Hello, everyone! Today’s post is Part 2 of my review of The Littles Kit from Drunk Elephant. I split my review into two posts because there are 8 products in the kit, and my review became too long to put into one review. You can see Part 1 here.
Today’s review will be covering the remaining products from the kit:
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense
Just to recap the previous post, here is a short summary of what Drunk Elephant is all about.
Drunk Elephant is a clean skincare brand that is committed to only using ingredients that are compatible with skin and that your skin can recognize and accept, leaving out products that are potentially toxic and disrupt the body. Their products do not contain the “Suspicious 6” (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS), which the company believes is the cause of many skin issues. The company first started when the founder, Tiffany Masterson, found that the products currently on the market were too harsh on her sensitive skin. Their products are formulated with the right pH levels in mind to best suit the skin. Drunk Elephant products are all made in the USA.
A wonder-working luxury facial oil, high in critical antioxidants, to deeply moisturize, nourish, soothe, and rejuvenate your skin while restoring its youthful glow. This highly absorbable oil delivers clinically proven results to reverse the signs of aging and incredible antioxidant benefits against environmental stressors and free radicals. Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and blotchiness, with improvement in skin’s elastic feel. Your skin will drink in this nutrient-rich oil leaving no residue behind. Straight from the “pip” of the marula fruit, this Marula Oil is virtually untouched by any chemical or fragrance, natural or synthetic, remains in its purest form, and is naturally anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin.
Drunk Elephan’s Marula Oil has to be one of brand’s most popular products, so I was excited to get my hands on it. I first used the Marula Oil at the beginning of last year when I had a foil sample packet of this, and I didn’t like it at all. The oil was very thick, it made the skincare underneath pill, and it just didn’t really do much for my skin in general. I don’t like foil packets because there’s not enough product to give a good indication of how well the product works, so I was kind of excited that it was included in The Littles kit, because it meant I got another chance to test it out properly.
Everyone seems to absolutely rave about DE’s Marula Oil, so I went in with high expectations. The second time was…not any better than the first. Not only does this feel a lot heavier than some of my favourite oils, but it doesn’t absorb into the skin and just sits on top all night. Also, my skin just reacted badly to it both times. I got all these tiny bumps on my cheeks, WHILE at the same time, I also got very dry patches on my face, which is unexpected considering this is an oil. Overall, my skin just looked really textured with this product in my routine. The nice thing about it is that as you can tell from the ingredient list, it’s 100% pure marula oil so you’re not getting a whole bunch of filler product.
Now that I’ve tried my fair share of face oils, I know I much prefer The Ordinary’s 100% Plant Derived Squalane, which only costs $5 compared to $90 for the Marula Oil. When I stopped using the Marula Oil and brought the TO Squalane back into my routine, the weird bumps and dry patches started going away and started healing.
Ingredients: Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil
This all-purpose rescue cream, whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, recovers and locks in intense moisture for hours after application. Plantain extract helps visibly brighten skin, while sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer easily soaks in and releases long-lasting hydration. In addition, antioxidant-rich fermented green tea helps combat signs of aging and relieves irritation from environmental stressors. Loaded with omega acids, Lala Retro™ is a silky, dream come true for tired, dehydrated, dry skin.
This was quite possibly the product in this kit that I was most excited to try, because it just sounds amazing for dry skinned gals like me. The first time I used this, I thought “Finally, where has this cream been all my life?” It’s called a whipped cream but it’s not light and airy like whipped cream. It’s definitely a heavier cream, but my dry skin soaked it right up like a cool drink of water. I found that it sat comfortably on my skin didn’t feel greasy or heavy. It worked well as both a day and night cream, and sat well under makeup. Overall, I think the texture works great for people with dry skin like me. It is also unscented, which is nice for those who are prefer unscented skincare.
HOWEVER, as I continued to use this, I found my skin developing skin-coloured bumps on my skin which don’t go away unless I squeeze (too much information? sorry). At first, I didn’t attribute my skin problems to this product because it’s been a problem I’ve been struggling with on and off for the last two years, but as I continued cutting other products out of my routine and the number of bumps on my face was only increasing, I realized that my issues stemmed from this cream.
Once I stopped using the Lala Retro, my skin slowly but surely stopped producing these bumps. I still don’t know if this moisturizer caused them since I mentioned before that it’s a skin issue I’ve been dealing with on and off since before I started using it, but I had a suspicion that it was aggravating the problem or causing it to resurface, so I thought it was best to stay away. It’s just so sad because this was so moisturizing for my dry skin! I still have some left, so maybe if I’m brave enough, I’ll give it another go.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Glycine Soja Meal/Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate (Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Ximenia Americana Seedate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Ceteareth-20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
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. With a unique blend of mild surfactants and makeup-dissolving emollients, this gentle formula rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft.
