I’ll keep this quick because there is already a lot written about these two products. I was really excited to try out this combo due to the nearly unanimously positive reviews, but sadly the products didn’t live up to the hype.
First the essence. Thin, jelly like texture. It feels really nice to apply and I think I prefer this kind of thicker essence to the watery first treatment essences. Click here for ingredients and cosdna analysis.
I have dry skin and this sinks in quickly. However, I have gone through one bottle of this stuff already (the bottle shown is my second order) and have not experienced any drastic improvements to my skin due to this.
I like this product, but in an unenthusiastic way. I mostly repurchased for variety. All my other essences are ferment filtrates and you can never have too much snail, right?
It feels irresponsible not to mention the March 5th 2014 contamination issue. A lot of people had bad reactions to the essence and Benton offered refunds for that batch. There have been rumors of another issue with the Aloe toner that Benton never confirmed and overall, it seems like the “natural” preservative system Benton uses is not very reliable. A lot of people still love these products, but be aware of the risks.
When I was first getting into snail products, I got samples of the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream, Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Cream, and Elisha Coy Skin Repairing Snail cream. I highly recommend doing this if you’re looking to start using snail products, because despite the focus on snail all the products are quite different from one another. My skin absolutely drank up the Missha cream every time I applied, but I could not deal with the fragrance (smells like men’s perfume IMO). I liked ElishaCoy’s cream as well, but it felt very similar to Mizon but was many times more expensive. Mizon (review coming… some day) was my favorite, but I was pretty determined at this point to make Benton work for me due to all the hype around the product at the time.
The Benton steam cream is certainly soothing and does do a good job plumping up my skin temporarily. The first time I used it, I left my bathroom feeling at least a few months younger. However, the plumping effect was sadly short-lived and a few hours later, my skin was both looking and feeling dry again. The lack of sustained moisture from the steam cream doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, considering the cream is definitely on the heavy side and considering the ingredients list shows both niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate, two moisturizing superstars.
I did like the steam cream better after mixing it with a few drops of facial oil (I use jojoba). This both helped its hydrating powers (a bit) and made it easier to apply. However, even with the jojoba oil mixed in, this steam cream under-performs many other lighter creams I’ve used. I do have dry skin, so it is very possible that this stuff works better with normal to oily skin types.
Final Thoughts: Heavy but not very moisturizing. Will likely be downgraded to body care once I decide what to replace this with.