I was so not in need of another bronzer when I stumbled across the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum. I have several in my collection that are almost brand-new despite being well used and abused, as bronzer is a key part of my daily makeup routine. Despite keeping it simple most days – I’m a freelance copywriter so work from home most days – I still reach for a handful of things to make sure that I look vaguely alive; mascara to open up my tired, hooded eyes; SPF as I live in Sydney; a tinted moisturiser to even out my complexion and bronzer to warm up my pale skin and bring shape and definition to my big bowling ball of a head. So just enough that I don’t scare my boys and the other school mums basically!
But I’m all for paring things back, as less is definitely more on chaotic weekday mornings, so the thought of the D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum really floated my boat: a multitasking, skincare-driven product, jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins, peptides and fatty acids to fight free radicals and protect the skin’s barrier whilst giving a healthy glow sounded very intriguing. Particularly as it could be smooshed in to my normal moisturisers, serums or SPF.
So, did it live up to the hype and is it the ultimate no makeup makeup? Here are my thoughts and a little review on Drunk Elephant’s D Bronzi Serum.
What is it exactly..?
It’s a bronzing concentrate which is designed to be mixed in to your morning skincare cocktail. Or added to a body moisturizer or oil if you want to extend that summery glow to your bod.
Tiffany Masterson -Drunk Elephant’s founder – has an interesting philosophy which feeds into the development of her range and this particular product. She formulated her range around the central principle that there are six ingredients (the suspicions 6 : drying alcohols, essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicones, chemical screens and SLS) that irritate our skin, disrupt its PH and are the root of all skin concerns and created her range essentially free of these irritants.
She passionately believes that using her skincare range will give us perfectly balanced skin that ultimately won’t need makeup. But for those of us that haven’t quite reached the stage where we’re confident to go bare faced or our skin isn’t quite there yet, she wanted to create a sheer bronzing formula that gave a beautiful healthy glow to the skin; or as she puts it, sunshine in a bottle without the long-term damage. That just-got-back-from somewhere glow flatters every complexion!
To get more into the sciencey details, it’s a chrono peptide that mimics the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D. It’s made from omega-rich virgin marula and black currant seed oils, along with vitamin F (fatty acids), which immediately replenish the delicate balance that supports a healthy barrier function of skin, while a concentrated mix of protective antioxidants boost the skin’s defenses against pollution and environmental stressors…and all delivered with a pretty, bronzy finish.
Sounds bloody brilliant and quite the potent combo doesn’t it?! But is it just damn good marketing, do I like it and am I glad I bought it? Yes, yes and very much! I think it’s really clever and love the Drunk Elephant philosophy of mixing up a blend of products for your face mornings and nights; it’s quick, easy and makes me feel like a scientist cum aesthetician concocting a treatment for my face. Yep, I’m a geek!
But this is not an everyday product for me, which is important to consider when deciding whether you want to fork out $52 for it. It’s a super natural product so not for you if you like a full face of slap. And not one that I reach for when I have meetings or a lunch or basically want a more perfected look that requires more makeup and a fuller coverage base. It really is the most natural of glows that is perfect for everything else though; for days when you’re off to the shops or the beach and everything in between. The pretty bronze sheen does even out your skin tone a bit, but I still need to use a bit of concealer for pesky capillaries and pigmentation or if a blemish has reared its ugly head; I think of it almost as a lighter version of Mac Face and Body as it gives that glossy, expensive look to your skin without much in the way of coverage.
It’s super concentrated so I’ve had to experiment a bit to find the right combo for me. I tried it initially in combination with Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum and Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil but found that that gave me a bit too much glow so decided to do without the Marula Oil!
I’ve tried it mixed in with a few different moisturisers and all worked pretty well, but found that my perfect combination is applying 1 – 2 drops of D-Bronzi mixed in with Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50 after first applying C-Firma and B-Hydra Hydration Serum to create beautifully glowy, hydrated skin. All in all, this will get a lot of use in the summer months and I’m sure that I’ll be purchasing another when it runs out.
I’m actually trialing most of the range as we speak so will give you a more detailed overview and review when I’ve had more time to see them in action. In the meantime, if you’d like to read my reviews on other makeup products and ranges, check out the Beauty pages on my site.