[Benton] Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream Review

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Hello, my lovely beauties! Today I’m coming to you with a review of Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I bought and tried quite a while ago but didn’t have time to publish the review fo it (I know, it’s just the matter of one click on the ”Publish” button, but what can I say- it just happened). So, without any further ado, I present you with my humble opinion on the cream from one of the most popular Korean skincare brands.

 

About the product

According to YesStyle website, the cream is meant to do five things: moisturize (without clogging pores), regulate oil-moisture balance (make the skin glow without looking greasy), repair damaged skin, whiten and provide anti-wrinkle benefits (fade fine lines and nasolabial folds). It is also recommended for acne-prone and sensitive skin as it’s formulated with mild, non-harmful ingredients.

The Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream takes its ”Steam” name from the way its combined ingredients were treated- high-temperature steam is injected into the mixture to stabilize it. It also contains Bee Venom and Snail Secretion Filtrate, hence the part ”Snail Bee” in the name.

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Ingredients and Texture

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Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Behenyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed  Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Bark Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Carbomer, Urea, Arginine, Adenosine, Bee Venom, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin

 

The good:

  • most of the ingredients are rated green meaning they’re safe to use (the only exceptions being Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea and Polysorbate 20 which have a yellow rating)
  • contains many skin-beneficial ingredients such as the staple Snail Secretion Filtrate (anti-aging and promotes wound healing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrating), Niacinamide (brightening and anti-aging), Arginine (increasing hydration and collagen production) and Adenosine ( soothing and skin-restoring)
  • as well as quite a few plant-derived oils (e.g. Jojoba Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) that help with skin moisturization and can provide anti-oxidant benefits
  • the cream also includes a number of plant extracts such as Plantago Asiatica Extract and Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract that provide the skin with a range of different benefits
  • sh-Oligopeptide-1 in the cream which is meant to increase the rate of healing and renewal of the skin as well as slow the thinning of aging skin, thus minimising wrinkles, and Bee Venom that is supposed to even any existing wrinkles, acting as a non-invasive sort of botox

 

The bad:

  • as already mentioned, there are a few ingredients which can be deemed as somewhat safe (yellow rating)
  • although the oils in the cream are meant to benefit the skin, according to Skincarisma, they (Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) can also trigger a fungal acne
  • as well as some other ingredients- emulsifiers (Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristic Acid)

 

 

 

 

 

In terms of texture, the cream is white and thickish but spreads and absorbs pretty well, but needs to be patted in as it is viscous. leaving a thin moisturizing layer. It’s moisturizing but doesn’t leave any uncomfortable tackiness and layers up with other products as well.

 

 

My thoughts

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I bought this cream to deviate from the moisturizer I was using for years and years. My skin is very dry and sensitive so a good moisturizer is a must in both my AM and PM routines. And I used physical sunscreens as well so my moisturizer not only has to be very gentle but also has to layer up well with my sunscreen (if it doesn’t, then I’m left with visible white streaks all over my face). So I was looking at products from brands that offer good quality, rich products well-suited for sensitive skin. And I found Benton. I decided to go for a toner (Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner) and the Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I’m reviewing right now. I will review the toner in due time as well.

So what are my thoughts on the Benton Steam Cream?

When I applied it for the first time, I was worried it would break me out as it seemed too heavy, too thick. But I was positively surprised. It spread incredibly well and although it needed patting in to fully absorb, it didn’t leave my skin sticky or feeling overwhelmed by the richness of the cream. Its scent wasn’t overwhelming either- just a slight pleasant scent which I can’t even compare to anything.

In terms of effectiveness, the cream was moisturizing enough to cope with my dry skin but maybe too rich for the season during which I was using it- summer. I believe it would be better suited for the winter season. But although it felt a bit too rich for summer, it didn’t break me out, didn’t cause any other skin problems and layered up well with my sunscreen. However, apart from good moisturization, it didn’t do anything additional to my skin. Yes, the ingredients list was great, with all those skin-beneficial ingredients including Snail Secretion Filtrate, Niacinamide and sh-Oligopeptide-1, but it didn’t do much to my fine lines and a few wrinkles I already have. Nor did it brighten my skin. So, a big let down.

To sum up, Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is a very good moisturizer (especially for the winter season) that works well with physical sunscreens. But apart from that, it didn’t turn out to be as effective as it is marketed (at least on YesStyle) AND the tube is quite small for $15 (50ml)- after a discount. I finished it quite fast so in the long run, I’m not sure whether I’d like to spend so much money on a cream that just moisturizes well. There are other good moisturizers that I can buy for a much lower price.

