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Cotton Squares: Shiseido or Koh Gen Do?

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So I put this pic up on the gram and was asked what I thought of this product!

I am a loyal fan of the the Shiseido Facial cotton squares and have been buying them for years. But recently, when I was making a purchase on Beautylish, I had to make that tough decision of buying more product or paying the damn shipping fee. These had been on my radar before so this seemed like a good time to try the Koh Gen Do Facial Cotton.

But first, let’s re-cap the holy grail cotton squares from Shiseido!

There is a reason so many live and die by these. The main one being no lint left behind. Honestly, no lint. Perfection right there. And they are extremely soft – I have to be so careful with how much product I put on them so as not to over-saturate the squares. Then they are just the right size, each square is large enough and thick enough to provide just the right amount of facial coverage. Plus you also get so many in a packet – 160 squares for $10, that’s 6.25cents each. (anyone else remember when these used to retail for $9 a packet?) Sigh, these are a staple in my facial routine, night and day and I will continue to buy them.

And what about Koh Gen Do?

Now, lets have a chat about the new kid on the block. Like I said, even though I’ve been curious about the Koh Gen Do squares, it wasn’t enough to make me pull the trigger. But I am glad I did. These have just as many pros as the Shiseido squares. First, these are huge, 6x8cm to be exact. Look at this comparison picture. Honestly, I know some folks suggest cutting the Shiseido in half but I don’t think they are big enough for that, but the Koh Gen Do can definitely be cut in half.

They are thicker too, thereby holding on to more product to slather on your face and just a little bit softer. They definitely feel luxurious.  The Koh Gen Do are also made out of unbleached cotton, and you can tell from the darker colour and from the little black/brown dots in it, which are apparently “natural” and certified organic. As stated on the box –”darker flecks in the material are natural and should be expected. These non-irritating colorations are due to cotton seeds in the fine milling process and do not indicate product defects.”

If using bleached cotton products is an issue for your sensitive skin then this is a definite pro. The only con I have for this product is the price. At $12 for 60, that comes out to 20cents a square. Three times as much as the Shiseido.

But honestly, outside of the price, you can’t go wrong with either product. Will I repurchase the Shiseido – yes of course. Will I repurchase the Koh Gen Do – probably. Most likely when they are on sale or I need to avoid shipping fees at beautylish.

Hope you found this review helpful.



AhhhsoNeo loves writing about beauty, fashion and prosperity from the point of view of the every day woman.

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4 thoughts on “Cotton Squares: Shiseido or Koh Gen Do?

  1. Buying more just so I get free shipping gets me all the time lol. Very nice comparison of the shiseido which I have also been using for years and Koh Gen Do whitch is new to me. The “Luxurious” Koh Gen Do makes shiseido look basic lol, I would love to give it a try.

    1. I hate it when sites don’t have free shipping, but at the same time I totally get it. I really do like the koh gen do, but that box won’t even last me 3 weeks to be honest! Maybe I will stock up during the next Sephora sale. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I saw some of the Shiseido cottons as I was checking out at Sephora a few weeks ago. I picked them up and thought they felt very soft through the packaging. I didn’t pick them up because I still had my regular drugstore cotton squares at home. I think I’ll give the Shiseido ones a try once I clear out what I have at home. Have a great week!

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