Almost from the beginning of the brand inception, Drunk Elephant has managed to build a cult following in the speed of flash. I wouldn’t call myself its loyal customer, but I certainly didn’t escape the hype and ended up trying out a large chunk of its products. After many months of deliberation, I thought I would share my humble version of the (almost) complete brand overview of Drunk Elephant skincare products. You are warned, it’s a long one.
The ones that I absolutely love, and would like a backup for each:
A-Passioni Retinol Cream needs no more words, if you have read my previous full review on this product here. I’m 100% devoted to this magical tube. Love it, highly recommend it, but again, if I haven’t repeated it enough in my original post: use with caution as it’s the strongest retinol treatment I have tried over the counter, and some peeling is expected. But if you are looking to dial back a couple years in your skin, and is able to take strong retinol, look no further.
Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30: this has quickly risen to become one of my favorite sunscreens, a good physical sunscreen with 20% Zinc Oxide, which is just like music to my ears. It feels comfortable on the skin, the tint helps to get rid of the white/grey cast that you would normally see from a high percentage physical sunscreen. And a bit of bonus? I find it moisturizing (so if you have oily skin, maybe test out a sample first to see if it’s too much for you?), and gives my skin a nice glow and my pores look smaller, how does it do it? I have no idea, but hey, no complains from me. I don’t know if it actually has any skin perfecting property in it, but my skin looks better with this sunscreen on, and I would forgo foundation or tinted moisturizer all together when I use this, who would have thought a sunscreen can have this trick? However, a word of advise, it’s probably not a sunscreen you would want to take down to the neck, especially if you are wearing collared clothes.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum caught me by surprise, I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do. It provides an extra shot of hydration that my skin enjoys, works great alone, under moisturizer or mix with other serums of your choice – my personal favorite way of using it is mixing it with the C-Firma Vitamin C Serum, match made in heaven! Unlike some of the hyaluronic acids I have tried, this one wins at its superb texture, which absorbs quickly, smooth and non-slippery or sticky. I’ve been using it as an alternative to the SkinCeutical H.A. Intensifier lately.
The ones I like, but wouldn’t call them as a brand standout for me. In other words, I don’t mind purchasing them again, but I wouldn’t be devastated if I don’t have them.
C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream is one of best textured eye creams I have tried, very similar to the Goop Perfecting Eye Cream, where it makes me looking forward to applying eye cream every day. It spreads effortlessly under the eye, sinks in not too fast that you feel you applied nothing, not too slow either where you scared it might be too thick for the under eye areas. It moisturizes well. But perhaps I have a lot of concerns that need to be addressed when it comes the eye area: dark cycles, fine lines, more visible lines and exceptionally dryness, I don’t feel this is enough for me. I need something that’s up another level.
Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil is a great oil by all means. When my skin was drier than usual or more stressed due to regular travels, I love to add this to any moisturizers I’m using day and night, and it does the trick every single time. I appreciate the luxurious finish on the skin as well, which is a bit of glow without looking greasy, and more important, it FEELS nice and soothing on the skin. But at this price point, I don’t feel it does magic like the Vintner’s Daughter Botanic Active Serum does to my skin, and the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil seems to deliver similar results but is more budget friendly.
T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask is the one I’ve been debating which bucket to place it in. I do like it a lot, and I don’t have any mask like it, and I have A LOT OF face masks. It’s excellent at taking out all the junks that have settled on your skin, and wakes it up with a powerful punch. Seriously, I consider myself as someone with decent tolerance level of acid products, but this one really burns at the first 1-2 minutes. The result is worth the slightly burning sensation though. However, as a good product as it is, I haven’t been using it as much, maybe it’s because I’ve been pretty diligent at deep cleansing my face with Clarisonic deep pore brush head, and I don’t normally break out, I just don’t often see the need of using it. So in short, definitely a great product, and if you are someone suffers from clogged pore, this might be the savior you are looking for.
Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer and the Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer are the ones I have used multiple tubes of deluxe samples, and still couldn’t figure out which one I like more. I absolutely love the texture of the Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer (hell, the fact the word “whipped” appearing in a moisturizer alone can get me excited), and it’s intensely moisturizing even during the coldest month for me, a wonderful moisturizer for day and night. The Protini moisturizer is much lighter and almost watery in consistency, not as hydrating as the Lala Retro cream, especially if you have very dry skin, but a great one for day time or people with oily and combination skin. Also, the Protini moisturizer gives me a nice glow and smoother skin with regular use, who can say no to that? So yes, clearly, I do like these two moisturizers wholeheartedly, but it’s not saying they are irreplaceable for me. For example, the Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream has topped this two in my book, which has oh-so-dreamy results. I’ll save that for another time.
The ones I’m not crazy for, i.e. I don’t hate them, but couldn’t muster the excitement to use them, and certainly wouldn’t repurchase them.
T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum is so many people’s favorite, to the point where I almost feel bad to say I’m not a fan. Not sure if I’m missing something, but this serum does nothing for me, literally, I see and feel no difference at all with or without it in my skincare routine, which is odd, as I normally respond quite well to glycolic acid products, such as ALPHA-H Liquid Gold, or even the much milder version of it – the Pixi Glow Tonic.
Shaba Complex Eye Firming Serum is similar to the T.L.C Glycolic serum to the sense that it doesn’t do much for me. I don’t find it to be particularly moisturizing, which is fine as it doesn’t claim to be, but it hasn’t been doing much as far as tightening or firming goes either.
Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser is not a bad cleanser, it cleans well and removes all traces of grime, it also doesn’t give me that my-face-is-so-dry-it’s-about-to-crack-up feeling after use, which is a plus. But it’s not an outstanding cleanser either at the same time, really, nothing special about it.
So here it is, my rather long and hopefully not too rambling review of the 12 Drunk Elephant products I have tried and tested. What are some of your favorite DE products?