Review: My Scheming Snail Essence Hydrating Mask ★★★.☆
My Scheming is a popular Taiwanese skincare brand, mainly known for their affordable and effective sheet masks. My Scheming Snail Essence Hydrating Mask claims to intensively hydrate skin cuticle, enhance skin hydration level, and form a protective barrier to retain skin moisture.
At first glance, the ingredients list looks pretty mediocre to me with the standard hydrating ingredients like butylene glycol, glycerin, and aloe barbadensis leaf juice at the top. But I was glad to see cucumber fruit extract, known for its calming and soothing abilities, listed so high up.
Snail slime is still one of the more popular ingredients in the Asian Beauty community due to the multiple benefits it provides. It is mainly made up of proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, glycoprotein enzymes, hyaluronic acid, copper peptides, antimicrobial peptides and trace elements including copper, zinc, and iron, which are all essential for keeping the snail free of bacterial or fungal infections as well as helping them heal when they get scratches from sliding around the hard pavement.
My skin is feeling a tad dry and looking slightly today. I’ve been trying to treat the underlying whiteheads with acids hence my skin really needs some hydration and soothing effects. I’ve cleansed, exfoliated, and toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
Out of the packet, I caught a mild clean cologne scent. The soft and thin material felt like it was made of cotton or tencel. Upon closer inspection, the surface felt kinda bumpy, it wasn’t totally smooth. A perforated plastic backing was attached to the sheet mask for easy unfolding and application.
Essence was clear and runny. It wasn’t slimey like I thought it would since it’s a snail-based mask. 30 ml of essence meant there was an abundance of leftover essence after the sheet mask was removed from the packet. I slathered some on my face prior to putting the sheet mask on and applied the rest to my neck and arms.
Fit was average. The sheet was of the right size but I found the eye and mouth holes too small. I’d like to think that I have pretty average-sized eyes and mouth, so people who have larger or more pronounced features might find this a bad fit. There wasn’t any slits cut into the sheet, but the thinness and softness of the mask allowed for ease of manipulation.
Adherence was good but not great. It clung on throughout the entire masking process but the edges were slightly lifted and a couple of air bubbles got in.
I took the mask off after 25 mins, it was already drying out. For future reference, I’d leave the mask on for no longer than 20 mins the next time.
There was lots of essence left to pat in. It felt just a tad slippery and slimey. The essence dried down/absorbed with ease, leaving behind a semi-matte and non-tacky finish.
My skin felt deeply hydrated, plump, and somewhat moisturized. My combo skin could totally get away with just a gel moisturizer over this when used in the day. The biggest improvement I saw was to my skin tone. It seemed to have brightened up and evened out alot. You can actually see the line on my forehead marking the edge of the sheet mask. Skin texture looked smoother with smaller pores. Calming effects were mediocre.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
For such an affordable sheet mask, the effects were highly impressive. Oily skin types will find this sufficient for their skin, saving alot of time and effort. Dry skin types will have to seal this in with a couple of hydrating serums and moisturizers. Overall, a great everyday mask. Check out more My Scheming reviews here.