April 11, 2017

CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review & Swatches

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CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ($16 to $21) is one of several CosRX skincare products that are starting to arrive at Ulta as they continue to grow their selection of K-Beauty. CosRX may be a familiar name to you as it is one on the lips of Korean skincare lovers. If nothing else CosRX can be blamed for much of the moisture that dry, dehydrated skin needs and when used in conjunction with other skincare it can help to add much needed hydration as well as aids to retain that moisture.

Unlike many snail secretion skincare, CoxRX can lay claim to the fact that their essence contains nearly 100% snail mucus. If the idea freaks you out, don’t let it, because honestly snail secretion can be very good for many skin types.

Let’s take a look!

CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is an inexpensive and effective way to add more moisture to drier skin. I’d recommend it to anyone with drier skin or more importantly for aging skin that would like to soften finer lines and wrinkles while adding a little more bounce back into their skin. It’s apparently an excellent way to reduce redness caused by blemishes but I can’t really speak for that because I’m not one prone to breakouts nor do I have acne scarring or redness from acne.

This comes housed in a 3.38 oz pump jar that will run you any where from $16 to $21 dollars depending where you purchase it. It’s a formula where a little goes a long way so, you’ll be using this bottle for a while.

I find that essence is to light a term for this formula and I tend to apply my essence prior to this. So, I’m using it more as a serum. The texture and formula remind me more of a serum and that’s exactly how I use it. If you’d like you can use essence first followed by this or you can use this as your sole essence. It’s entirely up to you.

This is a thicker, runnier texture that does feel a little slimy. Don’t get nervous! I made you nervous bringing slime in here didn’t I? Don’t worry! It does feel a little strange but I promise it absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a tacky, slimy, greasy or oily film on skin. It contains no scent or fragrance either.

What can you expect from it?

Well, as I said I don’t have issues with acne but apparently from reviews I read it’s wonderful for healing redness from acne or scarring. I have drier, duller skin so, I experience lasting moisture and hydration from this formula. My skin feels smoother and softer after use and it’s a perfect base for my moisturizer which absorbs a lot more easier when used over this. Not to mention my skin feels plumper and there’s more bounce to it. Apparently it brightens but honestly, anything that provides good moisture will make duller skin look brighter and happier. So, yeah, sure you’ll notice your skin looks happier and brighter after using it.

As essence becomes more and more of a staple in skincare diets across the world, not just in Korea, they’ll be plenty of choices and products to make. But if you’re looking for the best of the best, CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence does top the list.

CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is worthy of a purchase if you’re venturing into the world of essence or looking for an excellent serum that adds plenty of moisture and helps to retain it.

CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is available now at ulta.com.

Tried it?

Do share!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Agona

    Thanks for the review! The only snail product I tried is the Tony Moly sheet mask; I’m actually focusing on rice products right now (from Skinfood) to try and get rid of the hyper pigmentation/acne scarring I have from my last round of hormonal breakouts (which happened to align with when I was traveling so it was especially bad! Boo.)

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure! I hear that snail mucus is great for redness/acne scarring but I can’t say if it actually works ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Diana

    Omg. This and their Galactomyces WPE are now HG products for me! Granted, I haven’t tried the whole lime, but I’m in love! I was excited when I heard this is coming to Ulta bc it’ll save time having to order online & wait for shipping

    • Isabella Muse

      o don’t kill me but Galactomyces WPE never worked for me. I have such a sad because of that. Everyone tells me how incredible it is at brightening and whitening but I used three bottles of it and didn’t notice any change. Sniff!!!!!!!!!! ;-D

      • Codename Duchess

        I haven’t had much luck with it either! I have decent skin to begin with, so part of me is wondering if my expectations of what “brighter/whiter” skin is are unrealistic? In any case, I was hoping it’d even out my skintone a little, but it hasn’t done that. I’m halfway through my first bottle and have used it daily since December, and I’m not sure I’ll repurchase once I use it up.

        • Isabella Muse

          likewise! I think I have good skin already so, I’m not seeing anything miraculous happen when I do use this products !

