asian cosmetics beauty review

Review: Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream

5. June 2014


This post should have been published end of 2013, but my testing phase for Benton’s Snail Bee High content Steam Cream didn’t turn out the way I expected it… You might ask yourself- especially those you are in love with this daily moisturizer- what happened and here is my eyperience with the Benton skincare line. First of all, I’m usually doing a thoroughtly research on new items, especially skincare items before I buy them. When I read the first reviews- and also later reviews of Benton’s High content Steam Cream I was pretty much impressed. Probably you read the one or other review on Skin&Tonic or TheBeautyWolf, or the many othger bloggers who reviewed this cream. I read them, too, and all the raving made me curious to try it myself.


The Korean skincare brand Benton did unleash a noticable raving amongst lots of bloggers. Especially the high quality of the ingredients, without any additional fragnances or other fillers did impress most people. Also, the key ingredient being snail secretion filtrate in first place and adding bee venom on top made it widely appalling for skincare junkies. It’s no news, when I say that especially snail secretaion filtrate products were the most wanted ingredient last year. I also did try samples from the one or other brand and I also reviewed Mizon’s Snail Secration Gel Cream. When I heard about the new brand Benton and their Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream I knew that I had to try this cream as soon as possible.


All Benton products have a simple cardbox packaging of recycled paper. The description is provided in English and in Korean. The ingredients are natural and the cream doesn’t contain any fragnances. according to COSDNA the ingredients are mostly green flaged. Here is the list:

Snail Secretion Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Arbutin, Human Ogliopeptide-1, Bee Venom, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Laminana Digita Extract, Dios Pyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Extract, Bacilus Ferment, Azelaic Acid, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer, Adenosine, Panthenol, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Arginine



The detailled instructions are in Korean only, but since it is a moisturizing cream, it is used usually after applying toner and essence.


Unpacking the cardbox reveals a plastic jar.


The cap is black and the body of the jar has a brown semi-see-through body. The plastic is not the most sturdiest. Also, as some of you will start thinking, it is also not the most hygienic packaging. Benton renewed the packaging and it is available in a tube now. That’s some good news definatively!


When I bought the cream, the batch was quite fresh according to the label. And the shelf life of the Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is two years.


Benton’s Snail Bee High content Steam Cream has a thick and creamy texture. It feels very rich and nourishing. I only needed a small amount of the cream to cover my whole face, so the jar, although it looks small goes a long way. As soon as applied it absorbs fast and doesn’t leave any oily residue behind, but leaves the face kind of matte. As I said before, it doesn’t contain any fragnances and it is also scent free.


So, since Benton has changed the packaging from a jar to a tube, it sounds as if is the ideal product. What happened that took me so long to review it? It’s simple: the first time I started using it, I recognised some tiny pimples on my cheek after one week. I thought it was the cause of some of my eating habbits, and so I continued using it, and I didn’t recognize any improvement of my skin condition. I stopped using it and used some other products until my skin condition was recovered. I started using the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream again, this time together with the Benton High Content Skin. After a couple of days I had the same effect as before. I stopped using both proucts and waited for a couple of weeks before I gave it a new chance recently. I really wanted to love this cream, but again, after one or two days, I started breaking out on my cheeks. It was no heavy breakout, just smaller pimples, but for someone with hardly any acne problems and no sensitive skin this is a definite sign to stopp using this product forever. I gave it to my mother to test and I’m looking forward to hear how she will react to it. Unfortunately, the Benton line did not work for me :'( I have to point out that recently I read also some reviews of other bloggers who had problems with Benton products. Check out SampleHime’s review here, for example.

Another point which I didn’t like was the jar. It was not hygienic on the one side and on the other side, Benton didn’t even include a spatula. The product now comes in a tube! Also the quality of the plastic is not the best. After some months the lettering on the jar completelly vanished. Another downer was, that dried/oxidised cream stuck to the winding of the lid and turned to a brownish stuff which had to be cleaned every now and then. Benton definitively made the right choice to change the packaging!

I will also review the Benton High Content Skin in the next couple of days. I bought my Benton Snail Bee High content steam Cream at W2Beauty. It retails for 17.00 US$.


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  • Evelyn 6. June 2014 at 1:36

    I’m dissapointed right now. It’s the 4th “negative effects” review about Benton that have read in the past months.

    I do want to try it, but I’ve deal with acne for so long, that having severe pimples again would be too frustrating.
    Maybe if someone try the new package until the end I’ll give a chance, for now, I’m going to step aside.

