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COSRX Snail Mucin Products For The Natural Glow

COSRX Snail Mucin Products For The Natural Glow

Today I will be reviewing COSRX snail mucin products for the natural glow everyone loves to have. I linked above a previous post on everything you need to know about snail mucin if you would like to know more about that. I would not be talking to great lengths about snail mucin benefits in this post.

Snail mucin was once a fad ingredient but not anymore. Vegan skincare and probiotics are currently trending. The products I’m going to review have been in the market for a few years and are expected to remain cult classics - COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream, and COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.

Before I move on with the Cosrx snail mucin reviews, I would again inform new readers as I always do in my posts, I have dry and acne-prone skin. So whatever beauty products I review usually center around my skin type. But also I usually bring the products out for you that fit all skin types. Now let’s jump into the products.

COSRX is one of the top k-beauty brands specifically for dry and acne-prone skin, exactly my skin type! Their products are mild, gentle, have fewer add-ons, and affordable. The two products I would be reviewing are their snail essence and cream.

COSRX-Snail-Mucin-Products-For-The-Natural-GlowCOSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream (left); COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (right)

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

First of all, to those who don’t know what an essence is, I will explain it to you. Not what Google or the brands say, but in my own words, whichever you can familiarize yourself with!

What Is An Essence?

Essence, Korean skincare innovation, is water with a slightly viscous texture, or diluted form of concentrated serums. Its purpose is to hydrate the skin, making the next skincare products in line absorb better.

Essences are quite popular in Asian skincare routine. K-beauty is seeing a little growth in Americas but has still not reached Europe. Europeans are less aware of k-beauty, but it is now turning its heads to my region.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a lightweight but highly concentrated essence with 96.3% snail secretion filtrate, and 3.7% other ingredients. It is intended to give you long-lasting hydration and a dewy complexion. COSRX is a cruelty-free brand. They also support that snails aren’t harmed during harvesting. They use an edible snail specie i.e. giant African snail, Achatina fulica. COSRX snail mucin is cruelty free. They use a mesh net and place the snails on them to ram about at night, as nocturnal creatures. Making environment appropriate for them for optimal mucin production.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence comes in four package sizes i.e. from 20ml to 100ml, including a small sachet. 100ml retails for USD 25.

Main Ingredients

Five ingredients worthy of notice are;

  • Snail Secretion Filtrate – The hero ingredient with all the benefits.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – A hydrator.
  • Allantoin – An all-rounder, fighter, and a protector of your skin from dryness and mild irritations.
  • Panthenol – Vitamin B5 for water retention.
  • Arginine – An amino acid to promote the production of skin cells.


How to Use COSRX Snail Mucin Essence

The brand directs to use it after cleansing and toning. Take 1-2 pumps of the essence in your hands and apply all over the face. Pat it for absorption. Follow up with a moisturizer.

I use two to five pumps of COSRX snail essence daily including the neck and for both AM and PM routines.


COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is highly concentrated, highly rated, and a cult classic that gives naturally glowing skin. It has become my go-to snail essence. Snail mucin being the ingredient that prevents signs of aging, and give a youthful appearance to the skin. It is very hydrating, feels light on the skin, and leaves it super smooth. The essence has a very interesting slimy, icky, mushy texture. It is perfect for every season. 


What I love about the packaging is that it comes in a bottle with a cap that is very tight. I have had bad experiences with many beauty products that had caps that came loose after using them. I was hesitant when I saw this one. Now that my bottle is empty, the cap is still quite intact. The travel-sized packaging would be handy for go-to.

How It Is Different From Its Competitors

There are a lot of other snail essences and serums in k-beauty. This one is the most potent form with 96% snail mucin, whereas all the other eleven ingredients are to enhance snail mucin benefits for skin. A few other great brands offering snail essences and serums are Mizon, Benton, SMD Cosmetics, and Dewytree. Their formulations are a mix of many ingredients so you can call them diluted snail mucin formulations. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Essence has a peptide complex for cell-communicating properties (in my upcoming reviews). Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence has bee venom for extra nourishment. And Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Essence Water has antioxidants for fighting free radicals on the skin.

Key Decision-Making Factors

You can choose among Dewytree, Benton, and Mizon, but I would recommend COSRX based on two factors. It focuses on only one strong ingredient making it highly concentrated. Also, because my skin easily breaks out, its formulation also meets my custom requirements of having fewer add-ons. This helps me with less congestion and breakout. Those who would prefer a mix of ingredients and less concentration of snail extract may start out with the alternatives. But eventually you would want to try this one.

Would I repurchase? In the snail category, always and only. This has made it to my top three essences list. The other two I will review in future.

