Volume: 100ml (and because this spreads so far, you get a lot of bang for your buck!)
What is it?: A gel-type cream containing 92% Snail Secretion Filtrate to help hydrate and calm the skin. Cosrx states that this helps rejuvinate the skin and heal it as well as provide anti-ageing benefits but I would simply say that this product is a hydrating cream that plumps up the skin thereby minimising the look of fine lines.
Made in: Korea
Good for: Oily skins / Skins in hot/humid climates and even sensitive skins.
(I think dry skins or those in dry whether would need to layer something underneath in order to be sufficiently moisturised).
Packaging: Plastic tub with a metal lid (also came with a hygiene tab). I don’t like this packaging at all for the type of product this is. This is very gloopy and messy so using this in a tub makes life harder.
Therefore I have actually dispensed the product into an empty pump bottle – MUCH EASIER. And a lot more pleasant to use.
Directions: Apply after a toner.
How I use it: I apply this in the PM as my last step. for me; someone who doesn’t like thick creams or oil-type creams, this is sufficient for me as a moisturiser. Because this is such a big tub, I am able to use this product on my arms, my knees and elbows fine. It’s cooling and spreads far.
Key Ingredients: Snail secretion filtrate is supposedly an antioxidant, but it is a good humectant/moisturiser. Betaine is also a great humectant/moisturiser. Panthenol (soothing). Adenosine (anti-inflammatory). Sodium Hyaluronate is also a humectant (Hyaluronic acid derivative). So as you can see, one hydrating and humectant moisturiser that should really help plump up the skin!
Full Ingredients: Snail secretion filtrate, betaine, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, sodium hyaluronate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, arginine (moisturising), dimethicone (probably how this product sort of keeps its shape without running down your face?), carbomer, panthenol, allantoin, sodium polyacrylate, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol, adenosine, phenoxyethanol.
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient list breakdown HERE
Texture: This is a gel-type cream. It spreads very far and feels cooling upon contact with the skin. It’s not too sticky or tacky (but if you pressed your skin you would be able to feel the product on your skin. It doesn’t ball up (which is an issue I had with the cosrx Honey Mask) and it glides over the skin. It doesn’t take too long to absorb but it does form a sort of occlusive layer on top of the skin. It reminds me of the Etude House Soon Jung Hydro Barrier Cream (but less sticky and of course less gloopy due to the snail mucin).
If you would like to see a live swatch, check out my Youtube Video! – The COSRX Snail Line!
Fragrance?: No added fragrance or essential oils!
Good Under Makeup?: Yes! this is so thin and doesn’t ball/pill up.
How long have I been using this?: About a month
The Effect?: Hydrated and plumped out skin.
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What I like:
- Spreads incredibly far so a little goes a long way (waste less product)
- No added fragrance or essential oils
- No irritation
- Plumps up the skin
What I don’t like:
- The packaging – very messy and annoying to use – I prefer it to be in pump packaging as the product is too gloopy and messy to dip a finger or a spatula in and apply.
- There is so ‘oil’ to this, so I think those with dry skins would find this ‘fatty’ enough to moisturise the skin (but this is intensesly hydrating).
- I think if you add too much, this can become a bit sticky/tacky
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9/5 – a good gel cream! I’m not making it a 4/5 because the packaging is really annoying even though I like the juice. I find it hydrates the skin. I do think adding too much can make it a bit sticky/tacky, but as long as one applied an adequate amount, this should really help hydrate the skin. I do think dry skins would require a hydrating essence underneath (perhaps the snail essence), but oily skins would really enjoy this!
Would I purchase?: Yes! I think this is a good gel cream! And I do really think those in hot humid climates and those with oily skins and sensitive skins would appreciate the texture of this and how much hydration it provides without suffocating the skin!
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.