Comparing Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

If you missed my post on how to minimize waste in your skincare & makeup routines, I mentioned reusable makeup remover pads as one of the ways to do this. With today’s current environmental crisis, and even if your views don’t align with that, minimizing waste is also a great way to save money. How much do you spend on makeup wipes, cotton rounds / pads, etc? While the initial investment on reusable products might be slightly higher than cotton rounds or makeup wipes, you’ll only have to purchase them once. In my journey to minimize my waste, I decided to pick up a few reusable pads. Two of the ones I will be discussing, I purchased on Amazon. It was really hard to make a decision as there are so many kinds. The other pads I’ll be reviewing were gifted.


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Washable Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads ($13.90)

washable reusable bamboo nursing pads

Okay, so these aren’t actually marketed as makeup remover pads, but rather nursing pads. Someone on the internet said these were ones I should try so I ordered them. They are made from organic bamboo, which is supposed to be softer and more absorbent than cotton. Each pack comes with a total of 10 pads, 6 round and 4 daisies, and a laundry wash bag.

Overall, I liked the size of these, especially if you’re going to use them to remove your makeup. What I didn’t like, is that the 4 daisies are like two pieces of fabric sewn together and they rub against each other. Hopefully that makes sense. Because of that, they feel on the cheap side. Moreover, only one of the sides works to remove makeup or apply products, as the other side is leakproof (because these are nursing pads).

In terms of using them to apply skincare products like toner, they work fine. I think for those purposes I definitely prefer a smaller sized pad. Another con is that that laundry wash bag included is definitely too small if you intend to wash them all at once. You’d be able to properly wash maybe 3-4, but not more. You can always buy a bigger laundry wash bag, which is what I did.

Green Estate Reusable Makeup Remover Pads ($15.99)

green estate reusable makeup remover pads

Out of the three kinds of reusable pads I tried, these were definitely my favorite. The Green Estate Reusable Makeup Pads come in a pack of 14. One side is black for makeup, and the other side is white, intended for skincare. Both sides feel extremely soft and the quality of these is much thicker than all the other ones. They definitely feel more durable and higher quality than the other ones.

While I don’t typically remove my makeup with any type of wipe, I did put these to the test. These reusable makeup remover pads claim to remove makeup just with water. I found that they definitely remove makeup, but I didn’t feel like my skin was clean. If you decide to use them like this, I definitely recommend still following up with a cleansing routine. In my previous post regarding waste, I mentioned the use of washcloths vs makeup wipes.

To apply my skincare, these also felt really nice. While the pad absorbed more product than a regular cotton round, the size was perfect. I find these to be the perfect size to apply toner, essences, and any other skincare product you have in your skincare routine.

The size of the wash bag that is included is also not very big. With any of these I would recommend using a regular garment wash bag as they’re much bigger and will allow for better cleaning of your pads.

Bonus: Green Estate Goods claim to plant a tree for every product purchased, so you’d be doing some extra good by purchasing these.

Daily Concepts Daily Bio-Cotton Makeup Removers ($12.00) *gifted

daily concepts daily bio-cotton makeup removers

These reusable makeup remover pads were gifted to me for review purposes. I have used products from Daily Concepts before and they’re all really nice. The Daily Bio-Cotton Makeup Removers comes with five pads: three for the face and two for the eyes. The only difference is the size. Much like the Green Estate reusable pads, the Daily Concepts pads are also meant to remove makeup with only water. Again, this is not something I recommend, but these definitely work for that.

The quality of these is really nice. While they are not as thick as the Green Estate pads, they’re not as flimsy as the nursing pads. I like that it comes in two sizes, as the bigger size is definitely nicer for makeup removing purposes and the smaller size for skincare (or eye makeup). Because these are thinner, they don’t absorb as much product as the Green Estate pads.

Best Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

For me and my personal needs, the Green Estate Reusable Makeup Remover Pads were the definite winner. I loved how thick they were and the small size was perfect to apply my skincare routine. The rare instance that I use micellar water to remove my makeup, I would also prefer the smaller pad. In addition, I liked the overall message of the Green Estate brand.

The Daily Concept pads came in second. The quality was really nice, but the price was high for what you got. Last on the least, nursing pads. I’m not sure what the person who recommended them was thinking. These don’t work to remove makeup or apply skincare at all. I will do my best to use them, but if you’re on the hunt, don’t get these.

Have you tried any reusable makeup remover pads?

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