COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream Reviews

One of the products featured in this post was provided for review by Memebox US. I have since repurchased that product several times over.

Updated May 27, 2016: Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and Snail 92 All In One Cream ratings adjusted to reflect how I now feel about them after very long-term use.

There are two kinds of skincare enthusiasts: those willing to smear purified snail goo on their faces, and those who find the idea totally repulsive. Think you belong to the second category? Hear me out. Plenty of your fellow topical molluscophobes have gone from noisily dry-heaving at the thought of snail mucin on their faces to enthusiastically slathering themselves in snail. It’s kind of hard not to, once you see what snail goo can do for you.

Common garden snail

Also, they’re cute.

I named my blog Fifty Shades of Snail and adopted the blogger name Fiddy Snails (Chel at Holy Snails started that) because I belong to the Snail Clan. Let me see if I can recruit you, too.


A product featured in this post was provided by Memebox for my consideration. Affiliate links in this post are marked with an asterisk(*).


Snails and Your Skin

A few years ago, snail goo, a.k.a. snail slime, snail mucin, snail mucusretch, or snail secretion filtrate, was a trendy skincare ingredient making the rounds from Japanese spas to the Western media (and imagination). Snail is no longer the much-hyped fad ingredient that it once was. Unlike many fad ingredients, however, snail hasn’t faded into obscurity. Instead, at the end of its long slow journey from medicinal use in Ancient Greece to cosmetic use on my Ancient Face, snail has settled placidly into its current role as a surprisingly standard skincare ingredient.

Meet Bobby, Buzz, Boo, and Yolo. Yolo is the tiny girl/guy at the top. S/he was the liveliest of my four snail models. Buzz got performance anxiety and didn’t come out of her/his shell until the end of the shoot, missing the chance to appear in more photos. Snails are hermaphrodites.

Snail mucin is collected without injury to the snails. The snails are fed a clean and nutritious diet and, during the typical harvesting process, are placed on rough and/or very mildly electrified gratings. The mucus that they produce to lubricate and protect their skin from the surface they’re on is then gathered and purified for cosmetic use. Alternatively, snail slime is sometimes produced by…uh…manual stimulation of the snails. Some manufacturers are even gentler still, as we’ll see below.

What does that protective goo do, though? The research into snail mucin’s effects as a topical skin treatment isn’t extensive, but as I’ve said before, a lack of research does not demonstrate a lack of effectiveness, and the research that does exist is promising. Snail secretion is humectant, emollient, antimicrobial, antioxidant-rich, and contains collagen, elastin, and cell communication-facilitating glycoproteins, among other skin-friendly components. It may have wound healing abilities and shows promise for the repair of photoaged skin (snail is the star of my post-sun skincare routine) and atrophic acne scarring. At minimum, therefore, snail slime is a lovely natural moisturizer. It may also have long-term anti-aging and skin-smoothing benefits. Also, if you prefer your skincare to come from nature with as few intervening stops in the lab as possible before it hits your face, snail mucin fits those criteria very well.

Cosrx Mr. Rx and snail

Image courtesy of COSRX and Triangle Studio, created for Fifty Shades of Snail and Memebox. Keep reading to find out why.

As with any other unfamiliar skincare ingredient, patch test to rule out any sensitivities and remember that YMMV–but don’t dismiss snail slime out of hand just because it sounds strange. Snail can be great. So great, in fact, that the more snail secretion a product contains, the more I want to put it on my face. And that leads us to the real reason we’re here today: to learn more about COSRX’s Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream!

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

As a longtime snail secretion fan, I’ve tried several of the well known Korean snail products, among them Benton’s, Mizon’s, and Missha’s. The Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is the snailiest of all the snail products I’ve used. It is also the snail product that got me back into snail products after a long break.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence label

Bobby and Yolo are intrigued.

Purpose: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a lightweight hydrating essence that claims to smooth and moisturize skin.

Best suited for: All skin types.

Do not use if: You are sensitive to snail mucin or anything else in the ingredients list.

