Sunday, 11 December 2011

Comparison: Suzuran Lily Bell, Attirer Cotton Pads

Continuing with my cotton pad/squares review here are 2 offerings from Suzuran.  Both types are available on various online sellers (check ebay or those sites that sell Asian cosmetics).  I got the Attirer at Sasa store, and the Lily Bell at Aster (another beauty chainstore in Hong Kong).  I believe this is one of the more well-known Japanese cotton talked about in the blog-sphere (Asian or International, whatever).  Here are my 2 cents~*
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Suzuran Lily Bell Lilian Puff

  1. Soft - the cotton used is nice, the texture is really soft and feels comfy when rub agains skin - despite the surface > see point 2! 
  2. Textured surface - as you can see in the close-up above, it has woven pattern to facilitate gentle physical exfoliation.  LOVE this.
  3. Well-built - the sides are 'sealed' tightly and on the top and bottom it is pressed, doesn't lose its shape too soon when I work with it
  4. Cheap - about hk$10-15 for 222 pieces, definitely reasonable
  5. Packaging - there is a thread to tie up the bag of cotton, not moisture-proof like a zip-lock but still a thoughtful design.
  1. Availability - so far I've only seen this in Aster stores and they aren't always in stock
  2. Size - 5cm x 6cm is normal size but I like mine to be larger

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Suzuran Attirer Puff

  1. Availability - Most Sasa stores sell these. 
  2. Soft - Soft basic cotton, perhaps even softer than Lily Bell. ;)
  3. Cheap - Again, about hk$10-15 for 240 pieces **EVEN MORE!**
  4. Tear-able - Each layer is still as soft and natural as the whole piece.  Easy to tear too!
  1. Size - 5cm x 6cm: I personally wish it is larger
  2. Loose Shape - When force is applied this can loose its shape quite quickly.  You can tell from the natural fibre layers (see above!) that it is not welll-woven into a shape to endure force!
  3. Packaging - unlike the Lily Bell, this plastic bag doesn't have any sealing design (or a tie).  I'd say to keep it sanitary and dry, better use a ziplock or container to store.

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Excuse me for the lighting, but on the left is Lily Bell and on the right is Attirer.  You can see the surface of Lily Bell has some woven stitches on, while Attirer is just like plain cotton fibre.

For taking off make up, nail polish - you definitely want a little more friction to work with - help takes things off physically (the remover is just chemical, right?).  Hence the Lily Bell works better.

For applying toner/emulsion, it depends on personal preference - I prefer a better grip and cotton that stays in shape, hence the Lily Bell.  But if you prefer something softer and more gentle to the skin, perhaps Attirer is yours.

For doing lotion/water mask, I would say the Attirer works better because it is less pressed/sealed at the sides and the looser fibre layers allow easier tearing - which you need when you do lotion masks!


Unless you can't tell, I prefer Lily Bell more than Attirer.  Mainly because I don't always do lotion mask and I prefer something more sturdy to hold.  I'd give Lily Bell a rating of 4/5 and Attirer a 3/5.

However, I'm still on the look for better cottons!  Stay tuned for the coming episodes of cotton pads review. :P

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  1. I've ordered the Suzuran Attirer Puff after reading raving reviews on several beauty blogs and I just don't get it... Ok, it is soft, it does not cover your face with lint, but it is so thin that one pad is never enough and it rips along both edges everytime I use them !!!
    I find this so annoying that I do not intend on ever repurchasing
    I will keep looking for better brands!

    1. yea~ agree it's not thick and luxurious enough :P but it is one of the cheapest cotton I have, so I'm content with the thinness/thickness~
      about the ripping, could it be you using too much force with the cotton? 'coz I don't have such issue with it breaking... and one isn't suppose to use much force on delicate skin area, no?
      share with me if you have found better cottons! :D



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