Updated: Oct 10, 2018
When it comes to skincare, with all the brands and options out there it can get overwhelming, quick. From the infamous 10-step Korean skincare routines, to decoding all the mumbo-jumbo ingredients trying work out what the heck each ones really does and if it's actually worth all our money - wahhh!
So when it came to testing out the Drunk Elephant line, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that all the products are simple in their own way and designed to be used together. The order of use can also be switched up depending on how your skin feels on a particular day, or even mixed with each other to boost the effectiveness.
So as an oily/combination and sensitive skinned girl, after trying out each of the items for about two months now, I can say I definitely am a fan of their products. I wouldn't say it's necessary to jump the gun and buy all fourteen (rather pricey) products, but for me there was definitely a top 4 that I thoroughly enjoyed using and made quite a big difference to my skin.
So here's the breakdown 😊
1. B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Inside this tall and lean blue-capped bottle is a wondrous gel consistency serum that gives a punch of moisture to the skin. After using a toner (something that the DE line doesn't currently have), I'll smooth this B-Hydra serum all over the face and it instantly feels smoother and plumper. It really leaves the nicest feeling on the skin, like you've been given a bottle of Avian after spending 5 days in the desert kind of feels. Also, there's no slippery or shiny residue.
This serum, unlike it's brother the Framboos Glycolic serum, is a great day and night time serum for times when you're skin is pretty hassle free, but if you feel like there's a storm brewing...
2. T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
This serum has been my life saver! I first picked it up in Sephora's aisle of doom (a.k.a the checkout aisle) as a mini-sized duo, together with the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. That was the day my life changed.
At the time, I was battling hormonal acne that plastered itself all over my chin and jawline. So, so horrid. It hurt so deep. Nothing helped it. Then I started to read into chemical exfoliants a.k.a AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that work together to clear the skin from the deeper layers. Voila, the glycolic night serum has a blend of both!
After using it at night for about one week my inflammation had gone down, the painful cystic-like bumps were dissipating and the clouds lingering around my inner turmoil were also fading.
So if you have problematic skin, get this. It's worth the price.
3. Protini Polyeptide Cream
This cream was a pleasant surprise. At first I was confused what the difference was compared to the Lala Retro Whipped Cream, but found out after some light research on the DE website and testing them out for myself the main difference is the density and thickness of the texture. I would recommend the Lala Retro for drier skin types, and the Protini peptide for combination and/or oily skin - but they can also be mixed together! So whatever tickles your fancy.
The texture was so luscious and smooth, not oily whatsoever. If you are interested in something a little oiler (in all the best ways)...
4. Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
If you haven't gotten on the face oil train yet, seriously, where have you been?! Whether you have dry, combination, oily or sensitive, facial oils work for everyone! It's more a matter of finding specific ingredients that are better suited for each skin type.
The DE marula oil is so, so luxurious feeling on the skin. It glides over and softens everything instantly, without clogging the pores. The oil is light and fast absorbing, but also soothing for sensitive skin. I paired it with the T.L.C Glycolic Night Serum and they worked really well together to calm my acne-ridden face.
So if you're into facial oils I would highly recommend trying this baby out. You can get the baby sized at Sephora in the checkout aisle, so test it out first before committing to the full sized if you're hesitant.
That's my 2 cents (or 4 cents) on the highly instagrammed Drunk Elephant skincare line! Drop a comment below if you want any other details :)
- Fel x