Cosrx snail graphic

Image courtesy of COSRX and Triangle Studio for Fifty Shades of Snail and Memebox.

When and how to use: After cleansing and toning, smooth over face. Pat in if desired and continue with the rest of your skincare routine.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ingredients:  Snail secretion filtrate, betaine, butylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, arginine, allantoin, ethyl hexanediol, sodium polyacrylate, carbomer, phenoxyethanol

CosDNA analysis

Notable ingredients: The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is an incredible 96% snail secretion filtrate. It is, in other words, almost pure snail goo. This maximizes your chances of enjoying the benefits of snail mucin. This also leaves little room for anything else in the product. That other 4% contains small amounts of bland and generally non-irritating moisturizing agents, as well as a preservative. Which is a good thing in a skincare product, believe me.

Product comparisons: Instead of discussing the insignificant amounts of Not-Snail Stuff in the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, therefore, here I’m going to talk about how it differs from its two best-known competitors: Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence and Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule. The Benton product was one of my gateways into K-beauty, and I used it and then the Mizon product extensively for over a year. I loved both the Benton and Mizon snail goos, but they’re different animals altogether from COSRX’s version.

Mr Rx meets a snail

Image courtesy of COSRX and Triangle Studio for Fifty Shades of Snail and Memebox

Both Benton and Mizon pack their snail products full of additional extracts and actives to achieve additional effects. Mizon’s Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule is a traditional serum with a variety of peptides, which may offer anti-aging benefits. A light, watery gel, Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence also contains a peptide, as well as bee venom and the brightening agent arbutin, a milder form of hydroquinone. What Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence does not contain is an adequate preservative system, which can make the otherwise fantastic product pretty problematic.

All those extras can certainly enhance a product. What they can also do is increase the chances of adverse reactions, particularly in people with sensitive skin or who have issues with botanical extracts (or bee allergies, in Benton’s case). COSRX targets sensitive and troubled skin types and focuses on minimal ingredients lists for minimal risk. You won’t find row after row of tantalizing (but potentially irritating) botanical extracts or exciting-sounding pseudoactives here. Based on its short ingredients list, COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence has one job and one job only. It exists to provide nutrient-packed hydration to your skin.

Performance

And that’s exactly what it does.

Cosrx stickers on snail essence bottle

COSRX stickers: Even my snail models are into them.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a clear, thick, slippery and slow-flowing substance that smells like nothing and feels exactly how you’d imagine purified snail slime would: smooth, dense, and lubricating. Spread over my face, the gloopy stuff also feels completely wonderful. As the product sinks in, the initial cooling, refreshing sensation turns into a deep hydration. On average, this essence raises my skin’s hydration level by about 10%. It’s not the highest, but it seems to penetrate the deepest and lasts a long time. And once the product absorbs, my skin looks and feels bare, but bare in the most supple, resilient way.

It doesn’t brighten. It doesn’t instantly erase dark spots or smooth away wrinkles. What COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence does is impart an incredible sense of comfort to my skin. It eases dryness, calms irritation, and makes my face feel smooth and healthy, deeply nourished and fortified against external irritants. In other words, COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence does for my face exactly what snail secretion in its purest form does for the happy little snails who secrete it.

Conclusion: I don’t usually get this enthused about a product that doesn’t do anything but moisturize, but there’s something about the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence that just does it for me. I’m almost through with my first bottle of the stuff, and I bought a backup bottle of this ages ago so that I wouldn’t find myself without. When it comes to snail goo, this is the purest and, in my experience, the best of the best. Update: I have purchased and gone through three or four bottles of this stuff. I love it. I love it so much that I have changed its rating.

Rating: 4/5 5/5 HOLY GRAIL

Rating scale:

1 – This should be taken off the market.
2 – Caused me some problems; would not buy again.
3 – Meh. Neither great nor bad.
4 – Pretty good. Would buy again unless I find something better.
5 – I’ll never be in the market for a replacement unless this one is discontinued.

