I’ve had Tony Moly Intense Repair Live Snail Cream in my stash a while now along with Tony Moly Intense Live Snail Eye Cream as well since they came as a set.
I believe Paris (My Women Stuff) either had a Holiday in Korea or somewhere else when she purchased these for me on request and it’s been quite a long time since she sent them to me so much so that I’m nearly done with the facial cream and have completely used up all the eye cream at this point.
I think perhaps they have been two of my first Snail Skincare products outside of Etude House’s snail moisturizer. Since that time I’ve tried a whole host of products with snail secretion including BB Creams, masks, sleeping packs, etc…etc….Snail is kinda an old trend at this point and Korea (and other Asian companies) are now moving on to venoms. Oh lawd…how does one keep up with all these skincare crazes?
Let’s take a look at Tony Moly’s version of Snail Cream and see how it holds up.
Snail secretion is such a tricky substance as it is basically toted as the cure all for your skincare. Whitening, brightening, moisturizing, hydrating, anti-aging, skin repairing, you name it and supposedly snail secretion is the cure all for it. If I knew twenty years ago that snail secretion was going to prevent aging I would have been rubbing snail on my face way back when.
I notice many of these snail creams come in a variety of different sets. For example, Missha’s newest snail moisturizer comes with a sleeping pack. I kinda sorta think its nice to purchase skincare as a set as you get a good value and some extras to try out.
In this case you end up with a full size moisturizer and a full size eye cream. I can’t recall the price but knowing Tony Moly and Korean beauty pricing it was probably twenty dollars or so.
According to Tony Moly the formula is an excellent way to regenerate skin and keep it looking healthy and smooth. Compared to Missha’s formula I’m not entirely impressed. Although moisturizing this is a thicker cream versus Missha’s quick absorbing gel that has an odd citrus metallic-y scent. It proves a little bit of a pain to absorb and feels like it is sitting on top of your skin but still provides moisture none the less. I was using it as a nightly moisturizer and felt like it made my skin very oily and shiny come morning. For this reason I avoided using it in the day. Unlike Missha’s version which allows me to wear either in the AM or the PM thanks to the quick absorbing gel consistency.
It’s an odd product because through the wear it feels very hydrating but once you rinse your face in the morning you don’t feel like its done anything particularly beneficial. My flaky areas are still rather patchy.
The eye gel is also equally disappointed. This is a quick absorbing gel with leaves a dewy finish under eyes. It provides very little moisture to my drier eyes and tends to have a watery formula which makes for impossible application in the morning as it ruins my concealer application.
Overall, I’m not a huge lover of Tony Moly Intense Repair Live Snail Cream as there are plenty of variations of snail products to explore that offer far better options in my opinion.
If you are interested to try it Sasa.com as well as a variety of E-bayers sell this.
What are some of your favorite snail skincare products?