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.