Swatches + First Impression Review: Secret Key Snail Eye Cream

Available on Yesstyle: HERE

Discount Code: CVQFZA

Available on Stylevana: US HERE / UK HERE / France HERE / Canada HERE / Australia HERE

Discount Code: SAHNNAH

Price: ~£18

Volume: 30g

What is it?: An eye cream containing Snail mucin and EGF.

What does it do?: It’s meant to help improve the appearance of the under eye area.

Good for: They say all skin types, but I would say dry skins.


How to use: ”Take an appropriate amount to the eye area and tap very gently with the ring finger to help with absorption.” (from the Secret Key website).

Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (To brighten + Smoothen the skin). Arbutin is also meant to help brighten the skin (also Skin conditioning + an antioxidant), Snail Secretion Filtrate (Hydrating), Panthenol (Skin conditioning).

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Termifolia Seed Oil, Arbutin, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Stearate-2, Squalane, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Stearate-21, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Beta-Glucan, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Panthenol, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Saccharomyces/Caragana Sinica Root Fermented Extract, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Lecithin, Adenosine, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Fragrance.

As you can see there are oils in here, and quite a few of them – so it kind of helps express the kind of texture / feel of this product as being quite emollient!

Full Ingredient Breakdown is Available on Skincharisma HERE

Swatch / Texture:

Definitely a creamy texture (not very watery or gel-like).

This definitely has a creamy texture. The closest thing I can compare it to is the Pyunkang Yul Time Reverse Eye Cream (even has similar packaging).


When initially spreading, it looks like the product may actually just disappear into the skin but….


This started to happen the more I rubbed the product in. It got streaky. And it took quite a while for this to absorb down fully. This type of look also occurs when I apply it on the eyes. I get white streaks and it does make my skin feel like it can’t really breathe. It sort of just sits on top of the skin. It also doesn’t play well with the creams / serums I apply onto my face, so it sort of slips and slides when I try to tap this around the eye. I couldn’t use this in the AM as I would find this too thick and also I worry that it wouldn’t sit well under my SPF. Not a very pleasant experience when applying this for me.


After a lot of rubbing + patting, the finished product looks like this. BUT I must say that this is on a dry hand (and more surface area / space). It’s a lot more difficult to get this nice result / texture when applying on the eye area (smaller), especially in conjunction with a wet/hydrated face if you have applied a face serum / face moisturiser.



Not a fan of the streakiness and how creamy this is. It doesn’t suit my skin type as I prefer gel, watery textures. I do think mature skins + dry skins and those who don’t really apply anything to the eyes and not much around the eyes could use this with a lot less wearability issues than me.

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What I like: I like the ingredients added, I.e. the Yeast Filtrate (supposedly skin re-texturising), Snail Mucin (hydrating), I like Niacinamide (supposedly brightening) + Panthenol + Beta-Glucan. There are some skin-beneficial ingredients in here i.e. Secret Key didn’t simply JUST put Snail Mucin and that’s it, so I appreciate that!

What I Don’t Like: The fragrance / how thick this is / how difficult it is to spread + absorb this (i.e. you can see the white marks appear which take a while to disappear + are even more difficult to get rid of when applied around the eyes. / This doesn’t layer that well on top of other products (quite slippery and slidey) so it’s even harder to wait and let this absorb.

Conclusion: I tried this a few times but I don’t think I will be continuing with this eye cream for pretty much the same reasons I couldn’t continue with the Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream. I’m really not a fan of very emollient creams, especially around the eyes as I am prone to getting styes due to how buttery/oily/creamy these products are. I think dry skins and those with more mature skins would definitely prefer this however. I also am not a fan of fragrance so I think I will have to skip! But once again, I do like the brightening ingredients, the soothing and hydrating ingredients in here.

Dupe?: This is very similar to the Pyunkang Yul Time Reverse Eye Cream in terms of texture (Review HERE)

If you want something a little less thick, yet still creamy – I would recommend the Cosrx Snail Peptide Eye Cream (Review HERE).

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My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated 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.

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