Kleenex has entered the beauty market. Grading two products

Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads and Moist Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads and Moist Eye Makeup Remover Pads

After reading a few reviews of some products that Kleenex brand has brought to the beauty market I decided I wanted to try them out. After years and years of using both DHC Silky Cotton Pads and Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover I thought that maybe there was something better out there. Did these two products convince me to change? Yes and no.

Kleenex cotton soft pads
Kleenex cotton soft pads

Let’s start with a qualified yes. KLEENEX COTTON SOFT PADS ($4.99 for 85 pads) are the ones I am enjoying and would gladly rebuy. There isn’t much I would change about these other than the fact that you can’t buy them in a store. Kleenex isn’t a company though that I want to purchase online. Shipping is free at $25 so I made sure that I spent that much but I doubt I’d do it again.

They call this a 5-in-1 beauty tool – 1) Removing makeup. 2) Applying toner. 3) Correcting makeup application. 4) Washing face instead of using hands or cloth. 5) Removing nail polish.

Kleenex cotton soft pad
Kleenex cotton soft pad

It does all of those well but so do the other cotton pads I like. I can remove every bit of my makeup, including eye makeup using just one pad which makes this cost efficient. It also easily removed two different manicures without needing another pad. One was a cream polish, one had a little shimmer to it and it held up both times.

The pad itself is really big at 4″ x 3.5″ compared to the size of DHC and Shiseido at 3″ x 2″. It’s very thin but soft and sturdy.

Kleenex soft cotton pads vs DHC Silky Cotton Square
Kleenex soft cotton pads vs DHC Silky Cotton Square
Kleenex soft cotton pad
Kleenex soft cotton pad

While I like the Cotton Soft Pads, I can’t recommend purchasing Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Remover. The package I bought ($9.99 for 65 pads) is a refillable dispenser. Refills can be purchased for $4.99. But I’d return this if I had bought it locally, that’s how much I dislike these.

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers
Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

These are a premoistened pad created to remove your eye makeup without needing any other product or tool. I admit I have an aversion to fragrance though I’m much more tolerant than I used to be. I don’t like the sickly sweet artificial fragrance of these. I was willing to overlook that since I figured the scent would disappear but they just don’t work for me. I have better luck using just micellar water with the Kleenex soft cloth pads than I do with the formula they’ve used to remove eye makeup.

Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers
Kleenex Moist Eye Makeup Removers

The formula is oil free and it doesn’t leave a film. But I have to rub so hard to take off even eyeshadow and it doesn’t remove all of my mascara. They claim it removes even long lasting makeup but if it doesn’t remove any of the neutral eyeshadows I wear with ease then I won’t trust that statement. My plan for these is to use them to remove swatches during photography but not on my eyes.

Kleenex cotton soft pad and moist eye makeup remover
Kleenex cotton soft pad and moist eye makeup remover

(Ingredient list: water, isopropol palmitate, steareth-2, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethonol, sodium benzoate, malic acid, potassium soyate, ppg-5-ceteth-20, panthenol, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, fragrance, polysilicone-20, tocopheryl acetatem, sodium hydroxate)

Grades? A- and D. Can you guess which is which? Would you buy any of these? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose




  1. Kristi V BeginNails | 11th Oct 16

    I’ll have to look into those pads! I love the packaging and they look much larger than the rounds I am currently using. Great review!

  2. Krystal E | 11th Oct 16

    I’d like to try it at least once!

  3. Erika | 11th Oct 16

    I want to try the cotton pads and the eye makeup removers.

  4. DP | 11th Oct 16

    I love the size and shape of the eye makeup remover pads. They have just the right amount of moisture to do the job well. I noticed a little irritation but figured it was just from trying something new. 3 days into using them, I was applying under eye concealer and saw rough dry skin!!! So it was more than just a little irritation!!
    I’d love to find a use for them, but it won’t be in my eyes. If they sold just the dry pad, I would buy it. Also, I plan to put several regular cotton pads in the empty container and pour a little of my usual liquid eye makeup remover on them and see how that goes. Maybe one week’s worth at a time. Just because I like the container!

