Drunk Elephant: Acid Trip (Review)

Drunk Elephant has taken the skincare world by storm, and for good reason. Their products are full of top of the line ingredients and they are a completely clean brand, meaning they are formulated without any sulfates, artificial dyes, or scents. Long story short: this is one hell of a brand, but it comes at a price.

Because of the hefty price tag, I was a little hesitant to pick anything up because I was worried I wouldn’t love it, so when I saw the Acid Trip Kit in the Spring of 2018, I knew this was my time to try out a few of their top products.

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The kit comes with four of their bestselling products for $100. While the bottles are smaller than the normal sizes, they are still huge (and I still haven’t run out of any of them!) Let’s walk through each one, and at the end, I’ll let you know if I would repurchase any of them in the full size! 😉

C-Firma Day Serum

This serum is enriched with ascorbic acid, which is a form of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven to firm and brighten skin complexion, as well as combats uneven tone throughout. (This can come along with having combination skin in general, which I think I’ve started to develop, and evening skin tone and brightening skin can never be a bad thing, right?)

The serum is a lot more liquidy than I anticipated. I’ve used other Vitamin C based brightening products and those are in the form of a cream, so it took me by surprise. Within the first month of using this product, I would definitely notice a difference in my skin’s tone. While I didn’t notice any drastic evenness, it was absolutely brighter.

This product retails for around $80, which is not cheap by any means. However, the product lasts and lasts and lasts. While I don’t think I would repurchase this product, I definitely think that if you suffer from uneven tone or have acne scarring or dark spots, you would absolutely love this product and should definitely pick up a sample! (Hint: you can get samples of pretty much any product in Sephora; you just have to ask.)

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

This gel-serum resurfaces dull skin by oh-so-gently removing the bondage of old, dead skin cells that like to rest on our cheeks. (Doesn’t that sound so gross?) Without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells aren’t going anywhere, and we do so much to make our new skin bright and happy, so allowing old cells to hang around is just taking away from all of our hard work. However, exfoliation can really irritate some people’s skin, especially if it’s very sensitive. The AHA/BHA makes this more of a “chemical” exfoliant, rather than a physical one, so it’s easier on your skin because you aren’t at risk for over-exfoliating with harsh grit.

That’s where this serum comes in. The AHA/BHA blend, glycolic, lactic, and salicyclic acids work to do a chemical exfoliation so that you don’t have any of that over-dryness of sensitivity afterwards. Best part? Just put it on and go to sleep! By far, this is the easiest and most enhancing product in the kit!

While this product isn’t cheap at $90, I will absolutely be repurchasing this product, because I can always use this on the nights when I just don’t have the time or energy to mess with a full-fledged skincare routine, and will still wake up the next day feeling like I just had a facial! I think this would be a perfect pampering product for moms who don’t have the time (or energy) at the end of the day to do a face mask, apply serum and cream and serum and cream, much less go to the spa!

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Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

This facial oil is generated from marula fruit and is completely untouched by any chemical, fragrance, or changed in any capacity. It is the purest form of a facial oil, which goes back to the entire Drunk Elephant line being “clean.”

As with most facial oils, this is to generate additional moisturization in your skin. A lot of my “oily” friends think that because they are oily, they shouldn’t use intense moisturizers or facial oil, but that’s actually counter-intuitive. When your skin isn’t well-hydrated, it produces oil (bad oil) and that’s what makes you seem “oily.” However, if you replenish freshly cleaned skin with “good oil” then your skin won’t produce the bad oil and you’ll be able to maintain a constantly hydrated face.

This oil isn’t “too” oily, meaning it provides me just enough moisture to feel super luxurious before bed. In fact, I mix it with the night serum in order to moisturize while simultaneously exfoliating my skin while I sleep, and my skin always feels amazing when I wake up after using it. The big bottle is pretty pricey, but you can get a trial size (which is pleennnttyyyy) for $40 at Sephora.

 

T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

What an odd but oh-so-game changing product.

This is the equivalent of an at home facial. It contains 25% AHA and 2% BHA plus the traditional Drunk Elephant acidic super-blend. This provides the exfoliation of the night serum, but kicked up several notches. A lot of resurfacing face masks can be very irritating, especially when they have exfoliating elements to them, but this treatment uses antioxidants from fruit and milk thistle to sooth your skin and oils to replenish that “good” moisture back into it. This product is honestly a steal at $80, because one spa facial is the same price if not more, so this will stay stocked in my bathroom.

 

Overall, the Drunk Elephant line (and this kit in particular) is famous for bringing in Glycolic acids into the skincare regimen. This acids get a really bad wrap for over-sensitizing skin and being too harsh, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not the acids – it’s the artificial ingredients and fragrances that come along with them. Implementing “clean” skincare has been a game changer for me, and has shown results that are long-lasting.

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If you’re interested in trying some Drunk Elephant products, pick up The Littles kit at Sephora for $90. It has some of these products as well as a moisturizer, eye cream, sunscreen, and a cleaners, which will give you a great idea as to what Drunk Elephant has to offer at a great price point! I’ve already tried a lot of the products in this kit and I love them! (Spoiler alert: the Polypeptide Cream will be in a favorites video/post very soon!)

If you guys have any questions, let me know! Until next time, hit me up on Instagram at @totalcaseface for more!

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