I Only Used Drunk Elephant Skincare for 2 Months
Every one has been talking about Drunk Elephant
lately, so naturally I needed to see for myself
if these products were worth the hype, so
back in mid-May I started transitioning my
entire skincare routine over to Drunk Elephant
products and I have been using them exclusively
for 2 months, now the only exceptions being
makeup remover because I do like to double
cleanse and Drunk Elephant doesn’t currently
have like a cleansing balm or cleansing oil,
and I have used a couple face masks from other
brands along the way.
I just have to say I have only been wearing
tinted moisturizer recently, that’s all I’ve
been wearing in my past few videos and that’s
what I have on today, no foundation, no CC
Cream, just tinted moisturizer and a few dabs
I’ve been keeping it pretty minimal and I
will link the tinted moisturizer down below
because I know some of you guys will be curious.
Even though my face makeup today is fairly
minimal I do want to include a photo of my
bare skin from a couple weeks ago, full transparency
though at the moment I am having a pretty
bad hormonal breakout on my upper lip, I recently
had my period and it just kind of exploded
in that area so I am wearing a bit of extra
concealer in that area today but just to keep
it fully real here’s a photo of me from this
week with my breakouts that I have been experiencing
just because I don’t want you guys to think
I’m like hiding anything or being dishonest
by wearing makeup in a skincare review.
Aside from that my skin has been really clear
and it’s just kind of unfortunate timing that
I am doing this review and I happen to have
this bad hormonal breakout.
Drunk Elephant products are free of essential
oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical
sunscreens, fragrance, dyes and sodium lauryl
sulphate and they have a focus on compatible
ingredients that work well together to be
effective and also products that are going
to work with and support your skin’s natural
Drunk Elephant has an interesting philosophy
that there are no skin types, skin is skin,
so all of their products are formulated to
work for everyone.
There will be a little blurb in the description
box talking about my skin type and my history
with my skin for those of you who might be
new to my channel.
I feel weird saying that in a video about
a brand that doesn’t believe in skin types
but it’ll be there.
I really like that the packaging is functional
and colourful albeit a little bit bulky for
some of the products.
All of the serums and things like that twist
up like this to dispense the product and then
the moisturizers come in these hygienic air
tight jars where you press down to release
the product so you’re not opening the product
every time and exposing it to air or dipping
your fingers in and contaminating it.
All of the products do have the key ingredient
on the front which I find really nice.
The one big con about the packaging is that
you’re going to have no clue when you’re getting
low on the product.
Before we dive in and really break down this
routine, I just want to give a quick disclaimer
and that is that these products were sent
to me by Drunk Elephant but this video is
People always have a tendency to think that
these one-brand videos are sponsored but that
is not the case, I always disclose when a
post or video of mine is sponsored to you
guys because one, I’m not about breaking the
law and two, I’m not about compromising my
My relationships with brands and how I obtain
the products does NOT influence my opinion,
have brands stopped sending me products as
a result of my honest feedback?
Yes, but those aren’t the brands I want to
be working with anyways.
But finally before we get into it, all of
the products in todays video will be linked
down below, but let’s get in to the Drunk
So the first product we’re going to take a
look at is the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser,
now this is actually the only Drunk Elephant
product I had really tried out prior so I
pretty much already had an opinion on it.
I wouldn’t really describe the texture of
this as a jelly, but rather just a regular
The term jelly made me expect something a
little bit more viscous, with a slightly cushiony
kind of feel but it’s really just your run-of-the-mill
fluid gel cleanser so that kind of confused
me a little bit.
I am a bit biased because I do prefer more
creamy, milky, hydrating cleansers but I do
usually keep a lathering gel cleanser like
this on hand for occasional use when I feel
like my skin just needs a slightly more deeper
So putting my personal bias aside, I do think
this is a really solid gentle gel cleanser.
Like I said I do double cleanse, so I can’t
speak to how this removes a full face of makeup,
they do say that is one of the benefits is
removing makeup, but it does remove any residual
makeup or any mascara really well.
