Since I first heard about Drunk Elephant I became fascinated with the idea of trying it – first because of the name, then once I saw the packaging that sold me even more, before I heard just about everyone who had tried the products rave about it. Just before Christmas my Mother-in-law who likes to get us all a perfume or something most years asked what perfume I wanted – after a quick stocktake of my favourites I decided I really didn’t need any perfume – but thought it would be a good opportunity to suggest that she could pick something from Drunk Elephant instead and made a few suggestions of kits I’d prefer.
In the end she picked what I was secretly hoping she might do – the Drunk Elephant Inspector Drunk kit. I wanted this for a few different reasons, but I liked that this was a night-time regime, when I do most of my skincare as I’m too rushed in the morning for an in depth routine – but also that it contained a full size of the Framboos serum, a product I was sure that my skin would love.
Before we jump into the reviews of the products, I have to talk about this kit’s packaging and the full concept behind this set. Firstly LOOK AT THAT BOX. It’s bright and neon and if I saw this in a shop I would have had a hard time leaving it behind. How this feels in the hand just oozes quality, it feels nice in the hand and I just can’t bring myself to throw the cardboard box away yet.
The box also features a magnifying glass – now I’d not looked into this in too much depth, but I expected this was just a cute eye-catching window detail on the box. But alas, no, it’s a fully operational magnifying “glass” (it’s actually made of plastic) – but it does work and allows you to “spy” on your existing skincare products in your collection for bad ingredients (the suspicious six) with the rules of the game on the back.
Inside the box there was pop-out cards which feature ingredients that aren’t found in Drunk Elephant’s skincare. Potential aggravators for the skin such as silicones or reasons for particular skin concerns such as Enlarged Pores. What I liked about these cards was that they are quite clear that it’s what DE “believe” and it’s informative and doesn’t feel like it’s blaming the consumer – as some brand go so hard on the customer and it feels like propaganda against others at times!
So, what did I think of what was inside? Just as a warning, I tried all of these products out against existing skincare that I knew worked for me for at least a week individually before trying these together, as I wanted to know exactly what did, and didn’t work for my complexion. Also for any new readers, note that my skin type is oily but dehydrated.
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
I transitioned from the Filorga Time Filler Eyes to this eye cream. Both at similar high price points for eye creams I was intrigued to see how they would compare. The texture of this eye cream is much thinner and doesn’t have the same silicone slip I’d become used to, it feels more lotion-like and it feels like it sinks into the skin a lot quicker. Whilst I wouldn’t have used the Filorga eye cream during the day – this one would be fine for me under makeup.
I find I need 1-2 pumps depending on how tired I am/late I’m going to bed but it does spread quite far. I find that if I’m also going to go over my eyelids than I need the full two pumps, but a little does go a long way. I’ve found this eye cream quite brightening and does a decent job of correcting dark circles, however I’ve not found it the most hydrating thing I’ve tried and haven’t found it the best for anti-ageing effects either. It’s £54 for the full size and ultimately I think I’ve tried better things for the money, but it’s probably good for youthful people who suffer with some dark circles.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
I love a good hydrating serum and this one didn’t disappoint – it’s such a thin feeling formula that has a very gel like consistency which as it’s massaged into the skin starts to feel thin and almost watery, but it sinks into the skin very quickly, which means it layers and absorbs well with other products such as moisturisers. I really like this as it feels like and sometimes when my skin is feeling oily I don’t like opting for things that linger on my skin, but this one combines the delightful combination of weightless feeling whilst still having noticeable moisturising effects.
The formula contains B5 (smoothing and hydrating) and pineapple ceramides (a popular k-beauty ingredient which brightens by reducing menalin). Other ingredients include watermelon rind, sodium hyaluronate, apple and lentil which also promise to add extra levels of hydration as well as being anti-ageing.
I like this and I like the formula too and I feel like if I was so inclined it would also be a good product to use pre-makeup. At £44 for a full size it’s Drunk Elephant’s most affordable serum from the bunch.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturiser
From the first time my finger tips touched this product it had me going “ooh” – the texture of this is thick and creamy whilst still having a lot of bounce to the touch. The full size of this comes in a pump up top for you to cleanly scoop the product off which I always like over the idea of dipping fingers in the pot.
This is said to be a formula for both face and body, and whilst I can imagine it would be nice on the body – at £54 per pop this stays clearly on the money maker (my face if you were wondering!).
