[REVIEW 2/3 ] Celine’s Picks – Drunk Elephant

I smirk a little everytime I hear the words Drunk Elephant. Remember that time when The Ordinary tried shading Drunk Elephant by saying “You gotta be drunk to buy this?”… That was a funny one.

So yes. Another skincare brand with pretty packaging. Is it worth it?

I know it’s been a while since my Tatcha post and mind you, I am still using all my Tatcha mentions. Questions on Drunk Elephant might be one of the very frequent ones I get from friends… “Bagus ga sih? Is it worth it? Is it good?”

Whenever someone asks me that, I find it very hard to answer. Why — Well, everyone has different needs. Your skin and my skin are probably different sets of skins. We all have different needs. For instance, I have dehydrated oily skin, whereas you have oily skin. That itself requires a whole new step in my skincare regime.

So to answer your questions… It’s more of… What are your main concerns?

I can only talk about the items that I already own so let’s start from that.

Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68)

Sumpah ini B aja. I got sucked into their marketing when they launched this in the summer of 2018 and it was my last hour to shop before heading to the airport so I bought this on a whim. I don’t regret it, I just think it’s not worth $68.

The official Drunk Elephant website states that “Protini’s proprietary formula delivers younger, revived-looking skin, almost from the first application. Lines, wrinkles and signs of sun-damage appear reduced; depleted skin feels strengthened and moisturized.”

Perhaps it was also my fault by buying this item before reading clearly what it’s for. But ultimately, I felt like it somehow wasn’t as moisturizing as I’d like it to be. Ultimately, it just wasn’t as good as how I expected it to be. Next!

C-Firma Day Serum ($80)

I only received a deluxe sample size of this and I can assure that it does not make me want to replenish it when I finish. First and foremost, I love Vitamin C for my face. This, however, did not make me want to replace my holy grail. The usual Mario Badescu Vit C serum is cheaper but I think it might be less potent than this. It’s pretty pricey for a serum and I’d skip this and go for the Sunday Riley CEO Moisturizer/Serum instead.

T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum $90

I do not like this one; more accurately, my skin does not like it. It does not like any types of strong acid and will never like it. I did not see any improvements to my skin. However, glycolic acid is a holy grail to many. According to skinstore.com, “Glycolic Acid is the holy grail for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Products that contain Glycolic Acid are used often to treat scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.” For me, I’ll stick to my regular Vitamin C serum.

T.LC. Sukari Babyfacial $80

On the other hand… Even though this has a higher concentration of 25% AHA and 2% BHA blend which includes ‘Glycolic plus Tartaric, Lactic, Citric and Salicylic acids to gently but efficiently resurface as it exfoliates the pore lining’, I can see the difference in my skin after using this rather than the Glycolic acid. I am guessing it is because my skin might be a little over Glycolic because I did have a phase where I used a lot of Glycolic acid products back in 2011.

After seeing my skin a little dull, I’d slap this on and weirdly enough, it’s rather tingling at first! Rather a weird feeling I must say. Also, I have to warn you that if you have sensitive skin, your skin might react to this. Mine did, of course. I wake up with spots here and there but a nice new layer of skin has surfaced and damn, I was glowing. So I’d recommend getting this.

Lala Retro Whipped Cream $60

Ironically, the cheapest DE item that I ever tested turns out to be my favorite. As I get older, I find my skin getting drier because I sleep with the AC on; the skin is also probably something that changes with age. In order to prevent premature aging (read : fine lines), I have been taught to moisturize my skin from a very young age. For the longest time, I used the First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream and it suits me well. But as I travel more, with the temperature change and all, my face seem to need more than that cream. Initially I received the Lala Retro in a deluxe sample size which I kept in my skincare travel pouch so that when I actually travel to a cooler country, I would have a cream in sight to use.  My face seem to not mind it. Extra benefits wise, I can’t seem to feel like it has done anything extraordinary. But I like it. That’d be the only one product that I think is worth it.

All in all, I feel like Drunk Elephant is pretty gimmicky. Though they have a very innovative packaging (super hygienic because you pump out the product instead of reach in to scoop it out), I really do not see me repurchasing a lot of the products. I am really good with the deluxe sample sizes that they offer in Sephora with their point system. The only one product that I purchased was the LaLa Retro Whipped Cream. The Sukari Baby Facial is a nice addition but I don’t see myself using the whole bottle. It’s huge and the price isn’t too friendly. Sometimes I wish brands make smaller sizes because it would end up being more affordable but I know it isn’t very “profitable” on their side. It is, of course, better to sell more in a tub rather in multiple quantities, if you get what I mean.

So Drunk Elephant for me is one that I would grab during the holiday seasons when they have bundles and cute packaging. They make great gifts if you break them apart. They offer really good deals during the holiday season. Just last Christmas I purchased a full size of the Lala Retro Whipped Cream and received about 5 deluxe sample sizes of their other products. Though I don’t have any interest in them, I can gift them out.

Ok. Thank you, next.

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