A really little bit of this cleanser does
go a long way and it does leave my skin feeling
very clean but also balanced.
Because they do use a mild surfactant blend
to create the lather in this product, it isn’t
too soapy or sudsy or stripping by any means,
it actually is a little bit creamy still so
I do really enjoy that.
One thing I’ve noticed about Drunk Elephant
is that they really seem to take customer
feedback into account and tweak their products
accordingly, which is really commendable in
I know that recently they did change the packaging
and the formula of this cleanser, the packaging
originally did have like a twist up cap and
people were complaining that it was leaking
and I believe there was also a complaint that
the original formula was stinging peoples’
eyes, I have really sensitive eyes and I don’t
find this stings unless I really get it directly
in my eye.
I can use it on my eyes no problem for the
I think if this type of cleanser appeals to
you, it’s definitely worth checking out but
just because it’s not my personal preference
I don’t plan on repurchasing it.
Next up is the TLC Sukari Babyfacial and I’m
just going to come right out and say it, I
love this product.
My expectations were set very high and they
definitely lived up to all the hype that this
product has gotten.
The Sukari Babyfacial is a face mask that
contains 25% AHA and 2% BHA, so it’s essentially
a very potent weekly at-home peel.
I have a video all about chemical exfoliation
and AHAs and BHAs and what they do for your
skin so if you’re not familiar you should
definitely watch that video, it will be linked
in the usual places but basically this product
is extremely effective for breaking down dead
skin cells and resurfacing the skin, clearing
out those pores, brightening the skin, evening
the skins tone and texture.
Just keep in mind the professional chemical
peel I recently had done contained 30% AHA,
so this is really on par with a more gentle,
professional chemical peel.
So basically you use this product once a week,
you apply it after cleansing your skin, leave
it on for 20 minutes and then just rinse it
I would recommend using it at night time because
the AHA in it will make your skin more photosensitive
and prone to sun damage.
If you do use it during the day just make
sure you apply a heavy amount of SPF.
The first couple times I used this mask it
tingled a little bit but it never stung or
anything like that.
This product does also contain ingredients
like matcha and milk thistle to soothe the
skin which I think creates a really nice balance.
If you do have a breakout or anything like
that it will sting on that area for about
30 seconds or so but that’s normal because
the skin there is typically broken.
The immediate results I saw with this mask
were how well it works for texture, if I use
this at night and I have a breakout on my
skin, when I wake up in the morning my breakout
will essentially be flattened out.
One of the things I was really nervous about
with switching over my skincare routine was
the little just kind of congested bumps and
texture that I’m prone to with my skin but
I definitely have not had to worry about that
at all with this product in my routine.
It really takes care of any little bit of
texture, my skin has been so smooth since
I’ve been using this.
Interestingly I feel like I didn’t notice
a huge difference in brightening and fading
my hyper pigmentation at first with this mask,
it took probably about 4 to 5 uses until I
started seeing more drastic results in that
department but once I did, you guys know I
fell even more in love with it.
The Sukari Babyfacial is definitely one of
my top favourites from the line, it has such
a great blend of ingredients to just resurface
and smooth the skin, but also hydrate and
nourish it and soothe and reduce redness and
just overall renew and refresh and rejuvenate
Unfortunately, the Sukari Babyfacial is not
available in Canada.
From my understanding it is an ingredient
issue, we have pretty strict regulations on
what can be in products that we sell here
in Canada so I believe the issue is that we
can’t sell a product that has such a high
level of AHAs over the counter here.
If you are able to get your hands on this
though, you need to try it out, don’t sleep
on this product you guys.
It definitely lives up to its reputation,
it’s a game changing product and one of the
best, most effective masks I have ever tried.
Oh and really quickly I just want to add,
when you do buy the Sukari Babyfacial it does
include a little sample of their virgin marula
oil because they do say for best results,
after you remove the Babyfacial you should
apply this oil, so typically on the nights
where I do use the Babyfacial I just apply
this after and I’m good to go, that’s my entire
This little vial is only 3ml but because it
is so pure and potent you only need 2 to 3
drops for your entire face.