      • Diana

        Idk that I see much change other than hydration, tbh. But I’m hopeful! I have combo-acne-prone skin (ugh, the curse of adult-acne & fine-lines & wrinkles!!) & am constantly beating my face up with acids & these 2 provide soothing moisture without greasiness (& more acne). So we have very different skin types!

  • Tammy

    Even though it sounds absolutely disgusting to me I might try it; I do have dry, aging skin. We’ll see!

    • Isabella Muse

      I know! Snail slime sounds gross but I promise it isn’t as bad as it sounds ;-D

    • Susan

      Give it a try! Although I haven’t tried this product per se, I have tried other snail and bee products and love them. Btw, if it makes you feel better you could call it “Boue d’escargot”!

      • Isabella Muse

        lol! Yes that makes it all better Susan! and way more refined and elegant than mere snail slime ๐Ÿ˜€

  • kjh

    Love. This. Stuff. I ‘m oily, aging, dehydrated. Great moisture for that skin type. Only tried the Cosrx galactomyces toner so far. Cosrx is so effective, with targeted, low number ingredient lists. Seldom fillers and texture modifiers. But the secret is out on g. It is in all kinds of non-AB product now, even drugstore!

  • Cyan

    I was really excited to see CosRX testers at my local Ulta! Too excited because I layered so much stuff on while trying it that I don’t know what exactly or what combination made my skin feel amazing a few hours later. Ultimately I won’t be buying CosRX stuff from Ulta because they made it a prestige brand for some reason so you can’t use the normal coupons to normalize the higher price Ulta sells it for. Wish Ultas had more Skinfood and Tony Moly on the shelves because those can actually be affordable there with the sales and coupons.

  • Dee

    I would really like to see you review some of the klairs line from wishtrend. I could bath in their supple preparation facial toner.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’ve actually never explored it because I thought it was developed for more sensitive skin users!

      • Dee

        Well it’s true, they say it’s great for sensitive skin I suppose. I wouldn’t say I have sensitive skin. I have dry hormonal acne skin. Anywho, I really love that line, I really like cosrx too so I was really happy to see it here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ruskii

    The timing on this review is perfect for me! I’ve been planning on ordering the Ladykin snail cream for weeks because I liked the Ipsy sample so much, but the price on Amazon went up quite a bit between when I first decided to get it and when I finally got around to placing an order. This stuff is cheaper and sounds like it might be even better for me. I have oily/sweaty skin that gets super parched on the outer layer (I think it’s because I have to take Adderall every day, but my skin didn’t hold onto moisture well even before it). Heavy moisturizers melt off or just feel awful, light moisturizers aren’t quite enough. The Ladykin snail cream seemed to keep the outer layer of skin feeling normal and protected in a way nothing else has managed so far. Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! I hope you like it as much as the Ladykin Snail Cream ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Abbey

    This is timely–I just received it in the mail today! I do have a few acne scars, and heard this could help. Fingers crossed!

      • Abbey

        I’ve been using it twice a day since this comment. I really like it. I don’t know how much effect it is having on older acne scarring yet, but it definitely helps with inflammation and redness from recent breakouts.

  • Renu

    I ADORE this stuff! I rotate between this one and the Mizon Snail All in One Repair as a pre-serum essence. And yes, both reduce blemishes for me, heal ruptured cystic acne – bleeding stops immediately upon application – and have slightly softened atrophic acne scars.
    I do wish CosRx would come out with a snail ampoule/serum for me to layer on top (below their AIO cream). Mizon has an ampoule, so I layer that above the essence and beneath the snail cream, but would be good to have a choice.

    Have you tried Benton’s snail range, Musey? For weird reasons, that lot broke me out while this lot healed my acne!

    • Isabella Muse

      that’s fantastic! I don’t have blemishes but I def benefit from the hydration! It would be nice if they did a serum, I wouldn’t mind the extra moisture. No, I’m obsessed with Elensilia snail range, it’s kinda the end all for me in regards to snail skincare. They do a really good line of snail stuff ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sarah

    Yay! I love this stuff! Between this, the Rosette Ceramide Gel, an oil cleaner and a cleansing toner (the main working products in my routine-I have several others I use). My skin has been amazing lately!

    Note: I have dehydrated skin that’s been super hydrated.