But wait. There’s more.

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

I feel bad about not getting this cream sooner, because if I had, I could have tested it for long enough to write a formal review. Unfortunately(?), I’m so stocked up on creams that I could never justify the purchase of yet another cream, and I ended up receiving this one without enough time to fully evaluate. Memebox sent it to me when we first began discussing our snaily snail collaborationkeep reading a couple of weeks ago. I have been using it nearly nonstop since I got my jar, however, and I know my skin well enough to feel confident that my first impressions accurately reflect what the product does for my skin.

Purpose: COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is a medium-weight moisturizing cream.

Best suited for: Normal, oily, and dehydrated/oily skin types.

Do not use if: You are sensitive to snail secretion filtrate, coconut oil derivatives like caprylic/capric triglyceride, olive oil derivatives like sorbitan olivate, fatty alcohols, or anything else in the ingredients list.

Cosrx snail cream by Triangle Studio

Image courtesy of COSRX and Triangle Studio for Fifty Shades of Snail and Memebox

When and how to use: After all the cleansing, toning, essence, serum, and ampoule steps in your skincare routine, smooth a thin layer over face. Follow up with a sunscreen during the day and, if desired, a sleeping pack at night.

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream ingredients:  Snail secretion filtrate, betaine, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, sodium hyaluronate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, arginine, dimethicone, carbomer, panthenol, allantoin, sodium polyacrylate, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol, adenosine, phenoxyethanol

CosDNA analysis

Jar of Cosrx snail cream

Bobby approves so much that s/he slowly covered the lid of this jar in her/his own secretions as I took pictures.

Notable ingredients: Think of the COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream as the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, but thickened up into a cream. Because, as you may have noticed from the ingredients, that’s pretty much what it is. This cream contains 92% snail slime (the same amount, by the way, as the generally well received Mizon Snail Repair All In One Cream). The rest of it is moisturizing ingredients–emollient and occlusive ones as opposed to the additional humectants in the essence–and preservative. Once again, it looks like COSRX aimed for simplicity in a bid to keep the risk of irritation low and the focus on the snail strong.

Product comparisons: There are plenty of other snail creams on the market. The three I’ve used the most (as in, 1 or more jars finished) are Missha’s, Benton’s, and Mizon’s.

I don’t really count the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream as a snail cream, though. My least favorite snail cream, the Missha product seems to me to be way too little snail and way too much silicone and perfume. So forget about that one for now, unless silicones and perfumes are your thing.

As with their snail serums, Mizon and Benton pile on the extracts and pseudoactives in their snail creams. In addition to the botanicals, Mizon’s snail cream contains a couple of different peptides; Benton’s thicker, richer snail cream doubles up on the brightening ingredients, offering both arbutin and niacinamide. And once again, while those extras can be great for some, for others, they just raise the chances of irritation. Plus, let’s be honest. The point of a snail cream is the snail, right?

Performance

If you want some snail, COSRX’s snail cream delivers in pretty much the same way that the essence does. The first time I opened the jar and scooped out a little dab of the scentless, smooth, goopy, ever so slightly translucent cream, I could tell that it was made from lots and lots of snail secretion and very little else.

Cosrx snail cream texture

See what I mean?

Much like the essence, COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is a simple, single-minded product. Its purpose is to nourish, moisturize, and protect skin, the same way snail secretions protect the skins of snails. Have you ever seen a snail with flaky skin or wrinkles? Has any snail ever complained to you of feeling dry and tight? No. Ever wondered why? Now you know the answer.

Over the course of my many, many experiments with face creams, I’ve become attuned to the subtle differences in effect between different ones. Some are more firming, others are more occlusive, some brighten without moisturizing all that much, etc. The effect the COSRX snail cream has is to make my skin unbelievably soft, like seriously, you have no idea how soft my skin feels when I use this stuff. Soft like a baby’s cheek. Soft like fresh flower petals when the flower hasn’t yet figured out that it’s been picked. So soft I can’t stop touching my face or forcing Mr. Fiddy to do the same.