So even though I have used the Babyfacial,
10 times now?
I actually haven’t run out of this sample
which is pretty amazing.
When I do run out, this is actually at the
top of my list for items to repurchase.
I used to be obsessed with beauty oils but
I just kind of gradually stopped using them
over the years and using them again has definitely
reminded me why I loved beauty oils so much
and marula oil in particular is really rich
in vitamin E which is really great for healing
the skin, it also contains omegas 6 and 9
and it has antimicrobial properties to prevent
breakouts and it just absorbs really well
and leaves my skin super glowy so definitely
am going to pick this up.
Moving on to serums, the Drunk Elephant serums
were definitely what I was most intrigued
by and most excited to try, starting off with
the C-Firma Day Serum.
This is a vitamin C serum that contains 15%
L-ascorbic acid which for those of you who
don’t know, that’s just vitamin C, it’s vitamin
C in it’s purest form.
You guys know I’m all over vitamin C serums,
they are a staple in my routine and I have
tried many of them over the years for my hyper
pigmentation so I was really excited to try
When it comes to highly concentrated vitamin
C serums, there are a couple trends and common
factors that I have noticed.
First is the texture, they tend to have a
very sticky texture and leave the skin feeling
And the second is the smell, I’ve described
this smell in the past as “pupperoni” like
to me it smells like a smoky, meaty dog treat.
I’ve heard other people describe it as smelling
like nail polish remover or chemical-ly, that’s
just what it smells like to me.
So those two things are definitely things
I think you should be aware of if those things
are going to bother you.
Honestly, the texture and the tackiness of
vitamin C bothers me more than the smell.
Vitamin C boosts your collagen production,
it brightens and targets dark spots and hyper
pigmentation, and it is also a powerful antioxidant
to fight free radicals and signs of aging.
This particular serum also does contain kind
of an ingredient powerhouse of other brightening
ingredients such as pumpkin, grape, liquorice
I’m sure you guys already know this about
me but I’m super into ingredients, I love
looking at ingredients in skincare and knowing
exactly what they’re going to do for your
skin and what effect they will have.
So I love looking at the ingredients on Drunk
Elephant products for this reason because
like I said they do have a focus on ingredients
that are going to be compatible and work together
so it’s kind of like an addiction for me to
like read ingredients, I could go so in-depth
on the ingredients in all these products but
this video would be like 7 hours long.
If you were to ask me if this was an effective
product I would say definitely, it has shown
me results, it has brightened up my skin and
continued to fade my acne scarring and even
out my skin tone.
Is it totally unique to other vitamin C serums
I have tried?
My main issue is the sticky texture because
this is a day serum and of course that is
how I have been testing it out for the past
I typically only use my vitamin C serums at
night because of this because like I said
that stickiness is very common.
I just don’t like using a sticky product on
my skin in the morning because I feel like
that’s all I can feel on my skin for the entire
day, and I don’t necessarily love applying
makeup over that kind of texture either but
I don’t know, that’s just me.
I think now that I’m done the kind of testing
period for these products I’m going to start
using this at night and alternate between
this and the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
which I’m going to talk about momentarily.
I’m just iffy on the price of this one because
I don’t feel like there’s anything huge that
sets it apart from the other more affordable
vitamin C serums that I’ve tried.
But who knows, I might change my mind once
I start using this at night and getting a
little more comfortable with it.
One thing I will say that is great is the
Vitamin C is an active ingredient and it is
unstable as a result so it is affected by
exposure to air and light and things like
that and most of the vitamin C serums I have
tried do come in clear glass jars which does
cause the product to break down faster and
become less effective over time.
So the packaging on this is definitely an
Now the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum,
this bad boy contains a 12% AHA/BHA blend.
