Review: Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule, Plus Two Bonus Snail Sheet Mask Mini-Reviews!

I’ve never been particularly good at keeping up with trends. And that is not a hipster humblebrag. The truth is that I can barely dress myself, which is why I tend to stick to my basics and neutrals and classic styles. Harder to go wrong.

I’m a lot more experimental and forward-looking with skincare, obviously, but even there, I tend to have my tried and true ingredients that I go back to over and over, because they just work for me. They’re the perfectly fitted charcoal gray tee of my skincare wardrobe. Snail is one of those ingredients, as you might have guessed–and lately I’ve been having a serious snail revival. That may be why my Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule gets more use than all of the All In One ampoule products I still own. After two months, I’m already halfway through the jumbo-sized jar of the stuff and ready to talk about it!

I like snail sheet masks, too. Keep reading to learn about two nice ones.

Purpose: Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule is a multipurpose hydrating, brightening, anti-aging, and antioxidant serum.

Best suited for: All skin types.

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

Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule graphic

Happy Snail makes me happy too.

When and how to use: At any stage of your skincare routine between cleansing and emulsions, creams, and/or oils, scoop a small amount of product from the jar and spread over face. Pat in or allow to absorb before continuing.

Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule ingredients:  Snail secretion filtrate, water, glycerin, betaine, butylene glycol, ethoxydiglycol, glycereth-26, niacinamide, trehalose, adenosine, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, centella asiatica extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, rh-polypeptide-7, acetyl hexapeptide-8, illicium verum (anise) fruit extract, hydrolyzed silk, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, polyacrylamide, dimethicone, sodium polyacrylate, carbomer, laureth-7, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, C13-14 isoparaffin, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, triethanolamine, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

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Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule

I keep mine in the refrigerator and am eagerly awaiting the day I hear these words: “Babe, that snail jelly you got tastes like shit.”

Notable ingredients: Snail secretion filtrate constitutes a full 50% of this product, and you can interpret this in a couple of different ways. My initial reaction was disappointment. I may be snail spoiled, but 50% snail just doesn’t seem like all that much snail to me. If you consider this from a different perspective, however, the fact that the Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule is only half snail means that this ampoule stands a chance of containing more than a fraction of a drop each of the other nice ingredients in the list.

Like pretty much every All In One Ampoule ever, the Snail AIO contains an herb garden of botanical ingredients. The assortment here looks focused on emollient and anti-inflammatory extracts, making the product (on paper, at least) well suited to calming sensitivity and smoothing rough, irritable skin. The product contains a couple of peptides as well. In cosmetic preparations, peptides are typically touted as having cell rebuilding and collagen and elastin production-stimulating abilities. I’m not super enthused about peptides in skincare, having used several products containing several peptides for pretty long periods without seeing any significant effects, but then again, I may have been using poorly formulated products. I don’t have any problem giving peptides a chance in products that contain other ingredients I do feel confident about.

Performance

A common complaint with many of the Scinic and Shara Shara All In One Ampoules is their tendency to get sticky. Stickiness is the reason the Shara Shara Berry Bomb All In One Ampoule is my least favorite (and not yet reviewed) of the category, and many people have issues with the honey varieties as well. So I was pretty relieved to find that the Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule isn’t sticky at all for me, even when I go a little bit overboard and use the included spatula as a scoop rather than a dipping stick.

Scinic Snail all in one texture

Best way to measure out an ideal amount of product is to stick the spatula straight down into the jar and pull it straight back out, no scooping.

This lack of stickiness is most likely due to the more watery texture of the ampoule. Thinner than all the other AIOs except maybe the Scinic Aqua All In One Ampoule, the Snail AIO has a smooth and very runny gel texture with the slick feel of a good snail product. It glides on easily and pats in effortlessly, and though the peachy fragrance is a little bit weird for a snail product, it’s light, pleasant, and fades quickly.

Hydration isn’t the key effect of this product. Over the course of my testing period with the product, I took a lot of skin moisture measurements using my little digital skin analyzer thing and found that on average, the Scinic Snail AIO increased my skin’s water levels by about 10%, much less than the Scinic Aqua AIO but equal to my precious COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.

Where the Scinic Snail AIO excels is in emollience. To put it another way, this stuff makes my skin velvety soft and smooth. Fine lines are softened (an effect particularly noticeable on my hands, because yes, I use this on my hands, because come on, the jar is friggin’ huge) and the texture of my skin overall improves instantly. I also find the Snail AIO effective at calming down minor redness and irritation, giving my skin an overall brighter and more even appearance, especially on days when a lack of sleep or an excess of stress are showing on my face.

Over a long period of use, the product also has a mild lightening effect. I did some testing of the product on one of my tan-lined feet but not the other; after a few weeks, there was some visible softening and fading of the pigmentation on the test foot. Thanks to the adenosine and peptides, this may also have some slight wrinkle reduction effect over the long term as well, and the antioxidants may contribute preventative anti-aging protection (of the kind that can’t be measured without a lot of time and dedication).

