I’ve always wanted to try this out ever since I see people lugging out dozens of this whenever they visit Korea. Plus, I love me a good hydrogel and snail mask.
Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Hydrogel Mask is a luxury gel mask containing snail mucus filtrate which helps to moisturize for healthier, tighter looking skin. Contains 10,000 ppm of snail mucus filtrate which has surprising vitality. Emphasizes on skin protection layer. I got this from Ulta at $8 a piece. Amazon also has this for $14.97 for 5 pieces. This post contains an affiliate link.
Skin is looking slightly red and feeling very dry. I’ve already cleansed and toned my skin, skipping exfoliation to let my skin heal from contact dermatitis. Find out how I usually prep my skin for masking here.
Out of the packet, the mask comes wrapped in a hard plastic film. There is little to no serum left in the packet. I detect a light clean scent when I put my nose really close to it.
Remove the plastic film to find 2 pieces of masks folded, one for the top half of the face and the other for the bottom half.
The hydrogel mask has a front and back protector, a papery thin one and a thicker plastic one. Due to how slippery the hydrogel mask is, it makes sense for it to come with 3 different wrappings.
Remove the thin papery protector so that the smooth side of the hydrogel is on your face, place it on face, then remove the plastic backing. Even so, I had a hard time unfolding it and adjusting the placement on my face due to how slippery and slimey it is. I accidentally made a few dents on the hydrogel with my fingernails (and they’re not that long) while gripping it too tightly. It took me a hot minute to get it right. However, once I got it right, it was easy to get it to fit the contours of my face. No incisions required. This is my love-hate relationship with hydrogel masks.
While the fit was great, the size just does not work for me.
- The eye holes are too big. I love getting masks on a portion of my eye so that it gets some hydration and not drying out during the masking process
- The nose flap is too long. I would like to think I have a normal-sized nose because I’ve never had an issue with the nose area with all the other sheet masks I’ve tried.
- The bottom portion of the mask kept slipping downwards, covering my top lip, which is super uncomfortable and nasty. I think it would be better to lay down while having this mask on.
I had this on for 40 minutes and the edges are starting to dry out and peel off. Upon removing the mask, there was still a decent layer of essence left on the skin. While massaging the essence into my skin, I noticed that it has a slight tacky finish.
Below is a comparison of the before and after pictures.
From the comparison, my skin definitely looks dewier and less red. While it gives decent hydration. for the price, I was expecting a bigger hydration boost. So I will not recommend this since there are other cheaper masks in the market that performs better than this.
Go be beautiful!