Review: Drunk Elephant – The Littles

Review: Drunk Elephant – The Littles

I’m not the most faithful of creatures when it comes to skincare and typically flit between different brands, as I find that most do one thing really well but rarely deliver across all categories. And when I find something that I love, that works and that doesn’t give me a nasty reaction (my skin’s uber sensitive) I stick to it, because who needs a breakout? But I’ve thrown caution to the wind with Drunk Elephant after being sucked in by the online frenzy and the cult following that it’s inspired and thought that I’d give it a whirl and review it for you!  I’ve been trying the products for a month now – working my way through the Littles that I picked up in Mecca – so read on for my thoughts and review of Drunk Elephant.

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum  $75 50ml 

Drunk Elephant blurb..

B-Hydra™ is a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin. This ultra-hydrating vitamin B5 gel replenishes nutrients, visibly brightens and improves the appearance of skin texture and tone, while delivering intense skin hydration throughout the day.

My thoughts..

I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do, as I don’t typically incorporate hyaluronic acid into my skincare routine; a decent moisturiser (followed by SPF) is normally more than enough for my normal to combo skin. But I’ve added this into my skincare cocktail (with my C-Firma) in the morning – and my base glides on beautifully on top of it – and with my T.L.C. Framboos and Marula Oil in the evening if I feel that I need a moisture injection. And I’m hooked.  It’s non-sticky or greasy and I will definitely be purchasing a full sized one when my mini comes to an end.

C-Firma Day Serum  $116 30ml

Drunk Elephant blurb..

A super-potent vitamin C day serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes, all working together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin, while improving the signs of photoaging.

My thoughts..

It’s a tough call, but if I had to pick, I’d say this is my fave (and pick of the bunch) as I love it. This has polarised people, some absolutely LOVING it (Sali Hughes, say no more!) and some thinking it’s a lot of money for an ok product. There’s been a lot of debate online about the shelf life of this product, given the general instability of vitamin C as an ingredient and the fact that C-Firma’s colour has a distinctly orange hue which some feel indicates that the ascorbic acid is already oxidising and therefore not as potent. The Drunk Elephant direction on this is that the opaque packaging does the job and protects the serum, that you can expect the product to look anything from clear/pale yellow to orange upon opening. and that the colour is due to the other ingredients (combined with the ascorbic acid) and is totally fine.  It has a six-month shelf life so don’t stock up and you should only worry if the serum turns dark orange brown as it’s oxidised and therefore won’t be as effective.

So now that we have the housekeeping out of the way, and looking at what it’s done for my skin, my skin is noticeably brighter after a month of use and my sun damage/pigmentation is fading. And as that’s one of my key skin concerns, I’m pretty chuffed with the results and will definitely be buying one once my mini has run out. It’s also a pleasure to use – it’s only sticky if you use too much – and sits really well under the rest of my morning skincare and base. Love it!

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum  $132 30ml

Drunk Elephant blurb..

A 12% AHA/BHA night serum that helps refine and resurface skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant looking complexion. T.L.C. Framboos™ enhances the performance of other products by clearing the way for maximum absorption.

My thoughts..

On to the third serum of the range and I love this bad boy too. I’ve typically incorporated acids into my skincare routine through exfoliating toners (such as Clarins Gentle Exfoliator and Pixi Glow Tonic) so haven’t used them in serum form and at 12% AHA/BHA the T.L.C Framboos is a lot stronger than I’m used to and I approached it with caution. I was expecting a whole lot of tingling after I applied it but didn’t find that the case at all – which was pleasantly surprising – and woke up the morning after using this with skin as smooth as a baby’s bum. This can be used on a daily basis – according to Drunk Elephant – but I find that a little too much for my sensitive skin and found that after a few nights of (consecutive) use my skin was super smooth but a bit pink (in areas) and sensitised the morning after. I’ve pared this back to every other night and that’s the perfect amount for me; I will definitely be re-purchasing.

LIKE! LIKE! LIKE!

Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser  $49

Drunk Elephant blurb..

An innovative jelly cleanser that removes all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution and any other grime from the day. Free of SLS, fragrance and essential oils, Beste™ No. 9 is totally non-irritating, non-sensitizing and appropriate for every skin type.

My thoughts..

I don’t hate this but don’t love it. I’m not a fan of foaming cleansers as they typically strip my skin and I typically favour cleansing balms and gel formulations to gently remove makeup. I’ve tried this product morning and night (to see where it fits best into my skincare routine) but have generally found that whilst I like the texture, and it feels quite refreshing, my skin does end up feeling a little too dried out for my liking. I think I’ll be sticking to my Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel!

Lala Retro Whipped Cream  $88

Drunk Elephant blurb..

This all-purpose rescue cream, whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, recovers and locks-in intense moisture for hours after application. Plantain extract helps visibly brighten skin, while sodium hyaluronate cross polymer easily soaks in and releases long-lasting hydration. In addition, antioxidant-rich fermented green tea helps combat signs of aging and relieves irritation from environmental stressors. Loaded with omega acids, Lala Retro™ is a silky, dream come true for dull, tired, dehydrated skin.

My thoughts..

I know that there are massive devotees of this formulation but I’m not one of them sadly.  I know that Tiffany Masterson’s philosophy is that her products will suit everybody and there are no skin types, but I don’t subscribe to that and it’s just too rich for me. I’ve tried this out a handful of times and found that the next day (after using it as part of my night time routine) my skin looked sensitised with a couple of blemishes (which I never get) so I respectively disagree and think that as lovely as the texture is, it’s not for me. Here’s hoping that Protini Polypeptide Cream makes its way to Oz as that might be a better fit for me.

Shaba Complex Eye Serum  $88 15ml

Drunk Elephant blurb..

A satiny eye serum formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of aging under and around the eyes such as fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. The result is a rested, more youthful appearance.

My thoughts..

This is probably my least favourite of the Littles in that it didn’t absorb particularly well and did, well, nothing for me. It could be that it’s just better suited for a younger skin (I’m 44) but it doesn’t feel particularly moisturising (or nourishing) and it certainly didn’t brighten my eye area, so I decided to abandon ship and bought the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, which I LOVE. The C-Tango is creamy but lightweight, absorbs beautifully and sits well under my base. Ticking all the boxes for me right there!

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil  $58 15ml

Drunk Elephant blurb..

Like rehab for your skin, this wonder-working, luxury facial oil, high in critical antioxidants tocopherol (vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavinoids, and rich in omegas 6 and 9, helps to moisturize, rejuvenate and nourish skin while restoring a youthful glow. Straight from the “pip” of the marula fruit, our Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is untouched by any chemical or fragrance, natural or synthetic and remains in its purest form.

My thoughts..

And finally – and controversially – as this is the cornerstone of the brand – I’m not sure what I think of their much-lauded Marula oil. I don’t love it as I think that it’s too much for my skin and irritates me when I use more than one or two drops, but I don’t loathe it. And the annoying thing is that I want to love it because I’ve heard so so many good things about it; I mean who doesn’t want rehab for their skin?!  I have found a way that this works for me; in very small quantities, just the teeniest drop and as a carrier oil mixed in with the T.L.C. Framboos and B-Hydra at night. Job done!

So, those are my thoughts on the Drunk Elephant products in The Littles starter kit. All in all, yes it is an expensive brand but I genuinely love it, am really enjoying mixing up a cocktail of products each morning and evening and seeing the results; they work!  The serums are my absolute faves and will be in my skincare rotation moving forward and I couldn’t recommend them more.

Have you tried any of the products; what do you think?

 

 

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