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream does all this softening without making my skin feel oily or look shiny at all. On average, it increases my skin’s hydration by 10%, just like the essence, but it also increases the lipid content within my stratum corneum–the outermost layer of skin–by 5%. These are lipids that make its way in between the cells, not lipids that sit on top of the skin. They smooth and soften skin’s texture, not turn it into a shiny mess.

This light and non-greasy formulation makes the Advanced Snail 92 particularly suitable for oilier skin types and really great for oily/dehydrated skin types that need moisture but don’t want extra shine. Compared to the kinds of creams I normally go for, however, COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream isn’t the most moisturizing. Dry skin types may want to use this product as more of a whipped essence, in the vein of the Mizon snail cream, rather than as a standalone moisturizer. I did a stupid thing earlier this week and followed up a chemical peel with my usual Curology tretinoin, and while my skin is definitely nice and smooth now, it’s also feeling much drier than usual. I still find this cream enough for daytime if I use my moisturizing Senka sunscreen on top, but at night, I’ve been topping it off with either a COSRX overnight mask or my Goodal fermented honey sleeping pack for best results.

Conclusion: I mean, I really didn’t need another cream in my collection, considering that I have over half a dozen already, but I’m really happy that I have this, and I’m actually positive I’ll purchase another jar when this runs out. Very few things make my skin feel as soft as this product does while simultaneously not making me oily or shiny at all. There are times when I wish it were slightly more moisturizing, but for oilier skin types, that’s probably not going to be an issue at all. Update: I have now purchased two or three jars of this product myself. I love it and apparently can’t live without it. Rating changed accordingly.

Rating: 4/5 5/5 HOLY GRAIL

Rating scale:

1 – This should be taken off the market.
2 – Caused me some problems; would not buy again.
3 – Meh. Neither great nor bad.
4 – Pretty good. Would buy again unless I find something better.
5 – I’ll never be in the market for a replacement unless this one is discontinued.
Cosrx snail products

The snails I abducted enjoyed themselves immensely.

Should I use the COSRX snail essence OR the cream, or both? How do I decide?

It depends.

Because these products are so similar, it may seem redundant to use both of them in the same routine. If your skincare goals are complex enough to require different actives for each step of your skincare routine, then it’s probably a better idea to decide which one of these is more suitable for you, and save the other step for something that targets a different issue.

With that being said, there’s nothing at all wrong with using both of them, either. Their functions are different. If you’re looking for a nice mild hydrating essence and a nice bland moisturizer, the COSRX snail essence and snail cream give a one-two punch with the power to deliver beautifully soft, smooth, supple skin that’s nourished from within and protected from external irritants. Like all else in skincare, it all comes down to what you want.

Does COSRX obtain their snail secretion humanely?

Oh, man. You know it.

Because COSRX is a very animal-friendly company and because Hye-Young is a very awesome friend of our animal pals, she took the initiative to let me know her understanding of how their supplier collects the snail goo:

They don’t do any electronic shock or tease them to get the ingredient. Just leave snails on the nap and in the dark room and wait for the right time to get the ingredient.

Incidentally, this generates some of the cutest mental images I’ve ever enjoyed.

Are you ever going to tell me where to buy COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream?

Updated now that the Fiddy Snails Set is no longer in stock (for God knows how long):

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is available from:

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream is available from:

If this is your first time shopping at Memebox, you can get 20% off of your first purchase by signing up with my referral link!

Yes! The Fiddy Snails Set, which contains both these awesome snail products, is now available for $34 at Memebox! It contains:

  • One 100ml bottle of COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
  • One 100ml jar of COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream
  • One Ciracle Snail Hydrogel Mask
  • COSRX STICKERS!!! I KNOW YOU GUYS WANT MORE COSRX STICKERS!!!! ERRBODY WANT COSRX STICKERS!!!!!
  • And, in case you want to give the set as a gift (or enjoy getting info cards in your beauty boxes), an informative information card written by me and designed with my input specifically for the set.
Cosrx snail products

We didn’t stop taking pictures until the sun went down. Then I paid Bobby, Buzz, Boo, and Yolo for their time with a nice snack, gave them some time to eat it, and sent them on their way.