This product claims to have six rare african oils which are whipped up and gives the formula it’s airy and bouncy texture. Those six oils are;
– Marula; nourishing and rejunvanating
– Baobab; rich in vitamin C, brightening, moistursing and a knowing antioxidant with soothing qualities
– Ximenia; rich in vitamin C, nourishing and moisturing
– Kalahari melon; high levels of omega acids very moisturising and rejuvenating
– Mongongo; a powerful antioxidant which protects against pollution
The product also lists a load of other ingredients off such as sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer which is said to have similar effects to hyalauronic acid, but with smaller particles that more effectively sink into the skin.
I love this moisturiser and have found it very effective on my oily skin – it gives me a lot of nourishment and I can notice on nights when I’ve been substituting this against a few other options I’ve been trying to finish. A little of this goes a long way and I can see this being a product that would be worth the investment for me. However I can see how those who have drier skins might crave a little more than this moisturiser gives.
Drunk Elephant Best No 9 Cantaloupe Jelly Cleanser
This was probably the item from the set I was least bothered about trying. It features a twist top lid that doesn’t fully come off which I like. It’s a classic gel texture cleanser which does an okay job at removing makeup – however I find that it suds a little too much to use it on the eye area, especially when I have to keep rubbing over the eye.
Gel cleansers aren’t my favourite – I’ll use them if I have them but I don’t really go out of my way to purchase them and this one is no different. I enjoy the feeling that cream cleansers and balms feel on my skin much more than a gel texture cleanser.
I can’t say I’ve noticed any bad skin effects from this – but there’s nothing significantly positive I’ve noticed either. I take this when I go away for a few days now as it’s nice to have a small size cleanser for travel, but it wouldn’t be what I would want to use on a day to day basis and for more than 2-3 days I’d opt to take something else.
This one is priced at £27 which is up there in price – especially for a gel and it reminds me performance wise of the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial gel cleanser which is priced at £16.50. If you love gel cleansers than it’s worth a try – but if like me you’re normally not fussed by them, I’d stay away from this one too!
Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
So this was the product I was most intrigued by – when the Drunk Elephant line dropped, this seemed to be one of the products getting the most amount of hype and people who I followed who had a similar skin type to me seemed to be getting along with this well.
This is a night serum which has a gel consistency which unlike the B-Hydra Serum feels a little stickier as it dries down. This does pair well with the B-Hydra if mixed together and it’s not so sticky that it doesn’t pair badly with other products, but it’s definitely one you want to save for days at home makeup free or as part of your night time routine.
This contains a blend of AHAs and BHAs which essentially makes it an exfoliating serum that’s designed to help lift dead skin cells from the skin, brighten skin cells, encourage skin cell reproduction, detoxify. In terms of effects it really reminds me of the effect I got from Sunday Riley’s Good Genes (before they reformulated it in the UK to be Glycolic Acid rather than Lactic) and this product does contain Lactic Acid amongst the blend of AHAs and BHAs included.
I find this brightening, exfoliating, clearing and was also nicely moisturising. This was the product out of all five of these products that I was last to introduce in, and it’s the one which I think offered me the most noticeable effects with; my skin went through a really rough patch in January into February and this seemed to help clear my skin up no end and helped with the areas of scarring that were left behind.
Whilst this product is expensive for a full size at £76 for 30ml, it spreads far and is a decent sized bottle. I use this currently 2-3 times a week in between using the B-Hydra more frequently, but I’ll be increasing the frequency of this once this is complete, but it does work well as a more topical serum in between using other products which would extend it’s use-up time even more.
I’ve really enjoyed using this kit, the sizes of products are generous enough to try before you buy full sizes, as Drunk Elephant really isn’t the cheapest brand on the block. However I’ve comfortably been able to get at least a solid month’s use of using these nightly out of each (apart from the Framboos of course, which will last much longer!). I think this is a good place to start with DE, and whilst it offers less different products than “The Littles Kit“, I like that it has a full size product in that would cost £76 alone. However I should note this seems to be out of stock everywhere so I’m not sure whether this set has been discontinued 😦
With that in mind if you’re also an existing fan of the Framboos serum, I’d consider this kit as a way to stock up on some other bits for an extra four pounds (as this kit is £80) which could be very handy to have as travel friendly sizes.
There are some hits here which I would consider purchasing again (should I ever get close to finishing my current skincare stash, my guess is that I’ve at least got 5 years of moisturisers at this point!). And I’m really intrigued about trying their newly announced cleansing balm too.
Drunk Elephant is stocked in the UK at Cult Beauty and Space NK.
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