|REVIEW| COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad Review

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad Review

I'm back! It is a Sunday and I'm posting! Why? Because COSRX is celebrating its first birthday and as a big fan myself I want to make it special for COSRX! (So many exclamation marks, woo!) Since I've already shared an introduction on COSRX in my previous review on the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, I will not repeat here. If you are interested you can head over there to take a look, we will wait patiently for you here! Those who already did can skip the next sentence and dive into the review with me. 

Have you done reading? Okay, let's begin our little review!

Little surprise! You are looking at another toner from COSRX. These little pads are soaked with a toning solution made up of the following ingredients:

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water (BHA), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate
COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad Review
COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad (RM89 for 70s/135ML) 

All cotton pads come with an embossing (which means it has little bumps) and a soft side. The application method on the box that came with it strongly suggests us to first use the embossing side. This should cover the oily or acne-prone areas to remove shine and help fight future breakouts. Then use the soft side to wipe over the whole face to assist absorption. I follow these steps religiously because I feel that they work the best (and I want to get the most out of each halved cotton pad)! I can't tell if it truly exfoliates but my skin feels smoother now after I started including this in my routine. Maybe it does contribute a little to my clearer skin (reduced acne!) but I still strongly believe the effect mainly came from the COSRX acids (AHA/BHA) I bought.

I apologise beforehand because I've used them for quite some time now hence the messy cotton pads below. I didn't rearrange them for the picture as I don't want to contaminate the pads with my hands after adjusting the camera and stuff. But I really want to show you guys the products inside so here they are! The pads are round and they definitely don't look this messy (and cut in half) when I first got it. I apologise again because I don't have any full size ones left and can only help you guys imagine them with my words and pictures, please still stay with me! 

Just imagine joining the halved cotton pads together and that's how big they are.
COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad Review

I've cut all 70 pieces in half to make the tub last longer and ta-daa! I manage to extend its life to five months (and still counting)! I learnt this from a YouTuber and I'm glad I followed her advice. I would recommend you to do the same because I feel that using the full-size cotton pads directly is quite a waste. I get enough product to cover my whole face (mind you, I have a huuuge face) with just half a cotton pad and sometimes they were still pretty moistened when I threw them away. Just make sure you clean your scissors carefully before you cut them and beware of rust! I almost dirtied mine with a rusty scissors which could have rendered a lot of my cotton pads useless! Suggestion: use an alcohol swab. Another reason that helped the 70 (now 140) pieces last so long is that I only use it at night to double confirm my skin is properly cleansed. This is just how I do it since I have both this and the AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. If you want to make it last, this is how you do it! 

I bought this tub because it was on a buy-three-free-one sale. I've wanted it for so long it finally became more affordable during the sale! It came with a screwing lid that is easy to open while keeping the soaked cotton pads moist. All you have to do is unscrew-lift-screw-wipe and you're good to go! How convenient is it? This is why I love it for my night routine. Even if I'm tired I can still ensure I tone since it's so easy to use! 

Note: no matter how tired you are, the one thing you MUST do is to make sure you screw back the lid tightly every time. You don't want to put all the effort in to extend its life and end up losing it to a carelessly screwed lid.

Normally when I choose a toner, I look for one that is not sticky nor heavy and most importantly, not filled with alcohol. I am done with toners that claim to provide you with hydration but end up drying out your skin (the alcohol!). This does not. My skin feels like they've just had a drink of water each time I use it. It also feels very lightweight and doesn't cause my skin to become extra oily despite the oils on its ingredient list. Generally I've not broken out from using this. But if I wipe it over my eyelids, little red bumps will run rampant around the inner conner of my eyes the next day. I don't know what they are but I'm sure they are not acnes. They go away very quickly usually within the day itself. As long as I refrain from doing so, my skin stays pretty and clear. Again, patch test patch test! Do it on multiple areas of your skin to be sure. Look, it works fine on my whole face but my eyelids.

