For the last couple of years I’ve been drawn to Drunk Elephant products. However, I always admired them from a distance… never taking the plunge. I have to admit, their high price tag always deterred me from giving them a try. However, while browsing Sephora’s website I noticed they had two sets of deluxe sized serums/oils. One meant for daytime (Rise + Glow) and one meant for nighttime (Night Bright). They were a reasonable price and I figured they would provide me with enough product to see what the hype was about. I’ve been using them for a little over a month now (and still have product left!) so I’m ready to share my thoughts on them. Spoiler alert: I’m hooked.
Drunk Elephant’s philosophy is to only use ingredients that directly benefit skin health or support the effectiveness of their formulations. They are very much centred around avoiding what they call the ‘suspicious 6’ which they find to be at the root of almost every skin issue which makes their products suitable for all skin types. In case you were wondering, the suspicious 6 are essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS.
Drunk Elephant | Rise + Glow
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Described as a “cool glass of water for your skin”, B-Hydra is the extra dose of moisture that I didn’t realize my skin needed. My skin is oily so I never really thought to add anything other than a light moisturizer to my routine to avoid looking more shiny. However, my skin always had some flakey bits when I looked closely. Key ingredients: pro-vitamin B5, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, pineapple ceramide, watermelon rind/apple/lentil complex & barberry complex. The end result is brighter skin and improved skin tone/texture.
C-Firma Day Serum
C-Firma is a super potent vitamin C serum meant to firm and brighten the appearance of skin. It combines essential nutrients, a powerful antioxidant complex and fruit enzymes to achieve this. I’d been eager to give a vitamin C serum a try so I was glad that this set included one. Key ingredients: potent antioxidant complex (15% L-ascorbic acid plus ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E), chronocyclin, pumpkin ferment and pomegranate extract, vinis vinifera (grape juice), licorice root extract, indian gooseberry, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer & virgin marula oil.
Drunk Elephant | Night Bright
Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil
Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil helps moisturize to rejuvenate and nourish skin which in turn brings about a youthful glow. This oil is untouched by any other chemicals or fragrances making it truly a pure oil. I wouldn’t have really thought to regularly add an oil to my skincare routine but I’m quite blown away by how quickly this absorbs into the skin. I also do use it exclusively at night, however, I could see it being added into my daytime routine at particularly dry times of the year. Key ingredient: virgin marula oil.
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
I think Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum has had the biggest impact on my skin out of all of these products. It is a 12% AHA/BHA serum that helps refine and resurface skin to reveal a smoother complexion. It also enhances the performance of other products, such as the Virgin Marula Oil, by clearing dull and congested skin. It does sting a bit the first few times that you use it as your skin builds a tolerance to it so I did use it every other night at first. The stinging was gone by the 3rd time using it. Key ingredients: 12% T.L.C. Framboos AHA blend [(glycolic, (T) tartaric, (L) lactic, and (C) citric acids)], 1% salicylic acid, raspberry fruit extract, cactus extract, horse chestnut, galactoarabinan, phytostem buddleja davidii meristem cell culture, virgin marula oil, white tea leaf extract, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer & yeast extract.
Overall, I have noticed a significantly brighter, even and smoother complexion. Over the last year or so my skin became noticeably more textured/congested and dull looking. While I still regularly wear makeup, I’ve noticed my foundation even looks so much better. Some of the acne scarring that I have is starting to fade as well. I hate to say it, but I’m fully invested now. Drunk Elephant’s products are quite pricey so I’ve made myself a little plan to slowly acquire the full sized products over the next few months. I’ve also recently added their Protini Polypeptide Cream to my routine but as it’s a new addition I can’t comment on it quite yet.
Have you tried Drunk Elephant? If not, what are your favourite skincare products? Let me know in the comments below!