If you follow any beauty bloggers you can’t fail to have heard about Drunk Elephant. It’s a beauty brand that’s really taken off recently. As famous for its distinct packaging and lack of the Suspicious 6™, as it is for its price tag.
I recently purchased the Drunk Elephant Get Even Kit to find out what all the fuss was about. Retailing at £84 it’s not cheap (full disclosure I bought it in the sale for £54). But is it worth it? The brand makes some big claims and had some rave reviews, I wanted to try it for myself.
A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream
A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream (10ml) came in a little tube and claims to “restore brightness and elasticity to the complexion without causing redness”.
On first application, it’s very thick, although you are encouraged to mix and layer the products to help with this. It is a Retinol cream so they recommend you build up the usage of this one gradually. I can’t say I even felt so much as a tingling though, I think my skin is probably used to it by now from other products.
After 3 months of use, I can’t honestly say it’s made much difference. If anything my skin feels less hydrated when I use this one. At £62 for 30ml this would have to have been amazing for me to have loved it.
C-Firma™ Day Serum
You get a pretty large “mini” of this one to try (15ml). It claims to be a “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.”
All sounds amazing right? But honestly, this was my least favourite of the bunch. It’s soooo very very sticky. And because it’s a “day” product I would put it on and then find my hair sticking to it for hours afterwards as the residue was so tacky. I did keep using it, but it’s not one I will be investing in
This one retails at £62 for 50ml again so not cheap. I totally get the benefits of Vitamin C on the skin, but there are cheaper alternatives that contain this key ingredient. Yes I know, not all of the other ingredients will be the same of course but still.
T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum
Again one of the larger minis and finally one I liked. This is an evening serum claiming to “smooth and clarify”. I usually layered this with the other cream to get even coverage which worked well. It’s nice and light and I did feel that on using both combined my skin felt smoother and hydrated.
Pricewise it’s £76 for 30ml, so although I liked it, I do have other serums that produce a similar result for a little less.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
This one was great. It’s not a big mini unfortunately (8ml) but it goes a long way. I didn’t use this one every day. Instead, I used it on days when my skin felt tight and dry.
It really did the job as well. It’s £40 for 50ml and considering how long the 8ml has lasted I would be very tempted to add this one to my skincare routine.
Protini™ Polypeptide Cream
I saved the best until last! I’m a big fan of gel moisturisers and this is a great example. They describe it as “velvety” and that’s a pretty accurate description. It goes a long way and soaks into your skin brilliantly.
Now I’m in my 30’s I care a lot more about my face cream than I ever have before, I’ll try anything. One of the big benefits of Protini is that it contains nine signal peptides. Now I’m not a skincare expert, but I’m told by those that are, that the more of these the better!
It’s £57 for 50ml, which puts it comparable to my normal face creams in terms of price. I would certainly be tempted to give this one a go.
My skin 3 months on
Not much of a change really. Although I used all the products for the full 3 months I saw only a slight improvement in tone and hydration. What I have found is that when I reverted back to some of my other products my skin struggled to adjust. It became flaky and dry for a few weeks until it settled. I still continue to use the Protini, B-Hydra and T.L.C Framboos serum as part of my routine and may replace them when they run out, funds permitting!
Drunk Elephant Final Verdict
A few hits and misses for me. Drunk Elephant is a shining example of beauty marketing, branding and hype done well. Whether you believe the hype is up to you. For me, there were some products I would certainly be willing to invest in, but I think I might also check out some of the dupes on the market first.
All of the above Drunk Elephant products are available online at SpaceNK. Follow this link to received £10 off your first order!