How do you feel about snail goo in your skincare?

This post contains affiliate links, which generate commissions that support Fifty Shades of Snail and Fiddy’s further skincare adventures. Full disclosures can be found here.


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77 responses to “COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream Reviews

  1. I may have to have this box. A lot. Snail foot lube, as I like to think of it, has done extra extra nice things for my skin, and I’ve been wanting to try to the Cosrx version since I like the other Cosrx products I’ve tried.

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  2. I can’t believe you went to the lengths of getting snail models, oh Fiddy you :’) I have recently realised that my skin is dehydrated/oily so these might be the products for me. I think I have a sample of the Essence from Jolse because I bought the Blackhead stuff, so might give it a go soon! Thanks for the review.

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  3. I was going to buy just the essence. But now I want the cream too. O.O

    Random thought: I wonder if slug goo has properties similar to those of snail’s.

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      • I wondered this myself and found out it’s partly because the slugs’ goo is thicker and less suited for cosmetic purposes.

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  4. Thank you very much for this most excellent, insightful, and informative review!

    The first time I was ever offered a snail-based KB product was this past January at The Face Shop at Mapleview Mall in Burlington, Ontario. This was well before I had discovered you, your blog, the many other AB/KB blogs that I now read religiously (especially, of course, yours), and the Asian Beauty sub on Reddit. Quite naturally, all of these (and most especially you) have had a tremendous impact on my thinking – and my actions – in the intervening time.

    As you might imagine (or perhaps not), I recoiled in total horror at the thought of even trying the sample product that had been so graciously offered to me by the incredibly beautiful young woman who runs that store. Looking back, I suppose this was a test as to just how far I would go in my budding AB journey, and I guess I failed that test miserably.

    Fast forward 9 months and I just received my first bottle of the Snail 96 Essence, even before I had the benefit of your review! And, I’ll be adding this into my routine (PM first) forthwith, and with the greatest of excitement and the highest of expectations.

    This just goes to show how quickly thinking, attitudes, and actions can change under the influence of those (and most especially you) for whom I have the very highest regard and the very greatest respect!

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  5. Your judgement on the snail 92 all-in-one cream is pretty much the same as my own – great for calming and moisturizing, but it seems to have no occlusive element at all. Nice product, but not really what I’m looking for in a night cream, although I actually think it’s my favorite morning cream of the past two years.

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  6. I am so happy you made this post! I do want to know is it pointless or a benefit to pair the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence with Missha Long Name Borabit and Mizon Black Snail AIO Cream? I want maximum benefit to fade PIH but I worry about overloading my skin. I also have the Hada Labo Shirojyun serum I use occasionally (soooo nice~).

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    • Hmm I think all of those things should work fine in a single routine except for the Black Snail! Though I do use two creams at night pretty frequently, but it depends if your skin really needs that much moisture ☺

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  7. Oh my god ! I’m already a fan of “snail skincare products” but you sell me dreams with those products ! I live in South Korea , do you know where I can buy these products ? I mean appart from Internet 🙂 Thank you for your review :3

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  8. I’ve used A LOT of snail creams (8 and counting I think?) and I can totally vouch for the Cosrx Advanced 92 AIO cream making my skin unbelievably soft! It’s actually kind of a problem because I started using it everywhere because I want my arms and legs to be soft too, you know? A tub does not last long at all even though it’s pretty big. Also, I can’t wait for your Memebox collab! I want stickers!!

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  9. Great review as always 🙂 I love the Snail essence! I have gone through one and almost half of another bottle 🙂 As the weather is getting colder here in Oregon, I wonder if I should try the cream. I’ve been getting pretty darn dry with the weather change and my Curology tret! I love CosRX and the ingredients! I am pretty sensitive to fragrance and try to stay clear of too many silicones! Everything I have tried from CosRX I have really enjoyed!

