I always use Tampax tampons and I prefer plastic applicators, but sometimes small stores only have the cardboard applicators. Beggars can't be choosers and sometimes I have to get these and I dont like them. The applicator is a blunt end of cardboard that feels a little rough. They dont open easily so the wrapper ends up crumbled and its hard to get the used applicator back in the wrapper for disposal. With the other Tampax tampons they are comfortable but I can feel these ones most of the time and I dont like that at all. Overall they are very basic and dont have very good features so I try to not buy and use them. They actually dont leak And offer good protection but at a cost. The tampon itself is just a hunk of cotton on a string.