Naruko Snail Essence Intense Hydra Repair Mask claims to quickly replenish moisture and repair damaged skin with key ingredient, snail secretion filtrate or, as I would like to call it, snail slime.
However, I’m a little skeptical as snail slime is listed pretty far down the ingredient list, 13th out of 23 to be exact. The top ingredient, algin (a thickener derived from brown seaweed), has a high potential of being an acne-trigger and skin irritant, something I would not expect from a Naruko mask.
Naruko is a Taiwanese brand founded by Niu Er. He is a skincare guru who is known to look 20+ years younger than he really is.
My skin is feeling dry and sensitive today, mostly due to the sudden drop in temperature and cold winds. I’ve cleansed, exfoliated, and toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
The mask sheet material felt like any other Naruko masks, soft, medium thick but woven in a way that’s easily tearable. It came with a plastic backing and was pretty easy to unfold. Scent was also the standard subtle fragrance.
The essence though, was something worth mentioning. All the Naruko masks that I’ve tried contained runny and drippy essence. This one, on the other hand, is highly viscous and slimey. I’m guessing this was the algin at play.
Slapping on a mask with such a “fun” essence was a whole new experience for me. It was challenging in the sense that the slime followed my fingers everywhere. Adjusting the mask for fit meant having strings of essence all over my eyes and mouth.
Fit was moderate, the holes were a little too small for my liking. Adherence was also average. The mask stayed put thanks to the tackiness of the essence, aside from that, the material wasn’t helping at all. Fold lines refused to stay flat and were inviting all the air bubbles in the partay.
I took the mask off after 30 mins, it was starting to dry out.
Removing this mask was the strangest sensation ever. The essence had become even more gelatinous that it was forming little strings as it was removed from my face. Some of it got into my eye. I was expecting this mask to give me a tacky dewy finish, however, that was not the case. Hydration was moderate and finish was non-tacky, and looked silky. Calming effects were moderate at first but I did notice my redness disappearing after an hour, giving me an even-toned skin throughout the entire day. No other effects were observed.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
Surprisingly, this mask did not wow me as much as it did for other who have tried it. Nevertheless, this is a pretty good and affordable mask for all skin types. Find more reviews of Naruko sheet masks here.