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Hold the phone, you did not just say SNAIL?!
Yep, I did. More on that later.
That is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard of putting on my face! I'm outta here.
You'd be missing out on something that has a near-miraculous effect on acne.
Snail filtrate (meaning it's harvested [cruelty-free] from a species of snail farmed just for this purpose, and then filtered) is famous for it's skincare benefits, which include speeding the healing process of any wound, which means it helps heal your acne more quickly and without scarring. Seriously, just google it.
To me, that's huge. As long as the little guys are not harmed, I'm all for anything that will help me combat the acne that continues to plague me right into my 30's. It is also linked to various skin benefits and supposedly it has been clinically tested to confirm that it does in fact have chemicals in it that assist with regenerating the skin, as snails rely on healing abrasions, preventing infection, and quickly reducing inflammation so they are not compromised by whatever sharp nasty things they are gliding over.
Makes sense when you think about it that way, doesn't it? It would be like dragging the inside of your lips over any and all surfaces; you wouldn't survive if you didn't have a way to keep the ensuing abrasions and contamination from killing you.
It's not even that exotic an idea anymore; it's been A Thing in the beauty world for quite a while, including Brazil, France, and of course Asia.
On to the review!
Full product name: Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Blemish Balm SPF32/PA++
Purpose: BB cream with 45% Snail Filtrate
Texture: Surprisingly liquid, more like a foundation than the thicker, creamy consistency I am used to in a BB cream, such as Skin79 or Missha. Sheer to medium coverage, but builds easily due to how thin it is.
Colour: NC15 almost exactly, see below comparison to a NC15 Studio Fix concealer and Missha's #13 Perfect Cover BB cream, or see how it compares to my swatch mega post against Lioele, Missha, and Skin79 BB creams.
Finish: Very natural, has one of the most natural finishes of any BB cream I have tried. Neither too matte nor too glowy.
Scent: Unlike the Skin79 Snail BB cream sample I tried, which smelled like a creepy old lady (mothballs, rancid outdated perfume, undusted furniture, and the faded dreams of a lifetime) this cream smells sort of like a lighter version of my Elisha Coy BB All-In-One Cleanser, which reminds me of herbs and wildflowers. Looking at the ingredients, I see a lot of flower extracts (see ingredients image below), and I swear it doesn't smell like dying senior citizen or anything I could imagine snails to smell like.
Packaging: Squeeze tube, with an oval shape that makes getting the cap securely back on easy. I would have preferred a pump because it's tricky to control such a liquid product with a squeeze tube.
Quantity: 50ml and it lasts forever
Availability: I got mine from a seller on ebay and had no problems, other than the fact that it took a very long time to get here. I would have preferred a US seller for accountability and faster shipping, but none of the US sellers I use carried this particular BB cream. **Update: Prettyandcute.com is now carrying this BB cream, and it's only $20!
Price: I got it from the above seller for approximately $20 USD including shipping.
Rating: 4/5 due to the short wear time (see full review)
Repurchase: Yes, because of all the BB creams I have, I feel that this one has the best skin care result.
I do love this BB cream. Like anyone who wanders onto the slippery slope of BB creams, I have developed a collection that far outweighs any chance of actually using them up before the expire. Like a shoe addict, I hover over them in the morning, deciding which one I want to wear that day. Am I in a full-coverage mood, do I want the best skin tone match, do I feel like my skin wants to be babied?
However, Mizon's snail BB cream is what I use daily unless my skin is in revolt and I need heavy coverage (Skin79 Orange Vita) or I am going out (Missha Perfect Cover in #13) and want to dress up. It is the most soothing, gentlest, non-reactive BB cream I have, and it is super light on the skin. Even in the throes of my skin's holiday vendetta against me, I noticed my skin looked better when it came time to take it off after a day's wear. There are pictures below, and they ain't pretty. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Holiday skin disaster aside, it's hard for me to say that all the miraculous acne improvement and the speed at which my blemishes healed were entirely due to the BB cream, as I also picked up Mizon's Snail Recovery Gel after I had obsessively researched snail filtrate and read countless reviewers breathlessly testifying to it's abilities. Sadly, I am out of the Recovery Gel now (cue wailing and gnashing of teeth as I f5 the tracking data page for my replacement tube) but
Between the 74% Gel and the 45% BB cream, my skin was smoother, clearer, and best of all, the blemishes I did get (as my skin tapered off it's Great Clarisonic Purge of 2012) cleared up quickly and left fewer scars.
I'm completely a snail filtrate convert now, and am anxiously waiting for the essence (serum) and face cream from Elisha Coy's snail line to arrive, along with my replacement Mizon Recovery Gel.
Snail goodness aside, how did this measure up as BB cream? Honestly, if it didn't have magical snail slime from sparkly unicorn rainbow snails in it, it would be a fairly middle of the road BB cream, because it just doesn't last on the skin. Double for oily areas, such as the T-zone. I would give it 3-4 hours, tops, before it begins to fade on the dry areas of my face and break in the oily areas. I don't wear primer or powder with my BB creams, because I wear them primarily for skin care and sun protection and I feel primers defeat the purpose if they are a barrier between the BB cream's skincare and your skin, y'know?
You are about to view close-ups of the post-holiday wreckage of my skin, not suitable for children, the elderly, or the faint of heart! Scroll at your peril!
I have swatched it alongside MAC Studio Fix in NC15, and Missa Perfect Cover #13 for colour comparison, and as you can see it's very close to NC15. I am using one of those "natural light" bulbs, which tends to wash the colour out a little; both the Mizon and the Studio Fix are noticeably darker than my skin. Scroll down for a close-up. (NMS for pasty whiteness!)
**Update: I have replaced the original image with a megaswatch photo to compare Mizon with a larger range of BB creams.
Here is the original indoor light close up:
As you can see even in these pictures, NC15 is still a little dark on me, but since my face has been darkened from sun damage, it blends nicely with no issues.
Below are the action shots during the Holiday Horrorshow. Note: my skin is very red from irritation and liberally speckled with angry breakouts in these pictures, and although the Mizon BB cream may seem too yellow on my cheeks, compare it to the skin on my neck and how much closer (and less red) my cheeks are after application. It really evens things out nicely in a single layer without losing the natural skin look.
You only need a tiny amount of this product, but due to the squeeze tube, it's easy to end up with too much. I always apply it to the back of my hand, dab on what I need (see above) and then blend with the sponge.
And lastly, we have the ingredients list (click here for viewable text size) which details some of the plant extracts that influence the scent.
And with that, I'm done. I sincerely hope that if you are in the NC15-20 colour range and interested in expanding your BB cream collection to include snail care items, you will give this one a try.
If you are not familiar with BB creams, I can't say how this will measure up to your expectations, because BB creams are just not the same animal as foundations. You may find the liquid texture to be easier to work with, but you may also be put off by the sheerer coverage and the short wear time. If you're in the market for a tinted moisturizer and the snail angle intrigues you, definitely check it out.
Leave me a comment below if you found this helpful, or if you have any questions!
All the best,
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