Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Love this essence!
I haven't ordered this product from Ulta, but I purchased it from elsewhere, but I highly recommend this essence.
Please note, because this essence not formulated like a moisturizer, unless it's very humid or hot or you have normally hydrated skin, this will NOT be a replacement for your moisturizer. Essences are just additional hydrating steps BEFORE your moisturizer. Also, for sensitive skin types who react badly to AHA/Alpha Hydroxy Acids (i.e. lactic acid, glycolic acid, etc.), there's a potential chance for irritation as snail mucin has a very low dose of naturally occurring AHA. Allergies to shellfish/mollusks and dust mites may also not have the best reaction to snail mucin either.
Anyway, this stuff keeps my skin soft and is a protective step for the winter air for me currently. It also soothes my angry acne when I pick. It's also safe to put under the eye (test this before trying, of course), so I use it as an extra layer of moisture before my eye cream. I use four pumps which is one more pump than you really need, but I like a thick layer of this stuff. My skin just drinks it up. I spray Mario Badescu's Rosewater mist on my skin first, so it soaks in even faster.
Most Helpful Critical Review Could be fabulous for some people.
I am 52 and have never been able to use any kind of anti-aging products, I'm getting a little desperate cause my skin is still oily and acne prone plus sensitive. This is light but sticky for 20-30 minutes, it plumps up your skin, it's nice, but it is breaking out my forehead. I'm keeping it to use around my eyes and my neck to see if it does any long term anti aging.
Reviewed by 320 customers LOVE LOVE LOVEEE
Marietta from Atlanta, GA
This is a great buy and I'm in love with their whole brand.
I have acne prone skin and I can get dry at times, this worked WONDERS for fading my hyperpigmentation/acne scars. There are a lot of benefits to this product but fading my scars is the best one yet.
Em from Indianapolis, IN
I was a little hesitant to use this, but I wish I had tried it sooner! It helped with the dry parts of my face (I have combination skin) and helped heal a lot of my acne. I apply it with a damp face to lock moisture in.
Hydrating and healing
rae1216 from Fayetteville
I love this product! It is a little slimy but goes on smoothly and is perfect under moisturizer. It has helped hydrate my skin and keep my skin barrier healthy. And you get a ton of product!
Kmw828 from Maryland
Love this product new holy grail!
NZ from South Gate
I love this! I feel like this has really helped me with my acne and skin barrier. My face isn't as red anymore. It really helps to heal the skin. I tend to pop my pimples and sometimes I pinch so bad that it damages my skin. With this stuff, it actually starts to heal my skin and it doesn't look that bad the next morning as I thought it would. It leaves a nice glow. I would recommend this to anyone struggling with acne, irritation and redness
My Holy Grail Essence
Jenny from Charlotte, NC
Never in my life did I think I would be slapping snail slime on my face, but I'm glad I got over the repulsion and gave it a try. I don't think I'll ever use another essence because this stuff works wonders on my skin. It's very sticky when you first apply it, which is understandable since it's snail slime but once it's absorbed it leaves my face feeling crazy soft! I also didn't experience a skin purge while getting started on this product which is awesome. I have oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin and this has been a great addition to my day and night routines.
Really helped with my acne!
M from San Diego
For the past 5+ years, I've been struggling with acne. After trying this product I noticed huge differences. After using this product for a month, most of my acne was gone. I am not a huge fan of sticky and heavy products and I have to admit that in my opinion, this product was a bit sticky, but I think it wasn't sticky to point where it was really bad. I really enjoy this product a lot and I would recommend using this product with the Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream.
One of my trusted staples
OthellosMom17 from Minnesota
I use this year round. I have combo skin and this helps tremendously with keeping everything under control. It's immediate moisture relief without being a heavy cream.
Yohai from KS
Solid hydrating product, works on face, body, and even hair. You have to apply it before moisturizer to seal everything in. It has a slightly sticky and viscous consistency, which I personally enjoy because it doesn't immediately soak in/evaporate. Great for barrier repair. Would repurchase.
