Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, and fungal acne (malassezia) safe. Its minimal ingredients, reasonable price & of course NOTICEABLE RESULTS make this product a complete steal + an essential part of my AM & PM skincare routine.
The packaging is sleek and classic, with a pump nozzle for an easy, controlled dispense. I like that the bottle is transparent so I can see how much product I have left. Instructions are labelled on the back & the expiration date is located on the bottom of the bottle.
Describing themselves as a cruelty-free brand, COSRX claims to place the snails in a dark room on a net with food, leaving them to wander about as normal. Some people question the company's statements regarding that, so if you are sceptical of the use of animal secretion in cosmetics, this may not be the product for you.
I should also note that those who are susceptible to dust mite allergies should be weary when trying this product, as there have been studies that show cross-reactivity between terrestrial snails and house-dust mites. With that said, I am allergic to dust mites and have not experienced any bad reactions, despite having sensitive/combination skin & using this product (along with several other products containing snail secretion filtrate) on my face, neck & decolletage day & night.
While it will not commit miracles, I do think most people can make room for it in their skincare routines and benefit from its formula. I have not noticed it make a difference in treating fine lines or hyperpigmentation yet, but since it isn't exactly marketed as that type of product, that isn't really a concern. My dry, eczema-prone skin laps this up beautifully. I've had some nice results using it as a base on psoriasis patches as well as soothing bouts of razor burn. It also helped me get through what was once a very dry, flaky period of Tretinoin use, adding a necessary plumpness to my skin & calming my mild rosacea.
Texture is a little sticky to touch, but once it's on my face, I don't notice it - it is very lightweight & absorbs rather quickly. In fact, I wear makeup over it on a daily basis & it doesn't create any issues in terms of piling, etc. It also feels amazing after a long day, especially when stored in the fridge for a nice cooling effect.
It does what it says it will do, no frills attached. I will definitely purchase this again for its moisturising properties alone.