    Thank you for this honest review! :D

    • Frl. Schnee 8. June 2014 at 13:12

      You could buy some samples first, for example. And as I said, I don’t know if it is just me being allergic to one of the ingredients, or if it was some kind of contamination because of the packaging. I mean, in the end there are also many people who love and swear to this cream. :/
      Thanks for reading and commenting Evelyn ♥

  • Kine 6. June 2014 at 3:14

    Ah I can’t stand creams that make my skin break out! Healing takes so long :( It’s strange because the ingredients list looks quite natural. Sorry to hear about your experience.

    • Frl. Schnee 8. June 2014 at 13:14

      Yes, I was really dissapointed. Still I don’t know if I’m allergic to any of the ingredients or if it was contamination. Usually my skin is not sensitive at all :/ I think it is a good cream, it simply didn’t work for me :( Thanks for reading ♥

  • Rini 6. June 2014 at 4:52

    When I read your introduction paragraphs, I thought that this snail cream might be better than Mizon Snail Cream but after reading to the end of your post, maybe I will just stick with Mizon Snail Cream >.< I don't want to take a risk if it doesn't suit me too..

    • Frl. Schnee 8. June 2014 at 13:16

      The problem is, that there are also so many possitive reviews, so I don’t know if it is just me being allergic to any of the ingredients (although I don’t have any known allergic reactions or sensitive skin at all) or if it was some kind of contamination because of the packaging…I want to try the Mizon Snail cream next. I hope it works better (I like the Mizon Snail All in One Gel cream- so the Mizon cream won’t cause any problems I hope). Thanks for reading and commenting ♥

  • Viktória 6. June 2014 at 10:37

    I did a research too and I was sure that this cream would cause me break outs, so I bought the Essence, which is the best in this line according to many bloggers and I’m very very happy with it so far. I suffer from acne, so it does matter what I put on my skin, the essence is lovely though :)
    I’m sad to hear this cream broke you out, but you’re really not the only one, it’s not your skin, it’s the product. Have you tried the Benton Aloe BHA toner? That’s another amazing stuff!
    Sorry for this looooong comment, but I’m also obsessed with Korean products and Benton is one of my favourite brands (I wish they had more products though).
    I found/started follow your blog yesterday, I love it! :)

    • Frl. Schnee 8. June 2014 at 13:19

      I understand if people are in love with the Benton line. It obviously also helped a lot of people for their skin concerns. I’m really dissapointed about my reaction to the cream. I did try samples of the other products, but since I had this reaction now, I might just skip using the line. I’m happy that it works so greatly for you! ♥ Thanks for commenting and reading and I’m happy about long comments, too, so don’t worry :D

  • 매리@bitterseoul 8. June 2014 at 10:53

    I agree, so much hype with Benton
    products but unfortunately there are
    negative results as well. ㅜㅜ
    I did want to try Benton too but
    the packaging doesn’t reel me in.
    Thank you for sharing I hope
    your skin has recovered.

    • Frl. Schnee 8. June 2014 at 18:29

      Luckily my skin has recovered since I stopped using it. I mean, it still does wonders on other people’s skin so it’s probably just trial and error…:/ A pitty it didn’t work for me…Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Eva 8. June 2014 at 18:29

    Hi, I like your blog and reviews and I would like to share with you my opinion regarding this product.

    I had also read all the reviews (good and bad) regarding the Benton products and I was not sure whether I could try them because as far as I know, I’m allergic to bees.

    Nonetheless, I ordered some samples of the cream and essence and I have to say I was delighted with the result. Now I use regularly the BHA toner, the Essence, the Aloe vera gel, the High content skin and the cream (although I prefer to use it at night because I have oily skin and for me it is too hydrating for daily use).

    I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my face since I’ve started using Benton products: my skin is moisturized, I have seen some major brightening effect and most importantly I did not have any breakouts.

    Of course each person is different and what’s good for me might not be for someone else. This is why I can only say the best thing is to try for oneself, order a sample and test it. It is an amazing product and it’s a pity it breaks you out. Nonetheless, I will keep ordering it because it is really working very well on my skin.

    • Frl. Schnee 8. June 2014 at 18:35

      I’m happy for everybody for whom this line works wonders. That is why I mentioned the possitive reviews at the beginning of my review. I know that everybody’s skin is different, but therefore it is also important to write reviews on products that do not work on aspecific person, so people get aware that not everything which is perfect for the one person will be the same on the other. The same goes for a product which works great on me-it doesn’t have to be necessarily good for everybody else. I’m really happy about your experience and I appreciate what the Benton line does to improve the skin condition of many people. In the end everybody has to find out for themselves, buy either buying samples previously or buy buying the full size and trying it :) Thanks for sharing your opinion ♥

  • Cindy 13. June 2014 at 23:49

    Do you do blog sales? Would you be willing to sell the remainder of the steam cream? I’ve really wanted to try this for some time. I am in the U.S. so I don’t know if shipping would be too much though… Please message me!