 

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[Benton] Aloe Soothing Mask Pack Review

Author: Skin Care Ritual

She kindly agreed to share her original Instagram review on the website.

Disclaimer: The photos were taken by the review’s author. 

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Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack Review

 

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[Benton] Cacao Moist and Mild Toner Review

Author: Misa

This review originally appeared on her blog Misa Skincare Online.

Disclaimer: All the photos were taken by the review’s author. 

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Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Toner Review

 

Here I have a toner to review for you! This cute packaged toner is from Benton and it’s from their Cacao Moist and Mild line. I never used anything with cacao so I was super curious to see how it delivers!

Benton is quite a well know Korean brand and is one of my personal favorites. It’s funny to know that the name Benton is inspired by and named after the movie ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ in which Benjamin Button grows younger with time. In the movie, Benjamin has no choice but to leave his love, Daisy as he becomes younger. They wondered what would happen if Daisy could turn back time on her own appearance.

Of course this’s just a fictional movie, but wouldn’t most people have the same desire to be young again? Likewise Benton wishes to turn back the time of your skin with healthy cosmetics. Benton cosmetics are designed to restore your skin back to its original, youthful condition with healthy recipes, rather than to give temporary effects with harmful ingredients.

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What does it do?

“Benton’s Cacao Moist and Mild Toner is a lightweight and hydrating toner. With Cacao Extracts and Hyaluronic Acid, this toner replenishes moisture to the skin. Various botanical extracts in the toner further help to keep skin smooth.”

This toner is free of colorant, artificial fragrance, and volatile alcohol. The high content of cacao extract provides not only moisture but also nutritive benefits! This product is suitable for all skin types but this is recommended for those with oily skin, acne, dehydration and tightness, sensitive skin or skin with a poor oil-water balance and this toner is suitable for all seasons. 

When and how to use?

After cleansing, apply a suitable amount and evenly spread on your face. Gently tap until fully absorbed.

Ingredients.

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Main Ingredients

Cacao Extract is rich in antioxidant polyphenois and minerals which moisturizes and keeps the skin soft, supple and smooth.

Cacao Seed Extract reduces harmful oxygen in the skin and makes the skin healthy.

Cacao Flower Extract is one of the key moisturizing Ingredients.

Full Ingredients list

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin,1,2-Hexanediol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Madecassoside,Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Flower Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Betaine, Xanthan Gum

Packaging.

The bottle is made out of plastic and isn’t the label so pretty? I love the color and the flowers on it! It has a white screw on lid that is like the bottle made out of plastic. On the front of the label is the information about the product printed, on the back you have the basic information in Korean and English.

As you can see the box has the same pink color and flower design. On the front you have the name of the product and what it does, on the two sides you have the information in Korean and at the back you have the ingredients and directions of use.

Texture of the product.

The texture of the toner is watery but still viscous with a nice slip to it and has no scent whatsoever!

The performance.

For the last two weeks I have been using this everyday as my toner in my night and day skincare routine. The toner is very light in texture which makes it perfect for the multi skin method! I like doing up to 3 skins with it and it doesn’t leave any stickiness and it absorbs quickly with every skin. It leaves the skin feeling very hydrated soft and smooth after it’s absorbed with a beautiful radiant glow.

As you can see from the Wayskin readings it’s very hydrating! As you can see in the and picture, I tracked the moisture level on my skin right after cleansing and the moisture level is at 12% and after I applied the toner once it was at 41%, the second time 48% and the third time 54%. That’s an increase of 42%!

After two weeks I have noticed that my skin is smoother and softer since I started to use this product. It also calms down my redness every time I use it although it isn’t a longlasting result like the hydration, softness and smoothness but considering that I have a lot of heat in my skin especially the cheeks I don’t expect that this product will resolve that. Overall I’m really happy with this product, it gives great results!

Rating.
1. This isn’t worth the money at all.
2. Gave me some skin troubles, not going to repurchase.
3. It’s alright. Neither good nor bad.
4. I like it quite a lot! Unless I find something better I’ll continue using this product.
5. An amazing product, never going back!

Where to purchase?
You can purchase this from:
Benton for $13.50 on sale otherwise for $18.00

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DISCLAIMER: This was kindly given to me for reviewing purposes by Purito but as always, my opinions are mine and only mine own! I’m not a skin expert! I try skincare products out and I review them accordance with my skin type, which is normal but dehydrated and prone to acne. What works for me, might not work for you and vice versa.