These tampons are life! Literally the only tampon brand that I use. The applicator is smooth and comfortable, solid leak protection, and the best thing about these tampons are that they keep the rounded shape. Other tampon brands open like a life raft when they have absorbed fluid making them super uncomfortable to remove. Playtex tampons keep the rounded shape at the base, even when full, making removal comfortable. I will never buy any other tampon brand.