Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit | Review Part 1 | Worth the Hype?

Hi everyone! Today, I’m writing a review on the products in the Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit. I bought this kit late last year, but I slowly incorporated all of the products into my routine since I didn’t want to abruptly change all of the products I was using and risk completely messing up my skin. Now I’ve finally gotten a chance to test out all of the products, I wanted to do a review of this. Unfortunately, Drunk Elephant recently changed The Littles Kit and released The Littles 3.0 (the kit I own is 2.0), so you can no longer get all of these products I’m reviewing below in a set, but the review still applies to all of the individual products.

Drunk Elephant is definitely known to be one of the pricier but hyped-up brands out there these days. I had been curious about them for a long time due to constantly seeing the brand on social media, but wasn’t willing to shell out $70+ for a brand that I had never tried before. A set like this is a great way to try a nice selection of products from a brand, without having to invest it in a full size.

My review for this kit was almost 4,000 words long, so I split it up into two posts, and Part 2 will be available tomorrow (edit: part 2 is now up here. Today’s post touches on the following products:

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Read on to see my honest thoughts about the products!

THE BASICS

Developed to balance and reset your skin to a healthy, glowing state, this small but mighty Littles™ set delivers unparalleled results when used together as a system and are compatible with all skin types. It offers approximately a 30-45 day supply. 100% Free of essential oils and fragrance.

Drunk Elephant  touts itself as a “clean” skincare brand that uses non-toxic ingredients, and was started when the founder, Tiffany Masterson, found that her skin was too sensitive for a lot of the products on the market. Drunk Elephant is named as such because of Marula Oil, the signature ingredient in the brand’s skincare products. Apparently elephants can get drunk on the fruit from Marula trees, although biologists say that this is just a myth.

The Littles Kit retails at $110 CAD for 8 minis that come in a range of products from the brand, from hyaluronic acids to chemical exfoliators to cleansers. As I mentioned already, this particular set has been discontinued, although Drunk Elephant has released a different version of The Littles Kit. Only two of the products are different from the old version of the kit; the version I own includes the Lala Retro Whipped Cream and the Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, while the new version includes the Protini Polypeptide Cream and the Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.

Close up of Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum from The Littles Kit on marble surface

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

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. Blended with a unique lentil/apple/watermelon complex, B-Hydra helps diminish drabness, dryness, and the appearance of fine lines. Your complexion will appear brighter and more youthful upon every application.

I always thought it was a hyaluronic acid serum, but it is a hydrating serum designed to be worn underneath other skincare. This is a serum with almost a gel-like consistency, and has no scent. The B-Hydra is nice; fairly hydrating and feels slightly tacky as it dries, but it’s nothing bothersome and doesn’t effect other skincare products that you may layer on top.

Close up texture shot of the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Serum

While the B-Hydra is decent, it’s absolutely nothing to write home about. It does quench the skin, but I wouldn’t call it “intensive” as the name states, because I feel like there are more affordable Hyaluronic Acid serums that are far more hydrating than this $65 serum. While it’s good, I personally don’t think it’s worth the price tag; I much prefer the Hada Labo Gyujkun Milky Lotion (which is called a lotion but is actually a serum).

Ingredients: Water, 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.

 

Product Shot of Drunk Elephant TLC-Framboos Glycolic Night Serum from The Littles Kit on marble surface

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

An AHA/BHA night serum that reveals a smoother and more radiant complexion. This high-tech gel resurfaces dull skin, lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even-looking complexion with the appearance of diminished fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Formulated with a dream-team AHA/BHA blend including glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids, and blended with raspberry extract, T.L.C. Framboos™ sinks in easily and delivers an effective level of chemical exfoliation without the harsh side effects like dryness or sensitization.

Besides the Lala Retro Whipped Cream, this was the other product that I was most excited to try. I’ve tested out quite a few AHA/BHA blends of all strengths, but I have to say that this is a standout in the set . This impressed me because it’s really gentle on my skin, yet it’s effective. The serum is a clear gel that soaks into the skin quickly. I applied this as the first step in my nighttime skincare routine before applying thicker creams and oils on top, and it sits well underneath other products.

Texture shot of the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

What I liked the most about it was how gentle yet effective it is. It might even be gentle enough for some skin types for every day use (although I used it every other day as I didn’t want to risk overexfoliation), and my skin doesn’t even tingle like it does with other acids. I do think that if you have sensitive skin or if your skin isn’t used to acids, you do need to be careful. At 12% AHA, this is quite strong. I would first start off using this twice a week and then working your way up to a few times a week once your skin acclimates to it. After using this for a month, I felt like my skin was really “normalized” – no dryness or flaking, no clogged skin, and minimal redness.

The TLC Framboos would be one of the products I would love to purchase in full size, because I really like how it makes my skin feel, but the $112/30 mL price tag is a bit hard to swallow. I’m currently trying the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum, which at $77/30 mL is a little less pricey (still expensive though). We’ll see how it goes, but I wouldn’t be opposed to buying a full size of the TLC Framboos if I can’t find something comparable.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Galactoarabinan, Propanediol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Nitrate, Potassium Sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate.

 

Product Shot of the Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum from The Littles Kit on a marble surface

C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum

A super-potent vitamin C day serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes that all work together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin. This revolutionary serum is jam-packed with a potent antioxidant complex that help neutralize pollution, environmental stressors, and the damaging effects of free radicals over time. This formula helps to replenish lipids and visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles after applying regularly. The result is a noticeably diminished appearance of photo damage, replaced by incredible radiance and luminosity.

