I am trying my best to help the environment in any way I can. Being a skincare enthusiast, I need cotton pads. After realizing that I go through a whole bag quickly (2-3 pads a day), I made a life and skin changing decision to stop using it. There are drawbacks of not using cotton pads – like not being sure if there is residual dirt on your skin or skincare products being absorbed by your hands rather than your face – but being more sustainable ranks higher in my list than having nice skin.
So I went online and found myself reusable cotton pads at BeautyMNL. It’s from the brand called Mimi and Me Greentools. When I bought it, it only had one review and it raved about it. Being the logical person that I am, I bought it and hoped that it is actually good.
The set that I got had two types of reusable cotton pads. One had a smoother side (it’s not silky but had a similar finish) while the other had a typical cotton finish (think bimpo/hand towel).
I started using the rougher pads first. I used it with my toner and micellar water but as soon as I swiped it on my face, I immediately regretted it. It was too rough on my skin and definitely not like your regular cotton pad. After a couple of adjustments on how to use it (patting instead of swiping), I still couldn’t get a hang of it and decided to try the pad with the smoother side. My problem with this was the product (neither my toner or micellar water) actually got absorbed! It sat on top of the pad and I had to press the pad together for it to get absorbed. Another downside was that I had to use a lot of product so I can use the product correctly.
Another problem I encountered was cleaning it. When I use it to remove my makeup, there are days when using a handsoap to wash it isn’t enough. I had to use laundry detergent or bleach just to remove the makeup stain. I also had to use a decent amount of water to rinse and clean it properly. (Is reusable cotton pads > water?)
If I had to be extremely critical of this product, I’d honestly say that this product didn’t pass my standards. It’s supposed to double as a cotton pad and a cotton pad should be smooth. This product wasn’t smooth enough. Using it made me wince a little because I was worried that I might be scarring my face due to its roughness. We’re supposed to be gentle with our skin and this product wasn’t gentle enough.
If I wasn’t extremely critical, I’d say that it’s an OK product and a good alternative to cotton pads. I’d recommend you to use this pad for putting on toners or essences but not for removing makeup. Just remember to always be gentle with your face when using it. I wouldn’t recommend you to use it with micellar water to remove makeup. Personally, it’s just too rough and you really need to soak it up for it to work.
I don’t know if I was the only one who has these thoughts about this product. The last time I checked on BeautyMNL, it had six reviews and all were five stars. Are my standards too high or did I get a different product?
ps. I used the reusable cotton pads with Simple Micellar Water. It’s my first time using it and would like to say that for its price, I wasn’t very happy about it. It had a weird smell and didn’t remove heavy/waterproof makeup very well. It is extremely basic and lives up to its name, simple. Repurchase? Definitely, not. Too pricey for what it offers, I can get more bang for my buck from other brands.