Conclusion: Add Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule to the list of snail products that I like better than Benton’s and Mizon’s. In fact, this one and the COSRX snail essence are running about neck-and-neck for the title of Fiddy’s Favorite Snail Goo Right Now. The COSRX snail essence, with its higher Snail:NotSnail ratio and ultra-simple formulation, is a better pick for more sensitive or reactive skin types, but if you’re looking for a multipurpose snail product that can brighten and deliver antioxidants, and you don’t have many concerns around plant extracts or fragrance, the Scinic Snail AIO may be a great choice.

Rating: 4/5

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.

Where can I buy Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule?

The ginormous 250ml jar of Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule is available from the following Fiddy-approved sellers (affiliate links marked with an asterisk*):

Oh, but I’m not quite done yet! As promised, here are bonus mini-reviews of a couple of the snail sheet masks in my collection.


Mini-Review: Skinfood Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, butylene glycol, alcohol, snail secretion filtrate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, hydroxyethylcellulose, xanthan gum, cellulose gum, disodium EDTA, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, parfum

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Want dewy, juicy, plump and bouncy skin that’s so suffused with hydration it glows from within? These Skinfood sheet masks do the job for me reliably and without a sticky residue or film left over afterwards, making them excellent for use in the morning. I also like using them in the morning so that I can flaunt the full sproing-sproing skin effects all day.

These masks are made from the same type of smooth, comfortable pulp as the old My Beauty Diary masks and non-silk My Scheming and L’Herboflore sheet masks. I find this material really nice, since it holds a lot of essence. That’s a good thing, as the Skinfood Hydro Fitting sheet masks are absolutely drenched with liquid. They do drip, which to me just means a nicely hydrated neck and chest as well as face. A little more concerning for some will be the fragrance, which is a pretty floral scent but may be a bit strong for people not used to Skinfood levels of fragrance. These masks also contain alcohol, which I do not consider problematic but which some people may find irritating. The mask sheets are cut long and narrow.

Rating: 3.5/5

Skinfood Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheets are available in boxes of 5 on Amazon Prime with free two-day shipping for $11.50.

Mini-Review: Tony Moly Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheet

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, PEG-32, PEG/PPG-17/6 copolymer, glacier water, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, panthenol, allantoin, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, betaine, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, arginine, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, snail secretion filtrate, dipotssium glycyrrhizate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance

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I’m always pretty surprised when I end up liking a Tony Moly skincare product, as I haven’t had the best experiences or impressions of their products, which I typically find a little too focused on cutesy packaging and a little too lackluster in terms of actual formulation. But enough about my brand prejudices. I actually really like the entire Pureness 100 line of sheet masks, which are made from unbleached 100% cotton. The cotton masks hold a generous quantity of essence but release it willingly into my skin.

For me, these sheet masks are wonderfully calming and soothing. They’re marketed for “Sun Damage Care,” and while I doubt there’s enough snail goo in them to actually repair much damage, I can’t deny how refreshed and revived my skin feels when I use one of these after a long dry day out in the sun. The fragrance of these is lighter than that of the Skinfood snail masks, too. Their scent reminds me of the Scinic Snail AIO, actually: there’s a hint of peach in it.

Rating: 3.5/5

Tony Moly Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheets are available as part of a 7-mask assortment for $10.98 with free two-day Amazon Prime shipping or individually for $2 apiece through the Tony Moly US website.

What are your favorite snail sheet masks?

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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26 responses to “Review: Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule, Plus Two Bonus Snail Sheet Mask Mini-Reviews!

  1. Gosh I’m constantly putting this in my cart and then putting it right back out, lol. Have you tried the Iceland Water one? I don’t know what’s so special about Iceland water but it sounds LUXURIOUS and I want it. Also, Pureness 100 sheet masks are so bae.

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  2. I’m a huge snail fan too, though I haven’t yet tried the Scinic AIO. I need to use up two other half-bombs first. 🙂 Out of curiosity, what rating would you give the Tony Moly mask–I didn’t notice a rating there?

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  3. Looking for a snail product I bought the Purebees Snail School Gel. That, after reading the ingredients list of a thousand products…. only to realise the moment I got it on my hands (like a week ago) that it has EGF in it. And I have to admit that it scared me a little. What are your thoughts about it? Now I wonder…why didn’t I wait for your review of the Scinic AIO? 😦

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  4. I was really hoping to get this ampoule, but I found out Secret Key’s Multi cell night repair ampoule gives me a reaction. I’m suspecting on Carbomer or Triethanol amine from CosDNA’s list: http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_ab49126952.html but I’m not really sure yet. Problem is, this 2 ingredients are on Scinic ampoule… and I want to try it so hard in case they are not the guilty ones! But what if they are? I don’t have the money to waste in that case. Any ideas? :c
    Lots of love from someone feeling very partial towards snails even before trying them 😉

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  5. I definitely know what you mean about Tony Moly and brand prejudice. It’s a nice surprise when their products actually work pretty well, though! I wonder if this Scinic Snail Ampoule could replace the effects of Mizon AIO cream (it’s running out right now)?

