Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review by Yeshe Maritime Services Pte Ltd. Other than product information provided by the media press kit, all comments on the experience and first impressions of the product(s) are expressly mine, and not in any way influenced.
Hi people! I’m back from Tokyo (still wishing I’m there now), and was pleasantly surprised to receive a package from the folks from E’siwia. If you read about my experience at Giftopia, you may have noticed that there was a mention of a company which sells snail serum sheet masks.
E’siwia has been so kind to send me a box of their best selling snail serum masks for reviewing purposes.
If you suffer from these skin woes (pigmentation, wrinkles) and are looking to whiten/firm up your skin, you may want to hit the read more button below . Readers of EMC can also stand to win a contest, details are in the post 🙂
Packaging: Comes in a box of 5, each mask is individually sealed in a foil bag.
Scent: I didn’t detect much of a scent, maybe just a very subtle floral fragrance
Who is E’siwia?
This is a Taiwanese brand which houses a plethora of products from serums to sheet masks, which are formulated with a host of skin loving ingredients that supercharges your skin. Products are paraben free!
Their holy grail product is the snail serum mask, and seeks to address these concerns:
This mask contains two key ingredients – Snail Secretion Filtrate and Mandelic Acid
This is how the serum looks like, the consistency is similar to a watery gel.
So, snail serum (some products call the ingredient snail slime) is a widely known and raved about ingredient in Asia. Weird name I know, but it’s not actual raw snail secretion that you apply on your face.
The science behind snail serum is that it’s packed with properties such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, proteoglycans and antimicrobial + copper peptides. All these nutrients help to encourage the formation of collagen and elastin (hence firming), repair damaged skin and restore hydration. (Else how do you think the snails stop themselves from drying out?)
Whereas, mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derivative from bitter almonds and helps prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. In gist, this AHA can help soften your fine lines, and reduce the melamine we produce. It is also a gentler AHA, meaning it is less likely to induce over stimulated pigment producing cells. Mandelic acid also aids in acne treatment as the anti microbial properties help control sebum production.
Cautionary alert: if you have very sensitive skin but want to try this mask, I recommend that you do a test patch first. Different people react differently to AHAs, so it’s best to be cautious.
Other ingredients in this sheet mask include: hyaluronic acid, arbutin, ceramide, and more. These contribute to the whitening and skin soothing factor.
Here’s my experience with the mask:
Here you can see how the mask looks like upon opening. Each pack contains 26ml of the serum, which is very generous. The mask is sandwiched with a layer of plastic, which is commonplace for most Taiwanese masks I’ve used. The cotton TENCEL mask is fully saturated with the liquid goodness, with excess to spare.
Here is a close up of the mask (dried overnight, after usage) for ease of photography.
I left it on my face for about 30 minutes. The sensation was nice and cooling, and throughout I did not experience any discomfort. There was slight dribbling of the serum during application, but was easily rectified with some paper towels.
The mask really came in handy, since when I was in Japan the temperature was around 5 degrees Celsius at night and the dry air made the skin crack around my cheeks.
My rating: 4/5 (hydrating and whitens)
After using, I do think that my skin is more hydrated and plump. The dryness I experienced was considerably reduced, and my cold rash cleared up quickly. I don’t have any wrinkles (pray not anytime soon), so I can’t comment much on that. But, my skintone was indeed fairer and more luminous than before. 😀
Personally I like to stick the masks in the fridge, then pop one on after hitting the shower. I found it best to lay down during the mask application, as when I was seated upright, I noticed the mask would slowly migrate down with gravity.
These products are internationally recognised to be safe for use under the SGS Certification for product safety, and have been extensively tested in a French laboratory, alongside other big name brands. So, go ahead and try with ease!
CONTEST FOR EMC READERS:
E’siwia currently has a contest where readers can participate and have a shot at winning a 3D2N staycation at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. To qualify, you simply need to purchase their 5-piece pack Snail Serum Facial Mask. To get double chances in winning, be the first 50 customers to purchase the 5-piece mask from their Qoo10 storefront!
For complete contest details, please visit their Facebook page. Like their page to get first dibs on all news and promotions from E’siwia!