Review: Cosrx One Step Moisture Up Pads


***This product was given to us to test by Cosrx, but this review is our honest experience with and opinion about the product. If you are to try this product remember that YMMV.


If you’ll remember a few weeks back, the two of us met up with a bunch of other beauty bloggers in New York city for the #NYCkbeautymeetup2k16. Among all the amazing products that we were lucky enough to get, we were given the Cosrx Moisture Up pads to try for ourselves.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll know that we are BIG fans of Cosrx. Their ingredients lists are short and simple, the products are affordable, and they just work. We often even joke that using Cosrx products is like cheating at skincare, because you don’t have to do much to see good results when using their products. So you can image how ecstatic we were to receive these new pads, especially since availability for them is still limited in the U.S.


70 pads included

“A daily pad that contains hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture for all day hydration. Regular use of pads will smooth the skin’s texture, providing a perfect canvas for flawless makeup.”

  • Hydrates skin
  • Cleanses the face of dirt and impurities
  • Will smooth out skin texture


Full List:

Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

Read the CosDNA report here.

What is special to note about this product is that Propolis Extract is actually the main ingredient, as it makes up 70% of the formula. This is a good thing because Propolis has antibacterial properties that are great for fighting acne and irritation. In addition, these pads contain 0.5% Betaine Salicylate which is also good for fighting acne.

Infographic from Cosrx’s offical website:


How to use:


Taken from Cosrx official website

There are two sides to the pad. A rough “embossing” side, as well as a smooth side.

What Cosrx Instructs:

  • Swipe the embossing side across the face avoiding eye area after cleansing.
  • Swipe the softer side across the face to pick up the remaining debris.
  • Replace the lid tightly to make sure the pads stay wet and clean.

What we do:

  • We use these pads as a hydrating toner (even though they are like a combo of a toner and first essence), so fit them into your routine accordingly.

How it Worked for Us:


Some ingredients can really irritate my skin, so I’m always thankful for Cosrx’s simple ingredients list. I love that you can use this pad everyday as part of your routine, or as a “quick fix” on nights that you really don’t feel like doing a full or long routine. The embossed side of the pad isn’t too rough, so even sensitive skin can’t be irritated, and I love that one of the first ingredients is Propolis to keep skin moisturized and packing a bit of nutrition as well. I found that my skin felt softer just after a few uses, and that my usually oily skin didn’t seem to get as oily. I’ve actually stopped using my pads everyday because I’d rather save them for “lazy days” or as a great travel item.


I’m obsessed with these pads!! They are so convenient to use and are great for my quick morning routines. They leave my skin feeling hydrated, smoothed, calmed, and prepped for the rest of my routine. I’m sad though because I’ve already used more than half the container :/ I find myself wanting to use them during my night routine, but have to stop myself so I don’t run out too quickly. I highly recommend these pads for all skin types, not just dry and sensitive. All skin types need hydration and these are versatile enough to fit in most routines. I even highly recommend these for those that are acne prone, because the 0.5% Betaine Salicylate is gently exfoliating and the Propolis Extract will help to soothe and heal blemishes. If you have the chance to try these, definitely take it!


  • Gentle on the skin
  • Very gently exfoliates
  • Highly moisturizing for a toner
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Affordable


  • Can be hard to get your hands on. (When we first received this item it was sold out everywhere!)
  • More expensive than the One Step Pimple Clear Pads

Final Rating:

Rating Scale

  • 1-Bad, had a reaction, would not buy again
  • 2-Did not work
  • 3-Worked, but nothing special
  • 4-Great product, but has the potential to be replaced
  • 5-Holy Grail, it’s the cat’s meow!


These pads are amazing! Leaves skin feeling refreshed, hydrated, smoothed, and prepped for the rest of your routine!

Where you can Purchase:

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