Hands up if you think this is a funny question
I thought so too but its one I had been thinking about because I have realised that people have very set preferences for the most simple and basic of things. Facial cotton pads being one of them.
What say you, do you have a favourite facial cotton pad? The one that you think is THE. BEST. COTTON. PAD. EVER. MADE!
I actually don’t haha! But I’ll tell you about a few I’ve tried and what I think of them and the one I keep buying over and over again for a practical reason; and maybe you could tell me what your favourite is and whether we should all go out and buy that one instead
Here are 3 packs of facial cotton that I have on me at the moment. I had a couple more boxes – one from Daiso because I’d read that they were affordable for the quality, and another by Muji which was some popular cotton puffs.
The weirdest one I’d ever come across is the Watsons Air-laid Facial Puffs you see in the box. They are supposed to be lint free but they have the weirdest texture. It feels like paper to the touch and feels like sandpaper on my skin. Yucks! I have a whole box of it so I use it for things like removing nail polish (when I wear it) and removing swatches from my skin. Otherwise, its just a waste of money. Don’t buy
I also tried a couple of boxes of various Daiso cotton pads that come in boxes. The cotton pads from Daiso came with sealed edges that I know many people like. I didn’t like the texture. I found it too rough against my skin especially when I use it to remove makeup at the end of the day. I think it would be fine for removing nail polish but on skin, nope. I wasn’t impressed. Its not that cheap either when I think about it. RM5 for a box of about 100 pieces when I can get my usual for RM10 for 3 packs of over 600 pieces!
Yes, you might have guessed that my usual brand of facial cotton I go for is the one from Guardian pharmacy. They often come in value packs of 3 with 50% extra a pack at about RM10 or so and when I see them go on offer, I just pick it up and it can last me a while. I don’t get the ones from Watson’s though. I didn’t like them as they separate and leave bits all over my face. The ones from Guardian feel softer on my skin and doesn’t come off on my skin when I run it over my face. These days, ever since I restarted using a toner/lotion and cleansing water for makeup removal, I find myself running through cotton pads fairly quickly so something cheap that works well does the job perfectly for me.
I tried the Muji Cotton Puffs which have sealed edges are are a mesh cotton pad but I didn’t like them either. I was sort of glad about that because it would have been really pricey otherwise!
The Muji Peelable Cotton however is a good one to have on hand. I don’t use it to remove makeup or apply toner, but its great for doing a quick at home mask! Each piece of cotton peels off into 4 thinner pieces so you just have to soak 1 piece in your favourite lotion, peel them off, put them on your skin and relax for a few minutes for a quick pick me up. Perfect! It costs RM10.90 a pack which isn’t cheap, but you don’t use it daily so its ok.
I’ve also tried cotton pads from Kanebo and they are very nice too. They are thick and plush with 2 different sides, so one side is a softer cotton while the other side is a mesh for exfoliation. They are pretty pricey though so when I get samples, I hoard them like crazy. Haven’t been far too inclined to pay over RM20 for a pack of cotton pads yet
I’ve tried a few from various Korean brands too but I find them too thin and too rough. Sealed edges to a cotton pad is a good idea to stop them from separating as you go, but I’ve never had that problem with my el-cheapo Guardian ones so I’m not sure I understand the problem. I sometimes find that the sealed edge, if not well done, can actually hurt your skin if you aren’t careful.
I’ve heard that Shiseido cotton pads too get lots of raves but every time I think of buying a pack to try, my wallet screams at me audibly “ARE. YOU. MAD?” so I meekly put it back and walk away. Some day, I’ll ignore the screaming and try it but its not happening yet haha!
Do you have a favourite brand of facial cotton pad? What the best one you’ve ever used?
So that’s me. I buy cheap cotton pads in value packs that do the job well enough for me, without leaving bits of cotton all over my face. I go through a few pieces each time so its a good thing I don’t have expensive tastes when it comes to something as basic as this You?