delicate skin.
Well I' not sure if these are the exact one's that Mel reviewed (her review is under mine lol) cos her sounded larger however these are called the same thing!
So the pad is pure white in colour and round in shape and not very big or thick. It is quite smooth but does have a slight cotton woolness to it's appearance. The whole pad is sealed to the middle of it and by this I mean that other pads I have tried in the past have had a lose and fibrous middle making them 'leak' out fibres and a pain to use. This doesn't it' simply nice and compact though I'm not happy with the size of it to be perfectly honest. This is a bit too small for me for general face cleansing and toning though perfectly fine for using to say remove eye make up and nail polish and generally using on smaller areas.
For general, day-to day use these are fine. They are soft and comfortable to use, don't disintegrate at the thought of being used and are ok for alot of things! I'd happily tend to a cut or a graze with these due to them not leaving fibres anywhere and personally I think they are great value for money but are an economy buy.
Not the best but not the worse I have ever used and they are worth the 54p I paid for them without a doubt though Tesco do need to make them a bit bigger and thicker in my opinion even if they gave us less pads!
Only available in Tesco stores.
I have previously written a couple of very interesting and no doubt much loved reviews on Asda Cotton Wool Pads and Sainsbury's Basics Cotton Wool Pads. Wishing to add a little more excitement and joy into the lives of my fellow Dooyooers, I decided to follow these up with another cotton wool related instalment, and here it is: Tesco Cotton Wool Pads.
Tesco Cotton Wool Pads come in a long, thin, plastic bag. It is clear to allow you to easily see how many pads are left, and it has a drawstring opening at the top, which lets you pull the bag closed after removing one pad, and thus eliminate the possibility of the other pads falling out in your dressing table drawer. The bag is attractive enough, probably nicer than the Sainsbury's Basics version as it doesn't scream out 'value range!' in quite such a loud voice.
The price for these pads is 54 pence for approximately 100. This is the exact same price as at Asda or Sainsbury's so it's obviously the going rate for cotton wool! You can also buy a pack of 200 for £1.06, which will save you a massive 2 pence. Don't all rush at once.
The packaging for these pads states that they are 'ideal for make up application, removal and facial cleansing'. It also says that they are 'soft and absorbent' and 'suitable for even the most delicate skin'. They are made from 100% pure cotton.
I find the pads to be okay but nothing special. They have no pattern or embossing on them and are just plain and flat. They do not feel as soft as the Sainsbury's or Asda versions, although that doesn't matter much once they are wet with toner, make up remover or cleanser.
These pads do the job they are assigned to and so if I needed to I would be happy to buy them again. However, given the choice I would go for Asda's version as they are a bit softer.
Hope you enjoyed this review and I will keep an eye out for further brands of cotton wool to review for your reading pleasure!