Drunk Elephant: Is It Worth The Price?

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If you are reading this, you are probably thinking about testing out some Drunk Elephant products. Maybe you are a bit apprehensive about adding those $80 beauty products to your cart. You want to make sure this skincare line is worth the hype before you make the investment.

If any of the above is true, then you are in the right place. Overall, I’ve had a positive experience with Drunk Elephant skincare products. That being said, there are some products that are more worth the hype than others.

I’ll be sharing my experience with each product, who I think would like the product, and if I think it is worth the hype.

Disclaimer: I have purchased some of these products myself, but I also received a pr mailing for testing purposes. Also, this post contains affiliate links. Should you make a purchase, I will make a small commission. Don’t worry there is no added cost to you.

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About The Brand

Before we dive into the products, let us have a bit of a history lesson. Drunk Elephant officially launched in 2014 on the premise that “a product is only as good as its worst ingredient,” sparking a whole new category of skincare that creator Tiffany Masterson coined clean-clinical.

Drunk Elephant is formulated using ingredients that can be recognized, accepted and used by the skin. Masterson defines clean-clinical as safe, high-performance skin care that will nourish, support, protect and improve the skin without disruption, irritation or any form of sensitization.

All of the products from the brand are free of essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicones, SLS, chemical sunscreens and drying alcohols.

Drunk Elephant Skincare Review

This is a detailed review of the products that I have tried. If you want to skip to the verdict, I share if you should purchase or pass on the product.

Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

This jelly cleanser has a thick jelly-like consistency that cleanses the skin without stripping the skin.

While I was a bit apprehensive, this cleanser didn’t leave a film on my skin or leave my skin feeling tight. It also removed the little bit of eyeshadow, mascara, and lipgloss that I wear daily.

If you have combination or oily skin, you will love this cleanser. For those that wear a full face of makeup, you will need to double cleanse.

Verdict: Buy it!

E-Rase™ Milki Micellar Water

This micellar water is unlike any micellar water. It is thick and milky with a serum like consistency.

I am not sure how Drunk Elephant can call this micellar water. It is extremely thick. It took a lot to get my mascara off. I couldn’t imagine how much it would take to remove a full face of makeup. I could see using this product as a toner on an already cleansed face. It does feel soothing and hydrating on the skin.

If you are looking for traditional micellar water to remove makeup, this is not it.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this micellar water instead.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

The B-Hyrda uses a mixture of B5, pineapple ceramides, Niacinamide, and other fruits to help hydrate the skin and even out the skin tone.

I tested the B-Hydra in two different ways. First, I applied it directly to the skin after cleansing, but it left my skin feeling slightly sticky. I also tried mixing this product with the Glycolic Night Serum, which I preferred.

This is a product that I would recommend to everyone. It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin and is light enough for those with oily skin.

Verdict: Buy it!

C-Firma Day Serum

This day serum utilizes a mixture of Vitamin C, pumpkin, pomegranate, and Vitamin E to brighten the skin.

Since my skin can be sensitive, I was nervous about using this serum. Unfortunately, I had to quit using the product after a week of use. It made my face very red and irritated.

If your skin can handle aggressive ingredients, you may like this serum. But if you are sensitive or new to Vitamin C, you should pass.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy one of these Vitamin C serums instead.

C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream

This eye cream is white with a smooth consistency. This cream uses a mix of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and peptides to firm and brighten the skin around the eye.

Given my sensitivity to Vitamin C, I wasn’t surprised that I had a negative experience with this eye cream. Unfortunately, I had to quit using this eye cream as it made my under eyes dry and flakey.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this eye cream instead.

Protini™ Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum

This exfoliating serum features lactic acid and peptides to improve skin texture, tone, and radiance.

When I decided to test this serum, I thought it was going to be the DE equivalent of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes since they both feature lactic acid. But honestly, this serum is much better. The texture is thinner and feels better on the skin. Overall my skin loved it.

If your skin is sensitive, I would recommend picking this serum over the DE Glycolic Night Serum.

Verdict: Buy it!

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

This is a workhorse night serum. It uses a combination of AHAs ( tartaric, lactic, citric, and glycolic acids) and BHAs (salicylic acid) to unclog skin and exfoliate the skin.

