REVIEW | Naruko Snail Intense Hydra Repair Mask

Snail Filtrate has become a phenomena a few years back, in fact it’s still is until now. It’s very famous especially in Korean beauty products. If you’re a K-beauty addict, I bet there’s at least one product in your stash that have snail filtrate in its ingredient.

Why snail filtrate became very well known and is a cult favourite?

Snail Filtrate or also known as Snail Slime is a powerful ingredient. It contains so many common elements that are widely used in beauty products such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, antimicrobial and copper peptides which are proven to be beneficial to the skin. It helps to repair skin damage, infection, dryness and also protect skin from UV rays. Other than that, it’s also best known for its anti-aging properties. Since snail filtrate also contains Glycolic Acid, a natural exfoliant that helps to remove dead skin cells and also regenerate new cell, at the same time it will fade the scars as well the fine lines and wrinkles. (Life by LaserAway)

So basically today I’ll tell you about one of the product that promotes snail filtrate as one of its main ingredient. It’s Naruko Snail Intense Hydra Repair Mask. Looking at the name and also the packaging, we all immediately know that this product must be packed with goodness of snail filtrate. With vibrant pink color packaging and really cute illustration of ‘snail-city’, I would say the packaging is very eye-catching.

This mask claims to quick replenish moisture and repairs damaged skin. Personally I don’t expect too much on the skin damage repairing as I know it will take time to show any significant effects on that, thus with consistent usage and also with the additional products, it surely will help. So I decided to just focusing on the moisturizing part and other potential benefits to my skin.

Full ingredients
Purified Water (Aqua), Algin, Snow Fungus (Tremella Fuciformis) Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit extract, PEG-45M, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion FiltrateAllantoin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (OAT) Kernel Extract, Triethanolamine, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Polyglutamate, Fragnance, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate

Frankly speaking at first glance, I’m quite frustrated as snail filtrate is listed very far down the ingredient list, not the top ingredients despite of it’s marketed as snail mask. There’s also Algin listed as top ingredients. Algin is a thickener derived from brown seaweed. It’s quite a risky ingredient as it has a high potential to be an acne trigger and is irritating to the skin. Other than that I would say the ingredients are quite promising and great to the skin

How to Use
After cleansing, apply the mask evenly onto the face for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and continue with usual skincare routine.

My Experience
I’ve read so many reviews before decided to buy this mask. I’m really intrigued to try it since most reviews I read tells how they’re satisfied with this mask. Plus I’m so curious about the texture of the essence. Just like what I’ve read, it is true, the essence of this mask is not the usual runny and watery type. It’s slimy, yes VERY slimy and gooey. 

The texture reminds me of COSRX snail mucin, it’s almost the same! I believe this consistency is  because of the presence of Algin. Due to the slimy essence, the mask feels slippery when I tried to apply it to my face. Thankfully there’s a plastic backing included so it’s much easier to unfold the mask. I also found that the mask is quite strong and durable, hardly torn off.

The mask has a standard floral fragrance, not too overwhelming in my opinion. The fitting is just okay for me. Maybe if I still have to point out something about it, I would say the eye holes are a bit smaller for my liking. The adherence is quite impressive, thanks to the slimy and gooey essence. The masking session went well and smooth without any qualms. It feels slightly tacky with the mask on, but for me it’s in a good way, because it kinda tightly hugs the skin and supplies all the goodness well. I can also feel a cooling sensation while masking, thus making it so relaxing and soothing for my skin through the session.

I managed to wear the mask for 25 minutes. By the end the mask was still damp, and so was my skin. I thought upon removing the mask, it will be extremely sticky and tacky because of the essence consistency, but turn out it is not! It feels just the same like any other mask. I just dab my skin until the essence is fully absorbed and it leave matte finishing. No tacky or greasy feeling, it feels good! I believe my skin get enough hydration, hence my skin looks very refreshing and alive, with more radiant look! My pores appearance also seems much more refined, and I can feel my skin a bit firmer than before. Wow the result is pretty impressive!

Rate : 4.5/5! This mask amazed me honestly! I expect it will only do the part of moisturizing, but it has wowed me with other pretty great results. I would say with consistent usage, it will definitely benefit skin more! 😘 I like this mask, and it’s very worth to try!


Naruko Snail Essence Intense Hydra Repair Mask

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