They say that the Sukari Babyfacial is your
weekly mask and this product is your daily
maintenance because they do contain a lot
of similar ingredients.
They are going to have similar effects in
terms of resurfacing the skin and cleaning
out your pores.
Personally my skin has always responded extremely
well to a daily chemical exfoliation in terms
of keeping my skin clear.
So I knew this product would probably be a
hit for me and it is.
Once again if you haven’t seen my video on
chemical exfoliation and you don’t understand
how it works, please go check out that video
I worked super hard on it and it’s super informational.
It’s really important to understand how chemical
exfoliation plays a role in keeping your skin
clear and preventing acne because finding
the right exfoliant is crucial when you do
have breakout prone skin.
Once again I do have some breakouts on my
upper lip, it is a hormonal breakout I feel
like sometimes when it comes to your hormones
and breaking out there’s just nothing you
can do, you can try and minimize it and prevent
it as much as possible but in the end sometimes
it just still happens.
But aside from that once again my skin has
been extremely clear for these past couple
months while I’ve been using this.
They do say when you start to use this serum
you might experience a little bit of light
tingling on the skin for the first few days
or so and I definitely did experience that
but there’s been no stinging, burning, irritation,
anything like that which is really important
because AHAs and glycolic acid can sensitize
your skin when they aren’t properly formulated.
Overall I actually really prefer this serum
over the C-Firma Day Serum.
If you are wondering, you just want to pick
one of the two, I would recommend this guy.
While they do have a similar price tag I would
feel way more confident repurchasing this
product because it is one of the best daily
chemical exfoliants and serums I have tried.
I think when it comes to their AHA chemical
exfoliating products Drunk Elephant has really
hit the nail on the head and created really
Next up this is the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration
I found this product confusing at first because
whenever I’ve read reviews, or saw someone
else talk about this product in a video, they’ve
been using it as moisturizer so that’s initially
how I started trying it out as well.
I was using this as my day cream in the morning
and immediately upon trying it out I was like
this doesn’t really feel that hydrating, it
has a really nice texture it’s really refreshing
and cooling and my skin really does just drink
it up, but I was like this doesn’t feel like
a moisturizer, it isn’t hydrating the surface
of my skin adequately.
So I actually ended up reaching out to a friend
of mine who works for Drunk Elephant and I
was like okay, what’s the deal with this product?
Is it a moisturizer or is it more like a serum
And he said that it is a serum and it is actually
meant to be mixed in with their other products.
So I actually looked and compared this product
on Sephora and the Drunk Elephant website
and on the Drunk Elephant website the name
of the product is different.
It’s not called the hydration gel, it’s called
the hydration serum which makes a lot more
sense so I’m not sure if that’s just something
they’re changing over to make it a little
bit more clear but I just found that interesting.
So when I reached out to my friend I was actually
already using it a serum because like I said
it just didn’t feel right as moisturizer,
but he really urged me to mix it in with their
moisturizers or even with their virgin marula
oil and I have to say, since I started using
it that way this product has really grown
Basically this product is formulated with
a lot of great humectant ingredients like
hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin B5, just
ingredients that will really bind that moisture
to the skin and pull it in deeper to give
you really intensive levels of hydration as
the name would imply.
But in order to get that hydration you do
need to be layering it or mixing it with something
that’s going to give you that moisture in
the first place.
I feel like it’s really brought up the hydration
levels in my skin and really plumped my skin
which you guys know that’s just one of my
favourite things ever, when your skin is just
like so juicy and plump and deeply hydrated,
it’s just the best thing ever.
But this is for sure another product I would
repurchase, I already know this is going to
be great in winter when it does get especially
dry here, and especially in that like transitional
period when you’re going from fall to winter
and your skin gets kind of out whack and dehydrated
and like a little bit flaky.
Or I feel like this would also be great for
travelling too, like the next time I’m getting
on a plane I’m going to drench my skin in
For the actual moisturizer I have been using
the Protini Polypeptide cream.
