I often think that with skincare you usually get what you pay for. More money means better ingredients which in turn means it’s better for your skin which in turn equals value for money, right? Well when Drunk Elephant launched in the UK late last year I was definitely intrigued by the hype that surrounded it. Having been out of the blogosphere for the best part of 6 months I’d genuinely never heard of the brand and quickly headed off to do some research. I was honestly shocked at the pricing of the products with sets of miniatures easily setting you back upwards of £60 I couldn’t see the appeal. That was until I was kindly gifted a £40 Space NK voucher for my birthday from the work girls and I decided to put it towards a set all in the name of ‘the blog’.
I picked up the Rescue Party Kit for the grand total of £63 from Space NK which includes:
- A full size of the Lala Retro Whipped Cream which contains 50ml of product and retails for £50.
- A full size of the Lippe Balm which contains 3.6g of product and retails for £15
- A deluxe sample of the C-Tango Eye Cream which contains 5ml of product (1/3 of the full size) and is worth £18 (full sized price is £54)
- A deluxe sample of the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum which contains 8ml of product (only 16% of the full sized product) and is worth approximately £7 (full sized price is £44)
- A deluxe sample of the Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser which contains 30ml of product (1/5 of the full size) and is worth approximately £6 (full sized price is £29)
Total approximate value: £96
Total saving: £33
Lala Retro Whipped Cream
The Lala Retro Whipped Cream is a moisturiser suitable for ‘all skin types’ and can be used on both the face and the body. It is encased in a fun pump packaging meaning that you dispense the perfect amount every time. It contains 6 African oils and has a specific pH of 5.5 which is said to be suitable for sensitive skin types.
I have pretty much exclusively been using this cream for the last few months in the evening and ,where I remember, in the morning too. The texture is quite thick and luxurious feeling but does not leave the skin greasy to the touch. Due to the cream having no real scent whatsoever, I can’t help but feel that this is akin to a very over-priced tub of E45 in fancier packaging. My other peeve with this product is that I can’t see any long term benefits. Hear me out, usually when I regularly use a high end moisturiser, I can notice that it takes longer for my skin to go back to being dry in places when I stop using the product, however with LaLa Retro, if I miss one use, my skin is right back to being dry and dehydrated – not quite what I’d expect for £50 a tub.
Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy using it and I will continue to use it until it is finished, however I have definitely had better results from cheaper moisturisers or if I were to splurge on a moisturiser, brands like Clarins and Chanel have significantly better offerings on the table!
This was probably the one product in the set that I was least excited to try as, like every other female on the planet, I have about 7,000 lip balms floating around my house and handbags. At £15 I also thought this was a bit on the expensive side when you compare to the likes of Burts Bees and Carmex but I was so wrong! This is honestly one of the best lip balms i’ve used and in my opinion has similar effects to the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream but without the heavy scent. The effects of one use of this balm last for days on me and my lips have been soft and not sore in the slightest ever since I’ve started using this at night. As a hater of Vaseline, this is non-greasy and the twist up applicator is so much more hygienic and I would 100% recommend this to anyone if you are in the market for a new lip balm!
C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
This one was another real win for me! It’s a lightweight formula that soaks into the skin quite quickly and I personally noticed some effects within a couple of days. My eyes looked brighter, less puffy and the dark circles has somewhat diminished. The only thing that would put me off repurchasing this product is the hefty price tag as £54 really isn’t in my price range right now. However, I will say that the tiny 5ml sample is still going strong roughly 3 months later and I have been using this every single night! One pump is enough for both eyes so I’m convinced that the full size would last you the best part of 6 months if you’re using it day and night, which means it’s not that bad in terms of value for money!
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
I absolutely adore hydrating serums, with Clarins’ Hydraquench (now Hydra Essentiel) serum being one of my all-time favourites. I was obviously pretty keen to give this a go when I saw that it was included in the set as it sounded right up my street! The serum is more of a watery gel-like consistency and the packaging suggests adding it to moisturisers for a burst of hydration rather than using it on it’s own. I have tried the moisturiser both with and without this serum and I honestly could not tell even a tiny difference sadly. I’ve also tried using the serum before the moisturiser but you need so much to cover your face, as it does not spread very far, that it felt incredibly wasteful. It’s worth noting that when it is used on it’s own, it sunk into my skin so fast that I didn’t notice any benefits.
For me this one is a miss and I would highly recommend the Clarins serum over this one, especially as it’s the same price and a little goes a very long way or, if you are on a budget, the Body Shop’s hydrating serum is a really good alternative too!
Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser
I feel like this product has been hyped up on social media over the last months and the word ‘Jelly’ made me quite intrigued to try it. I’m sorry to end on a bit of a sour note but I really do not think that this cleanser is worth the money at all. Quite simply, it is a fragrance free gel-to-foam cleanser that I found left my skin feeling a little stripped, tight and in need of a huge moisture boost! I don’t think I would personally use this as a product to remove makeup, rather a second cleanse to ensure the skin is clean, however I have plenty of products like that in my cupboard that come in significantly under the £29 mark!
In summary, there are a lot of things I like about the Drunk Elephant brand with the packaging and the lack of ‘nasties’ being up there at the top of the list. However, I feel like the pricing is very high and on some products, quite unjustified to be blunt. Sets like these are a great way to try out a brand and unlike some brands I have to give credit and say that the deluxe sample sizes are absolutely packed full of product and have lasted so much longer than I had anticipated.
Do I think you should part with your cash? Yes and no. What I would say is do your research on what products you are lacking in your routine and what you actually want from a product. The eye cream and the lip balm, for me, are real stand outs and the moisturiser is nice to use but not something I would personally shell out £50 for again.
Have you tried any Drunk Elephant products yet? If so what did you think?