Review: Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is pitched as an all-round serum especially suitable for sensitive and problem-prone skin — it aims to reduce skin imperfections (i.e. blemishes, acne marks, dark spots, and wrinkles), soothe irritation, hydrate, and provide anti-oxidative care using snail secretion filtrate, or “snail slime”, bee venom, EGF, and arbutin.

The liquid-y clear gel is water-based (snail secretion filtrate and aloe vera juice are the first 2 ingredients) so incredibly light and fresh on the skin. It’s scent-free and absorbs in seconds, leaving no tell-tale signs that anything has been applied. The thought of applying snail slime to my skin aside, I do very much like the texture of this product but I question its effectiveness.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence ingredients

It features 2 “miracle” ingredients that has made their way into mainstream Korean cosmetics, with no additives to “dilute” their potency (no alcohols, silicones, oils, or fragrances). I’ve nearly finished the bottle up — it’s refreshing and mildly hydrating, but I see nothing more. I have to admit that I don’t have any dark spots or fine lines, but it hasn’t made any headway with eradicating the few blemish marks that I have. It makes no difference in helping the patches of dry, irritated, flaky skin that I sometimes get. Skin looks neither softer nor smoother.

If Korean snail slime and bee venom skin care products have been piquing your interest, Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is a good inexpensive option to satisfy your curiosity — it contains a high concentrated blend of the key ingredients in nice, non-sticky refreshing gel formula. With myriad of people singing praises about the healing effects of snail slime and bee venom (and this product), I can’t help but feel a bit perplexed about my lacklustre result. If you have tried one of these “wonder” ingredients, I want to ask you: what effects have you seen?

The serum is 15,000 KRW from Gmarket. It is also available for US$15.50+ on and

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5 years ago

i have the same experiences. and moreover it dries out my skin so i recommend it for oily skin only

7 years ago

Well I have fine lines under my eyes and one very light, 1.5 mm pigmentation spot on cheek-bone. No any effect at all, everything as you described. My skin is combination to dry and not really sensitive. I’ve been using Aloe Toner, Snail Bee Essence and Steam cream all together. Cream finished first, and toner I still have. But I anyway like them, don’t know why…)

7 years ago

I had high hopes for this too and introduced it as the sole Benton product in my skincare routine (replacing Mandom Barrier Repair Concentrate). My skin is pretty good, although it’s sensitive and slightly dry, but breakouts are very rare….except on my chin, a hormonal horror zone! I have used almost the entire bottle of snail bee essence now and I didn’t notice any improvement to pigmentation or fine lines. Most of all I felt it didn’t *actively* make my chin worse but it DEFINITELY did not help reduce, let alone get rid of any acne there. The one improvement… Read more »

8 years ago

I’m on my second bottle and just bought a third plus the rest of the Benton range because the results for me were nothing sort of amazing! 🙂 I have extremely sensitive, combination acne-prone skin that reacts to 80% of cosmetic ingredients. I’m using Retin-A so super effective skincare is not exactly something new to me, but this essence lightened my acne scars, got rid of the medium sized acne that I still got every couple days or so, and works with the Retin-A to keep any new breakouts from occurring!! Even my hormonal cystic acne is gone now, and… Read more »

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