I used to think all facial cottons were the same until I tried Shiseido Facial Cotton ($9.50 for a pack of 165 at Nordstrom). These don't fray - at all. When I felt it with some toner on the back of my hand at the department store, I was amazed by the softness. It felt like the softest pillow on my hand. I've now been using them for two weeks and I simply can't go back to regular drugstore cotton pads for my face.
The Shiseido cotton pads are extra soft and made from Egyptian cotton. It's definitely worth it for the delicate eye area when removing eye makeup, not to mention my whole face and neck. I also realized that I am using less product with these wipes. I only now squirt about 2 drops of my Bioderma or Clarins eye makeup remover when previously I would have to do at least 3 or more drops per pad. These are somewhat expensive when compared to those regular drugstore wipes, but you get 165 not 100. And besides, they are much cheaper than Chanel's Le Coton which is $20 for just 100 pads. If you wanted to get more out of them, you could cut them in half for your eye makeup removal. I now keep my drugstore cotton pads for basic stuff such as nail polish removal.
I keep my Shiseido Facial Cotton pads in a clear covered container, a few at a time, so they are clean for each use. My one issue is that I wish the package had a box to store all the rest of them. The pads come in a plastic wrap. What I do now is keep the open package inside a large ziplock storage bag so the rest of my cotton pads can be stored safely in my bathroom cabinet.
If you're curious, head to your nearest Shiseido counter and ask them if you could try a sample on your hand. I guarantee you will not want to go back to a regular cotton pad for your face ever again!
Purchase the Shiseido Facial Cotton for $9.50 at Nordstrom.