Recommended for? Oily, normal, combination, dry, extra dry, sensitive skin types.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Rating

Performance Rating (overall) 5 out of 5 stars

Category:                   Snail secretion filtrate

Quantity                     100 ml

Price                           25 USD

Texture                       5

Moisturizing                4

Ingredients                 5

Packaging                  5

Value for money         5


COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream is a moisturizer with 92% of snail secretion filtrate to hydrate, nourish, and plump skin. The packaging further says it prevents aging. It is packaged in a tub. 100g retails for USD 26.

Main Ingredients

This moisturizer has six ingredients worthy of notice.

  • Snail Secretion Filtrate – The superstar all nourishing with anti-aging benefits.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – A hydrophilic to attract moisture in skin cells.
  • Allantoin – An all-rounder skin defender from dryness and irritations.
  • Panthenol – Vitamin B5, anti-inflammatory.
  • Arginine – A cell-communicating amino acid.
  • Adenosine – A skin-restoring agent to decrease the appearance of wrinkles.

How to Use COSRX Snail All In One Cream 

The brand directs you to apply a small amount on your face after essence or serum. In this case, the snail essence, and pat for absorption. Avoid eye and mouth area.

If you need more than 2 grams approx, go for it because at least I pile the product. I also apply it around my eyes and mouth area. I use it daily and often switch it between my AM and PM skincare routines.


COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream Review

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream is an all in one cream for face and also a lightweight moisturizer. It is super moisturizing and hydrating for dry skin, yet lightweight enough for acne prone. It is another cult k-beauty product that rejuvenates, plumps, and nourishes skin for a youthful natural glow and a dewy bounce. It reduces appearance of wrinkles, and regenerates damaged skin. As a moisturizer, the texture feels even slimier than the essence. It did make my skin feel and look healthy and plump. My favorite moisturizers should have that only quality of not breaking me out and this one did not. It works well in humid season too. I have used this product twice, and it has made it to my favorite moisturizers list. 


This all in one cream comes in a tub, you would need to use it with washed hands or else, buy a makeup spatula to avoid product contamination. I personally think it should have been in a tube or bottle instead of a tub, because the snail cream is thin, so it spills. COSRX has changed the cream's outer packaging. They have added an extra flap. It just seems additional packaging, but I think it wasn't needed. 

How It Is Different From Competitors

There are a few other snail moisturizer alternatives from the best Korean cosmetic brands such as Mizon, Benton, Missha, and Dewytree. Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream comes with peptide complex for cell regeneration. If we talk about Benton snail bee essence vs Cosrx snail mucin, the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream has an additional ingredient, the bee extract that adds extra nourishment to the skin. Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream has antioxidants for protecting skin from damage from environmental and stress factors. Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream has a bit of a silicon content to it and arbutin for skin whitening.

Key Decision Making Factors

If you want to try these options then, check out them. From those, my second best recommendations would be Benton, Mizon, and Dewytree. But personally, COSRX snail cream meets my exact skin needs of being dry and acne prone that easily reacts and breaks out. Also, it is a highly concentrated single ingredient product. So, if that is your focus, then this would be your ultimate choice. It is also lightweight, water based, and has less add-ons. Again it focuses on only one strong ingredient. This helps me keep away from pore clogging and breakout. So I would not switch to others.

Would I repurchase? Among snail extracts, Yes. But for moisturizers, I always feel open to explore more moisturizers so that I can choose which ones to add to my favorite moisturizers list.

Recommended for? Oily, normal, combination, dry, extra dry, and sensitive skin types.

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream Rating

Performance Rating (overall) 4 out of 5 stars

Category:                   Snail secretion filtrate

Quantity                     100g

Price                           26 USD

Texture                        4

Moisturizing                4

Ingredients                 5

Packaging                  4

Value for money         4


Common Factors

Snail extract and fewer add-ons are the commonalities of the two products. Snail mucin reduces visibility of hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and soothes red skin. As an antiaging ingredient, it improves elasticity, and resilience of your skin. It has wound healing abilities, helps in repair of photoaged skin, and also treats atropic acne scarring and dermatitis.

Both products are water based suitable. That means they are suitable for oily skin as well that type easily gets dehydrated. Also, the products have no fragrance, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

I have often seen this question on the internet, "COSRX snail essence vs snail cream?" There is literally no comparison! They share a common ingredient not product category. You cannot compare two different product categories. One is an essence and the other a cream; separate steps to your skincare routine. You cannot use essence in place of a cream. In other words, these are not each other's substitutes.

I still don’t quite understand why the brand says not to apply the products around the eyes and especially the mouth area. I apply the products around my eyes. The skin around my mouth is especially the driest and that is where I pile the products the most. My family does it too. So if this works for me, why not you! In case of doubts, you can avoid applying it on your lash line.

Both products are great to wear under your makeup. You would feel your foundation and concealer glide on it.


