Snail Cream- Latest Beauty Craze

Last week, I wrote my first article on Refinery29 and alerted everyone of the latest beauty trend in Korea: Snail Cream! Today, I’m happy to give you all a review of the actual cream and share some thoughts on it.

I first heard about Snail Cream from a friend, while we were pretty gossiping 🙂 about our skincare routines. Her sister brought her a jar of Snail Cream from Korea, and she said it cleared up her skin and has healed the scars that were left behind from her acne. I was (naturally) grossed out at the thought of putting snail slime on my face. But… I was intrigued. Could this slimey goo really be magical?!

I got this gift set for $70 at a local Korean makeup store.

If you don’t have access to a Korean beauty supply store near you, this is an online store that carries snail cream. Buy here.

Let’s break it down~

Smell: Not gonna lie, I was hesitant to smell it… but not bad at all! Wasn’t sure what I was expecting, since I don’t know how snail slime smells like, but all the snail creams and gels I’ve come across thus far has smelled pleasant and fresh.

Consistency: I bought snail gel instead of the cream because the sales person recommended the gel’s lighter formula for the summer. She said that snail cream is usually too rich, thick and sticky (yuck- reminder that it’s snail slime) for the hot months.

Moisture: Reorom’s Snail Gel is very soft and moisturizing compared to other types of non-snail gels including Khiel’s (Oil Free Gel) and Clinique (Moisture Surge).

Initially: The gel made my skin was very soft and dewy… almost felt like a barrier had formed over my skin (kind of like when you put a silicon based face primer).

After absorption: The gel took a while to absorb into the skin and even after absorption, I felt like there was a film (non sticky) left on my skin.

I’d probably only use this gel in the evening because of the film feeling that it leaves behind. I wish I had gotten the snail cream vs. snail gel. I have dry skin, so even though the gel is pretty hydrating, cream is probably better as a night time moisturizer.

Other Observations: Not sure if this is a Reorom, Gel, or all snail product issue… but as I was putting it on my face, I could tell there was a lot of alcohol in the product.  I looked in the ingredients and sure enough… after “Snail secretion filtrate” the second ingredient was alcohol. Also, the product wasn’t as sticky as I expected.

Overall Thoughts: Once I saw and tested the product, I wasn’t grossed out anymore. At the same time, I wasn’t wowed by the product either.

If you’ve tried everything for acne or problematic skin and are looking for a new solution… I think snail gel or cream is worth a shot. If you don’t have these concerns, no reason to try snail goo on your face… unless you’re just curious! 😉

 In regards to the ‘film’ feeling it left behind… I’m wondering if this is just with the Gel version. I think I will pick up the Snail Cream and test that out. I’ll keep you posted.

The gift set I purchased came with a Snail Eye Cream. I’ll do a review of this another time.

So I’ll ask the questions I asked on Refinery29…

What do you think of snail cream? Are you ready to get slimey in the name of beauty, or is this just craze-y gross?

Leave a comment below or tweet me your thoughts! Btw… another giveaway starts soon, so be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out!

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  1. Calmas Smith
    April 17, 2015 / 6:45 am

    And how is the “snail cream” produced? Not cruelty-free, so how many snails are killed to make just a small amount? If it really is produced only in the Philippines, then remember that they do not have the testing standards like in the U.S. Yuk-no telling what’s really in the stuff! Yeah, I know, “they’re JUST snails”….. Glad there’s not a significantly larger and more intelligent species who thinks “they’re JUST humans” and kill us for their own vain benefit.

  2. October 29, 2014 / 10:28 am

    I got mine 2 months ago and ordered it by email at [email protected]. I was convinced to use it when I saw the effect on my friend’s face. After two weeks of using it, my skin looks fresh and really rejuvenates. The pimple scars also diminished. I have a super sensitive skin that is why I highly recommend Valencia Vita Snail Mucus Gel which I believed was the genuine one because it makes wonders on my skin. I really loved the product; I just put a little gel before I go to sleep and every morning before I put sunblock and face powder on my face. It makes wonders on my face because I do not need to use lots of stuff to make my skin looks younger. By the way I bought the product in the Philippines and I don’t know if it was available in other country. It cost 2,500 pesos when you buy one bottle but if you buy 2 bottles, you’ll get it for only P3,600 for 2 bottles.

  3. Teddy
    June 17, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know about a new product that uses dry snail slime and snail caviar as well. It’s fabulous. I have been using it for a while and I can really see the results. Here’s an interesting article: and it is sold here:

  4. November 29, 2012 / 12:17 pm

    Hi! I have heard of this stuff though haven’t used direct creams. I did get a little sampler from….Like say Skin79 from prettyandcute when I was getting some BB creams a while back and I got the Snail one. It did help out my acne some, or at the very least, it didn’t break me out.

    Color was nice too! /asian also

    • May 18, 2012 / 5:06 pm

      Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve tried anything from The Skin Shop!!!

  5. May 5, 2012 / 10:15 am

    Nice review but I would have to say no thank you on purchasing this for myself :).

  6. Laura Royal
    April 30, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    If it really helps with acne, I would definitely try it!

    • April 30, 2012 / 5:43 pm

      I’ve heard from several people that Snail Cream is very good for calming and soothing the skin. Might be worth a try! Let me know if you decide to give it a try. 😉 xo

      • November 4, 2014 / 4:54 am

        Snail mucus gel is now available in the Philippines. If you want to order you may visit the site’s order form, after paying the package you want, you’ll be able to get discount and will become a member so that when you purchase again you’ll get more and more discounts, they will deliver it for free within 1 to 3 days once you finalize the transaction… try it to believe it because the result was so great… By the way the product is available only in the Philippines