Now, here’s a brand that’s quite a hot name in the skincare business now – Drunk Elephant. The curiously named brand that conjures up amusing images of inebriated pachyderms has fascinated me for a long time.
But I’ve always balked, because the prices are eye-watering.
So, when I spotted the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow set, featuring minis of 2 products I’d most wanted to try from the brand, I pounced!
Although containing just 8ml of product each, it’s lasted me for 2 weeks and still counting. About enough time for me to figure out what I think of both these cult products, and whether I’ll splurge on the full sizes.
Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow
The Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow set (RM101 | £19) comprises the famed Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum in trial sized 8ml bottles. This set is likely available while stocks last, and also I feel, because the brand realizes that not everyone is willing to drop good money on a full-sized bottle of serum, without knowing if it’ll work for them.
Good call! Suckered me in, hook, line and sinker! :D
I’d been very curious about both these serums for a while, because there is just SO MUCH HYPE surrounding them! People swear up and down by the C-Firma Day Serum, which is a Vitamin C serum. Naturally, knowing my penchant for Vitamin C serums, it’s one I knew I’d have to try one day.
Ditto the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, which many also swear up and down that it’s the best hydration serum they’ve used.
Drunk Elephant’s real selling point is their ‘clean-clinical’ approach to skincare. They claim to have clinical and scientific ingredients, but without the perceived ‘bad ingredients’ comprising essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS. It is for this reason, aside from aesthetics, and efficacy, that the brand has developed a cult following.
Having used both the trial sized products in the Rise + Glow set for the past 2 weeks, I think I’ve formed a fairly firm view on the products. And just by way of warning, I am probably running against the grain :P
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
The C-Firma Day Serum had me most excited about this brand. I love using Vitamin C serums, as many of you know, and a new serum always sends that tingle down my spine.
The Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum does not only contain Vitamin C (15% L-Ascorbic Acid), but also 0.5% Ferulic Acid and 1% Vitamin E. All this, alongside other antioxidants and enzymes, targeted at strengthening the skin, brightening skin, and neutralizing pollutants and environmental aggressors. It all sounds really wonderful.
I’d just finished my last bottle of Vitamin C serum (I am disciplined when it comes to Vit C products. I always finish them up before moving on) and was digging around for another. This fit my needs.
Has my Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum oxidized?
I quickly ran into a problem.
When I squirted out the C-Firma Day Serum, it came out a bright orange. Now, if you’re familiar with Vitamin C, especially Vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid, you’d understand my consternation.
L-Ascorbic Acid is quite unstable at the best of times, and I’d been conditioned to understand that when it turns orange, that’s a sign of oxidization. While still usable, it isn’t advisable to, as it can introduce oxidative stress into your skin, instead of protecting it. I was conflicted.
When I reached out on Instagram, many people who have used C-Firma Day Cream assured me that this was indeed, the colour. This has also been confirmed by Drunk Elephant themselves. The colour should apparently, be a clear, light orange. Not a dark orange.
But how light is light, and how dark is dark? Mine was a brand new product that I’d purchased not very long ago. Is this a clear light orange? Is it a clear, dark orange? Has it gone off? Do I use it?
So many questions!
But use it I did.
Not drying, Skin brightening serum
There are a few things going for the C-Firma Day Serum. It is not drying, and absorbs quickly and easily into the skin without leaving any residue. Drunk Elephant says you can blend it with the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, but I use it directly on my skin without any issues.
Perhaps, if you have very sensitive skin, blending it with a hydrating serum can help with comfort and delivery to the skin. But if you’re comfortable using Vitamin C serums, just use it direct for best results.
Truth to tell, I cannot say with 100% certainty if it has worked to brighten my skin in the time I’ve been using this (2 weeks – every morning). I am a long-time user of Vitamin C serums, and I’ve been using quite good, and potent ones just prior to this one.
However, it doesn’t dull my skin, nor cause any reactions. My skin tone remains consistent, which for me means it’s working. I can hardly expect each new product to clarify my skin even more than the last can I? That’s unrealistic and ridiculous :P
As a Vitamin C serum therefore, I have nothing against it. It has a metallic smell of hot dogs, just like the Paula’s Choice Vitamin C (it also contains 15% LAA), but isn’t unpleasant, unless that bothers you.
Will I purchase the full sized C-Firma Day Serum?
My straight answer is no.
I don’t like not knowing if my product has oxidized. I prefer my product start out clear so I know something is wrong when the colour has changed. As it stands, each time I apply it to my skin, I have my doubts about how effective it is or still is. I don’t like that feeling.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to try this trial-sized sample. At least it’s put to bed much of my curiousity about this product and I’m happy to move on :D
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ascorbic Acid, Laureth-23, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Phytosterols, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ferulic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Glycine, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, XanthaN Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin
Potentially brightens and strengthens skin
Protects skin from environmental stress
Not sticky or greasy
Absorbs easily into skin
Orange colour makes it hard to tell if the product is still fresh
Metallic ‘hot dog’ smell
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes the formula or brand ethos, Anyone who has not used Vitamin C serum otherwise
PRICE: RM345 | US$80 | £67 for 30ml
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is another Drunk Elephant cult product.
It is simply, as the name states, an intensive hydrating gel serum, formulated with Vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramides. It helps attract and hold moisture on skin, and protects against free radicals.
It does, in a nutshell, what any hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid does. But at an eye-watering price tag.
You can see the texture in the picture above, where it is a rather thick opaque gel texture. It melts into skin very comfortably without any residue.
However, the simple fact is that I do not feel like my dry skin derives much benefit from using this product. I much rather use any other hydrating lotion or serum, with a current favourite being the Jordan Samuel Hydrate Serum.
In fact, if you want a budget hyaluronic acid serum that does the job well, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 or The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum is very decent, at a fraction of the price of this product. I’d personally go with that option and skip this.
In a nutshell therefore, I’m quite underwhelmed by this Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I don’t think it’s a bad product. I just think there are equivalent, or perhaps better similar products out there, at a smaller price tag. That way, you derive the most benefit out of the product, instead of stinting.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Coconut Alkanes, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Niacinamide, Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyproline, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin
Not greasy or sticky on skin
Hydrates skin but not enough for dry skin
Insufficient hydration for drier skin types
My skin feels taut after using this, not plumped
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who isn’t familiar with more affordable options for hydrating serums
PRICE: RM228 | £44 | US$52 for 50ml
Are you a fan of either of these cult favourite Drunk Elephant serums?
Please do share if you are. I may be grumpy about it, but it doesn’t mean that it should put you off trying it, and this set is a very good way to help you decide if you’d like it. I’m glad I tried it. Curiousity assuaged, and I can happily move on now :D