Review | Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
Oh, Drunk Elephant. You had me at drunk. The line was founded by Tiffany Masterson, who took the saying "if you can't buy it, make it yourself" and ran with it. Each product in this line is non-toxic, non-irritating, and completely unscented. As someone with very sensitive skin that reacts to everything (a wayward strand or hair or change in water) I almost died when I read that sensitive skin is made that way by the products that we use on our face. *mic drop* The beauty industry in this country is not really regulated and it's hard to know what is really going into our lipsticks, foundations, serums, etc. Drunk Elephant is making waves out here, claiming to be one of the few skincare systems that is completely safe to use.
I picked up the Drunk Elephant Hydration Gel (1.69 oz, $52) at Sephora in their favorites section. I was only slightly hesitant because gel moisturizers don't always hydrate my thirsty/bitchy skin enough and I've gotten used to smearing heavy creams on my face to keep my flakies at bay.
The bottle is made of a matte plastic, that has a bit of a velvety texture, which is also found in NARS packaging. The top twists to reveal a pump that deposits a perfect, princess pea sized amount of clear, unscented gel. The formula spreads on very easily and my skin drank up the two pumps right away. After a few minutes, I noticed that my cheeks still felt a bit dry, so I applied another pump. I didn't notice it feeling different right off the bat, but it did feel like the product sank right in and didn't sit on top of my skin. After a few days using this gel exclusively, there was a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin. It felt tighter and more plump, like a rehydrated raisin. My skin also looked more even and brighter. I even found myself going out without my Glossier Skin Tint on a few occasions. The biggest difference however, was that my skin stopped being so easily irritated. A stray strand of hair no longer bothered my skin, and I didn't have itchy dry patches anymore. I did notice that there were still a few lingering flakies, but an extra pump after the first application dried typically took care of those.
At $52 a pop, I really didn't want to end up liking this, but life never works out as planned and I haven't felt the need to switch back to my Belif Moisturizing Bomb (1.68 oz, $38) just yet. BTW, the two products have almost the same amount of product with a $14 price difference. I do like the idea that I'm giving my skin a break from all those toxins, preservatives, and chemicals that come in abundance in everything else that I've used. And so far, my skin is very happy with this decision. :)