This TikTok-Favorite Essence Has More Than 29,000 5-Star Reviews—& It's Only $16 Right Now

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cosrx snail mucin essence

When it comes to TikTok, we can't deny how easily we're influenced to test-and-try out products. From buzzy skincare to best-smelling shampoos, the platform continues to make everything go viral. Exhibit A: this CosRx Snail Mucin Essence.

Now, the name alone has us skeptical, because snail mucin on your face?! However, the product has more than 29,000 5-star reviews, with many calling it a total must-have. We took a closer look and see if it's worth adding to our routine.

CosRx Snail Mucin Essence Overview

  • Pros: reportedly hydrates the skin, great for layering other products, lightweight formula
  • Cons: goopy texture
  • Best For: all skin types
  • Key Ingredients: snail secretion filtrate, hyaluronic acid, allantoin
  • Standout Review: "I found this serum lives up to its hydrating claims without being heavy like some serums tend to feel. The texture (while definitely...snail-y) is smooth and the product is quick to absorb. Plus, the bottle lasts forever, and at that price? You can't beat it." — Katherine Gillen, PureWow food editor

This gel-based essence promises to hydrate and repair your skin. It's formulated with 96 percent snail secretion filtrate (aka mucin) that's known to soothe the skin, penetrate moisture into the area and reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. You'll also find key ingredients in snail mucin such as collagen and elastin, which studies show firm and repair the skin. It also contains glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates, reduces breakouts and smoothes texture.

The lightweight formula also includes hyaluronic acid and betaine for long-lasting hydration, as well as allantoin (a chemical compound) which improves acne scars and calms the skin. (FYI: No snails are harmed during the process. The brand claims the mucin is gathered in safe, environmentally-friendly way.)

Why Is It Going Viral?

Shoppers say the product absorbs quickly into the skin (minus the tackiness), offers deep hydration and leaves a nice silky smooth glow behind. If you open TikTok and search #snailmucin, you'll find tons of creators raving about the essence. As one TikToker says, "It is indeed effective to restore skin's barrier and heal blemishes. I have a skin condition called eczema and it has calmed down my flares so much."

It's also a hit on Amazon. It's the number one best-selling product in the facial serums and unique beauty category—and the 29,000 5-star reviews are proof. One reviewer says it completely transformed her skincare routine: "This essence is a true game-changer when it comes to combating dullness and repairing damaged skin. With its exceptional formulation and impressive results, it has become an indispensable step in my Korean skincare regimen."

The only con that some reviewers point out is the texture can be a little thick, so a little goes a long way. It's also suggested to do a patch test before going full in on the essence as it may be irritating to some skin types.

How to Use the CosRx Snail Mucin Essence

It's recommended to use an essence after cleansing your face. Once you wash your face and pat the area until its completely dry, apply two pumps to your face and neck. The brand suggests patting it gently using your finger tips for the best absorption. Use it morning and/or night for the best results.

One more thing: It's hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested and currently costs $16. So, are you ready to add some mucin to your skincare?

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