COSRX Snail Mucin Before and After

These products did three things to my skin on which basis I will give my verdict and conclude;

  1. When I used it the very first time I had red acne on my nose. I used it for two days and noticed the redness gone.
  2. Because of snail extract’s anti-inflammatory properties, I visibly noticed my acne lessening and fading away.
  3. I had numerous dot sized, hard boils on my forehead and the bridge of the nose, spread like a Pointillism. They never went away with all the treatments I ever did, including prescriptive retinoid and OTC. My dermatologist said it could only be treated with Cautery surgical procedure. But I’m scared of physical pain. These products were like a magic wand to my skin. It didn’t even take a month for the issue to go away and I’ve never seen it on my face ever since. 

My verdict is that it is due to concentrated snail extract in the products, especially the essence. For me, it couldn’t get better!



Every skincare routine takes time to treat your skin. Always be patient when you are using any product. Some ingredients show results instantaneously while others, due to their scientific nature, take time.

Among snail mucin products, these could be your best bet, a powerful ingredient with fewer add-ons. COSRX snail stuff is good. Like I said earlier, go for the alternatives if you want to. Benton and Dewytree are my other suggested second-best brands in the snail category. For those willing to try it for the first time, the alternatives have less snail extract, if that is what you prefer, and more other ingredients. Personally, in the snail category, I would not experiment with snail alternatives. The lighter and fewer add-ons the product has, the better for acne-prone skin.

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I hope you enjoyed the review. If you want, share the post with your socials. Let me know your thoughts below. Also, make sure you subscribe to my blog. In the meantime check out my dedicated skincare board on Pinterest. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. If you are looking to fade dark spots and blemishes on your face, I created an ingredient checklist that you can look for when purchasing your skincare. Or if you are looking to treat hormonal acne then check out this easy weekly routine I created for you. Thank you for visiting my page. I love you all very much. Stay safe. Bye.

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  1. Great post! These products look really good - I definitely need to check out the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence in particular! Thanks for sharing x

    1. glad you liked it and thanks for visiting my page! <3

  2. Thanks for the information! I've been thinking about adding snail mucin to my routine for a while. I have some redness and hyperpigmentation that is slowly fading, and I wonder if snail products would help it fade faster. I really appreciate your review.

    1. there's an ingredient list that targets dark spots if you'd want to subscribe to receive the freebie, informing just in case. thanks a lots for reading. hope it helps you decide <3

  3. I've not heard of any of these products for and the benefits so this was so interesting to read xx

    1. yes Della, its because kbeauty has not really hit europe that much. but glad you liked it. <3

  4. I have never heard of or used any of these products before but they sound like good ones. And they have such numerous benefits. I will check them out.

    1. thank you for reading and if you liked them Ruth! <3

  5. Wow, this is so interesting. I've heard of snail secretion before but never thought to try it. I have very dry skin so I will have to try COSRX. Thanks!

    1. hope it suits you and thanks for reading! <3

  6. I love COSRX! These products are two of my fave products from the brand. These are my go-to products when I'm breaking out. This stuff really works!

    1. aww so do I think! thanks for reading Fritzie <3

  7. I have never tried products with snail mucin, but I'm willing to give it a try and I trust your reviews always! I'm not getting any younger, lol. xxHeidi

    1. haha, neither am I! Also happy to hear you trust my reviews. i appreciate it! <3

  8. I love Cosrx products! I haven't tried these particular ones but they look great!

    1. ah another fan like me. thanks for reading Katie! <3

  9. Whoa. My first time coming across these types of products. I feel like the only term I recognised was "essence" lol. Snail mucin sounds interesting. Might try one day

    1. thanks for reading Angasa. And im glad i could tell you something new.<3

  10. It's good to have a skin routine. This company seem invested a lot on skin care and has good products. Thank you for sharing!

    1. i'm happy i could share good info. thanks for reading and liking Fransic <3

  11. Cosrx seem to get good reviews and are a reasonably priced skin care brand. I find it fascinating that snail slime could improve the skin!

    1. thank you so much for visiting my page and reading this Susan! <3

  12. Snail products sounds so cool. i also have dry + acne prone skin so I am very tempted to give that moisturizer especially a try.

    1. oh. you're my skin type. Glad i could help you. thanks for reading <3

  13. Hello! Wow I've not heard of this brand but I am always trying to improve my skin care! Thanks for sharing a great post! Alicia

  14. I never knew Snail mucus came in so many products. So far I tried the sheet mask with the serum. And my skin loved it! Thanks for the post, I will look around for any snail cream. I definitely won't see that brand down where I live.

  15. I didn't know that snail was actively used in skincare to be honest! This sounds like a really interesting product - thank you for sharing x

  16. Snail Mucin - I've never heard of it, but it sounds like a wonderful product. I live in a regional area, so it will be a while until I see anything like this around here, but I'll keep a look out for it. I'm interested in the All In One Cream, as I also suffer from redness on my nose and I would love something like this to take it away :) Thanks so much for this :)

    Lindsay |

  17. Thanks for the recommendation. I'd love a natural glow.


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