Face Halo is famous for a reason, racking up a huge number of fans – including the likes of Victoria Beckham. These pads may be expensive, working out at around £6 each, but we found they magically removed all make-up with just a splash of water.
Reusable make-up remover pads may not be the sexiest product to preach about, granted. But they’re an everyday essential that work to whittle down your waste, streamline your routine and, ultimately, save you money in the long run. All of which sounds pretty good to us.
For those not yet well-versed in reusable make-up remover pad products, they’re essentially a classic cotton pad re-invented to last a lot longer. Ordinarily made from a blend of bamboo, cotton or synthetic fibres, they come in all shapes, colours and sizes, but the classic cut seems to be very similar to the original cotton pad we grew up with – think white, round and soft to the touch.
The main purpose of the reusable cotton pad is that it’s designed to be a more planet-positive product than the originals. Unlike classic cotton pads, which get thrown into the bin on a daily basis, these new(ish) nifty creations can be popped into the washing machine, and be used time and time again. But, as with anything, not all of them have equal eco-credentials.
For anyone set on creating a more sustainable beauty routine, bamboo, organic cotton or even re-purposed pre-loved fabrics fit the brief the best. While those looking to cut down on costs – or simply reduce the number of products in the bathroom cabinet – may be better suited to synthetic solutions such as Skin Proud or Face Halo (Victoria Beckham’s brand of choice, we’ll have you know).
Some reusable make-up remover pads claim to clean with just water, while others openly ask for a helping hand from your regular face wash, cleansing oil or micellar water. Testing out plenty of pads from the budget high street to the luxe high end, we can safely say that all of them work best when used in conjunction with a cleanser. Plus, keeping them clean with weekly (or more) runs through the washing machine is a vital step in having them help rather than hinder your skincare routine.
How we tested
Our tester was turned from regular cotton pads to these reusable options around a year ago, so they had pretty high standards when picking the best. Trialling each set of pads on a full face of make-up – foundation, concealer, mascara and more – they tested to see how each one fared at removing all residue.
All were tested alone with water first, and then secondly with a cleanser or micellar water to see which gained the best results. How they felt on the skin, how much make-up they removed and how well they washed were all key factors. Keep reading to see which ones impressed the most.
The best reusable make-up remover pads for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Face Halo make-up remover pad original 3s: £18, Boots.com
- Best luxury make-up remover pads – Aurelia reusable bamboo cotton pads x 10: £16, Aurelialondon.com
- Best for using with micellar water – Garnier micellar reusable make-up remover eco pads: £6.02, Lookfantastic.com
- Best for a spa-like feel – Revolution Skincare X Sali Hughes eye make-up remover pads: £6, Lookfantastic.com
- Best exfoliating make-up remover pads – ESPA home waffle cosmetic removal pads: £15, Lookfantastic.com
- Best full reusable cleaning pad set – Kitsch eco-friendly ultimate cleansing kit: £18, Lookfantastic.com
- Best reusable make-up remover pads with case – StylPro bamboo barrel make-up remover pads: £12.99, Lookfantastic.com
- Best large set – Botanics reusable cleansing pads: £12.50, Boots.com
- Best soft reusable make-up remover pads – Skin Proud clear off make-up remover pads: £12.95, Iamproud.com
- Best for those who like to stay organised – The Body Shop clean conscience reusable make-up remover pads: £10, Thebodyshop.com
- Best for long-term use – UpCircle hemp + cotton make-up remover pads: £8.99, Upcirclebeauty.com
- Best small brand – B.U. Beauty bye bye makeup: £19.99, Bubeautybrand.com