I would actually describe this as more of
a gel cream because it’s fairly light and
it has that slightly translucent quality that
a gel moisturizer would have.
You guys know I don’t typically love gels
or gel creams, so I was pretty shocked by
how much I actually really like this moisturizer,
it’s another one of my favourites from the
Just like the B-Hydra, it has this very refreshing
kind of quality and it’s good for morning
and night and under makeup and all that jazz.
This moisturizer is definitely geared mostly
towards anti-aging, repairing and renewing
the skin with that peptide blend that it contains
and promoting the skins elasticity.
It also has ingredients to help repair your
skin after sun exposure and inhibit your melanin
One thing that I’ve been really happy about
as I have dived deeper into all the ingredients
of these Drunk Elephant products, they all
seem to contain ingredients that will help
target my number one skincare concern which
is brightening and hyper pigmentation so I’ve
been pretty thrilled with that, like even
this which is more about like elasticity,
firmness, wrinkles, everything like that,
it still has ingredients that will help brighten
and even your skin tone.
I don’t have too much more to stay about this
moisturizer because I can’t really speak to
the effects it has on anti-aging because I
am so young, but I do really like the feel
of it and overall it really does seem to agree
with my skin, so this is another one I would
And this mixture you guys, these two together
is such as dreamy combination.
I pump the moisturizer out through here, like
I said it has these kind of like vacuum pumps,
and I just add the B-Hydra in with it, mix
it together and apply it and the texture of
it is just phenomenal.
The C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, I have
really mixed feelings about this product.
I started using it back in mid-May like I
said and everything was totally fine for awhile.
I was actually really enjoying it, my sleep
schedule has been awful for these past few
months and I feel like it really was making
a noticeable difference in my dark circles.
But then after using it for about 2 to 3 weeks
or so I started noticing it would sting my
under eyes when I applied it, but only sometimes.
And I couldn’t really pin point what the issue
was, what was causing this kind of reaction
so I started reading more reviews and watching
more videos on Drunk Elephant products and
from what I’ve learned this isn’t a super
uncommon issue with this eye cream.
Some other people were saying they felt like
it stung when they applied it fresh out of
the shower or if it kind of overlapped with
their other products but I’m not totally sure.
I did keeping using it for awhile though but
it got to the point where it was starting
to burn pretty much every time I applied it
so this is the one product I did discontinue
using and I’m pretty bummed about that because
I stopped using it probably a few weeks ago
now and my dark circles have gotten worse
again which sucks.
This is the only product from Drunk Elephant
that I’ve tried that I’ve had any kind of
adverse reaction to which I’m pretty bummed
about because like I said, I was enjoying
it in the beginning.
I might revisit it and use it occasionally
in the future to see if I can figure out what
is causing that reaction but as for now, this
product is a pass for me.
Let’s talk Drunk Elephant SPF.
I’ve primarily been using the Umbra Tinte
Physical Daily Defense with SPF 30, like I
said Drunk Elephant doesn’t use any chemical
sunscreens, it is a physical sunscreen that
contains 20% zinc oxide.
Physical sunscreens tend to be good news for
those of us with sensitive skin and they are
just healthier for the skin in general.
This does also contain antioxidant ingredients
and soothing aloe vera.
I want to talk about the tint of this product
Back when I started using this SPF in May,
the colour was just kind of like a hair too
dark for me, like I could get away with using
it but you could tell it was a little bit
So if you are any lighter than my usual skin
tone, this product isn’t really going to work
They do say that this is meant to be suitable
for all skin tones but I feel like they’re
just addressing the white cast kind of factor
that physical SPFs can have because like just
looking at this there’s no way that it’s going
to match absolutely everyone.
The tint doesn’t really give much coverage,
it will kind of lightly even everything out
though and give your skin a bit of colour.
The texture is a little thick for me and it
kind of stayed a little bit tacky on the skin
throughout the entire day if I wasn’t wearing
makeup which I didn’t love.
