In today’s review, I will be talking about a veritable cult favourite: Mizon’s snail cream, or, as it is also known, Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Cream. As far as I can see, this is available online only. I have trawled quite a few blogs in both Korean and English, and even their company site, as far as I can remember, only delivers online. This, of course, can be tricky for those of us who would much prefer testing a product in person before buying.
EDIT: The company contacted me to advise that their products are also available through a store called Village 11 Factory, Sinsa, Garosugil. I have not personally been to this store, so if you have been, please share your experiences in the comments.
This retails for KRW39,900 last time I checked locally, though Mizon frequently puts these babies on sale. I remember purchasing them for about a manner (KRW10,000, roughly USD 9) in the past.
What it is
This cream is housed in a dark brown glass jar and comes with a protective plastic lid. To be honest, the packaging could be improved on. A pump would be much better suited to this product in my opinion, as the cream is quite runny and would lend itself to pumping or using a different kind of dispenser.
The cream is a translucent white gel cream.
How it applies
Due to its slightly gelly, viscous, slimy texture, this goes on very smoothly and spreads easily.
How it smells
Of pretty much nothing. Perhaps a slightly playdoh-y scent that does not linger and is non-intrusive.
How I felt about it
This is not meant to replace your regular moisturiser, it is meant to go UNDER your moisturiser according to Mizon. A lot of people seem to be confused by this concept. This is not meant to replace the last step of your current skincare routine – it goes on after toning. You then follow up with serums, moisturisers, oils, sleeping masks and the like. This is how I used the snail cream, too: I would tone first and then follow up with moisturising serums, essences, moisturisers, oils (evening routine) or sunscreens (morning routine).
When I was still using the cream, this was helpful in managing my acne and reducing overall inflammation. I did not find it to be very moisturising and thought of it as a treatment product for acne breakouts. It did indeed work very well when used in this manner, as my breakouts were reduced while I was using it.
When I first started using it, I saw the best results from a single product that I had seen in a long time; breakouts were reduced and future acne sort of went back in itself.
I would consider repurchasing this in the future. I just wish it were accessible instore somewhere, as I actually do not like online shopping. I also wish that it were a bit more hydrating. This was fine when I was in my mid-20s, however now that I am fast approaching 30 and my skin is getting a bit drier, this is slightly drying at this point in time. For now, I am using up different products and am focusing more on hydrating ingredients and moisturising skin care.