  5. Emily Draher | 12th Oct 16

    The cotton pads look nice, but it’s a bummer to hear that the makeup removers are so bad! Personally, cheap cotton pads work fine for me 😉

  6. Lola Seicento | 12th Oct 16

    I definitely won’t try the makeup removers given your experience, but I would love to try those cotton pads. I would only buy them if I saw them at a physical store because this isn’t the type of thing that I would order online on its own.

  7. CosmetopiaDigest | 12th Oct 16

    I had great expectations from the eye makeup remover but too bad that it doesn’t fully remove makeup, and even worse about the smell. I find that dunking dry cotton pads in eye makeup remover does the job better than premoistened pads.

  8. Judy | 12th Oct 16

    WOW, I’m so sorry your experience was so bad with the eye makeup removers. I absolutely LOVED them and I bought two refill packages of them, as well as another new product in their line, exfoliating cushion pads! They remove my eye makeup, mascara, and long-lasting liquid lipstick from the back of my hand when I’m swatching. I agree with you on the cotton pads. I didn’t repurchase those due to ease of finding similar products elsewhere but I was so smitten with the eye makeup removers because they remove my eye makeup as well as a cotton pad and my bottle of oil-free remover; I didn’t even notice the smell, I guess it didn’t bother me, I will have to sniff them tonight. I’m so sorry your experience was so opposite!

  9. nichole C | 12th Oct 16

    I would certainly try, because I am a sucker for a gimmick.

  10. Joyce Chitwood | 12th Oct 16

    The big cotton pads sound nice. I would really like to try them. But I don’t want to order online and have to pay shipping. I’m not interested in the eye makeup remover pads. Since they don’t seem to have very good reviews and really rather use my own anyway. It’s what I’m used to and know it works and nonoukking or scrubbing. Maybe they bring them out to the stores some time soon. Walmart is usually my only place to shop except Walgreens when picking up scripts. Once or twice a month depending. Thanks so muc for sharing.

  11. Katie Garvin | 12th Oct 16

    Hmmm, I might have to try the eye makeup remover. I am intrigued! I like the idea of pre-moistened cotton rounds. But the ones I have tried in the past would always leave half the mascara still on my lashes, haha!

  12. Stacie @ wacie.com | 12th Oct 16

    The cotton pads are really pretty for something that’s going to be doused in acetone. 🙂 Sorry the makeup remover pads didn’t work out for you. Those kinds of products never work out for me either.

  13. Allison | 12th Oct 16

    Very interesting review. Too bad they don’t sell the large cotton pads in stores. Who wants to buy paper goods online and have to pay for shipping? I hope they can get them into stores one of these days. Also too bad about the disappointing eye makeup remover pads. I just don’t want more things that could dry out if I don’t use them everyday. Plus I am always afraid that it could sting and then I’d be stuck with it. Thanks for reviewing these products.

  14. Polished Hippy | 12th Oct 16

    Too bad the remover didn’t work well but the pads look nice.

  15. Nina | 12th Oct 16

    I have never seen these! They look nice but would prefer the convenience of picking up in store vs having to order online. I’ll have to check Amazon!

  16. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 12th Oct 16

    I would like the cotton pads–I like that one pad takes everything off!

  17. Tasha | 12th Oct 16

    I am definitely going too look into picking these up! They’re the only brand of tissues that I purchase.

  18. Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com | 12th Oct 16

    Pretty excited about this! I spend a ton on cotton pads.

  19. Babi | 13th Oct 16

    I like how large these are! Seems less wasteful!

  20. Honeygirlk | 13th Oct 16

    It’s a very interesting product to see on the market from Kleenex. I’m definitely intrigued to tey it.

  21. Phyrra | 13th Oct 16

    So sorry to hear about the makeup remover. These pads look perfect.

  22. Bailey | 13th Oct 16

    I would definitely try the pads, but I wouldn’t order them online and it’s doubtful they would even ship here. I love that they’re so generously sized though.

  23. Chelsea | 13th Oct 16

    The pads sound great! I don’t think I’d ever try them though because of the whole online shopping part… that’s a bad move on their part for sure!

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