Shiseido Facial Cotton

Shiseido  Facial Cotton
Facial CottonFacial CottonCotton Pads

4.7

252 reviews

88% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

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on 4/21/2018 7:58:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I'm guessing that people who claim they don't understand the hype about this product do not have sensitive skin. As I've become older my once combo (normal + oily) skin has changed to combo/dry and sensitive. I found myself not being able to use regular cotton pads anymore.

These are perfect, well maybe except for the price. As someone already mentioned, aside from using them to cleanse, they're also great for soaking up Korean/Japanese lotions - Cezanne and SKII are my fav - and using them instead of a sheet mask. I have repurchased these many times and will continue to do so.

I don't like the packaging but I always put my cotton pads into a jar anyway so it's not a problem.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I’m not sure what all they hype is about. I have been using the Quo cotton squares for a long time and they are so soft and plush, I love them. These... are double the price but not double the quality. They aren’t even as soft in my opinion. And what is up with not having a resealable closure on the packaging? I won’t splurge on them again. They are nice, but just not worth the price.

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on 3/12/2018 9:09:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Other

Eyes: Brown

These are truly as insanely soft as their reputation would have you believe. They also seem to require you to use less product so while they're absurdly expensive, they are value additive. As far as I know, the brand is not cruelty-free, so I took off a star and won't purchase, but on their own merit these really are fabulous. For the price the packaging could be a bit better - the wrappers remind me of Saltine sleeves.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

By far the best facial cotton money can buy. I use this with my micellar water and only need one to do my entire face, eye makeup included. It doesn’t tear, shred at all or leave behind any pieces or fibers. I moisten it with my micellar, do my eyes first (one eye per side) and then wipe the rest of my face. I also used it on my parent’s cat’s eye to clean away discharge after she had a very delicate cornea repair surgery because it is super soft and doesn’t fall apart when least expected.
This is definitly something I will not live without and I feel is worth the price... When I think about it, I’ve paid around $3 US for a tube of “premium” rounds and $4-5 for square pads and end up having to use a second one every time because the first one falls apart. Honestly I stopped using them on my face because I would have to rinse my face off to remove remanants. Not with these! My husband uses exfoliating rounds so I dip into his stash if I need something to dab on an astringent, and use the Shiseido cotton for anything that requires wiping.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I'm definitely in the minority here, but there are better cotton squares than these for a LOT less money, so not buying again. For many years I preferred Cotton Clouds to Shiseido cottons for both price and performance, but Clouds have been discontinued. However, CVS now sells its own branded Ultra Premium Cotton Squares (not the quilted ones, which are awful) that are nearly identical to Cotton Clouds. They are very inexpensive and they pull apart much more cleanly than Shiseido cottons for those times when you don't want to use them at full thickness. And they are just as soft.

While I'm at it, I want to add that I've also tried Muji's cotton squares and they are awful.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I never understood all the hoopla over this product until I broke down and tried it. Couldn't be *that* much different from a soft cotton round could it? And the expense! I feel like I wasted so many years with sub par cotton now - the Shiseido squares are incredibly soft and absorbent and can be pulled apart to double the amount with little to no change in efficacy.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Wow!! I never realized how not soft/rough the drugstore cotton pads are! These cotton squares are amazingly soft!! They are so much better than any drugstore cotton pads I've tried!!

You won't be going back to anything else after you've tried these. I'm glad after reading all the great reviews that I picked up a package at ulta


Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I do not, for the life of me, get the hype. Maybe it's because I was spoiled to a different kind of Japanese facial cotton, the little pillow kind from DHC and others. Shiseido only holds up for one use and because there's nothing quilting the layers together, it wants to come apart during that one use! You do get a lot of cottons for your money, so that is a plus. DHC gives you have the cottons for around half the price, but the shipping keeps me from ordering unless I need cleanser as well. Shiseido is available most everywhere, though. I bought two packs during a sale, and I'll be very happy to use them up. So much that I've occasionally used them for nail polish removal. I regret falling for the hype, but at least it's cotton, it won't go to waste.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I never thought I would be reviewing something as simple as cotton pads. But wait, it's not actually that simple... I use to use a makeup wipe to remove my eye makeup, thinking it was suffice enough. Boy, was I wrong. I discovered this amazing liquid eye makeup remover (ahem..Bifesta) and it changed everything. My nghtyl routine required me to use a cotton pad for eye makeup removal. I originally used Swisspers which wasn't bad at all. But I only found them at Walmart and I thought they were a bit rough but nothing too serious. One day at Sephora, I came across these (Shiseido Cotton Puffs) and ***music from the angels cue*** whoaaaaa. These puppies are so soft and I wasted so much less product. My eyes didn't feel raw or painful when removing the eye makeup. I also was NOT left with lint balls on my eyelids or cotton pads breaking apart as I swipe. It was a truly magical experience and I wanted to do it all over again. My eyes whispered that night, "thank you". OK, OK...I know. The price is atrocious and just plain ridiculous! I wish they were cheaper and that I could buy it in a pack of 500 count. But alas, it is not possible. However, just a side note, if you like wondrous cotton pads like these, go to Amazon.com and put in "Organic Cotton Make Up Puff". Very affordable and works just like the Shiseido ones.

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on 6/5/2017 2:41:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Chances are that if you are considering purchasing this, it is because you have sensitive skin and read about how these are the stuff of angel clouds or fairy dusty etc

Good news is that it is definitely softer and less abrasive on the skin than other drug store cottons. That said, if you have extremely sensitive or easily irritated skin like me, it will still irritate if you use a cleansing water and have to wipe your face repeatedly (anything more than 2 cotton squares).

I will still repurchase because other facial cottons irritate my skin a whole lot more. However, I just want to make sure that those considering purchasing this have realistic expectations.

3 of 4 people found this helpful.


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