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{October 30, 2013}   Cotton Balls,Squares and Rounds…I’m Confused!


What exactly is the difference between cotton rounds, squares and balls? They’re all made from cotton and do the same thing, right? I use cotton balls and pads to take nail polish off, cleanse, and apply toner to my skin but I’ve never thought about which kind of cotton would be better for certain beauty routines. 


  • Cotton Rounds are often hypoallergenic, as well as ultra-soft, lint-free and quilted for strength and durability. Therefore, they are made especially for both the application of toners, astringents and lotion, and the removal of nail polish, eye makeup, lipstick and foundation. Some brands also offer exfoliating cotton rounds, which maintain a micro-head exfoliating surface for extra deep cleansing, in addition to the same application and removal uses as standard cotton rounds.

  • Cotton Squares are the ideal solution for manis and pedis. Their super-soft surface is lint-free for high-shine buffing, and is great for applying cuticle cream and for removing multiple layers of nail polish. Like cotton rounds, brands may offer exfoliating cotton squares, which add the feature of exfoliating micro beads to remove stubborn glitter or dark nail polish.

  • Cotton Balls, like any and all cotton products, may be used with your favorite cleansers, astringents, and toners. They are best used for applying oil, lotion or powder.


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