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad Review

I will never forget about those of you who are worried about the smell! If you love orange, this product is an A-okay pass for you! The smell hits me every time I open the tub. It is quite strong if we are talking about the whole tub. In singular term, don't worry about smelling like you've just showered with oranges after using just one cotton pad. It is not that heavy individually and the smell fades very quickly. However I do like the hit of the smell every time. It kind of reassures me that the product is still wet and usable. 

One thing I never do with this toner is patting my face afterwards. I always pat when I'm using a liquid product. For this I find it unnecessary because the toner can be spread evenly and absorbed nicely using just the cotton pad. Unlike other toners, you MUST pat to 'push in' the product for better absorption. In a way, using COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad is time-saving, isn't it? If you still feel like patting your face, you can do it with the cotton pad. This way you can avoid touching your face at least at this stage.

COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad Review
A glimpse of the description on the tub.

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Where to get the COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad:

If you want to buy from Hermo, they are having a sale to celebrate COSRX's 1-year-old birthday! Hermo is giving out special gifts to celebrate the #1stbirthdayevent for every purchase. If you buy over RM250 (excl. GST) you can even get a COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad for free!

If you want to buy from Wishtrend, keep in mind their friend-referral program! You can get a USD5 discount coupon if you use my invitation code 0515042401 upon registration. You will receive this voucher right after. There will be a specific field in your registration form called "Friends Invitation Program" where you can put in the code above. This way you can get USD5 off on your first purchase! What better way to save money?

If you are still on the fence, don't be shy and shoot me questions below. I like questions and comments (and subscribers)! Tell me if you would buy it!

By the way, you can use Shopback to save some money (save 2% for every purchase) when buying from Hermo. Just sign up using my link: https://www.shopback.my/hermo?raf=OxeI66, and you'll be rewarded with RM5 immediately, followed by RM5 when you make your first purchase on Hermo through Shopback. That's RM10 in total. It works in the form of cash back which you can cash out to your bank account. You'll can learn more on their website here.

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  1. Which one is better aha/bha clarifying toner or one step pimple clear pads?

    1. Hello! I personally prefer AHA/BHA Clarifying toner because it has never given me any skin issue like this one (bumps around eyes if I accidentally rub it on my eyes). I just use my hands to apply the AHA/BHA toner, so convenience issue wise I also prefer the clarifying toner since I don't need to go throw the cotton pad away (I don't have a dustbin in my room). But this depends on you, if you use a cotton pad for the clarifying toner then it's totally the opposite since one step pimple clear pads are all pre soaked (don't need to spray). :) Also for traveling, one step pimple clear pad is more convenient to bring around since no leakage issue and it's not a liquid, so it should be okay to bring on board in case you're taking a plane. Performance wise, both are rather similar if I just avoid my eyes so not much of an issue here. :) So, yeap it all depends on what your needs and how much you're willing to pay (Aha/Bha toner has a cheaper per use imo)

      Wow, I just did a quite complete comparison here hahaha I hope this helps! x

  2. How did you cut the pads in halves? Ive already tried to cut it with a scissor but it would really cut at all

    1. Mine were hard to cut as well! I did it with a normal pair scissors, cleaned with alcohol wipes. My scissors were a bit blunt, it only managed to cut when the pads reached the inner part (almost at the cross) of the scissors. Also, I find cutting a few pieces together much easier than a single piece. Hope this helps! :D

  3. Hey there. I have a toner (From Innisfree Orchid Line Series) and recently won this One Step Pimple Pad at a giveaway. If I were to use this Pimple Pad, I should not use the toner from Innisfree yeah? Do you reckon I should alternate the Innisfree toner and this One Step Pimple Pad? Kindly advise. Thanks!! :)

    1. Since they are both toner, I think it may be a little redundant to use both at the same time haha. Maybe you can use one in the morning and one at night? I'd recommend saving the pimple pads for when you're rushing for time since it's more convenient :D


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