Carly from DC
I LOVE THIS ESSENCE! I find most essences don't really do much for me, but this actually creates the perfect base for my moisturizing routine. It feels great on the skin, not sticky, and it helps my moisturizers sink into my skin without being greasy. Definite staple in my routine moving forward.
didn't really do anything
Morgan from Texas
I don't have any big issue with this product, I just didnt see any difference made in my skin. Made it a bit more hydrated, but other than that, nothing too special really. Definitely is kinda fun to apply to your face though!
I wanted to love this because of the rating
Ali from Richmond, VA
I've been using consistently for a month and haven't noticed any difference in my skin. I was really hopeful since it had so many 5 star reviews, but this did nothing to my skin.
Angeliqa from Michigan
I was recently started on prescription acne treatments which have been drying on my normal/oily skin. I started using this product just after I cleanse and just before applying prescription retinol, and I see instant hydration! It comes out a little sticky but goes on smooth and absorbs quickly, and does not cause any pilling when combined with any other products. My skin has the most healthy glow right after applying, and it instantly relieves any dry spots, leaving my skin smooth and hydrated. This is my first "holy grail" skin care product that I have ever tried, and I can't wait to see what other benefits this product has once I finish my first bottle!
Kirstin from OR
I use with other essences and moisturizer. It plays nicely with other products. Absorbs quickly.
Melanie from Chicago
This product gives me a nice dewy glow with even longer lasting softness and moisture. It doesn't cause pilling or irritation to my skin. Yes it is a bit sticky, but as it's an essence it shouldn't be the last step in a routine, and after I put my moisture on there is no stickiness on face. I have also started adding this to the back of my hands before lotioning at bedtime, to help the dryness I am experiencing due to extra hand washing and sanitizer.
Love it very much worth it
Dorothy H from brooklyn, NY
Amazing product, has kept my skin tight slowly seeing results for my fine lines. I have been using it for 2 months now and stop expecting over night results with a skin care product nothing will show you progress in a week . I loved this product so much I rebought a second bottle since I'm a little passed half way already on it.
Update 6 months later I'm on my third bottle and I will not trade it for anything else! I use in my 10 step Korean skin care routine and it has helped transform my skin!
Taureangale from Maryland
I use this daily; morning and night right after toning. I have oily/combo skin and this is very lightweight, adds extreme hydration without being oily.
an okay product
:) from hawaii
I was excited to try this product since it is supposed to brighten, whiten, and smooth your skin. The product when applying onto my face is like a jelly-slimy texture. It's texture is kinda like egg whites (lol). When you rub it into your face it feels like an overnight mask, it felt heavy on my face. It does keep my skin feeling hydrated but I'm not sure if it changed anything on my face.
Gave me breakouts
Trina from New York
I used it 3 times per week for a month before realizing it gave me break outs.
Kay from Las Vegas
I have been using this for months now, and I have to say the product does its job well—my skin does not get dry on the days that I use this essence. With my normal skin, this can just be replaced by using a heavier moisturizer, but lighter moisturizers feel much better throughout the day so this essence helps in combination with those.
Smokey Susan from Atlanta, GA
I'm not sure if this product actually does anything.
I will not be buying this product again.
Aubry from New Mexico
I really wanted to love this item but it caused me to break out, and the acne it caused was really painful. Once I stopped using it my skin went back to normal, and the acne slowly disappeared in a matter of days.
Cookie from Texas
Love the feel and absorption of this serum.
LostSiren from Connecticut
Absolutely love this product. My skin hasn't felt this good since I was a teen. I've used it one week and already see a big difference. Amazing results and I won't be without this product ever. Definitely a must have.
Broke me out.
Jos from Houston
I am a 22 year old Black woman. My skin is not acne prone at all and I try everything under the sun with rarely any issues. This stuff gave me issues. I used it day and night for a month and a half and it broke me out very badly. I got pimples all the time and even some under the skin bumps. And they always leave dark marks that I have to fade. I simply was looking for extra hydration to my skin and it sent my face on a rollercoaster.