A Comprehensive Review of the Drunk Elephant Skincare Line

Drunk Elephant Skincare Line

Drunk Elephant

Skincare Line

First of all, I'd like to think that my skin has actually stabilized since I turned 30. I'd been jumping in and out of skincare trends, and most recently with Korean skincare, which surprisingly works for me. I had been quietly enjoying what Korean skincare fans call chok chok skin every now and then. That means that I don't always have good glowing skin, more of a monthly surprise when it would appear.

Drunk Elephant is committed to using only clean ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of our formulations. We never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on biocompatibility. You won’t find what we call the “Suspicious 6” in our products (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS,) making them appropriate for every skin type. We believe that these six ubiquitous ingredients are at the root of almost every skin issue. When formulating the products, we focus on pH and safety, always making sure that the active ingredients are at efficacious levels. This is the Drunk Elephant difference.

Now, you see, I went to the US some months ago, and unfortunately, when I'm heading to the US, I tend to be a little more generous with myself when it comes to buying items I can only buy in the US. Drunk Elephant has been on my radar for months now and I wanted badly to try the acids in its line. I crowdsourced on my Facebook for thoughts and guess what, I ended up getting most of the products on its line.


1. Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF30, USD 34. This is my first try at physical sunblocks, after VMV Armada, so the difference between physical and chemical sunblocks is something I very well remember now. It basically, physically blocks the sun from harming the skin, hence most physical sunblocks can be pretty heavy on the face. Since the DE line is mostly acids, I had to get the sunblock. I don't know if it works better than my regular sunblocks but I feel like my skin does not age faster nor it does it get darker, too. Amongst all the products, it's the one that I need just a bit off for the day. A little goes a long way!

A sheer physical sunscreen that delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and helps aid in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage as well as photoaging for a more youthful-looking complexion.

2. Shaba Eye Complex, USD 60.  As with most anti aging products, you never really know for sure it's working until after some months or years. So when a colleague thought I was 27 just the other day, I'd like to think that Shaba, as much as my other eye creams in the past, is actually working. 

A silky eye serum formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of aging under and around the eyes, such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fatigue and dark circles, puffiness and age spots. The result is a more youthful, radiant appearance.

3. B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, USD 52. Prior to getting this, I've been using the Virgin Marula Oil for my daily moisturizer and that was a bit heavy for PH humidity. I like it and it glides on smoothly with its lightweight gel formula.

B-Hydra™ is a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin. This ultra-hydrating vitamin B5 gel replenishes nutrients, visibly brightens and improves the appearance of skin texture and tone, while delivering intense skin hydration throughout the day.

4. TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, USD 90/50ml. Any beauty enthusiast that any AHA/BHA product enhances the way the skin absorbs the product and that's what this does, hence this is probably the most popular Drunk Elephant product in the entire line. As a tip, it's important to try AHA/BHA on your skin every other night first and don't forget the sunblock every morning because this exfoliates the skin well. In my case, I loved this a lot and I only use it every MWF and Sundays.

A 12% AHA/BHA night serum that helps refine and resurface skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant looking complexion. T.L.C. Framboos™ enhances the performance of other products by clearing the way for maximum absorption.

5. C Firma Day Serum USD 80. I have no other comments except that I am happy when I use Vitamin C on my skin, I feel my skin tingle and I feel it glow soon after.

A super-potent vitamin C day serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, fruit enzymes and a chronopeptide that provides the benefits of vitamin D, all working together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin while improving the signs of photoaging.

6. TLC Sukari Babyfacial USD 80. Probably the most potent product that started my Drunk Elephant lust -- all because it's been all over the Instagram, it's pink and it's pretty. It's like a millennial dream come true! TBH, the first time I used it I didn't feel anything other than the sting. It stung for the most part of the 20 minutes one is supposed to use it, then I washed it off as instructed. It only felt okay every morning I used it (only every Saturdays) but on the third Saturday, I woke up with soft skin and my breakouts were half their size. Hooray!

Babyfacial™ is a pro-quality AHA/BHA “facial” that resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone and a more youthful radiance. Think of it as an extra nudge for stubborn, dull skin (in other words, it’ll knock your cells off).

7. Virgin Marula Oil, USD 70. This was probably the most raved about product among my friends and for good reason, too. I feel so good with myself when I use and massage this on to my face every night. I'm happy that it makes my skin soft and glowing to a level I've never achieved with my Korean skincare. 

Overall: I am very happy with my Drunk Elephant skincare line, and many days I told myself, why did it take this long to find it? However, I do find myself cheating on it some days and splashing on some CosRX AHA serum and Bio Oil some days, just because. Sometimes, the idea of needing to get it from the US is not very attractive at all, with all the shipping / handling etc. Still, it's something I'd probably get again once I run out, which is a long ways from now, thankfully. It's not cheap, yes, so I'm very careful in using my stash. The good thing is, some of the line are sold in smaller sizes {I'm selling one in my Shopee here} so one gets to test first! 

Drunk Elephant is available via the Drunk Elephant website. I can give you a code if you're buying so you can get a 20% discount, too! ALSO: THIS JUST IN: DRUNK ELEPHANT IS NOW IN SEPHORA PHILIPPINES.