A product that I’ve recently used up, which I mentioned briefly in my January & February Empties 2018 post, is my travel size bottle of the Holika Holika Prime Youth Black Snail Repair Toner. I used this on my trip home to see my family over Christmas, and used it up entirely since I got back, so I feel like I’m in a suitable position to talk about it now. I was particularly excited to try this product as it’s one of a limited number of Korean skincare items I can try out, and I have a huge love and respect for the Korean cosmetics industry in regards to the quality of their products.
I used this product as part of my night time routine, mostly because of the term “repair” in the name. So my experience with this product is based around nourishing my skin, no holds barred, since I’ll cleanse my skin in the morning anyway, as my oily skin always builds up oil overnight.
The texture of the toner is very watery, but it’s also a little bit gooey – which is different to other toners I’m used to using which are usually entirely water-based. I’m going to guess the ‘gooey’ texture comes from the snail essence that’s in the product, although by no means is the texture unpleasant. I found this to work quite nicely with my skin, but it was a shock to try out for the first time. What I really liked was that it absorbed very quickly into the skin, which as I am tired and just want to go to bed, this is a wonderful factor.
The texture however does it make it easier for me personally to pour a bit into the palm of my hand, then pat onto my skin. I tried using cotton pads as it more traditional to my routine, but I found the cotton pads soaked up the product and didn’t apply much to the skin. So I personally advise pouring a small amount into your hand at a time, and pat over the skin in layers until you feel your skin is appropriately satisfied. The drawback of this is that you work through the product faster, but I find it’s better than using a cotton pad which doesn’t apply it as well as I would hope.
One of the things I think is more controversial about this product is that it does have a scent. Which on paper doesn’t sound too unusual – although if you’re sensitive to fragrances I suggest skipping this product – what is strange to me about it is that the scent is really musky, and reminds me of some perfumes. Personally, the scent while strong when you sniff the bottle, isn’t really noticeable once you apply it to the skin, and like the product, disappears almost immediately.
Overall, I’ve had a pleasant experience using this product, but I do want to try a full size bottle to see how it works long-term with my skin. If you know of any reliable and trustworthy sites, please let me know in the comments, I’d love to get my hands on this.
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