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 very intense 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.

PS. As I try more products from the line, I will update this post.

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

The B-Hyrda is completely clear and odorless. This serum 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 two different ways. At first, I applied it directly to the skin after cleansing. After applying, it left my skin feeling slightly sticky. If given time, it will dry down. I also tried mixing this product in with some of the more intense products like the Glycolic Night Serum. I personally prefer the later. It feels better and it helps speed up the skincare routine.

My skin loved ceramides and Niacinamide so I wasn’t surprised that I liked this product. It really helped to give my skin some much needed hydration.

The verdict: Purchase it. This is a product that I would recommend to everyone. It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin and is light enough that those with oily skin will like it as well. Plus, the price is reasonable for the amount of product you receive.

C-Firma Day Serum

This day serum has a very runny consistency. It utilizes a mixture of Vitamin C, pumpkin, pomegranate, and Vitamin E to brighten the skin and help smooth out any texture.

Since my skin is very reactive to Vitamin C, I was careful to apply this only to the parts of my face that are able to handle such an intense ingredient. Even with a controlled application, I wasn’t a fan and quit using the product. I didn’t like the texture and I didn’t like that I couldn’t just put it all over my face.

The verdict: It depends. If your skin can handle an aggressive Vitamin C and your wallet can afford the $80 price tag, go ahead and purchase. Be warned that this product has a relatively short shelf-life. If you find that you can’t use all of it in three months, I would suggest purchasing a travel size or a less expensive alternative.

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. To be fair, this is a problem I have with a lot of eye creams. However, after reading several reviews, I wasn’t the only one that had this problem.

The verdict: Pass on it. There are eye creams that brighten and firm, without causing dryness.

Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

This is a tinted physical sunscreen that provides UVA/UVB protection. This sunscreen utilizes zinc oxide as a physical sunscreen.

After going 8 months without wearing foundation, I was ready to try a foundation-like product. This product is very sheer and provides no actual coverage but rather evens out the skin tone. When I tried the tinte, it made my skin feel hot but did not turn it red. I am okay with warmth or tingling when a product is on my face for a short amount of time. However, this is something that I would wear all day so I had to quit using this product.

The verdict: It depends. If you like the DE Umbra Sheer and want an even complexion, go ahead and purchase this product. You get a good amount of product for the price. However, if you want more coverage from the tint, it is a pass.

Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

This is a very gentle cleanser with a clear thin jelly-like constancy. It uses coconut and cantaloupe to gently remove makeup and cleanse the skin.

While I was a bit apprehensive, this cleanser really does melt off my makeup without much work at all. It didn’t leave a film on my skin or leave my skin feeling tight. Plus, I didn’t need to do a double cleanse, which makes this a money-saver since I don’t need two products.

The verdict: Purchase it. I won’t lie, it pains me to recommend a $32 facial cleanser. I’ve tried looking for a cheaper alternative (clean and similar ingredients) and I couldn’t find one.

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 I’ve mentioned, I have sensitive skin. Typically, I cannot use glycolic acid on a daily basis as it makes my face very red. To avoid irritating my skin, I use AHA products two to three times a week to avoid over exfoliating my skin. Even then, I only applied this product to my forehead, chin, and the sides of my face. I avoided my cheek and upper lip area which are the most sensitive parts of my face. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable using this product because I’m terrified it is going to irritate my skin.

The verdict: It depends. It can be tempting to pass on this product because of the price alone. However, the price is pretty average given the amount of product you get and the type of ingredients that it contains. If your skin can handle the high percentage of acids, this would be a purchase. If your skin is more sensitive, a product with a lower concentration of acids is your best bet.

Protini Polypeptide Cream

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 and improve texture.

Peptides have me intrigued as far as the science of how they work. I’m not 100% convinced they work the way skincare companies say they do. I was also nervous that this product would be too thick and greasy for my combination skin. Enough with the Negative Nancy, because my skin absolutely loved this moisturizer. It plumped the skin and gave me a nice healthy glow.

The verdict: Purchase it. While I would say I know more about skincare than the average person, I don’t know much about peptides. That makes it a bit harder for me to tell you why you should buy this product. I can only go from my personal experience. I loved how it made my skin feel and the price is reasonable given the amount of product you receive.

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. In addition to the acids, the treatment also contains hydrators like niacinamide and marula oil.

This product was my first Drunk Elephant purchase. As someone that suffers from uneven skin texture, acne scars and pits, and dullness, this was a product I wanted to try. Of course, I was nervous about how my skin would react to such harsh acids. When I first tested the Babyfacial, I only left it on for half the time. Now I can leave the product on for the entire recommended time. Instead of weekly, I only this treatment twice a month.

The verdict: Purchase it. I know it is difficult to spend $80 on a face mask. However, a similar treatment at my local spa would cost the same amount for just one facial. As for alleged dupes, I haven’t tried any of them so I can’t speak to their effectiveness.

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial 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 verdict: Pass on it. 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.

Overall Thoughts On Drunk Elephant

I know that was a long one so I’ll summarize.

All in all, Drunk Elephant offers a variety of very solid, but expensive products. However, you should proceed with caution if you have sensitive skin.

Purchase: B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, Protini Polypeptide Cream, T.LC Sukari Babyfacial

Pass: C Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, Virgin Marula Luxury Oil

It Depends: Umbra Tinte, TLC Night Serum, C Firma Day Serum

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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