Drunk Elephant was one of those brands that I always dreamed of trying but never dared to, thanks to the hefty price tag that it comes with. I was always convinced their products would be awesome. I never read one bad review. Not. Even. One.
People constantly talked about it, raved about it, every website recommended it and every Instagram blogger had a stash of DE they swore by. Believe it or not, there are DE-dedicated Instagram accounts (for real!).
Naturally, I found myself attempting a purchase or two until I had to enter my credit card details and realised two products were worth 2 weeks of my groceries (including wine). You can only imagine how happy I was to receive the Littles Kit from the Drunk Elephant PR team! I was truly ecstatic and I couldn’t wait to see what the hype was all about.
I tested them out and it has to be noted that it’s possible I don’t see results from all products because they’re minis after all. These are my impressions after using these for a few weeks.
Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser
This is meant to be a gentle yet powerful cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils and removes all dirt, makeup and grime. It’s key ingredients are – glycerin, virgin marula oil, and cantaloupe fruit extract. The full size costs $32, which isn’t that expensive and this was, to be very honest, nothing special. It does the job but it’s just about average. The Glossier Milk Jelly cleanser is similar (better texture) and costs half – highly recommend that one over this.
C-Firma Day Serum
This is one of the products I’ve probably heard the most about (including Babyfacial) and seen people call it their holy grail vitamin C serum. It has 15% pure L-ascorbic acid (great news), 0.5% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E among other extracts.
It’s obvious that a mini applied on my face over a few weeks won’t show the same result as consistent use over a period of a few months. This product does sound quite good and I’m sure I would’ve seen results if I had a full size product. However, I don’t think I had enough time and product to judge this serum fairly.
It is to be noted though, it’s SO ORANGE. I sent a photo to an IG friend who confirmed that’s what it should look like and it’s fine. But I’ve used 2 different vitamin C serums before (which I have adored) and they both were clear to begin with and start to get a slight orange hue to them slowly over time. But this is just orange to begin with, don’t know if that changes anything, but I was surprised.
Even though it sounds like a good product, purchasing a cute orange bottle €80 has me feeling a bit…uncomfortable. Especially since I haven’t even been able to see it’s positive effects. My HG vitqmin C serum, the Cosrx triple C Lightening Serum costs €30 and has 20.5% pure L-ascorbic acid – that’s called a powerhouse. It’s alright if you want to pay a steep price for products, but I was overall underwhelmed by Drunk Elephant so my willingness to shell out money for the brand overall just reduced.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
This serum is one of my favourites from the Littles Kit. It has a gel-like texture and absorbs so well into the skin; it literally is a drink of water for my skin. It contains pro-vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid, pineapple ceramide, and several other extracts to hydrate the skin. It costs €48 which is pricey (just like all DE products) but I ended up really loving this on my skin.
I apply this right after washing my face while my skin is damp, and it gets absorbed within seconds and leaves my skin so soft. Applying this makes my skin feel so, so good. This is one product I’d consider shelling out that kind of cash for, but I’m on the lookout for a gel-like moisturiser that would function the same way.
C-Tango Multivitamin Eyecream
The description of this eyec ream sounds like quite a dream to be honest. It contains 8 peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract. That’s already 3 star ingredients I haven’t had on my eyes before.
I was excited about receiving it. After using it at night, I found it to be too thin for my liking (after using the Kiehl’s Avocado eye cream which I can’t get enough of), but I wasn’t unhappy with it – until I used it in the morning. IT PILLS. Me makeup didn’t hold for 2 seconds. It looked so bad, I had to wipe everything off and redo my under-eye skincare and makeup. I tried it with another foundation and another moisturiser but this one just didn’t work for me. Needless to say, it’s nto a rebuy. I can find better eye creams instead of shelling out €64.
TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
I love acids. They work well and fast on your skin and there’s just something so satisfying about seeing those instant results. DE didn’t give the exact percentage of glycolic acid, but it’s second on the ingredient list, so that’s good news. It also contains salicylic, lactic and citric acid among other goodies; overall the product sounds quite good.
I was quite happy with the result – my skin was glowing and seemed brighter overall. I liked it for the brief period I used it and would repurchase it if it wasn’t for nearly €90 (WTF?). I know of better exfoliating acids and serums I can use. I really liked it but at this point of time, it’s a no.
Protini Polypeptide Cream
“Think of Protini as a powerful shot of protein powder for your skin” is what it says on their website and it let me just tell you straight away what it did – it burned. Okay, not *burned* but it tingled as if I’d put some acid exfoliant on my face, which seemed very bizarre to me. This happened twice and afterwards, it was okay – maybe my skin was extra sensitive that day, but from what I understood, Protini is supposed to be soothing rather than burning if your skin is sensitised?
Many people adore this, call this their holy grail, so I’m sure I was just unlucky those 2 days, or this cream just doesn’t suit me. And it costs €67? No for me.
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
The Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil came under quite a lot of scrutiny after The Ordinary also launched the same thing for maybe 1/10th the price. Virgin Marula Oil is known to be excellent for the skin – it is rich in antioxidants and hydrates the skin and hair. Both products have the same ingredient – the only difference I remarked was that The Ordinary’s Marla oil was thicker, however, I felt no difference once they were on my face. Maybe there is a difference in the extraction process or the type/quality of Marla kernels? I’m not sure really.
The DE oil costs €71 which is quite a steep increase from TO’s €9.9. I prefer thicker oils anyway, so I prefer The Ordinary, but I have to say the price is quite exorbitant for DE.
Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense
This was one product I hadn’t seen being hyped like mad on Instagram, and I was in need of a new sunscreen so I was very happy to be able to try a new one out. It has a slight tint, which doesn’t show up that much and the idea didn’t bother me. However, several other things bothered me immensely. Firstly, the texture – it’s…goopy and weird, nothing I expect from anything I want to put on my face. Secondly, it doesn’t set well with my products – the DE products I was trying. It pills. And it looks terrible under makeup. What on earth is good about this?
The price is okay at €35 but for a product this bad, someone would have to pay me €35 per hour to wear this.
Disclosure: this was a PR gift sent by the brand.