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  10. Waaaaa this makes me so happy because my Cosrx snail essence will be in my loving arms in hopefully two more weeks! Really wanna try the cream too!

    What I really want, is a Fiddy Memebox… 😢
    Please send me pictures once you assemble one.

    Also, so happy for you Fidz! I hope Cosrx picks you as their brand ambassador and model next. 😍😍

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  11. And here I thought that soft skin = moisturized skin. Apparently, not.

    I too have a few creams on hand so part of me is glad that this wasn’t scored a 5. My local vendor finally has the Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask back in stock, so I’ll think I’ll try that first over this one. Now as for the essence… I may not be able to resist buying it even if I should, but let’s see.

    And congrats on the collaboration! I can’t think of a more fitting collab than one between you, Memebox, and CosRx!

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  12. You’ve totally convinced me to break out my bottle of the essence again! I made the mistake of trying too many things at once and am finally cleared up and patch testing again (like I should’ve done to begin with but y’know). Hopefully all will be well because it’s such a wonderful hydrator (and economical!). Sadly the cream is a no-go for me because of the cetearyl/stearic, but congratulations on the memebox collab!

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  13. Iam a biiiiig snail fan! I used to use the Mizon Snail repair gel, still use the Mizon Snail Repair Cream (presently trying the Black version), the Benton Snail Bee Essence and the COSRX snail Essence. I use the Benton Essence in the morning and the COSRX & Mizon in the evening. May this stuff never get discontinued!!! Often my skin will build some sort of “resistance” towards a product or incredient after a few months, but my snail game has been going strong for 2 years now 😉

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  14. Hi! As I told you via IG, I’m already waiting for this cream to arrive. I have combination-to-dry sensitive skin, but I always use a specific extra lotion for my driest parts -besides aloe vera gel before for my whole face-, so I’m pretty confident this will be enough 🙂 Thanks for the impressions ❤ I'm looking forward to fall in love with snails as well.

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  15. I started to build a skin routine a couple months ago, and your blog has been so helpful! I have always used honey products in the past, so when I saw your blog, I was like “Is this my twin?!”Thank you for all the fun reviews and articles!
    I have extremely dry, sensitive skin and strong smells give me migraines, so cosrx has been heaven sent. I have the snail mucin 96 and love it, much more than benton’s product.
    Good to know about the snail 96 cream being light. I am looking for a more heavy duty night cream. Cant wait to see your collaboration! Congrats!

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  16. Everything about this is adorable and so informative! Congrats on your collab; am I right to assume this “first” one means there will be more collabs in the future? Then, next thing we’ll know, you’re opening up your own snail farm. 😛

    Seriously though, you have SUCH good timing as I was about to do a little Cosrx gift purchase. And I’m glad to hear that cream works for us oily folks!

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  17. I love you’re blog for reliable and up to dat reviews on Asian skincare products. I’ve recently made a personal pledge to use only cruelty free skincare and makeup however. Do you know if Cosrx is cruelty free and if they sell in China? Would really appreciate any information as I’ve scoured the internet but haven’t been able to find an answer.

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  18. I bought the COSRX box from Memebox recently, and oh my god, the Advanced Snail Essence!! I like it so much more than Benton, but I feel compelled to finish the Benton so I’m not wasting things. Still, COSRX products are really appealing to me. Currently I’m using Pixi glow tonic, but I’m thinking about trying COSRX’s toner when this one runs low.

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  19. Thank you for writing this! Your posts are always super helpful. Do you think the Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream would be suitable as an eye cream, or would it be better to go with something more moisturizing?

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  21. Your reviews are wonderfully extensive! A friend of mine just started a PH based online shop selling CosRx products but I wanted to do my own research and see reviews from other Pinays before getting anything so thank you for these, will likely be getting some soon.