I don’t think Drunk Elephant could come up with a weirder name if they tried…the first thing that ran through my mind was “how can you be the best and number 9 at the same time?” 😂 But the 9 is supposedly from the fact that Drunk Elephant reformulated this product 9 times before thinking it was good enough to put on the shelf. The Beste No. 9 is a gel cleanser, which is a cleanser consistency that I have never enjoyed – I prefer a creamier cleanser which usually feels more moisturizing for my dry skin. However, I go into every new product with an open mind, and was willing to find ways to make this work.
It turned out that my instincts about this was right, because I didn’t particularly like this product when I just use my hands to apply this product. I double cleanse, so I always use my cleansers with the purpose of taking off the oily makeup remover and remaining makeup. The texture of this cleanser was so thin that I felt like it wasn’t cleansing my skin at all. I think it’s because it didn’t foam up, so I always felt like it wasn’t washing my face properly and would just end up applying more product.
After a few days of testing it that way, I used the Beste No 9. with my Clarisonic, which I ended up preferring a lot more. The cleanser foamed up a little and seemed to work into my skin better, which made me confident that it was actually taking all of my makeup remover off. I ended up using it with the Clarisonic every time I reached for this cleanser.
On the plus side, the Beste No. 9 is a very gentle, unscented cleanser. I think it would be a good choice for people with oily, normal, or sensitive skin. For myself, this cleanser was just okay, and I would not spend $40 on a cleanser I didn’t absolutely love.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycolipids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Lauryl Glucoside, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Polylysine.
A sheer sunscreen that delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and aids in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage. Ideal for daily use without white residue or greasiness and developed without chemical screens or silicones.
Okaaaaay, I have to be completely honest and say that I’m not one of those beauty lovers who is great at being consistent with it in the winter, even though I use actives in my skincare and know I should be slathering sunscreen on my face. Honestly, I just really don’t like sunscreen because it’s sticky, leaves a white cast, sits strangely underneath foundation, and overall is just a struggle to use. However, I do try my best to just grit my teeth and wear SPF even in the winter, so I’m always looking for a good face sunscreen.
The Umbra Sheer is a physical sunscreen, and its major ingredient is Zinc Oxide. The difference between a chemical sunscreen and a physical sunscreen is that the chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin and converts UV rays into heat, which then are released from the body. Physical sunscreens perform the way you think sunscreens would: they sit on top of your skin, and bounce UV rays off.
This sunscreen has a lot of good qualities to it, and I was pretty excited to discover a sunscreen that seemed so good. It’s not sticky, and it doesn’t have that sunscreen smell that a lot of people dislike. The Umbra Sheer is on the thicker side, but it actually spreads fairly easily without feeling too greasy – it actually feels quite hydrating on my dry skin. This also doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin, and sheers out quite nicely.
The unfortunate part is when I apply makeup to my face. This sunscreen makes my foundation look and feel almost powdery when I apply it on top of the Umbra Sheer, making my foundation look patchy on my face. This is an issue I’ve had with a number of sunscreens I’ve tried in the past, which is why I don’t love wearing it. I also tried putting this on top of my makeup by patting it gently, and that gave my skin the same effect, not to mention it looked even worse because I wasn’t really working it into my skin as a result of not wanting to mess with my makeup.
My overall thoughts about this sunscreen was that it would be a good one on days you leave the house with no makeup on, but for me, those days are a rarity.
Active ingredients: zinc oxide 20%
Inactive ingredients: water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dicaprylyl carbonate, pentylene glycol, glycerin, steareth-2, propanediol, steareth-21, polyhydroxystearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, silica, sclerocarya birrea seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, chondrus crispus extract, haematococcus pluvialis extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) sprout extract, vitis vinifera (grape) juice extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, raspberry seed oil/tocopheryl succinate aminopropanediol esters, hydrolyzed wheat protein, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, sea water, acetyl glucosamine, cetearyl glucoside, sodium stearoyl glutamate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, glycine, sucrose, lecithin, triethoxycaprylylsilane, xanthan gum, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, sodium dehydroacetate, iron oxides (CI 77491)
I had a similar feeling to these four products compared to the four products in yesterday’s review – Drunk Elephant’s products are a hit or miss for me. I loved the formulas of the Lala Retro Whipped Cream and the Umbra Sheer SPF, but they just didn’t end up working for me. The Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser was just okay, and I didn’t like the Virgin Marula Luxury Oil at all.
Overall, I found the products in The Littles Kit to be a very mixed bag. A clear favourite for me was the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, with a lot of “okay” products and some that I would just stay away from going forward. The Lala Retro was such a huge disappointment considering how much I loved the formula but the ingredients didn’t seem to agree with my skin, as was the C-Firma Vitamin C Serum for oxidizing before I could even use it. I know a lot of people rave about Drunk Elpehant products, so it’s quite unfortunate that most of them didn’t work out for me!
I don’t think I would try anything from this product again considering the price point in combination with the fact that these didn’t perform up to my expectations. The only product that I’m still interested in trying is their new Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser because…cleansing balm. I’m worried that it will not work for my skin the way many of their products haven’t worked, though.
Have you tried Drunk Elephant? Did you love them or did you have a similar mixed experience like I did?