First Aid Beauty - Facial Radiance Pads
Pros: as advertised, these pads are effective exfoliators, yet do not result in tight, irritated skin. I used these pads as I would a toner - wiping it across my face, neck, and décolleté after I cleansed my skin. Also, the raised surface of the pads seems to aid in trapping dead skin.
Cons: as hubs, Kingfisher, will attest, I spend a lot of money on beauty products. It's a weakness. I know. However, even I, had to balk at the ridiculous price. $28/60 pads seems a bit much when there are effective alternatives available.
St. Ives - Scrub Free Exfoliating Pads
The Scrub-Free Exfoliating pads contain AHA for gentle exfoliation.
Pros: I noted reduced breakouts, and clear skin after daily use. As with the First Aid Beauty pads, I did not have irritated, angry skin after using these pads consistently. These pads are available for $4.42/60 pads.
Cons: pads do not have a raised surface as the F.A.B. pads do, but I feel this is a minor point.
Bottom line: I noted no discernible difference in quality between the F.A.B. and St. Ives versions of exfoliating pads. I've made the switch to St. Ives. These babies pack a gentle, effective, and budget-friendly punch!