    Just for reference, look up theskincarecurator, might help you save up on shippig cost from international shops. 🙂

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  22. Hello, Fiddy. Thank you very much for the review. After sumbling upon your blog (your AHA & BHA writeup was enlightening) and doing a few researches on my own, i went ahead to purchase the Cosrx Snail Cream. Upon my first application, i found that my skin felt really tight. I don’t use anything on my face after cleansing other than Laneige Sensitive Power Essential Skin Refiner. At first, i thought it was due to the gel-like form of the cream. But the feeling persisted the morning after i had cleansed my face. On the third night of using, i had to wash it off thoroughly as the tight feeling was absolutely uncomfortable. And my skin turned a slightly darker shade. I have previously used Nature Republic’s Snail Mask and it felt wonderful so i’m sure this is not due to any snail mucus allergies. Is the Cosrx Snail Cream stand alone? Or am i suppose to layer other ‘stuff’ beneath it? I have the ultimately bad skin combo: Dehydrated (Dry and Oily), Sensitive, and Acne type skin ^^”

    Are there any advice you could administer?

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  23. Thanks for the great review! Planning to get either the COSRX essence and cream. Which one? 😭 but am also confused when to use it since I’m using SK-II FTE and powder spots serum

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    • Hmm, what is the rest of your routine? They’re so similar that I’d just get the cream if you need a moisturizer step and the essence if you don’t 🙂 It would go after FTE but I’m not sure about the powder serum as I’ve never used one of those before.

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  24. This review convinced me that i needed some snails in my skincare.
    So, I recently purchased the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, and would like to know if its normal for the essence to foam up when rubbed between the hands.
    I always use the essence with dry hands, on dry skin, so I know its not due to product residue.
    I’m wondering if this means that there is something wrong with my essence?
    I’ve discontinued use for now.
    Thanks

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    • Not Fiddy, but I have been using the Snail 96 for a few months now and quite like it. It has a gel-like texture and only becomes less viscous when I rub it in my hands before applying it.

      I’ve never experienced it foaming up, as you describe, so I’d be somewhat concerned about it. I think I’d send an e-mail to CosRx or your supplier (or both) and see what they have to say.

      Perhaps Fiddy will chime in as well.

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    • Did you get any answers from CosRX? Mine started to foam up when I used it after the CosRX Good Morning Gel Cleanser. I currently don’t have a toner, but before I started to use the CosRX Cleanser it didn’t foam up.

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      • That’s super weird! No, I didn’t get an answer, but I’ll follow back up with them. And I have both the cleanser and the snail goo, so I think I’ll do some playing around with both to see if I can figure out some possible causes.

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  25. Hi Fiddy! Thank you for the great reviews 🙂
    I was wondering if the snail cream wears well underneath makeup? I’m currently using the Laneige Water Bank cream and really dislike the sticky feeling it gives me underneath my BB cream. If not, do you have any recommendations for a good moisturizer for oily/normal combo skin (also acne prone!) that wears well with makeup?

    Thanks a ton and I really wanna say I love your blog…can always trust you to have reliable and thorough reviews!

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  26. hi fiddy

    my skin felt tight and flakey lately
    i suspect it’s because of acids (currently use ostc20 and bha)
    and probably my air con lol

    so i’m thinking of trying the snail essence
    but i had bad experience with snail products before
    it broke me out, and when i stopped using it
    my face went back to normal

    did your face ever brokeout when using it?

    i dont know if its the other other ingredients or the snail that just didnt like my skin
    (i’m using mizon aio which is have lots of irritant and acne triggers apparently, from cosdna)

    Thanks

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    • Hiya Eric. Well, depending on individual sensitivities, anything can break somebody out. But yeah, I wouldn’t be sure that it is the snail ingredient itself that does it, since as you say Mizon AIO (and snail ampoule) have a bunch of things that could be irritants and acne triggers. The Cosrx snail products are simpler and less likely to cause problems in my opinion!

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  27. Hi..
    Last year my face was breaking out freaking bad–which never happened in my life before, I used Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream before but I stopped recently because I think it didn’t recover myskin anymore.

