Ever since my last run in with snails ended up in greasy tears I had simply placed all snails into the ‘just won’t work for me’ category. For awhile I was happy without snails, then the Cosrx Advanced snail 96 mucin power essence became a thing on the /r/Asianbeauty subreddit. My curiosity was piqued – the ingredient list was simple and clean but it wasn’t until I needed something extra to boost hydration that I gave this any serious thought.
I ended up purchasing this in my most recent RRS haul (it was about $11USD without shipping) and since using it, I can honestly say that it has become indispensable to my routine.
Basically: The product dispenses out of a pump which works perfectly for me and each pump is enough for my entire face. The ingredients list is stellar and potential irritants and triggers are so limited that the only thing COSDNA flags (at 1 – the lowest possible score for an irritant) is Butylene Glycol and Carbomer, which is in pretty much every thing.
Snail mucin features prominently as the first ingredient in the list. Hence the name snail 96 mucin power essence, the product contains at least 96% snail mucin! The product feels quite gooey and will go stringy (see below) if you try to pat it on. I normally just spread a full pump between my palms and just smear it on. Once most of it is on, I go ahead and pat the remaining in. It is listed as an essence but I use it as a moisturising step right after I use Missha’s long name ampoule.
The good stuff: Since getting my active breakouts under control with Mizon’s 8% AHA and Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid I have been on the search for products to combat the lingering PIH. Missha Long name ampoule was doing an OK job and so was the OST C20 serum but my face was still lacking that ‘glow’.
This snail mucin was the answer to my prayers. Initially I didn’t have high hopes, all I wanted (seriously) was a moisturising step that won’t break me out. This defied all expectations and blew me away. The first night I used this, the next morning I swear my face was glowing. An unexpected bonus still awaited me though as continuous use over a week showed significant improvement to fine lines around my eyes! By ‘significant’ I mean at least 50% reduction in the appearance of my lines. The moisturising was clearly working and my skin is plumper than it has been in a few years!
But wait! There’s more! Somehow, when I use this with Missha long name ampoule the PIH fades much faster. It fades so fast that I actually notice a difference in the redness fading over a few days. I don’t know what magical unicorn tears this is infused with, but this thing makes everything in my routine work that much harder for me.
Once applied, the essence does not remain sticky or tacky to the touch. I can’t even – I mean, literally I can’t even. Not even Missha long name ampoule blew me away this much.
Issues: If you missed my rave-view up there I can assure you that I have no issues to take up with this. None.
In a Nutshell:
Unicorn tears and magic is in this essence. Why don’t you own it already??
Love: This gives me that ‘glow’ (no, not slightly greasy BB Cream ‘glow’, but actually ‘I’m healthy and my skin shows it’ glow), my fine lines around my eyes have diminished greatly, my PIH fades so fast when I use this with Missha long name ampoule that I can actualy observe the fading, it does not remain sticky, has a functional dispenser that is satisfying to use as it gives me just the right amount of product every time, is not going to break the bank at $11 and it has convinced me to repent my ways and convert to the power of snail.
Do not love: See above rave-view to understand that there is nothing to not love about this product
Recommended? YES. Go. Buy this now. *Disclaimer: YMMV, but if it doesn’t blow your socks off then I’m not sure any snail product will.
I rate it: 5/5 If I could give it a 10 out of 5 I would, but since 5 is my maximum rating I’ll have you know that this product rates far above my maximum rating allows for.