Yep, that’s right.
Snail mucin in cosmetic and skincare products is not a new trend to 2014 – in fact, even a simple Google search will find you results from 2011. The idea is that snails excrete the mucin to both protect from and repair damage, and that by applying the mucin to our skin, we’ll see the same effects.
That’s right. I’m not putting weird stuff on my face for funsies! It’s SCIENCE. (No it’s not. Well, it might be, but I haven’t read any fabulous, peer-reviewed longitudinal studies that show the efficacy of snail mucin application. I just put weird stuff on my face.) All sorts of skincare lines in South Korea are getting in on the snail game – Benton, Mizon, Missha, Skin79 – if they don’t have an actual snail sheet mask they’ve got some sort of product that has the mucin in it.
Here’s what’s in the box:
|Shiny pink box, yay!|
1. Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream – 80mL
|The box is pretty cute. I wish Memebox would give us spatulas for jar products.|
“Enriched with snail mucus extracts, betaine, and adenosine, Dewytree’s popular Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream restores energy and nutrition to your dry, stressed out skin. A unique feature of the cream is its texture which stretches out like a spider web without being sticky at all!”
All I really want in life is spiderwebs on my face. Oh wait, NOPE. Not even a little. That marketing shtick could use a little work.
This is a milky white cream. It does have a stringy effect when you dip some out of the jar (I used a q-tip) but it’s nothing special in that direction. It’s not too heavy, not too light, but definitely moisturizing. It might be too much for oily skin, though.
2. Pure Smile Snail Hand Cream Milk – 60g
|Despite the way it looks, this is not from the 70s.|
“This moisturizing hand cream is literally packed with nourishing natural ingredients such as snail mucus extracts, milk protein extracts, olive oil, macadamia seed oil, shea butter, green tea extracts, aloe vera leaf extracts, and even collagen extracts! Plus, it has a very nice nutty, milky fragrance.”
I’m sure this is a very nice cream, but I’m drowning in hand cream right now, and my taste generally runs to the fruity and sweet rather than nutty fragrances. I’m sure I can find it a good home, though.
3. CNKCOS Snail Bubble Foam Cleansing – 150mL
“This is a mousse-type foam cleanser rich in snail extracts that creates abundant foams for gently yet thoroughly cleansing away any impurities and makeup residues from your face.”
Well, it totally does foam. I’ve been using a cleanser that’s more of a cream-type than a foam-type and when I used this I could absolutely tell the difference. My konjac sponge seemed to be in a lot closer contact with my skin than it usually is. This has a very earthy smell to it (what came immediately to mind was a terrarium) but it’s not horribly overwhelming and it doesn’t stay after you wash the product off. After my shower my face felt clean and soft, but also moisturized at the same time, which seemed a little contradictory but was a very nice effect.
4. CLEOSIS Origin Ampoule No. 3 – 30mL
|An ampoule… I must be near the boss fight|
“A highly moisturizing and nourishing facial ampoule containing 99.5% of hydraprotectol snail mucus extracts from Sederma, France, this Origin Ampoule No. 3 is all you’ll ever need for pampering your skin both day & night! It’ll also help in treating skin troubles and blemishes for oily skin types.”
This ampoule comes with a dropper-style applicator and it’s clear and watery – and holy cow it’s slimy. It felt super slick going on and then I sat there for a minute, patting my face and going “it feels like I literally poured a jar of slime on my face. I don’t know how long I’m going to last before I’m going to have to wash this off”. It stayed tacky basically all night – when I woke up in the morning my face felt oily. It washed off cleanly with just water, but I don’t know that I’ll ever use it consistently.
Also, hydraprotectol sounds made up. It’s not – it’s really an ingredient that has two parts: a lactobacillus casei biofiltrate that’s water-soluble, and trihydroxypalmitic acid that’s oil-soluble. Well, I mean, it’s made up in that it was made in a lab, but they really could have come up with a less cheesy name.
5. Hanhui Snail Skin Refresher CC Cream SPF 50+ PA+++ – 50mL
|This box is so shiny. It makes me happy!|
“This is a Color Control Cream that glides softly onto your skin like whipped cream and smoothes out the uneven skin tone and texture for a naturally glowing coverage. The color capsules from the CC cream work to match your own natural skin tone so it’s more close to a complexion-brightening than a whitening effect.”
I wanted to try this out, I really did. But after like 5 minutes clicking on the pump to try and actually dispense some product I just gave up and went about my business elsewhere. I guess if I want to try it I’ll have to take the packaging apart.
6. Secret Key Snail+EGF Repairing Gel Cream – 50g
“This is a light-textured gel type facial cream is extremely gentle and suitable for all skin types especially in the summer time. It’ll offer a refreshing, cooling effect as it moisturizes, soothes, and repairs your dry, damaged skin.”
This is a clear cream, gel-type (as advertised!), and more suitable for my oily skin than the Dewytree version that was also included in the box. I haven’t tested it on my T-zone yet but I did put some on my cheeks, which felt almost plumper (which should be kind of bad since I don’t want a huge face but I think might actually be good because hydration is my friend). There was no unpleasant smell, it didn’t stay tacky all day, and it didn’t make me more oily than I would otherwise have been.
7. Secret Key Snail+EGF Repairing Mask Pack
|Forever a sheet mask. I love you memebox|
“The snail mucus extracts from the mask pack facilitate skin regeneration and deep hydration, and work to soothe and care for blemishes and redness.”
It’s a sheet mask! Yaaaaay!
The total listed price for the items in this box, according to Memebox, was $193. (That ampoule listed at $84. Holy cow!). The box price itself was $32.