I was trying to think of a fancy title for this post, but you know what? This post has been months in the making and it’s something I’m hoping that future Drunk Elephant users will be able to find useful. So let’s call a spade, a spade – this is my Drunk Elephant review of the full product range!
I’ve been using Drunk Elephant Skincare for almost a year now and I have to say that it’s probably the most loyal I’ve been to any type of skincare in this time. When it launched, Drunk Elephant was the most popular skincare brand to hit the virtual beauty shelves of our favourite online stores in well, ages. I’d not seen or heard that much excitement about a skincare brand in a while and it excited me. Was it the simple yet bright coloured packaging that did it? Or the claims of being free from ALL of the things you usually find in skincare and yet still it was supposed to be HUGELY effective…I don’t know what it was, but it excited us all – me very much included.
The thing about Drunk Elephant skincare is that it’s free of the ‘big six’ which are: Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrances/Dyes and SLS – so the range is supposed to be suitable for any type of skin, no matter what your type. The idea behind this is that because it’s free from all these things, it’s supposed to allow your skin to return to it’s natural state and should effectively press the skincare ‘reset button’.
The Littles Kit
I had heard of Drunk Elephant a while before it launched in the UK and felt I had a head start on admiring it from afar. When it came to finally trying out the brand, I started with The Littles Kit which now looks slightly different as they’ve changed it somewhat, but effectively it’s still the same: a bag full of their key pieces in travel size to help you start using their range and show you what they’re all about. And still I recommend that set if you don’t know where to start with Drunk Elephant. It’s a cost effective chance to see if it can work for you and it contains the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, Protini Polypeptide Cream, C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream and a cute travel bag to store them all in. So effectively with this one purchase you’ve got the whole skincare regime to try.
After trying my own set I knew instantly what worked for me and what didn’t. So I made a swift order of the key pieces in the range that have worked the best and given me results high enough to continue rebuying all year.
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
By FAR my favourite in the whole range, I’m now on my third bottle of the T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and I’m loving it. I’ve tried other Night Serums during this past year but I always come back to this one, no matter how good the others are. It’s supposed to renew the skin overnight, acting to smooth and polish the surface so you wake up with radiance. It’s also supposed to reveal a clearer complexion too. Now, I can’t say that it’s given me clearer skin but used alongside a healthy diet and supplements, I’ve noticed a big change in my skin this year. I still get breakouts badly, and I still have overall an uneven texture to my face but what I will say is that this serum does create a natural radiance that lasts and lasts with continued use. I find that I wake up with that relaxed and refreshed look to my skin – as if I’ve had 10 hours of sleep, even if I haven’t. And that overall appearance lasts throughout the day, and there’s a noticeable difference in the smoothness of my skin across the complexion. It also works to prepare the skin for optimum absorbency of the following products in my regime, so I know that I’m primed and ready for the next steps when I’ve applied it. Kinda like a skincare primer. Combined with the boost of overall healthy looking skin this means it’s enough for me to reach for this time and time again.
C-Firma Day Serum
I’ve never found a skincare system where the day serum is quite so different to the night serum. I usually find that they do the same things and work in the same way and give the same sorts of results, a bit like they’re the day and night equivalent of each other (duh.) But this couldn’t be more different than with the Drunk Elephant products – in a good way!
The C-Firma Day Serum is something I use sparingly to get the best out of. Whereas a slather on the night serum, with C-Firma I’ve found I need to use very little to stop it being an overdose for my skin. It’s so rich and potent that one bottle has lasted me three times as long as the night serum – go figure? But it gives a lovely glow all over and I really like that. Whereas the night serum makes me look healthy, the day serum makes me glow. It’s not shiny, but clean and my skin looks and feels prepped for the day when I apply it. I do recommend using a moisturiser with it though, as it can feel a bit dry on the cheeks otherwise, but mixed with one of the creams or the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum and you’ve got the perfect combination to get you through the day. It feels like a smoothie for your skin.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Speaking of the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, this is the sort of product I’d previously never reach for very often when doing my daily skincare. I’ve tried many hydrating serums over the years and some have been really impressive but for some reason, I’ve never found one to stick with. But this gel-like serum is different. I don’t very often use this alone, but rather I mix a pump or two in with other products in the range. For example in with my C-Firma when I need some extra hydration or when I’ve used something intensive on my skin in general. It’s fortified with vitamin B5 so you’re safe in the knowledge that it’s moisturising to the max. I also find after exfoliating and acid treatments/peel that this is a good product to use because it removes any irritation and soothes the area, it’s a great one to have on your shelf for as and when you need it, even if that’s not every day.
Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
The first product I fell in love with from Drunk Elephant was the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser – it’s such a great everyday cleanser that I’ve come to use as another staple in my regime. When it comes to my evening routine, I’m a double cleanse kinda gal and this hydrating cleanser is perfect for removing make up traces and dirt while also moisturising. Plus this cleanser also contains the Virgin Marula Oil that they sell as a stand-alone product, and two different omega oils. It’s honestly one of the nicest cleansers I’ve ever used and again, I’ve repurchased it many times now.
A-Passioni Retinol Cream
The newest addition to my Drunk Elephant Collection was the A-Passioni Retinol Cream which I was hearing a lot of buzz about. I don’t use a huge amount of retinol in my regime but I knew if their was a brand I wanted to try it from, it was Drunk Elephant. I’ve only been using this once or twice a week recently as retinols are the heavy duty products of the skincare world, so you’ll need to slowly build up their frequency of use in your regime. I apply mine nightly after my serum and take a break from my moisturiser when using this, and replace the moisture with the B-Hydra instead. It just works better without too much ‘cream’ texture in one. I’ve found the results to be quite nice and noticed a definite reduction in my problems areas for fine lines – my forehead looks a lot better overall. While my deep lines won’t go away without something more permanent, this has given me a really nice confidence boost in just making them less definite or prominent. Something I’m super grateful for. I only wish I could use this under my eyes as I hate the lines and wrinkles I have there! I should also mention that when you’re using retinol in your skincare you need to ensure you always wear suncream, so I highly recommend the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF30 which I reviewed as a top facial SPF here.
Shaba Complex Eye Serum
Within the Drunk Elephant range their are two dedicated eye products – the first is the Shaba Complex Eye Serum and the second is the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. The Shaba Complex Serum has been the one I’ve used the most of, I think I’ve had it in various sets so I’ve physically had more at home, and it’s been a nice, average eye cream that keeps my under eye area soft and smooth. It’s more targeted to reduce inflammation and sooth the area, but I don’t really struggle with that so I can’t say I’d rebuy this one in all honesty, but it’s nice enough that I’ll use it until I run out. However the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream is a whole other board game, it’s an incredible under eye cream and I’ll absolutely rebuy the full size. This cream contains restorative and calming principles but also contains five types of vitamin C – and as anyone who knows anything about skincare will tell you, Vitamin C is the BEST thing under your eyes. It brightens the grey colour, revives the tired look and is like an orange juice in the morning for the area – this cream targets all those things in one tiny pump each day. You really don’t need a lot of it, so the tiny travel sizes will last a good amount of time – dabbed with the ring ringer in and around the area works best.
Lala Retro Whipped Cream
This is one of those wonder moisturisers that gets full marks from me – and I’m not the world’s biggest moisturiser fan. I know I need daily moisture but as an oily skin person I have to find that delicate balance between too much and not enough. Too much and my oil levels get bad, too little and my oil levels get bad. So the Lala Retro Whipped Cream is pretty perfect for me as it releases it’s hydration throughout the day/night steadily. Rather than all the good stuff at once, it’s gradual so it keeps my skin looking better for longer. It also helps to protect against water loss and works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And on a practical level my skin feels so flipping soft when I use it. This is another one I’ve repurchased a lot now, and a little goes a long way. It’s so silky smooth to apply that you only need a pea sized amount and you’re good to go too. I have no complaints about this moisturiser whatsoever. And now it’s been relaunched with barrier-supportive ceramides which means it’s reinforcing the skins natural ability to defend itself against everyday stresses so overall skin is getting better at regenerating itself.
I should also point out that even though I don’t class myself as someone with sensitive skin, nothing in this entire range has ever been uncomfortable or caused irritation. I can sometimes find under eye products to be too harsh on my skin, it’s the only part of my face that occasionally gets a bit sensitive – but nothing I’ve tried in this range has caused it to flare up in the slightest, which is always a good sign. So if you’re looking for a delicate range that performs highly, then you’re covered here.
So there we have it – my full run down of the current Drunk Elephant range with views on which products I’ve loved, repurchased and which ones I can’t recommend enough. The range that excited me didn’t disappoint and I’m really hoping to see things like face masks from them in the future as I can imagine how fantastic they’d be.
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