Saint Peau is a Korean brand recently added to BeautyNetKorea or as I’ve purchased my items from them, their ebay store f2plus1, which I highly recommend. I thought their product design was gorgeous and was on the look out for new snail ampoules and essences so it was the perfect thing to try! I bought it here for AU$28.26.
Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate (30%), Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyglumatic Acid, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Niacinamide, PPG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Allantoin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Phytoplacenta Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Copper Tripeptide-1, Fragrance
I have uploaded the ingredients to CosDNA and you can have a look here. I’ve bolded all the ingredients that are mostly anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic or moisturising. Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract is an antioxidant,Hydrolyzed Extensin is an essential amino acid for elasticity and Rheum Palmatum Root Extract is an astringent. Plus there’s the added niacinamide which is always welcome!
Overall, the ampoule claims to be brightening, repairing, soothing, anti-aging and giving nutrients to the skin.
The bottle is a heavy glass bottle that is a gorgeous wine red colour. The paper sticker on the front is embossed with gold and it has a really interesting texture over all. The dropper is also gold and black and the opening is tight with plastic to make sure you don’t waste any ampoule dripping out. Overall, the packaging feels very luxurious and certainly stands up sitting next to the Missha long name ampoule in its purple glory, despite being half the price.
The ampoule itself is semi-thick with a champagne colour. One full drop will easily cover the entire face, although I focus it on my T-zone for looking after trouble spots. It goes on very smoothly and sinks into the skin very fast, only a few seconds and the tackiness is gone. This makes it pretty good for layering as you can move on to the next one quickly.
The fragrance reminds me of innisfree products, like a herbal plant smell but getting lose to floral perfume. It’s rather pleasant but it is a noticeable fragrance so if you’re sensitive to that this may be too annoying for you. The smell sticks around as well, you can notice it on your face when you sniff.
Does it work? I’ve been taking medication to help get rid of acne caused by my hormonal birth control and while the cystic stuff has been taken care of I still get a few whiteheads plus the leftover redness from old problems. I’ve used this for a little while and find that it is working on repairing the old spots. I wake up to an increasingly less red face. It hasn’t caused any irritation or reaction on my normal/oily skin and after application my face does feel bouncier and firmer. Obviously, there are other snail products on the market with more snail in them but if you’re looking for an overall ampoule with some nice ferments and extracts as well as snail, then this is a pretty good choice. The quality is lovely both of the packaging and product. The only downside I can see is its long-lasting fragrance. I put it on maybe 20 minutes ago and can still smell it. So if you don’t like light herbal smells then maybe it won’t be for you.
Overall though, I could argue that it is comparable to Missha’s Time Revolution in some respect. It feels like it and has some similar ingredients with the added bonus of snail. Some of the ingredients look a little suspect on CosDNA though, they don’t have a great safety rating. I’m not a chemistry person so I’m not sure. Has anyone else tried this one yet? What do you think?