Tampax helps stop leaks before they happen! Only Tampax has a unique BUILT-IN BACKUP™ Braid, which helps stop leaks by channeling them back into the core, protecting you in a way no other tampon can. You can be protected for up to a maximum of 8 hours, even overnight!
– FormFit™ protection gently expands to fit your unique shape.—
– Smooth, plastic applicator
– Anti-slip grip
– Easy-open tabs
– Available in a range of absorbencies from light to ultra.
This compact Tampax tampon has been reinvented with the original Tampax Pearl tampon, a brand spankin’ new applicator, and packaging!
I believe these have replaced the Tampax Compak tampons and it seems to have upset a lot of Tampax Compak fans so I had to see what the fuss was all about.
Unlike the original Tampax Pearl Compak tampons that expanded mostly length wise, the new Tampax Pocket Pearl tampons are just like the original full size applicator Tampax Pearl tampons.
The tampon expands mostly width wise into that wing shape so it does leave gaps in the directions the tampon doesn’t expand which for some girls may translate into leaks.
When I change my tampon, it is almost always evenly saturated which is a good sign that it has great absorbency.
The signature BackUp Braide is supposed to stop leaks before they happen but from my experience using the Tampax tampons, I’m not really 100% sure that it helps.
I mean it does absorb a little bit more on the braided part but sometimes I think it’s just absorbing more at the tail end and I’m not sure if it’s really stopping any leaks. The BackUp Braid just doesn’t make a noticeable difference to me.
There was only one or two times where I leaked and the tampon wasn’t evenly saturated yet. I think the Leakguard braid is really a hit or a miss depending on your flow and how the tampon fits your body.
I would definitely recommend wearing a panty liner with this tampon.
Recommend for: Normal flows
Not recommend for: Lighter flows, always use the lightest absorbency needed for your flow.
The new reinvented applicator looks like a copy cat of the U By Kotex Click tampons! They fully extend with the sound of a click and middle part is clear. (I always feel so guilty throwing away these fancy applicators LOL.)
Unlike the Tampax Pearl full size applicators that are a little flat in shape, these applicators are circular. If you’re using the twist and insert method, it will glide in smoothly without feeling the shape of the applicator.
A lot of girls experienced problems with the new applicator – that it would not click to fully extend or just too short to insert it high enough. I didn’t experience any of these problems though.
I hate to be a huge packaging fanatic but I have to say that Procter and Gamble is one of the few companies that puts effort into the packaging of their feminine hygiene products! And not just Tampax but Always too! This is a product women need to buy every month and for some women, it may not be something they look forward to. So I think it’s great that they put as much effort into their packaging as they do their product.
The colorful and uniquely shaped box is what caught my eye first. I love how the box top closes too. It’s not like the regular box top flaps that almost never work (you know that type you see on cereal boxes?).
The tampon is packaged in bright fun colors and has a perforated opening but sometimes I found it hard to open the wrapper which can be frustrating if you are in a rush.
Also many girls complained that the ink came off the wrapper and dyed their hands a bunch of colors. The wrapper is already bright so with your hands colored brightly too, it is really hard to be discreet. It didn’t happen to me so perhaps it was a bad batch.
Summary : A new reinvented compact Tampax tampon that is nothing like the Tampax Compak tampons. With the original Tampax Pearl tampon in a new compact applicator, and new packaging. Great absorbency and features their signature BACK-UP braid.
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