    Anyway, thanks for always reinforcing our need for the almighty snail!

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  6. Dear Fiddy!

    I’ve been meaning to comment for a while, and wanted to tell you how much I love your blog. I loved your essay about how investing in, learning about, and following your skincare routine is a way you cope with stress and even depression.

    Also the essay about korean beauty and finding something that you finally identified with after lived so long in a market that basically ignores Asian-American consumers (although that is changing now that Americans perceive Asians having $$$). Although I think the Asian beauty industry has a lot of problems too (in fact repeating the same problems as Western markets: ie. idealizing only one type of beauty, often using awful, scare tactics to advertise, putting inordinate amount of pressure on women to look beautiful, implying women’s worth is only rooted in appearance) — I still understood what you meant, and found it valid. It’s same for me too.

    Anyway, just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your writing and the other Asian Beauty/Korean Beauty bloggers too! I feel like if someone is interested in beauty, oftentimes you start out watching these less in depth, less thoughtful reviews on youtube, but sooner or later, you start craving more information and substance. What you and your fellow bloggers do are great.

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    • Thank you so much, Cathy! That means a lot to me, and I so appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts 🙂 I do agree with you that the Asian beauty industry and Asian beauty standards in general can be equally problematic, just in different ways–and I’m glad you saw my point regardless 🙂

      I’m so grateful to have such thoughtful readers. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right! So thank you, again.

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  7. This ampoule looks amazing! I’m looking for something to reduce any redness/irritation/blemishes for oily/combo skin. Would the the scinic’s texture be better or the cosrx one? I can’t choose!

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  8. I get a little giddy when you review brands that are readily available where I live, Tony Moly being one of them. Have you tried the Etude House snail mask? If yes, how does it compare with Tony Moly’s? Speaking of Etude House masks, have you tried their honey one? I have and I think it’s great, but would of course love to know your thoughts on it as well.

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  9. Great review as always! You’re the one who really got me interested in snails haha. In looking to reduce redness/irritation/blemishes for oily conbo skin. Would the scinic be better, or the cosrx one? I can’t choose!

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    • I would go with Cosrx because it’s a shorter ingredient list and therefore objectively “safer” to start out with. If you’re US-based, my Memebox set with the Cosrx snail goes live today–I’ll be announcing it here later on 🙂

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  10. Holy moly, if the Scinic Snail AIO is as good as you say it is, it would definitely be worth consideration then, since it seems like it’s more cost-effective than the CosRx (less than double the price for 2.5X the size)!

    Thank you for the review 🙂

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  11. Hi Fiddy
    just wanted to say- love your work! you’re my go-to Kbeauty blog!
    I bought the Scinic Snail AIO after reading this post. And I tried it out for the first time tonight.
    Just wanted to share my experience for future first-time users…

    After my usual cleansing step, i usually apply toner and emulsion ( i was using the Laniege light balancing emulsion in this case), then i applied the Snail AIO … and I experienced a really intense burning sensation all over my face, for about 5 minutes. It gradually subsided, and I was quite alarmed. Fortunately i didn’t notice any redness or swelling of my skin (as I would if I was reacting to the product)

    half an hour later, I plucked up the courage to try again (yes i know, I wasn’t about to let this huge jar of snail goo go to waste! … so I had to be sure!)… I spot tested on my forearms, hands, neck etc – all ok. So finally tried again on my face- all ok this time.

    So I concluded that perhaps the Laniege emulsion and the snail AIO reacted somehow on my face to cause the burning sensation?

    So my plan from now on is NOT to use the AIO shortly after the emulsion. in Fact i might skip the emulsion altogether on days I am using the AIO on my face.

    Just thought I might share in case anyone else may have the same experience!

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  12. have you used this under sunscreen? im worried it wouldnt play well with my sunscreen, which has silicones in it.

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    • Yeah, I used it under sunscreen all the time, though never as my final step moisturizer–I always put it in my ampoule step. I think all of my sunscreens also have lots of silicones but it seemed fine.

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  13. Hello! This product sounds promising, since you said that it worked better than Benton essence (which is my current fave snail goo). Really itching to try this one once my bottle of Benton runs out!
    Have you tried the Scinic AIO Honey ampoule though? The bee goo ingredients list seems pretty impressive…

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  14. My favorite snail mask is the Naruko Snail Essence Intense Hydra Repair Mask which moisturizers so well that has my face glowing even through the next day! Love love love!

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