May 3, 2012

My Beauty Diary Snail Mask Review

My Beauty Diary Snail Mask is probably my favorite sheet masks from the brand. I have a TON of favs but for my drier skin this is really a tried and true favorite for getting my drier skin in order.

Take a look!

This is one of My Beauty Diary’s two step facial sheet mask systems. They offer another formula like this, the Luffa Mask, that I reviewed for you in a prior post.

The mask basically contains a sheet mask and a tear off pouch that contains a follow up moisturizer treatment. I love this little extra as the mask alone hydrates nicely but following up with the packet of moisturizer takes things to another level.

So brace yourself…

“Snail” is in fact referencing the fact that the mask and moisturizer contains mucus secreted by snails. Yes, possibly disgusting..however, it’s one of the latest, hottest trends in Asia and pretty much every skincare product that pops up lately has some sort of snail mucus in it!

If you can get over the “mucus” bit you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the product doesn’t smell bad, feel weird, and it won’t remind you of snails…honest. I’m not going to go into great detail about snail mucus because there are SO many claims about how amazing it is for your skin but I will say my experience with “snail” products hasn’t really produced the amazing results that Asian brand marketing would have me believe. I’m not younger, I’m not whiter, but hey, I am kinda more moist, at least it’s working a little bit.

This mask was created to increases skin’s elasticity and hydrate skin. I love it because I find it highly moisturizer and my dry skin can use all the moisture it can get.

The first step you’ll want to do is tear the pouch off the top of the packaging and place it aside. Now apply the mask, it has holes for your eyes, nose, and mouth….you’ll leave it on for 30 minutes or more if you’d like. It’s made of a thin fiber material saturated in essence. After use skin feels smoother however to really seal in that moisture you’ll be applying the extra pouch of moisture. I was surprised this was actually a thick, creamy lotion. I expected more essence as typically that’s what these sort of extra pouches contain. But, no, this does indeed contain a thick, creamy moisturizer. Once applied skin will feel super soft, hydrated, and very moisturized. The next day after use you’ll find your skin will look and feel quite hydrated with a lasting effect.

Overall, My Beauty Diary Snail Mask is a solid pick for dry skin. It provides long term moisture and gives dry skin a super pick me up. I really love this one and highly recommend it. Don’t be swayed by the entire snail mucus thing…honestly, you’d never know there was snail anything in it….!

I recommend for My Beauty Diary purchases as you know you’re getting real masks (not black market) and they are fairly reasonable in price!

Also is another place that has very reasonable prices, fast shipping, and a large selection of My Beauty Diary products.

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  • Odyssey

    I use snail gel cream a lot, especially for spots, burns or little cuts. It helps heal the skin so quickly and for making marks and imperfections disappear!.

    I use it as a mask once a week precisely because it is so good and even though I love MBD masks and I do believe this snail mask is as good as you say it is, I think I’ll stick to my snail gel!

  • Jes

    I have these at home, and I’ve tried this one, plus one other brand that I can’t think of off the top of my head. I do like the mask. My skin is combo, but tends towards drier in the winter. I was afraid of using the cream since it has mineral oil, and that tends to break me out. So, I used it on my arms, neck, and decollete. SCORE! Made me so soft!

    I’ve been using the Missha Super Aqua Snail line for a couple of months. I’m on the fence. My skin is softer, and I swear some of the imperfections (tiny scars) have faded a bit. Though it hasn’t helped with breakouts πŸ™ I just started applying the products by patting them into my skin like I’m now applying my BBs (that video you posted was awesome AND funny!). I think this is better. I have plenty left, so I’m just going to keep on keeping on with them. I also have some from GC Labo, which, I think I may like better…I do have an appt with a dermatologist next week for my ongoing breakouts. So, I’ll see what she has to say…

    BTW. If you can find the SAEM Snail hand creams, you should pick one up. They come in freaking adorable snail themed containers, and the cherry scented one is addictive. Super softening too.

    • the Muse

      I haven’t tried Missha’s but I have tried Etude House and Tony Moly’s, I really haven’t seen a ton of difference in my face after all this time…! lol! That vid always cracks me up but it is the proper method of skincare/bb cream ;-D helps it all to absorb more fully. I have all three! they are so CUTE! I’ve been meaning to review but didn’t get a chance ;-D!