So out of curiosity I went to Sephora and
got a couple samples of their Umbra Sheer
SPF 30 which is just a regular sunscreen without
a tint and I actually much preferred the consistency
It’s got kind of your average thinner sunscreen
consistency but it doesn’t give any white
cast like their website says.
So overall, if you’re looking to Drunk Elephant
for SPF I would recommend the Umbra Sheer
over the Umbra Tinte because the consistency
is just more pleasant in my opinion and it’s
going to be suitable for far more people.
Now I did also get a sample of their new D-Bronzi
Anti Pollution Sunshine Serum and I am 100%
going to purchase that product, I am in love
This is a bronzy glowy serum that you can
mix in with any of your products.
When you first pump it out it looks super
intense but mixed in with your moisturizer
it just gives your skin the most beautiful,
radiant bronze glow and it’s actually quite
This product is a must if you are like me
and you don’t self tan your face or just in
general you wear makeup and your face doesn’t
get as naturally tan as your body, just to
really even everything out especially on those
makeup free days because it will give you
those skincare benefits, a beautiful glow
and balance out your skin tone without looking
or feeling like you are wearing makeup.
So that’s another like top must-have for me,
I’m going to buy that immediately.
Finally and very quickly, the Lippe balm.
You guys, this is the only lip balm I have
used for the past 10 weeks, that’s how committed
I have been to testing out these products
and you can see I have just about nothing
left in it, I’m almost out of it.
So I always categorize my lip balms into summer
and winter and this one is definitely a summer
lip balm for me because it is lighter, I don’t
know if it would stand the Canadian winter
test because I do tend to like a thicker lip
balm in like a squeezy tube for the winter
But it has kept my lips in great shape all
summer, I haven’t had any dryness or flakiness
on my lips.
The size of it was a little bit weird to get
used to at first but I did adjust to it pretty
quickly but I can see it being pretty annoying
if you do have like really thin lips.
Overall, now that I’m getting kind of low
on this product I’m like starting to be kind
I feel like there are people who are willing
to buy high end lip balms and then people
who just aren’t, if you are someone who does
like trying high end lip balm I think this
one is worth trying, I would repurchase this
but I will probably wait until next spring
because fall and winter are going to be here
before we know it.
Oh my goodness you guys, we made it through
all of the products, this video must be so
long so thank you so much if you are still
watching and you have made it this far.
You guys know I can’t review 10 skincare products
and have it be a fast video, that’s just not
who I am I wanted to give a really thorough
review and I could honestly make a super long
video on each one of these products if I really
dove into it, but hopefully you guys have
found this video helpful if you’ve been curious
about the Drunk Elephant skincare line.
I know a lot of you guys take my skincare
recommendations very seriously and that is
something that is so important to me that
you guys can trust me so I’m always going
to be 100% honest and tell it like it is and
just share what I really think about products,
which ones are worth it and which ones aren’t
and I hope that is evident in this video.
Once again this video was not sponsored in
any way, shape or form but I want to say a
huge thank you to Drunk Elephant for sending
me these products because they made this video
possible and I wouldn’t be able to share my
thoughts on pretty much the entire range like
this if it wasn’t for them sending me the
Obviously it’s really rare that every single
product from a skincare line is going to work
flawlessly for you, but overall I do have
to say I am definitely a new Drunk Elephant
fan and I’m really excited to start integrating
these products into my regular routine.
You guys know I’m obsessed with skincare and
I have a lot of products that I love so it
was definitely kind of daunting to like take
on this experiment and switch over my entire
routine because there are products that I
have definitely been missing over these past
couple months so I really can’t wait to bring
in my new favourite Drunk Elephant products
and bring them into my regular routine with
my tried and true skincare items.
Once again all the products in todays video
will be linked in the description box down
below if you are curious, you want more info,
you want to try any of them out for yourself.
I really want you guys to let me know in the
comments down below your experiences with
Drunk Elephant, if you’ve tried them, what
you thought, what you liked, what you didn’t
like, if you plan on trying them now, anything
like that so leave me a comment.
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