Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tony Moly Intense Repair Live Snail Cream Review!


Today I will be reviewing Tony Moly's Intense Repair Live Snail Cream and Eye Cream! I bought this set when I was in Korea last year for around $35 and have been using it for the last few months. I am down to the bottom of the jar for the night cream and thought it was about time I reviewed it for you guys.

In case you never heard of snail cream, snail cream was all the rage in Korea last year when I was there. It is basically cream made of the mucus snails leave behind when they crawl-- not the snail itself (I hope!) The story goes that a couple of snail farmers in Korea started noticing that their cuts healed faster and their skin was softer after handling snails. Therefore, it was decided that snail mucus was beneficial to our skin.

When I first was approached by a sale lady trying to sell me snail cream I was like "OMG RUN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION... THAT IS NASTY!" However, after being approached repeatedly at different stores I got semi comfortable with the idea. I purchased Tony Moly's snail cream since, at the time, it had the highest concentration on snail mucus (if your going to put snail gunk on your face might as well go all out... right?) Here is the description on the box:

Tony Moly Intense Repair Live Snail Cream [Anti wrinkle & Whitening & Skin Repairing]
Skin repairing & nourishing cream with filtrated musin (mucus) ingredient form living snail
 Snail mucus filtrate 31,500 mg (Concentration 70%) / 6 skin irritating elements free formula

It is a highly concentrated skin rejuvenating and nourishing cream containing snail mucus filtrate that gives self repairing and strengthening power to the skin. This moisturizing cream is made of a very mild and skin friendly formula that uses only fresh and safe ingredients. Also, it is certified as an anti-wrinkle and whitening functional formula which has amazingly silky texture and premium skin treatment effects. It makes the skin firm, clear and supple.
 

The night cream felt a bit thin. It absorbed quickly but left a sticky residue. The smell is quite pleasant which is a huge plus! However, after months of using it, I found this snail cream to be only ok. It didn't break me out or feel too greasy but it didn't stop my face from drying up during the winter. It also didn't leave my skin feeling more soft or supple in the morning nor did it help any scars heal faster. All in all, I didn't see any snail benefits (or maybe it just works at snail's pace!) I found that my holy grail night cream, Lancome's Primordiale Nigh Skin Recharge to be much much much more effective (however, to be fair, it does cost twice as much.)


I found the eye cream to be likewise ineffective. It has a liquidity gel like texture which was a bit odd. It didn't do much for my skin and when my eyelid was dry and raw from winter, it actually would burn on my lid. It also irritates when it gets into my eye so I have to be extra careful. I have yet to find an eye cream that I like but I know this one was definitely not it.


So I was a bit disappointed with these snail creams. I did purchase Etude house's snail cream which I am excited to try. My sister has been obsessed with the etude one so I am not giving up on the snail cream idea. However, I think the Tony Moly cream is just not for me.


11 comments:

  1. I love the etude one! Would be curious to see what you think of it :)

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  2. i was eyeing on this cream for months now.. currently using laneige line and im about to replace it with the tony and moly (snail) line.. thanks for this review as this saved my $$..

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Yeah the Tony Moly snail cream didn't work so well for me =/ but of course people have different preference. If you ever got a chance to sample it for yourself I would love to hear what you think!

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  3. Thanks for the great review.. I had received a small sample of the snail cream. I had tried last night and it also gave me a small zit. >_<

    I wasn't sure if it was just me or the actual product but after reading your review, I will save my money and stay far far away!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know your experience! Luckily for me, I don't think it made me break out (although there were times I was breaking out while using it but I assumed that was from other causes) but it definitely left a very strange residue... and it definitely not for sensitive skin! If you happen to try any other snail creams I would love to know what you think :)

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  4. you break out probably because it contain hydrogenated vegetable oily,if im not mistaken vegetable oil is the same or similar with cooking oil?i also used TM live snail and breakout.now im regularly using tm snail ampoule and didnt get a zit.tm live snail essence also contain alcohol and hydrogenated veg. oil.the ampoule didnt have those ingredients.hope my reply helps. :)

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  5. I've been curious about these products. Thanks for the review. I think I have a sample of the face cream somewhere, but I'm looking for a good eye cream. I guess I better keep looking lol

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  6. I have actually purchase the Tony Moly Intense Repair Snail package of the wash, toner (gel), lotion, night cream and BB cream. I am a Clinique User before I considered trying this out. I have only been using this product for two weeks, (bought mine in Korea, too). I am of Philippine decent, so my skin would be different, but I actually noticed my skin turned supple or really soft. Even my friends noticed the difference. I have a scar on my face, so that I will have to see if there is any difference. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your review.

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  9. Please any one tell me when i will use this cream, at night or at morning and how to use.

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