    Do you know any snail product that might work for me?
    Or any product that good to stop breaking out?

    Thank you!

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  28. Do you think it is good for someone with bad eczema? I am trying to find a good…. VERY good product for my sister, who has really bad eczema and sensitive/dry skin ! She cannot tolerate perfume… what would you recommend? I know there is probably no miracle product but I would like to find something good for her 🙂

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    • Yes actually! Both the snail products here are very very gentle and have minimal ingredients, making them much more unlikely to irritate than most other cosmetics. No perfume, either. I slather them on when I get eczema flareups and they definitely help. Also look for products with a blend of ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids (either through plant oils or phytosphingosine). That mix will actively penetrate and strengthen the skin barrier, which can help a lot. Good luck!

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  32. Hey! I just started using this Essence and it goes on clear but sometimes there’s white residue as I massage it into my face? Is this normal??

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    • This has not happened to me after using up 3-4 bottles of it, but I’ve heard this now from several places and am keeping my eye out to see if I’ll have similar experience with new ones!

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  33. Hey there! 🙂 I stumbled into your blog and can’t get out LOL. I really like your reviews! 🙂
    Well, i found this article in your blog and i wish you could help me bcs i’ve got a lil bit problem with my COSRX snail 96 essence. I just bought this essence from an online shop in instagram. But after the package arrived, i’m a lil bit scared to try it, bcs the product’s labels aren’t printed on the bottle (permanent and can’t be taken off), instead the labels are made from thick paper, and kinda glued in the bottle. Well, the labels arent made from some cheap paper, its similar to film paper (plastic kind) but still i can take it off from the bottle. Is it originally like this? I have this for a week already but i doubt its originality 😦 I wish you could help me bcs i really want to try it, my skin is kinda in a bad condition right now, acne and stuff 😦
    Thank youu! 🙂

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  34. Hello, I really want to try this essence but wondering , can I use Cosrx 96 snail essence in the morning time? do I have to use Cosrx snail cream with this essence to get the good result or can I use any Cosrx line cream ? another one thing will it work if I use Cosrx snail cream with Zymogen lotion ?

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  35. Hi, I have been silently following your blog for over a year now and I would like to ask if this essence would heal acne and acne scars? How does this one compare to the Cosrx Galactomyces Something Essence? Thank you so much!
    By the way, according to your experience, since I have oily combo and acne prone skin, should I get the Scinic Snail AIO or its Honey one? Thanks again and wish you have a wonderful day!
    Your faithful fan!

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  37. Well after staring at your blog and a few others I splurged and bought the all in one, and both the whitehead and blackhead power liquids. I don’t have all the steps yet but it’s a start!

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  38. Hey I came across this and I love your reviews but I’m curious about this: “it also increases the lipid content within my stratum corneum–the outermost layer of skin–by 5%.” How can you tell the lipid content within the outer layer of skin has been increased by 5%? Is it thru your moisture meter’s functions? I searched your blog to see if there’s a test but I couldn’t find a post about it. :O I’d like to know how I can test this for my skin too!

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  39. I have been using this essence for quite a while and absolutely love it (okay I love every COSRX product out there but… that’s beside the point) and since I was running out of i I repurchased it recently along with the cream, but somehow forgot and put them in my carry on bag while travelling instead of the other bag and they threw them at the airport TT I gelt as if they took my baby away from me not just some skincare products… and now I have to wait an additional month to get some new ones..
    pointless story but I just felt like sharing, who knows, some of you might relate :3

    http://www.mykoreaobsession.com

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  40. Hi Fiddy! I bought the AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid along with COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. I just wanna ask what goes first. Should I apply the Whitehead Power Liquid then the snail mucin or the other way around? Many thanks.

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  41. Hi Fiddy! Just wanted to ask if you recommend the cosrx 95 whitening essence more or this snail essence?

    I have oily combination skin with several acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Looking forward to your reply, cheers!
    Vivian

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