COSRX Advanced Snail Essence & All In One Cream

 
 

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream & Advanced Snail 96 Muncin Power Essence

 

REVIEW: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

 

What is it?

By this time, I have tried quite a few of the Korean snail products, among them Mizon’s, Secrety Key’s, and Misshas. So far, of the products I’ve experienced, I don’t think I’ve come across anything that’s made me realise that what I’m putting on my face is, in fact, snail mucin. The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a relatively lightweight soothing and hydrating essence that claims to moisturize the skin. Incredibly, 96% of this essence is pure snail secretion filtrate (or mucin). This was the reason I decided to try this product, I understand that snail mucin is a somewhat ‘trendy’ ingredient at the moment and so brands are marketing their products accordingly, even when some products contain almost none of the actual secretion filtrate. The other great thing about what’s in this essence is that the remaining 4% contains only small amounts of bland and generally non-irritating moisturizing agents and preservative.

 

What’s it like?

This is a clear, thick and slow-flowing substance that has no smell and feels precisely as you might imagine snail secretion might. It’s relatively dense while still being a smooth fluid. One of my favourite things about it is that it’s not at all sticky and settles into the skin pretty evenly and quickly, unlike other popular essences (SCINIC Honey All in One Ampoule I’m looking at you).  I am reminded of pure aloe gel when I use this product, probably because it’s similar in appearance and texture. I am unusual in that I have a slight sensitivity to pure aloe, and I also dislike the way aloe dries down so quickly and leaves my skin feeling tight and slightly itchy when it does. So I was slightly worried to try this product at first, thinking it might have a similar effect on my sensitive skin.  However, I was mistaken and this essence actually is everything and more I was hoping aloe Vera would be.

 

What does it do?

It doesn’t do much. But what it does do, it does very well. This product isn’t going to fade away your pigmentation, brighten your complexion, fight breakouts, reduce the appearance of your pores or smooth away wrinkles. What it will do is impart a glorious sensation of comfort and moisture to your skin. My skin genuinely looks more radiant (from hydration) and healthy when I use this product. My skin almost immediately feels lush and nourished in a way that I honestly haven’t experienced from a single product before. After using this product straight for two months now (day and night), I honestly can’t imagine my skin going on without it. This product has genuinely shocked me in its simple effectiveness. I know I’ll rely on this as one of those things in my (metaphorical) skincare toolbox as one of those things that just gets the job done without any fluff.

In conclusion, this product has earned a rating of 5/5 HOLY GRAIL

 

REVIEW: COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream

 

What is it?

Think of the COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream as the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, but thickened up into a cream. Because, as you may have noticed from the ingredients, that’s pretty much what it is. This cream contains 92% snail slime (the same amount, by the way, as the generally well received Mizon Snail Repair All In One Cream). The rest of it is moisturizing ingredients–emollient and occlusive ones as opposed to the additional humectants in the essence–and preservative. Once again, it looks like COSRX aimed for simplicity in a bid to keep the risk of irritation low and the focus on the snail strong.

 

What’s it like?

If you want some snail, COSRX’s snail cream delivers in pretty much the same way that the essence does. The first time I opened the jar and scooped out a little dab of the scentless, smooth, goopy, ever so slightly translucent cream, I could tell that it was made from lots and lots of snail secretion and very little else. Much like the essence, COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is a simple, single-minded product. Its purpose is to nourish, moisturize, and protect skin, the same way snail secretions protect the skins of snails. 

 

What does it do?

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream does all this softening without making my skin feel oily or look shiny at all. On average, it increases my skin’s hydration by 10%, just like the essence, but it also increases the lipid content within my stratum corneum–the outermost layer of skin–by 5%. These are lipids that make its way in between the cells, not lipids that sit on top of the skin. They smooth and soften skin’s texture, not turn it into a shiny mess.

I mean, I really didn’t need another cream in my collection, considering that I have over half a dozen already, but I’m really happy that I have this, and I’m actually positive I’ll purchase another jar when this runs out. Very few things make my skin feel as soft as this product does while simultaneously not making me oily or shiny at all. There are times when I wish it were slightly more moisturizing, but for oilier skin types, that’s probably not going to be an issue at all

In conclusion, this product has earned a rating of 5/5 HOLY GRAIL

 
Rosie Barton