27 January 2016

Product Review: Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask

I'm back today with another sheet mask review, and I am super excited about this one!

Product Review: Tony Moly Age-Defying Snail Hydro-Gel Face Mask Sheet - I love this mask!! Out of all the sheet masks I've tried, this one truly plumps my skin the most and actually temporarily banishes fine lines and lessens deeper ones! Great for use before a party or event!
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If you've been hanging out with me for awhile, you know that I use sheet masks a lot. I love them for a little extra boost of moisture. I picked up this Tony Moly Anti-Aging Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask from Sephora. I admit, I was a little skeeved by the word "snail", but I figured I'd probably put worse on my face without realizing it, so why not?

First, let's look at the ingredient list:

The Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask says "Age-Defying" on the package, but I don't see any anti-aging ingredients. I'm actually okay with that, because I used masks strictly for hydration.

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Mineral Oil, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylate-13, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Euphorbia Supina Stem Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

The package says "Age-Defying", but I don't really see anything in the ingredient list that is a proven anti-aging ingredient. Now, that said, I didn't use the mask for anti-aging - I used it for hydration, which is really all I ever expect from my masks. And technically, I guess "age-defying" isn't necessarily the same as "anti-aging".

It's sealed inside a foil package, much like all other sheet masks. Inside the foil package, the mask is inside a hard, clear, plastic pouch. This is quite nice, as it prevents the serum from spilling all over the place as you remove the mask.

The Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask is sealed in a foil package, and inside that pouch, the mask is inside a firm, clear, plastic pouch.

The mask is actually in two parts, which I actually prefer over the one-piece masks.

The Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask comes in two parts, which I love! I think it makes the mask easier to handle and easier to fit to my face!

Each section of the mask has two coverings, a thicker covering and a thinner one. I'm not sure which one is the front and which is the back because it doesn't really indicate which is which. I assumed the  thicker covering was on the "back" or the part that goes next to your skin.

The Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask has two separate coverings that need to be removed before applying.

And here is where I got really excited! This was the best-fitting mask I have ever tried! The openings for the eyes were narrow enough that I was able to position the mask so that my undereye area was covered. I didn't have to trim away part of the side of the mask to make my own undereye coverings! Same for the mouth area! It fit well around my mouth. And the hydro-gel adhered to my skin like a second-skin.

The Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask is the besti-fitting mask I have ever tried! I love the way it conforms to my face - and it actually plumped my fine lines enough to make them disappear!

There wasn't an excessive amount of serum on the mask, and it even seemed to shrink a bit once it neared the 30 minute mark, but that was amazing, too. When I removed the mask, the combination of the serum and the slight compression of the mask had really, smoothed out my skin. Fine lines had completely disappeared! Deeper lines were dramatically lessened. I was truly amazed!

Unfortunately, I applied this mask right before bed, so I wasn't able to gauge how long the effects lasted. But this is a mask I would use before I went to an event, for sure. I need to order a couple more and use them in the daytime so I can see how long the effects last.

If you're looking for a face mask that will provide great hydration, the Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask is  one I highly recommend!

The downside is that the cost of the mask is $9 at Sephora (update: apparently no longer available at Sephora). Which isn't horrible if you're only using it for special occasions. And you can actually get it much cheaper at Amazon - a 5 pk for about $20 (price may vary over time), or 2 sets of five for around $31. Maybe get some of your friends to go in on it with you! Have a girl's night party!

Also, just to note - I have sensitive skin and I didn't have any issues with the serum. There is very little fragrance in it, and I didn't have any irritation. This one is amazing, ladies! Which brings me to my fear. Every time I find a product that I absolutely love, they either reformulate it or discontinue it. I noticed that at Sephora, this product now says there are only a few left in stock. (Yes, my fear came true - it's no longer available at Sephora!) The Tony Moly US site is out of stock has them back in stock now. They're difficult to find elsewhere. I'm hoping they were just being repackaged!

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