Drunk on good skin: Drunk Elephant skincare

Although I do get a lot of skincare products, sometimes I hear so much hype that I have to try something out myself and see what it’s all about. Such is the case with Drunk Elephant skincare.

You may have seen their stuff in your local Sephora, but this Houston, Texas-based brand is committed to using only clean ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health, or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulations. They choose their ingredients based on its safety and bio-compatibility and they don’t include any silicones, chemical screens, sensitizing colorants/perfumes, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), essential oils, or drying ingredients. What you get is really good skincare that is appropriate for every skintype.

Since I have a pretty lengthy skincare routine I wanted to get the full effect of the products and chose to use one of the cleansers, a serum, a moisturizer, and an eyecream.

Drunk Elephant skincare products


I start my routine with their Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser (C$42), which is a jelly cleanser that removes makeup, excess oil, pollution, and other gross stuff from the day (or night). For nighttime I pair this with my FOREO Luna 2 to get a deep clean, and for the day I just use it with my bare hands. I find it does a nice job of washing my face, but definitely prefer it with a cleanser brush as it washes the skin much more thoroughly. It is very gentle, but doesn’t lather much, which to me, I’m a big fan of a little lather, but as long as it’s doing a good job, that factor doesn’t make or break how much I enjoy a cleanser. I also want to note that since it is a jelly, I do have to be careful that it doesn’t slip out of my hands into the sink, thus wasting product.

After I’m done cleansing, I use my usual toner, then go in with the Shaba Complex Eye Serum (C$72). Drunk Elephant has a couple different eye serums, but this one is formulated to take on major signs of aging around and under the eyes, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. It contents potent doses of black tea ferment and copper peptides that work together to support a smoother, younger appearance, as well as slow down the signs of aging. I love the packaging on this since you twist the top for the dispenser part to appear (same with their C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream). Although they call this a serum, it does look like a cream and a little goes a long way. The formula is nice and gentle and absorbs quickly into the skin. I don’t have any real problems with my undereyes (unless I smile, fine lines appear). I haven’t really noticed a difference with this, but that’s a good thing as I haven’t noticed my eye area getting worse. This keeps my skin nice and calm (no puffiness here), and my eyes look youthful and alert.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Maracuja oil

Next up is their Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (C$90), which I apply at night before my moisturizer. This oil is high in antioxidants and rich in Omegas 6 and 9 to moisturize, rejuvenate, and nourish skin. It actually comes straight from the marula fruit, so it remains in its purest form. After applying a drop or two, skin feels moisturized, rejuvenated, fresh, and nourished. Since this is an oil, I only apply this at night since I found my makeup would tend to slide throughout the day (although DE does recommend it for day and night, it just didn’t work for daytime use for me). By the time morning comes, this product is fully absorbed into my skin and my face feels ready for the day ahead.

Finally, my last step is using the Protini Polypeptide Cream (C$84) at night. This is a protein shake for your face as it combines an array of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids, and pygmy waterlily for improvement in your skin’s tone, texture, and firmness. Drunk Elephant says that this formula will give you younger, revived-looking skin and lines, wrinkles, and signs of sun damage appear reduced. I only use this at night, however, you can definitely use it during the day as well (I have too much skincare to use so I switch it up during the day). The packaging on this is cool since you press the top down for the product to appear. The cream feels incredibly moisturizing and refreshing on the skin. I also find that a little goes a long way since it tends to spread out nicely.

The combination of these products were a lifesaver when I got back from New York City last month. For some reason when I was out there my skin felt dry and bumpy, so when I got back I really put a lot of time and effort into getting it back to tip-top shape. After a few days of using these products, my skin was feeling more revived and energized, and the gross texture soon went away.

Drunk Elephant Shaba Eye Complex and Protini moisturizer

Aside from how well the products work, I do have to say that I love the packaging. Some of these containers are super unique and the fun colours and branding totally pop in my medicine cabinet. Of course, if you are investing money into your skincare routine, the packaging shouldn’t be a selling factor, but I’m a sucker for bright colours and cool things, so I’m totally digging it.

When it comes to skincare, the price will usually set you back, which is the case with these products (although they do offer smaller versions for less money than what I mentioned in this post). I’ve tried a lot of products from a lot of brands, but so far I’ve really been enjoying what Drunk Elephant has to offer up. I also like how their products are made in the United States, not mass produced in some Asian factory (not that there’s anything wrong with that, as we all know, Korean beauty is huge), but since they really seem to be about their philosophy, it’s nice to see that they don’t compromise on ingredients.

Next time you’re in Sephora and looking for some new skincare items, I would definitely recommend giving them a look. The best part about Sephora is that they will give you samples if you ask, so if you don’t want to invest in a C$84 moisturizer just yet, you can ask to try it out first.

Have you tried Drunk Elephant skincare? What are your favourite items?

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