      • Jes

        Oh! Jealous! I can’t find them anywhere now πŸ™

        I’ve also become fascinated with the bee venom products since I purchased bee bb cream. I was not so sure I wanted to use something that is listed as a toxin on my face, but it is fast becoming one of my go-to bb creams, as is seems to treat minor issues, without drying. The bee venom products are soooooo expensive though. UGH.

        • the Muse

          they are hard to get online πŸ™ I noticed that! If I ever hear of a shop will post ;-D haha…I saw some bee venom product and was a LITTLE scared ! but felt the same about snail so I might as well “go” there ;D!

  • Caitlin

    So, I want to know how the heck they harvest the snail slime. Every scenario I can come up with is both impractical and messy. Not that I wouldn’t put it on my face. Maybe salons should offer snail facials where they just put the little guys directly on there to gently massage your skin for thirty minutes.

    • the Muse

      I’m really not sure lol! curious about that myself!

    • Tiffany Martin

      Haha that’s a good point (: I try to picture little snail villages where the snails harvest their slime in little baskets and deliver it to Taiwan for the masks (:

  • Tiffany Martin

    Thanks for listing places to get MBD, it’s been hard to trust with all the fakes.

    I wasn’t sure if these were going to be snail-y, haha, so that’s good to know also.

    • the Muse

      my pleasure! lol naa you’d never know there was snail snot in it lol!

  • Tohnia

    This JUST came into the grocery store where I get all my MBB masks! I was definitely curious, but I wanted to see if you’d review it first! They also got 3-4 of the new (?) overnight essences, but i’m not sure if you’ve reviewed those yet. If you have I’ve completely missed it and i’m sorry! If any readers are in the Toronto/GTA area or even BC or Calgary/Edmonton, get your butt to a T&T and pick up some MBB masks! A bit pricey (I pay $25 for a box of 12), but in my opinion worth it because you don’t have to pay shipping! They also sell individual or smaller packs for cheaper (3 for $5) so you can try them out! ;D And they carry all the mix packs also!

    • the Muse

      hey tohnia, I did a few reviews on the sleep packs ;-D they aren’t so fab though imho :-/ thanks for the deets, that’s help for canadian readers ;-D

  • bluesky

    I just want to re-emphasize the ‘buy from a reputable seller’ message πŸ™

    I bought a My Beauty Diary variety box from a highly rated seller on Amazon. I mean, it is Amazon, right? … I am about 95% sure they are fake. There are things that look right (packaging, dates, notches), but still lots of red flags (wrong shape, thick material, dripping wet mask, wrong nose shape, etc).


    Next time, I am going through your recommended sellers. Thank you for the advice! (that I ignored *facepalm*)

    • the Muse

      aw sorry to hear this bluesky, it’s very important to buy from a trustworthy seller, too many fakes or people selling stuff old! Amazon has A LOT of fakes! I never suggest purchasing from them at all, I’m so sorry this went wrong for you πŸ™ <3!

  • Heather C.

    This might sound strange, but I love that you have dry skin! I say this because it seems that everyone has oily skin and finding reviews on products tried on drier skin is what I need! So, thank you, and thank your drier skin for me! lol

    • the Muse

      lol heather glad someone ELSE has dry skin but I feel the same way seems like everyone is oily but me :-/

  • Tina

    I like the masks but don’t LOVE. I tried the Black Pearl and the Collagen ones: I talk about it in more detail here.

  • Cassie

    I have a snail mask but its the one from Korea with a famous artist/actor on the cover and the packaging is purple. I don’t know if you’ll know, it says before applying the mask, I have to apply the toner first. My question is, what is the toner and is it necessary to use first before applying the mask? I want to try it but I’d like to know if the toner is needed. Hopefully you can help me, if not at least you tried =)

    • the Muse

      I don’t know which mask that is cassie. I don’t apply toner prior to a mask. Hope this helps!

  • A

    I bought some packages from Bangkok when I tol a mini vacation in June finalky use it last week I love it, at first I was skeptical about snail mucous on my face