The C-Firma Day serum was another product I was very excited to test out, because I’ve been in the market for a good Vitamin C serum. Even though I bought this set in August, I didn’t start using the C-Firma until December because I had been trying to get through another Vitamin C product at the time. The negative thing about vitamin C products is that they oxidize, and you can tell if it has oxidized if the serum has turned amber. By the time I opened this, the shade of the serum was already a medium amber shade.

Upon doing some research online, I found out that there was some major controversy surrounding this product. Apparently Drunk Elephant was releasing this product in an amber colour to begin with, to mask any oxidation that might occur! That’s a pretty sketchy practice. I’m not sure if they since fixed this issue, but I found a lot of people saying that a fresh batch of the C-Firma should be clear-light yellow, which mine wasn’t. I was super annoyed that DE states that the C-Firma should be good for about 12 months, but by the time I opened this at the four-month mark, I could no longer use it!

Texture Shot of Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum
Oxidized or not? I’m still not sure…

I did still try to use it a handful of times, but ultimately didn’t feel comfortable using it for the long term and had to stop. Unfortunately, that means I can’t give you a proper review of the performance of this product, but take my experience as a precautionary tale that this product expires extremely quickly, and to use this product up ASAP if you already own it.

Another thing about this vitamin C is that it has a really strong, unpleasant smell. I don’t even know how to describe it – it’s fishy and chemical at the same time. I’m not sure if it’s because of the oxidation, but I know it’s something that other bloggers have complained about before…now I totally know what they’re talking about!

As a whole, I would not purchase the full size – I use up skincare products slowly, and would not be able to use a full bottle of this within a few months before it oxidizes. It would be a complete waste of money to buy this product, especially when it retails at $100/30 mL.

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

 

Product shot of Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum from The Littles Kit on a marble surface

Shaba Complex Eye Serum

A silky eye serum formulated with a powerhouse of ingredients to tackle the major signs of aging under and around the eyes. Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum contains potent doses of black tea ferment and copper peptides that work together to support a firmer-looking appearance around the eyes, helping to slow down the signs aging before they appear. A unique combination of edelweiss stem cells and niacinamide helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The powerful antioxidants in Co-Q10 help diminish signs of premature aging from environmental aggressors while also helping to fade the appearance of age spots. You won’t believe your eyes.

I have mixed feelings about this eye cream. First of all, I was confused because they call this an “eye serum” vs an “eye cream”, so I wasn’t sure if this was designed to be used under a thicker cream or moisturizers as I normally do with serums. However, the Sephora website seems to describe this as an eye cream that can be used on its own. My eye area is quite dry, particularly during the winter, and using this as both and day and night eye cream during the winter wasn’t even close to moisturizing enough.

Texture Shot Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum

On the plus side, my eye area didn’t react negatively to it (eg I didn’t get milia). It’s also a really light formula that layers well under makeup, and I feel like it might be a good option for people with a more normal/oily eye area, or it might be good during the summer. In the last month or so, I’ve been using the Shaba Complex in the daytime, with the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream at night, and my eye area is very happy. However, considering both creams are a whopping $72 each, it makes absolutely no sense to have $144 of eye cream in your skincare routine. Even though it’s the same price as the Shaba complex, the formula is so much richer and more hydrating, and it’s worth every penny.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Coconut Alkanes, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Niacinamide, Copper Tripeptide-1, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Steareth-20, Lecithin, Panthenol, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Ubiquinone, Citric Acid, Thioctic Acid, Tocopherol, Chrysin, Sclerotium Gum, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Overall, these 4 products from the Littles Kit was a bit all over the place for me in terms of performance. The TLC Framboos was a clear standout, and everything else was just okay, which was not good enough considering the price. The C-Firma was a major disappointment considering the oxidation upon opening the product – I kind of felt like I wasted my money.

Part 2 is up here if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts about the other 4 products in this kit!

13 thoughts on “Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit | Review Part 1 | Worth the Hype?

  1. I have the same kit and so far I’m not sure if the products work for me. I haven’t used any of their products the past two weeks and my skin does look duller and dry patches, so maybe when I reintroduce them I’ll see more of a difference😊 x

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    • Right?! It takes forever to figure out if these are doing anything for your skin! Great idea to stop using them and then start up again to see if it makes a difference though. Hopefully that means they are working out for you!

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  2. I’ve been wanting to test out their products, but the price and hype steered me away. I a lot of people like their products, but I wasn’t quite sure if it was hype, because other people liked it, or because they were paid for it or something? I had heard great things about the vitamin c serum, but after what you said, it definitely put me off. I think I would try the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum after what you said. I think it seems the most interesting and unique in terms of finding cheaper dupes? Great post/review xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    • Isn’t it funny how sometimes products that get a lot of attention online have the opposite effect on you, where you deliberately avoid trying a product just because it’s so hyped? haha. I definitely think that some of the people who rave about DE get paid or it, or at least get the products for free…and they’re really expensive! But who knows, maybe they don’t.

      I’ve heard great things about the Vitamin C serum too, that’s why I was so excited to try it out! So disappointed that it oxidized so quickly. If you’re interested in the TLC Framboos, you could maybe try the Night Bright duo set that comes with a mini of the Framboos and Marula Oil?

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  3. Fantastic review on these products and I appreciate your honesty. I’ve heard a lot about these but I haven’t looked into them. I didn’t know they were quite expensive :O

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    • Thanks, Diandra! Drunk Elephant is crazy expensive! It’s why these sets are such a good way to try out the brand if you’re doing it for the first time. One whole set is the same price as a full size of one product, LOL!

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