Snails? In your skincare? Sounds weird right? Well THEFACESHOP has delved into this world and created a line of skincare that contains snail mucus filtrate (if you want it to sound fancy you can say escargot instead). THEFACESHOP HWANSAENGGO ESCARGOT skincare line is a higher end line within the store and features both the snail mucus filtrate and 24K gold in its products. The combination promises to firm, regenerate and improve elasticity of the skin. The line contains a cleanser, cream, emulsion, eye cream, serum, toner, and masks.
The packaging reflects the higher price tag and is so lovely to sit on my bathroom sink. It has substantial weight and intricate details on the lids. The best part though is that both products I’ve been trying have pumps (definitely my preference when it comes to skincare products).
I’ve been trying out the serum and toner for the past couple of weeks and I have to say that I don’t mind having snail mucus and 24K gold slathered all over my skin.
First, the HWANSAENGGO ESCARGOT Golden Firming Toner ($50 CDN) is a much different consistency than what I’m used to when it comes to toners. A lot more viscous, it’s easier to apply with my fingers than a cotton pad. There are flecks of 24K gold throughout but they disintegrate once the toner is applied to the skin. The absorption does take a tiny touch more time with this toner so I quickly learned to not overdo it on the amount used. But once it is absorbed my skin feels very comfortable, hydrated and slightly more firm. Yes, that’s right….it firmed my skin. Now while the firming is very slight after the first use, I could tell more so once I used this product (and the serum) for a few days.
Second, the HWANSAENGGO ESCARGOT Golden Firming Serum ($75 CDN) is just like the toner with the floating 24K gold but is much thicker. It even has a thicker consistency than other gel-like serums I have used in the past. It is a gel-cream hybrid for sure. Now this definitely absorbs quickly into the skin and didn’t leave a sticky residue (which you would totally expect with snail mucus as an ingredient). My skin continued to feel hydrated and plumped while still feeling firmed.
Like I had said, the firming came a few days after consistent use. Now it doesn’t feel like I had a face lift or something but my skin just feels more together when I use these products in combination. My skin hasn’t broken out, become dry or have uneven texture after using these products consistently for 3 weeks. If anything, I have found that my skin is more radiant, even in tone and I’m producing a bit more oil in my T-zone.
Overall, I am very impressed with THEFACESHOP HWANSAENGGO ESCARGOT Skincare line and how my skin has been feeling for the past few weeks. I am definitely going to continue using them (when not testing out other products) so my skin can keep feeling put together. Also, I would love to try the creams to see if they also help my skin feel so nice.
til next time…
Disclaimer: Products sent for review purposes. All opinions are my own.