Ciracle Snail Hydrogel Mask Review

I don’t write a lot about sheet masks because I don’t actually know very much about them. Unlike most steps in skincare, sheet masks are one area where I don’t like trying new things. There are just too many potential pitfalls and ways for a mask to go wrong. Like this mask. I really, really wanted to like this mask and there is actually a lot to like, but it’s just not for me.

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At a Glance

MASK TYPE: Hydrogel Sheet Mask

PRICE: $5 per mask at Melodycosme & Wishtrend, $5.50 per mask at Memebox, where I got this; $11.72 for a pack of 4 on KD, $12.86 for a pack of 4 on RRS, $21.44 for a pack of 4 on Amazon

INGREDIENTS: Water, butylene glycol, glycerin, snail secretion filtrate, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, hydrolyzed ceratonia siliqua gum extract, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) powder, cellulose gum, polyacrylate-13, disodium EDTA, sodium polyacrylate, polyisobutene, polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, sea water, camellia sinensis leaf extract, panax ginseng root extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) flower/leaf extract, pelargonium graveolens extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, origanum vulgare leaf extract, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf extract, mentha spicata flower/leaf/stem extract, sodium oleate, hydrogenated lecithin, acetyl hexapeptide-8

Butylene Glycol (1) identified as an acne trigger.

Snail secretion filtrate is the star ingredient. See here for more snails.

FRAGRANCE: None detected

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Hydrogel material is webbed and dripping in essence.

Performance

I like hydrogel masks, but it bothers me that they so rarely achieve a good wetness level. Some are too dry from the beginning (i.e. Guerrison, Innisfree), which not only makes them feel very rubbery and condom-like but also results in their drying out too quickly. Considering hydrogels are sometimes many times the price of cotton sheet masks, I want them to stay moist on my face as long as possible! Other hydrogels (i.e. LJH) have more essence than the material can seemingly handle, which means I have to lay on my back for the first couple of minutes or the mask will slowly slide down my face. Ciracle gets it right! This mask is drenched in snailey goodness yet stays completely put on my face. I can easily get an hour of masking time in before the texture becomes uncomfortably rubbery.

On top of that, the fit of this mask is fantastic. It is comfortable to wear with well placed holes for the eyes and mouth, and is the only hydrogel I’ve used so far where the mask can cover my entire forehead. I don’t have a large forehead either, so if you do, you would likely appreciate this even more!

So wearing this mask is great. It’s comfortable, wet, and stays put, but all of this only makes the lack of visible skin benefits all he more disappointing. The mask doesn’t do anything bad, in fact my skin emerges from it looking and feeling substantially hydrated, but not any more so than what your average cotton sheet mask can do. Considering this mask easily costs 5X as much as a regular old cotton mask, I was expecting more. I also do not experience any calming effects which I get from snail cream. My skin is very prone to redness and suffers from inflammatory acne, so I need all the skin calming I can get from skincare products that I can get!

My biggest complaint with this mask is that it leaves my face uncomfortably sticky. Most sheet masks that I have tried do this, which is actually the main reason why I hate trying new sheet masks (the other being terrible fragrances). This mask is far from the worst – in fact, some of the Evercos masks that I use regularly are worse perpetrators of leaving this residual stickiness than this mask, but again, at $5 a pop, my expectations are higher.

The Takeaway

This is an exceptionally comfortable hydrogel mask that sadly did not deliver any benefits beyond hydration for my skin to justify its cost.

Final Score

Disclosure: Mask was purchased by me. This post contains affiliate links. Please see here for my full disclosure policy. 

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