So I’ve reviewed Sunday Riley, Tatcha and NARS. Now I’m on to Drunk Elephant after getting sucked into all the hype behind this brand. I purchased two value sets: (1) Come C About Me ($106 CAD, $128 CAD value) and (2) Hot Date ($120 CAD, $167 CAD value), which I recommend investing in to get an idea of the brand with enough product to make a difference but not too much to have purchase remorse. For example, the Come C About Me set contains a full C-Firma serum that is $100 alone, which basically gives you the rest of the products in the set for free.
I started off each review with the product claims (in italics) and my thoughts on how each product performed. Read on for my thoughts. Have you tried the brand? How do you like it?
Bestie Jelly Cleanser ($42 CAD full size): This innovative jelly cleanser creates a gentle, foamy lather that effectively washes away all traces of makeup, debris and impurities.
The Jelly Cleanser has transparent gel like texture that lathers up ever so slightly when rubbed onto the skin and mixed with water. It does a great job removing impurities without having any of the abrasive effect that cleansers with beads or texture to them. I always pre-cleanse with a balm or oil so I cant fault the jelly cleanser for not being strong enough to remove my makeup but when used after a pre-cleanser it’s on par with some of my favourite face washes like the NARS purifying foam cleanser ($38 CAD). Overall, it’s nice but overly memorable or worth the $42 CAD price tag.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($65 CAD, full size): This ultra-hydrating gel formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramics diminishes the look of dullness and uneven texture, delivers long-lasting hydration and leaves the skin looking healthy and more illuminated.
Note: this product is recommended to be used in conjunction with the C-Firma Day Serum by mixing both together. I use this cocktail in the mornings as the T.L.C. Framboise Glycolic Night Serum is suggested to be used explicitly at night.
While this wont be an effective cleanser for those with really dry skin, it works for anyone with normal to oily skin. It delivers good hydration, absorbs into the skin quickly as is extremely light weight, I cant feel it on the skin. Overall, this is a nice cream but I much prefer my beloved Biotherm Aquasource Gel ($40 CAD) that delivers more hydration, lasts longer and feels more refreshing on the skin.
C-Firma Day Serum ($100 CAD full size): This powerful vitamin C serum packed with an antioxidant complex of 15% I-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid and a chronopeptide that transforms into vitamin reveals a brighter, firmer looking complexion.
Let me just cut to the chase, this is not worth $100 CAD. While I have been using it, I didn’t notice any brightening or tightening effects to my skin. The only effects I have observed is that the redness in my skin has toned down, but it was not excessive to begin with. I ALSO think this keeps my skin from being dull or forming dark spots (which I don’t suffer with majorly), but something like tightening is not preventable. The serum feels quite oily but absorbs into the skin nicely giving me a subtle glow. While its nice and likely preventative for dull skin, it’s not worth the price tag to me.
T.L.C. Framboise Glycolic Night Serum ($112 CAD): An AHA/BHA gel that resurfaces dull, congested skin, revealing a smooth, even-toned and radiant-looking complexion
This product is recommended to be used at night on a clean dry face, neck and even back of hands!
I didn’t think anything could cure my dry hands until i applied this at night and it left my hands beautifully hydrated but never oily throughout the entire night. That was the signs that this would be something magical. I had a few bits of texture on my cheeks and after using this for only a week those tiny bumps completely disappeared. I like the immediacy of this product and would recommend it if you suffer from textured or dry/ dull skin. As a targeted healer, this product works wonders and could be worth the price, depending on your budget.
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil: Like rehab for your skin, this super-absorbent oil, rich in critical antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9, moisturizes nourishes and restores a youthful glow.
The virgin marula luxury face oil is a transparent, runny, thin oil that mixes in beautifully with my other Drunk Elephant serums for a boost of added hydration. When applied, this leaves my skin extra dewy but absorbs nicely into my skin. Personally, I don’t see the point of this product when you already have serums or moisturizers that deliver hydration and plumpness to your skin. I haven’t noticed another benefit from this so unless you’re a massive oil fan (which in my opinion I don’t think you could use this alone as a moisturizer, it’s really just an oil), I would pass on it.
Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($75 CAD): A retro style moisturizer whipped into an airy blend of 6 exotic African oils to deliver intense moisture, while firming and brightening the skins appearance
This moisturizer is truly whipped because while it feels thick in the pot, it smoothies and blends on the skin like air but is still thicker than the B-Hydra Gel from Drunk Elephant. This delivers a nice amount of moisture that I usually apply at night (because I like to minimize the number of thick products I have on my face in the day, when I layer on makeup) or on my neck, daily. I really like this moisturizer and would repurchase it as a daily neck and nightly face moisturizer.
The way I use these products is as follows:
- BestieJelly Cleanser
- B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel + C-Firma Day Serum mix
- Lala Retro Whipped Cream
- Bestie Jelly Cleanser
- T.L.C. Framboise Glycolic Night Serum / Virgin Marula Luxury Oil once a week
- Lala Retro Whipped Cream