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Is Drunk Elephant Overhyped?- My Honest “The Littles” Set Review

June 25, 2019 in Beauty, Skincare - 7 min read
When I heard everyone rave about the skincare brand Drunk Elephant, I knew I had to try it for myself. The brand prides itself on creating products that are “effective, non-toxic formulas that reset skin to a healthy state” and avoid the “Suspicious 6” (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS) that hinder rather than help. The name comes from a combination of the myth of elephants eating marula fruit becoming intoxicated from it and the benefits of the oil derived from the fruit which ultimately lay the foundation of the clean skincare brand. On top of that, everything is made right here in the United States. If you want to know more about their philosophy, read about it here. I love knowing a brand’s values to see if it aligns with my own. If it does, it’ll support it. If it doesn’t, I’ll most likely not give it a chance.
After reading about what they stand for and doing my own research about marula oil, it made me want to try more…….until I saw the price! This is what I call luxury skincare but like you read above, it’s for good reason. With quality comes a higher price tag. Then I found out about The Littles™ Set where I could try eight of their products for $90 and I was sold. In comparison to their full size prices (see below), to me that’s a steal and I patiently waited for the day when I could buy it.
The day finally came and I was so excited! I’ll admit that I had high expectations. I couldn’t wait for my skin to transform and add their products to my selective list of holy grail beauty products I couldn’t live without. Based on their size, I didn’t think I would get much out of it to tell but surprisingly, a little of each product went a long way and almost three months later, I have finished the majority of them and am here to give you my final review.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t finished every single product just yet (only 4/8) but I made sure I used the most popular ones as directed to see if I got similar results. I’m going to go by them one by one so if you’re interested, keep reading….
Note: 1) I am 25 with oily skin (it’s been oily my entire life) that is not acne prone. 2) This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission in the event that you use them to make a purchase.
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Claims (according to the Sephora website): “A super-potent vitamin C day serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, fruit enzymes, and a chronopeptide that mimics the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D, all working together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin, while improving the signs of photoaging.” Solutions for Uneven skin tone, Loss of firmness and elasticity, Dullness and uneven texture.
My experience: If you read my hyperpigmentation post, you would know how beneficial vitamin c is to get rid of it and making your skin tone even and radiant. However, this made my oily skin so oily! It was crazy! Though it specifically says day serum, that was not an option for me. I had to use it at night since I didn’t mind waking up with an oily face. As long as it worked but I honestly didn’t see a difference. From trying vitamin C in other products, I know my skin benefits from it but for some reason with this one, the results were subpar.
Claims (according to the Sephora website): “B-Hydra™ is a cool drink of water for your thirsty skin. This ultra-hydrating vitamin B5 serum replenishes nutrients while delivering hydration throughout the day to improve the look of skin texture and tone.” Solutions to Dryness, Dullness and uneven texture, Uneven skin tone.
My experience: when they said hydration with this one, they mean it. There was a time during the three months that I went through a dry period. Like Sahara Desert, flaking dry skin. I was shook and very concerned but this product definitely helped. As recommended, I mixed it with the C-Firma and T.L.C. Framboos but still liked it better by itself. It gives hydration but in a light yet impactful way. I used it day and night.
Claims (according to the Sephora website): “A 12 percent AHA/BHA night serum that refines and resurfaces skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant complexion. T.L.C. Framboos™ enhances the performance of other products by clearing the way for maximum absorption.” Solutions to Uneven skin tone, Dullness and uneven texture, Pores
Experience: I would say this is #2 after the B-Hydra and before the C-Firma as far as serums go. I believe this was my first time using glycolic on my face so I was excited to see the results but I still wasn’t blown away. I put this before the C-Firma because it didn’t make my skin worse but it didn’t make it significantly better either.
Claims (according to the Sephora website): “A wonder-working luxury facial oil, high in critical antioxidants, to deeply moisturize, nourish, soothe, and rejuvenate your skin while restoring its youthful glow.” Solutions for Dryness, Uneven skin tone, Anti-aging
My experience: This oil is light but still pretty hydrating. I enjoyed using it as the last step in my routine to seal everything in. If you need help structuring your skincare routine, check out this post. I alternated between this as Protini for this step. However, it doesn’t beat my Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil which has been my favorite face oil for about two years.
My experience: This oil is light but still pretty hydrating. I enjoyed using it as the last step in my routine to seal everything in. If you need help structuring your skincare routine, check out this post. I alternated between this as Protini for this step. However, it doesn’t beat my Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil which has been my favorite face oil for about two years.
Claims (according to the Sephora website): “A protein moisturizer that combines an unprecedented array and concentration of actives for improvement in the appearance of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness.” Solutions for Loss of firmness and elasticity, Dryness, Dullness and uneven texture
My experience: I love this product! So much that it might be my favorite out of the eight! The second you put this on, your skin has this cooling hydration feeling that is so good. It is very moisturizing. I loved using this at night and waking up to plump, hydrated skin that wasn’t oily and being an oily girl, that’s a BIG deal! Most creams are too heavy for me and don’t do half as much as this one. Honestly I’m considering buying the full size as soon as I can.
Claims (according to the Sephora website): “An innovative jelly cleanser that removes all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution, and any other grime from the day. Free of SLS, fragrance, and essential oils, Beste™ No. 9 is totally non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and appropriate for all skin.” Solution for Oiliness and Makeup removal.
My experience: ehhh. That is all. I only used this because I ran out of my favorite Garnier Garnier Fructis SkinActive Face Wash. Plus there’s no way I was going to spend that much on a regular cleanser so it’s for the best that I didn’t fall in love with it.
Claims (according to the Sephora website): “A rich and restorative eye cream featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area. ” Solution for Loss of firmness and elasticity, Brightening, Fine lines and wrinkles
My experience: Compared to my favorite Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream, this one had a lot to live up to. I did like the consistency of it. It’s on the thicker side and a little goes a long way. However, I didn’t use it consistently enough to give a solid opinion.
Claims (according to the Sephora website): “A tinted physical sunscreen that delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and aids in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage.” Solutions for Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Dullness and Uneven Texture.
My experience: I honestly haven’t tried this once because 1) I honestly forgot about it and 2) my daytime moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Radiant has spf 15 in it already and has never failed me yet.
In conclusion, would I recommend you try Drunk Elephant? Yes but please start with “The Littles” Set first. Even though I didn’t have a mind blowing experience, doesn’t mean you won’t. Most people do and skincare is really trial and error. Also, it takes a while for you to see results for any product regardless of the price so give it a far shot. If after a month, you don’t see a change, you can return it. If you’re younger than 25 and/or doesn’t have problematic skin, it is not a must to have any of these. According to the Sephora website, these products cater towards people who have skin issues like dullness and uneven texture, dryness, lack of elasticity and fine lines and wrinkles. That’s probably why I didn’t see any drastic changes- I don’t have much, if any of those skin concerns. If you don’t, save yourself the $90. If you are a product junkie like me, you’ll probably still try it ( and I hope this was helpful. If you don’t want to try all eight, they have more sets for you to choose from. I’m glad I tried it for myself and that itch is scratched. Now off to try the other 30 on my wishlist!
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