As someone that has sensitive skin, this serum is too strong for my skin. To avoid irritating my skin, I used this serum two to three times a week to avoid over-exfoliating my skin. Even with reduced usage, it irritated my skin.

If you have been using acids for awhile and have skin that can handle aggressive ingredients, you may want to try this serum. The combination of ingredients will help dark spots, acne scars, and texture.

Verdict: Buy it! If you have sensitive skin, by this serum instead.

Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer

This moisturizer is a medium weight cream formula. As the name suggests, it relies on peptides (amino acids) as well as Vitamin B, to hydrate the skin.

My skin absolutely loved this moisturizer. It provided a good amount of moisture without feeling heavy or greasy on the skin.

If you have very dry skin, this moisturizer might not provide enough hydration. Try pairing it with the B-Hydra Serum to give it the needed hydration boost.

Verdict: Buy it!

Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

This is a tinted zinc oxide sunscreen that provides UVA/UVB protection while providing a slight tint.

When I applied the tinte, my skin started to burn instantly. This product is very sheer and provides no actual coverage but rather evens out the skin tone. It also leaves a very thick and greasy feeling on the skin.

Verdict: Pass on it. But this tinted sunscreen instead.

D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Bronzing Drops

This product was created as a serum that defends against pollution and environmental stressors, that also provides a hint of bronzy glow.

Honestly, I didn’t care about the skincare benefits when trying this product. I was more interested in adding some much needed glow to my skin. Honestly, I was blown away by this product. You can mix it in with your moisturizer, sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, or foundation.

If you like a no-makeup makeup look or just want to add a little warmth to your skin, you will LOVE this product.

Verdict: Buy it!

T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

The Babyfacial is a mask/treatment that utilizes both AHAs and BHAs to exfoliate the skin. The thick treatment is made from glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric and salicylic acid.

As someone that suffers from uneven skin texture, acne scars and pits, and dullness, this is a miracle product. That being sad, it is a strong mask. The first few times I used it, I only left it on for half the recommended time. After continued use, I was able to leave the Babyfacial on for the full amount of time.

I know that it can be difficult to spend $80 on one product, but if you can afford it, the price is worth it. While there are cheaper alternatives, this product performs better than any alleged dupes.

Verdict: Buy it!

Virgin Marula Luxury  Face Oil

DE’s Virgin Marula Oil is cold-pressed ensuring the oil remains fresher longer. High in critical antioxidants and rich in omegas 6 and 9, Marula oil helps to moisturize the skin.

As someone prone to breaking out, I am very hesitant to put just any kind of oil on my face. Certain oils work better for certain skin types. Masterson, DE’s creator, doesn’t believe in skin types. I won’t debate that theory here. But I know that marula isn’t my oil of preference. I did use this product after the Babyfacial as a way to soothe the skin. It did its job just fine. I just prefer squalane.

The decision to pass has nothing to do with my oil preference and everything to do with the price. I am sure the process they use and the quality of the oil make the product more expensive, but you can find a cheaper marula oil to use.

Verdict: Pass on it. Buy this marula oil instead.

Overall Thoughts On Drunk Elephant

All in all, Drunk Elephant offers a variety of powerful products. With high percentages of active ingredients, Drunk Elephant is an ideal brand for those that have experience using strong ingredients and those with hardy skin. If you have sensitive skin, consider a different brand or proceed with caution.

Let’s talk a bit about price. Drunk Elephant products are expensive. Given the research, quality of ingredients, and concentration of actives in each product, the price point of most of their products is justified. However, if you can’t afford Drunk Elephant’s prices there are plenty of affordable alternatives.

*** Still not sure about Drunk Elephant prices? Check out this Drunk Elephant Dupes post.***

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  1. 6.6.19

    I absolutely love that you took the time to review so many products!

    I definitely was one of the people that were a little apprehensive about the price tag! I still am but I know now that it would be worth it.

    Thanks for an honest review!

  2. 7.23.20

    what a great in-depth review! I find DE products very hit and miss, and some items like the marula oil I don’t see how they can justify the pricetag. My two favs are the b-hydra and the TLC. Amazing products and just what my skin needs

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes